West Hawaii golf subsidy program returns

  • CHELSEA JENSEN/West Hawaii Today A man prepares to hit his ball onto the green of the 18th hole at Waikoloa Village Golf Club. Hawaii County’s subsidized golf program returns Friday at the golf club, as well as at Makalei Golf Course in North Kona.

Hawaii County’s subsidized golf program returns Friday at two West Hawaii locations.

Waikoloa Village Golf Club in South Kohala and Makalei Golf Course in North Kona will both offer reduced rates. Each was awarded a $125,000 contract to provide West Hawaii residents parity with East Hawaii residents able to use the taxpayer-funded Hilo Municipal Golf Course.

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Through the program, the first 1,333 rounds at Waikoloa Village Golf Club and the first 1,016 rounds at Makalei Golf Course played by qualified residents in each calendar month will receive the discounted rates. Once the number of qualified rounds is met, the golf courses can revert to a rate schedule of their own determination until the count resets on the first day of the following month.

Residents will pay $37 per round of 18 holes with lower rates for seniors and juniors. Those age 60 and older will pay $32, while youth 17 and younger will pay $17. The rates apply to all tee times.

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The funding for the program was allocated in the 2020-21 fiscal budget, confirmed Kona Councilwoman Rebecca Villegas.

For more information or tee time availability, contact each golf course. Waikoloa Village Golf Club can be reached by calling 883-9621. Makalei Golf Course can be reached by calling 325-6625.

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