Makena-Wailua, Maui, Hawaii
Private Course. Dennis Wise, redesigner.
7,038 yards par 72.
Score: 45.8687 points
At one time, Makena was a destination resort with two beautiful Robert Trent Jones Jr. designs. But when the economy soured a decade ago, the South Course was closed, and in 2014 the remaining North Course was sold to Discovery Land Co., which brought in Dennis Wise, formerly a Tom Fazio associate who worked on many Discovery Land projects, to retrofit the course. It’s still a beauty, but now with Discovery’s trademark “confort stations” offering food and drink throughout the round. Course reopened in fall of 2015 but we failed to have enough panelists evaluate it last year, so we consented to hold it over to 2017.
Panelist Comments: “Discover Land has hit the mark, setting the bar among other courses on the island…Really nice Fazio-esque remodel on what I thought was a good layout to begin with…Dennis Wise made good use of the existing corridors while adding touches here and there, such as lakes, lava outcroppings, etc…Except for changing the dogleg par-4 third into a short, drivable par 4, routing is unchanged…Difficult to find better views on any course in the country.. .All-in-all, a really good golf course.”