Gareth Bale became a hero in his home country of Wales after his goals qualified the Dragons for Euro 2016, resulting in the first major tournament opportunity since the World Cup of 1958.
The skillful forward has also been seen regularly starring for football giants Real Madrid since his big money move to Spain. However it seems football is not the only sport he loves.
Bale enjoys playing golf so much that he has arranged for three holes from three different famous golf courses to be recreated in his back garden at his home in Wales.
He has commissioned a three-hole golf course that replicates famous holes from three separate courses: the 17th at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, the 11th hole from Augusta National (known as part of the three stretch of holes called Amen Corner because players need to say a prayer to get through it) and the Postage Stamp at Troon.
The former Spurs winger is believed to have solicited the best groundsmen in the South Wales region to enter his employ as a full-time greenkeeper.
Bale says that he tries to play golf as much as possible. Although he has not thought about where he’ll be 20 years from now, when he is retired from football, but he hopes that he will still be playing golf.
Bale frequently visits the Celtic Manor golf resort while in Wales during trips home from Madrid where he currently plays for Real. Apart from his obsession with golf, he admits to a craving for British chocolate when he’s in Madrid. He says that every time he comes home, he returns with bags of it.
He said that for him, Wales will always be home, but he is feeling more settled in Madrid. Although several British players have struggled to deal with life in another country, he feels like he has evolved since coming over.