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Thanks to iSteve commenter and graphic artist Harry Baldwin for this lovely proposal for a masthead.

This is based on Rees Jones’ photo of his par 3 third hole at Torrey Pines South across the barranca.

The U.S. Open golf tournament has begun at the Torrey Pines South municipal course just north of La Jolla, CA. Phil Mickelson, winner of the PGA Championship last month at age 50 and a native of San Diego County, opened with a 75, putting him eight strokes off the lead so lightning likely won’t strike twice.

Speaking of lightning, the USGA likes west coast venues for their big Father’s Day annual event because they don’t get delayed by lightning storms like they do in June in the East and Midwest, which makes it hard for the first two rounds before half the 156 entrants are for the weekend to finish during daylight, even during the longest days of the year. (Also, West Coast US Opens finish during prime time on the East Coast, which makes for high ratings.)

But the June Gloom was so thick in San Diego Thursday that the first round was postponed 90 minutes so they still didn’t finish by dark.

The two municipal courses at Torrey Pines are built on huge bluffs about 800 feet above the beach — next door is one of the most popular hang-gliding spots in America.

Golfers love playing next to the ocean, although Torrey’s headland is so high that you aren’t going to hear much of the waves breaking on Black’s Beach.

On Torrey Pines South, really only the fourth hole (in the upper left of the satellite view) runs along the ocean cliffs, although other holes tangle with the huge sagebrush-filled canyons.

When I first played Torrey Pines South in the early 1970s, my feeling was that this 1950s design largely wasted the potential of its setting. The architect Bill Bell Jr. basically inherited his position as Southern California’s go-to golf course designer from his dad, Bill Bell Sr., who was right hand man to SoCal’s golf architecture genius George Thomas, who designed Riviera, Bel-Air, Ojai, and redesigned Los Angeles Country Club (2023 US Open). Bell Jr. was not a genius.

Rees Jones improved it 20 years ago (after which San Diegoan Mickelson has never won at Torrey — he blames Jones’ redesign).

It’s now a very hard course with more spectacular shots over or near the barrancas.

But if I were vacationing in San Diego, I’d prefer to play the easier but more scenic Torrey Pines North course.

The par 3 fifteenth on the North is the most memorable hole on the property.

(That reminds me, I birdied it in 1974.)

Here’s the back nine at Torrey Pines North.

It used to be the front nine until Tom Weiskopf revamped it recently.

Weiskopf’s argument was that the North Course was played 150 rounds per year by pros once per year and 85,000 rounds per year by the public annually, so he built one extremely hard pin position into each green, which sounds smart.

Still, Phil Mickelson wanted to redesign it, but he ran into some stupid bureaucratic California rule that prevented him due to his enthusiasm for the project. NBC News reported in 2015:

Phil Mickelson has reportedly been excluded from further work on the redesign of the North Course at Torrey Pines, three years after he first offered a new vision for the layout that annually co-hosts the Farmers Insurance Open.

According to a San Diego Union-Tribune report, Mickelson is out of the running because of a ruling from the California Fair Political Practices Commission that reads in part, “any person or company that worked on preliminary designs may not participate in the design and/or construction resulting from this Request for Proposal and the ensuing contract.”

Mickelson, a native of San Diego, first offered a preliminary plan for the course in February 2012. While his Phil Mickelson Design group expected to submit a formal construction bid to the city of San Diego alongside Landscapes Unlimited, the latter will reportedly now submit its own bid without Mickelson.

“I’m deeply disappointed with this entire process,” Mickelson said in a release. “We did a lot of good work, we had overwhelming support from the residents of San Diego on this project and now we’re disqualified from bidding on it.”

Mickelson’s original plans included re-contoured fairways, redesigned greens, an emphasis on introducing more natural grasses and a desire to bring the canyon lines part of the course more into play.

Phil has his phlaws, but he’s probably thought harder about how to optimize the Torrey Pines North property over the last 40+ years than anybody else has. Mickleson is a great San Diegoan. While Tiger legally relocated from Orange County to income tax-free Florida on the day he turned pro in 1996, Phil, in contrast, has paid a vast amount of California income tax over the last 30 years because he likes living where he grew up.

So I feel deprived to not see what Mickelson would have done with a golf course he’d play many times growing up. Nothing against Weiskopf, an excellent golfer and course designer, but he is from Ohio.

As for the South course, my only problem is that it’s frustrating to play because, while it’s wonderful, it’s also nowhere near as wonderful as its 99.99th percentile terrain could have allowed.

On the other hand, as I told Rees Jones three years ago, the 2008 U.S. Open that Tiger won in a 19 hole playoff with a broken leg was the most Best Open Ever.

 
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  1. That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen. Is the gallery going without masks? Do they let in spectators without a proof of vaccination?

    It is really a pity that we have to abandon California to the Hutus and the Tutsis and their footwashers.

    Don’t it always seem to go
    You don’t know what you got til it’s gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @Morton's toes

    We don't.

    We have Steves and Harrys on our side. Would you rather be on the other?

    We will prevail.

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Morton's toes


    Is the gallery going without masks?
     
    I couldn't see any among the field or the gallery on the coverage I saw.

    Happily, both groups appear incredibly non-diverse.
    , @petit bourgeois
    @Morton's toes


    Is the gallery going without masks?
     
    The signs at the US Open this year state that if you are vaccinated, masks are not required, whether you are indoors or outdoors.

    Life seems to be getting back to normal.
    , @Barnard
    @Morton's toes

    According to the FAQ on the US Open website, they are making spectator verbally attest to having received the vaccine at least 14 days prior to their first day of attendance. It says they are requiring masks on the buses that shuttle spectators to and from the course. I have not read if they are trying to enforce that. When I attended the 2008 U.S. Open the shuttle buses were running from the old Jack Murphy stadium to the course, the ride was about a half hour. I did not see anyone in the gallery wearing a mask while watching last night.

    , @J'myle
    @Morton's toes


    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen.
     
    It's certainly the most naked beach I've been to in California.
    , @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @Morton's toes

    "That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen."

    I visited Black's Beach when I was ten years old. If you enjoy a beach crawling with small wrinkly logs and a smattering of Christmas stockings hung without a care, it is certainly the most beautiful in all Cali.

  2. I would think there’s something much more distracting on Black’s Beach than just the breaking of the waves …

    • Replies: @John Cunningham
    @prosa123

    While in San Diego for a convention, I and some pals stayed the weekend for sightseeing. Someone proposed a beach hike through the fabled nude beach. Worst blunder in years. Almost no chicks, just fat naked gay couples. We had to zip tie one guy to prevent his clawing his eyes out. Let it stay in the realm of fantasy!

