No Cameras Please! The Top Ten Celebrities Who Love(d) the Game of Golf
By Hannah Birss
Ah, golf time. Blue skies, birdsong, manicured landscapes, and every now and then the flash of a bulb going off and the sight of someone fifty feet up a tree with a camera. Have you ever had to deal with the paparazzi on the green? You might not have, but it turns out that a lot of celebrities love the game of golf, and rightly so. Here are just some of the famous and familiar faces you can expect to see out and about with a golf club in hand.
Turns out one of the most intimidating men on and off the screen also happens to be an avid golfer. In fact, it’s rumored that he has a contract clause that demands that he get to play golf twice a week whenever he films movies. I can only wish my job contract allowed me to do that.
Where’s the leather jacket and eyepatch, Sam?
A powerful whirlwind in the kitchen and on the course, the iron chef is a certified golf fanatic who plays once a week and can be found on The Golf Channel’s “Haney Project
”. He’s living the dream cooking, eating, and golfing his way around the world – ‘Scuse me, waiter, I’ll have what he’s having.
He’s got a taste for it now.
3. Presidential Power
Golf is often thought of as the sport of the rich, the powerful, and the influential. While that is often not the case, it’s easy to say that there are some very big names who have an addiction to the course. Dwight Eisenhower, John F Kennedy, and Barack Obama all are known to enjoy a game or six. Even Woodrow Wilson used play in the snow with black golf balls. While I can admire his dedication, I’ll just as soon spend the winter indoors dreaming of a greener green come spring.
Great power and an even greater slice.
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Younger generations might not recognize this name, but they definitely would recognize the trademark Tarzan yell. Our friend Johnny was in Cuba playing a tournament when he was surrounded by a group of rebels. He let out his Tarzan roar – and his game of golf was saved while he was escorted to a safer area by delighted soldiers.
His “FORE!” must be truly spectacular.
We all know Bill Murray likes to hang around golf courses, but what you might not know is that his love of the green extends off camera as well. He’s won the Pro-Am
in 2011, is a familiar face at AT&T
, and has a wicked swing. Of course, he’s still his funny old self when playing.
A truly fashionable man.
He’s not just great in the rink, but he’s great on the green. He’s played in a bunch of tournaments, and his daughter, Paulina, is now married to PGA Tour
player Dustin Johnson
And thus, two sport dynasties became one.
The birds on the green have been joined by an even more powerful songbird. Celine Dion loves the game of golf so much, she even owns her own golf course
, near Terrebonne, in Quebec.
What a voice and what a swing!
He’s bringing sexy back, and he’s bringing it right back to the tournament level. He’s the only two-time participant in the Golf Digest
U.S Open Challenge, and is responsible for restoring a municipal course in his native Memphis. He calls golf his “getaway” and spends his time training with famed instructor Butch Harmon
He’s got more than just dance moves.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – but no worries here, since Jack Nicholson took up the game of golf at the age of 50, and practices his game by shooting balls off his back porch into a neighboring canyon. He’s joined several local L.A clubs to keep his edge sharp – just like his axe.
He always manages to look vaguely threatening thanks to my childhood trauma.
There are a lot of golf addicts here.
What about you? Ever seen anyone notable on the green? Let us know in the comments below!