Michael Douglas, 79, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 54, look as loved-up as ever as they indulge in golf day in celeb enclave Montecito

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Written By Maya Cantina

Michael Douglas, 79, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 54, appeared as loved-up as ever when they were spotted this week golfing in the celebrity enclave of Montecito.

Ever since their romance burst into the public eye in the 1990s, the pair have set heads turning because of their yawning quarter-century age gap.

But in spite of the naysayers, they have soldiered through personal crises to emerge as one of the most enduring couples in Hollywood. 

Their marital bliss was on display when they rolled around the green together on a golf cart, with Michael sitting at the wheel.

Catherine – who recently grabbed lunch with her husband in Santa Barbara – could be seen affectionately squeezing his hand as she disembarked from the vehicle before heading across the grass to tee off. 

Michael Douglas , 79, and Catherine Zeta-Jones , 54, appeared as loved-up as ever when they were spotted this week golfing in the celebrity enclave of Montecito for a round of golf

The actress appeared delighted as she hit the golf course with her husband

The actress appeared delighted as she hit the golf course with her husband 

Even in her sporty golf gear, Catherine was the image of California glamour, emphasizing her lithe frame in a sleek black fitted jacket and matching trousers.

She lent herself a touch of shade with a bronze-tinted pair of sunglasses and a visor and made sure to be in full makeup for her day out at the golf club.

Meanwhile her husband, the son of Old Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas, wore a striped polo shirt with a navy jacket and a set of khaki cargo trousers.

Catherine and Michael have a long history in Montecito, where Kirk kept a holiday home affectionately called the ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ house because of the sculpture of the Sholom Aleichem character perched on the shingles. 

Michael finally sold the house in 2022 for a whopping $6.8 million, two years after his father died at the grand old age of 103.

He and Catherine are now the proud parents of two adult children – a 23-year-old son called Dylan and a 20-year-old daughter called Carys.

Michael and Catherine welcomed Dylan in August 2000 and married at the iconic Plaza Hotel on 5th Avenue that November.

Carys, whom Catherine was heavily pregnant with when she danced at the Oscars and accepted her trophy for Chicago, arrived in April 2003.

Catherine could be seen affectionately squeezing his hand as she disembarked from the vehicle before heading across the grass to tee off

Catherine could be seen affectionately squeezing his hand as she disembarked from the vehicle before heading across the grass to tee off

They strolled down the course together

They strolled down the course together 

Even in her sporty golf gear, Catherine was the image of California glamour, emphasizing her lithe frame in a sleek black fitted jacket and matching trousers

Even in her sporty golf gear, Catherine was the image of California glamour, emphasizing her lithe frame in a sleek black fitted jacket and matching trousers

Ever since their romance burst into the public eye in the 1990s, the pair have set heads turning because of their yawning quarter-century age gap

Ever since their romance burst into the public eye in the 1990s, the pair have set heads turning because of their yawning quarter-century age gap

Ever since their romance burst into the public eye in the 1990s, the pair have set heads turning because of their yawning quarter-century age gap

The actress looked like a pro as she swung her club

The actress looked like a pro as she swung her club 

The power couple had their metallic clubs in hand as they trekked across the greenery

The power couple had their metallic clubs in hand as they trekked across the greenery 

Meanwhile her husband, the son of Old Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas, wore a striped polo shirt with a navy jacket and a set of khaki cargo trousers

Catherine opted for a sporty all-black look

Meanwhile her husband, the son of Old Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas, wore a striped polo shirt with a navy jacket and a set of khaki cargo trousers

She grinned with glee as he navigated their cart down the course

She grinned with glee as he navigated their cart down the course 

The actress looked content as she enjoyed the views

The actress looked content as she enjoyed the views 

Douglas kept his eye on the path ahead

Douglas kept his eye on the path ahead 

Catherine shielded her eyes with a fashionable visor

Catherine shielded her eyes with a fashionable visor 

She sat beside her husband as he drove the cart around

She sat beside her husband as he drove the cart around 

Their marital bliss was on display when they rolled around the green together on a golf cart, with Michael sitting at the wheel

Their marital bliss was on display when they rolled around the green together on a golf cart, with Michael sitting at the wheel

In 2018, Carys told Town And Country that when her father would do the school run ‘People would be like: “Your grandpa’s here to pick you up.”‘

The following year, Michael revealed in an interview with Closer Weekly that his daughter had decided to start attending boarding school. 

