1. Poipu Bay Golf Club (Poipu, HI – Kauai)

    I was really looking forward to playing Poipu Bay, especially after hitting the ball pretty well with an 84 at Pearl CC and a 78 at Puakea. Unfortunately, by driver left me for the first 16 holes at Poipu Bay and I really struggled with my irons the entire day – I pretty much made…

  2. Puakea Golf Course (Lihue, HI – Kauai)

    I’m not sure how we ended up at Puakea Golf Course, perhaps at the recommendation of the concierge service. It’s a newer course with very slow greens and little trouble in the rough. There are mounds on either sides of many of the fairways that reminded me of Pete Dye designed courses. The course had…

  3. Pearl Country Club (Aiea, HI – Oahu)

    Pearl Country Club is on Oahu overlooking Pearl Harbor. The back nine climbs up a hill overlooking the harbor, and is quite pretty. It was a nice round in that we were on vacation in Hawaii and playing golf, and the course is nice, but isn’t particularly special. We arrived about 15 minutes before our…

  4. Swing Fixes

    In the summer of 2005 and 2006 I really struggled with a hook off the tee1. Over the last year, I’ve reversed that and have been playing a straight ball or fade for most of this summer. I’ve made the change primarily with ball position – a little closer to me and further up in…

  5. My Golf Swing, Mid 2007

    I’ve been making some good progress on my swing this year, but I’ve still got some big things to work on: Now that I’m more upright, I need to make my swing plane more vertical – it’s still down where it was when I was leaned over too far. I’m getting too much wrist cock/early…

  6. Golf Travel Cases

    I’ve traveled for a couple of years with a soft-sided travel case and been lucky not to have had any broken clubs or issues. However I’m starting to take golf trips more frequently and last year a friend of mine had clubs broken on back to back trips with a soft case, so I decided…

  7. HiBore XL vs. HiBore

    I just played my first round with the HiBore XL (thanks Erik) after using the original HiBore for the last year or so. The HiBore XL is 9.5 degree, with the red/stiff Fujikara shaft. There are 3 main differences I’m seeing between the new HiBore XL and the original HiBore: The face is less shut…

  8. Raven at Verrado (Buckeye, AZ)

    My last two trips to Arizona have included a day of golf at the Raven at Verrado. Their all-day golf package is really a great deal. For $179 you get: Breakfast – tasty buffet or a cook to order omelette (or both) Range balls Unlimited golf – we’ve played 2 rounds each time Lunch Some…

  9. Packing For a Golf Trip

    My last golf trip was a 2 day weekend trip and I decided to just stuff my clothes into my soft travel case and forgo a suitcase entirely. That didn’t work out so well. My golf bag was over the 50lb limit and it was a bit unwieldy to move around. Next time, a separate…

  10. My Golf Swing, Early 2007

    I’ve been working on tightening up my swing, still quite a bit to do. One area I’m getting better in is swinging to a balanced finish. These videos are from a trip to Arizona at the beginning of the month. I wasn’t hitting the ball well at all, and was rusty from 2 months of…

  11. Finally, a Good Round

    I played my first good round of 2007 this afternoon, shooting 81 (40-41) at Ute Creek. Very satisfying, especially after a couple of rounds in the 90s when I couldn’t find the world with my driver in AZ. It was a bummer to bogey a bunch of the par 5′s and find the water on…

  12. First 9 of 2007

    I played my first 9 holes of 2007 this afternoon. All in all, I’m quite pleased with the results: 4 pars 4 bogeys 1 double bogey – I should have taken relief from casual water and didn’t, it cost me a penalty stroke when I splashed into a hazard. My chipping was solid on pitch…

  13. Two Months of Snow Later…

    I got to go hit balls at the range (off mats) today as enough snow finally melted for my course to open up the range – my first real swings of 2007 and first since Thanksgiving last year. Hopefully the weather will hold this week and the course will open up again. I’ve got 2…