Makani Golf Club

4.6986117647 4.7 stars from 5 (90)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7116 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 75.6
  • Layout

  • 71-1420 Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740, Hawaii County, USA
  • (808) 325-5044
  • (808) 325-5066
  • www.makanigolfclub.com

Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Pete Dye (1997)
Type: Private
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Formerly known as Big Island Country Club.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 90 Reviews
5 stars:
34
4 stars:
45
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

81 out of 88 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers elevation changes  

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"Well worth it"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Really good course, different option on Big Island"


naots77's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Get It While You Can"


brovarnm's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Diverse course layout with beautiful scenery"


GIgopheR41TeN's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sf"


FUNAMI's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Best Deal on the Big Island"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Small fun course"


dsurrenda's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.<br/> No doubt you will have a fun time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth a try."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"We love playing this course"


golf7449's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable course"


Richard6747449's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course needs work"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"a must play on the Big Island"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Terrific finishing holes"


David1927's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice corse, great condition"


Frederick2512794's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice ride in the country"


u000001815848's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun and challenging course"


u785257278's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Love the ocean views, the wildlife and serenity"


Fulwider1jan's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Love the course have played the course many times over the years. Always a joy, never fails to excite and challenge. Love the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Can you tell I played them very well yesterday.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Play this course when visiting the Big Island"


Brutus69's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tees set accurately for ability. Tee selection is important to enjoy the round. Course layout is challenging requiring a variety of shots and thoughtful course management. There are few level lies on fairways and require subtle swing adjustments. Beautiful scenery, interesting wildlife, challenging course with each hole very different... are sure to entertain for four hours.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Teh course had great ocean views from several tee boxes"


U000005229188's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course could use a little maintenance and TLC but the course layout and views were awesome.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Consumer's Best Buy"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From tee to green , the course is in excellent shape and a real pleasure to play. My compliments to the greenskeeper. Would highly recommend to my fellow golfers. Don't pass this one up while visiting the Big Island


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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