Kapi-Mana News : January 3rd 2012
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 3, 2012 FEATURE 4145249A A • Quality eyecare for the whole family • Comprehensive eye examinations • Contact lens fitting and supply • Behavioural optometry and vision therapy • Wide selection of frames from budget to designer • Professional and friendly service • Free advice and adjustments • Repair service • Easy parking and access 164 Main Road, Tawa • Ph: 232 7900 4145249A A Make an appointment today! OPENING HOURS 9am to 5pm Mon-Fri 9am to 1pm Saturdays We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Visit www.tranzmetro.co.nz for more details www.tranzmetro.co.nz The platform at Kenepuru Station is being upgraded to make it safer and prevent future erosion. Trains will not stop at Kenepuru Station during this upgrade. WHEN: Monday 26 December 2011 to Tuesday 24 January 2012 REPLACEMENT: Monday 26 December 2011 to Sunday 8 January 2012, buses are replacing trains at Kenepuru Station from the bus replacement stops. Monday 9 January to Tuesday 24 January 2012, train services will operate as normal along the Kapiti Line. Porirua or Linden Stations are the closest to Kenepuru Station. If there are any planned disruptions buses replacing trains will stop at Kenepuru Station at the bus replacement stops. Visit www.tranzmetro.co.nz or call Metlink -- 0800 801 700 for updated information. Kenepuru Station will be closed for an upgrade affords fun, sun and frustration FROM Page 4 AT A GLANCE: Best walk: Judgeford Hardest: Titahi Easiest: Pauatahanui Best views: Titahi. Best greens: Judgeford. Best hole: Judgeford 7th Most satisfying hole: Pauatahanui 14th, only birdie of the day Cost: $85 ($40 Judgeford + $5 trundler hire, $20 each at Pauatahanui and Titahi) Moro bars: 2 Bananas: 3 Water consumed: Enough for a camel Blisters: 2 Club most used: trusty 3-wood Club never used: 6-iron Balls lost: 5 Balls found: 3 Sunburn: moderate Love of golf: undiminished I hit my best tee shot of the day, crunching it up the middle, then landed my approach to within about 20 feet, but three-putted. I avoided the massive pylon off the tee on hole eight and after a four on the par three ninth hole, was out in 43. By this stage the sun was blaz- ing and I'd hit the halfway mark and was flagging a bit. A blister had begun on one heel and on my right hand, and my temperament was not aided by the fact I had to awkwardly carry my golf bag around. No strap, no trundler. The 10th hole is from a different tee but goes on to the same green as hole one. I parred it again after another excellent tee shot. There's not much point going into each hole again as they're much the same as the front nine, just from slightly altered tees (the 11th green is the same as the sec- ond and so on). It is a little dis- heartening going around to the same holes again, but it had to be done. My best hole all day was on the 14th, the nasty, uphill par three again -- this time I nailed a 4-iron to within 10 feet and sunk my putt. Despite this, I note fatigue set- ting in, shoulder hurting'' in my notepad after the birdie. I bogeyed everything coming in and left Pauatahanui with an 87, solid, if unspectacular. Titahi Titahi Golf Club is ominous. It straddles a windy spit of land at the climax of the Onepoto part of Titahi Bay and overlooks back yards in Dimock St and the sea. On a perfect day, like I played, it takes your breath away and I'm sad to say I hadn't enjoyed a round there before. With a lazy three-iron I negotiated myself safely up the centre of the first hole, then car- ried on in the same vein with my second shot. You're hitting down into a valley at a green and my third ended pin-high but on the edge of the green. I two-putted for par and, just like Pauatahanui, was off to a flyer. It got worse, quickly, with the 300m par 4 second hole, which I double-bogeyed. The green seems a loooong way from the tee box here. The third hole provides spec- tacular views towards Paremata, but the wind was beginning to howl a bit, which wasn't great for my already-fragile game. I got the ball on to the hill with my tee shot, as I should, but the green is surrounded by steep banks and I got into trouble, coming away with a bogey. The fourth hole is a frightening look for an ordinary golfer like me, with the hole seemingly miles away. Three-putting for a six didn't help. The par-three fifth saw me come up well-short and, while I was long off the tee on the next, my energy levels were dwindling fast. I was genuinely enjoying my first ever Titahi Golf Club experi- ence, but a lie down and a cold beer were much more attractive. Especially with the wind getting up.I double-bogeyed the very diffi- cult par-three seventh, with the winds giving me grief, and the blind second shot on the next hole was something I didn't need. I was happy enough with my par three coming towards the clubhouse, totalling 45. As I turned for the final nine, ugly thoughts of chucking this in penetrated my mind. Who would know?Iwould. . .soIgrimlyteed off the starting hole again, my 10th. Amazingly, I parred this, briefly reinvigorating my flagging spirits, but the final eight holes were a blur of scuffed shots and swearing into the wind as I struggled with the need for supreme accuracy on Titahi's tiny greens. My poor game was exacerbated by my weariness and I was lucky to get out with a 47, for an aggre- gate of 92. Much, much more work needed on accuracy if I'm going to conquer this course. I lay down and didn't move for a long time next to the 9th/18th at Titahi. It was just after 3.30pm and I was saddle-sore, blistered and ready to burn my golf clubs. But I'd done it. Cold beer never tasted so good.
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