Alice Cooper at Pinehurst Resort

Alice Cooper at Pinehurst Resort. (Still from video by Pinehurst Resort and Country Club)

Alice Cooper is credited as one of the first pop artists to successfully fuse hard rock with the pulp theatrics of horror cinema. But these days, he’s perhaps better known for his celebrated turn as King Herod in NBC’s live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Oh, and golf. Cooper is really into golf.

So it’s not entirely shocking to learn the shock rocker paid a visit last week to Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. In a video filmed June 4, Cooper talks about the challenging layout of the Donald Ross-designed No. 2 course.

“It’s a very different golf course than anything I’ve played,” Cooper says in the minute-long clip, which was posted online by the resort. “It’s sand-based; everything is sand-based (...) and on every single tee, you have to deal with the sand. Even if you roll off the fairway, you’re on a sand-based rough.”

Cooper said the 18-hole course is much trickier than courses in Arizona, where he plays “six days a week.” The greens on No. 2, he said, are “impossible to read.”

Cooper’s affection for the game may come as a surprise to those who remember him as the eyeliner-loving provocateur behind hits like “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” But he has been something of a golf evangelist since the late 1990s.

He launched an annual charity tournament in 1997 and titled his 2007 autobiography “Alice Cooper: Golf Monster.” In multiple interviews over the years, Cooper has said the game helped him kick his addiction to alcohol.

Reporter

Jaymie Baxley is a reporter covering crime, public safety and general news for The Pilot. He previously worked at The Robesonian in Robeson County and The Daily Courier in Rutherford County.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Comments that violate any of the rules above are subject to removal by staff.

Thank you for Reading!

Please purchase a subscription to continue reading. Subscribe today and support local community journalism.

Digital Only Subscriptions

Thank you for visiting ThePilot.com and supporting award-winning community journalism. Not everyone wants to have a newspaper delivered to their home, but they want to keep up with the latest news in Moore County. Click here to gain digital-only access and support local journalism.

Starting at
$1.07 for 1 day

Connect Print Subscription to Digital Access

Thank you for visiting ThePilot.com. Your Pilot subscription entitles you to unlimited digital access. Simply log in. From the home page, click on Subscription Services. Then click on "Pilot All Access Print Subscribers." It should show your phone number . If so, click "Sign Up." After a few seconds, it will take you back to the home page. Log out, then log back in. You're set! For any problems, call our customer service number at 910-693-2487 or 693-2488.

Free access for current print subscribers