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11 great songs to play on the golf course



Golf aficionados across the world are united in their love for the game; it’s a passionate and addictive sport that can be enjoyed at pretty much any age. Need convincing why playing golf is good for you? Here are five compelling reasons.

  1. Better physical fitness: Golf makes you walk briskly, bend down, twist and turn for about 5 hours and 6 miles at a time, the length of an average round. That’s all-round fitness every time!
  2. Improving mental health: Golf is all about perfecting that swing. Playing a few hours of golf allows you to have a little holiday from your everyday worries as you practice all the different skills the game requires. It takes intention and focus to score well.
  3. Setting personal goals: Once you’re hooked, you will want to go further and further in golf; there’s always room for improvement. Golf is a game that lends itself to self-development.
  4. Making friends: If you share a passion for golf with your friends, you can build an enduring bond that can last a lifetime. Golf can help people become more outgoing and sociable. You will want to share your experiences with like-minded people when you get to the 19th hole.
  5. Connecting with nature: A few hours on the golf course can be an almost spiritual experience. With the wind in your hair, sun in the sky and scenic views all around, there’s a peace and tranquillity that you won’t find most places.

Now that you’re inspired to dust down your golf clubs and head off to your local club, how about some music to really get you into the swing? We’ve put together 11 golf-related tunes to put a smile on your face while you’re at the course.

What are your favorite golf-related songs that put you in a good mood to play your best? Let us know in the comments section below. 

The Tweets: The Birdie Song

The Smiths: Hand In Glove

Slash: Baby Can’t Drive

Harry Champion: Any Old Iron

Blue October: The Follow Through

Jigsaw: Sky High

Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing It It Ain’t Got That Swing

Fleetwood Mac: Albatross

The B-52s: Deadbeat Club

Forest New Orleans Jazz Band: Ace In The Hole

Steely Dan: Hey Nineteen

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Mike James is an independent writer of many years. He's covered a select few hobbies and businesses including Golf Swing Systems, a UK-based company specializing in launch monitors, video coaching and golf simulators.



  1. Brian

    Feb 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Try this golf playlist out. It has a little bit of everything!

  2. foreplayonly

    Jul 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    this is awful

  3. Z

    May 24, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Unfortunately, studies show that 98.4% of golfers do not, in fact, have broads in Atlanta

  4. ron

    May 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    So much music-at-the-golf-course hate!! I’m gonna throw my support to the “let the tunes flow” crowd. Nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite tunes while you play, as long as your playing partners don’t mind. Of course you have to be mindful and turn it down if you get close to other groups.

  5. Double Mocha Man

    May 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I will sometimes listen to music on the course when I’m playing by myself… bluetooth earbuds so as not to inhibit the golf swing. But the author missed the best golf song: “A Little Bit is Better than Nada”.

    • Dan Moller

      May 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

      ha, nice Tin Cup reference. Maybe throw in Kenny Loggin’s – I’m Alright on there too.

  6. David Labbe

    May 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

    WTF this what your website is turning into?

  7. Nath

    May 22, 2016 at 5:56 am

    You dont play songs on a golf course. Period.

  8. Nath

    May 22, 2016 at 5:55 am

    You dont play songs in a golf course. Period.

  9. PuffyC

    May 21, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    No no no no never never no no never never no no. Golf is a time to get away from the constant onslaught of noise and racket. What’s so wrong with just listening to nature for 4 hours a week? Please don’t encourage any more knuckle dragging bros to pollute a golf course with their music.

  10. ShortDawg

    May 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Anybody playing music (especially loud) needs to be escorted off the property.

    • OldTom

      May 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      You Yanks are such entitled selfish narcissists. Just because you can and want to (listen to music) doesn’t mean it’s ok. In case you don’t know there is a thing called etiquette, which is the underlying principle which has kept this game of kings and gentlemen civil for centuries.

      According to the R&A:

      You should always show consideration for other players on the course and take care not to not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise. You should also ensure that any electronic devices taken onto the course don’t distract other players.

  11. M17

    May 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    ZZ Top “Rough boy”

  12. Emil

    May 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Dio’s Holy Driver was forgotten from the list.

  13. Adam

    May 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    These 11 songs are great!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Scooter McGavin

    May 21, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    So, here are 11 songs that have puns loosely relating to golf?

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Going through a bad streak in my own golf the past few weeks has been frustrating. How can you play like you completely “own it” for months, then find yourself hitting some of the most gosh-awful shots sporadically through each and every round? Where did all that confidence and those good swings go?

It’s a crazy difficult game we play, in that every shot is a bit different from the ones before . . . a two-foot putt is followed in a few minutes by a drive . . . then an iron approach . . . maybe a chip or approach putt. Then the cycle starts all over. And these fleeting moments of athletic endeavor are separated by three to five minutes or more over the course of 18 holes and four hours, give or take.

No wonder so few people really find a way to achieve a handicap in the single digits, or even break 90 regularly. But we keep coming back to the siren song of improvement . . . making our next round one of our best ever.

Ain’t it great!

I often see where we can find pearls of wisdom from the PGA Tour . . . not in the way these athletes hit the ball prodigious distances, or their remarkably tuned short games. I find the best lessons are very often tucked away in some post-round interview and thank Memorial champion Billy Horschel for inspiration for today’s post.

In his interview, Billy talked about getting back to “the process”, referring to his pre-shot routine. He admitted that the past few weeks he had become to impatient and hurried in these ever-critical few seconds before each shot, not taking the time to really see the shot in front of him and feel the swing that would produce the results he envisioned. And this is something any golfer can work to improve.

In the wonderful book and movie, “Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days in Utopia”, the main character, Luke Chisum, is coached by Johnny, his new-found mentor. If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, you know that “SFT” guides you to “see it, feel it, trust it”. And that process has been going on for as long as top-level golf has been played.

In order for your body to allow your best swing to happen, you first have to get a clear picture of the shot at hand in your mind. You need to see the ball flight in a crystal clear “movie in your mind”. You then need to feel the swing that will produce that shot, the same swing you’ve executed time and again through your past. And finally, you need to trust that you can do it again and get your mind out of the way of your skills that you’ve spent hours learning.

That’s exactly what Billy Horschel was talking about . . . the process of giving his athleticism and training the time required to “see it, feel it and trust it”. There’s not a shot he faced that he hadn’t faced and excelled at time and again over his career.

The same goes for all of us, regardless of our skill level. There are not too many shots we haven’t seen and we’ve all hit plenty of solid drives, sharp approaches, chips and pitches that get close, and putts that have gone in. So, why don’t we execute at that level more consistently?

My observation is that very few recreational golfers have a true pre-shot routine, a series of thoughts and actions they employ before every shot. And that prevents consistency in pre-shot thinking, visualizing and getting your mind and body in sync to execute the shot at hand to the best of your ability.

Rather than suggest what your routine should be – it’s going to be different for every golfer – I would simply say to get one. Find a sequence of thoughts and actions that you can replicate for every shot, beginning from the moment you reach your ball and start thinking about the shot at hand. Be precise and repeat the process to give yourself the best chances to put your best swing on the ball each and every time.

Billy Horschel said it only took about 10-15 seconds to do. And he played his best golf of the season for four days!

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