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Sunday, September 30, 2012

ROYAL HAWAIIAN GOLF CLUB - KAILUA, HAWAII

ROYAL HAWAIIAN GOLF CLUB
KAILUA, HAWAII

ROYAL HAWAIIAN GOLF CLUB
(Formerly Luana Hills)
770 AULOA ROAD
KAILUA, HI 96734
808-262-2139

Being a terrible golfer, I should have never played Royal Hawaiian Golf Club.  This is probably the toughest courses I have ever played.  Recovery golf is not possible here.  When you hit your ball right or left it is lost in the wilderness.  Even if you hit the ball straight there is a chance it will go into the many gulches that seem to be on every hole.  There are few fairways here, and when there is they turn blindly right or left where you can barely see the hole.  Figure this; there are drop zones on almost every hole.  Bring lots of balls, aspirin, beer or even a few bottles of wine like my group did.  This course demands good course management.  You need to be able to hit up and choose the right club off the tees.  You cannot just pull out your driver and whack it.  When approaching the greens you must be deadly accurate because most drop off into nowhere.  The course is beautiful and has a layout like I have never seen.  Lots of blind holes that dogleg right and left up and down hills.  Nothing is flat here.  Get ready to watch your ball roll all over the place.   I probably lost a dozen balls.  Best thing is to buy the cheapest balls you can find to play this course.  Despite the difficulty two of our eight golfers shot below 80.  I will return to Royal Hawaiian Golf Club after learning how to hit the ball straight.




ROYAL HAWAIIAN GOLF CLUB (FORMERLY LUANA HILLS) 
LUSH AND GREEN COURSE AT THE BASE OF THE PALI MOUNTAINS
CLUBHOUSE HAS A PRO SHOP AND SNACK SHOP

CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT IS UNDER RENOVATION
LARGEST FAIRWAY ON THE COURSE WITH WATER ON LEFT AND BIG TURN ABOVE.
HOLE IS TO LEFT.  YOU CANNOT SEE IT FROM TEE.
 
MY GROUP DRANK LOTS OF WINE DURING OUR FIVE HOUR OUTING
HERE YOU NEED TO HIT OVER THE GULCH ONTO A SMALL GREEN.  NO ROOM TO MISS
RIGHT OR LEFT.   HIT LONG AND YOUR BALL IS LOST.
MORE PLACES FOR ME TO LOSE BALLS ON THIS HOLE

GREEN IS CENTER ON OTHER SIDE OF POND.  GUESS WHERE MY BALL ENDED UP?
ALMOST NO FAIRWAY WITH TWO GULCHES AND WOODS TO RIGHT AND LEFT
GREEN DOWN THE HILL IN CENTER.  GUESS WHERE MY BALL WENT?  BUSHES. 
THIS HOLE DOGLEGS LEFT WHERE YOU CANNOT SEE THE HOLE

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