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Golf Story: The Prince is Moving Up –

By Wayne Halm –

An old friend is moving Up in the world –

The Prince Course, located at Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, is moving up socially – she will soon be out of my league.  In spite of the masculine name, I‘ve always thought of The Prince as a “she”.

At the end of the year The Prince Course will close.  For her this is a good thing – she is not being put out to pasture.  My lady will receive a big time facelift and a sparkling new wardrobe, and then reopen as an exclusive private club.  Unless I have a J.K. Rowling type event, I will not be able to afford the private club – so my old friend and I will part ways.

Is it weird to include a golf course among your friends?  Perhaps it is, but we have a lot of history.  I’ve spent more time with her than with many of my human friends.  In the mid 90s she and I entertained frequently – sometimes twice a day.  We closed a great many deals together.  We were good and she always held up her end.  It really was a long and wonderful office romance.

Now, she is being promoted up to the Board Room – and I have no doubt but that she will dazzle and charm those folks too.

So, on December 21st 2014 I took Danny Lyons and played The Prince for likely the last time.  “Coach Sally” and “Coach Linda” accompanied us.

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The players and their Coaches

The players and their Coaches

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I didn’t think of our round as “a last fling with an old girlfriend”, I just wanted to say good-bye and wish her well.  But it didn’t feel like either.  We quickly settled into our old rhythm and were working together again.  On some holes she let me shine – and on others she stroked Danny’s ego by making me look like a complete fool.  The laughter started and soon Danny would have bought anything we were selling.  I felt “the old comfort”.  That’s simply the way she is, don’t fight the numbers, just take what she gives you – and she will give you a good time.

Toward the end I did get a little sentimental – I just couldn’t help it.

Sally and Wayne remembering the good times.

Sally and Wayne remembering the good times.

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I like being me – people need to have something really special to make me envious.  But I think I will be envious of the new club members – The Prince Course is that special.

Come play golf with me.

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For those of you who don’t have these images burned into your brain, I will include the Tee-view from each hole below.  I know it doesn’t do my girl justice, it’s a “you had to be there” sort of thing.

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The 1st Tee

The 1st Tee

The 2nd Tee

The 2nd Tee

The 3rd Tee

The 3rd Tee

The 4th Tee

The 4th Tee

The 5th Tee

The 5th Tee

The 6th Tee

The 6th Tee

The 7th Tee - Danny and I got to laughing at our shots and I forgot to take the picture - This is theview from the red tees.

The 7th Tee – Danny and I got to laughing at our shots and I forgot to take the picture – This is the view from the red tees.

The 8th Tee

The 8th Tee

The 9th Tee

The 9th Tee

The 10th Tee

The 10th Tee

The 11th Tee

The 11th Tee

The 12th Tee

The 12th Tee

The 13th Tee

The 13th Tee

The 14th Tee

The 14th Tee

The 15th Tee

The 15th Tee

The 16th Tee

The 16th Tee

The 17th Tee

The 17th Tee

The 18th Tee

The 18th Tee

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