After 52 days, I finally got the opportunity to golf again. I live in Puerto Rico and for those who don’t know, we were hit by hurricane Maria on September 26. Maria left the island in pretty bad shape. Most of the island is still without water and power.
It is really tough seeing your hometown being mowed down by 145 mph winds. It would be weeks before the flood waters resided. Needless to say, this was one of the scariest experiences of my life.
Despite the disaster, we are slowly rebuilding a better Puerto Rico. In a matter of days, local business started reopening. Despite the lack of power and limited resources, neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants did their best to accommodate their patrons and provide some kind of normalcy to all the chaos.
It was a matter of time before the local golf courses did the same. Offering discounted green fees and like the local cafes, providing an escape from all the chaos and stress. We love the game of golf on the island and we also have really big hearts. As soon as the first course re opened, people where organizing charity events for those less fortunate on the island.
I couldn’t wait to hit the links and on day 52 after the storm, I finally had the chance to get out there. My good buddy and I decided to go to the southern part of the island for 2 reasons, it’s always sunny and the cell phone service in the area is still pretty much down. 18 holes of interrupted bliss…
We went to El Legado in the town of Guayama. This golf course, designed by the legendary Chi Chi Rodriguez is one of our favorites. The wide fairways are very forgiving but at the same time very challenging. If you are ever in Puerto Rico you must go to El Legado. The golf course is of a par 72, 18 holes, 7,200 yards, where the prevailing strong winds demand the maximum ability of any golfer. It’s a wonderful golf course.
The course was in great shape. There was barely a trace of any damage caused by the hurricane. The staff did a great job. I enjoyed the views and not seeing so much devastation.
One of the reasons I was dying to return to the golf course, was to finally try out my Morsh 2 wood. I did some test runs on at the driving range but I had not had the opportunity to try it on the course. I got to tell you I love this golf club. I substituted the driver for the Morsh 2 wood in a few par 4s and boy was I hitting them straight. I wasn’t hitting them too long but definitely landing on the fairway every time.
At the end of the day, I shot an 89. I think it was pretty good despite so many days without playing. Something I realized while drinking a cold beer at the 19th hole was how much I needed to spend a day away from all the chaos. The lack of power and water and all the much bad news was starting to overwhelm me. I really needed a day away.
It’s great to see that Puerto Rico is slowly getting back on its feet. It’s also great to know that I and other golf lovers have a place where we can play a round with good friends and forget about life for a while.
I have already signed up for two charity tournaments and I can’t wait to share my experience with you all.