Pat Green talks about his love for golf

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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Last week I had a chance to speak with the multi- talented
country singer/songwriter Pat Green as he was headed to Austin on his
tour bus. Green is a native Texan… born in San Antonio and raised in
Waco. He began his rise to national prominence in the mid- 90’s after
starting out playing his music at bars and clubs while attending Texas
Tech in Lubbock. These days Green resides with his family in Ft.
Worth.
Ironically, Ft. Worth and the historic Billy Bob’s Texas
(World’s largest Honky Tonk) was the location that really helped
launch his career.
Green recalled, “On December 5th 1995, I think was the correct
date, was my first time playing at Bill Bob’s. That show really
changed my perspective because I didn’t know at the time if you did it
right you could really win. It wasn’t until that night that I knew and
everything exploded for me. It was like a neutron bomb going off. I
knew if I could fill that place I could do it anywhere. After that
Madison Square Garden, Red Rock, Kenny Chesney Tour, Keith Urban Tour
and Dave Matthews Tour showed me I that I was okay.”
Along the way the affable Green has amassed a big following of
adoring fans while touring the globe playing with the likes of Willie
Nelson and the aforementioned Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and Dave
Matthews Band. Fifteen of his singles have charted on the Billboard
Hot Country Songs charts, of which the highest-peaking is the No. 3
“Wave on Wave” from his gold-certified album of the same name.
I first met Pat Green at the Ben Hogan breakfast club in 2015
through my friend actor Burton ‘Bubba’ Gilliam. During our short visit
I learned how passionate he was about the game of golf and how he has
used his musical talents and love of the game to help champion
numerous causes with charity work.
While re-connecting with Pat I asked him what his thoughts were
about his friend, and fellow Texan, Jordan Spieth winning the recent
British Open?
PG: “I’m happy and proud of him. Props for the winner because he
won, but I’ll tell you what I’m really proud of is Matt Kuchar. I’ve
known Kuchar, who was the runner-up, a hell of lot longer than I’ve
known Jordan. My God what a class act that guy is. Anybody who knows
that guy knows he’s pure class. When I’m not golfing I sculpt a lot
and I just finished this one that I might give to Jordan because I
think it’s really cool. I sculpted a lady I call ‘the one that prays
for me. It’s a beautiful woman on her knees praying. I kind of want to
give it to him because I was watching the British Open while I was
working on it. I enjoy painting and sculpturing, but let’s put it this
way if I stop playing guitar we are going to have a hard time making
the house payments. I sure do enjoy it and I’m pretty good at it. I
would say that I’m better at sculpturing than I am a golfer. In golf
terms I’m a scratch or 0 handicap as a sculptor.”
TW: How did you get started playing golf?
PG: I’ve been interested in golf since I was a young boy. It’s
funny because I kind of introduced myself to the game. I played tennis
growing up and I was kind of a country club kid and I thought golf was
dumb and boring. Then after I started playing I realized how difficult
it was, yet it was fun to play. Anything that’s difficult in life I
gravitate towards it. So when I found golf and music I was around 17
years old living down in Waco. Ridgewood Country Club in Waco is where
I learned how to play golf. My parents wouldn’t let me rent a golf
cart because it cost $5 back then. I started carrying my own bag and I
always did until my mid-30’s. I liked to walk and carry my clubs
everywhere I played. I truly enjoyed doing that when I played, but now
after 18 holes of dragging my own bag I’m exhausted. I loved that
feeling knowing that walking up the 18th hole and you’ve finished out
a great round and shot in the 70’s you say to yourself Dang It! That
was a great round and it was all on me.”
TW: Did you play a lot of other sports growing up?
PG: “I did. I was a varsity Tennis, Basketball and Baseball
player. I was your basic jock who never had a girlfriend.”
Green told me the best part of his golf game is patience. He
hasn’t played much golf this year because of a skiing accident with
his kids where he broke his collarbone.
PG: “I’m as good a skier as I am a golfer. I played one round
this year with Matt Weibring at Trinity Forest (new home for the Byron
Nelson in 2018). When I’m healthy I usually play about 3 times a week.
My home course is Shady Oaks. I’m a solid 7 handicap and that travels
well for me. I’m a left to right guy in my shot making. My best score
that I’ve ever had is a 74 at the Wynn Las Vegas course. I’m not
kidding you when I tell you I know everyone of the 34 times I’ve
broken 80.”
TW: What are some of your favorite courses that you’ve played
over the years?
