Indoor Golf Association

News

Indoor Golf in the Gulf of Mexico!

rsz_oilrigIndoor golf can be found in many places here on land and, in some cases, on large cruise ships. But now we are finding that the opportunity to play indoor golf can be found in such unique places such as an oil drilling rig.  The hard working folks on the deep water oil drilling platform, the Discoverer India, can now enjoy a round of golf on their very own indoor golf simulator. Squeezed into the tight quarters of this impressive technological marvel of a ship is an area designated specifically for indoor golf.

“The folks here on the Discoverer India work long and stressful hours. Life on a ship of this nature can be stressful and at times, tedious. We don’t have the convenience to just jump in our cars and take a drive out to the local golf course after our shift.  Having the opportunity now to play a round of golf onboard with your coworkers after a long day of work is priceless. It’s relaxing, challenging and at times, competitive just like playing golf on a real course.”  Says Carl Ray, ET Supervisor.

Among the new indoor golf room and other amenities for the employees the Discoverer India is One of 25 ultra-deep water floaters in the Transocean fleet. It features the most advanced offshore drilling equipment. The rig is equipped to drill wells up to 35,000 feet total depth in water depths of 10,000 feet and, with additional equipment, can be upgraded to drill up to 40,000 feet total depth in water depths up to 12,000 feet. The rig’s features include Transocean’s patented dual-activity drilling technology that is designed to save time and money in deep water well construction through parallel drilling operations. Other features include an enhanced top drive system, a high-pressure mud system and a variable deckload of more than 20,000 metric tons.

 

What Does an El Nino Year Mean for Golfers?

snowcarts

Well, an El Nino year can mean several things for golfers but first, let us look at the probability of an El Nino 2014/15 winter.

In the recent ENSO update by NOAA, the chance of El Nino remains at 60-65% this fall into winter as sea surface temperatures around the equatorial Pacific continue to be above normal, though not to the extent of the warm temps during the 1997-1998 season. Still, we are looking at temps running up to 0.8°C above normal across the zones monitored for an El Niño, which is enough to signal an El Niño event.

The higher than normal ocean water temperatures and other indicators such as the already-active northern hemisphere, and also now a more dominant low-pressure developing in the Gulf of Alaska (something indicative of El Niño that bends the jetstream to line up storms to SoCal), there’s optimism (at least in drought-ridden California) that an El Nino is building.

According to Carl Parker, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, if El Nino increases in strength you can expect some severe weather conditions. The big question is, just how strong will El Nino develop in the coming months? Typically with a strong El Nino effect, one can expect a very cold winter for 2014/2015 in the Midwestern states and the North East section of the United States. This could mean many more weeks of indoor golf which translates into increased revenues for indoor golf centers. Only time will tell, as we wait for El Nino to decide which direction she plans to take from now through the autumn months.

What does this mean for the golfer? It means that you should enter the telephone number to your local indoor golf center into your speed dial list because it just might be a long, cold, snow or rain filled winter!

——————————————————

  • Pro vs amateur: Herbert feels the pressure as reality hits

    Lucas Herbert thought a lot of his financial problems would be over when he left behind his amateur status to become a professional golfer. Herbert, who shot 5-under 66 at the Australian Open on Friday to be among the leaders after the second round, led the Australian Open into the final round of last year's tournament. Last week, the 21-year-old Australian finished second in the New South Wales Open to collect the biggest prize money of his career: 40,400 Australian dollars ($31,000).

    Read more »
  • Casey to play for Europe at EurAsia Cup

    Paul Casey will represent Europe for the first time since 2008 after being selected as a wild card for EurAsia Cup. Casey recently announced he would be rejoining the European Tour for the 2018 season, making him available to play in future Ryder Cups for Europe. Thomas Bjorn, who will captain the European team for the Ryder Cup in Paris next year, will also lead Europe at the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. He said picking Casey was a "no-brainer." "He is a wonderful player with a lot of experience and I think the young guys can learn a lot from him," Bjorn said of the No. 14-ranked Casey. "He's also got a fantastic match-play record and not just in Ryder Cups. He is comfortable with where he is in

