December 2020: Prince
Prince was born on the island of Kauai in 2012. We adopted Prince from the Kauai Humane Society. He was just six weeks old when we adopted him, and we took him home after eight weeks. He grew up with me and my wife on the Princeville Prince Golf Club. Hence the name “Prince”. He adapted quickly to the maintenance routine chasing the chickens away from the seed and sometimes just for fun. If anyone has been to Kauai, there are plenty of chickens there. The course also had wild boars and the presence of Prince helped keep them in the jungle and not tearing up the turf.
In 2015 we moved to the big island of Hawaii to maintain the Kona Country Club. Prince has made the transition very well. He changed from protecting the course from chickens and Boars to Goats and the occasional Mongoose.
Prince is truly the smartest dog that I have ever worked with. His skills range from shaking hands to rolling over and even giving an occasional birdie dance! He shows the true Aloha spirit when he is on the golf course always being respectful to the guests and waiting in the cart while I attend to course maintenance. “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”
In the photo Prince is relaxing behind the #2 green at Kona Country Club. He had just finished his morning Goat and Mongoose patrol. He loves to relax and whale watch after his bowl of ice cubes “I like to call shave ice”. He is an American Staffordshire hound mix. He is currently 6 years of age and loves to be around the action. His motto is to “Live every day to its fullest and leave no bones behind.”
Derrick Watts is the Golf Course Superintendent for Kona Country Club. He has worked in the State of Hawaii for 15 years. He has managed several different properties on three Islands. Also, he has been involved in ten televised tournaments consisting of the Champions, PGA and LPGA Tours. He currently lives with his wife Maly Romero-Watts and his 1-year old son Mavrick on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Photo by Derrick R Watts