Get to Know:
Name: Fred MacFarlane
City of residence: Culver City
Club: Industry Hills Golf Club
Profession: Strategic Communications
Family: Son Patrick
Volunteer and committee involvement: SCGA and Days of Dialogue
What you Didn't Know:
Name a musician that Fred listens to: Jimi Hendrix
First car: 1969 Datsun 510
Favorite book: The Powers That Be by David Halberstam
Guilty-pleasure food: Lobster
Favorite non-golf item: Corvette Z06
Favorite Southland hotspot: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
One gadget Fred can’t live without: Apple Mac laptop. It’s kept me in business without one breakdown or computer virus.
Favorite quote: “The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.” (T.S. Eliot)
If Fred couldn't do what he does now as a profession, he would: Open a restaurant.
Greatest pride: My son, Patrick. After my son, I’m proud to have received an Emmy Award by a vote by my professional peers.
Most-visited website that’s not work-related: autoblog.com
On volunteering: There’s something noble, honorable and gratifying about giving your time, skill and talent to a worthy cause without considering personal profit. I volunteer because I get a lot of joy from the experience.
On the Course:
Fred has played golf since: Age 12, when I first learned how to play. I’ve played golf regularly since the mid-1990s.
What Fred would like to see more of on the course: Improved pace of play. I don’t know anyone who is thrilled after playing a six-hour, 18-hole round of golf.
Favorite Tour player: Tiger Woods. Tiger dramatically changed the game of golf in more ways than simply by his sporting achievement. His accomplishments exceed all but a handful of golfers before him; and I mean that as no slight to the likes of Jack Nicklaus or my childhood favorite: Arnold Palmer. Tiger helped turn golf into a culturally cool sport, and that’s no easy feat. He may have personal faults; who among us doesn’t. I’m a big believer in redemption. Though the ending hasn’t been written, history will record Tiger as one of golf’s most significant contributors, if not its greatest player of all time.
What part of the game of golf needs to change: Affordability. Golf can be cost-prohibitive for many people interested in the game.
One Rule of Golf Fred would like to change?: 18-2b (ball at rest moved after address)
Importance of junior golf: Golf is the most fantastic and frustrating game you could ever play. You don’t need to be big, fast or strong to play. You don’t need a team or partner. You can be as competitive as you want to be. The game changes from first shot to last putt, so you never get bored. Golf is a sport you can play with your grandparents when you’re young and play with your grandchildren when you’re old.