Gareth Bale has several iconic holes in his yard so he can get plenty of practice before his PGA Tour debut.
The former footballer announced his retirement in January 2023, revealing he will tee off in a pro-am golf tournament in 15 days.
The 33-year-old signed up to join 156 amateurs and professionals, including Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald and US Open champions Matt Fitzpatrick and Patrick Cantley, at Pebble Beach, California in early February. .
And he has the perfect eye-catching setup at home.
The former Real Madrid ace’s stunning Welsh mansion has a mini golf course.
His three holes of choice were the 12th at Augusta, the postage stamp at Royal Troon and the tricky par 3 17th at Sawgrass.
“When I moved here, I decided I had a nice piece of land here and something I really wanted to do with it and wanted to fulfill my dream and build a mini-golf course in my house,” says Vail. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of craftsmanship to build the current building.
“It’s so much better than I ever thought possible and I’m so happy to be here. I’m also very happy that I chose the Southwest Greens.”
An avid golfer, Bale helped Wales beat England, Ireland and Scotland in the Celebrity Cup at Celtic Manor in 2015.
“I don’t really think about what I’m going to be doing 20 years after retiring from football, but if I could, I would be playing golf.”
Bale was often ridiculed at the Bernabéu for prioritizing Wales and golf over the famous Los Blancos.
He even took part in raising the famous banner proclaiming that his passions are in order.
For the 2022 World Cup, the Dragons captain had to ban the use of hotel golf simulators in case of injury.
But now that he’s hung up his football boots after a brief MLS stint in Los Angeles, he can devote more time to his beloved golf.