Most professional athletes travel via plane as they go from city to city. One weekend they’re playing in Phoenix, and the next they’re playing in Atlanta. But some athletes, like Jordan Spieth, are changing their travel accommodations to the form of RVs.
Instead of flying, they’re driving. Instead of sleeping in a random hotel room, they’re enjoying the comfort of their bed. Jordan Spieth is the latest pro golfer to join the RV life. Let’s learn more about his big change!
Who Is Jordan Spieth?
Jordan Spieth is an elite professional golfer who debuted on the PGA Tour at age 16. At 20, he won his first PGA Tour event, and a year later, Spieth won the Masters and the US Open.
A native of Texas, Spieth attended the University of Texas and played golf during his freshman year, leading the Longhorns to the NCAA golf championship. He turned pro during his sophomore year, where he began the climb to #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking in June of 2015.
Where Does Jordan Spieth Rank in the PGA?
As of the beginning of 2023, Jordan Spieth ranked 15th in the world. He also started 2022 ranked 15th and moved to 8th until he ended the year as 14th best golfer in the world. He spent 26 weeks as the #1 golfer during 2015-2016.
Why Did Jordan Spieth Buy an RV?
Jordan’s wife, Annie, wanted an RV for some time. So last fall when their son, Sammy, started sleeping through the night, the Spieths bought an RV.
Jordan explains, “The reason was kind of to have home on the road. Got the same mattress I have at home, and we’ll leave a lot of Sammy’s stuff on the bus, therefore won’t have to pack a whole lot and can ride on it a lot in between events given the way the west coast swing – and especially the Florida swing. Should make traveling and getting settled and packing up quite a bit easier.”
Instead of moving between hotel rooms, the Spieths can enjoy the comforts of home on the road. As the PGA Tour kicks off in 2023, Jordan Spieth will be a traveling nomad, joining other pro golfers like Jason Day, John Daly, and Bubba Watson. Although he hasn’t driven it yet, Jordan hopes to try it on an open road sometime soon.
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What Other Pro Golfers Have Joined the RV Life?
Most professional athletes fly to their matches, games, and tournaments. But not these pro golfers. Instead, they travel in their home on wheels. This allows them to sleep in their beds, watch their television, and take whatever they want to golf tournaments all over the country.
John Daly has a 2007 45-foot Prevost Featherlite that he bought in 2006. The motorhome has a full bathroom, a bedroom with a California King bed, a full-sized fridge and full kitchen, and an eating area with two couches.
The space is perfect for Daly when he travels alone or with his family. When he’s not touring, Daly keeps the RV at home and still sleeps in his comfortable California King bed.
During COVID, Woody Austin and his wife, Shannon, bought a 35-foot Thor A.C.E. 33.1. Shannon was very concerned about the pandemic and didn’t want to fly or stay in hotels. She took a driving class so they could split the time driving as they travel across the country between events.
Their coach has a rear bedroom, small kitchen and booth dinette in the center, and a couch and theater seating behind the cab. It’s the perfect size for two and enables them to do some sightseeing along their routes as time allows.
Tim Petrovic has used his Prevost for over 15 years. What it lacks in modernity, it makes up for in space. This motorcoach has a spacious front lounge area behind the cab with plenty of room to relax after a round of golf.
The kitchen has a convection oven, full-sized fridge, dishwasher, and espresso machine. Passing through the full bathroom, you’ll enter the rear bedroom where Petrovic still has pictures his girls drew for him as they grew up in the RV.
For more than a decade, Mark and Brenda Calcavecchia have traveled to tour events in their RV. They had a Prevost and now have a Tiffin Zephyr. Brenda shares, “I can’t believe we didn’t do it sooner. I’ve been a germaphobe before it was in style. I didn’t like hotels, I don’t like flying, I don’t like being away from my dogs.”
So the Calcavecchias travel in style with their three dogs. They relax in their recliners and watch TV with a glass of wine. Plus, they make stops along the way rather than being shut up in a hotel room.
Steve Elkington calls his RV the “Big Show” with good reason. This custom two-story RV is towable by semi-truck. In fact, it was once both Vin Diesel’s and Will Smith’s rig that they used when shooting movies. When Elkington bought it, he gutted it and created a golf room with a putting green. He even has a washer, a dryer, and a televator. Overall, he spent $400,000 in renovations.
What Makes an RV Beneficial for Pro Golfers?
Professional golfers spend a lot of time traveling between tournaments. They can feel cramped in hotel rooms and limited in where they can go due to the event location. Rather than spending dozens of nights a year in a hotel room, they can travel the country with a home on wheels. They can sleep in their own beds, pack all the clothes and food they want, and enjoy time with their families in comfort and luxury.
Will Jordan Spieth Pave the Way for More Pro Golfers to Join the RV Life?
Jordan Spieth is only the latest pro golfer to join the RV community. Athletes on the Champions Tour have been traveling in RVs for over a decade. Perhaps now with the younger crowd joining the RV life, we’ll see other rising stars with motorcoaches pulling up to PGA Tour events.
If you were a professional golfer, would you travel in an RV?
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