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Makani Golf Club

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4.2
103
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
48
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
2.7
87.0%
Recommend this course
91 out of 103 reviews
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4.1
10
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3
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3
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1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
80.0%
Recommend this course
8 out of 10 reviews
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3.8
15
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4 Stars
4
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4
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Conditions
3.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
80.0%
Recommend this course
12 out of 15 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7116 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.4

Formerly known as Big Island Country Club.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Pro 72 7116 yards 74.4 140
Champion 72 6582 yards 71.7 135
Member 72 6012 yards 69.4 127
Forward 1 72 5145 yards 65.4 114
Forward 2 72 4803 yards 63.9 110
Red (W) 72 4803 yards 68.7 116
Scorecard for Makani Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Pro M: 74.4/140 449 529 376 384 240 557 401 235 459 3630 401 408 542 222 407 281 547 206 472 3486 7116
Champion M: 71.7/135 386 500 372 371 220 531 396 180 416 3372 369 380 550 189 388 259 494 153 428 3210 6582
Member M: 69.5/126 W: 75.2/132 350 489 345 346 183 485 354 142 401 3095 342 362 499 163 356 242 463 144 346 2917 6012
Forward 1 M: 65.4/114 W: 70.2/122 324 440 225 308 144 418 322 110 346 2637 280 302 425 123 310 224 415 107 322 2508 5145
Forward 2 M: 63.9/110 W: 68.3/118 310 435 223 299 127 382 262 100 325 2463 241 253 420 117 280 200 414 100 315 2340 4803
Handicap 9 3 13 11 17 1 7 15 5 8 14 4 18 12 16 6 10 2
Par 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 9 15 1 13 7 3 17 5 8 10 14 12 6 16 18 4 2

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Kikuyu
Greens Paspalum
Golf Season Year round
Architect Perry Dye (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.2
103

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 13
Bunkers 10
Elevation Changes 7
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
Locals 10
Advanced Golfers 9
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

Fun course hidden in the hills of the Big Island, great layout for all skill levels! Great mock-up of 17 at TPC Sawgrass is the 17th here as well. Exceptional experience all around and a special thanks to Erin in the Pro Shop who made sure to take care of us.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth the trip up from the beach

I’d love to give Makani five stars because it has so much going for it, but.... First the good points: some very challenging, well thought out and scenic holes, good overall conditions, greens, bunkers, fairways, all good, friendly staff, decent value, especially afternoon rates. Next the shortfalls: no clubhouse or dining area, meager pro shop, mats for the range, range is a bowl so it’s hard to judge distances, first tee is at least 500 yards from the proshop, some of the holes are tricky to find with poor signage and finally my biggest issue, the 17th & 18th holes. I’m not a fan of island greens and 17 is one of the tackiest right next to the drive into the place with waterfalls-just a showpiece. 18 features a 200-300 yard long water hazard bisected the hole which would be fine if it didn’t feel so obviously contrived. The architect laid out 16 nice holes that worked pretty well with the landscape and showed off some nice views all the way down to the coast and then threw in two “signature” holes that stood out like sore thumbs. Those last two holes probably cost more to build than the rest of the 16.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Makani Golf Club

This is a beautiful course with flowering trees lining the wide fairways and some great views of the pacific ocean and Pu'uwa'awa'a cone. There are Hawaiian nene, night herons and turkeys around the course.
Don't let the beauty fool you, this is a well designed course that is wonderful to play.

The clubhouse staff is friendly and take good care of you beginning to end.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The coursew is in transition

The staff was friendly; but, boderline partronizing.
I resent the add-on fee, that golfers have to oay to play in Hawaii. Tourism is their livelihood, and they should not extort extra payments for visiitors to play.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

40 minutes from Kona

We teed off at 1:30 and just got our round in. Pace of play was great. I think those ahead quit after 9 holes. Our round was 4.5hrs. Staff were friendly. This course has very beautiful scenery. It was quite windy today 2-3 club wind. It is at times hard to play some holes when you have never played it. No. 17 is a true show piece hole! I hope you enjoy the course as much as we did. The only disappointment was that greens on front were just verticut. (Sliced and dethatched).

