ST. CLOUD -- A St. Cloud man has taken golfing to a whole new level and at 100-years-old still finds time to hit the course.

Ask anyone at the St. Cloud Country Club and they'll tell you a thing or two about Bob Nicol.

"I think it be hard to find anyone that doesn't know Bob," says Assistant Golf Professional Eric Speck.

And even at 100-years-old Nicol is still playing the sport he loves.

"When I was in Fort Benning, Georgia I had nothing to do and graduated with a degree in business and I thought everyone in the business should know how to play golf," says Nicol. "So I hit a couple of good ones and I liked it."

Nicol started playing golf in 1942 and has been a member at the club for over 60 years.

"Golf is a great social event, it really is. You meet the nicest people."

Playing about three times a week, Nicol has played more rounds of golf at the St. Cloud Country Club than anyone else.

"I don't think there is too many 100-year-old golfers out here that can play nine holes like Bob," says Speck.

During his lifetime, Nicol has seen and done it all. From fighting in the war, working in the insurance business in St. Cloud, and raising four children with his wife Marguerite.

Nicol says the sport has taught him many life lessons over years, but what does he say is his biggest secret?

"Got to be lucky, nothing short of it. Just plain lucky," says Nicol.

And of course a lot of golf.


Golf Enthusiast Bob Nicol smiles next to his golf clubs at the St. Cloud Country Club. (Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)