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Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua, HI

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Manny and I

The Stats

Tee Time: February 9, 2014, 9:30, 82 F, overcast

Designer: Pete Dye (1994)

Playing Partners: Manny Nova

Tees: Blue, Par 72 (70.9 rating/136 slope/6,595 yards)

Course Handicap: 10 (8.0 index)

Stats: N/A (we only played the back 9, front was too wet, but I did par 6 straight)

The Course

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club is not a golf course. It’s a paradise. One of those fantasy locations you see on the Travel Channel. Or like the impossibly beautiful and difficult dream courses in Tiger Woods. Granted, part of this ambiance is helped by the fact that the course was completely empty during the round. A week’s worth of steady rain turned the turf into slush and my clothes caked in mud after only nine holes. The front nine was too saturated to play and the backside, at a slightly higher elevation, only slightly less so. But man it’s an awesome place to bring the golf clubs. It somehow feels like you left Hawaii and entered somewhere even more remote in the rain forest. Exotic birds sing, the ridges of the volcanic crater tower into the clouds and every inch not shaped by man is covered in dense foliage and trees. After snaking through the long, one-lane road inland to the facilities I half expected that we would drive through a giant gate with the Jurassic Park logo on top. Continue reading Royal Hawaiian Golf Club