Frank McCabe says his life at the Armed Forces Retirement Home is pretty regimented.
“Get up at 6, do PT til 7 o’clock, eat breakfast and hit the golf course,” says McCabe.
Yes, there’s a golf course inside the huge fenced-in government complex in Petworth.
A nine-hole, 2517-yard par 35 jobber, in fact. Access is free to residents, and the course also has more than 500 dues-paying associate members.
And nobody plays the course more than McCabe, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army.
“Every day, odds are he’s going to be here,” club pro Matt Kayson tells me about McCabe. “He’s our hardcore player.”
He picked up the game after moving here four years ago.
“Never played a day in my life til three years ago,” says the seventy-something McCabe. “Now I play all the time. It’s something to do.”
He hits a few buckets at the driving range, takes a break and then plays the course twice. No golfer ever feels self-actualized, but McCabe says his game has a long way to go before he makes up for his late-in-life start.
“No holes in one yet for me,” McCabe says, looking out at the longest hole on the course, a 464-yard, Par 5 first hole. “I haven’t even had a hole in two.”
He loves the course, and talks up the Retirement Home life even beyond the links.
“It’s three hots and a cot,” he says with a big laugh.
By the way, I ask, how’s the food here?
“Average,” he says.
I didn’t prompt him. Honest.