Phil and Carol Todd are no strangers to Egypt Valley—they’ve had a home on #5 of the Ridge Course since 2007!
A Grand Rapids native, Phil spent 36 years at Haworth where he served in a variety of marketing leadership roles, always leaning towards the financial side of the profession, before retiring in late 2017. Carol—who is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania and lived in 12 different cities in the Midwest before her family settled in Ada—has worked at Grand Rapids Civic Theater as a volunteer for over 20 years, exercising her creative side doing props and set dressing. Shortly after retiring, the Todds embarked on a nine-week South Pacific trip, spending three weeks each in Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia.
The Todds, who have played golf as their main hobby and recreational pursuit for over 30 years, joined the club in 1993 after brief stints at what are now Watermark and Centennial Country Clubs. They credit their next-door neighbors at the time, Mark and Becci Davis, for letting them in on the new EVCC around 1989.
“Mark and Becci have introduced us to many members who have become life-long friends and neighbors,” said Phil, noting he and Carol both enjoy the casual and competitive nature of the game. “We started out with public courses and casual rounds with friends.”
Having played over 450 different courses throughout North America, the Caribbean and South Pacific, the Todds were particularly impressed with the courses, services and people found at the club.
“Phil and I love the terrain and the beauty of the Egypt Valley property, the exercise of walking the courses and the challenge they present,” said Carol. “The dining options, sport options and range of services certainly helped seal the deal.”
Over the years, the Todds have both served on a number of committees at Egypt Valley, with Phil also serving on the Board.
“The club has become part of our lifestyle, including spending time with friends and enjoying the whole scene,” said Phil, adding that he and Carol also enjoy the variety of tees, course conditioning, challenging green complexes, and fairness of tee shots Egypt Valley offers.
When not on the course, Phil could be found on the pickleball courts enjoying the clinics held by Patrick Snyder or in the short game practice area. He and Carol are fond of the new patio area and miss the camaraderie of the lounge atmosphere of the pre-COVID Pub-At-The-Club on Fridays.
Phil and Carol now spend winters at their condo on the Gulf of Mexico in Madeira Beach, Florida, which they have enjoyed remodeling over the past year.
Members might not know that Carol has won a national championship showing Quarter horses at the Quarter Horse Congress, held annually in Columbus, Ohio, and Phil has been a musician and performer, mostly singing and playing guitar, since he was five years old. “Back in the day,” he performed with a folk group in area coffee houses and churches.
If you see the Todds around the club, be sure to say, “Hello!”