Golf Course Architecture - Issue 56: April 2019

13 Photo: Mackenzie & Ebert Construction in progress on Hirono’s par-three thirteenth as ideal for golf, containing enough movement throughout without it producing a tough walk. “Following two visits to work up proposals and discuss the project with the Restoration Committee, we were commissioned. The strong brief was to restore the great work which Alison left although, at this point, reference should be made to the significant input of Seiichi Takahata, who found the site and was one of the founders, and Chozo Itoh, the first course superintendent.” Mackenzie & Ebert’s work is being informed by a rich archive of materials. Along with Alison’s plans and the club’s photographs, Ebert and the team tracked down old aerial photography of the course from the 1940s and 1960s. “These showed that the greens had become smaller, the fairways had become much narrower and the bunkers had lost their shape, character and roughness,” said Ebert. “Only one hole had been significantly extended and, in fact, that had happened twice with new greens being pushed back on