One of the biggest challenges to watching any sporting event in person is lodging. On any given college football weekend in the SEC, fans often find themselves staying 30, 40, up to 50 miles away and they’re happy to have a bed and bath that close.
When LSU hosted Alabama two years ago, I had to stay near the New Orleans airport, an hour from Baton Rouge, La. And, a year later when the Crimson Tide invited the Bengal Tigers to Tuscaloosa, I was lucky to get into the Holiday Inn in Hoover, Ala., 40 miles east of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Golf fans are lucky. Not only are the venues our sport visits beautiful, the surrounding accommodations are often just as spiffy.
Never has the contrast between golf and other sporting events been greater than this week, as early arrivers to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympic Games (which begin on Friday) found open manholes in the streets, hotels without floors or running water, and signs warning them not to wash their faces or flush toilet paper down the drains.
— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 4, 2014
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” #Sochi2014
— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
By contrast, this is the Seven Gables Inn in Carmel, Calif., a beautiful 15-minute drive from Pebble Beach.
Just one more reason why golf is the best sport in the history of the world.