Peter Jacobsen represents everything a professional athlete and committed community leader should be. Through the years he has used his talents and status to transcend the game of golf and touch the lives of many. He’s a fierce competitor, consummate entertainer, passionate executive, and caring family man. Peter and his wife Jan have been married 36 years and have three children, Amy (32), Kristen (30) and Mick (28), and two grandchildren.
A 37-year veteran on the PGA TOUR, and a nine-year member of the Champions Tour, Peter has established himself as the unofficial ambassador of golf. He has served as a Player Director on the PGA TOUR as well as a golf commentator on ABC and NBC Sports, ESPN and The Golf Channel.
Peter first ventured into the business world in 1986 with the creation of the Fred Meyer Challenge. In 1989 he formed Peter Jacobsen Productions, Inc. for the purpose of managing the Fred Meyer Challenge and other sporting events. In 2007, PJP became what it is today – Peter Jacobsen SPORTS. Since it’s inception, the company has produced nearly 500 events and has expanded outside of Oregon with an office in Providence, Rhode Island.
Aside from his golf and business ventures, Peter keeps busy with other passions – having had television, movie, writing, musical AND design careers as well. Peter helped create two TV shows, “Peter and Friends” and “Peter Jacobsen Plugged In,” which ran for three seasons each on The Golf Channel. His silver screen cameos included Dead Solid Perfect (1988), with Randy Quaid, and Tin Cup (1996), starring Kevin Costner, Rene Russo and Don Johnson.
In 1992 Peter co-designed his first golf course, The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Ore., with long-time friend and former TOUR player Jim Hardy. They officially formed Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design in 1995 and have since designed and developed nearly 20 courses worldwide including Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas.
Along with his good friend Jack Sheehan, Peter has co-authored two humor-based, golf-themed books about his life on TOUR – Buried Lies (1993) and Embedded Balls (2005). And in the mid-80s, Peter formed Jake Trout and the Flounders along with Mark Lye and Payne Stewart. Writing humorous golf-related lyrics to popular songs, the band was a hit on the golf circuit!
In 2013 Peter teamed up with four brothers from the country music world (Willy and Cody Braun from Reckless Kelly and Micky and Gary Braun from Micky & The Motorcars) to record an original song titled Cheers & Boos. The group, which called themselves Jake Trout and the Ball Washers, released their single during the 2013 Phoenix Open as a Jake’s Takes segment for NBC Sports.