Celebrity handicaps

Golf is a hard sport to play, even for the professionals.
 That said, if you’ve ever seen events like the Pebble Beach Pro-Am or the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship out in Lake Tahoe, chances are you were surprised at the celebrity talent level. But just how good are they? Thanks to the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network(GHIN), we were able to compile the handicaps of some of your favourite celebrities and athletes. Here’s how they hit ’em. Note: Handicaps are as of Feb. 11, 2020.


Bill Murray: 7.2

His character in Caddyshack looped for the Dalai Lama himself, so it’s no wonder he boasts a 7 handicap.


Justin Timberlake: 1.0

He can sing, dance, act AND play golf? Is there anything JT can’t do?!


Michael Jordan: 1.9

In the winter of 1997, six months before he would win his last of six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, the greatest basketball player of all time spoke with Golf Digest about the sport he’d play for the rest of his life. “It’s not my hobby, it’s my passion. I’ll be all golf and no basketball real soon.” Last fall, while serving as an assistant captain for Fred Couples at the Presidents Cup, Jordan was still talking about the 86 he shot at Bethpage Black in the nationally televised Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge a few days before the Open last summer.


Tony Romo: +0.3

The CBS broadcaster and former Cowboys quarterback is no stranger to shooting under par … unless it’s at a PGA Tour event.


Stephen Curry: 0.1

A member of the Golden State Warriors’ ‘Splash Brothers,’ Curry’s golf shots rarely end up in the water.


J.R Smith: 6.7

When he’s not draining 3’s in the NBA, Smith is draining putts at the local links.


Tom Brady: 9.3

Because why wouldn’t one of the best quarterbacks of all time also be good at golf?


Mark Wahlberg: 7

The actor, who is a well-known advocate for staying active, manages to find time to work on his game, honing a lefty swing that would even make Phil Mickelson give a golf clap.


Matthew McConaughey: 8.6

The actor, who played golf in high school, has kept up with his game and now boasts a sub-10 handicap that most golfers would be alright, alright, alright with.


Kenny G: 3.5

His golf game is almost as strong as his saxophone game, which is really saying something.


Wayne Gretzky: 9.8

The hockey legend isn’t as good as world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who’s engaged to Paulina Gretzky, but The Great One is no slouch on the course.


George Lopez: 10.8

George Lopez, an admitted hothead as a youngster, has said that the game taught him to stay cool. And now, he uses it for a wonderful cause—the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake, California helps raise funds for children battling kidney disease.


Kevin Costner: 11.4

Judging by his handicap, the Tin Cup star did some great acting in the movie.


Dennis Quaid: 8

Yes, it was once reported—and the actor has confirmed—that Quaid was nearly a scratch golfer. Alas, he is currently at a respectable eight.


Samuel L. Jackson: 10.3

The movie star’s contracts actually have a clause that allow him to play golf when shooting a film. Not a bad gig, right?


Clint Eastwood: 14.4

Another celebrity on the list that owns their own course (Tehama Golf Club), Clint Eastwood has proven that golf is a wonderful sport to enjoy regardless of age. The longtime Hollywood leading man can still get through 18 better than most 21-year-olds.


Larry David: 19.5

Co-creator of Seinfeld, Larry David is a relatively avid golfer. Several episodes of his show, Curb Your Enthusiasm revolve around the game. David reportedly plays to about a 20 handicap. So while he’s not in any danger of winning the scratch division of his club championship, he’s not totally clueless.