Round Played; with Dan Roton, Zack Sagawa, and Kevin Long –
By Wayne Halm –
A familiar course … but different –
Warm and dry, I sat in the Hookipa Café at the Puakea Golf Course for over an hour. I finished my Loco Moco breakfast, drank a pot of coffee, stared out the window, and fretted about whether to play or not.
I don’t like to play golf in the rain, but this wasn’t rain. It wasn’t even fog … it was like the clouds were colliding with the mountains. I had not seen this before.
Finally Dan Roton came in and told me, “We won’t melt”. I’m glad he did.
On February 15th 2017 I played the Puakea Golf Course with my buddy Dan Roton and his friends Zack Sagawa (from Seattle, Washington, USA) and Kevin Long (from Olympia, Washington,USA). I didn’t think the weather the best … but we didn’t let that stop us from having fun.
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This was a different course today. The grass was extremely wet … yet the ground was perfectly dry.
My normal low “nothing but downrange” drive just wasn’t cutting it. But that was okay, I needed to practice putting some air under it anyway. Everyone found that amusing … and I had to shake my head and chuckle at some of the shots too.
The guys from Washington didn’t think the weather particularly noteworthy … but I did. It was downright strange.
The odd conditions affected our putting the most. Water droplets condensed on the greens all day. This made the speed all but impossible to judge … after our expectations subsided it was comical. We stayed on the greens a long time.
I asked the group behind us if they wanted to play through. They looked tentatively at each other. Then one of them expressed it, “No, we’re fine. We’d rather watch you guys three putt than have you watch us three putt”.
It just didn’t dry out. All day long the clouds hung around and the grass stayed wet.
No, this wasn’t the prettiest of days … but it was fun in a way. It made a familiar golf course play completely different.
I have a 2017 goal of playing golf with 100 people I haven’t met. Dan doesn’t count but Zack and Kevin are numbers 2 and 3. Want to be in that number …
Come play golf with me.
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