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3.7
331 Reviews (331)
5 Stars
79
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
28
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.0
81.3%
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280 out of 331 reviews
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3.6
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.8%
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25 out of 33 reviews
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3.7
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.4%
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43 out of 57 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Woodland
Par 72
Length 7091 yards
Slope 144
Rating 74.3
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Makalei Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dick Nugent (1992)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No. Only with permission.
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Hawaii (2016 #18)

Reviews

3.7
331 Reviews (331)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 36
Bunkers 16
Thick Rough 14
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 30
Advanced Golfers 17
Locals 17
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 22
Convenient to the City 18
Near the Airport 16

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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4.0
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Makaylei golf course

Fun course. In the mountains so much cooler than Hilo. Greens were in good shape. Some fairways a little spotty but overall a nice somewhat challenging course. Will play it again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
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4.0
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Peacocks are beautiful!

Had fun playing this course. Greens are soft so didn’t get a lot of role. But we really loved the layout and seeing the animals..

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Locals Only

Visiting the Island....stay away. Locals only. Well that is how I felt at the end of the day. Paying almost $70 more than a local person I kind of get but based on the day it wasn't worth it. Wife and I played on 6/20. The course wasn't that full but the process to get on the course was timely. Carts need to be replaced as they barely manage the terrain, felt like I was riding a go cart. Maintained well, lots of green grass and really is a beautiful course. Pace of play was slow...and I mean really slow. We were waiting at every hole and so was the group ahead of us. Asked to play through and the person looked at me with rage. "We don't do that here" was the response, score card indicated differently.

Wife and I played 4 courses in 7 days. This was the worst of the 4 and my only negative experience.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Friendly staff! Easy walk from Hapuna resort.

Played in about 3 hours. Bunches of wild goats on the course. Fun time. Extremely friendly staff. Distant, panoramic ocean views from many holes. I’d been expecting the course to have at least a couple holes nearer the water at least so was disappointed. Generous resort style fairways. Fast greens.

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

Lovely Makalei

We had a great time. Friendly staff, Beautiful setting. This course is on a mountain side. Fun and Interesting layout, like no other course I've played. Must take a cart, no way to walk it. Wide fairways, but dense forest if OB. Greens are in great shape. Peacocks! Looking forward to playing here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Jungles & peacocks!

If you are looking for dazzling ocean holes, immaculate fairways, a stunning clubhouse, and an upscale resort ambiance...look elsewhere. But if you want a challenging round on a course without a single square foot of level ground, where peacocks roam freely on most holes, where cart paths meander almost aimlessly through lush rainforest, and Hawaii's only bent grass greens are finally recovering from too much neglect, then consider giving Makalei a try. Sure, the ancient gas carts are on their last legs, the "temporary" structures at the clubhouse look like they're a few decades beyond their expected lifespan, and the long hike up the mountain from the clubhouse to the first tee makes you wonder if it will be worth it IF you make it there, but once you begin to play I think you'll find, as I did, that Makalei offers an unique, memorable, and quite fun experience if you temper your expectations a bit. You're not going to be at Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea, but then again you're not going to pay $200+. You're not going to have crashing waves or ocean carries, but you will have over 1000 feet in elevation change to deal with. You're not going to feel coddled or pampered, but you will feel welcomed and challenged. Yes, the fairways are spotty, the rough is patchy, and some of the bunkers are unplayable; and you will likely participate in the "ball exchange program" (losing balls in the ever-present jungle lining each hole, but finding someone else's occasionally instead); but good shots will be rewarded, poor ones will be punished, and you will find, I think, at the end of your round that the course provides a fun and fair test of golf. My wife and I played on a somewhat rainy Mothers Day afternoon, and while the round was "holiday slow", the other golfers we encountered were uniformly friendly, happy to be there, and completely willing to usher us on ahead if we wanted (even though there was no where to go). So, if you want something different (know another course with dozens of peacocks and 600 yard par fives?) and don't mind less than perfect conditions, I recommend trying Makalei.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

excellent

lots of vegetation and loads of birds of all kinds and a few pigs. Natural beauty at it's best

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Jurassic Park golf

If you want a cart path that's like a Disney jungle ride, and surroundings to match, this course is for you. You'll never play another like it, surrounded by dense foilage and dodging screaming peacocks and francolins while other unseen birds cry out from the trees and ferns around you.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Setting

Looking forward to upcoming course improvements. One of our favorite Big Island courses!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sub par experience

Course in very rough shape. New GM and greenskeeper should help improve conditions, Had to play front 9 twice, as aeration being performed on back 9. This limitation not made known to us until we arrived at course. Peacocks and wild turkeys on course interesting.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Unique

Such a unique course. Lava tubes and peacocks and trail blazing through jungle to the next hole. Loved it!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gotta be a goat even with a cart!

Course was too hilly. No way I could play with someone else and was sandwiched between a too slow foursome and a fast one pushing me. Had to skip a par five to ge free of those conditions. Every green is a hike from where you put the cart. Wore me out by 12holes. Fairways and traps in very rough conditions. No wonder they had so many open tee times!

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Visit / Not Last

Welcome course to warm up for arrival on the. Big Island. Located upcountry from the KOA airport, high enough to drop beach side temperatures by 8 degrees. Heavy wooded areas which break the wind nicely. Anticipate seeing peacocks and turkeys all across the course. Found one on the initial hole and took pictures / videos. By the end of the day, realized they were on virtually every hole. Don't bring any food or they will steal from your cart while you putt!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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