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End of the Road

The weather at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is better suited for golf than skiing and had a major highway been approved, that’s just what people would be doing there at a Pete Dye course located about 10 minutes from the alpine facilty at Rosa Khutor (above). Dye and Bobby Weed were well into design development on Sochi's first course a couple of years ago, Weed tells The Buzz, getting bids from contractors, doing water testing, when they got the news about the road. “We were pretty disappointed because it’s a great piece of property that’s very well suited for golf,” says Weed. “It was a former vineyard so it was very open with rolling terrain. The routing really laid on the ground very well and offered great vistas. The long-range views of the surrounding mountains, which are snow-capped much of the year, are stunning.” The project is on indefinite hold until a new developer can step in and get the road approved. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent $50 billion on the Games and they couldn't find a few extra bucks to build a road? Guess Putin does't play golf.

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