Mike Healy Grew Up on the Country Club of Maryland Course He Now Oversees
Mike Healy grew up playing golf at the Country Club of Maryland, and now he’s running the show.
“There’s never been one day that I didn’t want to come to work,” he says.
It’s a pretty remarkable statement coming from a guy who’s had the same job for nearly two decades.
But then again, when Mike goes to work, it’s a lot like going home. The PGA head professional for the Country Club of Maryland grew up on the same course he now oversees.
He wasn’t always a golfer, though. Mike played baseball and football in high school at nearby Archbishop Curley and didn’t try his luck on the links until he was a teenager.
“I asked my dad if we could play together,” he says. “Mostly though, I just wanted to be outside, drive the cart and spend some time with him.”
The impromptu excursion turned out to be a life-changer. Mike made a birdie on his second hole.
“I was hooked,” he says.
From then on, he was a fixture at the country club’s course, sometimes playing up to 54 holes a day. Back at Archbishop Curley, he started the school’s first golf team. Then, in his 20s, he held positions at courses in Timonium and Harford County. In 1999, when the club was sold from private hands back to the members, Mike was hired on as the head pro. The homecoming was sweet.
“To be able to come home to the course—and the place—that you know so well is the ultimate,” he says. “There was no place else I’d rather be.”
Landing his dream job didn’t slow Mike down; for the last 19 years, he’s been an integral part of improvements made to the club and the course, including a renovated driving range and a redesign that lengthened the course by 330 yards.
This season, the club’s nearly 600 members are in for a real treat as the club unveils all new putting greens.
“In 93 years of play, a lot of invasive species had grown their way into the greens. There were probably 20-40 strains of grass in there. It became very hard to manage,” Mike says.
Hard to play on, too. So the team at CC of MD started over from scratch, fumigating the old stuff and laying a strain of bentgrass that’s heat-resistant and impervious to invasive species.
“The ball rolls much smoother now. It makes for a better playing experience,” he says.
Mike’s other responsibilities at the club keep him busy. He gives lessons, runs the golf shop and manages employees and a fleet of golf carts. He also plays emcee and rules official for the club’s major golfing events.
“My hats are piled high,” he says.
Mike’s many hats seem to energize him, and he’s always keen to talk about the exciting ways in which the club is evolving. But it’s the camaraderie he loves the most. His deep connection to the place has everything to do with its members, people Mike has known all his life.
“Everyone is incredibly friendly and down-to-earth,” he says. “It’s the best thing about being here—my relationship with the members.”
There’s no place like home.