Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sony Open - Aloha 2012!

Aloha readers and welcome back to TOUR Wife Travels! In general, I am not usually one to make New Years resolutions, but for 2012, I am bound and determined to blog more and make TWT even better. 2011 was my test run, and now it’s time to get down to some serious writting!

We had a wonderful off-season full of amazing trips, a few horse shows and me dragging Jimmy to the gym multiple times a week. Most mornings there was some serious grumbling on both our parts, but we made it to 2012, and we are stronger for it. Pun intended. I read a statistic that said 90% of people who workout with their partner stick to their workout routines. I believe it! Nothing like having your wife say to you, “I’m not even a professional athlete, and I’m doing another set of lunges” to get you motivated!

So here we are, and we couldn’t be more excited for 2012 and starting our year off in Hawaii. Admittedly, the West Coast Swing is my favorite stretch of golf and Honolulu kicks off our season in the perfect way. Jimmy says I have had a “real smile” (as opposed to a fake smile?) on my face since the moment we landed. Well, it’s not just because we are in paradise but also because I really feel as 2012 is going to be a GREAT year!

Lets start this season off on the right foot with some of my absolute Hawaiian favorites.

EAT.

It looks like a hole-in-the-shopping-center-wall, but Yakiniku Hiroshi’s absolutely cannot be missed when visiting Honolulu. A favorite among the Titleist reps and players like Ryan Palmer, Colt Knost and Shigeki Maruyama, Hiroshi himself is an insane golf nut and the place is plastered with high priced empty wine bottles and Scotty Cameron stickers. Knowing the golfers I know, I’m pretty sure they consumed the wine in those empty bottles too!

Hiroshi’s is, what I suppose you would call Japanese BBQ. And since we were the only English-speaking people in the restaurant last night, they must be doing something right. The restaurant is an “interactive dining experience,” or as Jimmy says, you pay a lot of money to cook your own food. Don’t let the unassuming d├ęcor fool you; the Kobe beef is amazing, as long as you don’t over cook it. And if you do, it’s your own fault!

Visit Hiroshi’s with an open mind and your mind will be blown wide open. (Insert comedic drum-thump-tambourine-sound here. It’s 6:30 Hawaiian time, and I am on a roll!)

Jimmy and his caddy, Andy Sanders, at Hiroshi's

STAY.

We usually stay the Moana Surfrider, but after calling two months in advance and with a supposed PGA TOUR room block, it was booked. So we took the chance on another Starwood property, the Royal Hawaiian – A Luxury Collection property, and I am sure glad we did.

The Royal Hawaiian, also known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, is one of the oldest hotels in Waikiki opening it’s doors in 1927. After a complete yearlong renovation, the Royal Hawaiian reopened its doors in January 2009. It has returned to its glorious prominence and is once again one of the premiere hotels in Waikiki with all the modern amenities but with classic old-style Hawaiian elegance.

With nice sized guest rooms, a fantastic pool and perfectly located between the beach and shopping, the Royal Hawaiian is truly a pink paradise.

Our beautiful accommodations this week.

SHOP.

Conveniently located next to the Royal Hawaiian hotel is the Royal Hawaiian shopping center. A nice indoor-outdoor mall that winds its way through tropical gardens, the Royal Hawaiian shops have everything from trendy boutiques and art galleries to jewelry and of course an ABC Store or two. They also have an Apple store with a quite friendly staff that replaced my broken iPhone for free yesterday! Score one for me! There are also plenty of restaurants that over look magnificently huge hundred-year-old banyan trees and unique street performers.

The shops are open late, and the center is perfect for an evening stroll and dinner after a long, warm day on the beach.

GOLF.

So far the weather has been perfect and finally, it is time for 2012’s first full-field event. Its been a few years since I have made the traveling squad to this tournament, and I am really excited to walk this beautifully old-style golf course. And according to a recent survey, Waialae Country Club ranked 20th on the list of TOUR players favorite courses to play.

With Jimmy’s 4th place finish here, last year Waialae kicked off what would become our best year to-date on TOUR. We look forward to an even better week and an even better year in 2012.

Cheers and mahalo!



3 comments:

  1. Great post! Looks like y'all are having a fun time and your "real smile" looks great. Haha! So funny that Jimmy told you that. Y'all be safe and good luck to Jimmy! xoxo

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  2. I think things are on track and we're very enthusiastic about the progress we've made to date. We have just started a long journey. I don't think that everything is perfect.

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