Seattle writer compliments S. Utah on its hiking, golf
Published: November 20, 2012 04:29PM
Updated: November 13, 2012 12:40PM
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Tribune file photo The view of Angels Landing from Scout Lookout in Zion National Park.

Southwest Utah is famous — among Utah residents, anyway — for hiking and golf. So I guess it makes sense someone found a way to combine the two.

Seattle Times writer Jack Broom brought his hiking boots and golf clubs on a recent trip to Zion National Park and St. George. Broom gave readers a harrowing description of the trail to Angels Landing.

From the article:

“Somewhere along the steepest section of this 5.4-mile hike in Zion National Park, my right foot slipped a bit, dislodging a couple of dime-sized rock chips. They bounced once or twice and disappeared. I didn’t see them land. I knew they could be falling 1,000 feet or more.”

But if you think that is scary, wait until you read about Broom’s golf game.

“At Sand Hollow’s 15th hole, a par-3 of 150 yards, I was determined to avoid the chasm on the left.

“I succeeded — but only by slicing far to the right, up a rocky slope.

“After a brief search, I saw I’d suffered a common fate. Thought I didn’t find my ball, I did find four others. A double-bogey was a small price to pay for the adventure.”

Broom’s article got me wondering. Angels Landing is flat, kind of like a tee spot.

If someone carried their driver and some balls up to Angels Landing, I wonder how far....

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