Inside Sports for Wednesday — April 26, 2006

If you haven’t tried it out yet and you love playing golf, take a drive out to the North Shore to play at the Princeville Makai Golf Course.

Nat “Mr. Eagle” Childs and I took advantage of the current special of $48 per person to roam the course for the entire day on Monday.

It was certainly a treat to golf the three nine-hole courses, the lakes, oceans, and woods.

The par threes are gorgeous and the lengthy par fives give you great opportunities to shave strokes off your scorecard.

But I think the best part about golfing 27-plus holes is feeling like you’re not playing that many holes in one day.

In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, Rick Reilly’s column featured a person, who golfed nearly 1,000 rounds in one year.

That’s about three rounds a day, which would probably be a little too much golf for me, at least.

So after reading the article, the 27-plus holes at Princeville seemed more like an appetizer than a complete meal.

Childs and I, who both live on the other side of the island, got up pretty early (for our standards) and drove out to the north shore for the 27-hole escapade.

We made pretty good time, considering we missed any traffic hold-ups on both ways of the trip.

When we got there, Princeville Makai Course assistant golf professional Tom “Petty” Freestone greeted us with his friendly smile and checked us in, before asking us to show proof of residence.

The $48 special is only good through the end of this month and the deal doesn’t hold true for visitors.

Luckily we avoided the rain throughout the day, however, we did receive a short shower towards the end of our last round.

The mix of clouds, sunshine, and brief periods of trade winds were near-perfect conditions for teeing it up.

One glaring thing I noticed about the Princeville course is it’s suffocating logo.

It was everywhere. The green tree with red flowers dominated every single item in the pro shop and no matter where you roamed throughout the course, you definitely knew where you were, by noticing the well-placed logos.

My favorite, the oceans course, played particularly well, especially with its spectacular views.

After breezing through the lakes and oceans courses, we proceeded towards the woods, which was probably the toughest of the three.

Laying up on a few of the holes is a must, but unlike Childs, I refused to use anything but my driver on the par fours and fives.

So why is the headline of this column, “30 holes of goodness?” Well for one, after finishing off 27, we decided to make it an even 30, so we drove up for three more holes at the lakes course, when it started to pour. It was good timing and a great excuse to get off the course, but I’m ready for 30 more holes of goodness; are you?

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