Hualalai Golf Club - Nicklaus Course

3.3809428571 3.4 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7117 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Mahope 72 7117 yards 74.7 129
Championship 72 6632 yards 71.5 126
Championship (W) 72 6632 yards 78.3 137
Regular 72 6032 yards 68.5 123
Regular (W) 72 6032 yards 74.9 130
Mua (W) 72 5374 yards 71.2 117
Mua 72 5374 yards 65.4 113

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 2.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
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recommend this course

3 out of 4 reviews


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Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Bunkers desperate for attention"

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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I have played this course 7 different times. Last November 2015 the bunkers had not been maintained. Many fairway bunkers and green side bunkers were packed down like hard pan. I complained about this in November. In May I played here again, and the condition of the bunkers had not been improved. I don't consider these Four Seasons standards, and don't justify the $275 greens fee in November not the $295! I paid in May. In May I sent an email to the director of golf operations for Hualalai complaining again, and I didn't even receive the courtesy of a response. I have to wonder what has happened to the Four Seasons philosophy of exceeding expectations. Apparently it has been lost.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

I don't recommend this course

"Even better the second time around"

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 12/10/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Think of it this way: My first round on the Nicklaus course at Hualalai last January was a blind date. My next round 10 months later was the second date where I fell hard for this beauty. Hualalai's nuances don't really show up until you've played the course a couple of times. The first time it feels like just another high-end resort course where you can spray it and still enjoy it. The second time you realize there's some great variety ... a bunker in the middle of a green, a risk-reward blind shot over black lava rock, fun doglegs, short par 4s and jaw-dropping oceanfront holes. Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea might be prettier, but Hualalai might be the most fun to play. To be honest, I haven't paid much attention to the TV broadcast of Hualalai's Champions Tour event. I'll be watching now.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

"A Four Seasons-caliber golfer experience at the Hualalai Golf Club on 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 Good weather

Reviewed on

Only guests of the Four Seasons Hualalai have access to the Jack Nicklaus design right next door. (The Tom Weiskopf course is a private members course).<br/> The Nicklaus course has hosted the Champions Tour since 1997, crowning an impressive list of winners, notably Hale Irwin (1997, 2007), local home owner Tom Watson (2010) and Bernhard Langer (2009, 2014).<br/> Although it can play tough when the wind kicks up, Hualalai was designed to be resort-friendly. Wide fairways and relatively flat greens with only subtle breaks make it playable for everybody. There are few forced carries, just the tee shot on the par-3 fifth hole over a lake and a bite-off-as-much-as-you-can tee shot over marsh on the final hole, a dogleg left par-4. The most intriguing challenge comes on the par-5 seventh hole, which always provides fireworks during the tournament. Rock lava flows on either side of the fairway pinch tight to form a narrow tunnel. These black rocks create an intimidating blind second shot. The hole is short enough that going for the green is an option, but most golfers are just concerned about clearing the lava to reach the other side. The round climaxes as the 16th green and the par-3 17th hole sit right on the ocean shore. Views like these are worth the long flight from the mainland.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

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