My wife and I really enjoyed our round, which followed a late night on Mauna Kea. I agree with other reviews that course could be in much better shape, from tee to green. But loved the opportunity to view the wildlife, particularly the endangered birds (notable, there was nearly one less of those when my second shot on 18 failed to clear the channel and nearly clipped one of our fine feathered friends).
They are closing for a bit, I assume to work on conditions. I almost thought the operators could play up the lid life more. The pictures on the website are helpful, but a few on the course or maybe even in the cart could have been great.
As far as the layout, I thought it was one of the best courses I have played. Really enjoyed the 17th, which mimics the 17th island green at the player's. That hole and the 18th were very tough into a stiff win. Very nice variety. Sand was not the most beautiful to look at, but bunker was pleasant to play out of and was able to get an unexpected amount of spin from there (for me). Mountain vistas were pleasant. Likewise, trees and shrubs made for pleasant surroundings. Not the master's, but appreciated the surroundings. Breeze made for a pleasant morning. We teed off before 8am and done in 3.5 hours.
I was able to get a $42 rate for 18 holes by signing up for the Wyndham spiel. I would have been fine paying more, and I'm glad I did not play a mor expensive course, such as $140 at waikoloa beach, particularly if that ended up being hotter and less breeze.
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