10 Musicians Who Love To Play Golf
Golf and music have always had a unique relationship. Both are forms of art and both, if done right, can be beautiful. However, golf is an escape for those who don’t play it professionally, and some musicians take full advantage, especially when they’re out on tour.
For them, it’s a reprieve from the grind. As multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actor Justin Timberlake stated, “you have a lot of time on these tours. As Alice Cooper said, you can either drink all day or golf.”
So take a look at 10 of the finest musician golfers.
Grammy-winning saxophonist Kenny G can almost play golf better than he can play the instrument. Ironically in high school, he made the golf team over the jazz band. Checking in at a sub-one handicap, he’s a member of Sherwood Country Club, where he is a club-stroke champion. Kenny is also usually a staple at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Multiple Grammy winner Justin Timberlake is a golf addict. If he’s not making music, acting, or playing courses around the world, he’s usually at Liberty National in New Jersey and Lakeside Golf Club in Los Angeles where he’s a member. He even had his name on a PGA event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Grammy nominated Hall of Fame rocker Alice Cooper is almost as well known for his golf addiction. In fact, he claims it saved his life in his book Alice Cooper: Golf Monster. He plays to about a five and is always up for a game.
The ageless Willie Nelson loves to get out to the course whenever he’s got free time. In fact, he’s been on record saying “All I do is play music and golf.” The 14-time Grammy winner owns a course in Texas. “Par is whatever Willie shoots,” says the pro.
Grammy winner and Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob Seger enjoys his time on the course whenever he’s not performing. Back in 2009, he played the Buick Open pro-am with Tiger Woods which made for a great show.
The lead singer of 3-time Grammy-winning band Maroon 5, Adam Levine, plays to a modest 15 handicap, but is always looking to improve his game. Back in 2012, he was celebrity student on Golf Channel’s The Haney Project and came out a better golfer. He’s been known to play a pro-am or two as well.
Macklemore has had a passion for golf ever since he was a kid. He tries to play a round whenever he can between writing music and touring. Golf helps Macklemore relax and reset mentally. He has said the sport requires creativity and precision, two attributes he also applies to his hip hop career.
The Grammy award winning front man for Hootie & the Blowfish, Darrius Rucker, plays to a six handicap. Since the band’s hiatus, he’s had time to focus on his solo career, as well as what’s really important – golf. Rucker also signed on as a partner with MGC Sports and is now an agent for pro golfers.
It’s no surprise that the man who made the album “Sports” is also a regular on the golf course. Grammy winner Huey Lewis can be found at many pro-ams when he’s not with his band, and its easy can see why. Along with a great voice, he’s got a passion for the game and pretty good swing.
Country music star Jake Owen is an avid golfer when he’s not on stage performing. He plays frequently to clear his head and relax on the road. Golf has been a passion of Owen’s since childhood; he even considers possibly trying to qualify for professional tours someday. Owen brings his clubs on tour so he can fit in rounds whenever possible.