Tiger Woods, Gil Hanse working side by side in Hawaii
Gil Hanse, left, Tiger Woods, center, and Du Sha study a course layout.

Tiger Woods, Gil Hanse working side by side in Hawaii

Pacific Links project at Makaha Valley Resort on Oahu will feature 36 holes.

April 8, 2019

Tiger Woods and his TGR Design company have been unveiled as lead architects for one of two spectacular golfing layouts to be created at Makaha Valley Resort in Hawaii, a project commissioned by Pacific Links International.

Inspired by the pristine setting on Oahu’s Leeward Coast, TGR Design will lead the development of the Makaha North Course, while Gil Hanse, creator of the Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, will develop the Makaha South Course. Together, these world-class, tournament-quality layouts will become the centerpieces of the Makaha Valley Resort, a 644-acre mixed-use property developed in conjunction with community leaders and native cultural practitioners on Hawaii’s third-largest island.

Nestled high above the Pacific and meandering through lush, rolling terrain, the North Course lies in the shadows of the Waianae Mountain Range, where players will encounter stunning scenes of Mount Ka’ala – the highest peak on Oahu – and expansive ocean views that contrast with the imposing emerald mountains.

The open nature of the course will provide opportunities to enjoy the setting, while the fairways will promote strategic choices and different routes of play. The natural layout will require golfers to navigate a myriad of options in order to score well. Large, tightly mown green surrounds and intricate internal greens contours will further emphasize the highly strategic nature of the golf course, which also boasts variety in hole direction, elevation, shot shape, and distance.

The majestic ridges that define the Makaha Valley create a stunning backdrop. This bold canvas provides depth to a course which has been created to consider the environment at every turn and exhibits a design concept that focuses on a unique and memorable golf experience for players of all levels.

“We focus on finding spectacular locations to design distinct and memorable golf courses,” Woods said. “The Makaha Valley 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.”

The site also impressed Hanse, who has designed the Black Course at Streamsong and Pinehurst No. 4.

“The opportunity to work on such a magnificent site, with equally dramatic views of the ocean, the mountains and up the valley is all we could hope for on a property,” he said. “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. 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.

“It is also an honor to be part of the design team at Makaha Valley where we will be building side by side with the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods and his design group. The commitment to bringing these two design groups together for the first time anywhere is the vision of Pacific Links International, and we could not be happier to be working with them as they continue their pursuit of building the finest golf facilities in the world.”

Over the past two years, Pacific Links International has partnered with developer Stanford Carr to work with community leaders, landowners, native Hawaiian cultural practitioners and regulatory agencies of the state and city on the long-term vision for Makaha Valley. This encompasses a holistic traditional Hawaiian Ahupua’a concept, which considers the entire valley from the mountain (Mount Ka’ala) to the ocean (Makaha Beach).

Through this partnership, this project will incorporate Hawaiian culture, golf, homes, resort, community use, economic development, recreational uses and natural resource management.

“The Makaha Valley Resort represents an incredibly exciting development and we are extremely pleased to be able to unveil our partnership with TGR Design and Hanse Golf Course Design, said Du Sha, owner and founder of Pacific Links International. “Through the creativity and ingenuity of both Tiger Woods and Gil Hanse, and the natural beauty of the Makaha Valley, we will create one of golf’s finest and most sought-after destinations, and we look forward to sharing further details with the golfing world as the project develops.”