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Round Played: with Barry Gabler and Bill Williams –
By Wayne Halm –

Do you take your bartender to play golf?  Think about it – maybe you should.

On September 20th 2014 I played the Kauai Lagoons course with Barry Gabler (my bartender) from Lihue, Hawaii and with Bill Williams of New Haven, Indiana.  This was a good grouping – we all had our challenges, but turned them around and had a fun round.

Bill’s driver started the round with a disappointing “outside-in” swing path.  He worked on it and soon got the big stick under control.

Bill's driver started out giving him problems - But he worked on it and got better each hole - By the time we reached the Ocean Holes he was smiling

Bill’s driver started out giving him problems – But he worked on it and got better each hole – By the time we reached the Ocean Holes he was smiling

 

Barry began the round like a tour player.  He had a slump in the middle but roared back from it.

Slump over, Barry was smiling again - And looking very "professional".

Slump over, Barry was smiling again – And looking very “professional”.

 

And me?  Well, I muddled along, no birdies, lots of bogies, but more pars than doubles – then we arrived at hole 14 …

The 14th hole can be intimidating - Why? - Well, see how I played it below.

The 14th hole can be intimidating – Why? – Well, see how I played it below.

 

Barry and Bill on the 14th Tee - After my shot but before theirs - They were still smiling.

Barry and Bill on the 14th Tee – After my shot but before theirs – They were still smiling.

 

Here is how I played 14:  I hit my tees shot long and left –over the cliff.  I dropped a ball in the drop area – and still worried about the cliff I hit it safely into the bunker.  From the bunker I still worried about going over the green – so I dug deep and barely got out onto the rough fringe.  Chipping toward the pin but still worried about rolling off the back of the green – I was short, caught the hill, and rolled back onto the lower part of the green.  A long putt up the hill, I wasn’t worried about rolling off the green – but I left it six feet short.  I made the six footer, that felt good – however, I still had to write a seven on the score card.

 
The 14th hole ruined my score – but I was not about to let it ruin my round.  We still had holes to play and pictures to take.

The Octopus plant continues to fade from it's bloody glory - It's still creepy though.

The Octopus plant continues to fade from it’s bloody glory – It’s still creepy though.

 

And this is probably my favorite shot on the course - I make everyone take it.

And this is probably my favorite shot on the course – I make everyone take it.

 

The lagoon in front of the 18th green swallowed a couple of our balls.  So we celebrated our drives and putts instead.  We gave the Golden Bear its due and walked off the course happy golfers – the way it should be.

Barry Bill and the Bear - I suspect they will meet again.

Barry Bill and the Bear – I suspect they will meet again.

 

Come play golf with me.

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

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