Mad Hacker

Forget the beverage cart: Unlike his TV alter ego, Jon Hamm is all golf
August 29, 2010

His suaveMad Men character, '60s ad man Don Draper, would be right at home teeing off at the country-club course and wooing clients at the 19th hole. If the script calls for it, Jon Hamm will be plenty warmed up: The 39-year-old St. Louis native, who is among the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at this Sunday's Emmy Awards, has a fairway fetish.

MY BEST TIP

I first played at age 10 or 11 on this little nine-hole quote-unquote "country club." I learned to just pick the damn ball up if you're slowing everybody down—which is still a very valuable lesson.

CAREER ROUND

The only time that I ever broke 80, I shot a 76 at Hillcrest, which is a very beautiful, very tight old golf course in L.A. And my game is not an "accurate" game, so tight courses are usually the kiss of death for me. I'm probably a pretty solid 15 handicap.

SPECTATOR DANGER ZONE

About 280 yards out on the righthand side. I can hit it a long way off the tee. I'm righthanded, and I've got a pretty bad tendency to swing outside-in and get that banana ball going.

DRINK LIKE DON?

Well, I've been known to have a couple of beers on the course, but the thing about golf and drinking is the same thing as playing pool or darts and drinking. There's a certain threshold that once you cross it, the looseness goes away and the sloppiness enters into the fray.

FANTASY FOURSOME

Lee Trevino, because he seems like a real fun guy who's got a lot of great stories. Tiger—I am utterly fascinated by how that guy hits a golf ball. Also Ray Romano, who I've actually played with, because nobody gets down on himself quite like Ray, so that makes you feel better about your game. I could shoot 120, and I wouldn't feel bad.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

The Reds are unable to hold a ceremony honoring Pete Rose's record-breaking 4,192nd hit on Sept. 11, the 25th anniversary of the play, because Rose has an appearance scheduled at a casino that day.

PHOTOCHRIS PIZZELLO/AP (HAMM)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)