Makani Golf Club

4.1238117647 4.1 stars from 5 (105)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7116 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 71-1420 Mamalahoa Highway, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740, Hawaii County, USA
  • (808) 325-5044
  • (808) 325-5066
  • www.makanigolfclub.com

Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Perry Dye (1997)
Type: Public
Greens: Paspalum
Fairways: Kikuyu
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Pro 72 7116 yards 74.4 140
Champion 72 6582 yards 71.7 135
Member 72 6012 yards 69.4 127
Forward 1 72 5145 yards 65.4 114
Forward 2 72 4803 yards 63.9 110
Red (W) 72 4803 yards 68.7 116

Formerly known as Big Island Country Club.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 105 Reviews
5 stars:
40
4 stars:
48
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

93 out of 103 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers elevation changes  

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Bogielove1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


VegasGolfPro's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Fun course hidden in the hills of the Big Island, great layout for all skill levels! Great mock-up of 17 at TPC Sawgrass is the 17th here as well. Exceptional experience all around and a special thanks to Erin in the Pro Shop who made sure to take care of us.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem!"


VegasGolfPro's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course on the Big Island tucked up in the hills. 17th is a fabulous mock-up of 17 at TPC Sawgrass, wonderful diverse layout that is fun for all level golfers. Special thanks to Erin in the Pro Shop for her accommodation. Excellent experience all around!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worth the trip up from the beach"


pba79's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’d love to give Makani five stars because it has so much going for it, but.... First the good points: some very challenging, well thought out and scenic holes, good overall conditions, greens, bunkers, fairways, all good, friendly staff, decent value, especially afternoon rates. Next the shortfalls: no clubhouse or dining area, meager pro shop, mats for the range, range is a bowl so it’s hard to judge distances, first tee is at least 500 yards from the proshop, some of the holes are tricky to find with poor signage and finally my biggest issue, the 17th & 18th holes. I’m not a fan of island greens and 17 is one of the tackiest right next to the drive into the place with waterfalls-just a showpiece. 18 features a 200-300 yard long water hazard bisected the hole which would be fine if it didn’t feel so obviously contrived. The architect laid out 16 nice holes that worked pretty well with the landscape and showed off some nice views all the way down to the coast and then threw in two “signature” holes that stood out like sore thumbs. Those last two holes probably cost more to build than the rest of the 16.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Makani Golf Club"


RWgvixmlS9bH1B83s84X's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful course with flowering trees lining the wide fairways and some great views of the pacific ocean and Pu'uwa'awa'a cone. There are Hawaiian nene, night herons and turkeys around the course.

Don't let the beauty fool you, this is a well designed course that is wonderful to play.

The clubhouse staff is friendly and take good care of you beginning to end.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"The coursew is in transition"


Newgolfer123's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was friendly; but, boderline partronizing.

I resent the add-on fee, that golfers have to oay to play in Hawaii. Tourism is their livelihood, and they should not extort extra payments for visiitors to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"40 minutes from Kona"


MHKIDD's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We teed off at 1:30 and just got our round in. Pace of play was great. I think those ahead quit after 9 holes. Our round was 4.5hrs. Staff were friendly. This course has very beautiful scenery. It was quite windy today 2-3 club wind. It is at times hard to play some holes when you have never played it. No. 17 is a true show piece hole! I hope you enjoy the course as much as we did. The only disappointment was that greens on front were just verticut. (Sliced and dethatched).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"A must Play"


u000005215945's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

While playing golf on a Hawaiian island one does usually desire holes along the ocean with the views that go along with it. Makani has nice views of the surrounding mountains but this is not a resort course. That being said, if you are a serious golfer and also enjoy an esthetically beautiful golf course then you have to play here. This was my first time playing the previously named Big island Country Club, and it appears that just within the last year this course has successfully undergone some major and successful overhauls. Here's a breakdown of my experience:

Staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

Just a golf shop with a decent supply of snacks, but no clubhouse or restaurant. Good clean bathrooms though.

Drving range has free practice balls to hit off of good new matts,

Tee boxes are clean and decently maintained.

Fairways still need a small bit of work but still playable. On thier site they let you know that they had put in major efforts to kill weeds and other evasive grass. That has been successful and fairways are well on their way to full lushness,

Greens are firm and smooth. They, like all Big Islands greens, do not run as fast as you might feel they will.

The layout is enjoyable as no holes run together, so you feel isolated most of the time though the meandering, tree-lined farways and greens. It is extremely serene and peaceful up there. Some holes are short, but they, as is true for the entire course, really, present challenges from narrow fairways, well placed bunkers, or water, or dog-legs, but the course always rewards good shots - nothing tricked up out there.

The owners and managers has put some serious time and money into this course. It is worth your time and money to play it and enjoy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Layout!!"


Dave7755119's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is my first time playing in Hawaii. I thought Makani was a very challenging course with a great design by Perry Dye. Well laid out holes with large greens. The finishing 2 holes are very tough, easy to lose some balls. Pace of play was a little slow, but we had a late tee time on a holiday. Staff was excellent and the free range balls came in handy.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Mountain course"


Eric4888679's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

What a great course! From beginning to end this was a fantastic day. The staff in the Pro Shop was top notch, very polite and helpful right from the get go. The course is amazing, plays well and uses the natural high elevation terrain to make a more challenging course offering a much different experience than other courses I have played on island. The temperature is amazing! So much more enjoyable to play a morning round with cool elevation air rather than sweating away in the hot Hawaiian sun. The staff at the end of the round was great! Welcoming, engaging, helpful and simply the best customer service I have experienced in Hawaii.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Must play"


tahoenian's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Be sure to put this course on your list for the Big Island!

