Wednesday, September 21, 2011

LOST Tour: Playing a Round on Hurley's Golf Course

One of many genius season 1 plot points is Hurley's creation of the "Island Open" golf course, first seen in the episode Solitary. Not only does it give the show a chance to showcase more of Oahu's natural splendor, but it also gives the characters an opportunity to relax, chill out, and have fun for the first time since their crash. The location was also featured in later episodes -- ...In Translation, Collision and the mobisode Jin Has a Temper-Tantrum on the Golf Course. The Oahu 4 were delighted to find the Island Protector himself there to welcome us.
Below photo courtesy @kiwilostie

Three of the Oahu 4, along with our guide, make their approach to Hurley's golf course.

The golf course is located at the far end of the Kualoa Ranch, close to open water. Imagine yourself standing on the golf course, facing the water -- the peaks below are to your front right, extending out to the water.

This would be the view looking back over your left shoulder. The distinctive row of palm trees can be seen in several scenes from the show.

Here I am getting into the swing of things. I am wearing Hurley green to honor the man and his chillin' dream.
Below photo courtesy @Lottery_Ticket

I'm not quite sure why the golf course warrants a sign while other iconic locations don't, but as Dan would say: whatever happened, happened.

This is the over-the-right-shoulder view down the valley from the course.
Below photo courtesy @kiwilostie

My putting game was dreadful that day, but I'm going to blame our tour guide who had only brought along an 8-iron.
Below photo courtesy @kiwilostie

This view looks out toward the water, slightly left of center. The two distinctive humps in the middle of the frame can be spotted in several scenes.

I didn't get a picture of the view directly down the valley, but here are a couple of screen caps which show that perspective.

My roommate @kiwilostie was overcome with giddy glee at the many awesome sights we experienced at the Kualoa Ranch.

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