Tag Archives: Maui

Oct
12
2010

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!

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Oct
12
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Me standing on the 18th tee at the Plantation Course

It’s now been well-established that I have a serious addiction to my silly blog. Isn’t the whole point of vacation not to work? (I’ve been getting a lot of flak from friends and readers — at least no one can ever criticize me for not working hard.) But honestly, I’m having a great time in Maui and I just wanted to share some of my greatest “vacation” ever with my loyal readers.

First of all, a big thank you to the best host in the world, Kapalua’s Gary Planos (otherwise known as “the Mayor”) — it’s well known in the industry that he’s also the best tournament director for the PGA Tour (Mercedes Benz Championship, most recently known as the SBS Championship). Just ask any member of the media or player — this past January, champion Geoff Ogilvy touted him as such and now I’m experiencing his unrivaled hospitality firsthand. And yes, I’m very lucky. Gary told me that this is going to be the finest vacation I have until my honeymoon. It sure it looking that way (though I wish I could detach myself from my darn laptop).

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Oct
7
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Kapalua's Plantation Course (no, I haven't played yet)

I understand if you want to throw stuff at me and call me names and I know I’m (already) rubbing it in, so I’ll try to keep it to a minimum (at least for the duration of the trip). As you may have noticed, Merf was posting yesterday. Well, he’ll be with you all week! (Thanks, Merf! You’re awesome.)

I’m taking my first “real” vacation since…umm…well, basically, since I started the site a year and a half ago and the most consecutive days I’ve taken off is three. So, take that into consideration before you get your panties in a bunch. Plus, blogging is generally a thankless job — besides all the nice (and hate) emails, lovely people I’ve met, great golf I’ve played and opportunities to do what I love — so I’m pretty lucky.

Anyway, with the golf season over (sorta), the whole point of this trip was to take a break from the darn computer, but apparently that’s very difficult. I must have caught Fall Series Fever! Anyone else sitting on the edge of their seats to see who makes it in the Top 125 of the money list?! Oh, you too? Phew.

Actually, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t go to the Dunhill, especially after my friend James sent me this picture:

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