As the host of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on the Fox Business Network, the cable commentator breaks down the day’s news into a macro-economic view. Dobbs, 61, who carries “about a 20” handicap once the weather turns at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, N.J., also has some big-picture thoughts about golf, which he adopted later in life.
What took so long to get into golf?
I was a poor kid (in Texas and Idaho). My family didn’t have enough money to be supporting that kind of idea. I was working and going to school. Over time, economics changed and so did circumstances. My wife (Debi) said to me one day, you better get out there and play with the boys. I cherish the times with the kids on the golf course.
How related are golf and business?
As I talk to people, they wouldn’t know how to do business without playing golf with certain customers. And it makes all the sense in the world. It is the sport of business, without question.
Golf has a lot of issues: the economy, speed of play and the cost. From a business viewpoint, what would you change?
Reduce the time a round takes. For duffers like me, these 7,000-yard courses are great fun once in awhile, but it’s a waste of yardage. I talk to friends who are terrific golfers, and they live it and have the time to spend on a golf course. But even they begrudge the amount of time it takes.
Our game’s biggest personality is Tiger Woods. What are your expectations in 2012?
To me, the great story here is not Tiger Woods. I love the up-and-coming players. I want to see who emerges, who establishes himself. That, to me, is a great storyline.