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Lana’i’s Manele Golf Course Names T.J. Orban 1st Assistant Golf Pro

TJ Orbin-Lanai ManeleT.J. Orban has been named first assistant golf professional at Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i, where he will work under Scott Ashworth, director of golf, and head professional Kendric Kimizuka.

Orban will assist in overseeing the outside services staff and pro shop staff, as well as coordinating the golf cart, bag room, and course marshaling operations at Manele Golf Course.

“T.J. joins a staff dedicated to ensuring our guests are taken care of at the highest level from the moment they arrive on site,” Ashworth said. “Beyond our impeccable course conditions and superb amenities, we pride ourselves on the outstanding service we provide to guests, which will make good use of T.J.’s strengths.”

Orban comes to Manele Golf Course from The Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Resort Golf Course where he served in the same capacity. Prior to that, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native worked as an assistant golf professional in his home state at clubs in Gettysburg and York. He earned a degree in Golf Course Management from YTI Career Institute in York, Pa.

Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i’s Manele Golf Course is a stunning Jack Nicklaus-

Maneles-"All Carry #12
Maneles-“All Carry” #12

designed layout where every hole offers majestic ocean views.  Having earned numerous awards since opening in 1993, the Manele Golf Course is the No. 2-ranked resort course among all Hawai’i golf destinations (Golfweek magazine) and No. 32 among all resort courses in the United States.

The newly reimagined Four Season Resort Lanai has been undergoing a lobby-to-roof transformation and reopens February 1, 2016.

Toughest Golf Hole in America? Manele’s 12th Hole

LocalGolfer.com adds Manele Golf Course’s 12th to their “Toughest Holes In America” collection.

Is Manele Golf Course’s 12th hole at the Four Seasons Resort in Lāna´i, Hawaii, one of America’s toughest golf holes?

Certainly, its ALL CARRY, from tee to green across the rocky cliffs of the shoreline, was a convincing factor in LocalGolfer.com’s decision to add it to their “Toughest Golf Holes in America” collection.

It may look like there's ground to save you, but those edges are straight down, folks!
It may look like there’s ground to save you, but those edges are straight down, folks! Go ahead, just try to hit out of those lava rocks on the right! Photo Google Maps.


At 202 yards from the back tee box, this Par 3 requires you to know your club distances to avoid landing in the pounding surf 150 feet below. Par is easily a cause for celebration on the signature hole of the Jack Nicklaus design championship course at Manele Bay.

As much as it is intimidating, it is arguably one of the most beautiful Par 3s in America as well. The oceanic “fairway” of blue, mixed with the white spray mist of the crashing waves, makes one pause and reflect on the visual stimulation as well as the adrenaline rush of a hopeful tee shot.

When asked about the 12th hole’s personality as a tough hole, one guest at the resort replied with a grin, “If you got the [golf] balls, take the shot.” We suggest you take a little extra club; long is definitely better than short on this one.

Editor’s Note:  Do you have a toughest hole in America candidate?  Send your suggestions to info@localgolfer.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Top photo courtesy Four Seasons Resort