ESPN Music: Don Felder

Don Felder on golf, Eagles drama, new CD

December, 10, 2012
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Don Felder Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesDon Felder, former lead guitarist of the Eagles, is finding peace on the golf course.
Just how competitive was the 1970s supergroup The Eagles?

Eagles record producer Bill Szymczyk wanted the band, which was recording in Miami in the mid-1970s, to get out of the studio for some fresh air to stop all the bickering about the music.

The fivesome of Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner first tried fishing. The hope by Szymczyk was to bond while doing something recreational.

"Bill was tired of us having studio tans. We were in Florida so we tried fishing," said lead guitarist Felder, who was born in Gainesville, Fla. "Not me but some of the others in the band were getting green in the gills being on the water. So we tried golf next."

The guys, who were as competitive on the golf course as they were in the studio, would play a few holes and then head back to the studio to finish up their latest album.

Thirty years later, Felder is still playing the game to relieve stress.

"The number on the golf card at the end of the day isn't important," said Felder, who has seen his handicap climb to 12. "It's more important the number of laughs with friends and the number of hours away from the tedium of your life. It was my own little sanctuary."

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