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3.9
280 Reviews (280)
5 Stars
67
4 Stars
138
3 Stars
43
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.1
91.0%
Recommend this course
242 out of 280 reviews
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3.8
9 Reviews (9)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
88.9%
Recommend this course
8 out of 9 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.7
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
84.8%
Recommend this course
28 out of 33 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

3.9
280 Reviews (280)

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 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pace of Play

I was all by myself on the front 9; however, I caught up with a couple who were extremely slow on the back 9.
Otherwise, everything else was nearly perfect.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
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
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
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