March FootGolf Tourney To Celebrate New Sport At Bay View
other day,” recalled Dunn. “It’s quick, it’s fun — and we’re no soccer players.” He admitted, however, that the 21-inch “cups” can be deceptive as players watch their No. 5 soccer balls hop gleefully off the rim.
“You think, ‘Oh, this is so easy,’ and then you get frustrated (just like golfers do).”
Golfers and FootGolfers seem compatible on the par 60, 18-hole course. Players tee off at separate spots and follow each other around the holes, which also are separated. FootGolf is only played on the front nine at this time.
Introductory kamaaina rate is $11 per person for a 9-hole round; $30 for an Ohana party of four. Soccer balls can be rented if players don’t bring their own. The course is open now to both sports from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
To spread the word and the fun, Bay View plans an introductory FootGolf tournament at 10 a. m. March 26 with lunch and prizes. For details, call Dunn at 247-0451.
While the Nazarene church and its school still are based on Puaae Road — in the neighborhood across Kaneohe Bay Drive from the golf course — its future plans are for the makai side of the road. First off, Appleby and Dunn see the golf course/FootGolf hosting private school sports, summer camps, public school practice rounds, and junior golf, as well as reopening the golf pro shop. All are in the works now, and the grounds are back to a lush, green state. If the church can get its zoning variance, Appleby said, an expanded Windward Nazarene Academy will occupy the property as well.
The church also owns Waikalua fishpond, which is leased to Pacific American Foundation for 99 years. The driving range and mini-putt/zip line con- cessions are contracted out, but the church operates the golf course itself. Other churches meet on weekends at the clubhouse, where
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private catered parties can be reserved.
The city’s massive sewer project, the gravity-flow tunnel from the Kaneohe to the Kailua treatment plant, will go under golf course land, which already has meant adjusting par on hole No. 11 while trucks and cranes operate on site.
Meanwhile, it’s “Play ball!” for little and big balls on the scenic expanse.
FootGolfer Isaac Ikeda delicately nudges in his soccer ball toward the 21-inch cup at Bay View Golf Course. Photo by Bodie Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org.