These big-time country singers know a thing or two about how to perfect their golf swing.
Everyone knows that country stars can tear it up on a concert stage, but did you know that many of them also excel on the golf course? Golf is a popular pastime for several busy country stars who love to be able to unwind on the course. Here are 10 country stars who love golf.
10. Jake Owen
Country crooner Jake Owen originally planned to play golf at Florida State, but a shoulder injury prevented him from fulfilling that dream. As he waited for his shoulder to recuperate, he started tinkering around on the guitar, and the rest is history. Today, the “What We Ain’t Got” singer still enjoys playing golf during his free time. He’s even played at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, CA.
9. Colt Ford
Music icon Colt Ford is best known as a country singer, rapper, and songwriter, but in his early days he was a professional golfer who played on the Nationwide Tour. After realizing he needed to concentrate on one passion, Ford ultimately chose to pursue music. But he still enjoys playing golf now and then.
8. Toby Keith
Toby Keith found fame through singing runaway hits like “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “Beer For My Horses.” But the he’s also a talented golfer in his own right. He even owns a golf course adjacent to his ranch. “Two miles from the gate of my ranch is my golf course, and every day we play golf,” the singer told reporters in 2013.
7. George Strait
As one of the most enduring names in country music, George Strait has created countless classics in his prolific and storied career. But the 62- year-old “King of Country” isn’t just an iconic performer. In 2011, he bought a golf course resort in Texas so he that could hone his skills.
6. Kip Moore
Kip Moore’s father played professional golf, so it’s no wonder this country star loves golf. He initially followed in his footsteps by attending Valdolsta State University on a golf scholarship. Afterwards, the hunky heartthrob followed his country dreams all the way to Nashville, where he released his first album, Up All Night. Today, he moves audiences nationwide with his inspiring songs like “Hey Pretty Girl” and “Young Love.”
5. Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney is one of the biggest names in country music. Throughout his remarkable career, he has recorded 16 albums, 13 of which have been certified gold or higher. In his free time, the “Wild Child” singer loves to play a good game of golf. He also sometimes plays golf at fundraiser tournaments.
4. Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean enjoys playing golf, but the “Burnin’ It Down” singer says he isn’t about to abandon his music career for a life on the green. “My golf score is really bad,” Aldean says during an interview with CNN.com. “Off the tee box, I can drive it about 275, and I’m in the fairway about 99% of the time. It’s my next shot that needs work.”
3. Cole Swindell
Newcomer Cole Swindell is best known for his 2013 hit “Chillin’ It.” But the singer-songwriter has a few other hobbies as well. “I went to a small high school in South Georgia,” Swindell says during an interview with Radio.com. “I played baseball, basketball, football, ran track and played golf.” He still enjoys playing golf, and often posts photos of his favorite courses on social media.
2. Lee Brice
Lee Brice has recorded some of the most romantic country ballads in existence. From “I Don’t Dance” to “A Woman Like You” to “Love Like Crazy,” Brice is no stranger to heartfelt songs. In his free time, he enjoys relaxing on the green. He’s even played golf at the Augusta National Golf Club.
1. Rodney Atkins
Rodney Atkins is best known for his standout songs like “He’s Mine” and “If You’re Going Through Hell.” But the Tennessee native also knows a thing or two about golf. He’s even sponsored the Rodney Atkins Celebrity Golf Classic.