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3.8
459 Reviews (459)
5 Stars
111
4 Stars
216
3 Stars
78
2 Stars
36
1 Stars
18
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.0
84.8%
Recommend this course
392 out of 459 reviews
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4.2
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
22 out of 22 reviews
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3.8
98 Reviews (98)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
86.7%
Recommend this course
85 out of 98 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

3.8
459 Reviews (459)

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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Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Fun layout. Generous fairways. Hilly Fare test.

Had fun here. Had trouble finding my way around. Could use some signs for sure. Lots of up and down which I like. Place is a jungle with lushness everywhere. Peacocks and geese were fun. Lots of construction being done. For the rate I enjoyed it and would play here again. Nice and cool temps compared to lower elevation courses. Green speeds were inconsistent but I think it’s the grain.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Mountain course

Mountain course We had a great time playing this mountain course that had an elevation drop of 1000 feet. Staff are very friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 10
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Loved the peacocks!

The peacocks are so domesticated they come right up to you. The views were marvelous. The carts didn’t have enough power for those hill climbs. I loved the advantages for the womens tee boxes but the were pretty shabby and unlevel. Would golf here again though!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Middle earth

Beautiful course up in the mountains . Very challenging and hilly. Played in a lot of clouds and mist. Greens were in great shape. Fairways were a little patchy and muddy. Love the peacocks!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Best shape it’s been in for a long time

They have been working hard to get the course back to where it used to be. Weed eradication efforts on fairways and tee boxes have paid off. Greens are the best on the island. Amenities are currently lacking as the clubhouse is being rebuilt and they are currently working out of temporary trailers. Golf carts are new. They are celebrating 30 year anniversary and will have specials coming up. Best value for golf on Big Island but not for beginning golfers as it can be challenging.
Views and wildlife make it worthwhile as well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 36
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tuesday Golf @ Makalei

Beautiful golf course. Love the peacocks, nae nae geese and the great views.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

My go to course!

$28 for a round of golf in Hawaii. I am so happy with the Hot Deals! Weather was perfect. Course is being renovated but was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Interesting Layout

We really wanted to like this course. The course has a fun layout with lots of elevation changes. The greens were in pretty good shape, but we'd suggest they sell divot repair tools in the clubhouse and teach people how to use them. As others have said, you will probably lose a few balls here since the fairways slope toward the ocean and very deep rough which can penalize what you thought was a great shot off the tee. Due to the drought, there were a lot of dead spots in the fairway. They were getting ready to overseed, so all the tee boxes were temporary. This course could become a hidden gem with some more work. From what we could see, they also do your starting hole differently than other courses. Instead of starting on hole one, you just drive around until you find an open tee box and start your round there. Our pace of play was pretty good for the first 6 holes until two guys jumped in ahead of us on 7 and then four clowns cut between us and the twosome on hole 11. We might check this place out again on our next trip since the price was right and the layout was challenging.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fairways need help it’s like playing in a field that was just mowed greens are almost perfect

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

Great time fun course

Course is absolutely awesome, greens are solid, fairways need some work but overall a great phu-Ken course the views spectacular looks like course is in middle of a jungle a definite course to play when on the big island

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Great course besides fairways

I played here just the other day and it is just an amazing golf course. The layout is fantastic, practice putting greens roll similar to the greens on course, and the scenery around the golf course is absolutely amazing.
However when I played it the fairways were almost non existent, it was like the entire course was just a cut of rough. Obviously they haven’t mowed the fairways for quite some time and are a little over do for it.
The greens were very nice however rolling smooth and quick. Just the fairways were not so nice.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Jungle golf

Crazy jungle course with lots of elevation changes and nice greens. Good value for the money, have to be a decent golfer to keep score. Bring balls and enjoy the wildlife.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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