The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

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The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

Jack Nicklaus’ 18-hole championship course at the Four Seasons Hualālai winds over 7,100 … [+] Yards and is known for its famous 17th hole which features a green that “appears to be touching the ocean”.

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The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai on the exclusive Kona Kohala coast on the leeward side of the Island of Hawaii should be at the top of every golfer’s travel list. The five-star resort has reopened its Hualālai golf course after a major renovation and was named one of the top golf courses in Hawaii on Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice List published in March 2021.

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The first Jack Nicklaus signature course on the island, renovations included redesigning the greens and bunkers and a modern new Platinum Paspalum lawn. These renovations have significantly improved the year-round playing conditions on the course.

“Hualālai Resort is known as one of the most prestigious golf resorts in the world and the team continues to reinvest in improving the experience for our owners and guests,” said Brendan Moynahan, Director of Golf at Four Seasons Resort Hualilai. “This renovation enhances the original beauty of the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and offers players an even better experience.”

The renovation of the Hualalai golf course included redesigning the greens and bunkers as well … [+] a modern new Platinum Paspalum lawn, which significantly improves the year-round playing conditions.

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The course spans 7,100 yards and has been designed to take in the unique setting. The course offers a lush oasis, bright green fairways contrasting with black lava, and spectacular ocean views. The par 72 layout meanders through the challenging landscape of the Big Island. The original contours have been improved to add dimension to the greens. The resort team worked closely with Nicklaus on the renovation to preserve the integrity of the original course, which was completed 24 years ago. In January the course made its professional debut at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

The golf program at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai is impressive to say the least. It offers a 3,000 square meter teaching and exercise facility with the latest technology and expert instructions. There is a nine hectare driving range with a chipping and short game practice area, two sand bunkers and a putting green.

The Hualalai Golf Hale is located in a 3,000 square meter training and practice facility on … [+] Hualalai Driving Range and includes an indoor top golf swing suite, outdoor bays with TrackMan launch monitors and a unique program created by experts from the Hualalai Golf Academy.

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The first and only of its kind in Hawaii, Hualālai Golf Hale offers tuition services, on-course tuition, mini golf schools, full-day retreats, multi-student tuition, indoor study and play sessions with TrackMan flight simulation, fittings, and other custom made Programs. There are three bays on one side of the facility along the shooting range, while two outside bays are open for individuals to hit the shooting range, which also function as private classrooms. Each bay is equipped with TrackMan launch monitors, and the entire practice area is also equipped with TrackMan Range, so those who play alone can record their stats via a free mobile app.

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The resort’s PGA Professionals staff offer one-to-one tuition. It is possible to have a pro watch … [+] They will warm up, understand trends, and help you improve your score. The golf program also offers video analysis, statistics and post-round analysis.

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In addition, the resort’s staff are considered to be the best in their class. Hualālai Golf Hale recently appointed Brady Riggs as their lesson leader (book a lesson with Riggs by clicking this link). Riggs directs and oversees all operations at the training facility. He has over thirty years of teaching golf experience and is ranked one of the Top 100 Best Teachers in America by GOLF Magazine. In 2017, Riggs was inducted into the Southern California PGA Teaching Hall of Fame. The golf program offers free short game courses and private golf lessons every two weeks taught by its PGA professionals.

The club shop offers PXG rental clubs, including drivers, fairway woods, rescues, irons and putters. It offers a variety of shafts including normal and rigid flex steel irons and graphite woods. There are also graphite flex irons and woods for women and seniors. Of course, if you’d prefer to play with your own clubs, the resort’s concierge team will organize a door-to-door shipping program through Fed-Ex.

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Each of Hualalai’s intimate two-story bungalow accommodations has been completely renovated … [+] breathe new life into the famous seaside resort.

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A beautiful resort

Upon entering the resort, visitors are mesmerized by the beautifully landscaped 865 hectare property. The elite, which includes many members of the Forbes 400 and Forbes World billionaire lists, come here to relax, unwind and recharge like nowhere else in the world. (See Forbes’ “This Island of Hawaii Billionaires Residences Will Amaze You”)

In Hualālai, top-class guests, celebrities and homeowners can let off steam, while their children can run around freely on the spacious property. You don’t have to worry about security in this closed enclave. The crime rate is nonexistent while the private club and hotel staff are so discreet that the names of high profile hotel guests and homeowners are seldom mentioned over a whisper.

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The resort-wide $ 100 million renovation included all accommodations and amenities at the Four Seasons, with additional updates over the next several months. Run by San Francisco-based BAMO, the resort marks the first large-scale renovation of the resort since its debut, modernizing its aesthetic while retaining the essence of Huallai’s authentic Hawaiian character.

The resort’s King’s Pond is a floating aquarium with thousands of tropical fish.

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At King’s Pond, Hualālai’s 1.8 million gallon swimming aquarium, guests can now enjoy a new, elevated infinity pool amidst a lounge deck. The resort’s newly opened Kumu Kai Marine Center is also home to five marine biologists who lead a curriculum in marine conservation and marine life activities. All rooms and suites have been completely renovated, including new furniture, decor and bathroom amenities. The final phase, debuting this summer, will be a complete remodel of the resort’s three most extraordinary villas. Each will introduce a second floor, indoor and outdoor living area, and private plunge pool. Upon completion, the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai will host the largest villa room product in Hawaii.

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Hualālai’s master-planned residential complex and private club offers luxury homes with prices in the tens of millions. Hualālai is known for its laid-back and laid-back lifestyle and family-oriented community.

Four Seasons Hualālai offers seven outdoor pools, including an adults-only pool, with cocktails as well … [+] Music, a special children’s pool and a floating aquarium with tropical fish. The palm pool can be seen here.

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While most other vacation destinations are off-season due to inclement weather, Hawaii Island is a four-season travel destination that can be enjoyed year-round – and the sun shines almost 300 days a year. There is no bad weather season here – visitors and homeowners will enjoy sunny days with temperatures averaging 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the hottest month (August) and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the coldest month (January). The total annual rainfall averages only 20 centimeters. The resort, including the Four Seasons, experiences a busy season that coincides with the school holidays, Christmas, and the month of August.

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The development of Hualālai consists of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, a Forbes five-star rated hotel that offers 243 guest rooms and suites in a range of two-story bungalows. There is also an extraordinary residential component of Hualālai and a private club with luxurious facilities and a private 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, the Ke’olu Golf Course.

For more information about Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, visit their website or call (808) 325-8000.

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