Josh Scobee earns his living kicking plenty of field goals for the Jaguars but one of his true passions in life happens to involve playing golf. And a lot of it.
“I try to go almost every weekend” says Scobee who attended Louisiana Tech University and was drafted by the Jaguars in 2004. With his signing bonus, Scobee bought his very own set of clubs and now golfs so much that he’s attempted to qualify for the US Open several times and holds numerous golf tournaments every year.
While Scobee says there’s a lot from the game of golf that can be applied to football, he admits there’s times where the kicking team stands on the Jags practice field sideline and attempts to gauge how far they can hit a golf ball from one corner to another. “We get pretty bored out here. So we have to come up with new ways to entertain ourselves” he says with a laugh.
Scobee goes on to say “kicking a football and swinging a golf club have very similar mechanics that are needed for solid contact” hinting that because his mind may be on golf while on the football field, and vis-versa, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing…
How did your passion for golf start?
I purchased my first set of clubs my rookie year in 2004 after I got my signing bonus. I played once or twice a year growing up but always had to borrow or rent clubs because my parents couldn’t afford to buy them. I started out trying to break 100 in 2004, now my goal is to break par every round.
What’s your favorite local course to play besides THE PLAYERS?
Top 5 in no order: Timuquana, San Jose, King and Bear, Ponte Vedra Ocean Course and Pablo Creek
What’s the most challenging thing about playing the game of golf?
Taking one shot at a time. Also, not snapping a club over my head in anger.
What part of your game do you consider the best and the worst? Driving, Iron or Putting game?
Best is off the tee with driver or 3 wood. Worst is long irons.
Who’s the golfer you idolize the most and why?
Always been a huge Tiger fan. His ability to focus when pressure is at its highest is amazing to me. I read Hank Haney’s book The Big Miss and it made watching him that much more intriguing.
Do you plan on trying out for the US Open again or any other Major?
I plan on doing US Open qualifying as long as my football schedule doesn’t conflict with it. Hopefully one year soon I will get thru local qualifying.
How many hole-in-one’s have you gotten and on what course/hole?
2005, Pine Hills CC in Calhoun, Louisiana. 188 yards, 5 iron.
2012, Oak Forest CC in Longview, Texas. 186 yards, 6 iron.
Golden Tee, Wii Golf or Tiger Woods Golf?
Golden Tee. I’m not much of a gamer. My parents didn’t allow us to play them growing up and I know it has a lot to do with the reason I am a pro athlete. It forced me to go outside and play sports.
How far do you think you can kick a golf ball?
I have kicked many golf balls. Max distance is about 30 yards. Last time I did I had a huge bruise on the top of my foot after. Won’t happen again!
What NFL player has beaten you the most at a game of golf?
Adam Podlesh. His game has gotten so much better since his rookie year in 2007.
What NFL player can you beat the majority of the time?
All of them.
How soon before you start teaching your son how to play golf?
It has already begun (he’s only 19 months old). I can’t wait until he and I can tee it up together.
Any plans to have another “NFL Specialist Golf Tournament”? If so, are you going to include other players that aren’t specialists or keep it “as-is”?
I got great feedback from the other specialists after the tournament. I will host the tournament every year as long as I can. I’d like to keep it strictly specialists to keep it unique.
How did you come up with the idea for the Josh Scobee CHILD Cancer Fund Golf Tournament and how do you plan on improving it year after year?
I was asked to put my name on the event in 2007. Its been amazing to be a part of such a worthy cause for as long as I have. Hopefully I can continue to host the event for many more years.
Do you still play fantasy golf and if so, do you have any tips for newcomers to it?
I am the commissioner of our fantasy golf league for 4 years now. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, it is a huge responsibility. Not really. We have about 15 mutual friends who play every year. We never put any money in, just trash talking all year long. My tip to newcomers would be to choose players who don’t miss cuts very often.
Are there any skills that you learned on the football field that translate to the game of golf? Or vis-versa?
Kicking a football and swinging a golf club have very similar mechanics that are needed for solid contact. Mostly, I’ve learned lots from golf that I use for football. One shot/kick at a time mentality is my philosophy, nothing more. No need to clutter the mind.
We asked Bubba Watson what his song of choice would be if he could pick any song to play when he walks up to tee off at a tournament. He picked “The Wobble”. Curious, what would your song be?
My favorite kickoff song is Ying Yang Twins “Salt Shaker”. I know, completely normal, right?
What’s one player from the NFL that you would love to play with?
Tony Romo, it would be a good match.
What’s one golfer (dead or alive) that you would love to play a round with?
I read that once your NFL days are over you planning having a job in golf. What 3 job positions would you like to perform?
Golf instructor/ swing coach, caddy, and PGA Tour Commissioner
And lastly, how do you think the Jaguars are going to do this year?
Much better than last year, wasn’t a fun year for anyone.