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4.0
134 Reviews (134)
5 Stars
52
4 Stars
59
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.7
87.5%
Recommend this course
119 out of 134 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.4
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.3
Amenities
2.0
StaffFriendliness
3.6
72.7%
Recommend this course
8 out of 11 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.7
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.3
StaffFriendliness
4.1
82.4%
Recommend this course
14 out of 17 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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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

4.0
134 Reviews (134)

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 3
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 3
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
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
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Find

What a great Course!! The Staff were friendly and Helpful. The course itself was very well maintained and offered challenges on several holes - especially number 17!! I made another tee time as soon as I finished the round.
The only downfall was the club l house is actually a tent like structure. You can get a caned or bottled beverage from the cooler - but that's about it. There was no cart service the day I played - But normally there is.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun layout with challenging greens

Played for a 2nd time today and enjoyed it more than a week ago. Interesting layout and never did figure out the breaks on the greens..... In good shape and cooler temos than beachside courses.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course but...

The cost was worth it. However, the pace of play was very slow. I think it was over booked.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice track; not special

First time playing here. Course was in decent shape. Layout was interesting, greens were challenging. Couple holes had distant views of the coast....nice. No restaurant or bar...... On-course snacks very limited.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great experience

Very nice course. Friendly and helpful staff. I can only recommend!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played

Very disappointing

Course in mediocre condition. most of the staff on course showed no respect towards players; not turning down the engines when players are in proximity or stop working. Not true for all, but these are mostly exceptions. No distance markers on most holes. Confusing clots and markers at tee off for different skill levels. Worst was the pro shop, insisting that my shirt was not good enough and forced me to buy one of the overpriced ones they sell. Were not able and willing to refund the prepaid round. I run into exactly one other player, so the dress code enforcement was crucial. Good that there are much nicer courses on the island

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

RIDER FEE!

First off, why do you charge a rider fee if no extra cart is needed? As a single player when I want my father to come watch, $30 fee to use a cart that i would already be using. I was a single player grouped with no one. I would have an extra seat right next to me. Stupid! Course great layout. Condition was poor, especially for this environment. I would not suggest you go here.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great golf on the big island

Makani (big island) is awesome ......wild life and an island green......fun elevation changes >.<

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