Grabbing a game of golf

Wind Crest residents hit the links

Created date

August 3rd, 2009

Carolyn Hustis, Jim Fenn, and Jim Mallin pause after some putts at the Wind Crest green. Whether for fun or competition, Wind Crest residents are hitting the local links and on-campus putting green daily. We ve got a campus full of Jack Nicklauses, says Jason Atwell, director of sales and marketing at Wind Crest, the Erickson community in Highlands Ranch. On any day, if you take a stroll across campus, you ll see dozens of residents out on the lawn practicing their swings or on our green perfecting their putting. Practice makes perfect Jim Fenn, a member of the golf club near his old house in Castle Pines, still gets together with the guys from his club three or four times a week. And his passion for the sport has him waking up at sunrise. We always have a 7 a.m. tee time, so that means to get there, I ve got to be up at 5 a.m., Fenn explains. But it s a small price to pay to play the game he loves. It s a great sport because it s a user-friendly game. You can do it at any age and take it as seriously as you want. And that really depends on how much time you want to spend and how much practice you want to put in, he says. Anyone can get good at it you just have to hit a lot of balls. Giving it a good swing Fenn says his putter is the club with which he feels most comfortable. It should be, anyway it s the one I use the most, he says with a laugh. The avid golfer regularly reports his scores to the Colorado Golf Association to tabulate his handicap, and as with any sport, there are challenges. The toughest thing is consistency, and I ve been getting beat up pretty good lately, he admits. But he believes that helps him enjoy the really good swings even more. People at our age are past U.S. Open play, he says. But we still enjoy getting outdoors, making a nice shot here and there, and getting some exercise. Away from it all For Wind Crest resident Carolyn Hustis, Golf is a way to get away from it all. Obviously, I don t have many concerns to worry about these days, but when I was working and raising a family, it was a way to cleanse my mind. When you re on the course, you re only worried about the game. It s the challenge, the next shot, that keeps you coming back, Hustis explains. No matter how many times you play a course, every shot is different. She says golf always keeps her on her toes: I ve never been super-duper, and every time I think I m starting to play a respectable game, it can be humbling. Hustis, who started playing golf as a teenager in New York with her older sister, now plays once or twice a week at the nearby Links course in the Southern Metro Newcomers League. She also plays with a group of ladies from Wind Crest. I remember saying to my sister years ago, I don t want to waste my time playing that stupid game, chasing a little ball around. But here I am today, more hooked than she is and she still plays too! Go to where the golf is Just like the postal service, rain, sleet, or snow won t stop Jim Mallin. He plays golf at least four times a week, every week. We play everywhere up and down the Front Range, Mallin says. When there is snow in Denver, there probably isn t any in Colorado Springs or Pueblo. We just go to where the golf is. I m not adverse to driving 100 miles to get a round in. While a lot of people our age are out there skiing, we prefer to be out there golfing. Golf has been in Mallin s life for years. He started caddying 71 years ago in Ohio, and other than the three years he spent in the Navy, he has played every year since. Mallin, who uses a Titlist driver and will hit any ball that s round, has a group of friends in Denver that he s been playing with for more than 40 years. He also has made a number of new friends at Wind Crest through the sport. There are so many people here who play, Mallin says. I couldn t give up on playing with my old buddies, so I just kept adding more and more rounds with my new friends. The best advice Mallin can give to a new golfer? You don t need distance to play this game, he says. Learn to use your putter. It s the club you should spend the most time with. Those one- and two-footers cost you just as much on the scorecard as the 250-yard drive.