Southern California has produced some of the greatest athletes of all time and many of them have gone on to take up golf has a hobby. Let’s take a look at some of the best SoCal athletes who play golf.
The Los Angeles native is one of the greatest quarterback to ever play in NFL history and he is also a big golf fan. Moon even helped host a charity golf tournament for St. Jude Hospitals in Hawaii. Moon has said in the past that he is not an avid golfer, but does participate when it comes to charity events. That’s enough to be a golfer in my book.
Arguably one of the greatest closers in MLB history, Trevor Hoffman is a golf fanatic. Hoffman hails from Bellflower and is a regular in the American Century Celebrity Classic that is held in Lake Tahoe each summer.
One of the most controversial athletes in the history of sports, Bonds is regularly seen teeing it up in MLBPA events and other celebrity tournaments. Now that Bonds is a full time coach with the Miami Marlins, he will have plenty of great courses to choose from in the area.
The 2003 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee is as big of a golf nut as they come. Allen is a member of a few Southern California Clubs and has played in numerous pro-ams and celebrity tournaments. Allen said in an interview with Golf Digest that he started playing golf in his late 20’s and now plays to about an 8 handicap.
The famous tennis player moved to Palos Verdes with his family from Maryland when he was about 7 years old. There he began working on his Hall of Fame tennis career and 14 grand slam titles. Sampras has been a regular at various Southern California country clubs, including Bel-Air.
Perhaps the greatest hitter who ever lived was also an avid golfer. The Hall of Famer and only man to ever hit for .400 in a single season played regular rounds with former professional golfer Judy Rankin. Williams was born in San Diego.
We lost Mr. Padre in 2014, but his legacy will always live on. Gwynn revolutionized hitting in baseball and was also a regular on the golf course. Here’s a quick excerpt from the San Diego Tribune about a story on the course with Gwynn:
When we arrived at the 11th hole, a 135-yard par-3, we had to wait for the group ahead to putt out.
As we sat in the cart waiting for the green to clear, another foursome drove up behind us.
Out bounced one member of the group who quickly approached Tony to tell him how big of a fan he was, that his son played for the Padres on his Little League team, and so on.
Tony was gracious, shook hands and made a little small talk. Soon enough the green had cleared and we stepped to the tee.
Tony stuck his shot about eight feet from the flagstick.