Real estate developer and community leader Bill Knapp shot his age, 87, last Friday at Mirabel, the 18-hole golf course at the North Scottsdale Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Retired insurance executive Roger Brooks was the scorekeeper for the round.


The real irony, said Knapp friend Jim Cownie, was that Knapp did not even take up golf until he was in his 70s.


For most of Knapp's life, he was a tennis player, who looked down on golfers. In fact, Knapp biographer William Friedricks wrote in the book "The Real Deal: The Life of Bill Knapp" that "Bill detested golf" during his hard-charging days as the head of Iowa Realty Co. Inc. from the 1950s through the 1980s.


He believed "a round of golf was simply a waste of four or five hours."


He finally changed his mind in 1996, when his son, Roger, an avid golfer, introduced Bill to the game.


To read all of Dave Elbert's weekly columns, click here.