Mauna Kea Golf Course

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive,

Kona-Kohala Coast, Hawaii (Big Island) 96743

  • Office

    +1 (808) 882 7222
  • Pro shop

    +1 (808) 882 5400
  • Fax

    +1 (808) 882 7552

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland, open countryside, residential and two spectacular oceanside holes.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1964); modifications by his sons Robert Trent Jones Jr (1975) and Rees Jones (2008).

SSS or slope






How to get there:

32 mi N of Kailua-Kona.

Mauna Kea Golf Course

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1964

Mauna Kea Golf Course, located on the northwest coast of Big Island, lies at the very end of the lava field of the volcano Mauna Kea. Here you'll find a championship layout that ranks with some of the best in the Hawaiian Islands. Immediately across the road, and just inland from Mauna Kea is the also enjoyable Hapuna Golf Course.

Laid out amidst rolling rugged terrain, Mauna Kea has benefitted from the sublime design skills of the great Robert Trent Jones Snr, with later modifications added by his son Robert Jr, and a fairly significant revamp after that by Robert Jr's brother Rees. The Jones family have ensured a wonderful test for your all-round game, with many attractive, skilfully crafted and challenging holes to enjoy.

Pick of the holes: the par-3 3rd, played directly alongside the ocean across a small cove, is surely one of the world's most scenic golf holes. A must to include on your Hawaii Island play list.

Stay&Play at Mauna Kea: onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes (all year): $275. Golf cart included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details and discounts, and Stay&Play packages at Mauna Kea Beach and Hapuna Beach Prince hotels. [Last updated: 2018].

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Mauna Kea takes its name from one of five impressive volcanoes that formed the island of Hawaii (aka Big Island). Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano, the others are either extinct (Kohala) or active (Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kilauea). Mauna Kea (the volcano) lies a 50-mile drive inland from the eponymous golf course.

Published ranking

Hawaii's 5th best course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
USA's 39th best public access course (Golf Digest, 2023).


  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel5 star

    62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743.

    +1 (808) 882 7222

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    Located on the picturesque Kohala Coast, the 260-guest room Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is a luxury Big Island hotel and resort. Laurance S. Rockefeller founded the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in 1965.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Mauna Kea

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Hapuna (2 mi).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Mauna Lanai; Waikoloa Beach; Waikoloa Village; Hualalai; Kukio Makai Beach (private); Nanea (private).

  • Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel4 star

    62-100 Kauna'oa Drive, Kohala Coast, HI 96743.

    +1 (888) 977 4623 (toll free)

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    Situated on 32 oceanfront acres, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel features 350 spacious guest rooms, including 36 oceanfront suites. Each of these luxury accommodations offer ocean-facing views, revealing the long expanse of Hapuna Beach from each private lanai (balcony).

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Mauna Kea (2 mi).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Mauna Lanai; Waikoloa Beach; Waikoloa Village; Hualalai; Kukio Makai Beach (private); Nanea (private).

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