- I once golfed almost every Tuesday and Thursday mornings with a group at the Ala Wai Golf Course. One day I tripped near the green of the 15th hole and separated my shoulder. I couldn't golf for two months, went to the driving range and could hardly hit the ball, but, nevertheless re-joined the group the following week and shot a 74. The key was not swinging too hard. You would think that would have been a lesson learned, but, no...
- For the past decade or so I've spent at least a couple of days/year at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, St. Regis Kauai, Kaanapali , and Four Seasons at Hualalai and Lanai mostly to golf. Pearl and I spent part of our honeymoon when Mauna Kea first opened, we lived in Kilauea, which is close by the St. Regis, and when I go to Maui I try to catch the sunrise at Haleakala.
- While I've golfed at places like Pebble Beach (where my hotel room lanai was next to the putting green), Greenbrier, and Waialae (right), my international adventures are the more memorable:
- To quote: I might finally add that on one of these August adventures Grant and I accompanied Tadashi and his wife to the Royal Dublin Course, and we lost all 43 balls by the 5th hole. We kept playing by finding other lost balls. Tadashi and Mayumi are to the left and that Scottish-looking individual in the photo below is Grant.
- Maybe my funniest golf experience involved that same Grant. He grew up in Edinburgh and wrote most of REVENGE OF THE GREEN BUGGIES. Click on that link, for it's worth a few minutes of your time. It has to do with no doubt the most famous golf course in the world, St. Andrews.
- A small group of us once golfed St. Andrews and Carnoustie on back to back days. That was the year The Open was played at Carnoustie, and my hotel room was on the first floor between the first hole tee-off and eighteenth green.
- Kenji's (that's him to the right) Golf Safari has been an annual affair for more than a decade. I joined them a few years ago and we simply, usually around Las Vegas or Napa Valley, golf five or six days in a row and drink a lot of ethanol. Here is just one posting of almost a hundred I've had of this experience. Our next expedition is back to Napa in May.
- I once took the same Tadashi (he is now president of Tokyo University of A&T) as above and his father to what was then called the Koolau Golf Course, said to be the toughest in the nation. They each lost ten balls...on the first hole.
Otto just became a hurricane at 75 MPH and seems headed to the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Then, on into the Pacific Ocean: