Although the Big Island of Hawaii could hold all the other islands with room to spare, it has the population of just a medium-sized town. Tourism remains lower here than Oahu and Maui; despite the Big Island’s abundance of top-notch restaurants and hoping bars. It’s a fairly rural community, where sleepy old towns have remained unchanged for a century. Only a few resorts call the island home, most of which are built on the barren lava flows of the Kona coast. There, beneath the rising shoulder of Hualalai, a dormant volcano, rests Kūki’o Golf and Beach Club; a private, residential equity club boasting opulent estates, two world-class golf courses and a lifestyle of laid-back elegance.
Opened in 2002, The Kūki’o Golf and Beach Club is comprised of three distinct neighborhoods adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel on the Kona-Kohala coast and offers it’s residents a beach club with historic Hawaiian fish ponds, archaeological preserves and a breaking surf; an elegant clubhouse overlooking Maui; tennis courts, a spa, a gym, an exercise pavilion, three pools, a sports park, a vegetable farm, two dining facilities and a beach bar. “You must experience Kūki’o to understand its unique appeal to our fortunate membership,” says David Johnston, Director of Sales at The Kūki’o Golf and Beach Club.
You must experience Kūki’o to understand its unique appeal to our fortunate membership David Johnston, Director of Sales at The Kūki’o Golf and Beach Club
The 7,419-yard Kūki’o Championship Golf Course, designed by the incomparable Tom Fazio, hosts eighteen holes with views of the Kona and Kohala Coast. The course offers players a challenging and thrilling experience as it winds through several diverse natural zones and changes in elevation of approximately 400 feet. And the property’s 10-hole short course, located near the beach club, includes a variety of practice areas and challenging short holes. Also created by Tom Fazio, the 2,261-yard course includes seven par three and three par four holes and is sure to entertain even those who are new to the sport.
Kūki’o Golf and Beach Club also offers its members two world-class dining options including Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the Clubhouse and fresh Island cooking at the Beach Club dining room. Executive Chef Nick Mastrascusa, a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Johnson and Wales University and also the famous Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, creates original, healthy menus that tie into the development’s goal of a balanced lifestyle. And thanks to the Kūki’o Farm, most of the ingredients are grown organically on the premises, from micro greens to patty pan squash, purple carrots, herbs and lettuce. The culinary team at Kūki’o even harvests their own honey.
And the club’s Outdoor Pursuits program provides members with a truly Hawaiian experience that explores the hidden treasures of Big Island. “Favorite pursuits include outrigger canoe paddling and sailing, surfing, ocean and land fitness training, swimming with dolphins and bike expeditions,”
Johnston says. “Many of our members start their day with
a paddle or a swim.”
“Favorite pursuits include outrigger canoe paddling and sailing, surfing, ocean and land fitness training, swimming with dolphins and bike expeditions, … Many of our members start their day with a paddle or a swim.”Johston says
With over $100 million in sales so far this year, according to Pacific Business News, Kūki’o Golf and Beach Club is enjoying the highest sales they have experienced in almost a decade. This is due at least in part to the rarity of land opportunities in the Kona and Kohala areas. “Just recently, an ocean-front lot sold for $20,000,000 in the Kaupulehu neighborhood,” Johnston says proudly. “The sale was one of the highest vacant land sales of its size in the history of Hawaii.” The Kaupulehu neighborhood has 21 recently released Phase 2 lots for sale and the Kūkiʻo and Maninowali neighborhoods also have plenty of land and luxury home availability.
It’s clear that the Kūki’o Golf and Beach Club management team, as well as the members, have tapped into a synergy that’s working. “Our members share a love of Hawaii, the ocean, sunshine, golf and family,” Johnston says. “Healthy Hawaii living through less stress, better sleep, focused exercise and world-class cuisine continually call our members back home.”