Golfers are nuts, as we know from the motto they have appropriated from the U.S. Postal Service: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep golfers from their appointed rounds.
Nor a volcano, as it turns out.
On Throwback Thursday, the blog at the St. Andrews Links website recalls how a trio of golfers from Sweden with a tee time on the Old Course at St. Andrews had their flight canceled as ash from a volcano that erupted in Iceland disrupted air traffic throughout Scotland and across Northern Europe in the spring of 2010. They were not deterred.
"Their journey included a drive from Sweden to Denmark and ferry ride from Denmark to Germany," the blog post said. "They then drove through Europe to Calais [France] where they boarded a second ferry to Dover [England] and finally a ten hour drive from Dover to St Andrews."
It was a 42-hour trip that encompassed eight countries (Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England and Scotland) for a four-hour round of golf.
To play the Old Course, no further explanation necessary.