PG: “It’s hard to beat Cypress Point (California) as I put that
in my deep chapel of golf. I think Oakmont C.C. in Pittsburgh is by
far the hardest course of all that I have ever played. Golf is
everything to me. Golf means the world to me. I’ve compiled a list of
every golf course I’ve ever played in my life. I’ve even ranked the
best 18 holes in succession. That’s how freaky I am about golf.” said
Green.
TW: Throughout your music career you’ve performed with a Who’s
Who of great artists. What PGA golfers would you like to tee it up
with in your ultimate dream foursome?
PG: “I would like to see Tiger Woods look me in the face and
smile at me. I would like to have the late Payne Stewart pat me on the
ass and say ‘good shot’. I never got to meet Payne, but I thought he
was the best. He had so much machismo. Also, I would like to have
Arnold Palmer give me one of his thumbs up after I hit a great shot.
He has actually done that to me before.”
TW: As a musician, I’m curious have you ever tried to write a
golf themed song?
PG: “It’s not possible.”
TW: Tell me about your thrilling win at the BMW tournament on
the Nationwide Tour a few years back ?
PG: “On the amateur side I won the BMW on the Nationwide Tour
with Matt Weibring. I ended up winning a BMW car which was fun. My
wife was 8 months pregnant at the time so I rented a plane because I
was worried she might have the baby, but I wanted her to see me play
the final round and maybe win the tournament. I literally shit the bed
on Sunday. I was so mad afterwards thinking I had lost it and we are
hanging out at the bar after the round and I’m lamenting about my
round and buying everybody drinks. My wife in true form with her
pregnant belly tells me maybe it’s time for us to go and I said okay
you’re right. We are in the parking lot leaving when this guy Darren
comes up and tells me thanks for being on the green when I gave you
your BMW which was funny because I missed the ceremony. Evidently John
Elway, Emmitt Smith, Kevin Costner and everybody else choked coming
down the stretch like I did, but I ended up winning the car and I
wasn’t there to get it.”
Green hosts his own golf tournament which is held every other
year at the magnificent Pebble Beach.
TW: Tell me more about your event and why you chose Pebble
Beach as the venue?
PG:I think if you’re trying to raise money for people who
really need it go to places where rich people like to hang out. Our
goal is to help those who have dedicated their lives to helping
others. Our aim is to generate funds and raise public aware ness for
other community based organizations by presenting golf tournaments and
events of the highest order. It is our greatest hope that the people
who help us in this endeavor share in the joy that comes from giving.”
The idea for the Texas National golf tournament came from a great many
places. I had been to the Gladney Cup on a number of occasions out at
Winged Foot, Congressional C.C. and Colonial. I was impressed with the
way they always put on a first rate tournament. I wanted my tournament
to be an example of that, but it seemed Gladney always went out to the
east coast and back to Colonial here in Ft. Worth. I wanted to go out
to the west coast to spread the word about the Gladney Center for
Adoption and the Ben Hogan Foundation. I feel like Texans are proud to
be Texans and are certainly aware we are Texans. I wanted to give
people playing a little taste of Texas. I think the golf tournament
is the best I’ve ever gotten to play in and not because I had a part
of helping to put it together. Being at Pebble Beach and having
musicians like Hootie & the Blowfish coming in a performing donating
their time helped us raise well north of million dollars in our first
year. Our mindset was to service the people attending to give for a
worthwhile cause.”
To learn more about Pat’s great golf event and how you can
participate as a donor or player next year visit
www.patgreenfoundation.com
It is a fun time talking with Pat… he has such entertaining
tales to tell coupled with a vibrant personality which is one of the
reasons why he’s such a great storyteller and his music reflects that.
Before ending my call Green told me about the time he played the
venerable old course Pine Valley located in New Jersey.
PG: We were playing Pine Valley and the 8th hole has two greens
and they are both really tiny. The bunkers on either side are
ridiculous. So I had a cocktail…back when I drank. So I had a drink
in my hand with my caddy who was standing there named Joe. I told him
to hold my drink. He looks at me and says ‘I ain’t your @$&&! Coaster!
He was right he wasn’t my coaster. Long story short I put my drink
down and finished out my round laughing and having a good time.
Getting to play all those great golf courses and my long association
with the game is a real blast.”
To learn more about the amazing career of Pat Green and how you
can check his schedule to see when he’ll be coming to your town or how
to purchase his music and other merchandise please check out
www.patgreen.com

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