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4.2
144 Reviews (144)
5 Stars
59
4 Stars
62
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.0
90.2%
Recommend this course
129 out of 144 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.0
21 Reviews (21)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
85.7%
Recommend this course
18 out of 21 reviews
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4.0
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
86.4%
Recommend this course
19 out of 22 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7116 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.4

Formerly known as Big Island Country Club.

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Makani Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Kikuyu Grass
Greens Paspalum Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Perry Dye (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Hawaii (2019 #14) (2017 #4)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2019 #11)

Reviews

4.2
144 Reviews (144)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 14
Bunkers 11
Elevation Changes 8
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 15
Locals 11
Advanced Golfers 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13

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Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun day on the links at Makani

Great day with new friends. I have 2 suggestions #1 keep your ball on the fairways and #2. Don't read too much break in your putts. Have fun.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wonderful time

My round was most enjoyable because of the couple we were put with. All the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, especially smarter Jim and the young lady behind the counter. My score wasn't because of the course it may have been 4 months off with no practice. Suggestions, don't go off the fairway and I "saw" more break than there was on putts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Staff were fantastic

The course is beautiful and the layout was fair and challenging. The staff are amazing. The food we ordered at the turn was great and fairly priced. I will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always a great test

One of my favorites. Very few public golf courses are not surrounded by homes or resort setting. This course is still so.peaceful & calming.
Great layout, beautiful & a great test for any golfer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

Great staff, fantastic conditions. A good challenge for any level golfer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

nice place no problems

Nice setup, with enough challenge for anyone, Liked the added roll compared to back home this time of year. Th e 17th and 18th will test you

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Great Views and Enjoyable Course

Excellent course with great views of mountains and ocean. Course was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

We did have a good day but....

First of all, the staff was very friendly, courteous, and welcoming.

My issue was the course preparation. It was obvious that the sand traps had not been groomed for quite some time. I get no rake because of covid, but there's no excuse for allowing debris to accumulate in the traps.

The course needs some TLC in the maintenance and preparation.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Great layout

Good condition, too bad the 18th hole is to a temporary green due to renovation of the pond. Fun course to play.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Big Island, Makani country club

Very pretty course. A combination of both tight and open golf, Fairways are a bit on the thin side, Greens are decent, Yardage markers could be better, The course is in better shape than it was a year age, Would play again because of the layout. Five sets of tees.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bad check in experience

We've been to this golf course many many times over the past several years. We come to this island a few times a year and always golf there. We have NEVER been told we can't wear a tank top or shorts or anything like that. We know it's on the website but it's never been enforced that we've ever been aware of.

Today we drive an hour to get there only to be told we have to have a collared shirt. They suggested we pay over $100 for two shirts or drive back to our condo and change. Really? A 55 min drive for a collared shirt? The golf course is in ranch country. The only one seeing our shirts would be geese, ducks, goats, chickens, etc. Good grief.

We understand a dress code but we were dressed nicely, just not collared. We've been there SO many times and they have never commented on our attire. So one gal decides today that she wants to enforce a dress code. Why not just say that for today since we drove so far, they let is slide but that we should be sure to dress with a collared top next time. But no, she wouldn't help out in that way.

We were very angry and drove back and changed and got back two hours later because we had a nonrefundable gift card and had to golf or lose out. It was very disappointing and we'll probably not return to this golf course again.

It's also worth noting that it was a very slow day there and we never even came close to any other golfers and they wouldn't have known or cared if our shirt had a collar. It was ridiculous and unnecessary. Never again.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/25/2021

Sorry, but you should always wear a collared shirt to any golf course. Tee shirts and tank tops, short shorts, just aren't acceptable on any golf course. It was correct for the course to enforce the dress code. They should have offered a discount on a collared shirt in their shop, though.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love the course fairways very dry. Greens excellent will come gain

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good test of golf, outstanding finishing holes, wildlife, no houses nearby!

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent three rounds at Makani. Well, one of the rounds was in such fog that we never saw the course much at all so we played it 2x more and it's a gem of a course.

The land surrounding the course is beautiful and the course is carved out of it. Bonus is seeing wild turkeys, goats, birds of prey and a kind of wild feeling throughout though the course is well maintained throughout. I have a lower handicap, played off the "champion" markers and found it moderately challenging with the last two holes being exceptionally challenging. Staff is very very nice.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Upcountry Gem

Return trip when visiting the Big Island. Always a treat, always a bit cooler and the friendly staff makes for a welcome addition to the experience. Limited post-round options but always return for our time in Hawaii. Encourage you to do the same.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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