Waikoloa Beach Resort - Beach Course

3.2777500000 3.3 stars from 5 (8)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6566 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 70 6566 yards 72.7 130
Resort 70 5958 yards 69.0 127
Composite 70 5372 yards 65.7 119
Forward 70 5122 yards 70.7 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.6 stars from 5
Value: 2.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 8 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

5 out of 8 reviews


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"Solid track in great shape"


rbirch63's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played this course 7/10/2017. Conditions were very good with green speed in the moderately quick range. Hard to have super fast greens in Hawaii due to the trade winds that can blow strongly at times. Bunkers were in decent shape although I was not in too many of them. Played from the back tee's and it is challenging, especially with the winds cranking. One scenic hole #7. If you are looking for scenery and have one shot, Mauna Lani South is #1, Mauna Kea is #2, and then I would put the Beach Course in there. Hapuna is a nice track as well. The rest are pretty standard courses here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Much improved"


msmithcsrs's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

When i reviewed this course in 2015, I described it as neglected. The course condition is vastly improved since then. I was a little disappointed the greens were still bearing sand from recent aeration which we were not warned about nor discounted for. A minor discount and advance acknowledgment of the condition of the greens would have gone a long way toward building goodwill, but maybe they don't count on repeat business to sustain revenues. The sand traps / bunkers remain unacceptable. A quarter inch layer of raked sand on top of hard packed sand does not make for satisfactory play. I guess I need to hear from a professional groundskeeper why bunkers are a recurring maintenance problem at golf courses. More than half the time we invoke our own "local rule" declaring them "ground under repair" rather than guessing how each might perform. I wish we didn't have to do this. Well-maintained bunkers are a part of the game I enjoy. I wish we could get them more often.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course has declined since I last played"


Baldonick1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Made a tee time for 12:28pm with golfnow....Got a big hassle at check in, they did not wanted to accept the rate and had to show the reservation on my phone to get it accepted.. That was not a good start, asked to pair me up with someone and the staff at the counter said no problem... Wrong!! Asked the starter and he made several excuses and said it was not possible.... Proceded to play as a single and got stuck behind 2 ladies foursomes on the 4th hole , since there is NO ranger, had to skip the 9 hole and jump past these clueless ladies.. The course is in horrible shape, the fairways has quite a few patches of MO Grass and the greens are SLOW!!! In addition the cup holes are many many years old!!!!!! For the price paid, it is NOT worth it!!!! Play Hapuna beach for about the same price and it is MUCH MUCH better!!!!!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Goat Track!!!"


gilchgolfer's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

We played at 7:45 in the morning, which is a premium tee time, do NOT waste your money. Course is in horrible condition, fairways are under repair and the greens were absolutely atrocious. I have played municipal courses at home with better conditions. Good luck, I would not pay more than $65 for this course right now.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"A Sporty Resort Course"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We've been playing here since the 1990s and this course is still fun, though the fairways are starting to show their age.<br/> There is a lot of good golf course maintenance, the greens appear to have been aerated about a month ago, leaving some slowing lines and sand.

Our pro shop experience was enhanced by Jamie who was pleasant and efficient.<br/> Conversely, Paul the starter seemed to be on a power trip.

They start out with two water holes, a long par four and a long 205 yard par three which is almost all carry. A good idea is to warm up on the practice tee.<br/> Four years ago the Course at Waikoloa Beach Resort consolidated their clubhouses and practice facilities to Kings' Course, which really doesn't take away from the amenities of either course. The range is large with excellent turf and a short-game area. The Beach holes were realigned and the<br/> clubhouse closed.<br/> Hole #7, the amazing signature hole, is a 90 degree dogleg left uphill par 5 to a bunker covered green surrounded by beautiful ocean vistas. Be aware of the lava rock outcropping hidden in a swale on the right side approach.<br/> Hole #10 is really long for the ladies, at 500 yards it's tough from the short tees.<br/> Number 15 has a long carry over water into the wind.<br/> Course conditions were almost ideal, except for greens recovering from maintenance. The fairways were flat and well-trimmed, and the rough was very playable.

The pace of play was good, we never waited and no one trailed us, even though we started with a twosome behind us.

This is one of our favorite courses on the Big Island.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Lava Lava Everywhere"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2014
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course is in good condition considering it gets three times the play of Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea. There are some rough spots in the fairways but the tees and greens were in great condition.<br/> The Bermuda grass rough will cause serious shot deflection.<br/> Our pro shop experience was excellent because it was Allen who checked us in. He's friendly and helpful.<br/> They have a busy, thriving, and nicely stocked pro shop.<br/> Our starter was efficient and friendly. We teed off early and played a fun three and a half hour round.<br/> This course plays tougher than Mauna Lani South and there are several killer par fives here, specially the #1 handicap second hole.<br/> The Kings Course was built in the middle of a lava field.

This course is special because of the presence of mountain goats spotted on the back nine.The goats are big and come in brown, beige, and black colors. They thrive on the lava rock hills. A great photo op., and a small distraction to see a herd of goats crossing the fairway.<br/> The designers, Weiskopf and Morrish, have fully utilized lava rock formations to intimidate the golfer. The short par four holes are sneaky tough, errant tee shots that don't find the short grass are destined to spend their time in permanent lost ball land.<br/> Good design, tough yet fair, well conditioned course, great weather, sea breezes, and fast play make the Kings Course at Waikoloa a good choice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Just not worth it."


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I have now played most of the courses on the west side of the Big Island. I was looking forward to playing the Beach Course for the first time but walked away really disappointed. The course was in poor shape with many greens with browned out patches, bare patches in the fairways, cart ruts all over the place, etc. Pace of play was slow at around 4 3/4 hours. The starter was grouchy and sent us to the wrong first tee. The course layout feels like you are in a subdivision with the hotels, condos, townhouses, etc. Yes you have the ocean on one side of half the fairway of one par 5 but that is it. We also got to listen to the loudspeakers at a corporate luncheon for several holes. The whole experience was like a muni course on the weekends but at a much higher price. This is a high volume resort experience. If you want the real resort experience go up to Mauna Lani and pay a bit more for a well maintained course and more ocean views from both courses or head up to Big Island Country Club for a better value and a peaceful setting.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Value rules on the Kings course at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Ocean front golf will cost you in Hawaii.<br/> That's why the Kings course at the Waikoloa Beach Resort is well known as a more affordable, value-oriented round of golf on the Kona coast. There's no premium price tag tacked on for an ocean view. You won't see the Pacific, but there's still plenty of water hazards, and the golf is still good.<br/> Tom Weiskopf designed a straight-forward resort course that's mostly flat and framed by black lava rock.<br/> Weiskopf takes pride in building short par-4s. There are two pretty good ones on the Kings. Golfers can make a three or an eight on holes five and 13, depending on how much risk they take off the tee.<br/> The 6,566-yard Beach course is 500 yards shorter and a little easier than the 7,074-yard Kings.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




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