    Replies: @Herp McDerp, @additionalMike

  3. Rees Jones improved it 20 years ago (after which San Diegoan [sic] Mickelson has never won at Torrey — he blames Jones’ redesign).

    A Swede complains that a Scottish game was ruined by a Welshman.maye give the reredesign contract to Reese Witherspoon?

  4. @prosa123
    I would think there's something much more distracting on Black's Beach than just the breaking of the waves ...

    Replies: @John Cunningham

    While in San Diego for a convention, I and some pals stayed the weekend for sightseeing. Someone proposed a beach hike through the fabled nude beach. Worst blunder in years. Almost no chicks, just fat naked gay couples. We had to zip tie one guy to prevent his clawing his eyes out. Let it stay in the realm of fantasy!

    • Replies: @Herp McDerp
    @John Cunningham

    I used to run on the beach there, years ago. If you start from Torrey Pines State Beach and go south, right after a small headland you'll hit the gay part. Very, very gay. (After my first attempt to go farther south, that headland was where I would turn around and run back.) I was told that if you started from the south end, at UCSD and SIO, you'd go through the straight part ... but parking around UCSD is a bitch, and I never really got the opportunity to determine whether the story was true.

    , @additionalMike
    @John Cunningham

    Some important things have been invented since I last went to Black's Beach in the mid-1970's: the cell phone camera for taking photos, and the internet for posting.
    I have no doubt that these have caused the beach population to change.
    When I went there, there were scores of beautiful young nekkid women.
    It looked like Eden.

  5. Remember Internet 1.o with Netscape and Yahoo! GeoCities, sharing, camaraderie, bonhomie and tons of information shared free in a celebration of escape from censorship into a pure community where people had midi music playing when you entered their website?

    You should convert this to midi and have it play everytime someone enters your site along with your banner:

  6. @John Cunningham
    @prosa123

    While in San Diego for a convention, I and some pals stayed the weekend for sightseeing. Someone proposed a beach hike through the fabled nude beach. Worst blunder in years. Almost no chicks, just fat naked gay couples. We had to zip tie one guy to prevent his clawing his eyes out. Let it stay in the realm of fantasy!

    Replies: @Herp McDerp, @additionalMike

    I used to run on the beach there, years ago. If you start from Torrey Pines State Beach and go south, right after a small headland you’ll hit the gay part. Very, very gay. (After my first attempt to go farther south, that headland was where I would turn around and run back.) I was told that if you started from the south end, at UCSD and SIO, you’d go through the straight part … but parking around UCSD is a bitch, and I never really got the opportunity to determine whether the story was true.

  7. On one of the boards discussing this subject matter, someone pointed out that when it was the Andy Williams Open, they played a composite course of north and south to get more seaside golf. Many people also say the site resembles Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and Tom Soak did a pretty good job there.

    In Chicagoland there are two courses on similar sites with much different reputations. ShoreAcres is a Seth Raynor course in duneland with ravines close by but not on Lake Michigan, much like Lake Shore CC. The difference is ShoreAcres incorporates the ravines to abut the playing corridors and define holes while Lake Shore uses the ravines to frame greens and really are not in play. I get the same feeling that Torrey Pines shows off a lot of the ocean and Barrancas but does a poor job making them relevant to the golfer.

  8. Those Torrey Pines shots remind me of the opening sequence to “Panarama Blue” which I foolishly thought was about birding.

  9. I guess you have no choice but to take a drop if you go too far into the rough.

  10. the first round was postponed 90 minutes so they still didn’t finish by dark

    But that’s presumably because Americans play at an excruciatingly geriatric pace.

  11. Steve, I’ve golfed four times in my life, but I really enjoy these golf posts. It’s good to have a break from the ephemeral world of politics and culture every so often.
    There is a course on the southwest coast of Donegal called the Narin and Portnoo Golf Club. A couple of friends played it back in the 90’s. Between the wind and the dune grass and heather, I think they lost a dozen balls each. They loved it though.
    Love the masthead idea.

    • Agree: Desiderius
  12. @Morton's toes
    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen. Is the gallery going without masks? Do they let in spectators without a proof of vaccination?

    It is really a pity that we have to abandon California to the Hutus and the Tutsis and their footwashers.

    Don't it always seem to go
    You don't know what you got til it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    Replies: @Desiderius, @The Wild Geese Howard, @petit bourgeois, @Barnard, @J'myle, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    We don’t.

    We have Steves and Harrys on our side. Would you rather be on the other?

    We will prevail.

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
    @Desiderius

    https://twitter.com/LyanneMelendez/status/1404574079156318210

    Video of negro filling a 25 gallon capacity plastic trash bag with loot in San Francisco Walgreens with security guard watching and recording on his phone. Somebody posted this in Sailer's Toni Morrison thread a couple days ago. Walgreens is closing its San Francisco locations.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Desiderius, @Anonymous

  13. Thanks Steve, just great great work.

    These are the posts I’m here for. Hope you adopt the heading.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Desiderius

    Great link, thanks! Finkelstein is pretty impressive.

  14. @John Cunningham
    @prosa123

    While in San Diego for a convention, I and some pals stayed the weekend for sightseeing. Someone proposed a beach hike through the fabled nude beach. Worst blunder in years. Almost no chicks, just fat naked gay couples. We had to zip tie one guy to prevent his clawing his eyes out. Let it stay in the realm of fantasy!

    Replies: @Herp McDerp, @additionalMike

    Some important things have been invented since I last went to Black’s Beach in the mid-1970’s: the cell phone camera for taking photos, and the internet for posting.
    I have no doubt that these have caused the beach population to change.
    When I went there, there were scores of beautiful young nekkid women.
    It looked like Eden.

  15. I grew up in Aiken, SC, as did Kevin Kisner. He still lives there.

    He is distance challenged; the big guys hit their drivers way past him. In an interview a few months ago, he commented that he could never win at Beth Page Black or Torrey Pines.

    So the interviewer asked him why bother playing in the U.S. Open this year.

    Kisner: “They pay pretty good for 20th place.”

  16. “A good walk spoilt” and a waste of precious irrigation water.

    But do your thing…

    Personally, golf brings out a scary obsessive-compulsive streak in me that I’d prefer to not feed.

