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posted on September 05, 2012 15:14
Island Greens: Golf Courses of Hawai'i: O'ahu
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Ai Miyazato pocketed $255,000 going 12-under and winning by four shots during April’s inaugural LPGA LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club. I rinse 18 bucks work of logo’d balls on a single par-3, with a short iron. Or make that 8-iron, a successful 8-iron. Drop zones are for wimps, and the website tells me “par is a great score” on this hole – with my one-putt that makes my snowman simply pathetic.
The return of the world’s leading women’s sport organization to Oahu is a boon for the island, a boon for the state – five PGA, LPGA and Champions tours events now take place in Hawaii each year – and a boon for the ladies, who need more domestic events. And it’s always goof for recreational players to tee it up where the game’s best do battle, comparing notes if not notability.
Ko Olina is the handiwork of the late Ted Robinson, and that means broad shoulders, nursery-graded flowerbeds, exacting approach shots, greens that resemble the steppes of Eurasia, and trickling waterfalls and water in plat on, typically, half the holes. Ironically for an island course, none of that water is salty. And let’s not forget dueling signature-hole par-3s. I bag an “8” on the eighth, which is fitting given the blub choice. The same club, with a putter assist, notches a circled “2” on No.12.
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa rises tall above Ko Olina, west of Honolulu on Oahu’s sundown shore. Standard digs serve up tons of elbowroom, with warming marble, plantation shutters and breeze kissed Lanai. The seaside accommodations that catch a view of the Waianae Coast are particularly spectacular. Four huge, manufactured saltwater lagoons are big hits at Ko Olina, which the JW shares with several large fractional properties, including Disney’s Aulani. And since you are on the island, partake of restorative Lomi Lomi massage, and indigenous healing practice of long strokes using hand, elbow, knuckle, and forearm, and gentle body manipulation.
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