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  1. i"m actually with you a bit on this. I was taken by the media narrative during "the time of the incident". Tiger was going off the rails and Phil M.'s wife was going thru breast cancer. The narrative absolutely sainted Phil for (rightly) being at his wife's side during her battle. Tiger on the on other hand became a tragic figure. Thing is (and I speak with the experience of my own wife have a big battle with the same disease), Phil's being there for his wife and family is really only a small part of who he is (and we are) as humans. I don't know Tiger or Phil but we really can't trust the narratives. The few things about Phil's personal life (outside what I described above) don't actually paint a pretty picture. And now, Tiger is teeing off...
  2. Paid the $495 Pebble Beach fee 1) With the exception of Torrey Pines South at $230, nothing I've paid comes close for me $ wise. 2) The wife still doesn't know 3) I'm not rolling in Benjamin's 4) Totally worth it
  3. It's in Dubai and the development is partly being done by a Chinese state owned construction firm: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article172443417.html
  4. Today (Friday) I believe. Tiger has made a few off-course decisions in life that didn't work out too well. This will rank right up there.
  5. Sounds like the problems were even bigger than the decision to rebuild. Sounds like they had no idea what their needs were. Academic libraries have gone through a tremendous transformation recently. On some campuses, they are acting as a sort of magnetic center with not only research, but studying, tutorial services, social hub and content creation. In addition, with the rise of multi-disciplinary fields, the "library" is often the place that makes sense to locate facilities to serve these fields (GIS, music/video...). Printed material? Not going away completely anytime soon. You would be shocked to know what is actually in these collections and quite a bit of it can indeed be culled. And students still like bound periodicals very much. Public libraries have also gone through changes as significant. It's not the old Carnegie Library anymore where you show up, get your book and take it home for two weeks. New public libraries serve a Civic function. Community meetings, reading rooms with current newspapers, books (yes books) and a well designed children's area is common. Well designed new libraries today are very exciting places.
  6. Trump National Golf course. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/354978-graham-stands-by-claim-trump-shot-a-73-in-golf-game In related news, Kim Jong-Il once shot a 38 under par 34 with 5 holes in one: https://www.thestar.com/sports/golf/2011/12/19/kim_jongil_once_carded_38under_par_at_pyongyang_golf_course.html
  7. I have to say, I prefer my courses where golf carts are NOT allowed on greens. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/25/president-trump-angers-golf-fans-driving-golf-cart-on-green/ https://twitter.com/RyanBallengee/status/877892248544854016/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.denverpost.com%2F2017%2F06%2F25%2Fpresident-trump-angers-golf-fans-driving-golf-cart-on-green%2F
  8. Admittedly, the world we've created is complex enough that making those determinations require information that is just not available. There are, however, times when it is clear a threshold has been crossed and any involvement with the entity in question either a) demands a response; or b) overrides any possible positive involvement on your part. If it's clear a clothing line you are considering purchasing was made by forced labor or helped prop up an apartheid dictatorship, would you buy it? A reasonable person wouldn't. More complex would be your note on driving a car - I'd say many of the protests oil companies receive are misplaced. Petroleum has been so fundamental to daily life that it's hypocritical blame them for that fact. Our focus (and positive energy) should be on finding replacements. Trump? He's run a misogynist, racist campaign from the start and it's amazing that it's taken a video/recording for some people to see this (and some still don't!). For me, the threshold was crossed some time ago.
  9. I'm with you. That course (with the wind and rain), looks ridiculously difficult. And hitting it into the gorse is something I can identify with (so there's that).
  10. Thanks for this. I tried it out on the range and a practice green this morning and initial impressions are positive. In addition to 'dialing distance', the focus of my left arm parallel to the ground is super helpful (chronic elbow bender here!). I'll be on the course tomorrow and we'll start to have opportunities to see more. Best.
  11. Question: I've recently started using my 60 lob wedge around the green but a problem has emerged. While previously, I (almost) exclusively was using my 52 gap and was able to dial distance with the single club I now find that switching between the two is really creating distance problems. Now, the 52 feels like the ball explodes off the head and I tend to hit it too far. I know it's probably just more practice but is there anything clever that can help as well? For longer shots, I've actually taped distances for a full, 3/4, and half swings on a tag on all my wedges and i've found it helps a bunch. Any tricks for the short shots? Tx.
  12. Walter Hagen. I would have loved to have partied with that guy.
  13. I'm with you. I don't play tournaments. My handicap is a very personal thing. I play often in the very early morning before work (daybreak) and am typically alone. Having a handicap has been the single most important thing I've done to improve my game. It actually means something to me even when alone that my score counts for something. I take joy in good shot that would otherwise mean nothing. I follow the rules. This actually takes some of the joy out of the game for me.
