Did club membership bring Peyton Manning to Denver?
During Peyton Manning's grand tour of NFL teams earlier this month, he visited Phoenix to check out the Cardinals.
On the day Manning was in Phoenix, I played Whisper Rock in Scottsdale with some friends and colleagues. As we were eating lunch in the clubhouse, Gary McCord came over to our table.
McCord, a Whisper Rock member, is pals with Broncos team president John Elway. McCord told us he had sent a text message to Elway about Manning earlier that day. He asked Elway: "Are you offering him a membership to Cherry Hills?" (Cherry Hills Country Club is a legendary Denver club and former U.S. Open venue.)
Elway immediately texted McCord back: "Cherry Hills AND Castle Pines."
Sure enough, Elway got his man. Manning announced his decision to play for the Broncos less than a week later. (Photo: Manning with Tiger Woods at the 2009 Quail Hollow pro-am; Chuck Burton/AP)