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4.2
274 Reviews (274)
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
137
3 Stars
41
2 Stars
22
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
92.2%
Recommend this course
237 out of 274 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.6
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.4
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
85.7%
Recommend this course
12 out of 14 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.8
38 Reviews (38)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
89.5%
Recommend this course
34 out of 38 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Woodland
Par 72
Length 7091 yards
Slope 144
Rating 74.3
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Makalei Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dick Nugent (1992)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No. Only with permission.
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Hawaii (2016 #18)

Reviews

4.2
274 Reviews (274)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 36
Bunkers 16
Thick Rough 14
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 30
Advanced Golfers 17
Locals 17
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 22
Convenient to the City 18
Near the Airport 16

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great wild life

Great layout very fun it can be a Little wet at times but lots of fun

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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Plays A few times a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

Cow pasture

This course was probably great at one time, but it looks like it hasn’t been maintained in 15 years. On your vacation go ply somewhere else, this place will just disappoint.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

After checking in, plan 10 to 15 minutes to reach the First Tee. From the clubhouse. Beautiful UpCountry surroundings, but course poorly marked and lengthy distance between green and next tee on some holes. Most bunkers in poor condition.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A very unique course. The wildlife was a big bonus.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun with Peacocks

Makalei is a fun course with good scenery. There are several peacocks, turkeys, nene, and a few other wild birds on almost every hole, but in a good way (with the exception of some droppings on a couple of greens). It is not in immaculate shape by any means, but it is probably the best price on the west side of the Big Island. There are several elevation changes and some challenging holes.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

We quit after 14 holes as the pace of play was unbearable. We were already at 4 hours for 14 holes. Weather conditions were not ideal for sitting around waiting for each shot.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Liked the layout/routing

Good routing of holes with elevation changes and rolling fairways. Tees need some TLC. Greens in good shape. Not busy when we played as a twosome in 3 hrs.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice layout but conditions iffy

This place could be awesome of they kept the fairways in better shape. Very nice layout and greens were decent; but they need to hand out ballmark repair tools and give lessons to patrons on how to repair ballmarks on the greens!!!!

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great day at Makalei!

Stunning views, good course conditions. Huge elevation changes and lots of side hill or up and down hill lies. Some very beautiful holes, and interesting as well. Had an awesome day and the staff were great. Incredible value for the cost.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bring a range finder

The view from the driving range was nice but this course winds its way though the jungle for miles. Play with someone who has been there or bring lots of balls. The peacocks are all over and great to look at. A range finder is a must as scorecards and tee distances don’t jive. Seems about a mile from clubhouse to driving range and first tee. The course has extreme elevation changes. If you decide to go play it more than once.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love Makalei

You will find this course enjoyable if for nothing more than the scenery and wildlife. It can be very tough, you have to keep the ball in or close to the fairway. You have to adjust for elevation differences too. If you lose a ball just take a drop where it went out and continue playing.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Course

First time golfing the course. Great course for
The money. A lot harder than expected. Spectacular views.

Mike

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value for money

It was our first game of the year and we enjoy thé course. T-off boxes need some TLC, bit course condition was ok.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

This is a great course, but plan to play early.

This is a beautiful course that has amazing views and great golf. It almost always rains in the afternoon but that's a risk worth taking. Also plan to bring extra balls because it's a very woodsy place and plenty of rough to spare.
It's also fun to stop at Matsuyama Store to grab Pizza after a round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

What a pleasant surprise!

Was feeling cheap after 10 days in Kauai playing on the nicest courses. Have already played the "Big Courses " on the Big Island (Mauna Lea, Mauna Lani, all Waikaloa courses etc.) So I looked for bargains this time. Found Makalei above Kona (8 miles away) WOW what a find! The clubhouse is at 1900 feet elevation and goes up to 3000 ft at the 9th tee. This makes a big difference in temperatures and winds (both lower than near ocean courses). The course is BEAUTIFUL! The path to 1st tee runs through lush landscape (be prepared to drive almost 10 minutes uphill to tee). We saw mongoose and peacock in first few minutes. We also saw wild pigs, Nee Nee geese, turkeys, canaries etc. The course is not In picture perfect shape like Mauna Kea, but is in very good shape with greens in very good to excellent conditions. There is a lot of elevation changes as well as sloped fairways. Layout is very interesting and a lot of fun. Great views all the way to ocean. If you can't hit straight, stop at Walmart and buy a bag of used balls. Fairways are nice and wide BUT are bordered by thick grasses. Price is about 1/6 to 1/10 price of other courses. Loved it so much we canceled a "big course " to play there again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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