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Golf Life: Herb Kohler

Do you have a favorite foursome?
I'll answer that two ways. First, my friends and I have the Gnarly Balls gang. We play after Labor Day and before Memorial Day anywhere in the world. The Gnarly Balls champion gets a piece of driftwood with two huge rusted castiron balls attached to it. The second foursome, and the greatest time you'll ever have, is when I can get together with former President Bush, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Pete Dye. That's a hell of a game. Out of respect for the president, we play fast—but not too fast.

You had a cameo as a café owner in Kevin Costner's movie Open Range.
It's funny, because I spent two years in college majoring in theater before switching to business. Mr. Costner did the opposite. He was on a marketing trip after he'd graduated and sat next to Richard Burton on the plane. Burton told him to make up his mind about acting or business. He told him to become passionate. The next day he cut his lease, went to Hollywood and spent six years trying to get a part—and that was as the dead guy in The Big Chill. We've been friends a long time and met each other through golf. He knew my interest in theater. He had the part in Open Range and knew he'd get me cheap. Not even including my transportation costs from Wisconsin to Calgary four different times, my earnings minus union dues were $153.10. What you do for the love of theater. . . .

Tell us about your Tin Cup moment.
I was playing in Michigan, a 145-yard par three with about 130 yards of water from the tee to the green. My first shot was in the drink. My second shot was in the drink. My third shot was in the drink. My fourth shot was in the hole.

Scorecard HERBERT V. KOHLER JR.
AGE 65
HANDICAP 18
BEST SCORE 79
MEMBERSHIPS Pine Hills, River Bend (WI)
FAVORITE COURSES Royal County Down, Northern Ireland; Cruden Bay, Scotland; Pine Valley, NJ

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