Through the years: Waialae

A look into the architectural history of the Seth Raynor designed Waialae C.C.


Episode 3 of the Yolk with Doak goes into detail on Waialae Country Club, The Sony Open and Seth Raynor. To help listeners envision the course, what follows is a synopsis on Waialae and some of the holes discussed on the podcast. Special thanks to Scott Griffith @bottomgrove for helping put this together.

Waialae Country Club was designed by Seth Raynor and was one of his last designs. The course opened after his death (1926) in February of 1927. The course was built as a hotel (resort) and featured many of the famed template holes that Raynor and C.B. Macdonald used.

Raynor's Original Plan for Waialae

Golf Course Historian and Executive Director of the Seth Raynor Society Anthony Pioppi uncovered an article in which Seth Raynor details his Waialae design.

Seth Raynor's article in Aloha Magazine - Credit: Anthony Pioppi @anthonypioppi

An aerial photograph of Waialae from 1929 that hangs in the Waialae Clubhouse gives further insight into the design history of the course.

The 1929 layout of Waialae - Photo Credit: Zac Blair @z_blair

A 1952 aerial of Waialae that shows the entire golf course before the construction of the Kahala Hotel.

1952 Aerial of Waialae CC - Photo Credit: @bottomgroove

Thanks to Scott Griffith’s skills changes to the course from the construction of the hotel are evident. A comparison of the 1952 and 1966 aerial:

And a comparison of the course from 1952 to 2016:

Also, Zac Blair kindly provided ground photos that showcase the different holes that Tom discusses in detail.

At minute 13 in the podcast, Tom discusses the Eden hole:

At minute 16 in the podcast, Tom discusses the Short hole: