Ko Olina Resort, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, December 12, 2017 – Ko Olina Golf Club, host of the LPGA’s LOTTE Championship, has completed a three-month renovation of its greenside and select fairway bunkers. The project included reshaping the bunkers and the addition of new silica sand and state-of-the-art drainage systems, known as the Billy Bunker method, providing optimum playing conditions for players of all abilities.
The highlight of the project was the dedication and grand opening of a new Mickey Mouse inspired bunker on the 10th hole, fronting Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina. The festivities included an appearance by Mickey Mouse himself, as well as LPGA superstar and Hawai‘i native Michelle Wie.
“The Mickey bunker is all about having fun playing golf and we hope this new addition will help create memorable experiences for our guests for many years to come,” said Greg Nichols, PGA, Ko Olina Golf Club’s general manager and director of golf. “It was an honor having Michelle join Mickey to celebrate the opening. This refurbishment is just one of several projects in progress that ensures Ko Olina Golf Club remains top of mind as the premier golf destination in the state of Hawai‘i.”
“I think it looks great! It’s so cute and adds ‘character’ to the golf course, especially with Aulani in the background,” added Michelle Wie.
Wie has been one of the marquee names in the world of golf since her start on the LPGA tour in 2009. When in Hawai‘i, Wie calls Ko Olina Golf Club home, having honed her game at the club since early childhood. Wie won the LPGA LOTTE Championship in 2014 at Ko Olina, the same year she earned her first major tournament victory – the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. Ko Olina Golf Club is proud to be hosting the 2018 LOTTE Championship, April 11-14th, 2018, its seventh consecutive year.
About Ko Olina Golf Club
Ko Olina Golf Club offers a challenging 18-hole championship course with exceptional water features throughout. Designed by Ted Robinson, the course provides large landing areas and its moderate resort length can also be played as a true championship course from the back tees. The Ko Olina Clubhouse features a newly renovated and award-winning golf shop, locker room facilities and the incomparable Roy’s Ko Olina restaurant, featuring Hawaiian fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner. The par-72 layout is currently home to the annual LPGA LOTTE Championship (2012-2018) and has played host to the LPGA Fields Open in Hawai‘i (2006-2008), Ko Olina Senior PGA Invitational (1992) and the Hawaiian Ladies Open (1990-1995). www.koolinagolf.com
About Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is perfectly positioned on 21 beautiful oceanfront acres of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of O‘ahu. Just 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki, Aulani Resort features 351 rooms, including 16 suites, and 481 two-bedroom equivalent villas, including 20 grand villas. Guests are invited to experience its world-class spa, restaurants and lounges, pools, kids’ club, and more—all uniquely designed for families to discover the culture, history and traditions of Hawai‘i. Aulani Resort was voted the No. 1 family beach resort in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2016. For more information and reservations, visit www.disneyaulani.com or call (866) 44-DISNEY.
About Ko Olina Resort
Ko Olina is a 642-acre master-planned resort community on the western shore of the island of O‘ahu. Resort partners include Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Beach Villas at Ko Olina, Ko Olina Golf Club, Ko Olina Marina, oceanfront wedding chapels, and the
Ko Olina Station and Ko Olina Center retail hub. The resort, known as O’ahu’s premier vacation destination, also features four pristine oceanfront lagoons connected by 1.5 miles of shoreline pathways, access to a diverse selection of ocean and outdoor activities and the island’s best weather.