Makani Golf Club

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3.8
94
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
45
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.7
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
2.7
79.2%
Recommend this course
83 out of 92 reviews
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3.0
5
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.4
Value
3.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.8
Amenities
2.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
60.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 5 reviews
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Average Rating
3.2
6
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.8
Amenities
2.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
66.7%
Recommend this course
4 out of 6 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7116
Slope 142
Rating 75.6
Type Private
Formerly known as Big Island Country Club.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7116 yards 75.6 142
Blue 72 6582 yards 72.2 137
White 72 6012 yards 69.4 132
White (W) 72 6012 yards 74.6 129
Green 72 5145 yards 65.5 116
Green (W) 72 5145 yards 70.5 120
Red 72 4803 yards 64.2 110
Red (W) 72 4803 yards 68.7 116
Scorecard for Big Island
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.6/142 449 529 376 384 240 557 401 235 459 3630 401 408 542 222 407 281 547 206 472 3486 7116
Blue M: 72.2/137 386 500 372 371 220 531 396 180 416 3372 369 380 550 189 388 259 494 153 428 3210 6582
White M: 69.4/132 W: 74.6/129 350 489 345 346 183 485 354 142 401 3095 342 362 499 163 356 242 463 144 346 2917 6012
Green M: 65.5/116 W: 70.5/120 324 440 225 308 144 418 322 110 346 2637 280 302 425 123 310 224 415 107 322 2508 5145
Red M: 64.2/110 W: 68.7/116 310 435 223 299 127 382 262 100 325 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 Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete 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

3.8
94

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 12
Bunkers 9
Elevation Changes 7
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
Locals 10
Advanced Golfers 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 11

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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
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Worth a try.

While there are no spectacular views, the course is appealing to the eye. For the price, there is no better value on the big island. Don't be deceived into thinking it will be cooler at this elevation. It was only moderately cooler in July than on the coast. At the time we played, they were introducing a new grass on the greens and they were letting them grow. As a result, they were VERY slow. It would have been nice to know this in advance (like when we made our tee time or when we checked in). We only discovered this by talking to a very friendly groundskeeper while waiting to tee off on a short hole. I would consider playing here again when the greens are in proper shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

We love playing this course

Love the wildlife. Enjoyable views and in better condition than last year when we played. Excellent value for Hawaii golf. Only negative is slow pace of play.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Enjoyable course

Nice course with lots of wildlife. Play here often and like the cooler temperature. Various tee boxes that will appeal to various level of golfers. Some fairway are a tad worn but greens are in good shape. Overall course in good shape and fun to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course needs work

Beautiful course the carts are dangerous wore out bad steering and brakes worthless. Needs to be replaced and a big problem was the condition of the cart paths especially the gravel ones real bumpy and just plain bad for a course of this quality

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

a must play on the Big Island

The Big Island Golf is such a special experience from the pure beauty of its location to the fair but very challenging course that awaits you the golfer will enjoy many of Hawaiis birds and a large flock of Barbados Sheep keeping the lawns manicured. Very friendly staff here that engages the client with aloha. Now go shoot a round you won't soon forget.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Terrific finishing holes

Fun course with nice elevation changes throughout. Greens were in very nice shape; bunkers white sand and consistant. Recent rain left a few of the fairways a little muddy Rates were reasonable, can't wait to play here again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice corse, great condition

A little on the expensive side but it was in very good condition , not very challenging from the members tees. I would play the blues if you are under a 19 handicap. Lot of couples playing really short tees so it gets backed up. Very good rental clubs , titellist AP1's

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Nice ride in the country

Very enjoyable round at Big Island CC. Lots of sheep, turkeys, nene, and finches. Course is in great shape, and greens were very fast. Beautiful views. I'll be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun and challenging course

First time playing this course and enjoyed it. Views are mostly of up country but striking nonetheless. Hole 17 is fun but be prepared to lose a ball or 2. The green is on an island and hole 18 has an interesting water hazard. Play this course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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