Ah, those were the days

Last Monday, when I went to Forest Hills Golf Course, I couldn't help but think back 60-some years ago.
On Monday, I was sitting in a golf cart taking a couple of quick photos of the marked boundaries of the new practice range under construction.
Looking north along the left side of the first hole, I remembered the times my dad and I would tip-toe onto the then first green near the far end of today's range. We waited until after dark and then with flashlight in one hand and a tin can in the other, we would shine the ground plucking one nightcrawler after another from the moist green. In less than a half hour, we had enough crawlers for another week's worth of fishing.
Things have sure changed at the historic 118-year-old course. Back in the early 1950's, Forest Hills was the private La Crosse Country Club, by far the best 18-hole layout in western Wisconsin. In fact, the only other course in the area that I remember was Maple Grove Country Club in West Salem. That was nice, too.
Today, there is a glut of courses in the Greater La Crosse Area.
However, I still cherish those muggy summer nights when my dad parked his car near where the Boy Scouts office is located now, we crawled through the barbed wire fence and walked to the first green, eager to see what the night would behold.
Ah, those were the days!