Makani Golf Club Launches New Stargazing Activities-Glow Golf Anyone?

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In keeping with Hawaii Island’s new slogan, “The Island of Endless Adventure”, Makani Golf Club (formerly Big Island Country Club) is launching new evening activities to include stargazing, StarDomes and glow golf.
Guests will be able to enjoy the uninterrupted celestial view from the golf course while playing glow golf and relaxing near fire pits. New to the Big Island, StarDomes, which are enclosed “bubble tents” allowing for environmental comfort while providing guests a fun and relaxing view to the show overhead, are part of the fun.

Sustainable Activity for Hawaii Island

Ross Birch, Executive Director, Island of Hawai’i Visitors Bureau, stated at the launch event at the golf course that these kinds of activities are right in line with what the bureau is working to promote – Sustainable tourism activities with low impact to the fragile areas of the island. The evening activities utilize the same facilities that visitors use during the day..except, of course, the glowing corn hole game and the Stardomes and fire pits. All of which I have had a chance to experience with my friends and husband-(he is the one hitting that glowing golf ball in the photo!)
Unlike a stargazing experience atop Mauna Kea, guests to Makani Golf Club can bring their children safely, lessen travel distance and drive time, and avoid extremely cold temperatures, wind, and altitude sickness. The evening golf component allows players to use glowing LED golf balls with illuminated flags and putting holes.

An Alternative To Driving to 13,000 Feet on Mauna Kea

“We are offering this new tour activity to guests on Hawaii Island who are searching for another avenue to stargazing on the island. Why drive all the way up to Mauna Kea when visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of the cosmos right at Makani while avoiding the altitude, cars zipping by next to the highway, cold, and crowds? You will be comfortable at our property.” stated Creighton Aotani, Makani Golf Club, Project Manager.  

Relax AND Play

Part of the fun is also experiencing the beauty of the golf course before sunset. The course is home to dozens of birds that include a large flock of Hawaiian Nene geese, owls, turkeys, and more. The open space is relaxing and you can get a glass of wine and sit by the fire pits and watch the sunset in the horizon waiting for full dark when the stars appear.
Please contact Makani Activities at 808-747-0077 or stargazing@makanigolfclub.com to learn more or go to the Makani Golf Club website at www.makanigolfclub.com/stargazing. Taikobo Hawaii Tours is offering tours for the nighttime stargazing experience. Call to book- (808) 329-0599
Looking to play a game of golf during the day? The golf course is situated on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea volcano which offers golfers a cool
climate with sweeping vistas of the ocean and neighboring mountains.

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