Is Toby Keith really a lousy golfer, or does he just want us to think he is?

Let’s consider the evidence. While Toby says his song “S****y Golfer” could be about him, he owns his own course, Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma. It’s just two miles from his home, and he reportedly plays every day. According to Golf Digest, Toby is actually “an avid golfer who plays to a 13.0 handicap index” at his club and “is a frequent participant in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.”

Yet during a recent interview with Rare Country on his tour bus, Toby insisted “S****y Golfer” is not only about him, but pretty much every other non-pro who enjoys the sport as well.

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“It’s the most difficult sport to repeat over and over again successfully,” he explained. “I mean, a quarterback can go out and throw 30 for 40 this week, go 28 for 42 the next week throw 32 for 40 the next week, go to the Super Bowl [and] win. Golfers don’t win every week, they just can’t. You’ve gotta duplicate that thing so many times. There’s so much mechanics that goes into it. It’s just tough.”

Among the song’s lyrics: “Hey, I’m a s****y golfer, most of us are / we carry our clubs in the back of our car / Want else you going to do, you’re out of town / And you need to waste a whole day and shoot another round.”

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The song, which Toby has been playing live for several years but never recorded before now, is included on his new album, “The Bus Songs,” due out Sep, 8. Toby’s “bus songs” are the humorous, sometimes outrageous, compositions — often written late at night on the back of his tour bus over a few drinks — that have become crowd-pleasers in his shows.

Toby Keith insists he’s golf-challenged; we’re not so sure Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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