Fairway dreams: Co-op employee, son travel globe for tee times

Father and son

Rod Kuhn (left) and his son, Matt Kuhn, stand on the St. Andrews Links golf course in Scotland.

Rod Kuhn will never forget the day he stepped onto St. Andrews Links in Scotland. He refers to the beautiful, centuries-old golf course as hallowed ground, and for good reason.

It’s where the game was born.

In July he and his son, Matt Kuhn, had the honor of playing the historic course, which overlooks the country’s breathtaking coastline and original 1500s castle architecture. It was by luck of the draw they were even able to play, considering the course runs on a tight lottery system for tee times.

As he recalls toasting one of the best days of golf he and his son have ever had, Kuhn can’t hold back a large smile.

Sand Trap

Rod Kuhn works his way out of a sand trap at the St. Andrews Links golf course in Scotland.

He and Matt were in Scotland as part of a trip to watch the British Open, merely one part of their years-long journey to attend all four major men’s golf championships. They’ve also attended the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship, with the U.S. Open remaining on the docket.

Attending all four championships is commonly referred to as the Grand Slam of Spectator Golf, says Kuhn, Basin Electric chief risk officer.

Golf hats

Rod Kuhn has collected hats from his attendance at the British Open, Masters Tournament and PGA Championship. He plans to collect a hat from the next U.S. Open.

Through part of their journey, Kuhn and his son were also able to meet golf great Charles Coody, who won the 1971 Masters Tournament. Kuhn’s uncle had served as a caddy for the pro golfer.

Kuhn’s January 2016 retirement date is approaching, and he is excited to check the U.S. Open off his list.

Scottish View

During his golf game at the St. Andrews Links in Scotland, Rod Kuhn was able to see the beautiful coast, as well as the 1500s castle architecture.

Basin Electric is a cooperative that believes in the importance of family. By using his vacation time earned at Basin Electric, Kuhn was able to create priceless memories with his son.

Kuhn and his wife recently purchased a villa in Bradenton, Florida – and it’s on a golf course. He’s looking forward to retirement, but will miss Basin Electric. Many of his work memories involve remaining motivated through a hard day’s work, knowing the reward at the end of the day would be a round of golf with a friend.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” he says.


  1. Kristi Blumhagen says:

    Awesome story Rod…Good Luck in your Retirement!

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