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Round Played: with Jim Grasty –

By Wayne Halm –

Some places are just pretty … the Poipu Bay Golf Course is one of them.

On May 12th 2016 I played the Poipu Bay Golf Course with Jim Grasty from Sacramento, California.  Jim and I had played before and had such a good time he came back to do it again.

Jim on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai

Jim

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By island standards this was a busy day for me.  I dropped Sally off at the Koloa Landing Resort – had breakfast at the Olympic Café in Poipu – played the Poipu Bay Golf Course with Jim – and had dinner at the Huki Lau Lanai with some folks from central California.  All fun things but golf was the hi-lite.

The beautiful Poipu Bay Course hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for 12 years – it is a course of that quality.

The magnificent course is still here – the tournament tried other venues … and got canceled.

The magnificent course is still here – the tournament tried other venues … and got canceled.

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But Jim and I didn’t come out to worry about the PGA’s problems … we came to play golf.  We had a beautiful sky overhead and a wonderful golf course in front of us.  You bet we had fun.

Palm trees on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

The weather was perfect.

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Jim on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

Just a guy enjoying the Hawaiian sunshine.

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Wayne on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

Wayne smiling confidently before his shot – Jim didn’t have the heart to take an after picture.

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Maybe it was the wonderful weather, maybe the great company, or maybe it was just the surroundings.  But I began to notice the beauty of this golf course – there is a lot to notice.

Nene on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

The Nene (Hawaiian Goose) are an endangered and protected species – and they seem to know it.

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View of Mount Haupu from the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

Mount Haupu – I live directly on the other side and have the reverse image from my lanai.

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 Jim on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

Jim with the red cliffs and ocean in the background.

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 The 17th hole on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

The 17th hole.

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There is beauty on this course right through the final hole.  Of course the perceived beauty of the 18th green depends a lot on the individual golfer.

The 18th green on the Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

This green brings to mind the old adage – “Faced with an approach shot across water, you can either use one more club – or two more balls.”

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This was a great day on a great golf course.   Jim and I had a ton of fun.  We even treated the folks in the clubhouse to a couple of pars on 18.  Oh yeah!  This was golf the way it should be.

I have a 2016 goal of playing golf with 100 people I haven’t met.  I can’t count Jim because we had played before, so the number thus far remains at 25.  Want to be in that number?

Come play golf with me.

 

This is a link to Jim and I’s previous round.

The Poipu Bay Golf Course  800-858-6300 or www.poipubaygolf.com

 

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4 thoughts on “Sacramento, California

  1. Aloha Wayne,

    Way to come down 18 in style my friend! I will be eager to play Poipu Bay when we make it out to Kauai, and they will have you to thank. It looks gorgeous.

    Cheers
    Josh

    • Aloha Josh,

      Poipu Bay is definitely on our play list. And yes, pars on 18 do feel good. That lake frequently collects the last charges for playing the course.

      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

  2. I remember walking the course before it opened. It’s amazing how the trees and foliage growing in have changed the look and feel. Not my favorite on the island but always a fun time if the winds are down.

    • Aloha Jeff,

      Yes, the wind can be an issue on Kauai. I’ve worked on hitting low shots into it. Still, the par five 16th at Poipu Bay plays just under 500 yards directly into the Trade Winds – and can be impossibly long.

      Thanks for following, I hope I can make it worthwhile.

      A Hui Hou (until next time),
      Wayne

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