He's the 'King' of Reed City golf

mens golf: Dick King gets ready for a Sunday Scramble at Spring Valley Golf Course. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
mens golf: Dick King gets ready for a Sunday Scramble at Spring Valley Golf Course. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Sunday afternoon scrambles at Spring Valley Golf Course continue to be a lot of fun for Reed City’s Dick King.

“It’s a four-person scramble,” he said. “It’s mixed. Sometimes we have two women, sometimes just one.”

King has been in the league three years.

“You get to meet a lot of new people,” he said. “I know most of them but you get to meet some new ones.”

King also plays in the Monday Masters League and the Thursday Men’s League and with an informal gathering of (Reed City) VFW members on Wednesdays.

“We have anywhere from 12 to 20,” King said. “The Masters league is very competitive. We get some older guys that are fantastic golfers. Thursday league, I’ve got some guys that are strong hitters and real good golfers, all a bunch of good people.”

King has played at Spring Valley for 41 years. He remembers when the course expanded to 18 holes from nine.

“It’s a basic course,” he said. “You have to shoot straight, especially the back nine. It’s not necessarily a tougher nine, if you hit straight. If you get off to the side you get into trouble easy.

“I used to be a long hitter. I’m older now. I’m pretty straight.”

King’s best round at Spring Valley has been “slight subpar.”

He has a hole in one from having played in Arizona.

King hopes to play “as long as I can. I enjoy golf and playing with people. Golfers are an exceptional bunch of people.”