Waialae Country Club - Honolulu Hawaii


2007 Sony OpenGCSAA member Dave Nakama, golf course superintendent at Waialae Country Club, says the rough is longer and thicker than in the past because of the abundance of rain received the last few weeks.
The forecast calls for the wind to pick up late in the week, which adds teeth to the course as well.
He also has rerouted the sixth fairway to the left this year, clearing some trees on the left and adding a bunker on the right by the now much more pronounced dogleg. If the tradewinds turn to the north, the ocean-facing back nine could be tricky.
The tradewinds are typically 15-20 mph from the northeast, but they can double in speed and switch out of the south. Nakama regrassed the fairways this year to smooth out the patches of various species of bermudagrass invading partsthe fairways
Waialae Country Club, on the edge of Honolulu and the edge of Maunalua Bay, offers one of the top golf courses in Hawaii. The course has been the site of the PGA TOUR's Hawaiian Open (now called the Sony Open) every year of that tournament's existence, dating back to 1965. And while the PGA TOUR didn't come until '65, the Hawaiian Open itself dates to 1928 when it was first played at Waialae.
The golf course was built in conjunction with the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the first third of the 20th century, with the goal of luring tourists to the remote island group in the Pacific Ocean. The course was designed by architect Seth Raynor, considered one of the all-time greats, and opened in February 1927.
Raynor incorporated elements of some of the era's most famous courses into his design at Waialae.
  • The par-3 fourth features a biarritz green, modeled after the original one at Biarritz Golf Club in France.
  • No. 17 is modeled after the original Redan hole.
  • No. 7 is modeled after the No. 6 hole of the National Golf Links on Long Island.
  • No. 1 incorporates elements of the famed Road Hole at St. Andrews.
    The golf course plays to a par of 72 and more than 7,100 yards in length. However, during the Hawaiian Open week, the nines are reversed, the par is reduced to 70, and the yardage is a little less.
    No. 8 (tournament hole No. 17) plays directly along the shoreline of Maunalua Bay and is considered the signature hole. A 189-yard par-3, its green is 40 yards deep and guarded by deep bunkers.

    Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - Sony Open in Hawaii
  • Waialea Course Tour
    Golf Course Superintendents Association of America