At your service: 6 PGA Tour-player-backed restaurants serving up dynamite eats
Courtesy 1000 North
In the era of prodigious purses and savvy strategic thinking, pro golfers are making it their business to be in business outside of their sport, while show-biz stalwarts and superstar athletes like Steph Curry, Peyton Manning and Andy Roddick are discovering that the smart money is in golf itself. In our Golf & Business package (which you can also find in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of GOLF Magazine), we’ll go inside their wallets.
Part 1: Why Abraham Ancer and Mark Wahlberg teamed up in the tequila business
Part 2: Bubba Watson the businessman is a lot like Bubba the golfer
Part 3: How ascendant attire brand Johnnie-O made a splash on the golf course
Part 4: Why Peyton Manning is making cold calls about this 9-hole golf course
Part 5: Jason Kokrak’s passion is collecting. The payoff is a houseful of liquid gold
Part 6: On the course, Stephen Curry is scoring just about everywhere
Part 7: Meet Sportsbox AI, a swing app with potentially revolutionary swagger
Scoring restaurant reservations is not an issue for certain Tour pros. They bypass the hurdle altogether by investing in eateries of their own. Here are the joints they call home.
Ernie Els is among the founding partners at this swanky waterfront restaurant in Jupiter, Fla. So is golf fanatic Michael Jordan. Among 1000 North’s other minority investors: Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
Tiger Woods’ place, also in Jupiter, consistently earns high praise. Does it hurt that the 15-time major champ — and many of his South Florida–based Tour pals — dines there on occasion? No. We’ll have what he’s having.
LemonShark Poké & Makai Grill
After digging in at a LemonShark in San Diego four nights in a row, Billy Horschel decided to become a franchisee. But only at his location, in Columbus, Ohio, will you find this signature dish: the Billy Ho Golfbowl.
The King’s eatery in La Quinta, Calif., offers four seating options: the Masters Room, the Open Room, the Palmer Room and the Wine Room, each lavishly decorated to fit its name and each serving “Arnie’s Famous Meatloaf.” Classy and down-home, like the man himself.
Golden Bear Grill
For those flying in and out of airports in Charleston and Fort Lauderdale, Jack Nicklaus’ golf-themed restaurants feature recipes from his wife Barbara’s own cookbook.
Shortly after winning the 2010 U.S. Open, Graeme McDowell teamed up with a couple of restaurant industry vets to open Nona Blue. The “modern tavern,” with locations in Orlando and Ponte Vedra, Fla., boasts “Food the way we like to eat.” Here’s hoping.