62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743, US
(808) 882-7222
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About Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Hawaii Island)

Located on the west side of Hawaii (Big) Island on the Kohala Coast, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is an iconic Hawaiian golf resort, founded by Laurence S. Rockafeller, and a member of the historic hotels of America. Robert Trent Jones Sr. built the iconic Mauna Kea Golf Course in 1964 which set the standard for Hawaiian golf at the time and remains one of the state's best resort golf courses. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has 252 guest rooms and suites and is part of the Autograph Collection. Features of the property include Kauna'oa Bay, a white-sand beach with water sports from snorkeling to beach activities. A Keiki kids club is available for guests daily, and there is a spa, tennis, and 2,500-square-foot fitness center. Mauna Kea Spa and Salon is also onsite. In addition to the Mauna Kea Golf Course, Hapuna Golf Course is located next door and a partner property with stay-and-play golf packages.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres1839
Year Opened1964
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual, Bar, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Hawaii Island)

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Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Unbelievable golf course

This course is fantastic. There are no routine holes without an interesting aspect. Lots of elevation changes with both uphill and downhill holes. Not to mention the stunning ocean views from quite a few holes. Overall lush. If I had to nitpick, greens were patchy in spots and all bunkers need a top up of soft sand. Overall, ranks among the most enjoyable courses I’ve played anywhere in the world. Would play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Enjoyed playing this course. Nicest public course on the Big Island. A little pricey, but worth playing once.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

Beautiful course, really challenging given the 35mph winds we played in, but a great track overall. Everything was in great shape except the greens were a little rough around the edges and fast as glass…nothing damaged from the fires except some trees and hazard OB (which made it a bit easier to find the tee shots that got helped in there by the wind!)

Wonderful staff all around, gorgeous views, and great food and drinks…

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding Course & Service Personnel

Very challenging and incredible views from just about every hole. Service staff very courteous and professional. Can’t wait to play again next time we visit the Big Island.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Play somewhere else

Greens and bunkers terrible. I know they plan on shutting down next year to redo greens and bunkers but maybe don’t wait.
Pace of play was seriously slow no Marshall’s on course .
I know they just had the fire but not the excuse for the conditions of greens and bunkers.
Definitely not worth paying what they charge for green fees to play it in its current condition.
I have played this course many times and enjoy it, no more.
I will wait until they redo next year.
Too many good courses around most cheaper also.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointed

Course has generous fairways in good shape and ball sits up nicely on them, plenty of great views, lots of elevated greens, but unfortunately the greens are not what you would expect them to be, they have different areas of grasses growing in, look top dressed, and inconsistent rolls, they held well put does it really matter trying to put on that?? Bunkers were ok, but not the greatest of conditions either. I fortunately got a hot deal rate, if I had to pay full rate I would have been very mad!!!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful setting.
Not in the best of condition.
Too expensive.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice place

Played a few on the island. This is a nice one and worth playing. Greens were a little rough looking but played fine. Wind makes it very challenging. Normally I’d play the blue tees, but played the orange/resort and it was plenty challenging.

Didn’t spend any time inside, so can’t rate amenities. Staff were fine.

I’d play again on my next visit. Kona CC was nice as well.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not Hapuna....Thankfully!!

After my recent experience at the overpriced, under maintained, step child of the two courses at the Mauna Kea resort, it was nice to play on this longstanding gem of a course.
From the moment we arrived, the staff was super nice and accommodating. The pro shop is stocked to the gills with excellent merchandise in a beautiful setting.
The course itself was not in its typical pristine condition, but was still well above average and the greens were rolling true and fast.
This is one of the hardest resort courses you can play and it was showing its teeth with a bit of a breeze when we played.
The views are incredible and we played in 4 hours, which is always nice, especially on a tough course that gets a fair share of daily play.
I would highly recommend playing the actual Mauna Kea course compared to its sister course, Hapuna at Mauna Kea. Night and day difference when it comes to friendliness of staff, off course amenities and pace of play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

First Time visiting from Massachusetts

Played three courses on the BI and by far this was the most expensive course but worth the price. Conditions were excellent and greens rolled twice as fast as the other courses played. The course challenge, layout and views of the ocean did not disappoint. Was happy to land my tee shot on the green on their signature hole #3 and make a two putt for par. The rest of the day was a bonus and played to my handicap. There was little wind on the day I played. If it had been windy no doubt my score would have been higher. Played in a foursome and we got around the course in 4 hours. Bring your camera. Expensive but worth it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course with scenic holes

Restaurant and snack bar were closed for renovations but able to walk down to the bar in the beach for lunch. Pro shop closes early, like 4:00 so if you have e an afternoon tee time and want to purchase something, do it when you check in.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Gross greens

The best views and beautiful course are always an attraction for me. Unfortunately the greens are lost, two types of grasses are competing against each other and the consequences are very sad. Every putt had a fast portion and a slow portion, as if putting through a rain puddle, when it rolled through the thick green patches your ball would start screeching to a halt. Best cart girl, Heather, and the friendly staff were not enough to help the course. Play the other courses for that price until they fix their green problems!!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Views are insane

I have been to the Big Island numerous times as my mom is Hawaiian and my parents live there. I have now played all of the “public”courses and Mauna Kea along with Mauna Lani are top notch. The ocean views on nearly every hole at Mauna Kea are simply stunning. The range is lacking as there is not much space and the greens were a little choppy but that did not interfere with my overall experience. Staff was friendly and the wet towel at the end was refreshing. We got the Golfnow price at $160 which is a steal. I highly recommend this bucket list course at full price but Golfnow discount made it even that much sweeter. Aloha!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best on the Big Island by a mile

1. If there are open tee times, management releases them to Golf Now at a discount.
2. See above
3. NONE of the other top courses on the Big Island do this. Mauna Lani, I am talking to YOU.
4. This golf course is over 60 years old and is an utter and absolute masterpiece. Golf design wise, it’s a gem from one of the best to ever do it. The views are unparalleled. The staff is great and the facility feels like it was built last week.
5. If you’re lucky you’ll get Jayne on the drink cart. Have her make you a cocktail and you can thank me later.
6. This place is what Big Island golf is and should be. Every other course and resort on the island should take note. If you’re doing less than this, you’re losing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Value Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Most seanic golf course in Hawaii

It's a second shot golf course. Elevated greens and bunkering makes this a challenging golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens

Greens were in pretty bad shape, played there last year and they were much better.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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