ORLANDO, Fla. – Two years ago the life of 53-year old professional golfer Mark Burk changed. The man who won tournaments all around the world and coached celebrities found himself homeless and living in abandoned construction pipes in Palm Springs, Calif., after a romantic relationship went awry.
In the new 10-part series, 'Pipe Dream,' Golf Channel chronicles Burk’s journey to get his life back on track, regain his golf career and restore his good name. Beginning with the series worldwide premiere on Jan. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET, viewers will find out if Burk is able to get back in the game or if it all proves to be just a pipe dream.
From age 13, Burk knew he only wanted to play golf. Studying under instructors including Ben Doyle, Jim Flick, Peter Kostis, and Kip Puterbaugh, Burk played in various professional golf tournaments across the country and internationally, spending a year on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. After playing competitively, he became a golf instructor and Hollywood consultant, teaching actors Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman how to swing a golf club for the film Swordfish.
But after years of living a charmed life, Burk became homeless in 2008. Due to a bad turn of events, including an alleged domestic violence dispute with then girlfriend, supermodel Beverly Johnson, he was left penniless and without a place to live. 'Pipe Dream' documents Burk’s struggle to survive on the streets, as well as his efforts to achieve his goal of getting back on the green. Throughout the series, viewers will watch as Burk begins to pick up the pieces of his life, get a job, deal with a pending legal battle against his ex-girlfriend and attempt to make it through Champions Tour Qualifying School.
“Pipe Dream follows the story of a man whose life has been turned upside down and now struggles daily to reclaim his name and his dream. Even through all of Mark’s personal and professional struggles, it’s been his passion and respect for the game of golf that has kept him alive,” said Keith Allo, Golf Channel vice president of programming and original productions. “We are very excited to continue to bring unique and diverse programming to Golf Channel and feel that Pipe Dream will not only resonate with golf fans but with anyone, who at one time in their life, dared to dream against all odds.”