Makani Golf Club

Top-5 Reasons to play MAKANI Golf Club:

  • A real country club layout that will call on every club in your bag
  • Some of the craftiest and most delightful holes in all the Hawaiian islands
  • Hawaii’s best finishing hole, which follows an island green par-3
  • GOLFHAWAIICARD rates as low as $65 per-day
  • Under new ownership & management. Formerly Big Island Country Club

Makani Golf Club is situated at the 20-mile mark on Highway 190 that connects Kona to Waimea. This puts its entrance about 23 miles/30 minutes above the Waikoloa Beach Resort and Waikoloa Heliport, with stunning long vistas as well as delightfully cooler temperatures and light breezes to match its perch at roughly 2,300-feet above sea level in the lee of Mauna Kea.

In the two decades, since opening in 1997 as Big Island Country Club, this crafty Perry Dye-design has certainly evolved, while holding true to its original concept. The 18-hole layout exemplifies the difference between a country club design, as opposed to a resort course or daily fee course. The country club model must be conducive to regular repeat play by members, while still holding their interest and presenting a challenge. True to that calling, Dye’s original Big Island Country Club layout succeeds in every way, shape and form with a variety of par-3s, 4s and 5s that will engage all comers.

To put it best, the son of Pete Dye, has finessed the gently rolling topography with the essence of a Dye design, which is generally the juxtaposition of one diabolical side of a fairway across from a forgiving side. Here, Dye the younger takes a much more benign approach, while still drawing the golfer’s attention to the forgiving side. But to be sure, there is no lack of challenge.

Makani Golf Club sports nine holes with water features and notable holes throughout. In fact, there isn’t a laggard in the bunch. The most exciting flourish of holes occurs when one of each variety (par-3, -4 and -5) appear in some order. This happens to be the case at 16, 17 and 18, where a meandering par-5 is followed by the signature 17th Hole (the island green reminiscent of the 17th Hole at Pete Dye’s TPC Sawgrass) and concluding with Hawaii’s best finishing hole, an option-filled par-4 that will leave lovers of great course design with a desperate urge to come back for more. And you must!

On the way up, be sure to stop at Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center in Waikoloa Village, where you can find Island Lava Java for a terrific breakfast or lunch. On the way back (If you play in the PM), make it  Pueo’s Osteria, one of Hawaii’s absolute best eateries, or Red Water Cafe in Waimea, which may well be the best.

The Deal


ONE-DAY ANYTIME: $89 (SAVE up to $61)
(SAVE up to $155)
(SAVE up to $255)

Tee times up to 90 days in advance.
This program guaranteed through Jan. 31, 2019.

COLOR TEE NAME 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
BLUE Championship                    
WHITE Regular                    
RED Ladies                    


COLOR 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN Totals Rating/Slope


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Golf Course Particulars

Perry Dye, Dye Designs

Opened: 1997

Distance: 7116/6528/6012/5145 yds

Rating/Slope: 142/137/132/120

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