The combination of the breathtaking landscape of Whistling Straits and the five-star accommodations at American Club in Kohler, Wis., left Murray Calhoun and his wife almost at a lost for words.
“This place is fantastic,” says Calhoun as he prepared to head downstairs for dinner at the hotel. “I am not one to be star-struck, but it was fun seeing people like Verne Lundquist, Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo and Ernie Els in the lobby.”
All appeared quite approachable, but Calhoun only spoke to Lundquist to take note of his perfectly understated broadcast call for CBS from the 1986 Masters. Jack Nicklaus holed a key birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole on Sunday and Lundquist responded with a simple, “Yes!” as the putt dropped and the Golden Bear went on to win a major title at age 46.
“I just shock his hand and told him he was the best,” said Calhoun, who had a chance to enjoy a weekend at the PGA Championship in Kohler, Wis., as the guest of GCSAA.
Calhoun was chosen from among more than 1,000 entries in the “Thank a Superintendent” sweepstakes after he wrote to thank William Smith, CGCS at Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ga., where Calhoun is a longtime member who plays three times a week.