Watching the Ryder Cup from paradise


HONOLULU – For golf fans, the Ryder Cup is at or near the top of the list of can't-miss TV golf events. And when it's in Europe, as it is this week at Celtic Manor in Wales, it's even better because you can watch it early, then tee it up yourself later that afternoon.
The ultimate place to watch the Ryder Cup on TV, though, has to be Hawaii. Why? Because you can stay up all night still get in 36 holes after that. This place is a half a world away, or more importantly, 10 hours earlier. Of course, for three days, you have to give up on a little thing called sleep, but when you're in Hawaii, who cares?
Watching Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy battle it out in Wales this week with gloves (for keeping warm, not fighting) and rain jackets on makes it even more entertaining, considering the playing conditions here on Paradise vs. Wales. This week I'm on Oahu, where it's pretty much sunny and 85 degrees every day with cool, breezy nights that dip down into the 60s.
The first part of the week has been spent at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, and I'm here to report that the Turtle Bay Hawaii Open courses – the George Fazio Course and more difficult Arnold Palmer Course – are in terrific shape.
Near the capital city of Honolulu, however, there are plenty of other great public golf options to fill in those 36-hole days, if you choose not to go to Waikiki Beach. I've already discovered a couple of local favorites – Ewa Beach Golf Club and Royal Kunia Country Club – both of which exceeded my expectations.  Ewa Beach might be the plushest Paspalum Course I've ever seen, plus it's a pretty good test. Japanese-owned Royal Kunia is incredibly picturesque with great views of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and the nearby mountains.
Oahua, in fact, has more courses than any other island, so it's easy to schedule 36 a day if that's what you want – plenty to help us burn off that energy after watching the Ryder Cup in the middle of the night.