Golf Road Warriors

Life on the Plantation

by Tom Bedell

The greens were like lightening, the land forms were massive and rolling, the wind was blowing about 30 mph. In… Read more »

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TAP Beer of the Day: CoCoNut PorTeR

by Tom Bedell

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The first time I was lucky enough to try the Maui Brewing Co.’s CoCoNut PorTeR was after some had been delivered to me in Vermont, about the time ten inches of snow had fallen.
This time I ran across it in its natural habitat, and was lucky enough to be in The Terrace Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. For starters, the weather was a lot better.
Drinking the beer with a thick blanket of Vermont snow visible …

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It’s Good to Be the King

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A glance at the scorecard is enough evidence that the King Kamehameha Golf Club is a unique entity. How often have you seen quotes from two different architects on a card, only one of them a course designer?
The latter would be Ted Robinson, Sr., who laid out this unique track in 1991: “The golfer attacks; the designer defends. Such is the adversarial relationship that defines the creation of a golf course.”
The Golf Road Warriors attacked …

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McCallen on the Rocks

by Tom Bedell

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This is an actual golf shot played by Brian McCallen, after his drive on the twelfth hole of the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Wailuku, Maui this morning. Displaying the sternest play-it-as-it-lies approach, Brian scrambled onto the lava rock wall and had at it. If the result was not particularly stunning, full plaudits for the mere attempt.

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TAP Beer of the Day: Big Swell IPA

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I suppose it’s as good a time as any to talk about the Kona Brewing Company. Somewhere along the line I overruled my better judgment and had a Longboard Lager. I pretty much got what I expected— a bellywash lawnmower beer with little character beyond a disagreeable vegetal note.
I grant you, I was prejudiced going in, since I know Kona is part of the Craft Brew Alliance, which includes Widmer Brothers Brewing, Redhook Ale Brewery, …

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Maui’s Mr. Blue

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Let’s start with a quiz—namely, what the heck is this a photo of?:
Answer below, but for now I’ll say it can found right outside the pro shop at the Wailea Old Blue Golf Club in Maui, part of the Wailea trio that includes the Gold and Emerald Courses we played yesterday.
We continued our lessons in reading the grain on the Arthur Jack Snyder course. I didn’t think too much of the opening holes, which seemed …

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Maui Earworms

by Tom Bedell

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Not too long before leaving for Maui I heard a radio piece on NPR about earworms, those bits of music that fall into your head and can’t get out. It can be pleasant up to a point, that point being when it starts to drive you crazy. The latter moment is more easily reached when the tune is Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” or the Nth rendition of “White Christmas.”
I had two such earworms …

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TAP Beer of the Day: Hapa Brown Ale

by Tom Bedell

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We’ll take a brief break from the Maui Brewing Company beers, since Charles Head, general manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani, managed to unearth something completely different for our pau hana time.
The term refers to that period after work when one relaxes, and it’s almost onomatopoeic, isn’t it?

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Heeding Voices at Wailea

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On Earth Day I was quite a bit removed from my usual portion of the planet. After a long, endlessly snowy winter in Vermont, standing on the first tee of Gold Course at the Wailea Golf Club in Maui was a near revelation. It was a little like going to my first baseball game as a kid–walking into the huge edifice, negotiating the concrete byways, climbing a ramp and then being wonderstruck by the marvelous …

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TAP Beer of the Day: Bikini Blonde Lager

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In the usual spirit of toughing it out no matter how rigorous the circumstances, the Golf Road Warriors have pitched our tents at the Fairmont Kea Lani for three nights. This 22-acre bivouac within the staggering 1,500-acres that encompasses the entire Wailea Resort is one of six world-class hotels on site.
I think we’ll hold up quite well.
Granted, tonight I’m half dead from a twenty-hour travel day and three different flights to get to Maui, but …

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