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“Golf With Peacocks!”

Makalei Hawaii Country Club
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Richmond, BC,
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Golf With Peacocks!”
Reviewed March 25, 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 reign. Apparently our receipt was not marked correctly. But that managed to get ironed out and they even gave us free range balls.

The next deceiving thing is that you think this is a golf course, but it really is more of a zoo, or maybe an aviary. There are Peacocks on every hole. Seriously, they guard almost every tee box waiting for you to arrive. They also seem to recognize the sound of chip bags being opened and run up to you wanting to be fed. What a life, living on a golf course in Hawaii and eating for free!

The next deceiving thing is that this course appears to be in a jungle on the mountain. And it is somewhat true, it is in a jungle, and it is on a mountain….but every single hole has a view, is beautiful to play and look at, so you don’t really feel that you are in a jungle.

The final two things are not deceiving:

1. The course is a local’s course and appears to be used extensively by them. Good for them, they need to keep it alive!

2. The course is not a typical Hawaiian resort golf course. Expect challenging golf, with lots of elevation changes, very few level lies and greens that always roll towards the ocean!

Come for the golf, return for the Peacocks! This is truly a hidden gem!

Visited March 2014
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Vancouver
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Mountain Golf”
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).

Visited March 2014
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Chicago
Level 6 Contributor
297 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Golf and bird watching all in one!”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

We enjoyed a round of golf at Makalei during a stay on the Big Island. It is up the "mountain" from Kona airport. Scenic area populated with numerous flocks of pheasants, yellow canaries, and others I could not identify. Great views from some tees, though most holes take you away from the ocean side and into the forests. Greens fees more reasonable than a lot of other choices ($83) though $50 each additional to rent clubs, which I thought was pricey. However, the gas cart is included in your greens fees--probably because no one is allowed to walk. Fun afternoon.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
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“Make this your last choice”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

The staff were very unaccommodating ( do it yourself ) bordering on rude and leave a bad taste to start . The clubhouse facilities are at best poor (very small very outdated no service ) Old style noisy golf carts that can be exciting or even dangerous on this very hilly course . The course is in poor condition and hole after hole is either straight up or straight down . If you can do anything else you won't have missed much .

Visited March 2014
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Pfafftown, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Nice course, ultra slow play”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is a really nice golf course at a moderate price. It is located in the mountains and the views are stunning, as are the peacocks. The course was in good shape because of recent rains and it is challenging, to say the least, without being unfair. However, the pace of play was pathetic. It took the 3 of us 5.5 hours to play eighteen holes, not helped in the least by the fact that we were following two twosomes! Why this was not made into a foursome is beyond me. Complimenting the starter at the end of our round on the course I added that the pace of play was poor. He said, in a completely pleasant way, that I should come back in the summer and the course would be wide open! Yes, I imagine it would be. I would play this course again but would bring a lunch!

Visited February 2014
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