When Michael Bolton performed at the Community Arts Center in 2002, he arrived a little late he had to finish his golf game.
White Deer Golf Course, 352 Allenwood Course Lane, Montgomery, has seen a variety of celebrities, professionals, amateurs and beginners since it first opened in 1965.
Steve Parlante, general manager, estimates that there are between 75,000 to 80,000 rounds of golf played each year at White Deer.
"In golf courses in Pennsylvania, we gotta be in the top five percent for rounds," Parlante said.
The rounds are divided between two different golf courses: the vintage course and the challenge course.
The vintage course, known to the locals as the "Old Course" opened April 17, 1965. At its opening, it boasted the hardest three opening holes in the area. By today's standards, they are considered only average. The facility was redesigned in the late 1980's and became 6,400 yards. The Vintage creates challenges with water on seven holes, 69 bunkers (depressions filled with sand that make it difficult to get the ball out) and numerous trees.
The challenge course receives its name from 11 water holes, 74 bunkers and dense forests. The course opened June 30, 1990 and became known as the "New Course." The course is cut out of the woods, which creates little space between the course and the trees. Because of its closeness to the forest, wildlife frequents the 6,587 yards of course, such as Canadian geese, foxes, turkeys, black bears, and white tail deer.
Five hundred and fifty members utilize the 45 holes of golf between the two courses from in the summer when the golf course opens at 6 a.m. until dusk.
"We have some guys there before we open, walking around," Parlante said. "We have a crew up in the morning that are done 18 holes by 9 a.m."
During the non-summer hours, White Deer is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Once Fall hits, we can't allow golfers on the course till the frost disappears," Parlante said.
The golf course is open as long as there is no snow on the ground, which usually means closed during January and February, but Parlante said in the past they had a 70 degree day in January where they had a multitude of people. Even days where the temperature is between 30 and 40 degrees, they still have 30 to 40 people a day.
"We have diehards," Parlante said. "One member played 275 rounds last year. We have members that would play every day."
The two golf courses separate White Deer from others in the area.
The golf course does not have to close every time there is a tournament, which Parlante said there are one or two every week.
"We can have an outing and still have a course open for members," he said. "We try to keep everyone happy."
Any organization can do a tournament. A lot of the tournaments are fundraisers for organizations such as sports events.
The golf course also runs member-member tournaments, where members pair up to play, and member-guest tournaments, where members bring a guest.