What is it about the Olympics that makes me want to try all sports?
I don’t know about you, but when I watch the Olympics I want to head to our ice arena, strap on my skates and start doing laps. I am sure that I look just like the speed skaters as they hit those turns performing those perfect crossovers. In fact, the Dutch skaters – especially the Mulder twins – would probably ask me for a few training tips.
A girl can dream, can’t she?
If it’s not skating, I want to drive to Sleeping Giant and spend the afternoon on my snowboard in the terrain park or racing some friends on skis in an impromptu slalom. Or we could cross country any number of places in the area. I wish we had a bobsled run, and something about curling is simply mesmerizing.
To most of us here in Cody, the specific activity is not always the most important thing. The most important thing is getting out and enjoying any number of activities. This summer I intend to hike, bike, fish, fly, ride and more.
Something that I also plan on mastering this year is golf. While I have played many times, I am sure that the only reason I am not shooting par is that I just need new clubs. Right?
We have two nice courses I highly recommend here in Cody Country for a Wyoming golf getaway.
The Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club opened in 1970 and is host to many Wyoming State Golf Association tournaments. The biggest event was a 1997 international ladies tournament won by Loren Ochoa who went on to become the world’s top-ranked women’s golfer. Maybe it’s because she was so good and made the game look so easy that the rest of believe we are just one lesson or a new putter away from breaking par.
Olive Glenn is open April 1 to November 1. It features 18 holes and is relatively flat with plenty of trees and water defining the holes. The course is very walkable, and the superintendent is a stickler about wearing the proper footwear. That means no cowboy boots anywhere near the course.
The Powell Golf Club is located seven miles outside the town of Powell. It features 18 holes measuring close to 6,700 yards. Each nine has a distinct feel to it. The holes on the Desert nine holes are defined by sage wood and grease wood plants that are more trouble than you might think. People are tempted to rip it as far they can because of the wide open look, and the result is a high-risk, high-reward half round.
On the Pines half of the course, golfers need to change their approach and be more concerned with the trees lining both sides of many holes. If you just wail away with your Big Bertha driver, you are going to eventually pay for it.
Both courses feature friendly staffs, restaurants, driving ranges and practice facilities. And of course, the surrounding scenery will make you glad you selected Yellowstone Country for a golf vacation.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and practicing my putting while watching curling – in Cody, Wyoming.