  14. This was a place I once spent a bit of time... (Doe Library at Cal) "But books as we go into the future will take up less and less physical space. I never liked studying at the practical low ceilinged claustrophobic hear every single thing no space to think libraries of my university. I always preferred big high ceilinged spaces - it was less oppressive." One of my current projects is an interior library renovation at UC Santa Cruz. I have to say I'm a bit old school and have conflicted feelings about the speed that books are being tossed out of libraries. On this team, I'm pretty much alone with this position. The Uni has two libraries and the primary one will not change - the stacks will remain. The secondary library (Science Library which is indeed large), has removed floors of stacks to create study/collaboration/"maker spaces"/computer stations. What makes me question my initial reservations is the popularity of the spaces. The space hasn't even been renovated yet (only the books have been removed) and kids are sitting sitting everywhere in groups collaborating, working on laptops, and generally (seemingly) being productive. It's quite a sight - and it makes me feel old...
  15. It's generally not valued in our society as we are a very conservative lot. Of course there are inspirational projects in the States (and I can point you to a ton), but generally speaking, they are a very small portion of the built environment.
  16. I'm afraid you missed the purpose. The purpose of architecture is to inspire. To lift the heart, the soul, the spirit. This is what sustains us. Ito is the real deal. I enjoy his work in a similar way I used to I enjoy Tod Williams/Billie Tsien's stuff. The germinating idea comes from anywhere and is followed relentlessly. Ito is miles ahead of course. Beautiful library.
  17. In defense of Hagen...he won 11 majors when the PGA didn't exist. The Western was really closely comparable at the time. He won that 5 times. In addition, the idea one could party all night, show up at the first tee in your tux and kick your opponents *ss has me put him near the top.
  18. I only have a few. Was trying to play... Here is Hole 6 bu the pic is deceiving. When your at the bottom of the cliff it looks a whole lot bigger. Here is 18 Sea lions from the tee box. Then the narrow fairway.
  19. I played Pebble Beach on Friday and it really lived up to the billing. I was at a conference just down the road at Asilomar and thought I’d bring my clubs and walk on. It worked – 6:50am check-in, 1st on the wait list, tee-off at 8:20am – back at conference for 2:00pm presentations. A couple of quick take-aways: - I’ve played courses that were littered with traps but still did not induce the fear of the judicious use of bunkers here. - Don’t play here without a caddy. I got into significant troubles that could have been avoided. - Don’t play with three visiting club pros in the middle of their third day of a serious gambling match. (The very reason I had the opportunity to play was that the fourth dropped out due to bad feelings…). - I learned what a “barranca” is (it’s a deep, hidden gully that crosses the fairway) - I learned what a “barranca” is not (a deep, hidden gully that crosses the fairway but is filled with sand – that’s a sand trap!) - Pebble Beach might simply be the most beautiful place on earth. Since it was my first time, I had wanted a caddy but one was not available so I walked and carried. I was a nervous at first. I grew up in NorCal and Pebble always held mythical sway with me. I watched the group in front go off and felt a little better when I saw their tee shots. Unfortunately, the three in my group all had consistent 300 yd smacks. They spent the first 10 minutes prior to the first tee going over some fairly complex waging. I sensed a bit of money was on the line. All were perfectly nice guys but every hole for them was serious. Multiple times they called in their caddy for adjudication. Notes on a couple of the memorable holes: Hole 6 (#2 hncp) 505 yd par 5: My tee shot was careful and straight at about 270 and in the middle of the fairway. I am then looking up to a cliff with a flag pin on top of it – 100 yards above me. I’ve never seen anything like it. I could certainly hit my 3 wood 235 but not an additional 100 yards up. I had literally no idea what was at the top of the cliff or where to land. So I pulled my 7 iron out and tried to lay up to the bottom of the cliff but hit it too hard and then had a third shot literally on the side of the cliff. It didn’t go well. Hole 14 (#1 hncp) 576 yd par 5: The wind picked up a bit on the back 9 and we had a decent headwind here. I had a great tee shot and 3 wood and found myself 111 yds from the green. The view from this point is terrifying. The green is small and 85% of it is protected in front by a sandtrap that builds itself up 12’(?) like the mouth of Moby Dick. The only portion of the green that is visible is about 8’ of it to the left of Moby’s mouth. I’ve never seen anything like it. Well, fear got to me and I flubbed the pitch. I went from being in terrific position for a par on the #1 hncp hole to getting a double bogey (or at least that is what I wrote down). Hole 18 (#3 hncp) 543 yd par 5: Hands down the most beautiful hole in golf. The tee box is at the water and right below us were sea lions basking. The fairway an impossibly narrow, long arc that requires geometry. Again, I had two great shots that put me in good position only to see the bunkers and panic. I need to work on my short game. Anyway, an all around epic day and I thought I’d share.
  20. my home public course has a number of retired monthly pass holders who insist on teeing off in complete darkness - more than an hour before sunrise. It's rather unbelievable. They're there with headlamps, a strong light on the ground and a partner keeping an eye out. To top it off, this is the SF Bay area and it's often extremely foggy as well. Good thing they don't hit the ball far. I think they play like 5 holes in the dark. It's a riot. I know this because I'm often heading to the driving range before work.
  21. Why were they doing that? The 3-wheel cart was carrying clubs and was rolling downhill at a high speed. The guy was chasing it at beyond his full speed. The electric cart was trying to help but still not fast enough. It all ended in a pile in the lower fairway.
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