Mauna Lani golf courses move up in Golfweek rankings
Both of Mauna Lani Golf’s golf courses moved up in Golfweek’s recently released ‘Best Courses You Can Play,’ state-by-state rankings, with the North Course moving to No. 7 in Hawai‘i (from No. 8), and the South Course jumping up to No. 12 (from 14).
Mauna Lani is the only resort facility on Hawai‘i Island with both courses ranked within the top 15 in the state.
Every year, Golfweek’s team of 850 course raters surveys more than 3,600 courses – grading each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, these knowledgeable raters have turned in more than 75,000 votes to compile Golfweek’s Best Courses lists. Ballots submitted by Golfweek raters during their visits over the prior year compiled the current rankings of the ‘Best Courses You Can Play’ in each state.
“It’s a true honor to continue to see both of these special golf courses move up in the Hawai‘i rankings,” stated Ross Birch, general manager, Mauna Lani Golf & Tennis. “Mahalo as they say to Golfweek, the Golfweek raters and our amazing staff of professionals, agronomy team and operations team who contribute to a ‘Best in Hawai‘i’ culture here at Mauna Lani, each and every day.”
Mauna Lani is no stranger to honors from Golfweek. Earlier this year, the picturesque golf resort’s North and South courses were also featured in Golfweek’s 2023 ranking of the ‘Top 200 Best Resort Courses in the U.S.’ found in the recently published “Ultimate Guide of Best Courses.” Golfweek raters had the North course ranked T103 and the South course T144, in the listing of best resort courses.
Mauna Lani’s North Course, a Homer Flint, Raymond Cain and Robin Nelson design, was built on an ancient lava bed. Overlaying the rugged brown pahoehoe lava flow, the North Course features rolling fairways and 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.
The South Course, also a Flint, Cain and 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.