When it comes to the first 18 holes of golf there’s no question that Justin Rose is one of the best Tour players in the world right now, He finished second at the 2017 Masters tournament and winning a gold medal at the Rio Olympic games for the U.K. team. But how good is he on the 19th hole?
I take the performance side of golf very seriously and all the elements that go into that said, Justin. I do my best to lead a strict and planned lifestyle on the road but I think it’s so important to be able to unwind at the end of a tournament you’re. If you’re mentally switched on to golf 24/7, I don’t think you’ll ever be at your best. So, for me its really important to kick back and relax. I love socializing with friends and family, and other players from time to time.
So much so that Rose is now a global golf ambassador for Scotch whisky Glenmorangie and enjoys making drinks for his friends and family. The Old Fashioned is definitely one of my go-tos in the evening, said Justin. Sometimes I have day-time cocktails, which are very different than my once-the-sun-goes-down cocktails if you know what I mean. With the Day-time cocktails, you want to feel refreshed.
One of his recent creations was inspired by a classic British club house concoction called a Gunner, which usually is a mix of ginger ale, ginger beer, Angostura Bitters and a lime wedge. Its a super-refreshing drink. Theres a little bit of spice to it, he says. To dial down the sugar content, Rose replaces the ginger ale with club soda and, naturally, adds a shot of Glenmorangie Original Scotch Whisky.
After attending the Kentucky Derby for the first time this past year, he also experimented with the classic Mint Julep recipe by adding club soda and Scotch to that drink as well. If youre in for a long day of cocktailing, put a dash of soda in there to just chill it out a little bit, he says. I think thats a really refreshing drink especially if youre in the sun.
So, which golf course has the best 19th hole bar? Rose answers without hesitation, Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida, which was Arnold Palmers adoptive home club. Up until he passed away he was a figure head in the bar, he remembers. And what do you drink in Arnies bar? In his honor, its hard to order anything but an Arnold Palmer, he says. You feel kind of funny ordering different stuff. Read Arnold Palmer’s book ‘ The life of Arnold Palmer ‘ available on Amazon and eBay. Click the link to view.
One reason why Bay Hill is his favorite is that clubhouse is part of the locker room. I think any golf club that has a bar that is part of the locker room kind of creates this bit of comradery among the guys.
Certainly 20 years ago there was a culture [where] all the boys would get together after their rounds on tour and booze it up and have an awesome time, Rose says. Some of the stories from that era are amazing. But that kind of atmosphere is becoming rarer and rarer as the game has evolved and competition has gotten ever more tough. Youre as likely to find pros shaking up protein shakes as Martinis these days.
Interestingly enough, the fan experience has gone the other way. Basically, its a big old party now, says Rose. There are many par 3s on tour that are designed around the bar essentially and with that it becomes very noisy and very rowdy and thats something weve had to adjust to as players.
Does Rose enjoy that setup? I do. But Im traditionalist as well, he says. But you cant have your cake and eat it, too. If you want to play for a lot of money and you want to have a lot of fans out there, you have to deal with what comes with that. Theres definitely a tradeoff.
Given his success on tour and at the Olympics, it looks like Rose is dealing with it just fine, plus he still has the backing of Taylormade which can only strengthen his place in the top 10 Golfers in the world.
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