  17. Steve what’s your best shot at the Van Nuys course?

  18. @Desiderius
    @Morton's toes

    We don't.

    We have Steves and Harrys on our side. Would you rather be on the other?

    We will prevail.

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    Video of negro filling a 25 gallon capacity plastic trash bag with loot in San Francisco Walgreens with security guard watching and recording on his phone. Somebody posted this in Sailer’s Toni Morrison thread a couple days ago. Walgreens is closing its San Francisco locations.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Morton's toes

    Gough and Fell? That sounds like an accident, or even a crime.

    Is there a worse intersection name in America? Come to think of it, what crosses Haight St?

    Replies: @JMcG

    , @Desiderius
    @Morton's toes

    That's.... how a bust-out works. That land's way too valuable now for a Walgreen's to turn a profit there.

    , @Anonymous
    @Morton's toes

    Sort of OT, but I recently needed to use the Wayback Machine but couldn't, because of a power outage in San Francisco. Ominous. The big boys (Apple, HP, etc.) have generators, but if this becomes a regular event a lot of smaller tech companies are going to suffer.

  19. @Morton's toes
    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen. Is the gallery going without masks? Do they let in spectators without a proof of vaccination?

    It is really a pity that we have to abandon California to the Hutus and the Tutsis and their footwashers.

    Don't it always seem to go
    You don't know what you got til it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    Replies: @Desiderius, @The Wild Geese Howard, @petit bourgeois, @Barnard, @J'myle, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Is the gallery going without masks?

    I couldn’t see any among the field or the gallery on the coverage I saw.

    Happily, both groups appear incredibly non-diverse.

  20. All I know is that I’m rooting like hell for Jon Rahm to win the Open after the humiliation that happened to him at the Memorial. He was 6 shots up after three rounds when the Suits told him, right after he left the 18th green, (on national TV no less), that he had to withdraw after a positive Covid test. Rahm was supposedly in close contact with a person who tested positive, so he had to be tested every day as he wasn’t fully vaccinated. Rahm later said he did have the first shot recently, but not yet the second. Fully vaccinated golfers don’t have to be tested.

    In any case, Rahm lost over a million dollars when he was forced to withdraw and quarantine until he tested negative. Was Rahm set up to scare the other still unvaccinated pro golfers (less than 50% had taken the shot) into taking the dangerous experimental vaccine? I’d bet that Jon wasn’t even sick for one day. Would the Suit
    be stupid enough to try that stunt again at Torrey Pines?

    • Agree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @follyofwar

    And Rahm won it yester, crediting Karma. Brother knows COVID is a hoax. God bless that shovel-faced Spaniard.

  21. The 1982 U.S. Open was the greatest.

    The Nicklaus vs. Watson at Pebble Beach.

    Better course, more drama.

    • Disagree: Gamecock
    • Replies: @Gamecock
    @Sandy Berger's Socks

    GRRRR . . . Watson pissed in an impossible shot on 17 to win.

    Disclaimer: Arnold Palmer was the King of Golf from the late 50s through the 1960s. Jack Nicklaus came on the scene in the early 60s and gave Palmer serious competition. Nicklaus was The Man in the 1970s into the 1980s. Gary Player was another major player in that time. Watson was top dog in the 1980s. His win at Pebble marked the change in dynasties.

    Gamecock is a Nicklaus fan. He didn't appreciate the end of the dynasty.

  22. Having read so much criticism of the course from the woke golf architecture aficionados (now the establishment) leading up to the US Open, I tried to commit to an objective evaluation while watching the tournament. Watched last night and found it so repetitive and boring. Bunker left, bunker right. Tall rough around the bunkers (why are all the “fairway bunkers” so far into the rough?) that keep balls from going into them, Tall rough around the greens that keeps balls from scooting further from the green. The holes all seem the same. Part of it is the USGA setup, but Rees can’t be left off the hook. I can’t think of any course I’ve seen on TV every year that is less memorable.

    I love west coast US Opens for the prime time viewing, but I’ll take Shinnecock, WF, Oakmont or The Country Club in the afternoon over Torrey. The 2008 tournament was epic, but a healthy Tiger wins by 10 over a pretty mediocre leaderboard. Glad to see the USGA is unlikely to go back anytime soon. Can’t wait for LACC in 2023.

  23. I had an extra ticket to the US Open yesterday ($170). I should have given it to Steve. Next time, I promise.

    Tiger Woods did some redesign of Dad Miller’s golf course in Anaheim. It is pretty decent for a municipal course. I discovered that course when I got into land speed racing at El Mirage dry lake, because our club meetings are held at the clubhouse. Hopefully by next summer I’ll have a world record on the bike I’m building now.

    TBH, I’d much rather be land speed racing at El Mirage than playing golf at Torrey Pines.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    @petit bourgeois

    Land Speed Racing? How are Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons doing these days?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  24. i’ll agree with the bad guys one time.

    golf going away when white people go away won’t be so bad.

    one of the dumbest wastes of time and money that middle aged white guys get into. dumber than just rooting for the local football team for 3 hours a week for a couple months a year.

    • Troll: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @Marty
    @prime noticer

    It’s something of a mystery why Antifa-BLM-Share-the-Wealth doesn’t invade a place like the San Francisco Golf Club, playground of the oldest-money white privilege types and a prime site for development of low income housing, just across the road from a BART station and a mile from the beach. Do they think SFPD would clear them out?

    Replies: @prime noticer

    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    @prime noticer

    Golf has complicated biomechanics, numerous elements, requires precision, finesse and thought, and can be endlessly analyzed. I liked it when I played it but quit for those exact reasons: it's time-consuming and expensive. But really, you can spend as much money and time as you want on any hobby, with the exception of maybe hacky-sack or Frisbee.

    But yes, golf is retreating to the heights. Only the really dedicated and really wealthy are going to play it going forward. I always take this opportunity to say if golf wants to assure its survival as a popular pastime, the Associations should reduce the standard round to 12 holes. On the other hand, for all I know the industry's players have looked at the issues and concluded that exclusivity is financially viable for them.

  25. I don’t think California has ever produced a great, or even good, golf course architect.

    George Thomas may be identified here as “SoCal’s genius” but he grew up and learned his craft in Pennsylvania. So did Bell Sr. Note the only guy who grew up in California, Bell Jr., should have worked at Taco Bell, and not as the landscape guy.

    Californians love to lay claim to out of staters who make good in California. But, like Serbians with Pete Maravich, they’re highly selective about who they deem to be worthy of inclusion.

