Hapuna Golf Course

3.9581588235 4.0 stars from 5 (161)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6875 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

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Year built: 1992
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1992), Ed Seay (1992)
Type: Resort
Style: Links
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 6875 yards 73.3 136
Championship 72 6534 yards 70.4 130
Resort (W) 72 6029 yards 66.8 122
Resort 72 6029 yards 74.7 129
Forward 72 5067 yards 64.4 117
Forward (W) 72 5067 yards 68.9 117

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 161 Reviews
5 stars:
61
4 stars:
79
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

148 out of 157 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens  

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"Great potential"


jcech344's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Played this on our second day in Hawaii and what a surprise. Wonderful layout with grass defined fairways. fairways were firm so you got a good roll, but this was partly because of less watering. Manageable elevation changes with ample fairways. Miss them and it was punishing due to the tall native grasses.

Greens rolled nicely and were well maintained. I believe this is a Palmer design and with a bit more maintenance it could be a gem. The cost is an estimate as it was part of a 2 round package with Mauna Kea. Definitely worth including in a gold week.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun course, had a great day"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played Hapuna in April 2018. Our day was pretty great, pace of play was fantastic, no one in front of us and no pressure from behind. Course layout is pretty cool, lots of great views. It's set in the foothills above the ocean so not actually on any oceanfront property. Some construction going on for new home plots but it never bothered us. Greens, fairways were pure and rough wasn't punishing so you could play from everywhere. Only criticism is for a resort course they should give a little more room off the tee, some of the tough par 4's are pretty tight and unforgiving unless you are swinging driver well. I lost more balls than I expected but that's my fault due to making poor swings. Hybrids and irons off tees are options in a lot of places but will make some holes into the wind play really hard. Can't compare to Mauna Kea or Mauna Lani as I didn't play but rate is bargain compared to those other premier ocean courses. No restaurant on site just Bev cart which is decent. Showers available which was great after a long day in the hot sun. Staff was really nice and took good care of us. Overall a great experience. If you want a great challenge, chill experience, and great views for $160 this is a great value and choice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



pjze's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Breathtaking"


MastersChamp2's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

This was a wonderful course. From every hole you can see the Ocean. While the greens were not the best they still rolled relatively smooth. The course layout though was very nice and challenges a skilled golfer. If you are looking for views, this is definitely the course the play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens are a wreck!"


u821575139's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Was so excited to play this Moana Kea sister course, and the course layout and views were amazing. The greens absolutely sucked! They must have some sort of fungus, as they were under repair, bumpy, scalped and just flat terrible. Very disappointing to play and not have in better conditions. Definitely lost some strokes between both my buddy and I because of the green conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Palmer Design"


Jim1618772's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun track! We played twice while visiting. Our first round there was no wind and the course played fairly easy. We had so much fun we returned two days to play in 50 mile per hour winds.I️ shot 79 from the orange tee and 86 from the blue tees in the wind. They were fixing some issues with greens but the staff was fun !


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awful"


u000005387133's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens are dried out and bumpy from aeration. Heavy equipment breaking rocks and moving materials was a distraction on a number of holes. We also had to wait for a truck on the course to move before we could tee off. Dust and water blowing from the construction site was irritating. It's a shame because the course layout and fairways are nice.

Two thumbs down!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"No Wind Checks For You"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

We knew we were in for an interesting day when the big sign in the pro shop said "No Wind Checks".

Russell was the cart guy and starter and he was very helpful.

The trade winds were forecast to hit the Big Island at 10 AM and they were going to have wind gusts of 40 to 50 MPH. They appeared right on schedule.

The course is in amazing shape. Fairways, tee boxes, and greens were pristine.

Today the Hapuna course was Mr.Hyde and Dr. Jekyll.

The front side was all uphill into elevated greens and a howling wind that rocked our carts. The wind had the ball oscillating on the tee. Golf gloves and scorecards were flying off in every direction. Putting was tough because the ball would not stop.

Tee shots were difficult because the wind wanted to knock you off kilter.

The back side was more like Dr.Jekyll. We had the wind at our back and if you tagged your shot you picked up another 30 yards. The downside was it was tough to hold the green on approach shots.

We had a fun time here. The views of the ocean and the mountains are amazing. Several groups packed it in because of the winds.

We enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning.

Hapuna is one of the top three golf courses on the Big Island.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great layout, greens not good"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall this is a fun course but you should not play here for a couple more weeks. The greens were plugged and sanded and right now they are brown and bouncy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Play this course! It's beautiful, great scenery and I'm excellent condition.

Pure greens, challenging layouts and a lot of fun


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Don't recommend"


hypart's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The fairways and greens are not in good shape. No GPS. Not the friendliest staff. Other than for the scenery there's nothing here worth the money they are asking for. Skip this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Hapuna"


u8726974's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have to rent clubs,whicho are old Taylor Made models, not optimal to play the corse. Overall the course was in a very good shape


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


u000006471451's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This was a fun golf course, with great views from several holes and a good layout. Fairways were very good, greens were great, a bit too fast maybe, but rolled true and held well. Staff were very good, overall a great experience and great value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Delightful Course"


hstone4007's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautifully located with stunning views over the Pacific. Well maintained course and fun to play...not so challenging as to be stressful just to keep the ball in play. Courteous and friendly staff. A real value on the Big Island. Well worth the money and I will definitely play this again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Golf Course"


jkavazanjian's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

You can spend hundreds of dollars to play Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea or less to play some relatively average courses or you can pay a reasonable amount (for a Hawaii resort course) to play Hapuna, a wonderful course and first class operation. It has interesting terrain, wonderful views and a very interesting golf course that challenges you on the fairways and on the greens. While reasonably challenging, there are safe areas on every hole if you want to play safe. It is well conditioned with excellent greens. A fun course to play.

The staff is helpful, range balls are included as are a well iced up cooler with bottled water for each player. They do not nickel and dime you for the extras.

My only criticism is that they could have a few more options on the tee boxes. a few combo tees would help. 6600 yds is a little long for some while 6000 could be short. Then you go down to 5000 yards.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable"


Rob6611051's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition and the staff was very laid back. Nice view on several holes and got a kick out of the resident goats roaming the grounds.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Amazing"


Medinvestigator's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played all the big name courses in Hawaii and this beats them all. Better views, better layout and grest price if you play the afternoon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A Must Play"


u627452242's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I will play this course every time I'm on the Big Island.

I played behind two foursomes and still finished in 3 hours. The course was in immaculate shape. It offered a variety of tees for any playing ability. And has a fantastic layout that I found to be quite fun.

You could easily go out at 2-2:30 and get in a full 18.

It's worth every penny.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Blind shots, need some getting used to"


JaseDAce's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course itself is in great condition. However we were playing in a 20 mph plus wind. that made the play very very difficult. Also as a first-time player, there were way too many blind shots to negotiate. All in all, I would play the course again, but only on when there is no wind.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great day"


u256914951's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played Hapuna on a very windy day, but made the best of it. I thought the course was in top notch condition and many of holes are certainly "photo-ops".Gorgeous scenery.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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