Clint Eastwood‘s most well-known things? The wide range of expressions (with hat and without hat) and thelove of golf. The now legendary actor and director has in fact been a golf addict since he was a kid in Oakland. When he was 12 or 13 years old, he started working as a caddie, and it was love at first sight.
However, are we sure that the passion has not died out after all these years?
Pebble Beach, an investment of love
In 2010, National Geographic listed the Pebble Beach golf course among the 10 most beautiful golf courses in the world. After all, how can you not fall in love with the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the Monterey Peninsula? As you prepare to strike from hole 7, the greatest danger is the waves crashing against the cliff just a few feet away from you. Indeed, with so much beauty at your fingertips, it only takes a moment to get distracted and miss-hit.
Clint Eastwood first visited Pebble Beach on his way back from Korea, when he was just 21 years old and playing pretty bad golf. The only thing he could do was to look around, to quench his thirst in that wonderful landscape of land and sea. That and hitting the ball as hard as possible, with rather questionable results.
Despite the beauty of the place, in the 1990s Pebble Beach began to have some problems. In 1990, Twentieth Century-Fox, which owned it, sold it to Minoru Isutani of Japan. The businessman sold it in turn a few years later and ownership began to change hands. Until Clint Eastwood intervened.
In an interview, the actor and director stated that he bought Pebble Beach not only for the money, but mainly to safeguard that wonder. Because some golf courses are “like a well-written script: it’s something wonderful; let’s try not to mess it up.”
For pleasure and money (to donate)
Also in an interview, Clint Eastwood said he was lucky because “theGolf has been very good to me And I hope I have been as much.” He is referring to the many good things he has done over the years for and because of golf, both for the communities that survive because of Pebble Beach and for the charities to which he has lent a hand.
Many would have seen Pebble Beach only as an economic investment, which was only partially true for Clint Eastwood. According to him, it is worth investing only in what you love. That is why he has always spent so much money and energy on golf in general and Pebble Beach in particular. And that’s why he never just counted the money from the receipts.
The golf course is the setting each year for a Pro-Am tournament organized by the PGA Tour. The tournament has existed since before Clint Eastwood came into the picture, but he has always strived for it to survive and thrive. Also by participating.
2019 was a particularly fierce year for the Pro-Am, as it saw Clint Eastwood leading one team and Bill Murray leading the other team. The two movie champions fought no holds barred in the name of a $100,000 prize, all to be donated to a nonprofit organization of their choice.
In the end Bill Murray’s team won, but are we sure it really matters?
When you fall in love, it’s forever
By now Clint Eastwood is 90 years old and has to deal with the inevitable aches and pains of age. He doesn’t play as much as he used to, although he never stopped. Sometimes he indulges in a couple of holes, just to take the ashes out of the embers and let the passion for the game crackle once again.
Because you know: some loves are forever.