Scott Fowler: At the Presidents Cup, Johnny Harris and Quail Hollow's quest for the 'spectacular'

Scott Fowler, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Golf

CHARLOTTE — I am riding on a golf cart next to Quail Hollow Club president Johnny Harris, but “flying” may be the more operative word, because it feels like not all four of our wheels are touching the ground.

There is so much to do at Quail Hollow in the final days before the Presidents Cup begins, and so much to see in the gleaming miniature city being constructed around the golf course, that Harris has literally sped up the process.

I murmur something about the pristine 2,500-seat horseshoe stadium that has somehow arisen around the first tee.

“You ain’t seen anything yet,” Harris said, flooring it. “Hang on, podnah.”

As I think back nostalgically to sedate rides I’ve taken in golf carts driven by grandmothers and 11-year-olds, a thought strikes me.

“You took the governor off of this golf cart, didn’t you?” I say as Harris rockets down the driving range.


“I did!” Harris says, chortling. “And now Jimmie Johnson is always trying to get hold of it!”

Harris will occasionally exaggerate for effect, and this seems like an exaggeration. A seven-time NASCAR champion who can drive anything he wants to, searching for one particularly fast golf cart?

A couple of days later, I text Johnson — a Quail Hollow member — about his supposed quest for Harris’ golf cart.

“It is true,” Johnson texts back. “And I’ve had limited success locating the cart for my use.”


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