KAPAAU — The fairways are ready to roll at Kohala Golf Park, a long-term community volunteer effort that began earlier this year.
The 1,080-yard walking course will officially open to the public Dec. 2 with an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a charity golf tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.
It is the only golf course north of Mauna Kea Resort on the west side of the island.
Over the last four months, volunteers have been whipping the course into shape, refurbishing the six original holes. Three additional holes are in the works to make it a 9-hole course. The bathroom has been remodeled, trees trimmed around the property, scrap junk equipment removed and an entry road cleaned up.
“We were very fortunate earlier this month when Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) selected Kohala Golf Park for their annual community service event. They cut fairways, greens and palm trees, painted the clubhouse inside and out, donated two SCAG mowers and much more,” Imonti said. “It was mind blowing. Over 47 employees showed up, plus Kelly’s Tree Service sent eight employees to cut trees, mulch and chip.”
“We cut the fairways and greens and do most of the work ourselves as we are working off of limited funds,” Imonti said. “We have received many donations and have enough to build a new putting green. We’ve also been gifted three SCAG mowers, two green mowers, an aerator, two used weed whackers and two Weber barbecues for future events. HGV also donated furniture and mirrors to update the clubhouse and bathrooms, and more equipment will be donated soon. We have come a long way.”...
Source: West Hawaii Today