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The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

This month we talk about The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the USA, has played more golf in his first month in office than any other former President.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Well, I have always thought that people in positions of power and authority need the stress-relieving powers of a game of golf.  But when is a lot too much.  When does golf get in the way of running the country?  I think in Donald Trump’s case, only time will tell.  I think most Americans don’t care how much golf their President plays as long as he is making the correct decisions for the country’s good!  Thanks to Swing by Swing, here is a list of 10 golfing Presidents of the modern era!

The president of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the history of America, so it’s no surprise quite a few Commanders-in-Chief took to the golf course to let off a little steam. In honor of President’s Day, we take a look back on 10 past U.S. presidents that found happiness with a golf club in their hands.

Dwight Eisenhower

The Best of USA's Golfing Presidents.
 

Famously a member at Augusta National Golf Club where he used to have one of the most notorious trees in golf named after him (which unfortunately fell in 2014 due to a major ice storm), Ike played more than 800 rounds of golf while calling the White House home. Playing often with Arnold Palmer in the years following the conclusion of World War II, Eisenhower and the King brought the game to the masses. According “Ike’s Bluff”, a biography by Evan Thomas, “Ike loosened up in his White House bedroom every morning with an 8-iron, hit balls on the White House lawn every day at 5 p.m…the man was serious about his golf.”

George W. Bush

The Best of USA's Golfing Presidents.
 

Bush 43 is a certified golf junkie. While not only a decent player in his own right, Bush enjoys watching the pros on television and is a frequent guest at the biennial Presidents Cup matches. Most famously, Bush is a quick player with rounds that surpass three hours being considered slow.

Richard Nixon

The Best of USA's Golfing Presidents.
 

Nixon took up golf while serving as Vice President of the United States under Dwight Eisenhower. However, his plan to spend more time with his boss turned into a full-blown addiction, eventually leading friends to build a three-hole golf course at his home in California as a respite from the likes of Watergate and Vietnam.

Ronald Reagan

The Best of USA's Golfing Presidents.
 

Reagan had been a golfer long before he entered the Presidency. As an actor and executive, he played the game often, and his natural athletic ability led him to be a pretty good player. Once in office, however, Reagan’s rounds were limited dramatically, save for his annual New Year’s Eve outings on a private California course. Famously, Reagan was playing a round at Augusta National when a gunman took two hostages in the club’s pro shop and demanded to talk to the Commander in Chief.

George H.W. Bush

The Best of USA's Golfing Presidents.

Bush 41 was a golfer by blood, and that line ran throughout his family. In fact, his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was a former President of the USGA.  And the founder of the Walker Cup. Bush was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.  He can be seen at multiple PGA Tour events each year.

To see the rest of the USA’s Golfing Presidents, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

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Golf and Music have always gone together!

Golf and Music have always gone together!

Golf and Music have always gone together!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

With the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am currently in full swing and all the celebrities out in full force, it is interesting to see how many musicians are playing.  Proving that golf and music have always gone together!.  Swing by Swing has put an interesting list together.  Check it out!

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.” In honor of the Grammy Awards, we take a look at 10 of the finest musician golfers.

Snoop Dogg

 

Handicap: 18

Snoop Dogg may not be the best golfer in the world, but there’s no doubt he enjoys the game. The 15-time Grammy nominee rapper and actor says he shoots “about 90,” which by all standards, isn’t that bad. Also, he’s a big fan of Tiger Woods. In fact, he went on record saying that golf is “garbage” without the 14-time major winner playing.

Willie Nelson

Handicap: 16

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.

Bob Seger

Handicap: 16

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.

 

Adam Levine

Handicap: 15

The lead singer of the 3-time Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 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.

Roger Waters

Handicap: 12

73-year-old Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy winner Roger Waters of the legendary band Pink Floyd loves to golf his ball when he’s not playing music. He belongs to the exclusive  National Golf Links of America located out on Long Island, New York.

To see the rest of this Top 10 group, go here!

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Source: Swing by Swing

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Who are the TOP 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood?

Who are the TOP 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood?

Who are the TOP 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

We all know that there are a ton of actors who love golf.  Just watch the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am each year as well as the annual Johhny Walker Pro-Am at St. Andrews every year.  But who is the best? Swing by Swing brings us an interesting list of the Top 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood.  Check them out!

Some of the best golf courses in the country are located in California. It is no coincidence that numerous famous personas of Tinsel Town find themselves taking up the game there and falling in love with it, just like all of us have at our own respective courses. Here is our list of the Top 10 Hollywood Golfers.

10. Samuel L. Jackson

Who are the TOP 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood?

Not a bad golfer!

