We could all argue till the cows come home, but the statistics just don't lie: Any way you pile it, a list of the best quarterbacks of all time should have Dan Marino scrambling for the top spot. Consider his 147 career wins (third-most all-time), or six 4,000-yard seasons (just one of two players); his 420 career touchdowns (second all-time), or 36 4th-quarter-comeback wins (most ever), or his countless passing records. But did you know the Dolphins legend also has a three handicap?
An expert in the pocket during his playing days, the 51-year-old has now forged an unlikely but accomplished amateur golf career. We caught up with the 1984 NFL MVP at Samsung's Hope for Children benefit, where he explained that while you can no longer play him on the gridiron, you can play just like him on some of Florida's best courses where he's a regular. Marino gave the lowdown on his choicest greens, as well as what it's like to take money from Greg Norman and watch a teenage Tiger Woods tear it up. Launch Gallery >>
Medalist and McArthur Golf Courses, Jupiter
One doesn't need to explain the appeal of 36 unique holes accessible to golfers at the adjacent Medalist and McArthur Golf Courses. "In this little, couple-mile area, there's these two crazy-good golf courses," Marino says. "The best thing is they keep the courses in great shape. It's, like, manicured perfect." That attention to detail for both courses is understandable considering their pedigree: Nick Price designed McArthur and Greg Norman designed Medalist. While both are worthy destinations in their own right, Medalist especially has become a training ground for a fair number of pros. "A lot of the young tour players are there now – Tiger's there, and Dustin Johnson and Ricky Fowler," he says. Of course, Marino's not an especially impartial judge in this case, having won the club championship twice. "I've played against Greg Norman a lot and let's just say there's been occasion or two when I've taken money off him," he laughs.