Waialae reminded me of an oceanfront Biltmore, I wasn’t inspired by either despite the Golden Age parallel, designed by masters but carelessly repainted down the years. It’s encouraging to note that Doak is involved at Waialae as I’m sure he will breathe some life into what I felt was a rather predicable layout when I played here a couple of years ago. I had to look hard to see the templates and came away rather disappointed. I did appreciate the day and remained gracious, as my host was very proud of his club and the course’s Hawaiian Open pedigree. I’ve played about a dozen courses on Oahu and none are especially noteworthy except Makaha Valley which was the most fun I’ve had golfing on Oahu, sadly I think it has since closed.
Date: January 13, 2018