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Makalei Hawaii Country Club

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Address: 72-3890 Hawaii Belt Rd, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-9183
Phone Number: 808 325 6625
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Off the Beaten Path, but Excellent

Very nice golf course that is quite different than the usual resort operations on the Big Island. Our golf outing went great thanks to the staff at Makalei. Hilly course with bent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice golf course that is quite different than the usual resort operations on the Big Island. Our golf outing went great thanks to the staff at Makalei. Hilly course with bent greens in excellent condition. The clubhouse is a bit Spartan, but the course is the real draw. It is located quite a bit away from the main tourist... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing golf course, carved into the side of a lush rainforest at a cool (& steep) elevation. Buy peacock food at the pro shop, and plan to take plenty of photos -- in between tee-ing off on some of the most challenging and fun holes you've ever played. Well-maintained all year round, don't miss this public course... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We loved our round of golf in this higher altitude, lush, cooler, wildlife,venue. We paid under $60 each for a round of golf with a cart. We paid $50 for club rentals that came with 4 sleeves of balls. Our tee time was about 10am on a Tuesday and we were able to play with just the two us with... More 

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Manlius, New York
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

I was looking to kill an afternoon around Kona and was lured to this course by a low rate on the Golf Now app. Unfortunately, I couldn’t book it online so close to the tee time. So I paid the rack rate, definitely not worth it. This is a local course, not the higher end resort course you expect to... More 

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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Very disappointing. Not worth the cost. Poor condition. Dead fairways. Bumpy greens. Stopped after 9. Not worth the drive

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Bozeman, Montana
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66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

We returned to Makalei after having played several years ago. It is an excellent contrast to the resort golf choices. It is a challenging course, with much elevation change. It is much wetter than the coastal courses. It is only to be played with carts; there is a lot of distance involved. The course is fair; not many traps. Greens... More 

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Thank Nancy G
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244 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I found it a very pretty course, challenging too. I played by myself, rented clubs since I was traveling through. The woman on the phone told me to look for the coupon in the rental car coupon book and that gave me a discount worth $50 off green fees and rental clubs. I always travel with a golf glove and... More 

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Kealakekua, Hawaii
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016 via mobile

I recently played my first round of golf in over 15 years. Makalei was the course that I played. The course is on ok shape. There were some holes where you could see where the wild pigs rooted around, and it seemed like everyone forgot how to repair ball marks. The challenge with this course is the hills. It helps... More 

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Napa CA, United States
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

Recently returned to golf after 15 years..and a hip replacement. This course is challenging and so beautiful that my score became secondary to the enjoyment of being with the flora and fauna! Several times I thought I'd hit a good shot only to find I was mistaken...frustrating, but get over it.... Definitely bring a windbreaker for possible showers and breezes.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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117 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This course has the local vibe to it. Very laid back and fun to play. Although without the $80 coupon, green fees would've been way to high for the course condition. A cart is a must on this course which makes it even more fun. The first tee box is literally a five minute drive up the mountain and the... More 

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