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Thanks, Del Paso Country Club, for making Sacramento look so good

Fans line the Del Paso Country Club course, which players praised for its excellence, as Bernhard Langer fires at the ninth green in the final round of the 36th U.S. Senior Open on Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.
Fans line the Del Paso Country Club course, which players praised for its excellence, as Bernhard Langer fires at the ninth green in the final round of the 36th U.S. Senior Open on Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

This, that and the other thing:

▪ You know you’re doing something right when the world’s best golfers 50 and older – including some with major championships such as the Masters and U.S. Open on their résumés – say they’d like to return to Sacramento and Del Paso Country Club, on their own time and dime, to play the 2015 U.S. Senior Open course again.

According to the pros, amateurs and Fox Sports analysts, the course played long, challenging and fair – unlike the previous week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, where the new British Open-style course and conditions were called an embarrassment by many.

If a golfer missed a putt last week at Del Paso, it wasn’t because of the condition of the greens.

▪ The folks at Del Paso, and the thousands of volunteers from other area golf clubs and courses and those from around the country, should take a bow.

Except for Bernhard Langer’s caddie, Terry Holt, being bitten on the leg by an insect and kept in the clubhouse, nary a nasty word was said by those watching, working or playing in the U.S. Senior Open – other than, “Man, it’s hot.”

As a bonus, the Senior Open created a national diversion from the NBA’s most talked about soap opera, “Kings of Sacramento.” The reality series is about a dysfunctional basketball team – who loves and hates each other, and who wants someone on the first bus out of town – headed for its 10th straight losing season.

▪ Sorry to the commuters around the Arden-Arcade area who got stuck behind those yellow school buses shuttling spectators and volunteers from Cal Expo to Del Paso and back, and to area residents who took offense at the club’s beautiful green conditions while their own lawns sat dry and brown.

The road conditions on Arden Way were better Monday, and it’ll rain again – someday.

Victor Contreras: 916-326-5527, @sacbeevictor

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