In the film The Legend of Bagger Vance, the young character Hardy Greaves is asked about his love of golf. His reply: “It’s the greatest game there is.... It’s fun. It’s hard, and you stand out there on the green, green grass, and it’s just you and the ball, and there ain’t nobody to beat up on but yourself.... It’s the only game I know you can call a penalty on yourself, if you’re honest, which most people are. There just ain’t no other game like it.”
If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past few months of hunkering down during a pandemic, it’s that most people are good at keeping themselves in check—and honest. And caring. And pretty damn resilient. And fortunately, many are downright generous and brave. We’ve learned a lot about each other—and ourselves—over the past few months. Whether you’ve stepped up to the front lines or dutifully socially distanced, changing your approach is now just par for the course.
Like everyone, we at Park City Magazine are teeing off into a stiff and shifty wind these days. I joked with our art director that this entire editor’s note would be one big disclaimer. Don’t worry, it won’t be. You, our readers, are smart enough to know that health guidelines are changing constantly, and each business or activity mentioned in these pages and on parkcitymag.com will likely be operating under new procedures—and, fingers crossed, weathering the storm.
Back in January when we assigned the stories for this issue, our two main features, golf and sustainability, smacked rather splendidly of yin and yang. It was all about balance—a nod to a game steeped in tradition and an urgent look at how this city and county are pioneering ways of battling climate change as we look at the future. Little did we know both stories would be so apropos, or that everything would keel off-center so drastically.
Our writers and photographers—and interview subjects—all deserve a shout-out for rolling with the changes. Some, like Larry Warren, re-interviewed profile subjects, such as new city councilman Max Doilney. Others have seen their hard work postponed. When stay-at-home orders prevented photographers from shooting profile subjects, citizen-photographers grabbed a lens, and our own art director pulled out her watercolors.
Here’s some good news: golf courses are open in Park City. Get out there. And that’s coming from a total hack when it comes to the links. Thankfully, Lisa Antonucci, who wrote our golf guide (“Tee Time,” p. 55), has spent ample time on stunning local fairways. And since Mother Nature has graced us with a mountain playground well-suited for social distancing, there is also much joy to be found beyond the fairways. Wherever you choose to roam, check out our insiders’ guides to hiking, biking, and fly-fishing (some you’ll find here in print and some online) and Melissa Fields’s exploration of four local reservoirs (p. 39). And when you choose to stay put, take a moment to read about the people who make up the fabric of this ever-evolving community.
In the coming months, as we hike, bike, golf, paddleboard, pick up curbside goods, and venture into newly reopened establishments, let’s savor the opportunity we all have to be here in this spectacular place—and to support each other (yes, every frontline worker, small business, and nonprofit could use extra love*). You may or may not agree with Hardy Greaves’s assessment of the game of golf, but I think we can all agree that there ain’t no other town like Park City.
Be well. Be calm. Be kind.
Editor, Park City Magazine
* Not sure how to help the community's most vulnerable? Start with the nonprofit Park City Community Foundation.