Jackson took up golf when a group of his friends tricked him into going to a driving range. With a handicap of 6.9, Samuel L. once shot a 78 while playing with Tiger. Where did they play? None other than St. Andrews.

9. Bill Murray

Who are the TOP 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood?

Always funny.

Bill Murray is one of the most notable celebrity golfers. He wrote a book about how golf impacted his life titled Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf. His handicap is holding strong at 7.2.

8. Matthew McConaughey

Who are the TOP 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood?

Alright, Alright, Alright!

McConaughey played on his golf team in high school. Luck has been on his side, though, as he claims he has four aces in his lifetime. The Academy Award winner has an 8.6 handicap.

To see the other 7 Hollywood actors/golfers, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

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Which Celebrity Golfers Would You Like To Play With - I like # 25!

Which Celebrity Golfers Would You Like To Play With – I like # 25!

Which Celebrity Golfers Would You Like To Play With – I like # 25!

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Every year at tournaments like the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, celebrities come out in droves to play with the very best in the world.  What many people don’t realize is that, by playing in these Pro-Ams, the celebs are helping to raise thousands of dollars for charity around the world.    of Golf Digest gives us quite a comprehensive list right here!

Hannah Davis

 
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Kate Upton

 
Which Celebrity Golfers Would You Like To Play With - I like # 25!

Kelly Rohrbach

 

Which Celebrity Golfers Would You Like To Play With - I like # 25!

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Source:    Golf Digest

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New England Patriots Kicker compares Golf to Kicking!

New England Patriots Kicker compares Golf to Kicking!

New England Patriots Kicker compares Golf to Kicking!

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Stephen Gostkowski, one of the best kickers in NFL history, sees similarities between kicking a football and playing golf. In a recent interview with Mark Carnevale on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Gostkowski talked about the importance of both sports, tempo, and rhythm, managing wind and confidence. He also repeats what many professional athletes have said in the past, “It’s all mental.”

What cool move does the Patriot’s best-ever kicker make after a shot through the uprights?

Watch this video from Emily Kay at sbnation.com:

Stephen Gostkowski is on his way to becoming the greatest kicker in NFL history, so he knows a thing or two about how weather conditions, timing, and cadence can affect the trajectory of a football.

With fellow players from teammate Tom Brady to Giants punter Brad Wing this season displaying their love for the game of golf, it’s not surprising that Gostkowski shares the passion and sees a slew of similarities between hammering one through the uprights and keeping a golf ball on the fairway.

To read the rest of this amazing story of the New England Patriots kicker, go here!

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Alice Cooper was a 9 handicap after 1 Year of Golf!

Alice Cooper was a 9 handicap after 1 Year of Golf!

Alice Cooper was a 9 handicap after 1 Year of Golf!

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Most of us know that the pioneer of shock rock took up golf when he quit drinking. Alice Cooper’s doctor told him that he would follow other musicians in death-by-alcohol if he didn’t give it up.

Cooper says he needed an activity that lasted all day so he chose golf. He’s been playing for 30 years now and says it’s the best game he’s ever played. His life change has also motivated Cooper to help others to explore their potential. This villainous on-stage rocker shows another side with his many charity golf tournaments and free music programs for kids.

But how exactly did Alice Cooper get to a 9 handicap after only one year of golf?


Find out here in this cool video from EuropeanTour.com

On a recent trip to America European Tour Weekly spent time with the legendary musician Alice Cooper. Cooper has on several occasions credited golf as having played a major role in helping him to overcome his addiction to alcohol, and has even gone as far to say that when he took up golf, it was a case of replacing one addiction with another.

Source: European Tour

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I Love it when People Mistake Arnold Palmer for 'Tom Collins'!

I Love it when People Mistake Arnold Palmer for ‘Tom Collins’!

I Love it when People Mistake Arnold Palmer for ‘Tom Collins’!

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Time for your daily laugh.

I’ve always loved those man-in-the-street clips by people like Jay Leno. This one involves an intern from Golf Digest and South African Pro golfer, Louis Oosthuizen.

It is all about identifying famous golfers. The one where New Yorkers are shown a picture of Arnold Palmer is hilarious. And Oosthuizen’s behavior reveals once again why he is loved by peers and fans worldwide.

See the story and video from Joel Beall at: Golf Digest

Louis Oosthuizen owns a claret jug and one of the best swings on tour.

He also owns a hell of a sense of humor.

The South African hit the streets of the Big Apple as a Golf Digest intern, asking New Yorkers a simple question: Can you identify famous golfers?

Spoiler alert: Despite one standing in front of them, they could not:

To see Louis Oosthuizen interview people on the streets of NY, go here!

