Lucky on the links

Windsor Run’s golf outing group enjoys healthy, year-round fun

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March 30th, 2020
(From left) Roy Garrett, Barry Thomas, Bob Mack, Dan Tauber, Dave Koos, Ashley Balman, Barry Henefey, Bob Hansen, Warner Behley, Bob Mercer, and Angelo Astuto are members of the golf outing group.

(From left) Roy Garrett, Barry Thomas, Bob Mack, Dan Tauber, Dave Koos, Ashley Balman, Barry Henefey, Bob Hansen, Warner Behley, Bob Mercer, and Angelo Astuto are members of the golf outing group.

On June 22, 2018, David “Dave” and Patricia “Kay” Koos moved to Windsor Run, an Erickson Living community in Matthews, N.C. 

“When thinking about the move to a retirement community, it came down to three things,” says Dave. “First, we are getting older and no longer wanted to deal with the responsibility that comes with owning a house. Second, my sister lives in Charlestown [an Erickson Living-managed community in Catonsville, Md]. She’s lived there for seven years and loves it. And finally, our two sons no longer wanted to worry about me up on a ladder messing with the house.”

Counted among Windsor Run’s pioneer residents, the couple were in the unique position of influencing the community’s first clubs and activities

“Shortly after our move, we signed up for several activities that interested us,” says Dave. “I put my name down under golf. I’ve been golfing since my early 30s. Kay and I, as well as our two boys, enjoy the sport. As the kids were growing up, it was something we could do together, and something I’ve continued to enjoy throughout my adult life.”

A few weeks later, Dave contacted Windsor Run’s community resources department to see if others had also expressed an interest in golf. 

“I learned that there were at least a dozen of us interested,” he says. “I asked for a copy of their names and numbers, and from there the golf outing group was born.” 

Time for fun

Armed with the names of his fellow golf-loving neighbors, Dave reached out to the various public golf courses within a 20-minute drive from Windsor Run. 

“As a group, we decided that once a week was a good place to start,” he says. “We chose Tuesday because it seemed to work well for the majority. I rotate our group reservations between the various courses. I then send out emails to our group members inquiring about availability.”

Known as the golf outing group, members choose to play either 9 or 18 holes each week.

“There are no have-to’s,” says Dave. “Our one goal is to have fun playing a game we enjoy. There is no pressure. Whether playing 9 or 18 holes, we all arrive together, working out carpools so that our friends who golf only 9 holes don’t have to sit around and wait for those of us who play 18.”

The group often enjoys some social time together following their games.

“It’s a fun time to lie to each other about how well we did,” says Dave.  “All joking aside, it’s a fun group. We don’t keep handicaps.”

Staying healthy

In addition to enjoying time together with friends, members of the Windsor Run golf outing group, like the more than 23 million Americans who golf, also reap numerous health benefits from the sport.

A study conducted by the University of Edinburgh found that playing golf improves cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic health. The study went on to report that “golf can help prevent and treat more than 40 major chronic diseases, such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer.”

“It’s definitely an added benefit,” says Dave. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been fortunate to increase the amount of time I can devote to the sport. When Kay and I were raising our boys, we lived in Harlan, Iowa. The golf season there runs from mid-April to October—if you’re lucky. Once I retired, we moved to Arizona and golfed year-round. We then moved to South Carolina when our youngest son blessed us with four grandchildren. We lived there, in the Fort Mill area, until we moved to Windsor Run. Fortunately, golf can be enjoyed year-round in the Carolinas, too.”

Growing steadily

As the Windsor Run community continues to grow, so does the golf outing group’s membership. 

“Last May, with the opening of Beech Hollow, we added three new members,” says Dave. “I anticipate that the opening of additional residence buildings will bring even more new members to our group. Because our group is member-driven, if down the line, the day needs to change or additional days are needed to accommodate schedules, we will make it happen.”

In the meantime, Dave encourages anyone interested in a stress-free game of golf to join the group. 

“Our main goal is to have fun,” he says. “Skill level has nothing to do with it. We get together for fellowship and camaraderie. I also say it’s important to have a good golf shot—which means, you can hit the ball, find the ball after you’ve hit it, and hit it again. It’s really that simple. At the end of our game, we add up our scores and whatever it is, it is.”