  26. @Morton's toes
    @Desiderius

    https://twitter.com/LyanneMelendez/status/1404574079156318210

    Video of negro filling a 25 gallon capacity plastic trash bag with loot in San Francisco Walgreens with security guard watching and recording on his phone. Somebody posted this in Sailer's Toni Morrison thread a couple days ago. Walgreens is closing its San Francisco locations.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Desiderius, @Anonymous

    Gough and Fell? That sounds like an accident, or even a crime.

    Is there a worse intersection name in America? Come to think of it, what crosses Haight St?

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    The main intersection in West Chester, PA. Is High and Gay.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Reg Cæsar

  27. All this talk about golf, with Steve even bragging about birdies he’s scored. So colonialist, racist, classist, and supremacist.

    I’d also say transphobic but I bet chicks with dicks like that Jenner thing probably like swinging their clubs.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    According to Kris Jenner's autobiography, her gift that Bruce/Caitlyn most appreciated was her paying for his/her membership at Sherwood Golf Club. That's a pretty awesome Jack Nicklaus golf course on the forested north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains in Thousand Oaks. Members include Wayne Gretzky, Will Smith, Joe Montana, and Kenny G, who was the reigning club champion the last time I was there.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Jim Christian

  28. @Reg Cæsar
    @Morton's toes

    Gough and Fell? That sounds like an accident, or even a crime.

    Is there a worse intersection name in America? Come to think of it, what crosses Haight St?

    Replies: @JMcG

    The main intersection in West Chester, PA. Is High and Gay.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @JMcG


    The main intersection in West Chester, PA. Is High and Gay.
     
    Well, at least it's not 30 miles away in Blue Ball, Bird-in-Hand, or Intercourse.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @JMcG

    Starbucks closes in West Chester


    https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/dailylocal.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/10/a10b6a48-9ad3-11ea-be5f-af9f023df9a9/5ec58b4463b7e.image.jpg


    https://images1.loopnet.com/i2/5C0QTYOlVOI-fcXItmY4Twh2lBCvU-X8fa_QQlHj1h0/110/2-W-Gay-St-West-Chester-PA-Building-Photo-1-Large.jpg

    Replies: @JMcG

  29. @Morton's toes
    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen. Is the gallery going without masks? Do they let in spectators without a proof of vaccination?

    It is really a pity that we have to abandon California to the Hutus and the Tutsis and their footwashers.

    Don't it always seem to go
    You don't know what you got til it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    Replies: @Desiderius, @The Wild Geese Howard, @petit bourgeois, @Barnard, @J'myle, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Is the gallery going without masks?

    The signs at the US Open this year state that if you are vaccinated, masks are not required, whether you are indoors or outdoors.

    Life seems to be getting back to normal.

  30. jon says:

    I lived in SoCal for awhile, and let me tell ya’, that ‘June Gloom’ is hell. I’ll let Wikipedia do the honors:

    June Gloom is a California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer … June Gloom usually clears up between mid-morning and early afternoon, depending on the strength of the marine layer, and gives way to sunny skies.

    Cool mornings, sometimes lasting more than a month, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @jon

    If you get up late like I do, May Gray and June Gloom are great. In L.A. in May and June, you get superb sunny evenings with moderate temperatures and pleasant mid-range humidities.

    But if you are a tourist who likes to get up early and wants that famous Los Angeles sun, May 15 to June 25 in LA can be a disappointment, especially near the beach.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @cthulhu
    @jon

    June Gloom is great in my book. Mornings are just cool enough so you feel it, but not so much that you need a jacket or need to go inside quickly. Afternoons are a perfect 72 in the shade, and sunny enough that if you want to bask, you can. The epitome of perfect weather IMHO.

    The worst coastal SoCal weather pattern is when the monsoon is invading Arizona and works its way over the mountains; warm, muggy, and for the large number of us without A/C, inescapable :-( At least it usually doesn’t stick around more than a week or so without a break. But occasionally it does, and it is quite miserable.

    Still beats tornado/hail season in the Great Plains, and 90% of the time in the humid Southeast.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  31. @Morton's toes
    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen. Is the gallery going without masks? Do they let in spectators without a proof of vaccination?

    It is really a pity that we have to abandon California to the Hutus and the Tutsis and their footwashers.

    Don't it always seem to go
    You don't know what you got til it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    Replies: @Desiderius, @The Wild Geese Howard, @petit bourgeois, @Barnard, @J'myle, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    According to the FAQ on the US Open website, they are making spectator verbally attest to having received the vaccine at least 14 days prior to their first day of attendance. It says they are requiring masks on the buses that shuttle spectators to and from the course. I have not read if they are trying to enforce that. When I attended the 2008 U.S. Open the shuttle buses were running from the old Jack Murphy stadium to the course, the ride was about a half hour. I did not see anyone in the gallery wearing a mask while watching last night.

  32. @Morton's toes
    @Desiderius

    https://twitter.com/LyanneMelendez/status/1404574079156318210

    Video of negro filling a 25 gallon capacity plastic trash bag with loot in San Francisco Walgreens with security guard watching and recording on his phone. Somebody posted this in Sailer's Toni Morrison thread a couple days ago. Walgreens is closing its San Francisco locations.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Desiderius, @Anonymous

    That’s…. how a bust-out works. That land’s way too valuable now for a Walgreen’s to turn a profit there.

  33. You are g0ing to cover the drainage over the course of the weekend, or did I miss it?

  34. @petit bourgeois
    I had an extra ticket to the US Open yesterday ($170). I should have given it to Steve. Next time, I promise.

    Tiger Woods did some redesign of Dad Miller's golf course in Anaheim. It is pretty decent for a municipal course. I discovered that course when I got into land speed racing at El Mirage dry lake, because our club meetings are held at the clubhouse. Hopefully by next summer I'll have a world record on the bike I'm building now.

    TBH, I'd much rather be land speed racing at El Mirage than playing golf at Torrey Pines.

    Replies: @Jim Christian

    Land Speed Racing? How are Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons doing these days?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jim Christian



    TBH, I’d much rather be land speed racing at El Mirage than playing golf at Torrey Pines.
     
    Land Speed Racing? How are Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons doing these days?
     
    Arfons lived to 81, and Breedlove is still with us at 84. That's a far better record than you see in Water Speed Racing.

    Since 1940, there has been about an 85 percent mortality rate among water speed competitors, making it not only one of the most fatal world record categories out there, but setting the bar for beating it unusually high.

