That course is always windy, but the wind that day was something different. Usually on the back 9, the wind is hurting in one direction and helping in the other direction. On that particular day the wind was blowing so hard that it hurt in both directions. When the wind was behind us, it blew so hard that it knocked the ball down immediately. It was like hitting through a tunnel, it would get to a certain height and nosedive. I think we stopped keeping score on about the 5th hole.
Played today in above weather. Gusts were pretty strong!
Normally, we get only rainfall from the weakened hurricanes that track up to the Ohio Valley. Hurricane Ike didn't lose much energy going inland. Dayton International airport recorded wind gusts to 90 mph.
Lived on the Gulf Coast in the late '90's-early 2000's in Gulfport, MS. Miss the beaches and decent weather.
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In the Spring of '86 I was in a am. tournament at Oak Tree National. The forecast called for 35 mph sustained and gusts to 60. I was one of the first ones out and finished but play was suspended later when nothing would stay on the green. I distinctly remember a 190 yard Par 3 where I hit Driver (along with almost everyone else) and was about a club short. As mentioned, it is a test in perseverance and mental toughness. Wind is also a great equalizer. I had a similar experience @ Karsten Creek a couple decades later but will never forget that day at OTN.
Any February day in Texas
In Las vegas, constant wind 30/40mph.
2008 remnants of Hurricane Ike coming through Ohio. Steady 45+ winds with gusts well over 70. Tree branches started flying around so they pulled people off the course. It was pretty amusing trying hit play in that kind of wind.
Circa 1998 I played a round at the Sheppard Air Force Base golf course in Wichita Falls, TX.
It was a sunny day in late March and the wind got up to 35 MPH + as the round advanced. Wind bent the flagsticks almost horizontal. You had to shield other players tee shots from the wind so the ball wouldn't blow off the tees. You put your club towel over your head for sun shade, as hats wouldn't stay put.
One thing I saw on several shots was what I call blowback. In shots into the wind, you had to hit the ball 20 yards past the flagstick, because as the ball fell it blew back toward you. Here's a diagram I prepared several years ago to explain it.
Happy note: 500-yard par 5 with tail wind was a driver + 7i.
Recently played in steady 30 MPH and somewhere around 45 MPH gusts. Hit driver off the deck many times including tee shots as it was the only way I could keep the ball low and get decent distance lol.
Dont know how windy it was , but the pins were blowing out of some of the holes. I enjoy those rounds once in a while however enough is enough as a point.
I played in a lot of nasty weather over the winter including one memorable round in the sleet. But, today's round was particularly aggravating, because they decided to cut and roll the greens to about a 12. I four-putted from 12 feet from a mild side hill lie, because the first one ran off the green. You can't have greens that fast in the wind. It isn't any fun at all.
Where I live in Coastal SC wind is a normal thing and how much depends on the course location. I have played when the wind was so bad it blew the ball off a flat spot on the green while I was walking to the ball. What is fun to me in the wind is hitting my little stinger 1 iron. A couple of weeks ago in a shootout this par 3 normally a 155 yards or so up a little hill the wind was dead in our face stick bent back. My partner that hits the same distances as I do hit his 24* hybrid where we normally hit a 6 iron. I had my 24* hybrid out also. He hit it good and was short. Told me I better get more bat so I pulled the 20* hybrid. I barely got on. Told him I wished I had packed my 1 or 2 iron. But down here wind is sorta a normal thing for us
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I played a round years ago in Palm Springs. Had to be steady 40mph and gusting up from there. I had an old Ping Zing2 1iron, graphite shaft. Hit it 260 down wind on a par 5 then turned around on a 170 yard par 3 into the wind and came up 30 yards short with it.
That reminds me of Pebble Beach one year. I saw Woods hit his 7-iron 220 and a few holes later I watched him hit it 140. Makes it interesting, that is for sure. I am playing today and wind gusts are supposed to be in the 30s.
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Down here we call that shot a floater. Another fun shot to hit in the wind is similar. Where you hit the wedge in your case and float it up and back hit a 8 iron off your back foot nip it about half a stick high when it hits it will hop forward and start spinning back due to the wind and back spin. But you gotta practice it or else get a nasty skull.
Once, in Riverside CA, it was so windy a cart blew over. We left.
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Played a round here at home last spring in 30+ and a large branch blew off a sycamore tree and landed on top of the golf cart. Luckily we were putting out!
6i is usually 190 for me. I remember playing a round and hitting 6i from 130ish and it was the right club. so that's like a 6 club wind.
The key is to swing lazy and loose into the wind with a lot of club. Hard and aggressive with a lot less club.
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Yikes! You were fortunate indeed.
Saw 2 trees downed. First tree was down before we got to the area, but saw the second tree go down while we putting. The winds were strong all day, but on that day November gusts were off the charts. Kind of fun though.
North Texas in March about 2 or 3 years ago after a cold front moved through the day before. Pretty sure gusts were blowing 40, and 25-30 was constant.
I hit an 8 iron 155-160. Had 100 yards in on a par 4 and hit 8iron short.
Shot 78 and felt like it was a success.
18 was a par 5, dead downwind. Hit driver that stepped off to 382 yards.
Playing in Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, we had 40+ mph winds on several occasions while playing.
Not too bad until the branches start flying off 60ft tall trees and flying 30 yards across the fairways.
That day they finally sent someone out to call us off the course. My friend and I were the only ones out there....lol
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Hawaii, forgot the course name, we had wind so bad they had to shut the course down bc it was getting dangerous driving the carts. We probably had easily 40mph sustained winds with gusts up to 60mph. It was terrible. Only got through 3 holes. They gave us all rain checks, came back 2 days later and it was very quite and beautiful!
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