I will never forget the first time I drove up the hill toward the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright-designed, 75,000 square-foot clubhouse that is now The King Kamehameha Golf Club. It was the early ‘90s, and as the ultra-modern clubhouse came into full view, my eye drifted toward the right, where at its base still remains one of the most serene sights a golfer in search of heaven is ever likely to find: the most lavish, tightly mowed, neatly kept practice facility I have ever seen—and without a soul on it! That was what made it so supreme. It, the clubhouse, and the distant north shore were all that my eyes saw. No people. No crowds. No housing developments. No hotels. As I looked more closely, I noticed the perfectly straight row of green grassed tees, bag stands, a table, a clock, and the brilliant morning light streaming across the expanse of green before me. It was a thing of beauty. That first impression of what is now The King Kamehameha Golf Club, has never escaped me. When I drive up that same hill today, the views, the practice tee, and even the clock are still there. And it’s still as serene as ever.
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