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Everybody’s doing it
10:11am Wednesday 5th May 2010 in Wiltshire Golf Magazine
THE days when golf was just the preserve of old fogies and social climbers are long gone.
And it’s also moved on from the time when its most noted showbiz fans were the likes of light-entertainers Jimmy Tarbuck, Bruce Forsyth and Russ Abbott.
Nowadays you can hardy swing a club without hitting a star of screen or sport teeing off.
Footballers, Hollywood actors, models, comedians, boy bands . . . they’re all at it.
Vince Furnier – better known as heavy rocker Alice Cooper – is one of the game’s more unlikey ambassadors.
He credits the game as saving him from alcohol addiction and his memoir is titled Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock ‘n’ Roller’s 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict.
“I traded one bad habit for another habit, only this habit (golf) was a lot healthier,” he’s quoted as saying.
Hollywood A-listers are never slow to get in on a trend – or start one off – with Samuel L Jackson heading up the US Tee-list.
And Zorro star Catherine Zeta-Jones takes some glamour to the links when she plays with her husband, veteran actor Michael Douglas.
Back in Blighty, high profile celebrity golfers include presenter Chris Evans, singer Ronan Keating and Hugh Grant.
Even Robbie Williams is a fan . . . a case of Sing When Your Swinging?!