Robert Itamoto Lifetime HGCSA Achievement Award

Robert Itamoto graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Agronomy in 1959. His career as a golf course superintendent began at Barber’s Point in 1960. He moved to Oahu Country Club in 1962 as their Supt. In 1964, Robert Trent Jones Sr. hired Bob to oversee the construction on the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Golf Course in 1964 and stayed on as the Supt. In 1991, Mauna Kea Properties constructed the Hapuna Golf Course, and Bob helped with the construction of this course as well. In 2002, Bob retired from his position as Supt. but was asked to consult for Seibu, who owned the Hawaii Prince Golf Club, Makena Golf Courses, Hapuna Golf Course and the Mauna Kea Golf Course, totaling 100 holes of golf. He did consulting with Seibu until 2008. Mauna kea Properties decided to renovate the Mauna Kea Golf Course in 2008 using Rees Jones and again asked Bob to oversee this renovation project. After the completion of the renovation in 2009, Mauna Kea Resort Services asked Bob to consult on the maintenance of a 3 hole private course at the Kaunaoa development at the Mauna Kea Resort and he is still consulting to this day. This totals 53 years in the the career of golf maintenance! This is a lifetime achievement!