Saskatchewan golfer still hits the course five days a week at age 90

Saskatchewan golfer still hits the course five days a week at age 90
Saskatchewan golfer still hits the course five days a week at age 90

A Saskatoon golfer has become an inspiration to many at the Wildwood golf course.

Hans Baumfeld plays golf five days a week and is a bit of a celebrity, but what sets him apart is his age: two months ago he turned 90.

Baumfeld tees off at 6 a.m. every Monday through Friday, unless it’s raining. He considers it his therapy.

“Well, I wake up in the morning. I wake up and I feel terrible, but after a few holes I actually feel good,” he told CTV News.

Baumfeld didn’t start playing golf until after he retired. He starts his day with yoga and is on the course from May through the fall.

“Just sitting there and doing nothing is the worst. I find it’s sitting at home and your mind isn’t working all the time, or it’s too nice to be at home, but then you know, you can get out,” he said.

The friends he golfs with every day are only in their late 60s and are impressed by him.

“It’s not only inspiring, but sometimes it’s almost embarrassing because on the second hole this morning he’s birdied from 50 yards. The rest of us are just trying to get par,” said friend and golfing buddy Trace Hampson.

According to Hampson, he sensed some disappointment with Baumfeld at the start of the golf season, when only nine holes were open.

“We had nine holes played and he just kept going. He played that nine again. He just keeps going. He’s like an Energizer bunny. He just keeps going and going and going.”

This senior prefers to walk the route, but on Wednesday, due to the intense heat, he gave in to well-meaning friends who tried to protect him.

Baumfeld is a good golfer — and not just for someone his age. (Carla Shynkaruk / CTV News)

“I had to convince him to drive and even when I was driving the cart he said, oh, I got my clubs, I’m walking. So he grabbed his clubs and started walking,” Hampson said.

You can tell by his swing that he is a good golfer, and not just for his age, but for Baumfeld it is not about the score. In fact, he does not keep score.

“We’re having fun here, you know, and that’s the most important thing. You’ve got to enjoy golf. Don’t take it too seriously,” he says.

The 90-year-old hopes to keep up this golf routine for as long as possible and has no plans to stop. In the off-season, he’s back on the Wildwood course to do some cross-country skiing.