Our problems are better

As this is written, the Midwest and Northeast on the Mainland have just been through a major blizzard and now are looking at the prospect of record low temperatures.

Folks who like to talk about such things have begun referring to what they used to term “global warming” as “climate change.” Since two ships are now stuck in ice during Antarctica’s summer, it’s hard to argue that what is happening is just a warming of the planet.

Here on Maui, there is a fear that climate change may have ruined the dynamics of the Plantation Course at Kapalua, where the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is played. The course was designed with the trade winds in mind. When they don’t blow, holes that play into them are ridiculously easy; holes that play with them are unreachable.

Television golf commentator and Kapalua resident Mark Rolfing has opined that a course that was designed with 300 days a year of trade winds in mind might need a bit of tweaking when a bunch of those days now have no wind – or, worse, Kona winds.

While we do not want to make light of the problems of fewer trade-wind days, we would gladly take our problems when compared to those on the Mainland. Yes, we undoubtedly have more voggy days without the trades, but we are not facing minus-30 degree wind chill factors.

If you are a Mainland resident, this is still the place to visit in winter.

We are not as worried about the Plantation Course as Mark and the PGA professionals, either. We can’t get to any of those trade-wind holes in regulation even with a 40 miles per hour breeze at our back.

Being a hacker gives you fewer things to worry about than being a pro.

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