Bale and Rooney build golf courses in their gardens

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham February 9, 2016 12:13

Arguably Britain’s two most famous footballers have both built a golf course in their gardens in the last few weeks.

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale have both built the small-sized golf courses for their UK homes.

Welshman Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive footballer, has commissioned the construction of a three-hole golf course in the garden of his Vale of Glamorgan home.

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Gareth Bale. Flickr / apasciuto

Bale wants three holes from three separate courses to be replicated out the back of his home – the Postage Stamp at Troon, the Amen Corner 11th at Augusta, home of The Masters, and the 17th at Sawgrass, venue for the unofficial fourth Major, The Players Championship at his home in the Vale.

Reports say that Bale will employ a full-time greenkeeper and his intention is to play as much golf as possible when he retires from football.

“I love playing golf,” he said.

“I love the sport, I love the fact that you can just get away from everything, be with your friends, and no-one can come over to you on a golf course. Etiquette!

“It’s nice to get out and, I suppose, switch your mind off from football. Just have a laugh.

“Yeah, at the moment, I am obsessed with golf.

“I try to play as much golf as possible.

“I’ve not really thought about what I’ll be doing in 20 years when I’m retired from football, but, hopefully, I will be playing golf.”

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Wayne Rooney. Flickr / Brent Flanders

Meanwhile, Coleen Rooney, the wife of England international striker Wayne, whose brother Anthony works for a company that installs miniature golf courses, said on social media that their course was a birthday present for their son Kai, who recently turned six.


The course includes a 30 metre squared artificial putting green which took four workers four days to install at an estimated cost of about £7,000.


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham February 9, 2016 12:13
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  1. Peter Kook February 11, 17:05

    Bale may well be having a 3 hole par 3 golf course built in his garden with iconic golf holes re-created., but Rooney has just had a mini artificial turf putting green for his kid. Doubt Rooney will be employing services of a greenkeeper to maintain his – maybe a mechanic to keep the windmill in good order.

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