USGA Public Links Conditions A Tough Test

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Categories: GolfUSGA

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.”

USGA Public Links Championship

108 degrees at 5pm on the 18th tee. Click to zoom or see more images from the 2012 87th USGA Public Links Championship

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.

USGA Public Links Conditions

93 degrees at 6PM. Notice the humidity. Ironic sign… click to zoom

Why the ice/snow sign? Soldier Hollow Golf Course is right next to the cross country skiing area from the 2002 winter Olympics.

3 responses to “USGA Public Links Conditions A Tough Test”

  1. Bill Ferretti says:

    Enjoy your blog. Didn’t enjoy this one. No idea where the tournament is being played.
    All the best,

  2. Bill did you read the last line that says “Soldier Hollow Golf Course is right next to the cross country skiing area from the 2002 winter Olympics.”???

    Did you read the previous post or the one before that?

  3. Mark says:

    Loved this post. I attended both cross country skiing and biathlon events at the SLC Olympics and remember how steep that venue was. Hard to fathom playing golf in the heat in that landscape. But the views must be great.