The start to my week in Colorado Springs has been great despite a minor travel mishap. A delay made me miss my connection from Denver so I ended up renting a car and driving down here. I don't know why, but I thought that Colorado Springs would be a small town, kind of like Stillwater. I was wrong... It's more like Oklahoma City or Tulsa - civilization!
Most weeks I stay in private housing or at hotels, but this week I'm renting a house right at Broadmoor. Katherine Hull, Katie Futcher, the LPGA Tour's physical therapist and a couple of other people are sharing it with me and we're having a great time! All of us love healthy food and the dinners have been perfect so far. What makes it even better is that all of us believe that ice cream is a healthy food, so we have finished off quite a few pints of the frozen deliciousness. It is very nice to stay near the course during a week like this one. A US Open course takes its toll on you and I've been collapsing in bed between nine and ten every evening. The fact that the bed is extremely comfortable doesn't hurt either...
The house is nice, but the oven is from the 60's. Or is it 80's?
Happy 4th of July!
The balcony overlooks the valley and the amazing sunrise!
The course we're playing is like nothing I have ever seen before. It is quite normal from tee to green, with a few blind shots here and there. It is at the greens it becomes interesting! They are huge, undulating, slopy and are extremely fast towards the valley. I think they will seem more manageable during the tournament though. At that point the only thing that matters is what happens between your ball and the hole - the rest of the green is not important anymore. I'm looking forward to that ;)
It is now Wednesday morning and I have 9 practice holes to go before the tournament starts. I'm playing at 1.42 this afternoon with my great friend Sofie Andersson. She plays the Futures Tour now, but we have known each other since I started playing serious golf at 16. It is great to have her here this week and I'm looking forward to the time when she will join us on the LPGA Tour!
Colorado Springs has a lot to offer and I decided to go exploring yesterday afternoon. I went to Seven Falls, which sounded like a beautiful spot, but I was disappointed. It was a tourist trap! There was hardly any water in the falls and there were people everywhere. It was fun to have seen something other than the golf course, but that's about it. I was hoping to see some wildlife, but had to settle for chipmunks (glorified squirrels?). On the drive back I came across a deer though! What makes it worse is that my caddy and his family have seen four bears in the last couple of days - I'm jealous!
Time to get ready for another beautiful day on the golf course!
The top fall - dry
Biggest waterfall at Seven Falls - man made
And thanks to the pipe we had water in the big fall!
Poor deer looks a little worn
Wed, July 6, 2011
by Karin Sjodin