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Mark Wahlberg’s incredible golf playground speaks to his passion for the game.
The sprawling grounds behind Mark Wahlberg’s Beverly Hills, Calif., home are a sports buff’s fantasy sprung to life. Follow a footpath past a swimming pool, a skatepark and a regulation-size hoops court, complete with a Boston Celtics logo, and you come to the property’s most impressive feature.
Nearly six years ago, the Hollywood star — and golf fanatic — had a backyard short-game facility installed. Fittingly, it’s a blockbuster.
Wahlberg’s short-game facility overlooks a regulation-size basketball court.
Built by Back Nine Greens, the setup features a mini-constellation of rollicking greens, deep alabaster bunkers and multiple chipping and pitching areas.
The entire property is ringed by canyons, and the farthest tee is etched high up on a slope. It plays a little more than 120 yards, but not just any guest is allowed to hit from it. Only Wahlberg’s closest pals enjoy that privilege.
The alabaster bunkers look pretty but good luck getting out of them.
The view from the tee box.
Among them is PGA Tour winner Abraham Ancer, Wahlberg’s friend and business partner in the premium tequila company, Flecha Azul. On a sun-splashed afternoon not long ago, Wahlberg and Ancer took a break from talking shop and clambered up to the nosebleed tees, where they competed in an impromptu game of closest to the pin.
Who came out victorious? Watch their showdown here:
A golf, food and travel writer, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Magazine contributor since 2004 and now contributes across all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting. He is also the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.
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