Thursday, June 2, 2016

Playing Golf on Acid with Hunter S. Thompson

​It worked wonders for his handicap.

There was once a time in every serious editor's life when he had to play 18 holes zonked on acid with Hunter S. Thompson. An exclusive excerpt from The Accidental Life, by former Esquire editor in chief Terry McDonell.

George Plimpton and I decided to visit Hunter after he sent me a photograph of himself sinking a 30-foot putt at the Aspen Golf Club. He signed it to me with Res Ipsa Loquitur across the image, and there was a message on the back: Come out and play golf with me sometime—bring George—and money; I will beat both of you like mules.

George Plimpton at the Bing Crosby Pro-Am in 1966.
Hunter's Owl Farm had seen numerous visitations far more exalted than ours. Jimmy Carter and Keith Richards, among dozens of others, had passed through, sometimes shooting clay pigeons and improvised targets in the meadow next to the house. After all, Owl Farm was designated a "Rod and Gun Club" on Hunter's stationery. Bill Murray had come close to moving in when he was preparing to play Hunter in Where the Buffalo Roam, and Johnny Depp actually did before he filmed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Hunter liked to play host—even picking you up at the airport in the '71 Chevrolet Impala convertible he called the "Red Shark." When John Belushi died and there were rumors he had been visiting Hunter,the wires quoted him saying John was "welcome at Owl Farm dead or alive."

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