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Mauna Lani South rates as No. 1 in Hawaii


Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i (January 10, 2019) – Mauna Lani Golf recently collected top honors in a variety of categories from Golf Advisor in the website’s listing of Best Courses of 2018. Golf Advisor, the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers, for golfers, voted Mauna Lani’s South Course as the No. 1 Golf Course in Hawaii and its North Course as No. 6. In Golf Advisor’s annual ranking of the “Top 50 Golf Courses in the U.S.,” the website's most-popular and most-anticipated list determined by recreational golfers, Mauna Lani’s South Course was ranked No. 10. And, in the website’s ranking of “Top 25 Golf Courses Rated By Conditions,” the South Course placed No. 4.


According to Golf Advisor, course scores are based on their overall rating and subcategory average as voted on by Golf Advisor readers. Courses need a minimum of 10 reviews over the calendar year to be considered for their Best-of rankings. Golf Advisor is the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers, for golfers. Golf Advisor’s community of golfers share their first-hand experience at thousands of courses worldwide to help other golfers decide where to play their next round.

“Congratulations to our team here at Mauna Lani,” said Scott Christenson, Director of Golf, Mauna Lani. “All of the Golf Advisor rankings are based on guest experiences and reviews, and as such these honors are a reflection of the great work the team does day-in and day-out to provide great experiences and exceptional conditions. Mahalo to our golf staff, agronomy team and the entire operations team for helping to earn these honors.”

The South Course, a Homer Flint, Raymond Cain and Robin Nelson design, was built on the 16th century Kaniku lava flow snaking through stark, rugged a‘a lava. A pair of par 3s – the 7th and 15th holes – are Mauna Lani South’s signature holes and are two of the most photographed golf holes in the world. The South Course was home to the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000 and Golfweek magazine rates it as one of the “Best Courses to Play in Hawai‘i.”

Mauna Lani’s North Course, a Flint, Cain and Nelson design, was built on an ancient lava bed and is ranked by Golfweek as one of the top courses on Hawaii. Overlaying the rugged brown pahoehoe lava flow, the North Course features rolling fairways and through kiawe forests. A 230-acre protected archeological district lies on the northern edge of the North Course, while feral goats roam the course, cropping the grass and providing a unique neutral hazard. The par-3 17th is the signature hole on the North Course as a series of elevated tees form a natural amphitheater with the green at the base of a lava bowl.

For more information on Mauna Lani Golf, visit or call 808-885-6655.

About Mauna Lani Golf
Mauna Lani, meaning “mountain reaching heaven,” is a tropical resort oasis set upon the famed Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island. The beautiful Mauna Lani property is located 23 miles north of the Kona International Airport and features the Fairmont Orchid, Fairmont’s award-winning Spa Without Walls, and the Mauna Lani's North and South Golf Courses. In preserving the essence of Hawaii, the former Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will reopen in late 2019 after an investment of more than $100 million as one of Hawaii’s finest resorts. The re-envisioned Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection will feature 30 oceanfront acres, three miles of shoreline and draw its inspiration from its awe-inspiring setting. Since opening in 1981, the Mauna Lani golf courses have collected numerous “best courses you can play” awards from Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Mauna Lani’s award-winning South Course formerly hosted the prestigious Hawaii State Open, and was the site of the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000, hosting many of golf’s greats, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriquez, and Gary Player.

About Troon
Mauna Lani Golf is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 360 locations around the globe, including 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 35 states and 30 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International and Cliff Drysdale Management. There are currently 60 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 80 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Delaware; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Lofoten Links in Norway; and Mollymook Golf Club in Australia. For additional news and information, visit

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