Fugget about the 19th hole at the new Rees Jones-designed Kohanaiki GC, located on the oceanfront grounds of the Kona Coast’s newest private community, Kohanaiki.

Here, there’s no need to wait for a cart girl or until after the last putt drops to enjoy a few libations since you can quench your thirst at one of three comfort stations planted at holes six, seven (also next to the tennis courts) and thirteen.

Keep in mind, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill drive-by snack shacks at the turn where you might pick up a sandwich or hot dog and some chips and scoot along. These comfort stations (a.k.a. golf hales) represent the golf course equivalent of a Michelin 3-star restaurant that can also be hazardous to pace of play. But that’s really a non-factor at Kohanaiki. The most important consideration at this new luxury residential community is having some major coinage in your piggy bank for the privilege to take advantage of all these golf course trimmings.

  Top quality of snacks and drinks available to golfers on the course   © Robert Kaufman

Top quality of snacks and drinks available to golfers on the course   © Robert Kaufman

Once you’re a homeowner (or guest), the nourishment stops are open all daylight hours to feast - at no charge, of course – on a premium assortment of refreshments that include everything from healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, house-made beef jerky to the trappings of more calorie-friendly indulgences like candies, cookies, chips, frozen yogurt or Kohanaiki’s own ice-cream sandwiches. To wash down any of these items, in stock are a wide variety of liquids starting with water to stay hydrated, juice drinks, sodas, craft beers, and the prerequisite Hawaiian amenity – a Mai Tai machine. There are rockers on the front porch to enjoy the view so, no rush!

As the new kid on the block, this is the type of “wow” factor that could well be the tipping point for prospective buyers deciding where to spend their real estate dollars in the tropical paradise. For that reason alone, Marty Keiter, Kohaniaki’s Director of Golf who has spent the majority of his 32 years as a PGA member in Hawaii, totally understands “aloha” hospitality and is always happy to oblige when it involves going on a scenic property tour. He knows exactly where the hot spots are and he’d be quick to let his guests know to stay as long as want. No tip required!

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