    A Homemade Speedboat Has Held the Deadly Water Speed Record Since 1978
     

    Replies: @Jim Christian, @Jim Christian

  35. @Morton's toes
    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen. Is the gallery going without masks? Do they let in spectators without a proof of vaccination?

    It is really a pity that we have to abandon California to the Hutus and the Tutsis and their footwashers.

    Don't it always seem to go
    You don't know what you got til it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    Replies: @Desiderius, @The Wild Geese Howard, @petit bourgeois, @Barnard, @J'myle, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen.

    It’s certainly the most naked beach I’ve been to in California.

  36. @Morton's toes
    That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen. Is the gallery going without masks? Do they let in spectators without a proof of vaccination?

    It is really a pity that we have to abandon California to the Hutus and the Tutsis and their footwashers.

    Don't it always seem to go
    You don't know what you got til it's gone
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

    Replies: @Desiderius, @The Wild Geese Howard, @petit bourgeois, @Barnard, @J'myle, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    “That beach with those cliffs backing it might be the most beautiful beach in all of CA that I have seen.”

    I visited Black’s Beach when I was ten years old. If you enjoy a beach crawling with small wrinkly logs and a smattering of Christmas stockings hung without a care, it is certainly the most beautiful in all Cali.

  37. @prime noticer
    i'll agree with the bad guys one time.

    golf going away when white people go away won't be so bad.

    one of the dumbest wastes of time and money that middle aged white guys get into. dumber than just rooting for the local football team for 3 hours a week for a couple months a year.

    Replies: @Marty, @The Anti-Gnostic

    It’s something of a mystery why Antifa-BLM-Share-the-Wealth doesn’t invade a place like the San Francisco Golf Club, playground of the oldest-money white privilege types and a prime site for development of low income housing, just across the road from a BART station and a mile from the beach. Do they think SFPD would clear them out?

    • Replies: @prime noticer
    @Marty

    didn't their political allies attack and neutralize the country clubs, er, decades ago? country clubs are a defeated target already. they were forced to take in jews, homos, africans, and women one by one. but in classic CRT revolution style, none of those people are actually all that interested in competitive golf. just at destroying institutions.

    and as far as the physical course and clubhouse itself, they aren't good targets for an Antifa or BLM riot or terror campaign. usually too far away from the urban part of a city, and a target poor environment. they can go all the way to the course and harass the 12 golfers they come across, or they can riot in a city with a 1000 times more people to harass and businesses to burn and loot. almost nothing to loot at a country club and not much to burn down. certainly no highways to block.

    yes, once the golf demographic begins to die off in earnest, a lot of the courses will lie fallow, or be converted into developments for housing. i'm not one of the people who think the courses are a big waste of resources. some of them are cool. and competitive golf is an ok sport. but recreational golf culture is retarded.

    it's weird how Steve comments for decades about ethnic groups maintaining historical grudges for 100 years about not being allowed in some stupid country club, then talks about how golf is this great sport we're blessed to have. if golf had been about as popular in America as say, cricket or rugby is, we'd all be better off right now.

  38. @Jim Christian
    @petit bourgeois

    Land Speed Racing? How are Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons doing these days?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    TBH, I’d much rather be land speed racing at El Mirage than playing golf at Torrey Pines.

    Land Speed Racing? How are Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons doing these days?

    Arfons lived to 81, and Breedlove is still with us at 84. That’s a far better record than you see in Water Speed Racing.

    Since 1940, there has been about an 85 percent mortality rate among water speed competitors, making it not only one of the most fatal world record categories out there, but setting the bar for beating it unusually high.

    A Homemade Speedboat Has Held the Deadly Water Speed Record Since 1978

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    @Reg Cæsar

    Didn't Sir Malcolm Campbell die water racing? I read Craig Breedlove when I was a kid. That was some hairy shit those guys were doing back then. I think of them when I'm out on the bike when the wind is whistling through my helmet doing an indicated 170 on several unnamed, police-absent Interstates in upper New England. 170 is for pussies, those cats were doing 600-plus.. Cheers.

    , @Jim Christian
    @Reg Cæsar

    Your video mentioned Craig Arfons died at 277 mph on the water. Art's brother or son?

    I misspoke earlier, it was Donald Campbell, not Malcolm. Maybe Malcolm was the LSR guy?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  39. Anonymous[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @Morton's toes
    @Desiderius

    https://twitter.com/LyanneMelendez/status/1404574079156318210

    Video of negro filling a 25 gallon capacity plastic trash bag with loot in San Francisco Walgreens with security guard watching and recording on his phone. Somebody posted this in Sailer's Toni Morrison thread a couple days ago. Walgreens is closing its San Francisco locations.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Desiderius, @Anonymous

    Sort of OT, but I recently needed to use the Wayback Machine but couldn’t, because of a power outage in San Francisco. Ominous. The big boys (Apple, HP, etc.) have generators, but if this becomes a regular event a lot of smaller tech companies are going to suffer.

  40. @jon
    I lived in SoCal for awhile, and let me tell ya', that 'June Gloom' is hell. I'll let Wikipedia do the honors:

    June Gloom is a California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer ... June Gloom usually clears up between mid-morning and early afternoon, depending on the strength of the marine layer, and gives way to sunny skies.
     
    Cool mornings, sometimes lasting more than a month, I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @cthulhu

    If you get up late like I do, May Gray and June Gloom are great. In L.A. in May and June, you get superb sunny evenings with moderate temperatures and pleasant mid-range humidities.

    But if you are a tourist who likes to get up early and wants that famous Los Angeles sun, May 15 to June 25 in LA can be a disappointment, especially near the beach.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Steve Sailer

    "...it is an unappreciated fact that every city that exists today was a crazy-eyed entrepreneurial startup at its inception, not that unlike tech startups today. My favorite book on this topic is Robert Gottlieb's Thinking Big, which tells the actual story of the creation of Los Angeles. It turns out LA was a fake and a fraud to start; it was arid desert marketed via the Los Angeles Fake News Media Times to gullible Easterners as a lush coastal paradise. Later, of course, the city fathers, um, sourced water and delivered on the dream…..but it was the Theranos of cities for a long time. LA as we know and love it today would not exist otherwise."


    --Marc Andreessen


    Take it from a Driftless Cheesehead.

  41. @John Milton’s Ghost
    All this talk about golf, with Steve even bragging about birdies he’s scored. So colonialist, racist, classist, and supremacist.

