Round Played: with Axel Leer –
by Wayne Halm –

On May 30th 2014 I played the Kauai Lagoons Course with Axel Leer of Ridgecrest, California.  Axel and I had such a good time yesterday that we decided to do it again.  Ron consented to take their families snorkeling – Axel owes Ron big time.

We had visions of “putting meat on the table’’ – of “bringing home the birdies”.  Well, that didn’t happen.  The trade winds were stronger – yeah, let’s blame it on the wind.  We got our share of pars, but the birdie putts just would not fall.

A trade shower provided us a putting lesson.  The shower itself was not much of a problem; they blow over in about 3 minutes.  But on the next (wet) green we both putted short – twice.  I understand the lesson, now if I can just remember it.

Even without birdies this was a great round.  The PoP was good yet we still had plenty of time to talk, laugh, and get to know each other better – resort golf, it’s a good thing.

There were other good things too.  Axel hit a drive 308 yards, I suspect he’ll brag about that for a while.  And I pared the 18th hole, I’ll brag about that right now.

The 18th is a longish par 4 to an island style green; the real challenge is that it plays directly into the trade winds.  I hit a sold tee shot and decided to go for the green in two.  I estimated the wind to be two clubs, gripped my 6 iron firmly, and prepared to hit the shot hard.   Then I had an epiphany (epiphany is writer speak for a sudden understanding).  Suddenly I understood that I had already compensated for the wind with the longer club and there was no need to crush the ball.  I settled into my normal rhythm and landed the ball in the center of the green.  Oh yeah, two putts later I was strutting around with a par – it felt good – I want to do it again!

Come play golf with me.

The Kauai Lagoons Golf Club 800-634-6400 or http://www.KauaiLagoonsGolf.Com .

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Axel on 5th hole

Axel on 5th hole

Kauai Lagoons 18th Green

Kauai Lagoons 18th Green

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4 thoughts on “Ridgecrest, California (2)

  1. Hello there Wayne. I will be back in God’s country in October, and looking forward to some good golf. I am bringing one of my good friends with this time and hope to shoot a round with you at the Lagoons. Take care….Axel

    • Aloha Axel,

      These are all fine courses. Makai and Poipu Bay are top of the line resort courses. (Makai does have Golf Boards for rent, see my post about it). Puakea and Kihuna are great public courses. And Wailua is a ocean side muni course. See the About Kauai header on the home page for links to their websites. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

      A Hui Hou,

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