, Muskogee, OK

Local News

March 4, 2013

Moore keeps the power in the family

Third-generation electrician has traveled the world


Tee for two, but

not the kind you sip

You might have problems catching Bob Moore without a set of golf clubs nearby.

“Everywhere I go, I take my golf clubs with me,” he said.

One reason he keeps his golf clubs so handy is a friendly competition with his friend Tom Renfro.

“Tom Renfro and I have a bet that we play golf in every state before we retire,” Moore said. “I’ve got 28 states so far. We like to play different golf courses. So, we plan to go someplace we haven’t been before and we go out for two or three weeks, then come back.”

He said one of his most recent trips was to an area near Lake Texoma.

“Then we went down to Fort Worth and did Tour 18,” he said. “That course has 18 replicas of the top 18 holes in the country.”

He already has played courses in Alaska and Hawaii.

“In Alaska, I got to tee off at 10:30 at night, and I played nine holes wearing sunglasses,” he said. “It was probably 70 degrees out. And it was probably 2 a.m. before it got dark. By 4 a.m., it would be daylight again.”

In comparison, Hawaii was beautiful but hot, Moore said.

He said his next golf goal could take him to the East Coast.

“South Carolina, North Carolina. They have a lot of courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail,” he said.

The trail is a collection of courses — plus some resorts — designed by the noted golf course architect Robert Trent Jones.

Moore said he could not say what course has been his favorite.

He recalled playing twice at a course in Gulfport, Miss.

“But I can’t play it anymore because the hurricane took it out,” he said.

Variety is the

name of the game

A mounted buck looks down from the paneled walls in Moore’s office. He said he shot it during a 2007 hunting trip with his brother in southeastern Kansas. His brother lives in Independence, Kan., and it’s one of Moore’s many favorite hunting areas.

“It’s a good place to hunt turkey and hunt deer,” he said. “It’s a lot like the area west of Muskogee with rolling hills, rolling prairies, lots of open fields and pastures.”

He said he usually goes for turkey season in the spring and deer season during fall.

“I’m mostly a bowhunter,” Moore said, adding that he uses a Hoyt compound bow.

“It’s quieter, more of a challenge,” he said. “You have to get quite a bit closer with a bow, so you have to be quieter. It takes time and patience. Patience is not one of my strong suits.”

Other types of hunting take him to Colorado and New Mexico.

Trophies from many of those hunts are mounted at his home, which has a 16-foot cathedral ceiling.

“We have bobcat, deer, elk, mule deer, I even got a couple of snakes,” he said.

It’s not as easy to get an elk.

“In 20 years of elk hunting, I’ve killed two,” he said. “My wife said it’s the most expensive meat she’s ever cooked.”

Elk can be tasty. Moore said elk meat does not have the wild taste that deer meat tends to have.

“It’s like real lean beef,” he said. “You can almost cook it like beef.”

Moore isn’t stopping with elk.

“My next goal is bighorn sheep, getting a dall sheep in Canada or Alaska,” he said.

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