Scottsdale, United States: Troon has been selected to manage the golf operations at Mauna Lani on Hawaii Island.
The Francis H. I’i Brown North and South Courses are the centrepieces of the 341-room ocean front luxury resort.
Troon was selected to manage all aspects of the golf operations, including agronomy, retail and golf-related sales and marketing following the recent acquisition of the resort, golf courses, spa, and fitness centre by DiamondHead Land.
With the addition of Mauna Lani, Troon now operates 135 golf holes in the Aloha State, including Kapalua Golf in Lahaina, Maui, King Kamehameha Golf Club in Wailuku, Maui, Kahili Golf Course in Wailuku, Maui and Princeville Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Kaua’i.
“Troon values the history and traditions of Mauna Lani Golf, beginning with Francis I’i Brown’s vision for the property decades ago,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, Partner with DiamondHead Land.
“That respect, combined with their global reach and experience operating iconic golf resort properties, makes them a perfect fit to lead Mauna Lani Golf moving forward.”
Mauna Lani North and South Courses are masterpieces of design and are stunning examples of what environmentally-sensitive golf course architecture can achieve, with numerous archeological sites, trails, fishponds and ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs preserved throughout the courses.
“Mauna Lani is an incredible golf resort property on Hawaii Island,” said Mike Ryan, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Troon, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
He added: “It has an amazing history and features some of the most picturesque golf holes in the Aloha State. We will be deploying many of our Hawaii-based resources to further elevate the Mauna Lani brand and overall golf experience.”
The South Course, a Homer Flint, Raymond Cain and Robin Nelson design, opened in 1981 and was built on the 16th century Kaniku lava flow snaking through stark, rugged a’a lava.
A pair of over-the-water par-threes – the seventh and 15th – 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 Hawaii’.
The North Course, also a Flint, Cain and Nelson design, opened in 1988 and was built on a lava bed much older than the Kaniku flow. Overlaying the rugged brown pahoehoe lava flow, the North features rolling fairways and winds 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-three 17th is the signature hole on this course as a series of elevated tees form a natural amphi-theatre with the green at the base of a lava bowl.