Writer Lynsi Freitag
Photographer Loralei Photography
It is no wonder why the Helfrich family chose to live in the North Valley. The long-time residents of Cave Creek and north Scottsdale are quite comfortable in the golfers’ playground of the desert mountains.
For Michael, Kathy, daughter Kendall, 11, and son Carter, 9, the love of golf is a family passion, passed along to the children through fun mornings on the course laughing, learning and growing to appreciate the cunning of the strategy and the solid whack of metal against dimpled resin.
“I was introduced to golf when I was six years old and the game came relatively easy,” says Michael, whose children have also embraced the game.
In spite of his seemingly singular obsession now, golf was not always Michael’s top sport. He attended college on a baseball scholarship, but a sudden serious spinal cord injury ended his baseball career. Michael turned his focus back to golf, the game he grew up loving. He worked...