Clint Eastwood is an American film icon, and still, at age 88, one of the hardest-working people in entertainment. From 1954, when he begin his career on the television series Rawhide, through 2018 and his latest film, The Mule, he has appeared on screen more than 70 times and directed nearly 40 films. He is also a four-time Academy Award winner.
For half a century, Eastwood has also been a lover of golf. He built Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., appeared in an USGA advertisement for pace of play with Arnold Palmer, and is a mainstay of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which will conclude Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links, of which he is a co-owner.
He took time last week to answer a few questions from GGP+.
How did you get started in the game?
We were living in Oakland (Calif.) when I was 12 or 13 and I got a job as a caddie. That’s when I really took to the game, as well as tennis and swimming.
Where did you play most of your golf when you were doing more acting than directing?
The Monterey Peninsula has always been sort of my home base for golf, as well as my home. A lot of years, I’d play once a year, or not at all, because I was busy trying to get a career going. It never gave me much of a chance to be a player. At home I would play with friends at a couple of the local clubs in the area and then some years ago I thought it would be a good idea to build my own place – Tehama (Golf Club, in Carmel, Calif.), which has turned out pretty well....
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