Month: March 2015

My 1st Round of Golf at Sahara Golf Resort

Last summer before we moved to Kuwait, we had the daunting task of deciding what we were going to bring with us.  One of the most important things to me, was my golf clubs!  I knew we were going to have a ton of free time here, so I thought it would be a great time to perfect my golf game.  I figured I could golf here all winter, then when I returned to Minnesota in the summer, my golf game would be so awesome that I could beat all of my buddies!

Last September I checked out the best course in Kuwait, called Sahara Golf Resort.  It was absolutely beautiful, and without a doubt, the nicest and fanciest golf course I’ve ever seen!  The membership prices were ridiculous, but the course is open to the public, so I decided to just pay the green fee when I was able to get a round in.  At that time, it was sooooo hot outside, that I decided to wait until winter for it to cool down a bit.

A couple of weeks ago we had a day off during the week, so a friend and I decided to go try out the course for the first time.  If you golf during the week, it is 35 KD ($120 USD) but if you go on the weekends it is 50 KD ($170 USD).  The fee was for 18 holes, a golf cart, and unlimited use of their practice facilities.  We made the most of our day and went early, so we could hit enough balls, to shake off the rust that has accumulated over the last few months.

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The 18th green, with the Clubhouse in the background.

 

The course was absolutely incredible!  The facilities seemed brand new, the service was great, and when you were on the course, it hardly seemed like you were even in Kuwait!  The only downside to the course that day, was how brown the grass was.  Apparently whatever kind of grass they use, goes dormant during the winter months.  The Golf Pro there said that by the end of March, the grass will be back to the lush green grass I saw when I was there in September.

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The cool thing about this course, is that the entire thing is covered in lights!  Since it can get so hot here during the summer months, nobody wants to be outside golfing.  Therefore they installed stadium lights on every single hole, so you can go golfing at 10pm if you wanted to!  Also, about 8 holes of the golf course are located within the infield of the local horse racing track.  During our round of golf, I heard a thump, thump, thump, thump, and looked up to see a couple of horses taking some practice laps.  The horses were huge!

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If you look closely in the middle of the picture, in the background, you can see one of the race horses practicing.

 

We enjoyed a great day out and a fun round of golf.  I did notice that my golf game is substantially better in Kuwait rather than Minnnesota.  I think it’s because there isn’t booze here to throw my game off!  It is pretty expensive to golf at this course every weekend, but I’m hopeful to get a few more rounds in before we leave in June for the summer.  Once it starts heating up here, I’m definitely going back to try a round of golf under the lights!  For more info on the Sahara Golf Resort, you can visit their website HERE.

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Check out all of the stadium lights surrounding the hole!

 

 

Bowling Night with Friends

When we moved into our apartment here in Kuwait last August, we were excited that there was a bowling alley just down the street.  However we’ve been here for 6 months now, and still haven’t been there!  So the other night, when a few of us were just lounging around and looking for something to do, I announced, “let’s go bowling!”  There was 8 of us, who made the stroll down the street, for a fun night out.

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It was all smiles, until the game started.

We decided to split the group into two teams: The Oldies vs. The Youngsters.  I was on the “old” (I prefer more mature and wiser) team and Rachel was on The Youngsters.  We decided that the losing team had to buy the winning team a schwarma from our favorite food stand.  The match was on!

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Ethan with his famous “double fist pump” after a STRIKE!

The competition was fierce!  All friendships and relationships were tossed out the window.  After all, a free schwarma was on the line!

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Adam was super focused, and led the Oldies to 2 victories!

I’m proud to announce that The Oldies won!  We decided to play a second game, and this time a cheese fatayer was on the line.

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Group Shot

And . . . .  The Oldies won that game too!  We haven’t cashed in our winnings yet, but we will soon.  It is kind of a bummer that Rachel and I were on separate teams though, because basically I’m buying my own schwarma and cheese fatayer.  I guess I get bragging rights though!

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Of course the best part about bowling is the awesome shoes!

It was a spontaneous night out, and we had a ton of fun.  We shared a bunch of laughs and enjoyed some friendly competition.  Sometimes it seems like the best nights out, are the ones that are unplanned.  We love nights like these!

 

Mitch’s Monday Happy Hour – March 2

Hey Everyone,

Sorry, I’m a bit late posting this week’s Happy Hour post.  I’m sure all of you have been anxiously awaiting my weekly post!  We got back from our weekend trip to Egypt and had an absolute blast!  We’ve been busy with what we call “Holiday Hangover,” you know . . . . unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, and sleeping!  This is going to be a short one, so here we go . . . . . . . . .

  • Our 4 day trip to Cairo, Egypt was a ton of fun!  We traveled with our good friends Adam & Lauren and made a ton of new memories.  We stayed at a super nice 5-star resort with a view of the pyramids from the swimming pool and our hotel room (we splurged, and spent $12 extra for the view from our room!)  We visited multiple pyramids, tombs, ancient ruins, and of course the sphinx.  We also rode camels, took a dinner cruise down the Nile River, visited the Cairo Museum, and had dinner in a revolving restaurant at the top of the Cairo Tower, the tallest building in Egypt and all of Northern Africa.  Despite what seems like a very busy couple of days, we were still able to enjoy some time at the pool and have some drinks on the patio every night.  We have lots to share about our trip, including some photos, which we will in the next week or so.  Stay tuned!
  • The first day back to school, my 5th grade girls soccer team had our 3rd match of the season.  Unfortunately we couldn’t find the back of the net, and settled for a 0-0 tie.  So far this season we are 0-2-1.  We have improved soooo much already this season, and generating a lot of scoring chances.  Hopefully we can continue to improve and win at least one game this season!
  • This weekend is the 7th annual Kuwait Invitational Baseball Tournament here in Kuwait City.  I’m scheduled to umpire about 10 games during the 3 day tournament, so I should be plenty sore by next Monday.  Teams from all over the Middle East will be here playing, and I am super excited to be a part of it.

That’s all for now folks, we’ll see you next week . . . . . .