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Manele Course Listed in Top 20 Resort Courses



Manele Course at Four Seasons Resort Lānaȉ Honored
Among Top 20 Golf Resort Courses in the Country

The ultimate in must-play golf experiences, the Manele Course at Four Seasons Resort Lānaȉ has been listed among the Top 20 resort courses in the United States for 2017 by Golfweek magazine.

The breathtaking Jack Nicklaus Signature golf design is ranked No. 18, a remarkable jump up the list from last year, when it was No. 36. Manele also is one of only two Hawaii courses in the Top 20 of Golfweek’s annual ranking of the 200 “Best Resort Courses.”  Kapalua’s Plantation Course on Maui is No. 13.

One of the elite venues in the game – yet still very much untouched and uncrowded – the breathtaking Manele layout is built on lava outcroppings and features three holes along rugged oceanside cliffs. The course offers heavenly views of the Pacific on all 18 holes.  Its signature hole is No. 12, a par 3 where the tee sits 150 feet above the crashing surf. Five sets of tees ensure a fair, fun challenge for every golfer, but do-or-die shots over natural gorges and ravines must be precise.

“Playing the Manele Golf Course is something magical no golfer will ever forget,” said Scott Ashworth, Manele’s PGA director of golf. “Golfers always want to come back for more. It is challenging and so enjoyable, even though the stunning views make you take your eye off the ball.

Manele joins other world-class golf resort courses in the Golfweek rankings that include Pebble Beach Golf Links (California), Pinehurst No. 2 (North Carolina), and Bandon Dunes (Oregon).

“It is an honor to join this significant list of world-class golf resorts,” said Tom Roelens, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i, “and we welcome the opportunity to share our stunning ocean view course with avid golf travelers from around the world. We know when they visit us they will enjoy a trip of a lifetime.”

Located on a pristine island, Four Seasons Resorts Lāna‘i reflects a simpler pace of life and the spirit of old Hawai‘i, offering unique cultural adventures, a myriad of air, water and land activities that complement its world-class golf.

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai features 213 guestrooms, lobbies and seating areas for contemplation, multiple dining experiences such as the signature AAA Four Diamond rated ONE FORTY restaurant and NOBU LANAI, the Spa, luxury retail boutiques, tennis complex and a complimentary activity program. A resort with its own island to explore, guests can enjoy upcountry adventures on horse or UTV, fly on helicopter tours, snorkel, sail or scuba dive, explore heritage sites or simply relax on secluded beaches.

For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact Four Seasons at 1-800-321-4666, visit fourseasons.com/lanai/or join our online communities at Facebook @FourSeasonsResortsLanai, Twitter @fslanai and instagram @fslanai.

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