Less than an hour’s drive from Yellowstone National Park, you’ll find the picturesque semi-private Olive Glenn Golf & Country Club in Cody, Wyoming. Opening its doors in 1970, this par 72, 18-hole course measures 6,880 yards. Billy Casper played the first exhibition match to officially open the course on June 23, 1970. Olive Glenn hosted the Girls Junior Americas’ Cup in 1997, which was the first International Tournament held in Wyoming. Hall of Famer Lorena Ochoa shot rounds of 70-74-71 and claimed medalist honors. In addition, Olive Glenn is the host to many Wyoming State Golf Association Tournaments, numerous charitable events, the Cody Stampede Four Ball, and Ladies Par Breakers.
With all the magnificent natural settings in Cody, whose elevation is just about a mile above sea level, there’s a lot to explore in the surrounding area. Don’t miss the following:
Heart Mountain Relocation Center on the outskirts of Cody is something every visitor must see. During World War II, the U.S. government rounded up Japanese-American citizens from their homes on the West Coast – mostly from Washington and California – and placed them in 10 internment camps located throughout the West. From August 12, 1942 to November 15, 1945, Heart Mountain housed in excess of 14,000 Japanese-Americans, which at that time, was the third largest community in Wyoming.
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, often called the Smithsonian of the West, is widely regarded as America’s finest western museum. Its 300,000 square feet of exhibition space certainly make it one of America’s largest. Housed in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center are five separate museums, each individually known for its excellence.
Col. William F. Cody opened the landmark Irma Hotel on Nov. 1, 1902, naming it for his daughter. The dining room is graced by a priceless cherry wood bar which was a gift from the Queen of England. The hotel operates year round and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
For a complete listing of Cody offerings, visit http://www.yellowstonecountry.org/.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.