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Address: 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Road, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 808 325 6625
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Better Than Par with a Few Birdies

This is the most difficult course I have ever played, but I keep coming back. Hawaii golf can be expensive. Here there are discounts available. I use the "Hawaii Discount Golf... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Berlin, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I like the course but it could be in better shape. However, my main issue is there's seemingly no pace of play, or eticate maintained there. We were sent out as a twosome behind a fivesome. We had to wait beginning on 3rd hole. Finally on number 11 we skipped and went around them only to find another fivesome. Then... More 

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

Aloha, While it is good that you liked the course, we would like to apologize for your slower-paced experience at our course. We always want our golfers to have an enjoyable experience at our course at a decent pace but without feeling rushed, and it can be quite frustrating being stuck behind a fivesome when you are clearly quicker as... More 

Lawndale
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is the most difficult course I have ever played, but I keep coming back. Hawaii golf can be expensive. Here there are discounts available. I use the "Hawaii Discount Golf" card. This makes it more affordable to play multiple rounds. The clubhouse staff is friendly and accommodating. The Pro Shop has the usual items available, if you forget something.... More 

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Fruitland
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
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30 reviews 30 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
55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Houston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
59 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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