July 4, 2013

Chris Whitfield: These guys have a good time on the course and at the clubhouse


Don’t wager any money with these guys, though, because I am betting they will leave you with empty pockets.

“It is a lot better golf out here than it used to be,” Kephart said. “When I was working out here and was serving as the starter on the weekends, I watched a guy lose an entire sleeve of balls over on No. 10.”

Said Cruse, “We have a fun group of people. It is a lot better than we used to have. We’ve had some jerks.

“I don’t care, I’m old enough to say it and get away with it.”

Wallace has a pair of hole-in-ones. Carroll has three aces even though he only started playing in 1990, when he retired. Cruse said he has been close a couple of times but only hit a couple of greens.

And this is just the talk on the back porch. Imagine the fun on the course among these guys.

Carroll is an original member of the club who took up the game because, like Wallace, he needed something to do after he retired. The rest have been playing Indian Trace for years, moving over from other clubs or just finding a home with a group of like-minded guys who still enjoy making a loop and hitting greens. They have all served in the military. And all of the stories told over the years have to be enough to fill a book and keep fans of the game coming back for more.

“The good thing is that we have probably forgotten most of the stories that we have told,” Wallace said, “so we can keep telling the same stories over and over.” 

All of them give credit to the game for making them healthier. 

“If it hadn’t been for my golfing, I probably wouldn’t be here today,” Carroll said. “My doctor told me to keep playing golf, so I guess I will just have to keep playing.”

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