“Compiling our Top 100 in Music, we wanted to include guitarists, bassists, pianists, saxophonists, drummers and vocalists across genres from jazz to country to heavy metal. We looked for golfers who would be fun to play with, most of them with little patience for the less-than-well-mannered in their industry who tend to dominate the tabloid headlines—but, yes, we included a few of them, too.
Although some are new to the game or struggle to find time to play, most pursue it avidly, often as an antidote to the noisy way they spend so many nights. ‘I prefer dead silence on the course,’ says Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose. Others voice a common refrain: ‘I play to get away from music.’ Touring gives musicians the opportunity to play some of the world’s best courses, and a chance to get out of the spotlight. Not too many fans or paparazzi, we’re told, are looking for a heavy-metal rocker on a fairway.
‘Golf starts out as a great escape, then some people become really serious about it,’ says talent manager Steve Rennie, a member at Bel-Air Country Club, who has played with many on our list. Music mogul Irving Azoff, who manages groups from the Eagles to No Doubt and, through Azoff MSG Entertainment, owns prime performance venues, says so many musicians play that he has installed a TrackMan at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., to keep them entertained.” – Lisa Furlong and Craig Bestrom
T-87. KELLEY JAMES
Freestyle vocalist/guitarist will perform 130 shows worldwide in 2014.