The Sad State Of City Golf Courses

Don Chapman
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February 07, 2007
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It’s really sad: The lousy condition of some of our municipal golf courses. My son Kai and I played Pali recently and were shocked at the deterioration of the course - big patches of bare dirt in fairways, more large patches of dead grass, including on putting greens. A couple of days earlier I’d played West Loch, and it was nearly as bad as Pali. Both are great layouts with the capacity to be absolute gems - but not with the derelict maintenance they’re receiving ...

Other golfers must be noticing too - every time I drive past Pali, there seem to be few people playing the course, far fewer than in the past. Which means diminished revenue. I’m sure not going back any time soon ...

Weird: President Bush has obviously aged during his six years in Washington, yet VP Cheney seems to look exactly the same as he did on the day they took office. How does he do that? ...


I’ve been amazed by the uproar over news that the U.S. military is giving some attention to operatives of Iran in Iraq. We’ve known for years that Iranian agents and Iranian weapons have been crossing the border to make pilikia in Iraq, so what the heck took us so long to respond? ...

And I hope those in Congress calling for an immediate troop pull-out pay more attention to post-occupation than the Bush administration paid to post-“Mission Accomplished” ...

Bravo to all those working in the Legislature to toughen the law protecting pedestrians in crosswalks. Having been hit a couple of years ago in a crosswalk outside the Hawaii Theatre - in broad daylight by a car turning left onto Pauahi Street from Bethel - I was amazed to learn that a) an injured pedestrian can sue the driver only if medical costs go above $5,000, and that b) I had to report the accident to my car insurance company. So I’m all for forcing drivers to be more responsible and respectful, especially considering the response of the older fellow who hit me - as I lay on the pavement half under his car: “Hey, buddy, I hope you’re not gonna blame me for this!” ...

Sorry to hear of the death of syndicated columnist Molly Ivins, from breast cancer. I often didn’t agree with her liberal opinions (published locally in the Star-Bulletin), but she was fearless and funny - such as her description of a more conservative columnist: “Cal Thomas, one of the great minds of the 15th century ...”

Have you seen our new baby? That would be MidWeek‘s totally revamped weekend paper. New features include associate editor Melissa Moniz’s Music Montage, covering the local music scene; Russell Tanoue’s MW Space, featuring our town’s hottest models (of both genders); a style page from the ladies at Smart magazine; Jerrette Kamaka’s MW Rides, highlighting the coolest tricked out cars, and a new sudoku puzzle, as well as popular holdovers such as complete movie listings and reviews,Yu Shing Ting’s Xposure, Amy Alkon’s Advice Goddess column, Spotted photos, Alison Stewart’s Click Chick tech report, Jo McGarry’s Food For Thought, Kimo Akane’s Kimo’s Vegas, Bobby Curran’s sports column and Gary Kewley’s surf report, plus Kerry Miller’s expanded calendar of events. Filled with photos, it’s a quick, fun weekend read. As Mr. Kewley likes to say: Stoked! ...

BTW: To accommodate the new features, Yu Shing’s On The Move and Roberto Viernes’Vino Sense columns move to the Wednesday paper ...


This is one of my favorite times of the year - both UH baseball and Hawaii Opera Theatre seasons are beginning. Based on the first weekend of games, this seems to be Coach Mike Trapasso’s best squad yet, and we could be cheering into June. As for HOT, I’ve listened to CDs of the three operas, and this could be artistic director Henry Akina’s best season too. He deserves credit for skillfully blending a growing pool of local talent from the UH opera lab with international guest stars. Samson and Delilah concluded to a standing ovation Tuesday evening, and next up is Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Feb. 16, 18, 22) and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (March 2, 4, 6) ...

For opera recordings, I enjoy and recommend the EMI Classics series - CDs come with a booklet that includes story synopsis and lyrics in English and Italian (French in the case of Samson)...

Did you see the news report about a truck from a Milwaukee TV station - cost with all of its electronics, $250,000 - crashing through thick ice on a lake and sinking? True. And the story the truck’s crew was shooting on the frozen-over lake? A feature on “ice safety” ...

Go figgah ...

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