Augustas acoustic opposite


SUGAR GROVE, Ill. –The galleries are large again Saturday for the Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms, but the nature of the course's topography and the sprawling layout make it seem more muted than most of these team events.

The sounds just don't carry well, and they have a long way to carry with the course spread far and wide. In some ways, it is the acoustic opposite of the Masters. Augusta National is built in a valley, where sounds reverberate wondrously among the trees in a giant bowl. Rich Harvest Farms feels like it is built on a crest, where noise dissipates.

Still, there are spirited galleries. With Americans Cristie Kerr and Nicole Castrale dueling in a tight match with Suzann Pettersen and Anna Nordqvist, a half dozen fans were perched on tree limbs to get better views at the ninth hole.