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A must Play

While playing golf on a Hawaiian island one does usually desire holes along the ocean with the views that go along with it. Makani has nice views of the surrounding mountains but this is not a resort course. That being said, if you are a serious golfer and also enjoy an esthetically beautiful golf course then you have to play here. This was my first time playing the previously named Big island Country Club, and it appears that just within the last year this course has successfully undergone some major and successful overhauls. Here's a breakdown of my experience:
Staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
Just a golf shop with a decent supply of snacks, but no clubhouse or restaurant. Good clean bathrooms though.
Drving range has free practice balls to hit off of good new matts,
Tee boxes are clean and decently maintained.
Fairways still need a small bit of work but still playable. On thier site they let you know that they had put in major efforts to kill weeds and other evasive grass. That has been successful and fairways are well on their way to full lushness,
Greens are firm and smooth. They, like all Big Islands greens, do not run as fast as you might feel they will.
The layout is enjoyable as no holes run together, so you feel isolated most of the time though the meandering, tree-lined farways and greens. It is extremely serene and peaceful up there. Some holes are short, but they, as is true for the entire course, really, present challenges from narrow fairways, well placed bunkers, or water, or dog-legs, but the course always rewards good shots - nothing tricked up out there.
The owners and managers has put some serious time and money into this course. It is worth your time and money to play it and enjoy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome Layout!!

This is my first time playing in Hawaii. I thought Makani was a very challenging course with a great design by Perry Dye. Well laid out holes with large greens. The finishing 2 holes are very tough, easy to lose some balls. Pace of play was a little slow, but we had a late tee time on a holiday. Staff was excellent and the free range balls came in handy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Mountain course

What a great course! From beginning to end this was a fantastic day. The staff in the Pro Shop was top notch, very polite and helpful right from the get go. The course is amazing, plays well and uses the natural high elevation terrain to make a more challenging course offering a much different experience than other courses I have played on island. The temperature is amazing! So much more enjoyable to play a morning round with cool elevation air rather than sweating away in the hot Hawaiian sun. The staff at the end of the round was great! Welcoming, engaging, helpful and simply the best customer service I have experienced in Hawaii.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Must play

Be sure to put this course on your list for the Big Island!
Underwent some great renovations last summer that are really paying off with upgraded course conditions. The layout is great, each hole has its own memorable character. The 17th hole is the classic Dye design island green. Amazing views of Maui and the Kohala coast. The weather is 10 - 15 degrees cooler than the coast, Perfect.
New EZGo carts, super friendly and professional staff. the friendliest service of any course in the islands.
A must play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
First Time Playing

Lots of maintenance

Had to play three of the holes as par 3 due to maintenance work. Lots of mud on the course so ball always required cleaning. Management should have provided discount based on course condition.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Nice Track Undergoing Extensive Renovations

I have no doubt that this course will be very nice once the renovations are complete. The track is interesting with some decent views, on an area of the island that is about 10 degrees cooler than the resort courses near the shore. Currently, however, the ongoing extensive renovations, along with the relatively poor upkeep of the course as a result of the maintenance, does not make for a pleasant golfing experience. The fairways are dry, bare in a wide variety of places, and weedy in others. The greens tend to be bumpy. Additionally, the pro shop currently is in a tent and they apparently do not have any permanent facilities in place at the time. On the positive side, the course is fairly priced given the renovations and I found the staff to be quite friendly.

