Golf & Music

The Top 100 in Music

Our second ranking of the top musicians who play golf, and a new No. 1

November 2008
Handicaps are from August and were determined from the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network, state associations, the musicians, publicists, friends and playing partners. Handicaps without decimal points are unofficial estimates.
1. Rudy Gatlin
+1.3 Singer's touted motivational speaking must have contributed to improvement from 2.4 Index in 2006; plays at Royal Oaks in Dallas, where he shot 68 in June.
2. Kenny G
0.0 Jazz saxophonist was our No. 1 in 2006; says his proudest athletic moment was hitting a great drive in front of Jack Nicklaus. (Read more about Kenny G)
3. Marty Roe 0.2 Vocalist and acoustic guitarist for Diamond Rio plays at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club; improved his Index over summer months.
4. Vince Gill
0.8 Country singer, on tour through November, has raised millions for junior golf with his "Vinny" pro-celebrity event; The First Tee Nashville facility is called The VinnyLinks.
5. Steve Azar
1.3 Singer-songwriter played almost daily with college roommate, listening on headphones to Springsteen, Mellencamp and Seger.
6. Adrian Young
1.4 Drummer for No Doubt with mohawk cut belongs to two clubs in San Diego area. (Read more about Adrian Young)
7. Steve Gatlin 3.4 Hasn't improved as dramatically as No. 1 younger brother, but he's down from 3.9 in '06.
8. Larry Gatlin 3.5 Went from gospel to country to Broadway.
9. Dan Tyminski 4.4 Ten-time Grammy winner released his second solo album, "Wheels," in June.
10. Griffin House 5 Singer-songwriter grew up playing at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club, where his scratch-player dad is a former club champ.
11. Alice Cooper
5.3 Well before he was known for his golf, rocker used to charter flights to golf venues from concert cities. (Read more about Alice Cooper)
T-12. Mac Davis
5.8 Singer-songwriter who wrote several Elvis hits plays at Bel-Air Country Club.
T-12. Huey Lewis
5.8 Posted 18 rounds at his Montana club in May/June; performed on Capitol lawn July 4.
14. Lloyd Cole 5.9 British rocker lives in western Massachusetts, where he laments that only two of Donald Ross' original holes remain at home course, Wycoff Country Club.
T-15. Josh Kelley
6 Singer married actress Katherine Heigl late last year, and he's claiming a handicap two strokes higher than his 4 in our 2006 ranking.
T-15. Justin Timberlake
6 Rarely plays 18 holes; says he's "about a 6." (See interview with Justin Timberlake)
17. Will Pugh 6.4 Lead singer for Cartel quit his high school golf team to pursue music.
T-18. Alan White 6.6 Yes drummer, based in state of Washington, is No. 2 sticks man on our list.
T-18. Dweezil Zappa
6.6 Guitarist says golf keeps him sane in crazy business.
20. Clay Walker
7 Country singer hosted "Band Against MS" fund-raiser at Pebble Beach courses to fight MS, a disease from which he suffers.
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