Kings Of Leon Drummer Hits Out At 'Bucket List' Sydney Course Over Tattoo Policy

Nathan Followill was told to cover up his tattoos at a Sydney 'bucket list golf course'

Kings of Leon drummer pictured with a tweet overlayed
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Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has hit out at an unnamed 'bucket list' Sydney golf course after being told he'd have to cover up his tattoos.

Followill was in New South Wales looking to play a round of golf but described how the 'bucket list' course went on to the 'f*** it list', saying "welcome to the 1950's".

"A Sydney bucket list golf course for me just went on the f*** it list," Followill tweeted. "I was told I would have to cover up my tattoos due to a “no tattoo policy” Welcome to the 1950’s and a hell of a way to grow the game."

He then joked that he would invite them to a Kings of Leon show "but they will have to show a fresh tattoo to get in."

Broadcaster and former pro Ewen Porter invited Followill for a game, as did LIV Golf and Asian Tour pro Travis Smyth. Porter was reportedly banned from a Sydney club after publicly criticising it for its sock policy.

In 2020, he wrote: “Visited a premier Sydney golf club today. Was told I wouldn’t be able to play wearing black socks with black shoes and I needed to buy white club socks. Leaving this open for discussion, but I said out of principle, I’d prefer not to play than bow to archaic rules.”

After Nathan Followill's post, Porter also tweeted asking "what harm is it doing to anyone or a club’s reputation if someone has tattoos or wears black socks?" He called it a "pretty sad reflection on the outlook of some clubs."

It's unknown if the golf clubs mentioned by Followill and Porter are the same, but either way it's another bad look for golf in and around the iconic Australian city.

Sydney and its surrounding areas are home to some of the best golf courses in the country, and world, including Royal Sydney, the Australian, New South Wales and The Lakes among many others.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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