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The Heavy Stuff

This video of a golfer playing Cypress Point in 70-mph winds is not for the faint of heart

Ah yes, Cali-forn-i-a, where the sun shines year round. Where it’s never too hot, never too cold, and the avocados are always ripe. For golfers, the Golden State has long lived up to its nickname—a veritable Florida West, minus the humidity, homicidal reptiles, and occasional intrusions from the locals. Unless you’re this poor sap, that is …

Harken back with us to December 2021, and this video we can't get enough of.

Holy smokes. This is the “heavy stuff” Spackler was talking about: 70-mph winds, raining sideways, surf threatening to pull you down to Davey Jones’ clubhouse. The fact this brave soul was able to get his ball to stay on the tee, let alone make contact, defies everything we know about physics. Some might even call it divine intervention.

The crazy thing is that nearly a year to the date later, that crazy Monterey Peninsula weather returned, producing another wild weather video.

As for the decision to play in this weather, it’s crazy alright … but we get it. You finally get a tee time at Golf Digest’s third-ranked course in America and one of golf's most exclusive clubs. You schlepp it all the way to the Pacific Ocean from Iowa. You pat yourself on the back. Congrats, kid. You deserve this. Then Mother Nature drops a typhoon in your lap. Do you pack it in and admit defeat or do text your loved ones goodbye and step into the breach? I think we all know the answer to that question.

For those of us now dreaming of playing Cypress Point, enjoy our Every Hole At: Cypress Point video with exclusive drone footage of the Alister MacKenzie gem: