Designed by Rick Jacobson with help from Frutchey, Morningstar has
18 strong holes and million-dollar views. It's the kind of course you
can play over and over and never get bored. As testament to its appeal,
golfers played nearly 32,000 rounds last year despite the uncertainty
The knock on the course when it opened in 2001 was that the conditions
weren't commensurate with the layout. That was true then, but Morningstar
is in good shape now and getting better all the time. The trick is
to get the word out to the people who played that first year and haven't
Frutchey has big plans for the course, including the addition of some
two dozen bunkers and 10 to 12 new tees.
"Now I get to do a little bit of my Walter Mitty stuff," he
said. "I think anybody who has ever been involved in golf in any
way, shape or form has wanted to sit right where I'm sitting."
Frutchey admitted that he worried about his own future at times in
recent years, wondering who would hire a "59-year-old warhorse
Marine" if somebody else wound up owning Morningstar.
But he never considered walking away.
"From an emotional standpoint, every blade of grass, every hole,
every bunker . . . there was so much potential to this and I was so
emotionally involved, there was never a time when I wanted to quit," he
said. "I was going to stick it out no matter what, and so was
Frutchey wound up where he wanted to be all along, which can mean
only one thing: Morningstar is in good hands.