Source: Joel Beall  Golf Digest

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Does playing QBack help Tom Brady's golf - Check it out here!

Does playing QBack help Tom Brady’s golf – Check it out here!

Does playing QBack help Tom Brady’s golf – Check it out here!
 
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Tom Brady is one of the best (if not the best) best quarterbacks in the NFL today.  

With the mindset of evading hazards and trying to score on the football field, does this help when playing golf?  Back9Network and Chris Chaney, Wrong Fairway sat down with Tom to hear his take on golf and football!
 
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Tom Brady could very well be considered the Tiger Woods of the football world. He’s undeniably gifted, incredibly divisive, and a practitioner of questionable fashion. Last week, Brady bridged the gap between football and golf when talking about his ability to complete passes down the field.

Responding to a question about his downfield prowess, Brady was told that he is completing 47.1% of his pass attempts between 21-30 yards, up from the 28.1% mark he posted in 2014.

“Really? That’s surprising to me,” Brady said. “We’ve talked about that a lot over the last couple of years, trying to make plays more vertically in the defense. I think we do a good job obviously horizontally. From behind the line of scrimmage to the goal line, I think the best offenses can really challenge you in a lot of ways. It’s great to have those 12-and-13-play drives, but it’s great to score in one play or two plays also. Again, it’s a quarterback-receiver trust relationship, trying to put the ball can make a play on it and believe that our guy is going to make a play.”

To read the rest of this article plus watch a video interview with Tom on the Golf Channel, go here!

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Surprise Celebrities who play Golf - #8 in my Favorite!

Surprise Celebrities who play Golf – #8 in my Favorite!

Surprise Celebrities who play Golf – #8 in my Favorite!
 
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There are certain celebrities who we regularly see in Celebrity Pro-Ams, like the AT&T at Pebble Beach.  

But here is a list of Celebrities who have been keeping their games under wraps!  Until today.  Sam Weinman of Golf Digest has just uncovered 23 celebrities who absolutely love golf.  Check it out!
 
Surprise Celebrities who Golf - #8 in my Favorite!
 

MICHAEL PHELPS

The Olympic star’s golf career has been fruitful enough to land a Golf Digest cover, a Golf Channel show, and an endorsement contract with Ping. “This is a passion that I have and I’m going to do everything I can to improve and get to where I want to be. I have friends that are single-digit and scratch golfers that I would love to be able to compete with,” Phelps told Golf World’s E. Michael Johnson. “I know it is a very challenging sport. It’s the most humbling sport I’ve ever played in my life.”

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The Ultimate Hustler - The story of Titanic Thompson!

The Ultimate Hustler – The story of Titanic Thompson!

The Ultimate Hustler – The story of Titanic Thompson!

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Even as a young man in South Africa, I had heard of the legendary Titanic Thompson.

Gambler, golf hustler, accused murderer, and more were monikers attached to this man. Titanic Thompson traveled the USA wagering at cards, billiards, shooting, golf, and more. He had extraordinary eyesight, terrific hand-eye coordination, and was also ambidextrous. The renowned pool player, Minnesota Fats, considered Thompson a genius and “the greatest action man of all time.” His ‘work’ line attracted a criminal element intent on robbing him, and Titanic killed 4 men in self-defense. There was the fifth death on a boat that the Sheriff deemed ‘iffy,’ but Thompson released the deed to the boat and left town, rather than stand trial.

Titanic Thompson didn’t start his golf career until his early 30’s, but his natural physical skills served him well.

After taking some lessons in San Francisco and playing a great deal, he became good enough to turn professional. But he replied when asked if he’d ever turn Pro, “I could not afford the pay cut.” In the 1930s, top pro golfers were lucky to make $30,000 in a year, and Thompson made that most weeks, hustling wealthy country club players!

Hall of Fame golfer Ben Hogan traveled with Titanic Thompson in the early 1930s for money games, and he later called Titanic the best shot-maker he ever saw. “He can play right or left-handed. You can’t beat him!” said Hogan. One of Thompson’s hustles was to beat an opponent playing right-handed and then offer to play the course again left-handed for double or nothing. Usually, the opponent was unaware that Titanic was an ambidextrous golfer, so you know how that went!

Many golfers, who later became famous, have left documented accounts of their matches and dealings with this colorful man.

These golfers include Bryon Nelson, Sam Snead, Lee Elder, Harvey Penick, Paul Runyon, and Ben Hogan.

Thanks to renowned golf writer Dan Jenkins for his story ‘How I Met the Ultimate Hustler’ in Golf Digest, April 2015.

To read an excerpt about Titanic Thompson from Dan Jenkin’s upcoming book, go here!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_Thompson

Source: Golf Digest    Dan Jenkins

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