Round of golf with Charles Barkley sells for $100K at charity auction

Jack Baer

Someone out there really, really wanted to play golf with Charles Barkley.

A round of golf with the NBA Hall-of-Famer sold for $100,000 after 41 bids through the All In Challenge on Wednesday night. The auction was set up by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin to combat food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The package specifically includes 18 holes of golf with Barkley at a course in the Philadelphia area with two friends, as well as drinks, a meal and “premium” cigars.

Whoever dropped six figures on golf with Barkley is undoubtedly familiar with his infamous struggles on the course, but things seem to have gotten better over the years. Once known for a bizarrely large hitch in the middle of his downswing, some videos of a much smoother motion have emerged in recent years.

“Let me tell you something brother, I’ve been working on my game every single day,” Barkley said in the video announcing his entry.

Of course, the people bidding to play golf with Barkley aren’t really doing it for the competition. Barkley has become one of the highest profile personalities in the sport, and he has promised a good time to whoever wins.

“If they play golf with me, there’s going to be plenty of cigar smoke and there’s going to be plenty of beers drank,” Barkley said. “We’re going to have a great time and raise a lot of money for charity.”

No one will mistake Charles Barkley for Tiger Woods, but he appears to have made some strides in recent years. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, David B. Parker)

The full listing for the Barkley round of golf:

You. Two friends. Charles Barkley. One epic round of golf, drinks, and fine cigars. Does that sound like something you have always dreamed of doing? Charles will be taking one winner and two guests golfing with him on a course in or near Philadelphia, PA. You can talk about his days playing with the Sixers, what it is like working with Kenny, Ernie and Shaq, or just watch in amazement as Charles shows off his new and improved golf swing. Sir Charles is throwing in liquid refreshment, some of his premium cigars to smoke on the course and what is sure to be a dining experience for the ages. Airfare and lodging are not included in this experience. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.

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