The Waikoloa Kings’ Course will once again be the setting for one of Hawaii’s most exciting collegiate golf events 25th Annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held, Feb. 3-6, 2016, under blue skies and the warm sun of Hawaii’s Big Island as mother nature delivers snow to the mainland.
For the past 25 years the event has been held in the Waikoloa area between several courses but the Kings’ Course has always been the home to the prestigious event. The invitational brings the best in collegiate golfers from all across the nation and Japan to compete in the a tournament that has launched the careers of Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Bob May, Jordan Speith and many more.
This spring opener has seen the likes of Washington, Georgia Tech, USC and Georgia TEHC bring their collegiate best to the Kohala Coast for dazzling drives and purposeful putts. The 2015 tournament ended with the Arizona State taking first, followed by the Washington Huskies and the University of Southern California taking third.
The Amer Ari Invitational is an annual tournament that involves most of the Pac 12 and is collegiate golf’s season starter. The University of Hawaii at Hilo hosts are anticipating a stellar 2016 tournament which will include top 10 teams such as Auburn, USC, and Stanford who will converge on February 4-6 along the Kohala Coast. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience golf’s up and coming collegiate talent and to enjoy the cool tropical trades in a glorious setting of the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
The Waikoloa Beach Resort offers two wonderful courses. The popular Beach Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Players will experience the magnificent signature 7th hole where the green is perched on a lava peninsula overlooking the crashing Pacific and playful pods of dolphins. The Kings’ Course was designed around the ancient Hawaiian foot path Alakahakai where black lava rock contrasts with magnificent greens. The signature 5th is a tempestuous challenge where winter views of snow capped Mauna Kea are splendid and where the trades can make or break your round.
The event is free and open to the public. Tee offs at 7:30 am every morning.