Five Hawaii Golf Trip Travel Tips

Summer is in full swing and along with the warmer temps, the longer days, the summer season brings golfers opportunities to play leisurely in the cooler evening hours when the sun is low. For other golfers, summer brings vacation plans. Those who seek a unique and enjoyable vacation have Hawaii on their minds in the land of the Hyundai Tournament at Kapalua, the Sony Open, the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina and the 2017 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai. Hawaii is a golf destination for the many including the masterful Jordan Speith who shot 7 under par at Kapalua in 2016 to Minjee Lee who danced the hula on the 18th green after a grand 16 under par at the Lotte 2016 at Ko Olina.
 
Dreams of golfing greatness can pale when confronted with the realities of air travel to Hawaii.  Never fear. Let's make quick work of security lines, baggage fees and upgraded seating options. Here are some of the tips that have gained traction recently.
 
1. Pack Light – Hawaii is best experienced in a swimsuit, t-shirts, flip flops and shorts. Best part of it, is everyone does the same and no one judges you for it. Be sure to include a pair of good golf shoes and collared golf shirts so you can be a par above the beach crew.
 
2. Carry It On – The old adage of “they can’t lose it unless you give it to them” rings even clearer now especially you most likely end up paying a baggage fee for the “privilege” of them not being able to locate it, even if the bags have fancy bar codes.
 
3. Rental Clubs Are A Good Thing – If you are insisting on brining your prized $400 driver on a Hawaii trip read the paragraph above again. Same goes for your $2000 bag of beauties. Some people have realized that some bag handlers can spot these beauties at 40 paces in the dark and torrential rain and know how to use eBay. Besides, rental clubs have risen above their bent, rusted, ancient status and are truly a pleasure to use. 
 
4. Save Money – If you carry on and leave your clubs at home, the likeliness for savings is huge. You’ll save on baggage fees, sporting equipment fees, tips and the potentially on car rental size because a trunk is not necessary for all the baggage.  Waikoloa Beach Resort offers Stay and Play Package deals can save you cash.
 
5. Book Your Tee Time Early - Book a tee time before arriving in the islands. The morning tee times at both Waikoloa Beach Resort golf courses - Kings and Beach courses fill up quickly, but consider a twilight tee time for cooler temps, cheaper fees and more casual play. Also rescheduling is easy - just give their golf concierge a call (808) 886-7888.  
 
Following these tips will improve your golf performance and even save enough cash for an extra round or one of those fancy umbrella drinks. And, remember to do the hula on the 18th green because that is what all real champions do including Jordon Speith in his pre PGA days when he lead University of Texas Longhorns team to victory 2012 at the Amer Ari Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort in 2012.
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Spend a Family Day at Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf Courses

Summer time on the Big Island is filled with opportunities for family fun. The Waikoloa Beach Resort offers a slew of activities, and those looking to spend a few hours of quality time with their kids, should consider round of golf. Quite a different experience than the usual options, but it is a good way to get outdoors, make memories, learn a new sport in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf has been a supporter of junior golf for years by hosting the Big Island Junior Golf Association and the Asia Pacific Junior Cup Junior/Amateur Golf Tournament year after year. This makes Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf one of the most popular spots for Junior golf on the Big Island.

Waikoloa Beach Resort offer two enjoyable courses. The Kings' Course offers several water features, lava outcroppings and a laid back pace for those who prefer a leisurely experience. The Beach Course is quite different with views of dolphin pods and wintering whales to give the day on the course even more dimension.

The golf course setting is a safe place where youngsters can get outdoors, meet people and learn skills and enjoyment of a sport that will last a lifetime. Those who are introduced to the sport of golf at an early age gain valuable lessons including personal responsibility, manage emotions, etiquette, respect for others and more.

Golfing at Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete resort experience. Those staying within the resort are welcome to take the resort shuttle to the clubhouse where they will find a Pro Shop, and a full staff to assist you with all your golfing needs. There is a putting and chipping green and driving range also available for guests. After a round, one can stop in at the clubhouse restaurant Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess which has several domestic and imported beers on tap along with a kids menu and a lunch and dinner menu that far surpasses your typical clubhouse fare.

Families who opt for a round at Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf will be happy to know that the experience is affordable. Those who are not regular players will find that nine holes in the afternoon is more than enough fun and afternoon tee times will make it a more relaxing and unhurried experience. Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf has put together a deal where families can enjoy nine holes on the Kings’ Course at very affordable rates. Juniors (6-17 yrs) are only $25 with complimentary Nike Golf Club Rental. Adults are $50 and Nike Golf Club Rental only $25. Tee times start at 3:30 pm. daily. Tee times are based on availability and sell out during the summer so please be sure to reserve your time early.

For tee time reservations and more, please call 808-886-7888 or visit WaikoloaGolf.com

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The Bob May Golf Academy Comes to the Kohala Coast

The Waikoloa Beach Resort once again is awash in brilliant greens and gorgeous displays of bougainvillea in vibrant tropical colors, hibiscus of all hues and the air scented of Tahitian gardenia. Spring has arrived along the Kohala Coast and along with cooler temperatures, this time of year is when conventioneers and vacationing families are scarce, making it one of the best times of year for those who appreciate the sound of nature.