    I’d also say transphobic but I bet chicks with dicks like that Jenner thing probably like swinging their clubs.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    According to Kris Jenner’s autobiography, her gift that Bruce/Caitlyn most appreciated was her paying for his/her membership at Sherwood Golf Club. That’s a pretty awesome Jack Nicklaus golf course on the forested north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains in Thousand Oaks. Members include Wayne Gretzky, Will Smith, Joe Montana, and Kenny G, who was the reigning club champion the last time I was there.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Steve Sailer


    According to Kris Jenner’s autobiography...
     
    Our Steve reads everything, so we don't have to!
    , @Jim Christian
    @Steve Sailer

    And still they let you drive your cars on the property, shabby though they may be?

    I kid because I care.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic

  42. @Desiderius
    Thanks Steve, just great great work.

    These are the posts I'm here for. Hope you adopt the heading.

    https://twitter.com/phl43/status/1405612368680345600?s=20

    Replies: @Anon

    Great link, thanks! Finkelstein is pretty impressive.

  43. @jon
    I lived in SoCal for awhile, and let me tell ya', that 'June Gloom' is hell. I'll let Wikipedia do the honors:

    June Gloom is a California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer ... June Gloom usually clears up between mid-morning and early afternoon, depending on the strength of the marine layer, and gives way to sunny skies.
     
    Cool mornings, sometimes lasting more than a month, I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @cthulhu

    June Gloom is great in my book. Mornings are just cool enough so you feel it, but not so much that you need a jacket or need to go inside quickly. Afternoons are a perfect 72 in the shade, and sunny enough that if you want to bask, you can. The epitome of perfect weather IMHO.

    The worst coastal SoCal weather pattern is when the monsoon is invading Arizona and works its way over the mountains; warm, muggy, and for the large number of us without A/C, inescapable 🙁 At least it usually doesn’t stick around more than a week or so without a break. But occasionally it does, and it is quite miserable.

    Still beats tornado/hail season in the Great Plains, and 90% of the time in the humid Southeast.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @cthulhu


    The worst coastal SoCal weather pattern...
     
    This Barbary ape has a different take:


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmq4WIjQxp0
  44. @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    The main intersection in West Chester, PA. Is High and Gay.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Reg Cæsar

    The main intersection in West Chester, PA. Is High and Gay.

    Well, at least it’s not 30 miles away in Blue Ball, Bird-in-Hand, or Intercourse.

    • LOL: JMcG
  45. @cthulhu
    @jon

    June Gloom is great in my book. Mornings are just cool enough so you feel it, but not so much that you need a jacket or need to go inside quickly. Afternoons are a perfect 72 in the shade, and sunny enough that if you want to bask, you can. The epitome of perfect weather IMHO.

    The worst coastal SoCal weather pattern is when the monsoon is invading Arizona and works its way over the mountains; warm, muggy, and for the large number of us without A/C, inescapable :-( At least it usually doesn’t stick around more than a week or so without a break. But occasionally it does, and it is quite miserable.

    Still beats tornado/hail season in the Great Plains, and 90% of the time in the humid Southeast.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The worst coastal SoCal weather pattern…

    This Barbary ape has a different take:

  46. @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    The main intersection in West Chester, PA. Is High and Gay.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Reg Cæsar

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Reg Cæsar

    There was a locally owned coffee shop across the street from there around twenty years ago. Starbucks opened and put it out of business. Nice to see the big guy fall.

  47. @Marty
    @prime noticer

    It’s something of a mystery why Antifa-BLM-Share-the-Wealth doesn’t invade a place like the San Francisco Golf Club, playground of the oldest-money white privilege types and a prime site for development of low income housing, just across the road from a BART station and a mile from the beach. Do they think SFPD would clear them out?

    Replies: @prime noticer

    didn’t their political allies attack and neutralize the country clubs, er, decades ago? country clubs are a defeated target already. they were forced to take in jews, homos, africans, and women one by one. but in classic CRT revolution style, none of those people are actually all that interested in competitive golf. just at destroying institutions.

    and as far as the physical course and clubhouse itself, they aren’t good targets for an Antifa or BLM riot or terror campaign. usually too far away from the urban part of a city, and a target poor environment. they can go all the way to the course and harass the 12 golfers they come across, or they can riot in a city with a 1000 times more people to harass and businesses to burn and loot. almost nothing to loot at a country club and not much to burn down. certainly no highways to block.

    yes, once the golf demographic begins to die off in earnest, a lot of the courses will lie fallow, or be converted into developments for housing. i’m not one of the people who think the courses are a big waste of resources. some of them are cool. and competitive golf is an ok sport. but recreational golf culture is retarded.

    it’s weird how Steve comments for decades about ethnic groups maintaining historical grudges for 100 years about not being allowed in some stupid country club, then talks about how golf is this great sport we’re blessed to have. if golf had been about as popular in America as say, cricket or rugby is, we’d all be better off right now.

  48. @Steve Sailer
    @jon

    If you get up late like I do, May Gray and June Gloom are great. In L.A. in May and June, you get superb sunny evenings with moderate temperatures and pleasant mid-range humidities.

    But if you are a tourist who likes to get up early and wants that famous Los Angeles sun, May 15 to June 25 in LA can be a disappointment, especially near the beach.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    “…it is an unappreciated fact that every city that exists today was a crazy-eyed entrepreneurial startup at its inception, not that unlike tech startups today. My favorite book on this topic is Robert Gottlieb’s Thinking Big, which tells the actual story of the creation of Los Angeles. It turns out LA was a fake and a fraud to start; it was arid desert marketed via the Los Angeles Fake News Media Times to gullible Easterners as a lush coastal paradise. Later, of course, the city fathers, um, sourced water and delivered on the dream…..but it was the Theranos of cities for a long time. LA as we know and love it today would not exist otherwise.”

    Marc Andreessen

    Take it from a Driftless Cheesehead.

  49. @Steve Sailer
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    According to Kris Jenner's autobiography, her gift that Bruce/Caitlyn most appreciated was her paying for his/her membership at Sherwood Golf Club. That's a pretty awesome Jack Nicklaus golf course on the forested north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains in Thousand Oaks. Members include Wayne Gretzky, Will Smith, Joe Montana, and Kenny G, who was the reigning club champion the last time I was there.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Jim Christian

    According to Kris Jenner’s autobiography…

    Our Steve reads everything, so we don’t have to!

  50. @Reg Cæsar
    @Jim Christian



    TBH, I’d much rather be land speed racing at El Mirage than playing golf at Torrey Pines.
     
