Hapuna Golf Course

Written by Beth Hrusch
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The Hapuna golf course on the Big Island of Hawaii is a rugged beauty, consistently rated among the worlds best for its challenging play and breathtaking atmosphere. It is the sister course to the famed Mauna Kea, located nearby. Though less known than its sister, Hapuna is nonetheless favored for its wild setting and the fact that it is a lot of fun to play. The topography is difficult and the winds are frequently high on this course, making it a memorable place to tee off.

The Allure of Hapuna Golf Course

Hapuna has a special rugged quality that draws golfers back to it year after year. Part of this was intentional, as its designers recognized the potential of the land on which it is situated. Hapuna was created by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay to take advantage of panoramic views of the Kohala Coast, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Against this backdrop, golfers play amongst lava fields and battle high tradewinds, narrow fairways and scrub roughs.

Hapuna means "spring of life" in Hawaiian. The name is derived from the artesian wells and springs that dot the Kohala Coast. Many golfers on this fine course feel that it is aptly named, as Hapuna golf course is a refreshing change from the ordinary. Its wild links meander through the landscape, careful not to interfere with the natural lay of the land but rather to work within it. This sensitivity to the environment enhances its appeal.

Visitors to Hawaii may want to take the opportunity to play the Hapuna golf course. It is a memorable experience, both for its natural beauty and its challenge to even the most experienced golfer. Golf cards, available through travel agents and golf membership clubs, make it more affordable to get a taste of this, one of the great golf courses in the world.


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