More of Park City

I posted yesterday’s blog before dinner. We are at Squatter’s Roadhouse Grill on the recommendation of a guy Josh works with. It was delicious. And it just happens to have the Olympic medal stand just off the end of the parking lot.

I’ve been getting up much earlier than Josh, so I made use of the early morning cool temperatures and ventured back out onto the East Canyon single track. I rode all the same trails as yesterday, but added one more out-and-back leg and ended up doing 10.1 miles before Josh was up.


I hit the hot tub for a bit, and Josh was up and had his coffee by the time I got back. We messed around in camp for quite a while before I finally checked the Park City Resort lift operating hours. They open at 10 a.m., so we put the bikes back on the back of the car and headed back into town. The 30 minute ride earned us a 5 mile downhill!!

  

We had lunch at the Sushi Blue, which was pretty good stuff. It was made to order fresh, but we hit the lunch rush, so it took a while.

Yesterday while we were golfing, I made reservations to golf at the brand new course at the Canyons Resort. As we were putting on the practice green, the golf pro told us they had been opened for two and a half weeks and also gave us some really good advice on the course. You could tell the course is new – every green was rock hard and hitting the fairways didn’t necessarily mean your ball was going to stay there. They too were rock hard and cause some crazy bounces. Rarely did a shot land softly anywhere on the course.  The course is so new that it hasn’t been rated by the USGA yet, so we had no idea how hard it would be, and it wasn’t in either of the golf apps that Josh and I use. The pro shop is in temporary quarters in snack shop in the lobby. Overall, with the hardness of the grass areas of the course (you could only put a tee maybe a quarter of an inch into the ground), the narrow fairways and undulating greens, and this week’s scorching Park City weather, the experience was insane! In a few years as the course softens a bit, this will be one tough, destination course.  

This is the view from the second tee box of the par five, dogleg left. The thin mountain air has been good for our drives, as Josh had about 80 yards left on his drawn drive. My straight drive left me with 132 yards to the pin. We played this hole from the blue tees, on the advice of the golf pro according to our handicaps. The extra distance we were hitting the ball prompted us to move back to the tips for the rest of the round. He recommended handicaps of 6 and under play from the tips, but after narrowly missing the group ahead of us with my drive on the next hole, we decided to move back.

The last of the holes on the actual mountain itself was the tenth hole, where the tee box sits 800+ vertical feet above the fairway. In the first photo above, you can just barely make out the group ahead of us, about where I hit my drive on the 503 yard par five. I had 154 yards left and shanked my approach shot right, loosing another ball. Josh landed his drive within 12 feet of the 100 yard maker (a 400 yard drive!!!) and had this put left for eagle. Unfortunately, he three putted on the typically tiered and undulating green. After this one, the holes come down off the mountain and settle down to fun, all be it narrow, golf. When this course gets its slope rating, I would imagine it will be in the high 130s from the tips.
So we wrap up our three night stay at the Park City RV Resort. It’s been nice having wifi, showers and a pool and hot tub. Park City has so much to offer an avid outdoor athlete, I’m sure I’ll be back. Our long travel day tomorrow will put us back in the wilderness, with spotty ability to update for a few days, until we visit our brother Matt in Sacremento. Four nights in Yosemite should give us some amazing photo opportunities. Until then, here’s the view of our camp at sunset tonight.  

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