Well, with so many golfers among the Dietzen/Harmotto group here in Brazil, Scott, Derek, Nolan, and myself, decided on an off day from volleyball to go out and take in the third round of the first Olympic golf played as an official event since 1904. Our two groups hail from the Spokane WA area and Western Pa, both rural suburban areas that boast open areas and many golf courses. Being in Rio for over a week, the urban congested areas of Brazil were all we had seen. We set out at 10 am to go to the new course built just for the Olympic games, a very nice course in good condition, with undulating greens and challenging for the golfers, even though Sergio Garcia of Spain yelled at a groundskeeper after a bad shot out of the sand, "The Worst Sand Ever", and tossed his club, temper temper Sergio. Most of all it was nice to be in an open area with green grass and no concrete, and we were very close to some of the top golfers in the world. This new course was built in a low lying area where wet marshy areas were filled in, so as we were walking around the perimeter of the course I will admit the word ZIKA was on our minds for the first time. Derek had just texted Christa to let her know we were all attending golf, and the first text back from her was " You Better Have Bug Repellent On!", we had a laugh and Derek assured her he did.
One other thing was somewhat comical to us throughout the day, was the lack of "Golf Etiquette" from many spectators. It was a constant struggle for the officials to SHHHH people and stop people from walking near participating golfers, as well as talking loud on cell phones. We really enjoyed a great day at the course though, and shared a few laughs as well. Rob