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Saturday, March 23, 2013

MAUNA LANI GOLF - SOUTH COURSE

MAUNA LANI GOLF
SOUTH COURSE
KOHALA COAST, HAWAII

MAUNA LANI GOLF - SOUTH COURSE
68-1310 MAUNA LANI DRIVE
KOHALA COAST, HAWAII  96743
808-885-6655
808-885-9612 FAX

Mauna Lani is a high end resort community located about 40 minutes north of the Kona airport.  Once you pass the large lava sign you will be in lava fields for miles.  The lava fields are lined with high end homes and condominiums that surround the resort and two world class golf courses.  We played the Mauna Lani South Course which is famous for its 15th hole and for being the past home to the Senior Skins Game for over ten years.  Greats like Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have played this incredible course on the beautiful Kohala Coast.  On the day that we played, the Kona "Vog" was thick and hazy.  Vog is Hawaii's form of fog and is caused by the erupting volcano on the Big Island.  How many people in the world can say they golfed while a volcano was erupting just miles away.  Lucky we live Hawaii they say.  While the Vog did change the beautiful blue skies of Kona to gray, it did nothing to improve my game or diminish the dramatic beauty of the course and Kohala Coastline.  I hit some of the best shots of my life here including reaching the green off the tee on the famous 15th hole.  Truly memorable for this hacker.  Loved the course and food after in the Clubhouse.  We dined at Huli Sues restaurant that sits adjacent to the Pro Shop and overlooking the putting green and South Course.  I went for the Southwestern Marinated Big Island Fish Tacos ($18).  Two huge fish tacos filled with super fresh Hawaii Ono.  Probably one of the best fish tacos I have ever enjoyed in Hawaii.  The fish was cooked perfectly and served with crunchy cabbage on a good tortilla that was lightly charred.  Added salsa and guacamole and they were fantastic!

LOVE THE KONA AIRPORT - OLD SCHOOL HAWAII WITH NO TERMINALS OR JETWAYS
WALK DOWN THE RAMP INTO THE KONA SUNSHINE
THERE IS NOT AN AIRPORT IN THE COUNTRY LIKE KONA.  NO HEATING AND NO A/C.
JUST PALM TREES AND THE KONA SUNSHINE
ENTRANCE TO  BEAUTIFUL MAUNA LANI 
MAUNA LANI SOUTH COURSE HAS BEEN HOME TO THE PGA SENIOR SKINS GAME 
LAVA DOES FUN THINGS TO YOUR BALL.  IT EITHER BOUNCES BIG OR GETS EATEN ALIVE
THIS KONA DAY WAS FILLED WITH "VOG" WHICH IS LIKE FOG BUT COMES FROM THE VOLCANO
THINK I ENDED UP IN THE WATER ON THIS HOLE
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS TO THE OCEAN WHERE HUMPBACK WHALES WERE PLAYING
OCEAN ON THE LEFT AND LAVA BEDS ON THE RIGHT - HIT IT STRAIGHT!
THE MAUNA LANI COASTLINE IS MOSTLY LAVA
COURSE IS IN GREAT SHAPE WITH ROLLING FAIRWAYS AND FAST GREENS
THIS HOLE IS A LAVA OBSTACLE COURSE - HAD ONE OF MY BEST DRIVES OF THE DAY
AND LANDED THE BALL SAFELY IN THE FAIRWAY
MAUNA LANI SOUTH COURSE HUGS THE HAWAII COASTLINE
YOU DON'T WANT TO HIT YOUR BALL IN HERE
MAUNA LANI HOLE #15 - THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED OVER THE WATER HOLE IN THE WORLD
PULLED OUT MY FIVE IRON AND MADE IT ON THE GREEN.  WILL REMEMBER THIS FOREVER!
VIEW FROM OUR TABLE AT HULI SUES RESTAURANT AND BAR INSIDE                                                         THE MAUNA LANI CLUBHOUSE
HULI SUES BAR AND RESTAURANT AT MAUNA LANI CLUBHOUSE
HULI SUES LUNCH MENU
SOUTHWESTERN MARINATED BIG ISLAND FISH TACOS
FISH TACOS WERE FILLED WITH FRESH HAWAII ONO AND WERE GREAT!

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