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by Emily Gail

Aloha from Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to share some aloha with Michigan Golfer readers. It was about 10 years ago I relocated from Detroit to Hawaii. I grew up playing golf around Detroit and throughout Michigan and have wonderful memories of playing many of Michigan's great golf courses and making many friendships while participating in the Jr. District Golf Association, Women's District Golf Association, and Michigan State Amateur.

I moved to Hawaii 10 years ago to work with the Ironman Triathlon. My sport of choice had changed to triathlons and running. I had no interest in playing golf in Hawaii until I had an opportunity to be a member of the press when Arnold Palmer won the Mauna Lani Senior Skins in 1991. I was inspired to pick up some clubs again. Arnold Palmer's partner in Palmer Course Design Company, Ed Seay, took an interest in my re-entry into golf. Arnold and Ed had just designed Hapuna Golf Course at Mauna Kea Resort and I played in the opening. I learned that Ed was on the National Board of Executive Women's Golf and knowing I wanted to get back into the world of golf, Ed encouraged me to start Executive Women's Golf of Hawaii at Hapuna.

With strong support from Joe Root, Director of Golf at Mauna Kea Resort and Percy Higashi, General Manager of Mauna Kea, Hapuna signed on as the host golf course for EWG of Hawaii.

Hapuna is one of the finest golf courses on the Big Island and just 18 holes of the 99 holes of golf on the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu that come under the name of Prince Resorts Hawaii.

Prince Resorts Hawaii has packaged for the Hawaii visitor the golf courses which Executive Women's Golf of Hawaii proudly calls home. Take it from us_ Prince Resorts Hawaii are hosts with aloha.

They have redefined the ultimate golfing experience in Hawaii with their "99 Holes of Golf" Package on three islands. In just one week golfers can enjoy a three-night stay at the Mauna Kea Resort's Mauna Kea Beach Hotel or Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, a three-night stay at the Maui Prince and a two night stay at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki. Included are seven rounds of golf, which total 99 holes, cart fees, and a custom "99 Holes of Golf" travel bag and cap for the price of $1,490 per person based on double occupancy or $2,410 for a single player.

The 99 holes of golf consists of 36 holes at the legendary Mauna Kea Resort on the Big Island (comprised of the Mauna Kea Resort and Hapuna courses), 27 holes at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club on Oahu, the 18 hole North and South Courses at Makena Resort on Maui.

Each Prince Hotel and golf course is special in its own way and will allow you to experience the beauty and aloha of the Hawaiian Islands.

On the Big Island of Hawaii, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel developed by Laurance S. Rockefeller, is located on Kauna'oa Beach, one of the finest white sand beaches in the world (consistently rated in Stephen Leatherman's a.k.a. "Dr. Beach's Top 10 list). Her contemporary sister property, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, is nestled in a natural oceanside bluff amid natural artesian springs and a quiet beach that have long provided an unending source of renewal for weary travelers (Hapuna Beach is also a member of the Top 10 beaches).

The Mauna Kea Golf Course's greens and fairways were carved out of 5,000 year old volcanic lava. Designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the 18 hole Mauna Kea features undulating fairways, steep greens, uphill holes, doglegs and 120 strategically placed bunkers_nearly twice that of a typical golf course. Set atop a 5,000 year old volcanic lava flow on the scenic Kohala Coast, Mauna Kea is the vision of the legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. opened in 1964. This championship course is ranked among "America's 100 Greatest" and was also named the number one course in Hawaii by Golf Digest.

On Oahu, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki offers outstanding accommodations and is the only hotel in Waikiki to own and operate a 27 hole golf course. The Hawaii Prince Golf Club is situated on the sunny Ewa plain of Oahu, just 40 minutes west of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, the unique courses has 27 dramatic holes. Occupying 270 acres Hawaii Prince offers stunning views of the rain carved Waianae mountains, has 89 white sand bunkers and ten captivating lakes, all surrounding 27 quick greens.

On Maui the inviting 36 holes at the Makena Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, opened in 1993. The North Course offers captivating mountain views of 10,000 foot dormant volcano Haleakala and the rolling waves of the pacific Ocean. Hawaiian rock walls remain where they were found, natural gullies and stream beds have been left intact, along with Makena's indigenous kiawe trees. The South Course, home of the Hawaii State Open in December, features natural rolling fairways and greens with breathtaking ocean and mountain views. The Maui Prince Hotel is nestled on a white sandy beach along a secluded cove within the 1800 acre Makena Resort.

Prince Resorts Hawaii "99 Holes of Golf" package is effective through December 20, 1997. Prices do not include airfare, ground transportation or Hawaii state tax. Based on availability golfers may customize their itineraries by booking their stays in any order. For golf or hotel reservations at any Prince Resorts Hawaii property, call 1-800-Prince 4. Prince Resorts Hawaii is one of the reasons people say "Nice Things About Hawaii!"

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