On the 17th tee yesterday at the United States Golf Association’s Public Links Championship I overheard a player talking about his leg cramps. The course is extremely hilly. I know because I’ve been walking up and down it myself. The elevation change at Soldier Hollow makes Augusta National look like a flat Florida course.
The player was dying for a beverage and came up with a very descriptive quote for how thirsty he was:
“If I had it, I’d drink hot mustard right now.”
Indeed conditions are tough here. The sign above shows the temp at 108 on the 18th tee at 5PM. I suspect that temp is a little on the high side, but even if it is off by 5-10 degrees it is still damn hot.
At the end of the day yesterday I was heading into the media center to post some photos and do some writing. I caught this ironic combination of sign and temperature gauge on the wall. The temperature had dropped to a balmy 93 at around 6PM.
Why the ice/snow sign? Soldier Hollow Golf Course is right next to the cross country skiing area from the 2002 winter Olympics.