Scottsdale, Ariz. (August 7, 2017) – Troon®, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage the golf operations at Mauna Lani on Hawai‘i Island. The Francis H. I'i Brown North and South Courses are the centerpieces 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 center 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 Hawai‘i Island,” said Mike Ryan, executive vice president, chief operating officer, Troon. “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 Hawai‘i-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 3s – the 7th and 15th holes – 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 Hawai‘i.”
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 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-3 17th is the signature hole on this course as a series of elevated tees form a natural amphitheater with the green at the base of a lava bowl.
For more information on Mauna Lani Resort and Golf, visit www.maunalani.com or call (800) 367-2323.
About Mauna Lani Golf
Mauna Lani, meaning “mountain reaching heaven,” is a tropical resort oasis set upon the famed Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island. The beautiful Mauna Lani property is located 23 miles north of the Kona International Airport and features the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Mauna Lani Spa and Mauna Lani's Francis H. I‘i Brown North and South Golf Courses. Since opening in 1981, the Mauna Lani golf courses have collected numerous “best courses you can play” awards from Golfweek, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Mauna Lani’s award-winning South Course was the site of the Senior Skins Game from 1990 to 2000 and hosted many of golf’s greats, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriquez, and Gary Player.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International properties located in 36 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i; Centurion Club, London, England; Indian Wells Golf Resort, Indian Wells, Calif.; Els Club Desaru Coast, Malaysia; and Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, Calif. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.
About DiamondHead Land
DiamondHead Land is a Hawai‘i hospitality and investment partnership between ProspectHill Group and seasoned Hawai‘i Island hospitality executive, Patrick “Pat” Fitzgerald. DiamondHead Land's iconic properties include the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on Hawai‘i Island and the Queen Kapi‘olani hotel in Waikīkī.