March FootGolf Tour­ney To Cel­e­brate New Sport At Bay View

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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

It’s quick, it’s fun — and we’re no soc­cer play­ers. You think, ‘Oh, this is so easy,’ and

do).” then you get frus­trated (just like golfers

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, bcollins@mid­week.com.

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