Wrexham Co-Owner Rob McElhenney Challenges Gareth Bale To A Round Of Golf

The actor and Wrexham FC co-owner has challenged the retired soccer superstar to a round of golf

Side-by-side images of Rob McElhenney and Gareth Bale
Rob McElhenney has challenged Gareth Bale to a round of golf
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Wrexham soccer club has become one of the sport’s most unlikely talking points in recent years following the takeover of the club by actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds.

That interest has been helped by an FX documentary, Welcome to Wrexham, which introduced the Welsh club to an international audience. However, the club has also enjoyed plenty of success on the pitch.

Last week, Wrexham achieved promotion to the Football League and that has led recently retired Wales superstar Gareth Bale to offer his congratulations to McElhenney. In the video, the 33-year-old says: “Hi Rob, just want to congratulate you on your promotion and everything you’re doing at Wrexham.”

It was then shared on Twitter by McElhenney, who wrote: “Hey @GarethBale11 let’s play golf, where I totally won’t spend 4 hours trying to convince you to un-retire for one last magical season.”

Given Wrexham’s achievements and high-profile owners, there’s probably a sense that anything is possible at the club nowadays, although persuading one of the world’s best players out of retirement would likely be a long shot for a team that will play in the fourth tier next season. Still, there is surely every chance he would agree to a round with McElhenney. He certainly seems open to the idea. Bale responded writing: “Depends what course.”

Now, the possibility has gone right to the top of the game, with none other than The R&A entering the discussion! The official Twitter account of the governing body has written: “Let’s put some time in the diary to arrange golf. When are you next free @GarethBale11@VancityReynolds @RMcElhenney?"

Bale is well-known as a huge golf fan, and has been no stranger to a round since his retirement. He took part in the pro-am with World No.1 Jon Rahm before January’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, with the Spaniard commenting he “has no business being that good at golf”. Bale also competed in this year’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick described his abilities as “impressive”.

Bale has also opened golf bars and even has replicas of three of his favourite holes, including the 17th at TPC Sawgrass, at his home in Wales, so surely the chances of McElhenney persuading him to tee it up are better then average.

After Bale announced his retirement, one betting industry expert drew up a list of odds for potential career moves, including turning pro, designing and building his own course and running for parliament. While signing for Wrexham wasn’t among the options, it seems increasingly likely that McElhenney may have one of his wishes granted – to tee it up with the self-confessed golf fanatic.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.