Tuesday September 20, 2011
Today’s plan is for the boys to go in one direction – Golf, and the girls to head in another direction – Shopping.
During our trip to the North Shore on the previous day, I had a cold that seemed to get worse as the day went on, and during the night I developed a fever and felt pretty bad. I grabbed some cold tablets early morning and hoped chemistry and praying would stave off the cold, especially as I didn’t want to pull the pin on the golf game.
Whether it was the placebo effect or the Acetaminophen, my tablets seem to be making a difference, so I would head out for the golf. We could only arrange a 1:17PM tee time, but an earlier email (a fe months back) said you can come down and get on the standby list, so that is what we decided to to.
We walked over to the Ala Wai course, whilst the girls got themselves ready to head to the Alo Moana shopping centre.
Shot of the course from their website
The boys put their name on the list and were told we would have time to get our hire gear when we were called up. We sat and waited and after waiting for a just a bit, we were approached by a casual”eddie would go” muscle shirt wearing local, who just started having a general chat, and then said, did we want to sort out our club hire. Seems this was our pro shop dude.
He was wonderfully friendly and giving us discounts on balls / tees and the like. As we were chatting more, he used to be on the surfing pro tour in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
We were then called up as our place was ready! We later found out that this course was either the busiest in the USA of the world, depending on the reliability of the 2 local golfers. To tee off, your buggies start in the “hold”, then you are on “deck”, then on the tee.
Our buggies in the hold
Names are announced for each of these three, for each group teeing off to ensure that the course moves smoothly… Although, allowing groups of 6 to play seems to defeat the purpose, and yes we had a group of 6 in front of us.
Chris looking confident
Ryan and I shared one buggy, with Chris and Staf in the other. Chris was nice enough to undo the holding strap on my clubs, so when I first took off in the buggy, off the back my clubs went. I was trying to work out what had happened, whilst being embarrassed in front of the other holding area crew, when Chris owned up.
Ryan in action
The buck in action
We had a nice round, but by hole 13 I was flagging, and didn’t think I could see out the 18, and let the guys know. Ryan was having a good time so I just took it very easy and saw out the round. Staf took out the honours for the golf.
It was a struggle for me to walk back and I let the guys know I would be resting for the remainder of the day.
The girls got back around the same time to drop off their shopping, then they headed to Dukes for a few drinks.
Evidence Sue has arrived back from shopping
Sue took this shot of Candice and Tegan at Veronica’s Secret
I was rested for the remainder of the afternoon whilst the rest of the family watched the Hula and sunset show.