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Mid-Pacific Golf Club

A Hawaiian Experience to Remember

A recent trip to Kailua, Hawaii turned out to be a one of a kind experience.  One of my golf travel buddies invited us to stay at his home and play golf at his Mid-Pacific Golf Club.  Three of us couldn’t say yes fast enough!

The Mid-Pacific Golf Club is interestingly former President Barak Obama’s home course when he is at his Hawaii residence.  The club has a special provision for out of town guests where you can pay $270.00 for a week long membership.  Perfect!

We played four days and took one day off for touring the island.  Some might want to play a variety of courses on a trip like this, but I found it enjoyable to really get to know a course over several days.

We had new betting games each day and especially fun game called Eclectic where we took the best net score on each hole over the four rounds.

A little more about the Mid-Pacific from their website:

Renowned golf course architect Seth J. Raynor came to Honolulu in 1925. Perhaps it was just chance that brought them together, but when Frazier took Raynor out to look at the tract of land he was proposing as a site for the golf course, Raynor was immediately enthusiastic.
The Honolulu Advertiser of January 23, 1927, reported his response: “There is no doubt in my mind but that a course of championship length can be laid out there that will easily rank among the best five or six in the United States.”

“BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SEA. MILES OF BEAUTIFUL SCENERY UNROLLING BEFORE ONE’S EYE; A SPLENDID NATURAL BEACH FRINGED BY BEAUTIFUL HOMES WITH THE SEA TUMBLING IN OVER WHITE SAND…THESE WILL BE SOME OF THE SCENIC WONDERS THAT WILL CHARM THE GOLFERS AT THE MID-PACIFIC COUNTRY CLUB…”

The above was true when it was written in the Honolulu Advertiser in 1927 and over eighty years later the same image continues to greet our members and their guests. The course sits on 163 acres of prime Lanikai land at the foothills of Ka`iwi Ridge, overlooking Kailua town. Breathtaking views of the Ko`olau Mountains and the Pacific Ocean add to the charm of the location. The course was originally carved out of a kiawe forest, which still borders several of the fairways. Coconut palms adorn the front nine and hundreds of Norfolk pines frame the back nine.

The course measures 6,461 yards from the middle tees and 6,784 yards from the back tees and offers a challenging and enjoy able experience to golfers of all skill levels.

 

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