Golf News for Monday, May 6, 2013 | Tournaments

Hawaii's Mauna Kea Golf Course annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament

MAUNA KEA RESORT, Hawaii -- Amateur and professional golfers will tee it up July 1 - 5, at the fabled Mauna Kea Golf Course annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament, a much anticipated fixture on the Big Island of Hawaii's golf calendar for the past 40 years. The weeklong tournament features a grand lineup of exceptional golf at the 18-hole par 72 Robert Trent-Jones designed course, plus exclusive dining events, lavish prizes and amenities, and special room rates for amateurs at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The total cash purse prize for pro golfers is $10,000.

"This is a unique opportunity for golf enthusiasts to combine their love for the game with a vacation amid the luxurious surroundings of our beautiful Mauna Kea Resort," said Prince Resorts Hawaii Vice President of Operations, Jon Gersonde. "First class hotel, stunning beach, and award-winning golf - what could be better!"

The Pro-Am Golf Tournament schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, July 1
• Registration and information packets are available for pick up at the Front Desk
• First practice round
• 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - Welcome Cocktail Reception at Number 3
• 6:00 p.m. - Hosted dinner by Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Tuesday, July 2
• Second practice round
• Optional Ladies Tournament at Hapuna Golf Course
• Evening at leisure

Wednesday, July 3
• First round of Tournament followed by Horserace Shootout
• Evening at leisure

Thursday, July 4
• Second round of Tournament
• 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Fireworks on the Beach and the All American BBQ at North Point Lawn

Friday, July 5
• Third and final round of Tournament
• 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Awards presentation at Clambake at the Luau Grounds

Entries are limited to the first 26 paid teams as of May 25, 2013. Tournament entry fees are $8,700 per team of four or $2,900 per amateur. Entry fees include dinner functions (spouses included), amenity tournament gifts and prizes, and green and cart fees for two practice and three tournament rounds.

Special room rates for registered amateur players begin at $299 per night in a Mountain View category room at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Rates include complimentary daily breakfast for two. Golf professional rooms are complimentary for Monday - Friday nights.

For more information on the Pro-Am or to receive an entry form, please contact Lyanne Ching at 808.882.5405.

The legendary Mauna Kea Golf Course overlooks one of the world's most beautiful beaches on the west shore of Hawaii's Big Island and was recently ranked as the number one course on the island by Golf Magazine.

Ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the U.S., Mauna Kea opened in 1964 as the unique creation of the great golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones. It gained worldwide fame as the site of a memorable televised match among golf's "Big 3:" Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. In 2008, course architect Rees Jones brought his father's original layout into the 21st century with a careful and creative renovation. The enduring oceanfront layout was preserved while the challenge and playability were enhanced, insuring that Mauna Kea would rank among the world's greatest golf courses for decades to come.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was developed by famed financier Laurance S. Rockefeller who is reputed to have said, "Every great beach deserves a great hotel," and built The Mauna Kea overlooking the beautiful Kauna'oa Bay. The hotel has 258 luxury guest rooms that include six suites and scored as one of the top three hotels in Hawaii in Travel + Leisure magazine's T+L 500 World's Best Hotels 2013.

In addition, Prince Resorts Hawaii, Inc. operates Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Hapuna Golf Course also on the Hawaii's Big Island and Hawaii Prince Hotel and Hawaii Prince Golf Club on Oahu. For more information, visit the website at

Dara Lum (808) 539-3491
McNeil Wilson Communications