Mauna Kea Golf Course

4.4328000000 4.4 stars from 5 (67)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7370 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 77.2

TEE TIMES FROM: $110.00 VIEW TEE TIMES
  • 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela, Hawaii, Hawaii 96743, Hawaii County, USA
  • (808) 882-5400
  • (808) 882.5410
  • www.maunakeabeachhotel.com

Year built: 1965
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7370 yards 77.2 136
Resort 72 6358 yards 72.2 130
Composite 72 5798 yards 69.1 121
Forward 72 5096 yards 66.2 118

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 67 Reviews
5 stars:
39
4 stars:
20
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

60 out of 64 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes  

Reviews


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"Best course on the big island"


Ossome's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2014
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Reviewed on

Beautiful views. Golf course tough and in great condition.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A special treat"


kiisu's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2014
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Reviewed on

Not cheap, but well worth it. Great conditions and challenging track. Staff make you feel welcome right from the start. Hole no. 3 is obviously the jewel but a lot of great holes to remember.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Sanded greens"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2014
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Reviewed on

The greens were sanded , you did not tell us, they were nice enough to not hold us to your reservation!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Fair


I recommend this course


"Mauna Kea"


adelatorre's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Truly one of the great courses in the Hawaiian Islands. It is scenic and incredibly maintained. This course, along with the Prince in Kauai, are absolute "Must Plays"


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


u000002499987's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a very nice experience at Mauna Kea. The staff was pleasant and helpful. This was my first time playing. The course was beautiful and in very good condition. The wind came up in the late afternoon which added some difficulty but overall a great day.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the top 2 courses on the Big Island!"


gordonreich's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of bunkers. need to be on your game. check the slope rating before picking your tee box!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Mauana Kea"


Pseven14's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

Course was scenic. Views outstanding. Club needs to show holes on scorecard. Fairways were very good as were the greens. Will play the course again. Shot a 90


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Three Putt, three putt"


dickkatz's avatar
Age: 65+
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2014
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Reviewed on

My wife and I played with 2 single digit handicap golfers. I'm a 16.3. Everyone three putted regularly. The speed of the greens changes every hole and it's difficult to read the breaks.
Other than that, the course is beautiful and fair. I was able to reach most greens in regulation.
The sister course, Hapuna, is harder even though it's not rated as such. A lot more uphill with greens every bit as difficult. But again a very nice course. For the money and enjoyment factor play Big Island Country Club. Fabulous course.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Meets the hype"


egmeng's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2014
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Reviewed on

This is one of the better courses I've played. Especially the weather with slight breeze from the ocean to temper the sun Wide open feel Beautiful undulating terraine hitting across ocean front and over lush valleys. Many bunkers hard to avoid. Great in late afternoon


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful challenging course"


self7115's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We really enjoyed this course. It was a very long and challenging course. Several tee boxes that fit each of our players Lots of beautiful holes overlooking the ocean. The only downfall is that there is no 19th hole to stop for a drink or a bite to eat after the round. Their club is private. However the hotel across the street was available. It was beautiful overlooking the ocean, but would rather have had a drink at the course.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


rtighe's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great Views, great condition. The hotel is located on one of the best beaches in Hawaii. Plan on bringing beach towells and chairs. A great way to cool off after your round!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fantastic Day"


gdr's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff were friendly and very helpful. Course was in great condition and quite challenging. The vistas from tee boxes are phenomenal. You almost forget about the golf at times.

Definitely a must play course on the Big Island.


I recommend this course


"Great traditional course with ocean views!"


GeorgeAFlynn's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is my 2nd most favorite course in all of Hawaii! Island-born California transplant.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Memories"


Rodkehl's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2014
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Reviewed on

It was great to play where we began playing golf in the 70s. The course design has changed and brings a challenge but we had a great time with scores in line with our handicaps.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Overall an excellent course"


Bluecat18's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately I was paired up with a couple that was less than pleasant and this environment didn't help enjoy my golf round as much as I had anticipated.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A True Gem"


Garyjohnson's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It had been a few years since I played Mauna Kea. I was not disappointed. It is the best course on the Kohala coast and a thrill to play. There are spectacular views of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and the ocean. Lots of elevation change and undulating greens. The staff could not have been friendlier, including Duane, the head pro, who kept an eye on us all day. I will be returning before I leave the Big Island. I hope the bar is open after we play.


Player Tip: Take an extra club on the par 3 number 3, the signature hole.

18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"50 years later, Mauna Kea still rules the Big Island of Hawaii"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Mauna Kea, the first course built on the Big Island, remains its best.
Mauna Kea - ranked no. 31 on Golf Digest's list of the top 100 public courses in the country - will celebrate its 50th anniversary in December, 2014, looking better than ever. Rees Jones' renovation in 2008 reinvigorated the masterpiece created by his father, Robert Trent Jones Sr., in 1965.
Elevated greens, 99 deep bunkers and sloping fairways can give you headaches. It's a stern test with or without the wind.
Two of the best par-3s in the world hug the rocky coast. The cliffs of the stunning par-3 third hole are visible during the drive into the resort. Clearing the coastal chasm to reach the third green should be celebrated, even after a three-putt for bogey. The 11th hole falls off an elevated tee to a green set against the Pacific as a backdrop.
Ocean views accompany the rest of the round, too, proving Mauna Kea is part-beauty, part-beast.


Player Tip: Even if you don't play the tips, head back to that tee box on No. 3 to check out the view. If you're brave enough, try a swing from 272 yards out.

18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Very nice course"


Talyle's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a great course in fine condition. The views are spectacular.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Wonderful course"


uFRCN2706FR's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2013
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A great layout, each hole is different and interesting.
I liked the difference in the tee to hole elevations


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tough, Beautiful Course"


kvwill59's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a wonderful golf course primarily because of it's beauty. Also, that is was built in the 1950s by RTJ Sr. Very challenging for someone who does not play mountain style courses very often. Virtually every hole is worthy of a picture. The whole place is very laid back and easy going, with a reminder of times past. Of course, the price of the golf is steep, but it's worth it for at least once!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course