2 Helpful / 7 Not
awesome hideaway coarse
Pros: Great coarse running on the side of a volcano in hawaii. No other coarse like it anywhere I have played, has great beauty all around, with a good technical layout for players of all ranges and ages.
Cons: Bring good shoes it is a brain forest in hawaii.
2 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Fun adventurous course with a great host
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Not a typical "distance" course but offers many different approaches within the rainforest. Technical game has to be on point.
- Two different tees for varying skill levels. The pro tees aren't necessarily much longer but goes back to the technical focus of the course.
- Great and flexible host. I called Mike an hour before we wanted to come up and he graciously had us come up. He then played with us to show us around.
- Each tee presents different challenges. One of the last ones we played was an island about 40x80' that you need to land in to stay in bounds. Never seen this type before but was fun.
Cons: - Course still in development. Some tee boxes aren't completed and regular maintenance is strenuous, leaving high grass and difficult terrain in some areas.
- Without Mike showing us around, it would've been difficult to go from tee to tee. There are no signs nor maps that I am aware of.
Other Thoughts: - It's in the rainforest. Be prepared for this. It gets wet. I'm talking rubber boots and a change of clothes.
- This is a private course that Mike is the only owner of. Keep this in mind when playing as it's a lot of work to clear all this with one person!
- Discs and T-shirts are for sale. Bring cash as it's a great way to get a Gargoyle Gardens logo disc and support Mike.
-Lots of tall grass. Bring discs that you can find easily.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gargoyle's Garden is situated in the middle of a dense rainforest Mike Leitch has taken ten years to clear to his liking. When stepping off of the fairway it's easy to see the amount of work it must have taken, with the forest providing no room to step, let alone walk. Needless to say, the flora is amazing with giant ferns in the fairway and gorgeous indigenous flowers throughout. There are even a few naturally occurring coffee plants waking you to the wonders of the island.
But this isn't just a scenic course. Mike also knows golf. The holes are a good mix of shots, making every hole memorable, challenging and different. Mostly tight lines with fair gaps for good players, but a few more open holes near the front of the course to warm up. Hole 18 is open but requires shooting to an island green. The course is not righty or lefty friendly, but will challenge every shot in your bag. Overhands and turbos may provide some relief from all the amazing flora. There are even two par fours, but gripping and ripping may find you in the deep jungle.
I challenge you to find a better host. Mike was as gracious as a man can be and will tell you all about the history and what he has in stall for the future of this unreal property. He cares about furthering the sport and even teaches at the local school.
Cons: Be prepared for rain, as this side of the island gets a lot of it. However, there is nothing that can detract from the beauty and, if prepared, one's golf game won't suffer from it.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Play through a upland forest of Ohia.
Pros: A privately owned tight wooded course on the Big Island of Hawaii. The owner and operator is a very gracious and fun host. A very memorable course not only for volcanic mountainside location but also vegetation. Aloha Mike! Thanks for showing this mainlander and his wife a very good time on such short notice!
Cons: Still in the development phase, some holes are a bit "rough around the edges". Some tees are unmarked. You will probably need to play with a local or the owner in order to navigate. Terrain can be very bumpy or even jagged in spots, so it's important to watch your step as you traverse the course. That being said, I played through in open toed hiking sandals without any problems.
Other Thoughts: If you find yourself on the rainy side of the big island, it's a must do. I will definitely play there again next chance I get.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
A rare find on Big Island
Pros: Full 18 hole course with a diverse range of holes
Packed gravel tee pads
Mike and the dg community have spent hundreds of hours developing this course and perfecting it and the effort really shows.
Really friendly group of people play here
Cons: Its a private course so you need to contact Mike before you show up.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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