Lanai course to get Nicklaus touch; Maui's Makena reopening as private

By Mike BaileyJanuary 8, 2014, 10:27 pm

And now there's just one -- golf course, that is, on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. That's because The Experience at Koele shut down for renovations on Monday, leaving just The Challenge at Manele as the only remaining open course on the small island 45 minutes via ferry from Maui.

The Koele course, designed by Greg Norman and opened in 1990, sits on the side of a mountain, 1500 feet above sea level. Not only will it get new turf, new irrigation and new greens, but a dramatic redesign by Jack Nicklaus, who did the other Four Seasons course on Lanai, The Challenge at Manele, which opened in 1993.

The two courses couldn't be more different. While The Challenge, built on the lava cliffs overlooking the Pacific, has thrived, The Experience has struggled, much of it due to water restrictions imposed by the island of 3,200 residents. Not only have many of the water features on this once-stunning course dried up, but turf conditions over the past few years have also deteriorated.

Although details of the redesign were not currently available, the new course will address those water issues. Additionally, Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, who purchased the island in 2012, is currently constructing a desalination plant, which should help alleviate water concerns, especially when it comes to irrigating the golf courses. Plans also call for another hotel and additional development. 

Nicklaus' prints should be all over the new course. That means new bunkering, greens complexes and some completely new holes.

"I think the big thing with Koele is you have an amazing piece of land in the mountains," said Scott Ashworth, who came aboard a couple of weeks ago as the new director of golf for the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. "They're going to open up some incredible views.

"Aside from the design changes, what you will see is much better turf conditions," said Ashworth, the former pro at Kauai Lagoons. "It'll go from conditions that were a little tough to hopefully world-class playing conditions."

Officials are considering grassing the course with paspalum wall to wall, except for greens, which would remain bentgrass. The course can support bentgrass because temperatures are considerably cooler at Koele than at sea level. The course is expected to reopen in December.

In addition to the golf course renovation work, The Challenge Clubhouse has a completely renovated restaurant, now called "Views." As the name would suggest, the restaurant, which has new furnishings, and a new bar area, provides panoramic views of the golf course and Hulopo'e Bay.

Maui's Makena set to reopen, go private


Over on Maui another renovation is also underway. Last summer, the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course at Makena Beach & Golf Resort was shut down for renovations. Offering some of the best views on the island, it too, had begun to deteriorate and needed a facelift.

Unfortunately, for visiting golfers, when the course opens, it will be fully private. Architect Dennis Wise, a former senior associate for Tom Fazio, is in charge of the redesign.

Jerry King, the new director of golf at Makena, couldn't offer up many details about the renovation, but you can be sure it will retain many of the features of the old course, including the par-3 fourth hole or downhill par-5 15th, which offer incredible vistas of the Pacific. King, formerly the director of instruction and guest relations at Kapalua, said a soft opening for members is expected in March or April.

The work is part of an ongoing commitment to change by the resort's owners, the Landmark Hotels Group, which has been making significant improvements to the 25-year-old property since it purchased it in 2010. Whether the new course ever opens to resort play remains to be seen. (Resort guests can currently play the other courses at Wailea.)

One possibility down the line could be limited outside play, similar to what goes on at King Kamehameha Country Club, which is laid out along the side of the West Maui Mountains. Offering panoramic views of the ocean below, it's billed as the island's only fully private course, but because it's looking to build membership still, visitors can play there once or twice.

King Kamehameha is currently offering a package that pairs the Ted Robinson-designed gem with its sister course, Kahili, which is open to the public. The two-course package runs $300, which sounds like a lot of money if you're used to paying green fees on most of the mainland, but on Maui, that's a bargain. And when you see King Kamehameha and experience its exclusive country club treatment, which includes one of the best locker rooms on the planet, you'll agree. The package is available through

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”