There is a Justin Bieber cover story (not posted online) by Josh Eells in the July 18 Rolling Stone where the writer shadows the teen idol for various appearances and an infamous round of golf at Calabasas Country Club--when paparazzi ambushed.
Fathers whose daughters are inexplicably in love with the lad? I envision this as a wonderful opportunity for you to use the story to point out the merits of the Royal and Ancient to daughters who are perplexed by your fascination with the game. After all, if Bieber is Bieber because of golf, well...they might be more understanding?
You might have heard the numbers for Bieber--the 375,000 copies his new album, Believe, has sold, making it the biggest debut of the year; the 25 million followers on Twitter, second only to Lady Gaga; his 45 million Facebook fans, more than Mitt Romney and Barack Obama combined. But did you know it all started with a golf game?
Back when he was growing up in Stratford, Ontario, Bieber was a regular at the local municipal course. He'd play almost every day in the summer; he says his handicap was a very respectable seven. And then one day, as he wrote in his 2010 memoir, First Step 2 Forever: My Story
Wait, he has a memoir already? With 2 instead of "To" in the title? Sorry, go on...
"I wanted to go golfing with my friends...but I didn't have any money." So he took his guitar and started busking on the steps of a town theater, hoping to make $20, enough scratch for a round. He came home with $200, as well as a new career.
Midway through a golf game at a private country club, Bieber and his entourage are confronted by paparazzi. Bieber responds by taking out his nine-iron and hitting a golf ball at them. He later tells an employee at the club that "we'll probably never play here again."