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Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has lashed out at a Sydney golf club after it told the music superstar he must cover up any visible tattoos while on its premises.

The American rocker, currently in the Harbour City as part of his band’s Australian tour, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure at the club’s no-ink policy.

Followill, whose Twitter profile has more than 154,000 followers and reads “I’m a daddy, drummer, lover, smoker, drinker and a thinker” didn’t mince his words, declaring the club had gone from ‘bucket list’ to ‘the f–k it list.”

“Welcome to the 1950’s and a hell of a way to grow the game,” he wrote. 

But the Grammy Award-winning artist wasn’t finished there, implementing a policy of his own should the club be interested in attending a Kings of Leon show.

Followill then found (insert sarcasm here) a solution.

Followill’s tweets triggered an immediate response from golf-industry types, including former tour player-turned commentator Ewan Porter, who himself was embroiled in a controversial ‘black socks saga’ with a Sydney club just two years ago.


The American returned to Twitter moments later to seek out recommendations on which courses he should play.

Which course Followill was referring to remains unknown, but his public reaction adds another ugly chapter to the sport’s ongoing dress-code PR battle.

In 2020, Porter was shunned from a Sydney course because he was wearing black ankle socks. The subsequent backlash made global headlines and sparked debate about what is and isn’t acceptable golf attire.


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