Tiger Woods and Gil Hanse will be designing courses for a new Hawaiian resort located near the legendary surfing waves of Makaha on Oahu, part of a new 644-acre development set to break ground soon.
Woods and Hanse were commissioned by Pacific Links International to design separate 18-hole courses for the Makaha Valley Resort, a resort considered part of the development set to be built on Hawaii’s third-largest island by developer Stanford Carr.
Woods will design the North Course, which will sit on land with a perched view of the Pacific Ocean and meander through lush terrain in the shadow of the Waianae mountain range, in Oahu’s highest peak, the volcano Mt. Ka’ala.
“At TGR Design, we focus on finding spectacular locations to design distinct and memorable golf courses,” Woods said in a release announcing the project. “The Mākaha Valley on the west coast of Oahu is truly one of these unique and special locations. The cathedral-like setting of the property is framed with big ocean views to the west and towering mountains to the east. We are designing a golf course that will take advantage of this spectacular setting yet still be fun and playable for golfers of all abilities.”
Hanse will design the South Course, which will be closer the Pacific and be built with nods to classic West Coast golf architecture.
“With the sloping nature of the land, several natural washes and a few significant elevation changes to work with, we know that the course will have a great deal of variety and will flow wonderfully across the topography,” Hanse said. “Combining those natural advantages with a style that will be based on the great California courses designed by George Thomas should yield an interesting and thoughtful course to play and a spectacular one to look at.”
The North and South courses will flank a 128-acre resort that will be built in the first phase, along with a community center, wellness center and spa. The second phase will include golf villas, timeshares and residential development.
There will certainly be more to come on this development, including a better sense of designs for both courses.