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Round Played: with Dan Roton –

By Wayne Halm –

On June 7th 2016 I played the Kiahuna Golf Club with Dan Roton from Aptos, California.  My score was off the charts, but the laugh count was high –and- I was golfing in Hawaii.  I considered it a good day.

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Dan at the Kiahuna Golf Club on Kauai

Dan

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The Kiahuna Golf Club is located a bit inland.  It does not play along the ocean, but it does offer some views out to the ocean.

Dan at the Kiahuna Golf Club on Kauai.

Dan with the ocean in the distant background.

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This is an open and fun course, and I needed every bit of the openness.  My driver came to work that day, but it didn’t work much.  I finally let it ride in favor of my 4 iron.

 Wide fairway at the Kiahuna Golf Club

Wide fairway at the Kiahuna Golf Club

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In spite of the wide fairways I became very experienced at playing from the rough.  Sometimes I grade the rough by the longest club I can consistently hit out of it – that method didn’t work on this day.

I didn’t “consistently” hit any club out of this.

I didn’t “consistently” hit any club out of this.

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 However that was probably just me. Dan didn’t have much trouble advancing the ball from the rough.

However that was probably just me.  Dan didn’t have much trouble advancing the ball from the rough.

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Generally this course visibly presents its challenges and plays “what you see is what you get”.  However, there are a couple of par 3s that can jump up and bite the unwary.

The 12th hole – the bunker behind the green causes many players to ease up. Their ball is easy pickings for the stream in the front. (Notice the solar panels in the background.)

The 12th hole – the bunker behind the green causes many players to ease up.  Their ball is easy pickings for the stream in the front. (Notice the solar panels in the background.)

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The 16th hole – the trees on the right block the Trade Winds from the tee box. But once the ball is up they push it sharply to the left – and into a lake.

The 16th hole – the trees on the right block the Trade Winds from the tee box.  But once the ball is up they push it sharply to the left – and into a lake.

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The Kiahuna Golf Club has a wonderful feature – it is “going green”.  I forgot to take a picture of it but their parking lot is completely roofed with solar panels.  Parking in the shade is a nice perk in Hawaii.

 Additionally many of the “out of play” areas on the course are covered with solar panels.

Additionally many of the “out of play” areas on the course are covered with solar panels.

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All in all this was another great day on a golf course.  We walked off grinning from ear to ear.  It was the way golf should be.

 Well, maybe Dan’s grin was a little bigger than mine, he beat me like a drum.

Well, maybe Dan’s grin was a little bigger than mine, he beat me like a drum.

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I have set a 2016 goal of playing golf with 100 people that I haven’t met.  Dan is number 27.  Want to be in that number?

Come play golf with me.

Kihuna Golf Club  808-742-9595  www.kiahunagolf.com

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Wayne and Dan

Wayne and Dan

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4 thoughts on “Aptos, California

  1. Thank for the fun round Wayne! We have the same philosophy about golf. I always say, “Good weather, good company, and occasionally, a chance to putt for par in Paradise! What more could you ask for?” I plan to keep playing until I can shoot my age! That’s good news, because that means I’m going to live to be over 100!

    I look forward to future rounds with you and Coach Sally!

    • Aloha Dan,

      Yes, that was fun. Can’t let the score ruin a fine day on the golf course. Now that you have me thinking about it, we did have a goodly number of putts for par. I had almost as many putts of bogie, but that happens sometimes. I too look forward to playing again.

      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

  2. Aloha Wayne,

    Sounds like Dan drew a good partner for golf that day. Variety is the spice of life, so maybe it’s a good thing that you didn’t hit fairways all day, it’s good to mix it up and see the golf course from different angles. Keeps thing interesting.

    Cheers!
    Josh

    • Aloha Josh,

      Dan is a lot of fun to golf with, I think we are going to play again this week. Something was “off” that day, my swings felt good right up to impact. I monkeyed with the take away and the back swing – and finally just moved in a little closer to the ball. It was way to late for the score, but it did feel good to finish in the short grass.

      A Hui Hou,
      Wayne

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