I've been visiting Kauai for ten years and I play the makai every visit. Played the course for the second time this visit this morning. First, no replay rate, a full 180 bucks. Beautiful views but this is no prince course or poipu and they charge 59 bucks less to repay.
When I arrived there was starter or anyone at bag check so I followed the lead of the other golfer present and placed my bag and shoe bag on a cart, checked in and paid and went to th range. When I came back my gear had been moved to another cart, I was concerned as my wallet and watch (stupid I know) were in the cart. The starter had arrived and didn't appear to be in a great mood. I asked if I could have a cart to myself (valuables and pace of play) and the answer was "I don't know what they do where you come from, but here we share carts". I then pointed at the cart next to me and said that guys got a cart to himself, the answer was "he plays here every day". I can only assume that tourists and TEN YEAR returning visitors are not as important here.
Including some souvenirs and tips I spent just over 550 bucks at the makai on this trip. My rental house overlooks the course and I also reported some kids vandalising the place earlier in the week. Wish I hadn't bothered as they evidently don't care about their customers, just the dollars.
By the way, the greens are dog slow. Very very annoyed, how can anyone be as miserable as the starter when he lives in paradise!!