If you’re looking to give your dog a famous golfer’s name, you’re most likely either a die-hard golfing fan or a golfer yourself. That or your dog has an incredible knack for putt-putt. Whatever the case is, giving your dog a famous golfer’s name is a great way to not only put together two of your favorite things but also give your dog a unique name and therefore add to their unique personality. If you’re serious about getting them into golf in some other fashion though, we don’t recommend letting your dog be your mobile ball-washer, as they tend to send their work back a bit slobbery, if they choose to return it at all.
Famous Golfer Dog Names in Pop Culture
Golf and dogs have seemingly always been mutually exclusive, unless you count the guy who threw a hot dog at Tiger Woods while he was putting on the 7th hole green of the Frys Open back in 2011, but upon closer inspection, there seem to be quite a few dogs who enjoy golfing just as much as their owners.
Jack the Golf Dog, a Labradoodle who also shares a name with the game’s greatest ever (Jack Nicklaus), became a local favorite at the Railroad Golf Club in Holts Summit, Missouri when others outside of his owner saw him seeking out lost (and sometimes even live balls) and riding around in the golf cart, happy as could be (some people even mistook the blonde dog for his wife when riding in the cart).
But even though Jack sometimes meandered around the course, numerous others have been much more involved.
For instance, there is Burrito, the golfing dog, who was trained by his owner to raise a mini golf club and take swings at a ball placed on a tee in front of him. Then, of course, there is also Milwaukee’s own Viktor, a Weimaraner who developed a love for fetching golf balls when his owner decided to take up golf as part of her efforts to improve client relations. He’s so good at fetching balls, in fact, that his owner, Aga Artka, claims that he’s helped to improve her short game simply by getting her out onto the links more often, let alone angling shots to give him something to chase and fetch. Needless to say, she hasn’t lost many balls since having Viktor join her as a golf partner.
The Internet has been a boon of widespread sharing and with it, have come numerous others who have shared their love for golf with their dogs, like Maddy the Caddy, the retriever who helpfully grabs fresh balls for her owner, along with a towel to wipe off the slobber, and even retrieves the lost balls shagged off into the rough.
But it’s not just the amateurs who have a passion for both dogs and doglegs. Numerous pro golfers, especially those in the era of social media, have taken to the Internet to share their appreciation for their canine companions. One of the most well-known and widely considered one of the best of all time is Tiger Woods, who now has three dogs, a Border Collie named Taz, a Labradoodle named Yogi and another Collie-looking mix named Bugs whom he somewhat frequently shares pictures of out on the links — none of whom were graced with another famous golfer’s name.
Famous Golfer Dog Name Considerations
There’s certainly a lot to consider when giving your dog a name, especially when it’s a famous golfer’s name and tailored to fit some aspect of their looks or personality. Of course, the simplest solution is to just name them after your favorite golfer, but for anyone looking to give them something a bit more unique and personalized to who they are, here are some tips.
A few elements that will help you generate good ideas and make a good selection are your dog’s breed type, overall looks, and the outstanding aspects of their character. For instance, in terms of breed type, if you have an Australian Cattle Dog, Karrie or Webb would be perfectly suitable, as Karrie Webb was one of Australia’s most famous and successful golfers. For the same reason, picking Taylor, Vardon or Braid for your English-based breed would work just as well - especially if they're Olde English.
Looks will work well too but are a bit tougher to find a good fit for, as many golfers had a relatively similar aesthetic across the board, being clean cut and only moderately in shape, both men and women. However, if your dog has shaggy, white or gray, unkempt hair, well, you might be in luck and at that point can take your pick of nearly half the list.
Finally, personality can be a great way to pair your dog up with a famous golfer’s name as plenty of golfers were characters. If they go crazy after doing something good, Seve or Ballestreros would be great fits. If they have a hitch in their step like Lee Trevino’s swing, both his first and last name would work. Whatever you choose, make sure it suits both you and them with a fair amount of depth and thought — at least as much as you’d take analyzing how to get out of the rough and back into good position.