Established in 1927, the course’s initial design was by Seth Raynor with changes by Desmond Muirhead in 1992. Now a mature, lushly landscaped, and player-friendly championship course, Waialae Country Club features wide forgiving fairways lined with stands of coconut, monkey pod and kiawe trees and 83 strategically place bunkers.
The course plays to a par 70 for the Sony Open and measures 7,125 yards from the Championship tees, 6,627 yards from the Member tees and 5,708 from the Forward tees. It includes both left and right doglegs and, thanks to its well planned layout, can challenge the low handicap player while not penalizing the high handicap player. The course is cooled by gentle trade winds and features well-tended and manicured Bermuda grass fairways and greens.
The course is nestled in the quiet neighbourhood of Waialae-Kahala and its signature hole, the par 3 eighth hole, is bordered along its full 185 yards by the Pacific Ocean.
The golf course at Waialae Country Club is open exclusively to its members and their guests. Members and guests can avail themselves of the convenient 250-yard practice range, chipping and putting greens and full service snack bar. Professional instruction is available for members and guests. Loaner club sets are also available at a nominal fee.