Michael and Catherine have retained their sense of humor about their age difference, as he revealed to Jonathan Ross.

‘‘We joke about when I reach my 80s and she’s wheeling me around and I’m saying: “Whoa, where are we going?” And she will say: “Cartier darling, Cartier. It’s your favorite store,”‘ Michael told the late-night host.

The marriage was not without its rough patches, particularly in the early 2010s as Michael battled throat cancer and Catherine was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.

Douglas appeared to be handing his wife her golf club

Douglas appeared to be handing his wife her golf club 

She looked in high spirits for the occasion

She looked in high spirits for the occasion 

Douglas grasped Catherine's hand as she stepped out of the vehicle

Douglas grasped Catherine’s hand as she stepped out of the vehicle 

He watched her as she played a round of golf

He watched her as she played a round of golf 

She lent herself a touch of shade with a bronze-tinted pair of sunglasses and a visor and made sure to be in full makeup for her day out at the golf club

She lent herself a touch of shade with a bronze-tinted pair of sunglasses and a visor and made sure to be in full makeup for her day out at the golf club

She appeared to be placing a golf tee on the ground

She appeared to be placing a golf tee on the ground 

The Mask of Zorro actress gave the game her undivided attention

She swung the club over her shoulder

The Mask of Zorro actress gave the game her undivided attention 

The actress smiled as her love stepped out of the vehicle

The actress smiled as her love stepped out of the vehicle 

The Fatal Attraction star sat comfortably in the vehicle

The Fatal Attraction star sat comfortably in the vehicle 

Michael and Catherine are now the proud parents of two adult children - a 23-year-old son called Dylan and a 20-year-old daughter called Carys

Catherine looked effortlessly stylish in her golf attire

Michael and Catherine are now the proud parents of two adult children – a 23-year-old son called Dylan and a 20-year-old daughter called Carys

The actress relaxed in the vehicle as her husband approached the course

The actress relaxed in the vehicle as her husband approached the course

The Wednesday actress flashed a huge smile

The Wednesday actress flashed a huge smile 

Douglas donned a sporty white cap and sunglasses for the occasion

Douglas donned a sporty white cap and sunglasses for the occasion 

They appeared to be chatting inside the golf cart

They appeared to be chatting inside the golf cart

She appeared to be returning to the cart

She appeared to be returning to the cart

The couple briefly separated in 2013, but quickly fell back into each other's arms later that year, with Michael divulging he and Catherine were 'working things out'; pictured 2021

The couple briefly separated in 2013, but quickly fell back into each other’s arms later that year, with Michael divulging he and Catherine were ‘working things out’; pictured 2021

He and Catherine are now the proud parents of two adult children - a 23-year-old son called Dylan and a 20-year-old daughter called Carys; the four of them are pictured in 2015

He and Catherine are now the proud parents of two adult children – a 23-year-old son called Dylan and a 20-year-old daughter called Carys; the four of them are pictured in 2015

The couple briefly separated in 2013, but quickly fell back into each other’s arms later that year, with Michael divulging he and Catherine were ‘working things out.’

A few years later, Catherine remarked: ‘I’m very blessed. I have a husband who listens to me and I’m a wife who listens to him. That’s why – though every marriage goes through ups and downs – we’ve come to a place where we couldn’t be better.’ 

On the Today show a couple of years ago, Catherine spilled that her ‘extremely bright’ children both want to follow their parents into the acting business.

‘Michael and I would be the first parents to say: “You know, maybe you should think of another career,” but we’ve seen how passionate they are about the craft,’ she said.

Meanwhile Catherine’s recent credits include playing Morticia Addams on the Netflix hit Wednesday and a lead character on the National Treasure television show. 

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