    Land Speed Racing? How are Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons doing these days?
     
    Arfons lived to 81, and Breedlove is still with us at 84. That's a far better record than you see in Water Speed Racing.

    Since 1940, there has been about an 85 percent mortality rate among water speed competitors, making it not only one of the most fatal world record categories out there, but setting the bar for beating it unusually high.

    A Homemade Speedboat Has Held the Deadly Water Speed Record Since 1978
     

    Replies: @Jim Christian, @Jim Christian

    Didn’t Sir Malcolm Campbell die water racing? I read Craig Breedlove when I was a kid. That was some hairy shit those guys were doing back then. I think of them when I’m out on the bike when the wind is whistling through my helmet doing an indicated 170 on several unnamed, police-absent Interstates in upper New England. 170 is for pussies, those cats were doing 600-plus.. Cheers.

  51. @Reg Cæsar
    @Jim Christian



    TBH, I’d much rather be land speed racing at El Mirage than playing golf at Torrey Pines.
     
    Land Speed Racing? How are Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons doing these days?
     
    Arfons lived to 81, and Breedlove is still with us at 84. That's a far better record than you see in Water Speed Racing.

    Since 1940, there has been about an 85 percent mortality rate among water speed competitors, making it not only one of the most fatal world record categories out there, but setting the bar for beating it unusually high.

    A Homemade Speedboat Has Held the Deadly Water Speed Record Since 1978
     

    Replies: @Jim Christian, @Jim Christian

    Your video mentioned Craig Arfons died at 277 mph on the water. Art’s brother or son?

    I misspoke earlier, it was Donald Campbell, not Malcolm. Maybe Malcolm was the LSR guy?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jim Christian


    Your video mentioned Craig Arfons died at 277 mph on the water. Art’s brother or son?
     
    Nephew. Actually, half-nephew, and not through the Arfonses. Craig's father Walt pioneered the jet-car. Part-Cherokee, too.


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_speed_record#1980s

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Arfons
  52. @Steve Sailer
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    According to Kris Jenner's autobiography, her gift that Bruce/Caitlyn most appreciated was her paying for his/her membership at Sherwood Golf Club. That's a pretty awesome Jack Nicklaus golf course on the forested north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains in Thousand Oaks. Members include Wayne Gretzky, Will Smith, Joe Montana, and Kenny G, who was the reigning club champion the last time I was there.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Jim Christian

    And still they let you drive your cars on the property, shabby though they may be?

    I kid because I care.

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Jim Christian

    I would love to stalk Steve so I can be there to see the Sherwood membership look up as Steve wheels into the parking lot in the 1992 Honda Accord his wife bought him when he finally agreed to getting a dishwasher. ("Oh. It's Sailer.")

    Just kidding Steve. I would never stalk you.

    Replies: @Jim Christian

  53. @Sandy Berger's Socks
    The 1982 U.S. Open was the greatest.

    The Nicklaus vs. Watson at Pebble Beach.

    Better course, more drama.

    Replies: @Gamecock

    GRRRR . . . Watson pissed in an impossible shot on 17 to win.

    Disclaimer: Arnold Palmer was the King of Golf from the late 50s through the 1960s. Jack Nicklaus came on the scene in the early 60s and gave Palmer serious competition. Nicklaus was The Man in the 1970s into the 1980s. Gary Player was another major player in that time. Watson was top dog in the 1980s. His win at Pebble marked the change in dynasties.

    Gamecock is a Nicklaus fan. He didn’t appreciate the end of the dynasty.

  54. @Reg Cæsar
    @JMcG

    Starbucks closes in West Chester


    https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/dailylocal.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/10/a10b6a48-9ad3-11ea-be5f-af9f023df9a9/5ec58b4463b7e.image.jpg


    https://images1.loopnet.com/i2/5C0QTYOlVOI-fcXItmY4Twh2lBCvU-X8fa_QQlHj1h0/110/2-W-Gay-St-West-Chester-PA-Building-Photo-1-Large.jpg

    Replies: @JMcG

    There was a locally owned coffee shop across the street from there around twenty years ago. Starbucks opened and put it out of business. Nice to see the big guy fall.

  55. @Jim Christian
    @Reg Cæsar

    Your video mentioned Craig Arfons died at 277 mph on the water. Art's brother or son?

    I misspoke earlier, it was Donald Campbell, not Malcolm. Maybe Malcolm was the LSR guy?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Your video mentioned Craig Arfons died at 277 mph on the water. Art’s brother or son?

    Nephew. Actually, half-nephew, and not through the Arfonses. Craig’s father Walt pioneered the jet-car. Part-Cherokee, too.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_speed_record#1980s

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Arfons

  56. Was great to see John Rahm come through in the clutch to win his first major and gain redemption from the Coronahoax WD at the Memorial tournament! He seems like a great family man. I wish he could control his temper on course better though. Koepka, McIlroy, DeChambeau, Morikawa, Oosthuizen, Hughes and Henley all choked yesterday 🙁

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Joe Joe

    Jon Rahm (weird name for a Spaniard) was in the top ten in driving, approaching, and around-the-green, but not in putting, but he then sank three sizable putts on 16, 17, and 18. This guy is good.

    I had dinner with golf course architect Rees Jones during the US Open in 2018 and I made sure to emphasize to him that his remodel of Torrey Pines had hosted the most exciting US Open ever in 2008 when Tiger won his last major until 2019 on a broken leg he got while doing Navy SEAL training. 2021 wasn't quite as awesome, but Rahm winning on three 20' putts after being denied a tour victory at Memorial due to a Covid test was well up there.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

  57. @Joe Joe
    Was great to see John Rahm come through in the clutch to win his first major and gain redemption from the Coronahoax WD at the Memorial tournament! He seems like a great family man. I wish he could control his temper on course better though. Koepka, McIlroy, DeChambeau, Morikawa, Oosthuizen, Hughes and Henley all choked yesterday :-(

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Jon Rahm (weird name for a Spaniard) was in the top ten in driving, approaching, and around-the-green, but not in putting, but he then sank three sizable putts on 16, 17, and 18. This guy is good.

    I had dinner with golf course architect Rees Jones during the US Open in 2018 and I made sure to emphasize to him that his remodel of Torrey Pines had hosted the most exciting US Open ever in 2008 when Tiger won his last major until 2019 on a broken leg he got while doing Navy SEAL training. 2021 wasn’t quite as awesome, but Rahm winning on three 20′ putts after being denied a tour victory at Memorial due to a Covid test was well up there.

