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!