The developers of a west Oahu resort area have partnered with Tiger Woods on the design of one of two forthcoming golf courses, Pacific Links International announced this month.
It will be the first Woods-designed course in the Aloha State. His TGR Design company will be lead architects for one of the two courses going in at Makaha Valley Resort, the Makaha North Course, while Gil Hanse, creator of the Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, will head the design of the Makaha South Course. Both of the courses will be positioned as tournament-quality venues, according to the announcement.
The two courses will be the centerpiece of the Makaha Valley Resort, a 644-acre mixed-used property on Oahu that will include a hotel, and will be the first new course designs on Oahu since the Ernie Els-designed Hoakalei golf course opened a decade ago.
"At TGR Design, we focus on finding spectacular locations to design distinct and memorable golf courses," Woods said in a statement. "The Makaha 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. The North Course will be shadowed by the Waianae Mountain Range, and will be varied in hole direction, elevation, shot shape and distance. The course follows the natural contours of the landscape, and is being built with environmental sustainability at the forefront.
"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," Woods said.
The Makaha Valley Resort will be part of a mixed-use development including the golf club, restaurants, an arts and community center, health and wellness center, hotel, timeshare and residential units. The Makaha Valley watershed boundaries extend from the peak of Mount Kaala, Oahu's tallest mountain, to the ocean. The hotel and timeshare units will be arranged in the central core of the valley with hiking trails leading to several points of interest in the valley, including the Kaneaki Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple site built in the 17th century. A timeline was not released by the company for the development's multiple phases, but indicated construction could begin in 2020.
"The Makaha Valley Resort represents an incredibly exciting development for Pacific Links International," 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 Mkaha Valley, we will create one of golf's finest and most sought-after destinations."
The Makaha Valley resort property was originally developed in the 1960s, and was managed by Sheraton until 1999. The hotel at the resort closed in late 2011. Pacific Links purchased the property and announced plans for the redevelopment of the site in 2015 at an estimated total cost of $300 million.
Pacific Links International has worked with developer Stanford Carr to partner with community leaders, landowners and Hawaiian regulatory agencies on a long-term development plan for the Makaha Valley. The plan utilizes the traditional Hawaiian concept of the Ahupuaa, districts that ran from the shoreline to the mountains, as a structure for a comprehensive blueprint for Hawaiian cultural sites, residential areas, community and recreational use, and ecological preservation.