Kona Country Club

4.6152294118 4.6 stars from 5 (58)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6657 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6657 yards 72.0 125
Blue 72 6263 yards 70.2 123
White 72 6026 yards 69.1 118
White (W) 72 6026 yards 75.2 127
Red 72 5243 yards 65.3 110
Red (W) 72 5243 yards 70.2 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 58 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
26
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

43 out of 56 reviews


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"Saved the day..."


u000005387133's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

After a couple of bad experiences at northern courses, (beware of gale force winds and dried conditions), we played Kona. Nice playable course with beautiful views. Greens were tough to read but well maintained. Hope to play again before l leave.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"BEST VALUE ON THE ISLAND"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have played almost every golf course on the island from Kohanaiki to Big Island Country Club. Based on course conditions, course character, aesthetics (scenery), pace of play, friendliness of staff and cost,Kona Country Club is by far the best value on the island. Course conditions were impeccable, with true rolling greens of fast, but not excessive pace. Several holes have fantastic, distracting ocean vistas. We enjoyed it so much, we played it twice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good stuff"


buxi's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great Course. In very nice shape. Ocean view and 'black' lava holes. Look out for the funny shaped palm tree (H16?). Check if golf course is offering special rate on their own website. I got an online rate of 130 (vs 180 regular, bit pricey...). Not crowded at all. Friendly staff and the coconut water refreshing towel at the end is a treat!!! Would def play again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Top-notch price, but not quite top-notch"


TopcatGolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course itself is excellent. Good layout with elevation changes and overall in very good condition. Holes 12-14 in particular are spectacular, hard by the blue Pacific. The normal $180 greens fee is too high, however. Look for discounts on the course's own website. Main complaint was with the rental clubs. Paid $55 and got a mismatched set of only 11 clubs. I was told this was the "going rate" - maybe for a complete set!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Kona Country Club - Hawaii"


whippet2's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

while staying in Kona on the Big Island I decided to check out the Kona Country Club. Apparently the course had been closed for a year to sort out some irrigation and fairway levelling issues. Teed off at 1pm after a short hit on the practice range. Course in pristine condition with little evidence of traffic. Wide couch(bermuda) fairways and true greens if a little slow. Some holes skirt the ocean on the front 9 with the Pacific providing a dramatic backdrop to the 2nd green. The par 3 runs right next to the coastline and makes for a spectacular hole. The course gets a little samey until the 12/13th. The 13th has you hitting over the "puka" blowhole which was in full flight when I played. Make sure you hit off the blacks on this hole at least. Very much a resort style course but with enough "wow" factor with the scenery on the coast holes to make it worthwhile.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"currently closed"


larry989's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

these two courses closed last year, the ocean course is supposed to open summer of 2015.


I recommend this course


"Beauty in decline"


Bert3181382's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/30/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful layout, breathtaking scenery and a real challenge. That sums up Kona Country Clubs mountain course. But sadly the whole thing breathes the atmosphere of neglect. The cart we drove, would have made a fitting prop in The Flintstones: you could see right through the bottom and breaks were nonexistent. The bar was closed, the bunkers contained hardly any sand, a pond was dry, the on course lavatories were filthy and I could go on complaining. I won't. We had a fine round for $55 through a GolfNow deal. But I noticed that the standard greenfee is $150. No way!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course though closing 6/7/13 until further notice."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/6/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course closing 6/7/2013 until further notice. Employees didn't know future of jobs or course. Might have new owners.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course is a Dog."


Joel4187904's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/2/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Absolute terrible place to play. Fairways were terrible, greens were worse, bunkers were washed out and had lava rock in them. This course wouldn't be a good value at $15 let alone the $50 we paid. Do not waste your time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course, but closing in a week"


u000006524250's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/31/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Arrived to learn course is closing in a week, so driving range and restaurant were closed. Golf Now should have noted this issue. No warm up and no food. The course was maintained fairly well considering their pending closing date; however, ladie's restroom was scary, some of the greens needed attention and the cart path was washed out in several spots. Looks like they are going to re open as there was a lot of noisy maintenance going on while we played.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Awesome views"


canham's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Every hole was a Kodak moment, highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good vacation courses"


cpeterson1988's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun course to play on vacation... The range was closed but other then that it was a lot of fun!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The Mountain Course"


psought27's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/14/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a nice course to play a casual round with a friend or spouse. It usually isn't crowded so there is no rush or pressure to play fast. The staff and pro shop are friendly - it would be nice if they provided bottled water, though. As for the course, it was well maintained and challenging enough, especially #14, a downhill par 3 over water, a fun shot!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course but not in good condition, sand traps"


tebore6's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/14/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the sand traps where all washed out no sand just dirt and rocks If I paid more than $45.00 dollars for 18 on the condition of this course I would not be a happy camper. The golf cart #30 was in a condition I never seen on any course . I used a tee to hold a piece of metal on the driver side floor so not to trip, also the window frame was very loose missing part to hold it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging to play with side hill roll on some holes."


jsharpe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/7/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This coarse is a challengine because the side hill fairways. Fun to play and very much a mountain coarse. Beautiful views from the Tee's. Some breeze on a hot humid day. Staff was very nice, it was worth the money


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views, great layout, adequate condition"


Scott9020660's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/24/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were warned off of this course by a couple we played with earlier in the week, but had already paid through GolfNow, so had to play. We are glad we did! First off, it is unfortunate that for some reason (the economy, management, whatever) the Ocean Course is closed. In fact, it doesn't look like they will be reopening it any time soon, since several of the tee boxes have been "harvested" for sod for the other course. However, the Mauka (Mountain) Course has beautiful views and on a hot, humid Big Island day, any wind is welcome. We found the condition of the course to be quite acceptable, but I would say it was on the order of a well maintained Muni. But the views were spectacular and the course was very interesting. And the price through GolfNow was low enough that we felt we got our money's worth. I wouldn't have felt the course was worth the $200 plus that we might have paid.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course not in good shape, needed water"


agg480's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

So dry it was not fair. we had balls in the right side of the fairway >200 yds away roll out of the fairway into a hazard less than 50 yds from the tee


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Very difficult"


bconley351's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/16/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is definitely a mountain course, with beautiful views, but You hit a straight drive, watch it land, and then roll down the slope and be unrecoverable. Take lots of extra golf balls with you.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"gorgeous views - tough course"


spencerson's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/12/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The first four holes are crazy hard with rolling hills and teeny little greens perched atop the hills. Because the course was a little dry balls rolled right back down the hill if not perfectly placed. Too much course for my skill but breathtaking views.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great views, but some crazy fairways."


Suzen1876723's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/4/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful ocean views on the Mountain Course. The Ocean Course, driving range and restaurant are closed for refurbishment. The front nine has a couple of fairways that are entirely sloped to the ocean the entire length. Specifically the Par 5, #4 does not have a spot to drive the ball without it funneling to the sea. Same goes for your second shot.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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