- 1:44 PM, Monday,
September 5th, 2016:
- Feels like this
entry should've been made weeks ago, not the DAY of
the tournament, but after killing myself to complete
the hole for "Geeking Out" and that fell through...
I just took some time off. Then frantically
finished some shit today and here we are. Introducing,
- So much
anticipation for this hole for me. The moment I made
the SuperTee in March I knew I had to make Hole 9 a
Zero shot as well. What I did not realize was that Die
Hard was a freaking 80s movie. So funny, I'm on
Facebook and a friend (also GolfKon player, Stacey
Ferguson) posted a picture of her new job at Fox Plaza
(Nakatomi Tower from Die Hard) and it just hit me:
Holy shit Die Hard is an 80s movie...
- ...and when you
think of it, that really is stunning. It's so hard to
explain to younger people just how revolutionary Die
Hard was when it came out in 1988. It feels like a
mid-90s film because it got copied like crazy the
moment it hit. This is a movie that came out 2 years
after Top Gun... yet it's a completely different era.
Was my favorite movie for sooooooo long. Still love
it. Having this as part of GolfKon feels more personal
than, say Caddyshack, which just made logical sense.
Happy about that...
- The addition
itself was pretty straight forward. The biggest issue
being how exacting to make that tower.
I wanted the scale proportional (1:100) but it
was an awful catch 22: it would either be too damn
tall or too puny. I ended up with a little
compromise: it has the bulk to feel substantial, but
it's not so tall that it dominates the area. It should
technically be about a foot higher... but that was
just too much. Keeping it the height, yet thinning out
the middle to be the correct proportions just looked
whimpy. It looked like I just tacked on this building
onto the platform. This compromise looks correct for
the course. Then of course came painting all those
goddamn lines without the ability to use tape or a
ruler. Oh fuck me. You can look at the construction
entry for that.
- So here we are.
The day of the event. Unforutnately De'Voreaux Sefas
White (actor who played Argyle) after originally being
excited about coming out... sent me to his agent who
ignored me and the charity video and that was the end
- People choose the
silliest bridges to burn, no? A professional "no" goes
a loooooooooooooooong way. When you ghost people in
this industry it is never forgotten. A tip of the hat
to you, Mr. Agent.
- Oh well. Had the
charity and sponsor lined up, was ready to get the
news/radio publicity going... annnnnnnnnnd buh-bye.
Putting these things together are harder than you can
- BUT THE HOLE IS DONE.
Now, a zero shot on hole 9? That is exciting to me.
That will come up more than the SuperTee Hole 4. You
will have no choice on the last hole if you're down
two strokes. In fact, I'm pretty stunned that
I may have figured out an entirely new concept in
minigolf. To my knowledge it's never been done. Now,
granted, it's because most courses don't have the
space issue that I have, but it's baffling to me that
the idea of a "choice" isn't a "thing" in minigolf
because goodness is it a wonderful moment when someone
takes that risk. I feel like it will become yet
another part of GolfKon that keeps it original. It's
the one thing that makes me slightly consider
designing a real minigolf course with Zero Shots
because nowhere else has it. Yes, I'm thinking of you,
- For the
Labor Day Finals today, each player will have to
do the two zero shots ONCE at some point during the 4
rounds. Obviously this is the only tournament I would
do that for. In the match-play events you have to pick
ONE zero shot to do in the 3 rounds of the bracket and
for all other events you can skip them if you'd like.
But as I said, if you're down two strokes going
into the last hole? You have to attempt it. Pretty
cool. I think it's harder to get on the green than
Hole 4... but easier to get a Zero Shot (if that makes
any sense). On the SuperTee once you get it on the
green the ball is moving so fast your chance of it
going in is absolutely luck. It has to ricochet in a
crazy random sequence to slow down enough for it to go
in... On Hole 9 however, if you DO get it on the
green? It can ABSOLUTEY roll in because the speed to
get it on is JUSST slow enough for it to be possible.
Getting it on however is extremely difficult on your
- So, anyway, happy,
excited - and now the tournament is about to start.
GODDAMNIT I WANT TO WIN THIS SO BAD.
- Ahem. Good luck