This year spring is bringing Waikoloa Golf more than the sound of crashing waves along the 7th fairway of the Beach Course and rustling palm trees along the 5th at the King’s Course. The Waikoloa will be bringing noted golf instructor Bob May to the Waikoloa Beach Resort.

For the third year running, this event has proven not only popular for island residents, it has been a highly sought after event for visitors who want to hone their skills at the most enjoyable golf course along the Kohala Coast.

Bob May’s name may sound familiar to the casual weekend golfer, but ask anyone who follows the PGA Championship like a religion and they will tell you that Bob May was the man who took Tiger Woods to task in that unforgettable three hole playoff in Valhalla.

He will be at Waikoloa June 6-July 5, 2016 to personally assist you with your physical and mental game. He welcomes high handicappers as well as junior players to hone up on the fundamentals as well as a few tips and tricks from this veteran PGA pro.

The Bob May Golf Academy at Waikoloa Beach Resort will offer private lessons for adults, juniors and couples, as well as “Trackman” performance analysis. Reservations and more information can be found www.BobMayGolfAcademy.com. Grab your friends or family and make it a day of golf fun at Waikoloa.

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Samba and Sand Traps

Samba sand and sun will be the venue for the 2016 Olympic Games. Preparations have been under way since 2009 and now with only months away, Brazil is on track to become the first city in the southern hemisphere to host the games and after a 112 year absence, golf will be included in the long list of popular sports competitions that include futbol, gymnastics, diving, swimming, biathlon, track and field and much more.

Golf will return to the Olympic stage at the brand spanking new course in Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca. Located about an hour drive from the world famous Copacabana and simply referred to as Olympic Golf course, it was built entirely by private funding. The course still lacks an official name when it was officially opened on November 22, 2015. It’s a Gil Hanse designed course that is lauded by Paulo Pacheco, president of the Brazilian Golf Confederation.

Built along a coastal lagoon just feet from the Atlantic Ocean, the course has an abundance of mountain and coastal views. The par 71 course with men’s tee having 7132 yards (6522 meters) and women’s tee 6500 yards (5944 meters). The Paspalum greens, and greens built on sand along with narrow layout, lack of trees and open design will make wind and sand bunkers will be the factors determining the difference between bronze, silver and gold in Brazil.

This is not the first course in Rio de Janeiro, but it certainly will be the best by local standards. To keep it at top shape the grass will be trimmed three or four times per day and watered every 48 hours in preparation for Olympic golf tournament, which will take place from 11 to 20 August.2016.

The format consists of 72 holes of individual stroke play for both men and women (four rounds scheduled over four consecutive days). Scores are cumulative from round to round. The athlete with the lowest aggregate score wins. In the event of a tie for first, second or third place, a play-off or multiple play-offs shall be conducted for the purpose of determining the gold, silver and bronze medal winners.

Like Waikoloa Beach Golf, the new Olympic Club is located near the ocean and built on sandy soil and features Paspalum grass and breezy conditions. However, it will take a few years for the Brazil course to flourish with an abundance of natural vegetation, a following of loyal players and perhaps even longer to have pods of dolphins that distract play with endless splashing and chatter. Waikoloa Beach Golf has been the Hawaii destination golf course for players all over the world and welcomes golfers from all over the world. Those who visit Hawaii’s center of golf excellence leave with experience of challenging fun in an upscale setting worthy golf aficionados from near and far. One might even meet the next Olympic champion on the course!

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Family Golf at Waikoloa

A family trip to Hawaii is a glorious time for new experiences, quality time for all and more importantly, memory making. There are so many things to see and do which makes trip planning a dizzying array of decisions. An all-day trip to the volcano and ocean fun rates high on the list for the entire family, but what do the guys do when the girls want to spend a buffing and polishing at the resort spa, or what everyone else does when Dad is stuck in a conference room all day?
 
Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf has a wonderful option for those times when the family divides up or comes together for a few hours before gathering for dinner in the evening. It’s called Waikoloa Family Golf. Geared toward families who are avid golfers back home and want to enjoy a few holes or perhaps introduce the sport to the kids in a setting that is enjoyable, non-competitive and exciting.
 
Introduced with the idea of giving families another option to enjoy Hawaii together, Waikoloa Family Golf has become quite popular during spring break when the weather at Waikoloa is perfect and the PGA tour is in full swing. The combination offers youngsters a relevant vacation experience which can plant the seeds for a budding golfer or translate into a deeper appreciation of the world of professional golf. It offers golfing parents an opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of this beautifully maintained course without the scorecard angst.
 
Very affordable for families, Waikoloa Family Golf offers nine holes on the Kings' Course beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon every day. Rates for adults is $50, the rental for a sparkling set of Nike clubs are $25. Kids 6-17 years are $25 which includes a complimentary set of clubs.
 
It’s a wonderful way to introduce your kids to the lifetime sport of golf in a safe and luxurious and enjoyable setting. Book early because tee times are first come first served. For more information or to make a tee time call the golf shop at (808) 886-7888 or visit WaikoloaGolf.com.
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