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Makena Golf and Beach Club: Maui’s New Jewel

DISCOVERY LIFE MAGAZINE 2013

Makena Beach and Golf Club: Maui’s New Jewel

EXCERPT…. GOLF, OF COURSE….

is a major part of Makena’s future, too. The routing of the North Course had good bones, but it would require both capital and imagina­tion to bring it up to Discovery’s lofty standards. That job fell to Dennis Wise. His name may not be well known to most golf­ers, but it’s a very familiar one within the Discovery family. Over the course of nearly 30 years as a senior designer in the office of noted golf architect Tom Fazio, Wise has produced scores of highly regarded lay­outs around the country, and, beginning with the Estancia Club in Arizona, he has played a significant role in almost every one of the company’s golf projects.

Wise em­barked on a complete renovation of Make­na’s North Course. His first action was to study the land and identify its major assets. The property’s strong points were pretty apparent: “The first thing I noticed was the relief in the land,” he says. “There’s over 400 feet of elevation change from the low­est hole on the course to the highest. The second asset was the ocean and the vast views of the Molokini Crater and the West Maui Mountains. I asked myself, ‘How can I show off more of these vistas?’…

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Scott Irwin and Dennis Wise

Scott Irwin and Dennis Wise

Green 11 before construction

Green 11 before construction

Green 11 drainage installation

Green 11 drainage installation

Green 11 gravel layer

Green 11 gravel layer

Green 11 after construction

Green 11 after construction