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“Good value golf on the Big Island of Hawaii” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waikoloa Village Golf Club

Waikoloa Village Golf Club
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Owner description: A par-72 course located at a 1,000 foot elevation.
Edmonton, AB
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good value golf on the Big Island of Hawaii”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

If you are on a budget and love golf this is the course for you when visiting the Big Island's Kohala Coast. Nice layout with Ocean views in the distance and friendly staff. This course can be windy so come prepared to enjoy what might be a windy, but beautiful golf experience. They have a junior rate so golfing with kids on a budget is an option as well.

Visited April 2014
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San Antonio, Texas
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902 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 584 helpful votes
“A Good Course if You Just Got Off the Plane From Alberta”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

This course is inexpensive to play but there is a trade off. The fairways are so heavy and thick that there is no roll, the ball dies right where it lands. These dense Kikuyu grass fairways act just like rough and deflect fairway woods and irons.

" Kikuyu is somewhat "hairy", if you look at it closely. And the leaves bend over in the middle, forming a spongy mat that traps the club, especially because the ball tends to sink down between the blades, effectively resting on the ground. The trick is to strike down on the ball, as though from heavy rough. Otherwise, the thick mat of interlaced Kikuyu blades trap the club, drastically reducing clubhead speed. " *Golfers Guide to Grasses
Using Kikuyu grass for the putting green is unheard of in the US, and Waikoloa Village is the exception. The putting here does not roll true, it's bumpy and grainy depending upon density.
This track is long and plays into the wind on some of the longest holes. There are so many uphill shots to the elevated greens. There are multiple elevations on this layout with elevated tees and water comes into play especially on the approach to 18.

The bunkers are full of pea gravel and are unplayable. There's limited yardage markers on the course, except for the 150 stakes and some 100 yard, and 75 yard plates in the fairway. Women golfers do not get any real forward tee breaks here. With the high winds and the deep fairways, the ladies will have a tough round.

The pro shop is friendly and Cal the cart guy/starter is efficient. You cannot get your cart until after Cal releases you to the first tee.
The course scores high on looks and scenery with ocean vistas in the distance. The grass is bright green from all the rain.
There are a lot of Nene, Hawaii state birds and a protected species, here.
They don't have a beverage cart, but there's a young women camped out in the midst of the back nine selling sodas and beer. There's no water in the cart nor on the course and no ice or towels either. There's no food available if you have a morning tee time, the bar opens around noon.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank bobemac
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Richmond, BC,
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118 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wonderful Views, Great Staff, Wind, Turkeys, Nene's and Golf!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We played this course on a Sunday when we expected it to be crowded. Of course, every day here in Hawaii is a weekend so it really wasn't busy at all. The fees are not bad directly from the course, but you can get even better deals on Golfnow.com.

Each hole offered a unique view and challenge, without being overly difficult. Wide, forgiving fairways, level for the most part and greens that were interesting to read. The bunkers are not really sand though, so avoid these when you can!

The staff was very helpful and friendly. The drinks cart was always there when we wanted it to be and the views were never ending. Be prepared for lots and lots of wind though! It makes for great shots when its behind you, but when you're hitting into it, it's like hitting a wall!

My last comment is: lay up on 18, especially if you're facing the wind!

Visited March 2014
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great shape very reasonable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

Played the course a couple of times,very enjoyable. Great shape nice layout. Proshop staff was excellent and the food in the bar was great.

Visited December 2013
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148 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Ok cheap golf, but windy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

This is a good local course. It is inexpensive and not a bad course. The bunkers are not good, so save your sand wedge and use your hand wedge instead! If it is not windy, it is a fun little course to play. But the day we played it was just too windy to enjoy it!

Look for turkeys and nenes on the course!

1 Thank Tucker1221
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