Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 Scott Main, CGCS Mauna Kea Resort Kohala Coast, Hawaii National Resort winner "Firsts" are nothing new at Mauna Kea Resort, located on the northwestern shore of the island of Hawaii. The resort was the Big Island's first when it opened its doors in 1965, the brainchild of businessman and noted conservationist Laurance S. Rockefeller, who insisted the development blend seamlessly with the area's natural beauty while honoring the island's traditions. The golf course affiliated with the resort — designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened a year before the resort — was also a first for the Big Island. And like the resort, its design and construction were done with a sincere nod toward the environment and the history of the islands. Now, Main has secured another first for Mauna Kea. His recognition as the winner of the National Resort award in the 2017 ELGA competition marks the first time that a Ha - waiian facility has earned national recognition. A quick review of exactly how Main and his team go about managing this oceanfront property confirms that the groundbreaking honor is well-deserved. Mauna Kea has been a willing partner with a host of outside organizations and gov - ernment agencies in their efforts to solidify the golf course's standing as an environmental leader and a good neighborhood. In partnership with the National Park Service, they help maintain a portion of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, a 175-mile trail network with great cultural and natural significance on the Big Island. They've worked with Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources on a num - ber of projects — one designed to protect nesting areas for the state's official bird, the nene goose (aka the Hawaiian goose), which has helped increase its onsite population by 300 percent in the past three years, and another that helped establish four thriving honey bee hives on the course which produces honey used by the resort's restaurants. They've even Top: Mauna Kea Resort on Hawaii's Big Island is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that opened for play in 1965. It was designed and constructed with a constant focus on environmental impacts and blending the course with the island's natural beauty. Photos courtesy of Scott Main Above: Main has spearheaded collaborative work with a number of outside organizations and agencies during his time at Mauna Kea, including Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources and the University of Hawaii, Hilo.

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