From Bing Crosby’s annual clambake at Pebble Beach, which became the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, to the rocker-laden field of that tournament today, musicians and golf have been strange bedfellows.
In introducing their ranking of the best golfing musicians, Lisa Furlong of Golf Digest wrote:
“Although some are new to the game or struggle to find time to play, most pursue it avidly, often as an antidote to the noisy way they spend so many nights. “I prefer dead silence on the course,” says Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose. Others voice a common refrain: “I play to get away from music.” Touring gives musicians the opportunity to play some of the world’s best courses, and a chance to get out of the spotlight.”
And speaking to Perry Lefko for Lost Golf Balls, Gil Moore, drummer for Triumph said,
“Because of the stress of the road, I started to play again just to kind of get away from Triumph. It really serves that purpose, even today. I play to get away from Metalworks and all the hubbub and the intensity of the music and entertainment business. That’s what it was for me. That’s what does it.”
And Moore gave a unique voice to the power of the odd couple relationship that exists between musicians and the game.
“For musicians, it’s almost the antithesis of what (everyday people) would think. You get out there and it really takes you away from this intense business and it gets you into an environment that is the complete opposite to the one you’re accustomed to. I think there’s really a connection (between musicians and golf), there’s no doubt about it, especially in rock.”
While the list of golfing musicians is long, perhaps the appeal of golf to musicians is best illustrated by shock-rocker Alice Cooper’s love for the game.
Alice Cooper serves as an extreme example of the touring musician’s need to put distance between on and off-stage personas, chiefly because “Alice Cooper” is an on-stage persona. Off stage, Cooper, born Vincent Furnier, is a mild-mannered family man. Indeed, the pressures of performance led Cooper deep into the darkest corridors of alcoholism in the 70s.
After a spell in a sanatorium in New York, Cooper took up the game, eventually becoming a full-fledged golf addict. Now, a single-digit handicap, he tries to play 36 holes per day, six days per week when home in Arizona and plays as much as he can when touring.
Indeed, he wrote a book about his love for the game: Golf Monster: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict. “Some people turn to God, I turned to golf,” Cooper told The Telegraph in 2007.
Few among the musical elite are as devoted to the game as Cooper, he’s one of the most impressive and improbable examples of golf-mad musicians. But it seems musicians will continue “turning to golf” as the pressures of touring and celebrity grow ever greater.
Musicians who love the game of golf:
Oh, what a legend. How we all wish we were around when Clough was managing. Maverick. If you haven't, please watch Damned United. And, during this game, the manager even turned on his own supporters by clipping them round the ear - that's probably kind to him - as his own fans raided the pitch after victory against QPR. Image Source: You Tube
Slightly different angle here. Pique has been famously vocal over his support for Catalan Independence from central Spain. The Barcelona man has regularly been booed when playing for the Spanish team, and recently stated how he will retire after the 2018 World Cup due to the pressure from the fans. Shame Gerard didn't opt for a Wazza-Roo response, 'nice to see your home fans booing, ya'. Image Source: Getty Images
Chelsea were an absolute laughing stock last season. And, to be fair to their fans, they stood behind their 'Special One'. Following Jose's sacking, Chelsea then decided to turn up, and beat Sunderland 3-0. Unprofessional, and just wrong. Who do the players think they are, picking and choosing when to show-up?! It led to heavy jeers from the home fans, in particular at the famous three rats; Costa, Hazard and Fabregas. Image Source: Daily Mail
You've got to feel for Aston Villa supporters. From being a really respected Premier League club under Martin O'Neil, to petering out like a pathetic erection after a big night out. Still, the way they turned on Brad Guzan during that 4-0 loss to Chelsea was too far last season. It led to the Chelsea players saying they'd never heard of such abuse to host players from the home fans. Poor old, Brad. Image Source: The Sun
After leading Leicester City to a Premier League title, Riyad Mahrez signed a new deal with the defending champs. With the Leicester magic sent to end after they get eliminated in the knockout round of the Champions League, Mahrez will be looking for greener pastures. Real Madrid with far too much money will look to buy the Algeria international for far too much money and he'll end up rotting on the bench. Source: Twitter
Lady Antebellum member finds time to rock all white while playing golf. (Pintrest)
Picture the scenario - you're the number one keeper for your nation who reached both the World Cup and Copa America finals in the last few years, and yet you're stuck sitting on the bench having to endure the miserable Manchester weather. How can Romero possibly be happy in his current position? The Argentine needs to be playing regular football, period. Source: ibtimes
The former Southampton midfielder simply isn't getting the respect he deserves under Jose Mourinho, and for such a quality player that is unacceptable. The abilities this lad possesses would see him walk into most teams around Europe, but for some reason the Frenchman can't hold down a regular place at Old Trafford which is a great shame. Source: Man United
Long time Eagles guitarist is also a long time golfer. (Pintrest)
Some people may be shocked and outraged by this decision, but hear me out. The youngster has only just come back from a debilitating injury, but rumours are already circulating that Mourinho isn't a big fan of the youngster and it appears as if he's behind Daley Blind in the pecking order. Maybe a move away from Manchester wouldn't be the worst thing.
Things have been looking pretty pear shaped for Young for a few years now, and to be honest if he has any hope of salvaging his career he needs to find the exit door at Old Trafford pretty quickly. It doesn't look like things are going to get any better any time soon, and he could still do a job for a second tier side. Source: Huffington Post
To be captain of your country, and then be booed like Turan was during Euro 2016, shows how ruthless the Turks can be. On the chopping board for not putting enough effort in during Turkey's 3-0 loss to Spain. The Spanish even started chanting Turan in support for the Barcelona man. Image Source: Squawka
Snoop sure knows a lot about grass, plus is one hell of a golfer. (Listal)
The Turks are back at it. Demirel genuinely refused to play for the national side in 2014, after receiving copious amounts of abuse from Galatasaray fans, playing for Fenerbahce. Saying that, really don't blame the 'keeper, those fans are terrifying. Image Source: kralspor