Very Tough Chip Shot!

This is the 6th green at the Riviera Maya golf course. Yesterday the pin was placed 25 feet from the cenote.

If you land to right of the green, as many people would choose to do, this is your approach.

I’m playing this afternoon.  First time actually playing golf in four years, and and probably my tenth round in the last 25 years. I used to be a good golfer and have been hitting the ball pretty well at the driving range this week. I’m bringing a dozen extra balls on this Robert Trent Jones course this afternoon – the course is very unforgiving with jungle right up to the edge of the fairways.

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11 Responses to Very Tough Chip Shot!

  1. Rah says:

    No Mulligan’s.

  2. Bob Hoye says:

    Hi Tony
    Something is curious.
    We see reports about unusually cold temps in the Northern Hemisphere, which is weather.
    The Danish Met chart of the Daily Mean temp of the “North of 80” remains some 10 C above the mean.
    Should this be closer, if not at, the mean?
    The winter readings in 2017 and 2016 were well above, but that was with the El Nino. Now “he” is much diminished. Some say the La Nina has begun.

    • tonyheller says:

      Warmer air from mid-latitudes moves towards the poles, displacing cold air which moves towards the mid-latitudes.

    • RAH says:

      Think of it in male human anatomy terms. The Head (N. Pole) and the S. Pole the Genitalia. Since both are highly vascular with many vessels close to the surface with little adipose tissue they both are places, when exposed, where a large proportion of the body’s heat is lost as relative to their surface area.

      The Earths atmosphere is considerably thinner at each of the poles and major currents carry both warm air and water to them all the time but especially at times when there is a meridional flow pattern to the polar jet stream as we have now in the NH where cold polar air is being brought down lower in the temperate zones as we have now. Thus the poles are the best places for energy/heat to be lost to space and doubly so when there is a meridional flow to a circumpolar jet stream.

      • RAH says:

        I should add that there is a strong circumpolar current around Antarctica and the fact that it is a land mass as compared to the Arctic being mostly water, that makes the S. Pole a less efficient place for energy loss as compared to the Arctic.

  3. Gator says:

    … remains some 10 C above the mean.

    Ah, the meaningless mean… what do they mean?

  4. Misanthropic Marc says:


    How do you have time to play golf AND use the drone? Is it on auto-follow?



    • Gator says:

      Simple! The drone makes holes in one every time, saving a lot of time on the links. Plus golfing from the 19th hole has its beverage advantages. ;-)

  5. Robert Austin says:

    We treasure your dedication to fighting the alarmist propaganda but we treasure your health and well-being more. You have put in the good fight. Now is the time to golf more, photograph more, vacation more, bicycle more and worry about human idiocy less.
    All the best,

  6. Bob Hoye says:

    Thanks for your earlier answers to my question about that the recent plot should be closer to the mean.
    I’ll try another. Is the Danish Met office fudging the data?

  7. Cary says:

    Well I want to know how many balls disappeared Tony.

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