Hualalai (Ke‘olu) - Hawaii - USA

Hualalai Club - Ke’olu,
100 Kaupulehu Drive,
Kailua Kona,
Hawaii (HI) 96740,

  • +1 808 325 8480

  • Golf Club Website

  • 8 miles N of Kona International airport

  • Members and their guests only

  • William Anderson

  • Tom Weiskopf, Phil Smith

  • Brendan Moynahan

The Hualalai residential resort extends to over 850 acres within the Kona district on the northwestern coast of Big Island and the sporting amenities at this upmarket retreat include tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts, an outdoor lap pool and two 18-hole golf courses, a Jack Nicklaus Signature track (Hualaiai) and a Tom Weiskopf-designed layout (Ke’olu).

The Nicklaus course debuted in 1996 and it hosts the Mitsubishi Electric Championship Champions Tour event every January, when senior major champions from the previous five years and other tournament winners from the last two years compete in a 54-hole stroke play competition with a prize purse of almost two million US dollars.

Visiting golfers from the on-site hotel and nearby resorts can play the Hualaiai course but only Hualalai Club members and their guests can tee it up at the private Ke’olu course, which was unveiled in 2002. Ke'olu translates as “gentle breeze” and it lies on higher ground from its older sibling, where both the temperature and humidity are a little more pleasant.

Michael Hiller, travel editor at Avid Golfer had this to say about Weiskopf’s rather exclusive design: “I love the way he used lava spires and palm trees as target lines and wraps greens around collapsed lava tubes. I didn't spot another soul on the course until deep into the round, which I'm told is not unusual on the course.”

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Description: Set out on the Big Island’s Kona-Kohala Coast, the private Ke‘olu is a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course that's one of two 18-hole layouts to be found at the Hualalai resort. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Abraham Lincoln

I like this course better than the resort Hualalai course. We found ourselves going up the hill to play this one over the resort one. The vistas are incredible, even from the driving range. The resort course is very nice and worthy of playing every day, but this one feels more special. It's tougher tee to green. There is more strategy. And the greens have a bit more contour to them. The penalty for missing off the tee is much more severe than the resort course. The par 5 18th finishing hole is a beast from the tips. And of course service is impeccable. Golf at both Hualalai courses is simply fun. You won't get too beat up score wise, and you will enjoy every minute of your round.

July 23, 2022
7 / 10
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Zachary Tan

This course is like playing on Mars. The rocks do really come into play eating up golf balls. Really neat and cool design. Offers a lot of scenic views as well as challenges for golfers. Great staff who's always friendly. Excellent range, If I recall correctly that offers Pro V1 Balls. 5 Star Experience and Course. Would I come back? Hell Yes, and if your gonna play there take me with you!

October 03, 2019
8 / 10
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