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A sports passion as driving force

As for golf aficionados, Sean Connery, Alice Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson are part of the club.

January 10, 2011
  • Hollywood film star Samuel L. Jackson in action during the final practice round before the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 3, 2007, at the Kingsbarns Golf Links, in Kingbarns, Scotland.
Hollywood film star Samuel L. Jackson in action during the final practice… (Andrew Redington / Getty…)

Sean Connery

Connery grew up in Scotland near the Bruntsfield Links golf course but had no desire to play. But that changed when he was taught golf to look good enough to beat Gert Fröbe in a match in 1964's "Goldfinger." "I got the bug," Connery later said. "Soon it would nearly take over my life."

Alice Cooper

Cooper, who came to fame in the 1970s, battled booze before giving up drinking for the golf course. In fact, he wrote a book about it, "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's Life and 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict."

Samuel L. Jackson

Jackson is such an avid golfer he has a clause in his movie contracts about having easy access to a golf course no matter the location of the film. "I am as passionate about golf as I am about acting," he admits.

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