The Club At Hokuli'a

4.5000000000 4.5 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7337 yards
  • Slope: 147
  • Rating: 76.1
  • Layout

  • 81-6636 Pu'u Ohau Place, Kealakekua, HI 96750, United States
  • (808) 324-1500
  • (808) 930-4110
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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (2002)
Type: Private
Golf Season: Year round


Carts: Yes


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


Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 7337 yards 76.1 147
Gold 72 7149 yards 75.1 145
Blue 72 6701 yards 73.5 136
White (W) 72 6305 yards 76.3 136
White 72 6305 yards 70.9 128
Red (W) 72 5314 yards 70.8 123

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
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recommend this course

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Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Spectacular Condition and Beauty"

donaldlorentz's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is the best course on the Big Island, and certainly the most challenging. Every member of the staff was helpful and friendly. Each shot requires careful thought, and local knowledge is helpful on several holes. Views are amazing. If you know a member do them a nice favor, then ask if you can join him or her for a round at Hokulia.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging

I recommend this course

"Explore the Big Island's only private oceanfront course"

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 12/12/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Lawsuits and a bankruptcy filing in 2013 have brought bad press to Hokuli'a ever since the Jack Nicklaus course opened in 2002. If this real estate project ever gets some momentum, look out because this place will become one of the best golf communities in the world. The Club at Hokuli'a never goes directly to the beach, but its ocean views from higher elevations are spectacular. Nicklaus was as creative as I've ever seen him. The course flows with a great mix of long and short holes. He built one crazy green, on the par-5 ninth hole. Elevation changes create a back nine as good as any in Hawaii. A stone pathway that dissects the 16th fairway is an ancient footpath so sacred, players are not allowed to drive their carts over it. If you somehow get an invite to play the private Hokuli'a, don't pass it up. Book your plane ticket right away.

Player Tip: To avoid the massive slope at the back of the ninth green, miss your approach shot left of the green. This leaves an easier chip up to the pin.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging

I recommend this course

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