Before the Broncos returned to the practice field for OTAs on Wednesday, the team hit the greens at the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia, Colo.
The club participated in a nine-hole golf tournament split into foursomes with teammates at different positions that they don’t typically interact with as much inside the team’s Dove Valley headquarters.
“It was good,” Head Coach John Fox said of the outing. “Some of these guys have never played before. So it’s really a team-building exercise where guys get to spend a little time with a teammate and get to know him better.”
Quarterback Peyton Manning played with offensive lineman Vinston Painter, running back Montee Ball and wide receiver Trindon Holliday.
“It went well,” said Manning, who reportedly shot a 77 the weekend prior at Augusta National. “I can tell Ball and Painter have been studying their playbooks and not playing much golf, which is a good thing.”
From Eric Decker’s accounts, it also sounds like Ronnie Hillman isn’t going to be joining the PGA any time soon.
“If you want to get some good laughs, actually, I might put it on my Twitter: Ronnie Hillman is an incredible golfer,” Decker joked. “How many times he can miss and still keep swinging -— it’s impressive. It was fun though. The reason for that is to get to know guys that you really haven’t gotten to talk to much in the locker room. I think that is a good thing for us to build team camaraderie and just to understand one another. So when we go into battle on Sundays in the fall, we know we can trust one another.”
While Hillman, Ball and Painter didn’t break any course records, Manning said that Holliday’s performance on the course impressed him.
“Trindon actually has got a little game — no pun intended — so it was fun,” Manning laughed. “The idea was to play with somebody different that you’re not in a meeting with every single day like another quarterback. So, we had a lot of fun and it was a good experience. It was a lot of laughs out there.”
Last year, Manning estimated that the team had to use about 40 sets of rental clubs for its outing.
This year the club tested the golf course’s inventory once again and Ball and Painter ended up having to share a set of clubs for the nine-hole tournament.
“I’ve never done something like that before as far as having an organized just Broncos (event),” Manning said. “Our video staff was there, our field turf staff was there — so it was really kind of all Broncos football personnel. A lot of laughs and good camaraderie with some guys that you don’t necessarily get to spend a ton of time with. I really enjoyed it.”