(c) Alpine Meadows
COURTESY OF OUR SISTER SITE - TEE, ESQ.:
After the Masters, thoughts of cold and snow tend to disappear quickly. Even for diehard skiers, the golf course starts to look a lot more attractive than the ski slopes. But now it looks like there may be no need to choose. Our friends at FirstTracksOnline are reporting about an interesting event happening at Alpine Meadows, CA this Saturday - snow golf.
I first became aware of the burgeoning sport of snow golf during a trip to Lech-Zürs, Austria in March of 2011. Sadly, I left a day before the tournament was scheduled to begin but "Wintergolfwoche" ("Winter Golf Week"), has become an annual tradition in the picturesque Arlberg valley. Players compete on 9 regulation length holes where the fairways have been compacted by snowcats and other grooming equipment. As you might imagine, orange golf balls are a must.
This weekend's event at Alpine Meadows is a bit different in that it uses tennis balls and requires you to chase down the mountain on skis or a snowboard after your shot. Frankly, some combination of the two events might be a lot of fun. Off course, I wouldn't be much of a lawyer if I didn't point out how unlikely it is that a resort's risk management team would let people tee off using real (orange) golf balls and playing to holes at the bottom of a steep slope. That would be a lawsuit waiting to happen. Sometimes it's true - lawyers do ruin all the fun.
Read the full story on this weekend's snow golf at Alpine Meadows at: