Default Frontman Dreams of Golfing With Alice Cooper
Default frontman Dallas Smith joins Alice Cooper, Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), Kid Rock, Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe), Dave Farrell (Linkin Park), Jani Lane (Warrant), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), and other rockers in hitting the golf course in his spare time. “I usually try to get out once a week,” says the Vancouver-based singer, who has just released a new album entitled ‘Comes and Goes.’ “I usually shoot low 80s so that’s better than average.”
Smith first gave the game a shot when Default first started touring, back on the debut album, ‘The Fallout,’ in 2001. “I wasn’t really into it before, but it was a good thing for me and my dad to do when I’d be home for like four days before heading out again,” says Smith. “Then I started bringing my clubs down South during the winter. I went on tour, and when I’d be bored on the bus, I’d go play golf. I started getting seriously into it.”
Since then, he’s golfed in South Carolina, Georgia, California, New Mexico and Texas. “Nice courses, but nothing really famous. But I had a chance to golf Torrey Pines in San Diego, which is a famous PGA course,” says Smith of the cliff-top course overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “I normally wear one of the shirts I got from there. I’m pretty proud to wear that one.”
Now, Smith can boast of being better than his dad. “He beats me once in a while, but I pretty consistently beat him by one or two strokes.”
Smith hasn’t had a chance to play with any of the above-mentioned rockers. However, he says Alice Cooper “would be a dream come true,” and “Darius Rucker is apparently amazing, too.”
“There are a lot of guys in bands that are starting to do it, especially in Vancouver. I golfed with Chris Crippin from Hedley a little while ago and he got a hole-in-one a couple of weeks prior to golfing with me and he was just rubbing it in,” recounts Smith.
“We were playing a Swan-e-set set in Port Coquitlam in the Lower Mainland and we were tied at the 18th hole and we both had a pro shot and he shanked his in the water. I’ve never heard somebody yell ‘f—’ so loud in my life. And I beat him. It was awesome.”