Chris Lane Talks Life At Home and Competing In His First Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions

Now that Chris Lane and his wife, Lauren Bushnell Lane, have their hands full raising their two sons Dutton Walker, 19…


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 23, 2023


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Courtney Lee and Chris Lane as seen during the first round of the 2023 Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions at The Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fl. on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Jason Miczek/©2023Hilton Grand Vacations

Now that Chris Lane and his wife, Lauren Bushnell Lane, have their hands full raising their two sons Dutton Walker, 19 months, and Baker, 3 months, finding time to get out of the house can be a challenge. Luckily, Lane recently got the chance to enjoy a brief getaway to play some golf.

This wasn’t just a normal weekend on the course though. From January 19-22, the country star competed in the 2023 Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions alongside both professional LPGA Tour winners, and sports and entertainment celebrities including fellow country stars Lee Brice and Michael Ray. 

“It is my first year, but I’m very, very excited. I’m absolutely obsessed with the game of golf and competing, so this is a great week for me,” Lane told Country Now following his first day on the course at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando.

“I had some good holes, had some bad holes. Pretty typical of my golf game,” he joked before adding hope that he would score even more points for the remainder of the weekend.

This year’s group of golfers were competing for a total purse of $1.5 million. The tournament was held over the course of four days and aired on the Golf Channel, Peacock, and NBC.

On the celebrity leaderboard, the “Dancin’ In The Moonlight” singer held a solid position among his competitors, proving that his regular visits to the green have helped him build his skills and stand out on the course. 

“I feel blessed to be a part of this event,” he shared. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’d heard from a few buddies that have played in in the past that they absolutely loved it and that it was such a fun week. So saying that I’m excited would be an understatement. I’ve been looking forward to this for so long.”

Getting the chance to enjoy some warm weather and a weekend of playing the sport he loves was just what he needed now that life is extra busy at home. The country star and his wife welcomed their newest addition, Baker, into the family on Sunday (Oct. 16).

Chris Lane revealed that among the tremendous amount of excitement circulating the house, there have still been plenty of challenges thrown at them. So far, Chris and Lauren have found that the most difficult part has been trying to get enough sleep while also working toward getting both their boys on their own nightly routines. 

“I was kind of getting used to the no sleep, but then our little boy started sleeping a little bit better. So, sprinkling in a new baby made us take a step back with sleep. Now our son, Dutton, is definitely taking a step back with his sleep as well. So we’re pretty tired,” he said honestly. 

Lane also shared that after an unexpected trip to the ER earlier this month, his boys are both doing well and fully recovering from the effects of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

“Everybody’s doing good. It was obviously a very scary week and a half, two weeks, cause Dutton had it first and then passed it over to Baker and he ended up in the ER, you know, wasn’t breathing very well. So that was a scary moment, but he is doing a lot better. We feel blessed that he turned out alright.”

While Chris Lane has been enjoying spending plenty of time at home and helping out Lauren with all the ups and downs that have come with the kids, he said he’s also eager to get back on stage in front of his loyal fanbase. 

“I’m taking a little bit of time off the road, but once I get back out there, Lauren and the kids can always come out on the road any weekend they need to or want to. We’re not really sure how we’ll handle it yet, but when I get back out there touring and Lauren wants to come out, we’ll figure it out.”

He added, “Every time I’m not on the road, I always miss it. My favorite part of being an artist is performing live.”

Luckily, Lane has managed to carve out a few days each week to be as creative as he can be with his songwriting.

Many listeners were left feeling hopeful for the possibility of new music in the near future after a recent social media post, in which the North Carolina native gave fans a glimpse into what his year looked like and teased that he’s been writing a lot.

“I’ve been writing as much as possible. I’m gonna continue to do that early in the year here as I take a little bit of time off,” he told Country Now. “There are really no plans yet. I just wanna make sure I get the songs right at the end of the day and not try to rush the process, but just try to keep putting out good music. Hopefully people will like it and still show up to the concerts and sing all the songs.”

As he eases back into his busy artist schedule, Chris Lane is starting out with just a few dates on the books. He’s next scheduled to appear in Tulsa, OK on February 10. Then, at the beginning of March, he’ll head to Boots in the Park festival in Santa Clarita, CA .

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.