With the Sony Open in Hawaii coming up on January 12-15, 2023, here are all the details you need to know in order to prepare for the tournament, including how Hideki Matsuyama won last year and insights about the course.
Wai’alae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
7,044; par 70
72 holes: 253 – Justin Thomas (2017)
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Seth Raynor designed Wai’alae Country Club in 1927, creating a strategically challenging course featuring several dogleg holes. Changes through the years have been made by Robert Trent Jones, Desmond Muirhead, Rick Smith, and most recently Tom Doak on the layout that offers many views of the Pacific Ocean.
Notable Course Features
The par-70 layout features only two par 5s, but they conclude each nine and usually are reachable in two with prevailing winds. The par-3 17th is considered the signature hole, which measures 194 yards and runs along the ocean.
The Sony Open in Hawaii is the principal fundraising event for Friends of Hawaii Charities. Through a partnership with the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., and with the support of title sponsor Sony Corporation Group, the Friends have generated nearly $22million since 1999, benefiting more than 350 Hawaii charities.