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Makalei Hawaii Country Club

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Address: 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 808 325 6625
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Not worth the full green fee

I played this course once 9 years ago. Here is what is better now (2015). The course conditions are better. The whole course is greener with better grass coverage. The greens... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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40 reviews 40 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

I played this course once 9 years ago. Here is what is better now (2015). The course conditions are better. The whole course is greener with better grass coverage. The greens are firm, smooth, and fast. I give them 4 stars. The fairways, however, are not the best. The grass is spotty in places and you can get poor lies... More 

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Lee K, Manager at Makalei Hawaii Country Club, responded to this review

Aloha, We're glad to hear that you enjoy our course more than you did 9 years ago. We are constantly trying to improve our course and its conditions to make it better for all of our golfers, so it's good to hear that you find it to be improved. We still do have work to do, as you stated in... More 

Coleman, WI
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Although I'm not the dedicated golfer my husband is, our experience at this golf club was enjoyable except for tee time management. We had to wait for a cart for our 1:08 PM tee time and then again at almost every hole. But the kicker was that we were not told (nor were others behind us) that we probably wouldn't... More 

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Lee K, Manager at Makalei Hawaii Country Club, responded to this review

Hi Diane, Thanks for sharing your experience with us. We would like to apologize for the delay in getting you your cart for your tee off time, as well as your round being cut short. We always want to keep the golf games flowing as smoothly as possible so that our golfers are able to play their rounds without feeling... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

After checking-in the drive up the driving range is all uphill. The course claims an elevation range from 1,800 to 2,850 feet which creates both spectacular views of the ocean over the trees but also challenging holes where "up and down" has a whole new meaning. The four tee boxes have length/slope of 7091/144, 6698/140, 6161/134, and 5242/118. While there... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Wi
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I have played many courses around the country. This has to be one of the hardest. It isn't the longest out there, but it is tough. No level lies anywhere accept the tees. You are either firing up to a green or down to a green. The greens are relatively small but roll true and hold shots into them. The... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The course needs some maintenance. Most of the tee boxes had not been repaired in some time. It didn't affect play, only the aesthetics. If you are expecting great views, this is not the place to go. You occasionally catch a glimpse of the coast. The uphill holes are as tough as the downhill holes are easy. The greens and... More 

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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154 reviews 154 reviews
56 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The lake Par 3 is fun but if you miss you messed. Peacocks run, birds chirp, balls go bye bye. Greens are slow and the rocks are hard. for a straight shooter it can be fun but this is no light-weight course. I'd play it just to say I did and it is never hot up there so for a... More 

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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I went to this course solo and played and early morning round. There was one foursome ahead of me and the let me through. The course was full of peacocks and other beautiful birds. Now the course was very challenging and hilly. It was in great shape and the weather was perfect. The staff took great care of me and... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful courses I've ever seen that doesn't empty your wallet to golf on and the amazing exotic birds all over are so fun to see. We've gotten some pictures even placed in the local newspaper. My husband golfs at Makalei 2-3 times a week!

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Richmond, BC,
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62 reviews 62 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This golf course is deceiving. The first thing that is deceiving is that it appears very unfriendly. We tried to play this course earlier in the week and were rained out. They advised us that we could have a rain check to use later in the week. However, when we arrived today to use the rain check, confusion seemed to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

If you enjoy challenging golf in a spectacular setting with unbelievable views and peacocks, this course is worth the drive. It is probably the best golf value on the Big Island, as well. Lots of tee times available and the very reasonable green fees include cart (a must have).

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