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Kapalua Golf & Tennis Names Mark Nelson Head Golf Pro of Bay Course

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Mark Nelson was named head golf profession for the Bay Course at Kapalua Golf & Tennis. Photo Courtesy: Kapalua Golf & Tennis

Kapalua Golf & Tennis in Maui named Mark Nelson, who had 20 plus years of golf and hospitality experience, as the new head golf professional of its award-winning Bay Course.

Nelson will lead all golf operations for the Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane-designed course located on the northwest side of the island.  

Nelson most recently served as the head golf pro at Hayden Lake Country Club, a private club in his hometown of Hayden Lake, Idaho. Nelson also was the head professional at Circling Raven Golf Club, a resort/daily-fee course in Worley, Idaho. Throughout his career he has worked at golf facilities throughout Idaho, including Twin Lakes Village Golf Club, the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course and The Club at Black Rock.


“Mark is a proven golf professional with industry experience encompassing many facets of the golf business including resort, private and public golf facilities,” said Tim Dietrich, assistant general manager, Kapalua Golf & Tennis. “Mark’s engaging personality and expertise in the game of golf make him an ideal representative of Kapalua Golf. We are thrilled to have him leading our Bay Course operations.”

A Class-A Member of the PGA of America since 2010, Nelson was named “Golf Professional of the Year” in 2020 and the “Resort Merchandiser of the Year” in 2017 by the Pacific Northwest PGA Section’s Inland Empire Chapter. He also is a past president of the PGA’s Inland Empire Chapter.

The Idaho native is married to his wife of 20 years, Jessica. They have two children.


“I am so happy to be in the Aloha State with my family and I look forward to making a difference at The Bay Course,” Nelson said. “It is an honor to be part of the amazing Kapalua facility and in the Troon family.”

For more information on Kapalua Golf, visit or call 1-877-KAPALUA.


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