Makalei Hawaii Country Club

3.9259000000 3.9 stars from 5 (189)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7091 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 74.3
  • Layout

  • 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Rd, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Hawaii 96740, Hawaii County, USA
  • (808) 325-6625
  • (808) 325-6766
  • www.makalei.com
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Year built: 1992
Architect(s): Dick Nugent
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda grass
Fairways: Bermuda grass
Golf Season: year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7091 yards 74.3 144
Blue 72 6698 yards 72.4 140
White 72 6161 yards 68.7 134
Red 72 5242 yards 65.6 118

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Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 189 Reviews
5 stars:
51
4 stars:
97
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
14
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

166 out of 188 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city near the airport   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"Hidden Gem"


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 Wet weather

Reviewed on

This course has improved substantially from when I last played it in 2014. I think it was facing semi-drought conditions in 2014. Currently, it is green and the fairways have grown in substantially. While the fairways are not pristine, especially in extreme sloping areas, they are very playable. There still are plenty of weeds in the fairways, but typically they don’t impact play.

The dramatic elevation changes downhill and uphill provide an unforgettable golf experience. This is a course of spectacular character. You really need a range finder with slope technology to judge distances accurately. I had one uphill shot measuring 132 yards but the slope indicator on my range finder read 161 yards. I hit a 160 yard club to the center of the green. There were dramatic differences downhill as well.

This course has substantial distances between many holes. The distances and difficulty make for a long round. While I read several reviews of single players playing under 3 hours, I think this is the exception. You would have to have no one in front of you. We had no one in front of us the entire round and it took us a little over 4.5 hours as a threesome. We typically play a normal course in 3.5 hours if we don't have to wait. On the day we played we did have rain on the first three holes which could have added to our playing time.

The greens can be tricky to read, but beautifully receptive to approach shots and true rolling. They are reasonably fast considering how lush and green they are. Reading some of the greens reminded me of the “mystery spot” in Kentucky where your eyes trick you into thinking you are on an incline when you are completely level. We tried reading the greens with feel from our feet to judge the slope which appeared to prove more effective than judging with our eyes.

When I reviewed this course three years ago, I said I would not go back; however, I had a friend along on this trip who had never played it, and we had time to play all the courses on the island. I’m glad I went back. I was favorably impressed with the improvement in the course from 2014, and I highly recommend it now.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging but fair"


riebanks's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this on my own while on vacation and got around in under 3 hours. Staff was great and the marshal checked with me 2 or 3 times to see how the pace was. All the regulars let me play through and only had to wait on a tee box one time on a par 3. Course was in great condition and played fairly with true fairways that funneled into playable lies and true greens that were readable and in good shape. I'll definitely play again when I'm back in Hawaii.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Uneven lies"


HeartDoc1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

extreme undulating fairways. Multiple breaks on greens.

never a flat lie.

fairways not well maintained.

Peacocks were beautiful.

No adjoining fairways were nice.

Not a friendly course for a beginner.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Makalei Golf Club on 05/02/2017:

Thanks for your review, Reginald. We regret to hear that the conditions during your round were subpar, as that's not the standard we aim to provide. It's encouraging to see the positive rating of our staff friendliness and we do we that you'll consider playing our course again in the future.

"Over priced"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was recommended by a local resident. Couldn't get a signal for my gps so was on my own to estimate yardage which was a challenge as there are no fairway yardage makers to be found. If your looking for a course to hang out with the guys and horse around it's fine. If you on vacation and you're golf purist save your money and head to the resort courses. Great bird watching!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Makalei Golf Club on 04/27/2017:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our course, we appreciate your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the pace of play. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon.

"A good public course with great views"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a typical public golf course in terms of condition. The greens would rate above average but are slow. It is a course with big elevation changes. Lots of wild life with peacocks in abundance,along with NeeNees and turkeys. The views can only be appreciated on clear days, but it is a lush green layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Makalei Golf Club on 04/26/2017:

Hello Bob, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our course, we appreciate your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and pace of play. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon.

"True Gem"


dagojer's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
First time playing Walked Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course , views , wildlife , and not ringed by a condos . One of the best if not thee best non-resort course on the island . This course will become a regular stop for me when visiting Hi . Enjoyed everything about the course , no complaints from me . Play it you wont be sorry . If your reading this you already know you will get a great deal for this course on golfnow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Would play again"


ericaasen's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very friendly staff on course. Very challenging course from blue tees. Greens were decent, fairways and tee boxes a little rough in some areas. It was a treat to play here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Way up there"


u000008196185's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course wasn't all that bad. The 1drawback was you had to travel it seemed like 5 miles in the cart to get to the 1st tee. You could never walk this course. It was pretty hilly. There were speed bumps in the cart path. Other than that this course wasn't all that bad. The beverage girl came around quite often but $6 a beer seems a bit steep. They have a nice little restaurant run by a little Asian women and their chicken bowl was pretty good. The price was right on golf now.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u6294380's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course and friendly staff"


apetrus's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

We were staying in Kailua-Konya for a week and I played Makalei GC and had an awesome experience!!! I liked it so much I purchased the three round - 18 hole special for tourists for $198. The course was great - very challenging but fair, the greens awesome and true, the staff courteous and friendly, especially the Head Pro, Peter Finnegan PGA Pro. I highly recommend this course to anyone visiting Kailua-Kona!! Besides a great course to play with great vista's overlooking the Pacific Ocean - you will see lava tubes, wild peacocks, wild turkeys, wild pigs, wild pheasants, mongooses, beautiful tropical birds serving as a gallery for you.


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


"Great time!"


u354429340's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This booking was a great value for Hawaii!! The staff was awesome. Great customer service! Food and drinks and nice gear available if needed.

We loved the wild life on the course. There were many types of birds that we feed seed bought at the course.

Lots of tricky slopes on the greens. The elevation on some holes made it hard to walk but a great time was had by all. Would golf this again for sure!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Hawaiian Surprise"


pviggiano's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Definitely not a resort course which was a nice change. Layout was nestled among trees yet open fairways for the most part. Peacocks at every green and tee. Occasional turkey and grouse can be seen. VISTAs were spectacular. The course was pretty dry and tees beat up but greens were above average. Great value for the money!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


u387362599's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is a lot of fun and challenging. The fairways and tee boxes could use some TLC. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Would definitely play again. The peacocks are amazing!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun time"


Daniel4905641's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I took family from mainland who were visiting . The enjoyed course layout, very different from resort courses. Wildlife was fun to watch. Course was a challange as flat lies were hard to come by but that was what made it fun. Recommend everyone should plat at least once.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



vandal73's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"High Country Golf"


Jeffrey6581034's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Makalei is an interesting course in excess of 2,000 feet above sea level. Interesting elevation changes, good conditions and cooler temperatures. Nice break from the heat. I would recommend playing this course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A must play"


konagoat's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

After playing here for 15 years, I still look forward to the next tee time. Challenging, beautiful, affordable and a new experience on every hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Day!"


u379577635's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape, including the greens! Some awesome views and changes in elevation!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000006420037's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Makalei Tee Times on 01/26/2017:

We regret to see that our pace of play, staff friendliness, and course conditions were not ideal for your round. We assure you this is not the level we strive to achieve and will address it at the course. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon to make up for this experience.

"Peacocks Anyone?"


bobashrak's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Excellent value at a unique course.

Working directly through the course, you can get three rounds for less than $200.

DEFINITELY need a golf cart since Makalei is on the side of a mountain. However, its design makes excellent use of its unique topography.

Lots of birds around, especially peacocks.

We played Makalei three times this January and every round was enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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