Friday, February 23, 2018
2018 - Big Island - Hawaii - Day 6
We had tee times at the Mauna Kea Golf Resort about an hour north of the condo. We left the condo about 7:45 am for a 9:36 am tee time. We checked in, got our cart and some rental clubs and hit a few balls on the driving range.
Although there was a third person booked to play with us, he cancelled. We ended up teeing off about 9:25 am. I played the resort tees. Over the last month, I have been working with a golf instructor at G0lfTec. He has been completely remaking my grip and swing. I had some apprehension about trying to play with so many things in flux. I was very happy with how I hit the ball.
We played 9 holes. I ended up shooting a liberal winter rules 54. I was very happy with the score. I was striking the ball more consistently than I have in the past. My problem was putting. I had 25 putts; I three-putted almost every green. I did have a par on a long par 5. I also parred the ninth hole. I hit a seven iron about 153 yards to within 10 feet of the flag on the front of a nasty two tiered green. It may be the best golf shot that I have ever hit. My scorecard is here.
We finished playing nine holes in just over two hours. We had the course completely to ourselves; there was no one in front of us or behind us! It is a beautiful course. We had a great time.
From there, we headed to the Lava Lava Beach Club for lunch. I had a FISH-TACULAR AHI BURGER [Ground Ahi Patty, Sriracha Aioli, Leaf Lettuce, Tomato, Onion], while Sharon had FOB SANDWICH [Fresh Off Da Boat Fish-Ono, Asian Pickle, Arugula, Avocado, Tomato, Wasabi Aioli]
We got back to the condo about 2:30 pm. I took off to catch up with the wedding party at the Royal Kona pool. I spent some time visiting with the Wallens, Tomasins and Geselbrachts.
Getting cleaned up, Sharon and I walked across the street to Rehearsal Party at the Habaneros Grill. Initially, this looked like it might be a train wreck. There were a about 100 people, but only 70 seats. Jill took charge and got things moving in the right direction. There was a nice taco bar. I ended up sitting outside the banquet area with Jim Wallen.
A large group finished the day with a nightcap at Don the Beachcomber at the Royal Kona. The wedding is Saturday at 3:30 pm.