In our third episode of the Yolk with Doak, we have an in-depth discussion with architect Tom Doak about Waialae Country Club, the Seth Raynor-designed course that hosts the PGA Tour’s Sony Open. Doak has been working with Waialae for the past several years to restore some of Raynor’s original ideas. Check out the podcast here:
To help listeners envision what Doak wants to accomplish at Waialae, we’ve put together a small collections of resources on the course. Special thanks to Scott Griffith of The Bottom Groove (Twitter: @bottomgrove) for helping with the imagery.
Waialae Country Club was one of Seth Raynor’s final designs. The architect died of pneumonia in January 1926, and the course opened 13 months later. It was intended to be part of a hotel and resort from the beginning, and it featured the usual array of “ideal holes” that Raynor and his mentor C.B. Macdonald used in their designs.
Seth Raynor's original plan for Waialae Country Club
For further insight into the original version of the course, check out this 1929 aerial photo that hangs in the Waialae clubhouse.
Waialae 1929 pic.twitter.com/Z4Un33CQpn
— Zac Blair (@z_blair) January 10, 2017
In addition, Raynor detailed his design in an article for Aloha Magazine. This article was recently uncovered by historian Anthony Pioppi.
Research credit: Anthony Pioppi (@anthonypioppi)
Finally, a 1952 aerial photo shows the entire course before the Kahala Hotel was built, eliminating most of the oceanside holes.
1952 aerial of Waialae Country Club. Research credit: @bottomgroove
The construction of the hotel forced Waialae to be completely rerouted. A comparison of the 1952 and 1966 aerials shows the changes clearly:
And here’s a comparison of the 1952 and 2016 aerials:
Here are some visuals for a pair of holes we focus on in the podcast. At minute 13, Doak talks about the Eden hole, No. 11.
New green on 11 at Waialae pic.twitter.com/RVxpboHEuu
— Zac Blair (@z_blair) January 9, 2017
And at minute 16, Doak delves into the Short hole, No. 7.
"Short" template hole #7 waialae pic.twitter.com/Wal4nqeF37
— Zac Blair (@z_blair) January 11, 2017
Thanks to PGA Tour pro Zac Blair for the up-to-date photos!
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