Four Seasons Golf Resort Hualalai
United States of America, Hawaii, Big Island, Kona
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Four Seasons Resort Hualala is part of Hualalai Resort, located on one and a half mile of sandy beach along the North Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Nestling in a natural landscape formed by 19th century eruptions of Hualalai volcano, this Five Diamond resort incorporates the natural beauty and history of the island - it boasts an impressive native art collection spanning from 1775 to the present. Facilities at the resort include a Sports Club & Spa, Tennis Club and two golf courses.
Set amidst 800 coconut trees along the sparkling waters of the Pacific, accommodation is distributed between five intimate low rise bungalows arranged in small crescents along the beachfront and golf course. The Resort offers a wide range of dining options, from Italian/Californian to Asian-influenced seafood, romantic or family dinners on the beach. The culinary philosophy is to start with ingredients from the island, and then beyond – ensuring the freshest, most sustainable ingredients available. These facilities are complemented by the Hualalai Sports Club & Spa, Alaka'i Nalu Watersports Centre and Hualalai Tennis Club.
Hualalai Resort features two golf course. Jack Nicklaus Resort course was the first in Hawaii to be designated as a PGA Tour facility and plays host to the annual PGA "Champions Tour". Breathtaking scenery greets golfers and the course was designed to maximise the challenging landscape. This course is opened to resort guests. Tom Weiskopf Ke’Olu course share the same stunning lava field setting, with breathtaking vista and an exquisite design, but unlike the Resort course, access is restricted to members and their guests.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upuleh
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu
Nestling in a natural landscape formed by 19th century eruptions of Hualalai volcano, this Five Diamond resort incorporates the natural beauty and history of the island - it boasts an impressive native art collection spanning from 1775 to the present.
Set amidst 800 coconut trees, accommodation is distributed between five low rise bungalow crescent, all offering ocean views. One crescent sits behind the 18th green while each of the other four embraces a unique water feature; the Sea Shell Pool, Beach Tree Pool, Palm Grove Pool and King's Pond, a giant lava rock snorkelling aquarium. Composed of luxury rooms and one or two bedroom suites, accommodation includes walk-in closets, spacious lanai, en-suite bathrooms, WiFi, large plasma screen TV and DVD players.
Four Seasons Resort boasts a choice of fine restaurants, from Italian/Californian to Asian- influenced seafood, to romantic or family dinners on the beach. The culinary philosophy is to start with ingredients from this island, and then beyond – ensuring the freshest, most sustainable ingredients available.
One of the best of its kind in the country, Hualalai Sports Club & Spa provides a selection of signature treatments and wellness programmes, as well a resistance and strength studio, steam and sauna, cold plunge pool, lap pool, climbing wall and sports shop. These are complemented by Alaka'i Nalu Watersports Centre, Hualalai Tennis Club.
AAA Five Diamond Resort
192 Guestrooms +51 Suites & Villas
All rooms with walk-in closets, spacious lanai (terrace) and ocean views. Multiline phone with voicemail, fax line, WiFi, DVD player, 42'' plasma TV, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator and safe. En-suite bathrooms with double vanity, separate shower/bathtub
Twice daily housekeeping service. Complimentary breakfast newspaper
24 hour in-room dining. Overnight laundry/dry cleaning- 24 hour multilingual concierge staff • Car rental • Children's program. CD/DVD Library • WiFi in guest rooms, the lobby, Sea Shell and Beach Tree Pools
• Beach Tree
The essence of "barefoot elegance," the new Beach Tree restaurant has the feel of a Hawaiian beach house. Al fresco beachside seating or elegant covered dining room with vaulted ceilings. Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with California and tropical influences. Nightly live entertainment.
• Beach Tree Bar & Lounge
Set on the beach overlooking the ocean, this is a casual dining option or a place for sundowner cocktails.
• ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge
The restaurant showcases a stylish blend of Hawaiian architecture and modern flair - a lively, informal setting serving innovative ocean-to-table cuisine prepared oven roasted, flame grilled and wok fired.
• Hualalai Grille
Classic American steakhouse, with local flair cet above the 18th green of Hualālai Golf Course. Contemporary club feel, with dark wood flooring and splendid golf and ocean views.
• Residents’ Beach House
Beyond 18th tee box of the Hualālai Golf Course, this is the Residents' Beach House, with casual lanai dining and simply prepared seafood.
• Hualalai Coffee Company
Conveniently located adjacent to the Hualālai Trading, The Coffee Company is the place to start the day with a nutritious meal, a choice of coffee and natural juices.
3 Outdoor pools. Protected swimming lagoon. King's Pond snorkelling aquarium
Ka'upulehu Cultural Centre
23,374 square feet of flexible indoor & outdoor meeting space for 500 pax
The 28,000-square-foot Hualālai Spa integrates tropical gardens with cool interior spaces and feels distinctly Hawaiian. 28 treatment rooms (14 outdoor, including two couples hales; eight indoor, including two vichy rooms; and four manicure/pedicure rooms) Signature treatments (face & body treatments, massage and salon services), wellness consultant, nutrition and exercise services, steam room, sauna, plunge pool. Resistance & Strength Studio (fitness)
Hualalai Sports Club
An extensive selection of fitness activities and superior speciality body treatments are offered in this world-class 15,000 square foot (1,393 metre) facility.
Hualalai Tennis Club
The club offers eight Rebound Ace surface courts, two of which are lighted for evening play. Guests enjoy complimentary use of racquets and balls.
Made up of three separate gyms of 1,300 sq. ft. (121 sq.m.) each, the Fitness Centre houses state-of-the-art fitness equipment (spinning bicycles, elliptical trainers, adaptive motion trainers, rowers and treadmills, upright and recumbent bikes, stair machines complementing and free weights). Wide range of fitness classes, Sports Pump, Water Aerobics and Yoga.
A 25-metre, four lane Fitness Pool, a rock climbing wall, a basketball half-court and a sand volleyball court is also available. Complimentary to guests are use of the whirlpool, sauna, steam room and individual lockers.
• Pools & Beach
Signature beach and pool services available include food and beverage service; lending library; flavoured iced water; wireless Internet access
Natural white-sand beach with crystal-clear, calm waters and sheltered swimming.
Ocean Pool carved out of the rock
Kids for All Seasons
Designed for children from ages 5 to 12, Kids for All Seasons offers complimentary full day programming.
Hualalai Golf Resort
• Hualalai Resort Course
Jack Nicklaus Signature Design (1996) 18 holes • 7,117 yds • Par 72 • CR 74.0 • Slope 131
Home of the PGA TOUR "Champions Tour" Championship
Set against an exhilarating natural backdrop, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature course is the first in Hawaii to be designated as a PGA Tour facility and plays host to the annual PGA "Champions Tour". Breathtaking scenery greets golfers at every turn. The course was designed to maximise the challenging landscape and awe inspiring vistas, incorporating natural lava fields and existing water features into the layout - lava areas coming into play on every hole are considered to be water hazards ! Great shot values, not to mention the spectacular scenery from very hole.
Golf carts included in greenfees
Semi-private course for residents and Four Seasons guests only
Practice facilities: 30-bay driving range, 3 target greens, putting green, sand bunker and short game practice area
Hualalai Clubhouse: The Hualalai Grille (Award winning Hawaii Cuisine), Proshop, Locker rooms and showers
• Ke’olu Private Course
Tom Weiskopf (2002) 18 holes • 7,117 yds • Par 72 • CR 73,7 • Slope 131
Both courses at Hualalai were laid out on lava field, meaning there is no traditional “rough”, so you either hit the fairway or the black boulders of the lava areas, considered as water hazarads ! The course may look quite open at first sight, with large fairways trying to compensate the absence of semi rough and rough, but that’s without taking into account the ever blowing breezes that dramatically “narrow” the fairways and landing areas. An exquisite design by discreet architect Weiskopf who delivered here a spectacular course.
Private course for club members and their guests only
Hawaii Big Island Golf
There are over 20 golf courses on Hawaii Big Island, but most of the top layouts are located on the NW Kohala Coast, which gets only a few inches of rain each year, compared to the 300 of Hilo, the capital), yet the area benefit from the streams coming down the mountain to water the golf courses. Golf in Hawaii is mostly post WW II, when resort courses sprung around the islands to attract this new breed of traveller called “tourists”.
• Mauna Kea Golf Club
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1964) + R.T. Jones II (1975) & Rees Jones (2008)
18 holes • 7,370 yds • Par 72 • CR 77,2 • Slope 136
R.T. Joes course at Mauna Kea is one of the earliest golf couse in the archipelago and would set the standard for the many others to follow: Spectcular courses in scenic location but ill-suited golfing ground - this is not indeed the natural golf terrain of Pinehurst or Scotland, but lava field !
Although laid out back in 1964, Mauna Kea is still considered as the benchmarks by which other courses on the islands are judged. The course was christened on December the 8th by the Big Three of the game at this time - Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. The layout offers great variation, with holes playing right at sea level while other rise to nearly 300 feet above the blue water of the Pacific. There are over 200 strategically placed bunkers protecting large and undulating greens, and RTJ trademark.
Since its inauguration over half a centuy ago, the course has been kept in perfect conditions and updated regularly by R.T. Jones’ sons RTJ II and Rees Jones, who extended the course some 300 yards in 2008, in addition to replacing the turf and creating new greens and bunkers. A must play on the Big Island !
