Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Stunning Views - Golf @ The Challenge at Manele

Zach joined me for this round, we left around 5:45 am to catch the 6:45 ferry from Maui to Lanai. We arrived around 7:30 and took the shuttle up to the course. Tony told me that this was the most beautiful course he had ever played and I am inclined to agree (though Pebble Beach is definitely up there though).

Zach and I took a ton of pictures (which I will post soon) and I think the views distracted me on my longer shots. Yeah. That's it. The beautiful views messed up my drives and iron shots. My putter, however, was working really well. I one putted on the first two holes and then I putted in from off the green on the third hole for a birdie. I had 9 one putts for the round and a total of 27 putts! I had 5 penalty shots though, and I had the most difficulty on the dramatic tee shots across deep ocean chasms. I think I was trying to hit the ball too hard to make sure it got across and I would just slice it either into the junk, or into the ocean. Some fish is having fun with my ball today though.

I had one nice 283 yard drive but everything else was in the 200 yard range. Playing from the back tees made this course much longer. I ended up with a 95 and was feeling a bit frustrated with some of my shots but the views were totally worth it. If you ever get to Maui, you should definitely make the trip over to Lanai for this course.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you made it to The Challenge. I wish I were there too.

-- Tony