Good News for Big Island Golf Venues
Demand for golf tee times along the Kohala Coast and throughout the island are seeing a spike in bookings. Mauna Kea Resort has seen an average of 7,000 rounds per month played on their Mauna Kea and Hapuna courses combined. New golf course enhancements to courses throughout the island, including new greens, improved bunkers, and other course redesigns have contributed to making courses more “player friendly”. This effort has had a positive effect in improving the quality and pace of play and has drawn rave reviews from players.
As residency trends continue to evolve on the Big Island with many new mainland full and part-time owners, the demographics of golf have also shifted. Even with the absence of many Canadian visitors this year due to currency fluctuations, the increase in Kama`aina players has helped to offset the shortfall. Golf promotions such as frequent player cards and special rates for residents continue to attract more play and as the summer season approaches golf operators will become more creative in their promotions. Golf packages combined with lessons are very popular with visitors and are used to attract even the novice golfer to the game.
It’s Not Just About the Game
Of course most golfers will tell you that one of their favorite holes is the “19th” hole and so no course is complete without a clubhouse or nearby facility that offers food and cold beverage options to players after a day on the links. Happily whether a direct part of the course or with nearby bars and restaurants there is no shortage of venues to recount that great shot you made during your round or to regale your friends and fellow players with newly created memories from your time on one of the Big Island’s spectacular courses.
For the golfer that loves to shop Big Island courses offer a unique opportunity to peruse apparel, golf equipment, supplies, souvenirs, and other mementos to remind you of your visit. You’ll find well stocked Golf Pro Shops wherever you play, so make sure you leave some time to shop.
The Benefits of Golf to the Community
One of the often forgotten benefits of golf to the community is its contribution to local charities and other groups through annual tournaments which raise revenue to support these worthy causes. Golf courses partner with charity organizations, providing group discounts and donations through their vendors and other contributors to successfully raise money that often is a significant portion of the annual budget of these organizations. Support your community by participating in one or more of these events. Giving back is one of the most cherished traditions of golf.
So as you’ve read golf is alive and well on the Big Island. Whether you live here or are just visiting you need to come and experience the world class golf options that are abundant on the Big Island. Thanks for supporting golf and the Big Island. See you on the course.