"This job could hurt my game if I let it," says Kevin Sorbo. "I mean, how would you like it if every time you teed up a ball, people said, 'C'mon, Hercules, let's see what you can do'? What do I do? Take it back slow and try not to freak." Sorbo, 39, was a golfer long before he became the star of TV's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He learned the game at Lakeview Golf Course in Mound, Minn., a muni that his schoolteacher father managed during the summer. "Playing alone, barefoot and shirtless at sunset—those were great days," he says. As a struggling actor Sorbo met Tour pros Billy Andrade, Billy Ray Brown and Willie Wood on a cruise ship. "They were on the cruise, and I was making a commercial. We wound up hitting balls off the boat. The bottom of the Caribbean is now littered with our golf balls." A member of Titirangi Golf Club in New Zealand, where his show is shot, Sorbo seldom plays the Alister Mackenzie layout there, since filming calls for 12-to 16-hour workdays, and the workouts he needs to remain "a hero to children, sex symbol to women," as the show's publicity has it, take 90 minutes more. "My handicap skyrocketed when I got this Here gig; I'm a bogey golfer now," says Sorbo, who expects a Here perk to come his way soon. "A Callaway ad, of course. It's a no-brainer, isn't it? They can say, 'Even Hercules got better with a Big Bertha.' "