all hunting then. I like the solitude. I deal with
my favorite person: me. It gets me out of the
house. When bow season is at its peak, I’ll be
in my tree at 6 a.m.”
During the offseason, Bartolacci hunts daily,
weather-permitting, in Bucks County and parts
of New Jersey. He targets bigger bucks in the
wilderness. Once the target is hit, Bartolacci
will find, field dress, place on a sheet of plastic
in the trunk and transport to a butcher or deer
“I enjoy the chase of it. I don’t necessarily
go out there just to kill things,” he said. “It’s a
different kind of hunting here. There are so
many deer. The population is kind of a problem
in areas like this. I don’t use that for justifica-
tion. It’s not about the kill for me; it’s about the
whole outdoor experience.”
Come spring, Bartolacci slightly slides his
hunting gear over to create space for golf. April
not only marks the unofficial start of the golf
season, but also turkey season. The trunk wel-
comes golf clubs in addition to turkey decoys.
“I could actually go from playing golf right
to hunting. I got everything I can change into,
and I’m ready to go,” Bartolacci said. “It’s pretty
much nonstop. I don’t think many people do
that. I like it. It fills the day. Life still goes on in
Bartolacci, who works as a consultant for
IBM, can enjoy both sports near the confines of
his home. Backyard space to hit golf balls into
the net. Hunting stands across the street for
“I could shoot in my backyard but I don’t. My
wife (Ann Marie) doesn’t want me to shoot a
deer we know,” Bartolacci said with a smile.
• 2 portable tree stands
• 2 turkey decoys
• duffel bag of hunting materials
• pair of boots
• camouflage gear
• golf clubs
• a pair of golf shoes
MANUFACTURERS’ GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
NEVER JUDGE A BOOK by its cover. Looks
can deceive. Things aren’t always what they
appear to be.
All of the aforementioned clichés apply to
Muller and his trunk. The mustachioed, freewheeling man, based on outward appearances
alone, strikes the casual observer as a potential
packrat. Golf clubs, clothes, bags, equipment,
etc. All on Muller’s trunk checklist, right?
Wrong impression. By far.
“You thought I was a slob?” Muller, 64, of
Huntingdon Valley, Pa., said jokingly. “I don’t
have any of that extra stuff. My trunk is clean. I
don’t like clutter. I don’t like mess.”
Muller’s license plate, Golf4Me, foreshadows
what’s behind the curtain: golf bag and clubs, a
pair of shoes and two dozen golf balls. That’s it.
Even the floor upon which the equipment sits
is spot clean. It maintains mint condition during
the offseason, too. The golf bag is stored at
Manufacturers’. The golf balls and shoes head
inside the house.
Nothing replaces those items. Well, maybe
laundry from time to time.
“I take shirts to dry cleaners. That’s a 12-min-
ute trip and they’re out,” Muller said.
Muller is an admitted neat freak. His household mirrors his car in terms of tidiness. The
bed is always made, the kitchen always clean
and the papers always in the proper place.
Clutter is his kryptonite.
“When I go in my kitchen, I have all of these
mason jars filled with M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms,
pretzels, all kinds of snacks. I have them set
up [in order of height],” Muller said. “When my
kids or my girlfriend wants to mess with me,
they’ll move the jars around so they’re not in
order. I’ve had a guy clean my house for at least
25 years. I straighten up the house before he
comes, and he’s there every day. I can’t stand a
mess. It drives me nuts.”
Conversely, Muller’s sons Alex and Maximil-
lian don’t seem to mind clutter. Look in their
trunks and you’ll find more than golf clubs.
“They’re pigs. It’s disgusting – paddle tennis
equipment, shoes and socks from four years
ago,” Muller said.
During the golf season, a bag or two, complete with a change of clothes and necessary
toiletries, may be added to Muller’s trunk on occasion. It doesn’t disrupt the exemplary display
of golf cleanliness.
“Even then, everything is neatly organized,”
• golf clubs
• 2 dozen golf balls
• a pair of golf shoes
“YOU THOUGHT I WAS
A SLOB? MY TRUNK IS
CLEAN. I DON’T LIKE
CLUTTER. I DON’T
– James Muller