No, I Did Not Fall Into the Ravine on No. 17 at the Plantation Course (Video)
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Me setting up to hit my approach over the ravine on the challenging par-4 No. 17 at the Plantation Course

When I told Conor from Dublin, the newest addition to the WUP family, about my absurd Maui vacation, he spitefully said that he hoped I would fall into the ravine on No. 17. Well, the only thing that came even close to dropping in there were my huge drives. The par-4 is 510 yards from the tips and 480-ish from the men’s tees.

With the rain blowing sideways on Sunday, I managed to knock a pretty good drive in the middle of the fairway and I think I had about 180-190 yards to the flag (it’s also downhill and downwind). I obviously immediately sent this picture to Conor, who replied, “That’s some violent rain — you can actually see the sideways-ness! Proper weather.” Coming from an Irishman, I believe that’s a compliment.

Oh, in case you care, I hit a nice choke 3-hybrid to the edge of the green, but of course, I three-putted — I choked over a 6-footer for par (and lost $10). I blame the yucky Bermuda grass. Hopefully, by the end of my vacation, I’ll get a handle of it. Or at least make a putt longer than 6-feet.

However, on Monday, the conditions were much better (still very windy, per usual, but clear, sunny skies!). I even made a video blog. (This one’s for you, Conor!) Thanks to my new friend Mike from Brooklyn for the camera work (and letting me borrow his TaylorMade Burner driver, which I hit really, really well). Check it out after the jump!

I had 170 yards into the green and tried to hit an easy 4-hybrid. It was too much club and my ball rolled all the way to the back of the green, where, naturally, I three-putted. I knew I should have gone with the 5-iron. By the way, have I mentioned how atrocious my putting is?

And before I head to the pool and/or beach, I leave you with this picture:

Me on the 18th tee at the Plantation Course

P.S. Dear TaylorMade, how about sending along one of those Super Burner Drivers? 9.5 degrees, regular men’s shaft. Thanks!