• Hapuna Golf Club
Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay (1992) 18 holes • 6,029 yds • par 72 • CR 66,8 • Slope 122
The Hapuna Course stretches along the scenic Kohala coastline before rising to over 700 feet above the sea, with the dramatic backdrop of the snow-topped Mauna Kea volcano while providing endless views of the Pacific Ocean. Both architect collaborated to create a visually stunning course using the natural contours of the landscape and sawing fariways and green with silky fescue grasses.
• Big Island Country Club
Pete & Perry Dye (1997) 18 holes • 7,155 yds • Par 72 • CR 75,6 • Slope 142
At an elelvation of over 2,000 feet, the course at Big Island offers stunning panoramic views over the 14,000 foot Mauna Kea volcano in the distance and down to the Pacific Ocean and the Kona Coast below. The Country Club is one of of Hawaii's treasure trove of independent, non-resort, greenfee golf courses, which has been on the top ten list since it opened back in 1997. That's not only because of its spectacular location and scenic beauty, but equally for its layout, the work of famed golf course architect Pete Dye and son of Perry. The course is simultaneously enjoyable and challenging for all handicaps. Wide, gently rolling bermuda grass fairways, medium-size undulating Bent grass greens, an abundance of water and excellent greenkeeping are the trademarks of this beautifull course. Combined with the cooling tradewinds and glorious views, it makes for a rewarding round on the Big Island, well off the beaten tracks of resort-golf.
• Mauna Lani Resort
• South Course
Homer Flint, R.F. Cain & Robin Nelson (1981) 18 holes • 6,205 yds - Par 72 - CR 68,3 - Slope 124
The South course is built on the lava flow resulting from the 16th century Kaniku eruption, a relatively young flow that produces a rugged lava that will ban any atempt of recovery shot ! Which such a rough, the layout present a mighty challenge in stunning surrounding with several holes playing right out along to the sea.
• North Course
Homer Flint, R.F. Cain & Robin Nelson (1988) 18 holes • 6,601 yds • Par 72 • CR 71,7 • Slope 133
The North course is built on a lava bed much older that its sister course, resulting in a smoother lava that will somewaht make recovery shot possibles. The layout features rolling fairways running through lava fields and Kiawe forests, which come into play on many of the holes.
• Waikoloa Beach Resort
• Beach Course
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1980) 18 holes • 6,566 yds • Par 70 • CR 71,6 • Slope 134
Wailoloa’s first course, the Beach, was carved out of an ancient lava flow, its fairways winding their way between historic petroglyph fields and around fishing shelters. Although on the short side, the course plays much longer that its yardage, thanks to R.T. Jones’ strategic bunkering and water hazards, and the constant ocean breeze that conditions much the game.
• Kings’ Course
Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morris (1981) 18 holes • 7,074 yds • Par 72 • CR 75,4 • Slope 135
Designed by the lesser prolific but always exquisite Wesikopf, in collaboration this time with Jay Morris, the King’s course is cut right through a lava field, providing a striking contrast with the green of the fairways and greens, but presenting at the same time a deadly threat for wayward shots.
Hawaii & Big Island
The Hawaiian Islands
The Hawaiian Islands is an archipelago and the most recent of the 50 US states - it joined the union in 1959. Once known as the “Sandwich Islands”, named as such by James Cook in honour of the First Lord of the Admiralty Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, the archipelago has taken now the name of its largest and easternmost island, Hawaii. Lying some 3.000 kilometres from the North American Continent in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, the archipelago is formed by eight major islands and numerous smaller islets and atolls extending over 1,500 miles from East to West and the small island of Midway. Due to its mid Pacific location, Hawaii mixes the autochtonous Polynesian culture with North American and Asian influences. The state has over a million residents, along with millions of visitors and many US military personal - O’ahu is home of Honolulu, the state capital and naval base of WW II fame.
Hawaii's Big Island
The easternmost island of the archipelago, Hawaii Big Island is not only the largest - twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined - it is also the most diverse, with climate and terrain that range from tropical rain forest to desert, from high mountains to fertile plains, all surrounded by beaches that come in all hues of sand colour, from white to balck. The island was also the first discovered by travelling Polynesians 2,000 years ago, hence becoming the cradle of Hawaiian civilization and the birthplace of the first three kings of the united Hawaii kingdom.
The Big Island is also home to the world's most active volcano, Kilauea, and two of the tallest mountains in the Pacific, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, peaking at 14,000 feet (4.200 m.) and snow-capped several months of the year. The East coast is charmingly evocative of Old Hawaii, with flowers, waterfalls and rain forests, and hosts the deep water port and county capital of Hilo. In contrast, the West coast is the epitome of the South Seas, with a dry climate and more desert-like landscape bordered by a string of sandy beached and deluxe resorts.
Address & Contact
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive
Kona, Hawaii 96740
NW Kona Coast, Hawaii's Big Island
Kona International Airport (KOA), 7 mi.
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Tropical, influenced by the NE trade winds. Wet (summer) and dry (winter) seasons with little temperature variations