Mauna Kea Golf Course

4.3590000000 4.4 stars from 5 (78)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7370 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 77.2

  • 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: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 78 Reviews
5 stars:
43
4 stars:
24
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

69 out of 75 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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"Views are great. Staff is friendly. Serious noise pollution around."


dmyers2000's avatar
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

I'll never play here again. About 1000 houses surround the course and everyone has a guy mowing or edging all afternoon. Course grounds crew did the same thing. Felt like they followed me around with blowers, mowers, etc. Views were the real attraction. Course was in good shape. Grill closes at 3 so no food available after that. I've played $60 public courses that were more fun.

Hint to staff: Add yardage markers. There's only a few to be found.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Amazing ocean holes, challenging track"


mr79golf's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The course is worth playing for the views and grand nature of it. Was shocked that I went out as a single and never saw anyone in front or behind me until I caught a threesome on 17. Range was closed due to resodding and greens had been aerated 15 days before (which is usually enough time to get back to 100%) but were still very sandy and bumpy. This is a challenging course. Most greens are elevated and heavily bunkered. Tees and fairways were in excellent shape. One hole I had to wait by the green for 5 minutes for them to turn off the sprinklers. Overall this is a very memorable design and a beautiful experience. Once the greens have recovered it will be in perfect condition. A must play for me in the future, although high handicappers and beginners would likely be very frustrated here. No GPS on carts. Use the yardage book.


Player Tip: Club up into any uphill green (which is most). Soft conditions will give you no help if you land short.

18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course - questionable value"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's off season in Hawaii so there were only a few groups going off. Most appeared to be locals residing on property. Maintenance was being done both on the course and the driving range. There was very little signage on the course (hole markers, cart signs, navigational signs). It was unclear if this was maintenance related. The 19th was closed when we came off the course (closed at 2:30). We saw the beverage cart once. While the course was very nice and challenging, if you pay full rate, this is not a good value.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A must!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a must to play for any one staying on the Big Island. The course is beautiful, with great views of the ocean. The staff was very friendly and even made us bag tags at the end of the round. The prices of food, drinks and items in the pro shop are very reasonable as well. The day we played it felt like we had rented the entire course! They don't pack the course at all. Even with taking pictures and watching whales jump while on the 18th tee box we still played in less than 4 hours. Like the title said A MUST, spend the money and it will be worth it!


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Well worth playing :)"


Etienne9196702's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Even though I had trouble with my own game, I enjoyed playing here ! :) TIPS:
1) nearly ALL the greens are elevated. Use AT LEAST 1 club extra ! :)
2) Difficult greens (tiers), 3 putts are in play ! :(
3) Bring your sand wedge with you ! (And your camera :)
4) It can become very hot during the afternoons. Then again, rates are better !
5) Play Mauna Lani South Course for comparison...... and a lava rock bordering fairways experience.... brings lots of balls though ! :)
6) Play from the dark orange tees (unless you REALLY want a challenge and play a consistent 10 or less under par..... IMO). I usually play blue tees, but the RESORT ORANGE is more than enough to handle !

A bit on the expensive side (non resort resident), but worth the trip !


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Mauna Kea celebrates its Golden Anniversary in style"


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 12/08/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Mauna Kea celebrated its 50th anniversary - and the birth of lava golf on the Big Island - in style Dec. 7, hosting its annual pro-am and bringing in Mark Rolfing and architect Rees Jones, who renovated his father's classic in 2008. Mauna Kea's got all the characteristics of a five-star course - ocean views, top playing conditions, a dynamic layout by a big-name architect - except one, playability. Plateau greens, one after another encased by deep bunkers, wears on you. Only the strong survive. Don't get me wrong. It's a great course. It's just not one I would want to play everyday, and that to me, is the mark all courses should aspire to. Is Mauna Kea a bucket list place? For sure. Its two awesome par 3s on the water are worth the price of admission alone.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing views, lots of fun"


u000005573942's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The views on this course are amazing. There are lots of elevation changes and plenty of ocean view holes. That includes the Par 3 third where you hit over a small bay to an elevated green.

Course conditions were great. Greens were very smooth and rolled true and the fairways were great to hit off of.

The staff was awesome. I had accidentally booked a time for the day after I thought I did. When I showed up a day early they still honored my original green fee, which was lower, and put me with a twosome staying at the resort that had played several times and had good course knowledge.

Overall this was a great round in paradise. I hope to play again there someday.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course layout, poor green design."


john5236576's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A very good course layout and well maintained. However, the experience marred by poor green design. Multi level greens with deep swales made putting on many hole locations almost impossible


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Top ranked course not in good condition"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways were in only fair condition. Bunkers were poor and some of the bunkers had grass growing in them. Bunker sand was not good and thin in some places. 5 or 6 holes had elevated greens and blind shots to the greens with some greens having tiered levels. This is tough on the average golfer and in my opinion not much fun to play.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Play it again"


tonyp3393's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I will play course every time I'm on the Big Island.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful views. Golf course tough and in great condition.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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: Excellent

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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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: Average

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: Excellent

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"


jpwilder'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: Average

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: Good

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: Average

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"


Richard1580252'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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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: Good

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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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: Average

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: Fair

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



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