    • Replies: @Captain Tripps
    @Steve Sailer

    I watched most of the final round. Rahm stood out because he brought his A game, while all the others faltered to a greater or lesser extent. The potential for a fantastic final round beckoned when all pairings teed off, and you had McIlroy, DeChambeau, Oosthuizen, Koepka and Morikawa (all former major winners) suddenly tied for 1st and 2nd. But then, it was the U.S. Open (particularly hard courses), and each came up short in one form or fashion. Was hoping Henley could keep it going for his first major, but he wilted under the final round pressure. What happened to DeChambeau? He melted down on the back nine. I played a course near home on Saturday designed by P.B. Dye (son of Pete) and had the exact same kind of round, decent front nine, melt down on the back nine. Then Oosthuizen looked cool and calm until his tee shot at the 17th. Either way, good to see Rahm win it with deft touch on the green; looked like McIlroy was going to have that too, but his putting suddenly left him on the back nine.

  58. @Steve Sailer
    @Joe Joe

    Jon Rahm (weird name for a Spaniard) was in the top ten in driving, approaching, and around-the-green, but not in putting, but he then sank three sizable putts on 16, 17, and 18. This guy is good.

    I had dinner with golf course architect Rees Jones during the US Open in 2018 and I made sure to emphasize to him that his remodel of Torrey Pines had hosted the most exciting US Open ever in 2008 when Tiger won his last major until 2019 on a broken leg he got while doing Navy SEAL training. 2021 wasn't quite as awesome, but Rahm winning on three 20' putts after being denied a tour victory at Memorial due to a Covid test was well up there.

    Replies: @Captain Tripps

    I watched most of the final round. Rahm stood out because he brought his A game, while all the others faltered to a greater or lesser extent. The potential for a fantastic final round beckoned when all pairings teed off, and you had McIlroy, DeChambeau, Oosthuizen, Koepka and Morikawa (all former major winners) suddenly tied for 1st and 2nd. But then, it was the U.S. Open (particularly hard courses), and each came up short in one form or fashion. Was hoping Henley could keep it going for his first major, but he wilted under the final round pressure. What happened to DeChambeau? He melted down on the back nine. I played a course near home on Saturday designed by P.B. Dye (son of Pete) and had the exact same kind of round, decent front nine, melt down on the back nine. Then Oosthuizen looked cool and calm until his tee shot at the 17th. Either way, good to see Rahm win it with deft touch on the green; looked like McIlroy was going to have that too, but his putting suddenly left him on the back nine.

  59. @prime noticer
    i'll agree with the bad guys one time.

    golf going away when white people go away won't be so bad.

    one of the dumbest wastes of time and money that middle aged white guys get into. dumber than just rooting for the local football team for 3 hours a week for a couple months a year.

    Replies: @Marty, @The Anti-Gnostic

    Golf has complicated biomechanics, numerous elements, requires precision, finesse and thought, and can be endlessly analyzed. I liked it when I played it but quit for those exact reasons: it’s time-consuming and expensive. But really, you can spend as much money and time as you want on any hobby, with the exception of maybe hacky-sack or Frisbee.

    But yes, golf is retreating to the heights. Only the really dedicated and really wealthy are going to play it going forward. I always take this opportunity to say if golf wants to assure its survival as a popular pastime, the Associations should reduce the standard round to 12 holes. On the other hand, for all I know the industry’s players have looked at the issues and concluded that exclusivity is financially viable for them.

  60. @Jim Christian
    @Steve Sailer

    And still they let you drive your cars on the property, shabby though they may be?

    I kid because I care.

    Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic

    I would love to stalk Steve so I can be there to see the Sherwood membership look up as Steve wheels into the parking lot in the 1992 Honda Accord his wife bought him when he finally agreed to getting a dishwasher. (“Oh. It’s Sailer.”)

    Just kidding Steve. I would never stalk you.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    I'd stalk him out to one of the courses if it means I could get a game in his group. I don't play with many scratch golfers these days. Ask Steve about the day he beat Fred Couples out of a grand at Riviera back when Fred's back was injured. Great story!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  61. @follyofwar
    All I know is that I'm rooting like hell for Jon Rahm to win the Open after the humiliation that happened to him at the Memorial. He was 6 shots up after three rounds when the Suits told him, right after he left the 18th green, (on national TV no less), that he had to withdraw after a positive Covid test. Rahm was supposedly in close contact with a person who tested positive, so he had to be tested every day as he wasn't fully vaccinated. Rahm later said he did have the first shot recently, but not yet the second. Fully vaccinated golfers don't have to be tested.

    In any case, Rahm lost over a million dollars when he was forced to withdraw and quarantine until he tested negative. Was Rahm set up to scare the other still unvaccinated pro golfers (less than 50% had taken the shot) into taking the dangerous experimental vaccine? I'd bet that Jon wasn't even sick for one day. Would the Suit
    be stupid enough to try that stunt again at Torrey Pines?

    Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    And Rahm won it yester, crediting Karma. Brother knows COVID is a hoax. God bless that shovel-faced Spaniard.

  62. A similar photo of Torrey Pines State Park would be much more to my liking, but I can dislike golf & like Steve Sailer thanks to my phenomenal mastery of cognitive dissonance.

    My memory of Torrey Pines (beside the pines) is that’s where I saw my first & so far only green flash.

  63. @The Anti-Gnostic
    @Jim Christian

    I would love to stalk Steve so I can be there to see the Sherwood membership look up as Steve wheels into the parking lot in the 1992 Honda Accord his wife bought him when he finally agreed to getting a dishwasher. ("Oh. It's Sailer.")

    Just kidding Steve. I would never stalk you.

    Replies: @Jim Christian

    I’d stalk him out to one of the courses if it means I could get a game in his group. I don’t play with many scratch golfers these days. Ask Steve about the day he beat Fred Couples out of a grand at Riviera back when Fred’s back was injured. Great story!

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Jim Christian

    Or ask me about the time at Riviera that me and Jerry West beat Jonnie West and Michelle Wie.

  64. @Jim Christian
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    I'd stalk him out to one of the courses if it means I could get a game in his group. I don't play with many scratch golfers these days. Ask Steve about the day he beat Fred Couples out of a grand at Riviera back when Fred's back was injured. Great story!

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Or ask me about the time at Riviera that me and Jerry West beat Jonnie West and Michelle Wie.

  65. Get the fuck outta here, Sailerman! 5 grand? How much?

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