    Read more »
  • Inside The Game: Golf in Australia

    Here is a close look at the health of Australian golf in a week where defending champion Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are both teeing it up at the Emirates Australian Open

    Read more »
  • S.S.P. Chawrasia shoots 65, leads by 1 at Hong Kong Open

    HONG KONG (AP) — S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 season. Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach. "Very tough conditions today," Chawrasia said. "It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt." Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind. "Hit it great tee to green," Fitzpatrick said. "I think I had like seven or eight chances

    Read more »
  • Thrilled Fleetwood sets sights on defending European Tour crown

    Tommy Fleetwood has expressed his delight that his newly won European Tour title will "be on my CV forever" -- but has already set his sights on defending his crown next year. The long-haired Merseysider only sealed the tour's coveted Race to Dubai title last week, but he is straight back into action at the Hong Kong Open, which opens the new European Tour season. It is a tournament he came within two strokes of winning last year, setting in motion a remarkable run that saw him gatecrash the world top 20 and ultimately pip Justin Rose to seal the order of merit title last week in Dubai.

    Read more »
  • Davis Love III's Hip Replacement Surgery a Success

    Apologies to the LPGA’s golden eras, but women’s golf has never been deeper. With the game going global, with the unrelenting wave of Asian talent continuing to slam the tour’s shores, with Thailand and China promising to add to what South Korea is delivering, it’s more difficult than ever to win. That’s a beautiful and perplexing thing for the women’s game. That’s because it is more difficult than ever to dominate. And that’s a magic word in golf. There is no more powerful elixir in the sport. Domination gets you on the cover of Sports Illustrated, on ESPN SportsCenter, maybe even on NBC Nightly News if the “D” in domination is dynamic enough. The women’s best chance of moving their sport to

    Read more »
  • Tiger Woods Is Back? 14-Time Major Champion Is 'Pain Free' Ahead of Comeback

    After another 10-month spell away and a fourth back operation in three years, Tiger Woods is “pain free” and could be back playing competitively as early as next week. Woods, who has not played competitive golf for 10 months as he recovers from a fourth operation on his back in three years, will be making his comeback next week at his own tournament in Albany, Bahamas.

    Read more »
  • Greg Norman's mind is 'blown' by modern game's failings

    (CNN)It's hard to imagine any of today's top professional golfers hunkered in a workshop making their own golf clubs. Rewind a couple of decades though and that's exactly what former world no.1 Greg Norman used to do, before he headed out to compete on the PGA Tour. "I used to hand make all my equipment, assemble my shafts, weigh up my grips, get the spine angles of my shafts exactly the same for every iron shot so you get absolute consistency with performance of your shaft," the 62-year-old Norman told CNN Sport over the phone earlier this month from his office in West Palm Beach, Florida. With that in mind, you can perhaps understand why Norman was baffled by the recent revelation that US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed had failed to notice he'd been playing with the wrong club set-up.

    Read more »
  • Jordan Spieth's unusual problem at Thanksgiving: keeping weight on

    America's Jordan Spieth returns to action at the Australian Open this week pondering an unusual problem: how to keep weight on at Thanksgiving. Unlike many elite golfers who spend hours sweating in the gym trying to slim down, Spieth has always battled not to lose weight, a condition which forces him to constantly tinker with his swing as his body shape fluctuates. As he prepares to defend the Australian Open title for a second time, Spieth said he has embarked on a new diet and training regime to help him bulk up for the upcoming golf season.

    Read more »
  • Spieth's game in good order despite absence

    Alex Malcolm is a Melbourne-based sports journalist and broadcaster. He has been a long-time contributor to ESPNcricinfo and reported for the AFL website for four seasons. He has also worked as a television commentator calling Australian Rules Football, Athletics and Tennis for a number of networks. SYDNEY, Australia -- Don't expect any jumping chest bump celebrations from Jordan Spieth this week at the Australian Open. He thinks his new caddie can't handle it. Spieth has travelled to Australia without his ever-present bag man, Michael Greller. The pair have combined for all 14 of Spieth's professional wins worldwide but Greller has stayed home following the birth of his first son. Hence Spieth's

    Read more »