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.


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.

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