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Can’t I ever give it a rest? Do I always have to spout off about playing Golf Like You’re Poor?
I mean, come on, now’s the time for a break. It’s my family vacation next week, for crying out loud. Can’t a GLYPer get a vacation, too?
I can justify it. We’re already spending Prince Albert Kauileaouli Leiopapa’s ransom to get there. What’s another $100 or so on golf going to hurt?
But, remember, being a GLYPer is a frame of mind. It’s a discipline, and I don’t want to splurge and let a few unwanted pounds back on that frame.
I never want golf to be an ungainly burden, a source of resentment, within my family. Rather, I want my participation in golf to mirror the greatness of the game. I want it to be a small example to my family of the little bit of sacrifice that we can put into our lives even in good times.
And if I can save $100 on my golf, and keep that beast in its cage, then I can join my family on the other excursions that we’ve planned and feel somewhat relaxed that we’re not melting the budget into every lava hole around the island. Napali Coast, here we come!
This ain’t easy. When it was set that we were going to the island of Kauai, I recommended to my wife that we stay up at Hanalei Bay. It looks like it’s about a par 5 from Princeville, and I’ve been wanting to play the Prince Course since the time I was washing golf carts back in college and I first saw that logo towel with the red-flowering African tulip trees draping off people’s golf bags.
Then I heard that the Prince Course is closed for continued renovation. Not to worry. There’s the Makai Course next door, and the Troon-managed Makai gets high ratings. Craig T. Nelson, the actor, lives on Kauai and swears by the Makai over the Prince Course.
He can afford it. I can, too, but I don’t want to play a place where it looks like the cheapest I can pay is $140 when I can swing by someplace else and get on for $24.
I’m sure the Makai is swell. But think about it: I can play golf in Hawaii with views of the Pacific and feel comfortable walking as I play, and all I have to pay is $24?
So I’m swinging back by the Wailua Golf Course down by Lihue. Gonna put my name on a list, go swat a bucket of practice balls, chip, putt and tee it up. In paradise. For $24!
It’s a muni and might have a blemish here and there. But I’m used to that back home. I'm comfortable with it, and I understand it.
So even though a vacation allows you to get away from it all, living responsibly should never be left behind. Golf Like You’re Poor is taking a road trip. Aloha!
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