By Alex Ryden
Between starring in Taylor Steele’s new flick The Drifter, competing in the US Open, and being named Waterman of the Year, Rob Machado has been busy man. Luckily he has found the time to host his annual golf tournament coming up on September 28. Though Rob is admittedly a bit challenged on the links, the man has never been more amped to tee off. For everyone, the Experience is all about having fun. And with this year’s “South of the Border” theme going down, there’s no telling what shenanigans the fiesta will bring. We caught up with him as he was heading into a screening of The Drifter to get the details.
With all the traveling you’ve done this year, have you have had time to play golf or are you feeling pretty green?
I’m always green. I really don’t partake in golf that often, I will tell you that straight out.
So how bad are we talking?
Well I’m kind of in that mode where I don’t really give a…. you know? When you go out to have fun, you probably play better than if you cared. That’s where I’m at; it’s all good.
When is the last time you played?
I’d say in the last 6 months I’ve played a half a dozen times.
That’s not bad. We’re guessing you have no idea what your handicap is?
Um…yeah, I really have no idea. [Laughs]
How does golf rate on your favorites list?
It’s up there, actually. I enjoy it. It’s one of those things where it’s not about the game, but about the people you’re playing with. — just you and some good friends, going out to have fun.
And the Experience is always help at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach, right?
What’s the theme this year?
We’re going “South of the Border.” Full Mexico.
So sombreros and Mexican blankets — the whole deal?
They just legalized marijuana and cocaine down there, you know? That’s why were going there. Just kidding. [Laughs]
What’s the most challenging hole there?
Good question. It might be the hole where you have to tee off with a baseball bat. People seem to have a hard time with that one.
Is it one of the short holes or one of the long holes?
We usually do it on a long hole. It makes it exciting.
Who is going to be the most entertaining and ridiculous person at the event?
We always get good people. Everyone really gets into the theme side of it, but there are usually a few people that just come in ready to get smashed. What I usually tell people is that this is their opportunity to play golf wearing some really f—ked up outfit. Like, last year was rock star theme and you could come with ripped jeans, bad hair, and whatever else to play a fun round of golf.
Maybe one year you should just do a mixed bag theme. Everyone could just wear whatever and just go for it.
Halloween party, huh? That’s a good call, we might have to do that.
Could you explain where the proceeds go to?
All proceeds benefit the Rob Machado Foundation. I partner up with the Cardiff Education Foundation, which is the foundation that helps with extra programs at the elementary school by my house. In the past, we have done a whole recycling program, water bottle program, and organic gardening program. It’s pretty cool, but right now it sounds like my crew is calling me so I got to go inside.
Have fun with that.