Real Housewives of the PGA Tour … Headed to A Reality Show?
If a certain group of Tour pro wives can make it happen, a reality show based on their lives of golf watching, spa hopping and fundraising could be coming to a flat screen near you. Heck, you might even catch the ladies posing in swimwear, as they did during a recent photo shoot.
See photos of the PGA Tour wives who are looking to launch their own reality show.
“We’re the bad girls, I don’t know what else to say,” Liz Estes, Bob’s wife and one of the women pursuing the show, said half-jokingly in a phone interview.
Joining Estes in her quest for reality-TV stardom are Melissa Weber Jones, wife of Matt Jones and a former Miss Idaho, and Alli MacKenzie, Will’s wife and a model who has been featured in a pictorial in the men’s magazine FHM. (Leot Chen, Vaughn Taylor’s fiancée, and Erin Walker, Jimmy’s wife, who writes a blog about traveling on Tour, also partook in the photo shoot, but they said they have no interest in appearing on a reality show.)
The women have partnered with a Los Angeles marketing firm, Reverb Collective, and in its first major play to generate some buzz, Reverb has released some edgy photos of the girls.
“We were so careful not to do anything that would be offensive to anybody,” Alli MacKenzie says of the shoot. “We got a bunch of old Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues and looked at athletes and athletes’ wives in them and made sure we didn’t do anything that was more provocative than what they did.”
Liz Estes, an aspiring pop musician, is hopeful that the PR push will work and that the show will find a home given that production companies have shown interest in her and the other wives in the past. “We were approached by the guys who did Pawn Stars,” Estes says of the History Channel show about pawnbrokers. “We talked to them three times, but they never called us back. And then this guy from VH1 asked me to put a show together with the other girls, and I’m like, ‘Well, I’m not putting it together.’ ”
If a show materializes it would be golf’s answer to Bravo’s popular Real Housewives series, “but with a cool twist,” says Amir Amiri, Reverb’s chief executive officer. Amiri believes the time is ripe for a program about Tour wives given the swell of attention the Tiger Woods scandal brought to the personal lives of pro golfers.
“We’ve talked to a lot of [television] bigwigs, and they’re all interested,” Amiri says. “I definitely think this could work out.”
From the perspective of someone who was reared in the halcyon days of Barbara [and some guy named Jack] Nicklaus …