Not everyone gets good at golf, but many actors and musicians take their game seriously and boast pretty impressive handicaps. Let’s take a look at the best celebrity golfers from this bunch.
A Look at 10 of the Best Celebrity Golfers
Yes, Snoop Dogg plays golf. And he’s pretty good at it. This hip-hop icon has an 18 handicap and typically shoots about 90.
It’s clear that his days as a member of the Crips street gang are far behind him. Snoop Dogg now spends time not just in the recording studio but also on the golf course.
Singer Celine Dion is as passionate about golf as she is with her music. But just how much of an avid golfer is she?
Celine, who has a handicap of 17, lives in a golf course in Las Vegas. She owns a golf course, called Le Mirage, in Canada. And during the 2000 Kraft Nabisco tournament, she and Karrie Webb jumped into a pond. All for the love of golf!
Remember Caddyshack? In the film, Bill Murray portrayed Carl Spackler, a groundskeeper who goes on to win the Masters. In real life, Bill, who boasts an 8 handicap, has won a Pro-Am championship playing with D.A. Points.
A funnyman on screen, Bill also makes spectators on the golf course laugh with his wisecracks and outrageous hats.
Just like music, golf is a perfect fit for Justin Timberlake, who has a six handicap. He says, “The golf swing is very very rhythmic. There’s a certain tempo to it….It just made sense to me.”
Justin played his first-ever game near Memphis, at Big Creek, with his dad. When there were plans to convert the golf course to a housing complex, Justin and his parents intervened. They bought the golf course and kept it operational.
While he didn’t get to play pro, Justin hosts an event of his own — the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Mark Wahlberg puts his muscles to good use not just in movies, but also on the golf course. A model turned hip-hop star turned actor, Mark has a handicap of 7 and rips drives 300 yards plus.
Playing golf, Mark reveals, has become a form of exercise for him. It’s actually all the exercise he gets!
He hasn’t starred in a golf movie yet, but Dennis Quaid was once a scratch golfer. While his handicap has dropped to 6 and 7 over the years, he is hopeful that he’ll be able to swing back.
Dennis was named the top Hollywood golfer in 2005 by Golf Digest. He also hosts a golf charity event each year.
Samuel L. Jackson
Golf isn’t just a pastime for Samuel L. Jackson. In fact, his film contracts always include a clause that says he needs to get “golf time out from filming.” So he doesn’t just play golf when he’s on a break, but also during production.
With the time he spends on this sport, it’s no wonder the highest-grossing Hollywood actor has a handicap of six.
Between tours, country music singer Steve Azar joins charity golf tournaments such as the Pro-Am Viking Classics. Boasting a 0.9 handicap, he won the 2010 Hottie and the Blowfish Tournament.
Long before he was a soap opera icon, General Hospital’s Jack Wagner was a serious golfer. He started playing at 10 and was on the road to becoming a pro until his golf scholarship at the University of Arizona was declined. He entered the drama program instead and from there pursued an acting career.
But to this day, Jack is skilled in golf and recognized as one of the best celebrity golfers. With a +0.3 handicap, he has won the Bel-Air Country Club championship six times.
Kenny G is as smooth with his sax as he is on the golf course. He has a handicap of +0.6 and takes part in tournaments, even winning the 2001 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title with Phil Mickelson. In 2006, Golf Digest hailed him as the celebrity musician golfer of the year.
With their passion for and commitment to golf, it’s not surprising to see many celebrities playing like pros. And you can expect the best celebrity golfers to be as great on the golf course as they are on screen or on stage.
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