He was an amateur golfer and competed in tournaments across the South. He was credited with laying out the city's first golf course, a 9-hole links on a half acre of North Birmingham adjoining the Birmingham Country Club in 1898. He taught the game to club members, introducing golf to Birmingham. He served as president of the country club in 1901 and as secretary of the Southern Golf Association from 1903 to 1911.
Baugh was president of the Birmingham Baseball Club before 1910, and part-owner, along with William McQueen. When McQueen sold the club to Rick Woodward, Baugh became a stockholder in the Woodward Iron Company. He remained with the team as secretary and joined Woodward in a hunt with Ty Cobb.