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Round Played: with Jorge Gurria and Richard Granowitz –

By Wayne Halm –

Into the wind –

On April 19th 2015 I played the Kauai Lagoons Golf Course with Jorge Gurri from Mexico City, Mexico and Richard Granowitz from Highland, California.  Jorge’s wife Lola rode with him – we were set for a fun round.

Jorge and Lola

Jorge and Lola

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Richard

Richard

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A three club wind literally blew away any ideas for low scores and actually made more room for fun.  We have a saying out here, “The Kauai wind will hurt you – but it never helps you.”  It wasn’t the smart shot, but I started hitting high wedges at the upwind greens just to watch the ridiculous air times (after a couple I began to get better at it).

We all laughed at the high wedge shots.

We all laughed at the air time on the wedge shots.

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On the ocean nine, where the wind was even stronger, I let my driver rest in favor of the 4-iron off the tees.  The lower shots tended to stay in the short grass more.

We worried about the wind off the tee – however, it is also a concern on the greens.  Does it move the ball?  Perhaps it does, but I think it moving the golfers and causing them to lose concentration is a bigger issue.

We worried about the wind off the tee – however, it is also a concern on the greens. Does it move the ball? Perhaps it does, but I think it moving the golfers and causing them to lose concentration is a bigger issue.

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Pictures? Well, they were golfing with me – so of course we took pictures.  Lola was a ‘sport’ in spite of the wind in her hair.

 Richard and Jorge on 14th Tee.

Richard and Jorge on 14th Tee.

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Richard on14th green.

Richard on14th green – that’s his ‘par smile’.

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Jorge on the 16th tee.

Jorge on the 16th tee.

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Lola on the 16th tee.

Lola on the 16th tee.

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Richard on the 16th green.

Richard on the 16th green – yet another ‘par smile’.

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Then we came to the Lagoons.  Perhaps we should have just skipped the 17th hole.  The wind simply gave us fits off this tee.

Jorge on the 17th tee - yes, we all splashed balls from here.

Jorge on the 17th tee – yes, we all splashed balls from here.

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If you ever play golf with him, don’t let Richard fool you – he can hit the ball a long way.  On 18 he absolutely crushed a low drive into the wind.  270 yards later it stopped a measly 130 yards from the green. The lad has power.

The 18th hole at Kauai Lagoons.

The 18th hole at Kauai Lagoons.

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 Now I’m not going to brag about our scores, but we did well playing in the wind.  And we had a lot of fun doing it.  It was the way golf should be.

Come play golf with me. 

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6 thoughts on “Mexico City, Mexico and Highland, California

    • Aloha Hanne,
      Kauai is a pretty tame place compare to some of your adventures, but it is a wonderful place to be. Pack your bags, grab your husband, and come play golf with me – I’ll show you how. But unless Jorge becomes a real good friend, I will not be able to do much about Mexico City. And believe me girl, you are the amazing one.
      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

  1. Aloha Wayne,

    A 3 club wind? That’s a stiff breeze my friend. As always, you persevere and never let anything get in the way of some fun. It looked like the sun was shining, so what’s not to enjoy!

    Cheers
    Josh

    • Aloha Josh,

      Fun is always the objective, sometimes you have to work harder, but you can get there. And buddy, I know you are like me – when you stand on a tee box in less than preferred conditions, you think of all the guys who would trade places with you in a heartbeat, and you say, “This isn’t so bad, this is good”. Then you smile and hit the ball.

      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

      • You’ve got that right my friend. There’s no other way to live life! Golf is always a privilege I’m thankful for, whether its sunny, windy, raining birdies or raining bogeys!

        Cheers
        Josh

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