|In The Swing
Playing a Round with Hugh Grant
Ever since the smash success of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" made him an international star, British heartthrob Hugh Grant has done his best to live up to the roguish charm of the characters he portrays on screen. He followed his 1995 arrest for lewd conduct with a Tonight Show mea culpa, earning the forgiveness of long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley. Though the two parted ways some years later, they remain close friends - in 2003, Grant purchased a £2 million Gloucestershire estate some twenty miles from her home, and half a mile from his favorite golf course at Stinchcombe Hill.
He continues to be vocal about his disrespect for the acting profession, his distain for celebrity and hostility for the media. And though he has been fairly quiet as of late in terms of new film releases and new girlfriends, he does not shy away from the golf course.
A self-confessed golf addict whose friends include captain of the 2010 Ryder Cup team Colin Montgomerie, Grant is a seven-handicapper who belongs to some of the world’s most exclusive golfing establishments, including the Queenwood Golf Club in Surrey, where membership runs a rumored £150,000. With pals like fellow actor Kyle MacLachlan, he regularly plays top courses and pro-am events around the world, especially the Dunhill Cup each fall in Scotland, memorably describing the experience of playing the Old Course at St. Andrews as "golf porn."