I would, therefore, delay playing a round at this course until the renovations are complete. After that, tee off!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Makani Golf

I am sure the this is a beautiful course when it is at its prime. I booked this course on the ratings and was very excited to play it. I was unaware though, that they had punched the greens and had two par fours turned into par threes due to reconstructing the course. The course was not in the best shape due to the construction going on. The pace of play was good and the staff were friendly. I was disappointed in not knowing what was going on at the course and being charged full price.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Upgrade in process, great views intact

Played this course for yrs when visiting as the Big Island CC. New owner and new name. Clearly in the process of upgrading, killing weeds, doing some work on artificial lakes, etc. A fun layout with elevation changes, up on the slopes of Hualalei so
a little cooler with great views of the northwest coast of the Big Island.Greens were good, they too
undergoing some help so should be really good in
another 3 or 4 months assuming they carry thru on the upgrades. Upgrades were minor inconvenience with dust blowing, equipment in the way, one hole shortened from interesting 4 to a 3 while they rework lake and perhaps drainage.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Well worth it

Played twilight with rented Titleist AP1 irons. Played behind a foursome that kept a decent pace as I played as a 2 ball single. Course played perfectly from tee to green and can't wait to return to play it again. Just the right amount of challenges. Loved 17th hole which a close replica of TPC Sawgrasses 17th. 18 is a great finishing hole as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Really good course, different option on Big Island

Played Big Island CC in April 2018, had a fun day. Course is designed well, nice soft opening then starts sprinkling in some really tough holes, especially Par 3's, and some short fun par 4's. Dye did a good job challenging player visually off the tee and into greens, good mix of safety and trouble. Not as finely groomed as the major resort courses, some scruffiness but greens were great. Amenities are almost non-existent, all temporary yurts and structures, no clubhouse built yet, bring food/snacks as they might not always have a great selection. They don't allow "guests" to hit off the grass range, only "members", which is kinda lame when you pay $100+ for golf. Finish is tough, some people don't like it, I thought it was a good test to close out your round. I'd play it again if I was in the area and had a free day. Not sure they are achieving a "member" like country club feel of upscale living or experience. Basically the feel of a really good muni course that's way off the main track. Beautiful drive and great views, unique perspective of that part of the island most may not see. I recommend if you have a chance to see it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Get It While You Can

This course is extremely well cared for. Teeboxes, fairways and greens are all in exceptional condition. Lots of doglegs and water hazards to deal with, and some great views as well.

I used to look forward to the island green at 17 but now see it as a bit of a novelty. Probably just me. Played the course probably 5 times or so and almost always bounce off. Quite a challenge for sure as it comes so late in the round.

They are planning a resort housing development and then intend to go private. However, they are testing the waters for a week long "vacation" membership. It's currently available for 7 days of unlimited golf at $240. Sounds good right? Kind of. You are also charged each time for a cart rental an additional $30. Seeing as how it's an hour or so from Kona and there are so many other great courses to try on the island, you might think twice.

I recommend getting the course while you can. Unless the vacation membership offer appeals to you.

Note: Eat and drink all you can on the front 9 because you're going to want to use the world's nicest on course restroom which is at 9/10!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Diverse course layout with beautiful scenery

Course was in excellent condition except for a few tee boxes that had lots of divots. Nice mixture of straight fairways, doglegs and elevated greens. Lots of turkeys and goats on the course, but not a problem. Only issue I had with this course is that the last two holes (the 17th island green and 18th with significant water hazard) come too late in the round. These are great challenging holes, and you have to be at your best to play them. So if you are tired, be ready to lose a bunch of balls. But this course is a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sf

We spent almost 2 months in big island every year from Nov. to Dec. We select in Hawaii big island cause of nice weather in Hawaii all year. We are enjoy and like to recommend to our friends to be here.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Best Deal on the Big Island

The Sept. '15 rate was $55 for 18 holes...best price on island that we found. Try to finish before noon as the winds really pick up. Very scenic, lots of baby lambs, nene (official bird of HI) and turkey roaming around. Very friendly staff. No food cart the first time we played. Second time there was.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Small fun course

A fun small course with interesting holes and a great island hole on 17th. Conditions on the course were overall good and green were fair. Lots of wildlife (turkeys, goats and birds) roaming around but no disturbance. The course was a great value for Hawaii.
No doubt you will have a fun time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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