Imagine being one of the most highly paid professional footballers in the world. The fame, the glamour and most of all...the money. Well, you could do anything you want couldn’t you? For one of the highest paid professional footballers in the game he had a dream that he can make a reality.
Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale, has just commissioned the greatest back garden ever! The self proclaimed golf nut has plans to turn the back garden of his Welsh home into the greatest three hole golf course we've ever laid ears on.
Taking three of the most iconic holes in golf, he will have the pleasure of practicing in his own back yard. Bale, who already has a six handicap, will replicate holes from Augusta, Royal Troon and Sawgrass. His choice of holes well...the Postage Stamp at Troon, the iconic 11th at Amen Corner and the 17th at Sawgrass.
To show just how serious he is about this project Gareth has also scouted out some of the finest green keepers in South Wales to become his full time green keeper.
The former Spurs ace spoke about his love: “I try to play as much golf as possible, In fact, I’m obsessed with it. I’ve not really thought about what I’ll be doing in 20 years when I’m retired from football, but, hopefully, I will be playing golf.”
Well with this in backyard Gareth...I have a sneaky feeling you’ll be doing just that when your footballing days are over. Definitely a case of All Back To Yours here Gareth!!
Hole 1) 17th at Sawgrass: 137 yards, par three.
All done. Gareth has washed up the dishes after his favourite post-training meal of Welsh Rarebit & chips. Time for a cheeky three holes. Gareth walks out of his kitchen to be confronted with this....
After asking what all those people are doing in his garden, Gareth promptly dumps two ProV1s in the drink and ends up rummaging around in his golf bag for that ropey old Top Flight. Promptly hits it to three feet.
Hole 2) 11th, Augusta National: 400 yards, par 4
The start of Amen Corner is the most difficult hole in recent years because of its added length. Gareth is no slouch off the tee and sets about producing the necessary slight fade off the tee (draw for him) necessary to reach the fairway and open up the green...
He tries to remain calm, but the disappointment of his sluggish start has turned to loathing, and Gareth unleashes hell on another freshly unwrapped ProV.
Sure enough, he drops his trusty Top Flight by the trees on the right, roughly where his ProV went AWOL after a brutal double cross – reminiscent of Ian Baker Finch knocking his opening drive out of bounds left on the 1st at at St Andrews. Walks off with a double...
Hole 3) The 123 yard , par three 8th at Royal Troon
To finish himself off, Gareth has opted for The Postage Stamp, one of the greatest and most iconic par threes in the world. It's only 123 yards long surely he can salvage par here?
Thinks... If Gene Sarazen can get a hole in one here aged 71 (at the 1973 Open), surely I can?...
Fast forward to 1997 and Tiger Woods' Postage Stamp meltown. After pushing his tee shot into the right greenside bunker, Tiger took two to get out and three putts from there to shoot triple. Gareth suffers the same fate and instructs the greenkeepers to bulldoze the lot...
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