Makena Golf and Beach Club: Maui’s New Jewel


Makena Beach and Golf Club: Maui’s New Jewel


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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