Indoor Golf in the Gulf of Mexico!
Indoor 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?
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!
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