Wishing a merry Christmas eve to all my golf pals out there.
I’m very happy to know you all and wish you all the best, and lots of golf gear in your Christmas stockings!
This is deja vu from back in 2005 when floods hit one of my favorite Red Rock Country golf towns, St. George, Utah. We’ve been getting a lot of snow and some rain up here the last couple of days in Salt Lake, but down in southern Utah where it is warmer, rain and some snow in higher elevations is causing some massive flooding and damage.
Below are some photos courtesy of twitter user @beautifulsuzieq. In this first photo you can see a bridge floating down stream. That bridge is from Southgate Golf Course. My buddy Randy from the local Fairways Magazine tells me on facebook that Southgate’s holes 1, 2, 4 and 9 are significantly damaged.
Bridge from Southgate Golf Course floats downstream - click image for more flood pictures
Southgate green surrounded by flood water - click for more images
I’ve also gotten word that one of my favorite courses down in St. George, Sunbrook, has had some major damage. The bridge on #1 tee of the Blackrock course is gone and there is major damage to #9 green.
St. George Flood Videos
Below are some youtube videos of some of the flooding. In the first video you can see a bridge lodged under another bigger bridge. I know that a bridge was lost at Southgate Golf Course and also the bridge off of #1 tee on the Sunbrook Blackrock course. I’m trying to figure out if this bridge is one of those two.
If you don’t see the videos below, click the read more link. I don’t like putting youtube videos on my home page because they slow down the load time.
I’ve now had a little time to decompress from the high I had on my trip to Los Cabos, Mexico a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been processing hundreds of photos and gathering my thoughts about this spectacular trip and the amazing resort I stayed in, the One&Only Palmilla.
One&Only Palmilla Overview
The Palmilla is located in Los Cabos, Mexico, on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. A few minutes away is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Horizon pool at Palmilla in Los Cabos – click for larger version
The southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula is about 1000 miles (1.5 hours by air) south of San Diego, California and looks out over the Sea of Cortez. That should give you an idea of how great the weather is in Los Cabos, any time of year. The “worst” time of year, if there is one, the temps are in the mid 70’s.
The property is located on a spectacular 250 acre beach area and features 173 rooms and suites which all overlook the beautiful blue Sea of Cortez. The 250 acres is part of a larger 900 acre master-planned community which also includes eight residential communities and the resort’s 27 hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, Palmilla Golf Club.
If the best beach in Cabo, and 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus golf isn’t enough, the resort boasts fine dining, numerous pools, a spa, local area activities and a wine cellar in which I almost locked my self and threw away the key.
I’ve played some form of golf for the last three days here in Salt Lake City, Utah. Golf on December 12, 13 & 14 (9, 18, 18). Those may be the last rounds of the year though. Yesterday the course was green and today it is covered in snow.
Left: Yesterday - Right: Today
Last year the final round was 12/6. The next time I played a round of golf was the day after the 2010 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, two months later.
It is nice to play golf this time of year, barring freezing to death. Those few rounds will help come spring, when the swing has gone “x” weeks in hibernation. I’m fairly satisfied with the scores from the three rounds, 37, 77, 77. When I have 40 layers of clothing which restrict swing flexibility, and my hands are freezing, shooting any score in the 70’s is good in my book.
Next tournament, 2010 Christmas Classic
Last year I won my first Christmas Classic tournament championship. I’ve been happily carrying around the trophy for a year and I’m looking forward to becoming the first ever player to successfully defend this championship.
Yet another classic case of the tough golf writing gig I have. Today’s tough test is to evaluate Vino Solo, a “wine on the go” concept recently launch by KDM Global Partners.
What is Vino Solo?
Vino Solo is a small (187ml) bottle of wine, which comes with its own drinking flute (drinking glass). For reference, a standard wine bottle is 750ml. The bottle, cap and flute come as one very light and conveniently sized package which is great for 1-2 servings of wine on the go.