Underwent some great renovations last summer that are really paying off with upgraded course conditions. The layout is great, each hole has its own memorable character. The 17th hole is the classic Dye design island green. Amazing views of Maui and the Kohala coast. The weather is 10 - 15 degrees cooler than the coast, Perfect.

New EZGo carts, super friendly and professional staff. the friendliest service of any course in the islands.

A must play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lots of maintenance"


tatanga8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Had to play three of the holes as par 3 due to maintenance work. Lots of mud on the course so ball always required cleaning. Management should have provided discount based on course condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Track Undergoing Extensive Renovations"


sengelgolfer's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

I have no doubt that this course will be very nice once the renovations are complete. The track is interesting with some decent views, on an area of the island that is about 10 degrees cooler than the resort courses near the shore. Currently, however, the ongoing extensive renovations, along with the relatively poor upkeep of the course as a result of the maintenance, does not make for a pleasant golfing experience. The fairways are dry, bare in a wide variety of places, and weedy in others. The greens tend to be bumpy. Additionally, the pro shop currently is in a tent and they apparently do not have any permanent facilities in place at the time. On the positive side, the course is fairly priced given the renovations and I found the staff to be quite friendly.

I would, therefore, delay playing a round at this course until the renovations are complete. After that, tee off!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Makani Golf"


Jim7113's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I am sure the this is a beautiful course when it is at its prime. I booked this course on the ratings and was very excited to play it. I was unaware though, that they had punched the greens and had two par fours turned into par threes due to reconstructing the course. The course was not in the best shape due to the construction going on. The pace of play was good and the staff were friendly. I was disappointed in not knowing what was going on at the course and being charged full price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Upgrade in process, great views intact"


webeisler's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Played this course for yrs when visiting as the Big Island CC. New owner and new name. Clearly in the process of upgrading, killing weeds, doing some work on artificial lakes, etc. A fun layout with elevation changes, up on the slopes of Hualalei so

a little cooler with great views of the northwest coast of the Big Island.Greens were good, they too

undergoing some help so should be really good in

another 3 or 4 months assuming they carry thru on the upgrades. Upgrades were minor inconvenience with dust blowing, equipment in the way, one hole shortened from interesting 4 to a 3 while they rework lake and perhaps drainage.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Well worth it"


Boogieman's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played twilight with rented Titleist AP1 irons. Played behind a foursome that kept a decent pace as I played as a 2 ball single. Course played perfectly from tee to green and can't wait to return to play it again. Just the right amount of challenges. Loved 17th hole which a close replica of TPC Sawgrasses 17th. 18 is a great finishing hole as well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Really good course, different option on Big Island"


naots77's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Played Big Island CC in April 2018, had a fun day. Course is designed well, nice soft opening then starts sprinkling in some really tough holes, especially Par 3's, and some short fun par 4's. Dye did a good job challenging player visually off the tee and into greens, good mix of safety and trouble. Not as finely groomed as the major resort courses, some scruffiness but greens were great. Amenities are almost non-existent, all temporary yurts and structures, no clubhouse built yet, bring food/snacks as they might not always have a great selection. They don't allow "guests" to hit off the grass range, only "members", which is kinda lame when you pay $100+ for golf. Finish is tough, some people don't like it, I thought it was a good test to close out your round. I'd play it again if I was in the area and had a free day. Not sure they are achieving a "member" like country club feel of upscale living or experience. Basically the feel of a really good muni course that's way off the main track. Beautiful drive and great views, unique perspective of that part of the island most may not see. I recommend if you have a chance to see it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Get It While You Can"


brovarnm's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course is extremely well cared for. Teeboxes, fairways and greens are all in exceptional condition. Lots of doglegs and water hazards to deal with, and some great views as well.

I used to look forward to the island green at 17 but now see it as a bit of a novelty. Probably just me. Played the course probably 5 times or so and almost always bounce off. Quite a challenge for sure as it comes so late in the round.

They are planning a resort housing development and then intend to go private. However, they are testing the waters for a week long "vacation" membership. It's currently available for 7 days of unlimited golf at $240. Sounds good right? Kind of. You are also charged each time for a cart rental an additional $30. Seeing as how it's an hour or so from Kona and there are so many other great courses to try on the island, you might think twice.

I recommend getting the course while you can. Unless the vacation membership offer appeals to you.

Note: Eat and drink all you can on the front 9 because you're going to want to use the world's nicest on course restroom which is at 9/10!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Diverse course layout with beautiful scenery"


GIgopheR41TeN's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition except for a few tee boxes that had lots of divots. Nice mixture of straight fairways, doglegs and elevated greens. Lots of turkeys and goats on the course, but not a problem. Only issue I had with this course is that the last two holes (the 17th island green and 18th with significant water hazard) come too late in the round. These are great challenging holes, and you have to be at your best to play them. So if you are tired, be ready to lose a bunch of balls. But this course is a must play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sf"


FUNAMI's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We spent almost 2 months in big island every year from Nov. to Dec. We select in Hawaii big island cause of nice weather in Hawaii all year. We are enjoy and like to recommend to our friends to be here.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



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