The Golfers Journal Podcast

The Golfers Journal Podcast
Golf in its purest form

58: Real Talk with Colton Craig
Jul 2 • 61 min
Colton Craig is a 27-year-old golf-course architect and founder of the Perry Maxwell Society. Over the past year he’s quit his apprentice gig, opened his own design firm, visited every Maxwell design in the U.S., and become a first-time father. He unpacks…
57: Yes In a Heartbeat: Annika at Colonial
Jun 11 • 54 min
You know she teed it up with the men. But there’s still much to learn about Annika Sorenstam’s trailblazing PGA Tour appearance at the 2003 Colonial. Featuring candid interviews with Sorenstam and Aaron Oberholser, along with journalists and marshalls who…
56: Dr. George F. Grant
Jun 4 • 29 min
Before there was the broken tee, there was the original one. Host Tom Coyne and Assistant Editor Casey Bannon dive into the remarkable life of Dr. George F. Grant—the second African American graduate of Harvard Dental School, and inventor of the wooden…
55: Shrink the Game with Ken Kearney
May 21 • 35 min
Ken Kearney went from a decorated Irish amateur player to a career in finance to golf-course architect. For his next big challenge, he wants to shrink the game.
54: Dispatches From the New Frontier
May 6 • 49 min
Contributing Editor D.J. Piehowski makes his return to the TGJ Podcast—reading his thorough TGJ No. 11 profile on the reverse routing at remote Silvies Valley Ranch. Fellow TGJ contributor Neil Schuster joins him to add commentary and context from their…
53: The Pandemic Diary
Apr 16 • 25 min
No place is safe from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus, even host Tom Coyne’s beloved Carne Golf Links on the remote Western coast of Ireland. The shutdown there has left scores unemployed and the course’s future in doubt. Carne chairman Gerry Maguire…
52: The Last Time Golf Stopped
Apr 8 • 51 min
Host Tom Coyne serves as our commanding general on this docu-pod exploration of golf through World War II in the 1940s—the last time golf was forced to mark and step away.
51: Life on the Inside
Mar 24 • 34 min
Renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Winters returns, this time to answer subscriber questions about golf’s new normal.
50: 24 Hours at Sawgrass
Mar 11 • 21 min
This is the 17th Players Championship for TGJ editor and grizzled vet Travis Hill. He gave newbie Casey Bannon one day to find a Sawgrass story he hadn’t heard. Challenge accepted.
49: Finding your Center with Geoff Cunningham
Feb 29 • 46 min
Artist. Photographer. Tequila drinker. Soul surfer. Hickory player. Club maker. Linksoul Creative Director Geoff Cunningham refuses to let anyone put him, or the game he loves, in a box. On Ep. 49 of the TGJ Podcast, the man who created TGJ’s Broken Tee…
48: Sheep Ranch Preview Announcement
Feb 14 • 8 min
ATTENTION: TGJ Subscribers will be playing Bandon Dunes’ Sheep Ranch masterpiece before it opens to the public. You’re wondering how to get in on this? Publisher Brendon Thomas joins host Tom Coyne to cover everything you need to know.
47: Challenge Days ft. Shane Bacon
Feb 8 • 44 min
Is a bad day on the course really better than a good day anywhere else? On episode 47 of the TGJ Podcast, host Tom Coyne puts that old adage to its greatest test as he talks with Shane Bacon and friends about their lowest points on the course.
46: The Next 20 Years
Jan 25 • 67 min
Golf changed in so manys from 2000-2020, which led host Tom Coyne to wonder how the game will look two decades from now. On episode 46, a high-profile collection of experts including journalist Geoff Shackelford, Stanford women’s golf coach Anne Walker,…
45: The War on Par ft. Gil Hanse
Jan 9 • 42 min
TGJ No. 10 introduces us to the Ohoopee Match Club—a discreet Georgia playground designed specifically to ignore par. Inspired by this concept, host Tom Coyne taps Ohoopee architect Gil Hanse to understand how the edict to eliminate a target score shaped…
Re-Tee: 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines
Dec 27, 2019 • 59 min
The greatest tournaments live on in our collective memories. But they also provide a sometimes shocking timestamp of the golf world at that time. Host Tom Coyne, No Laying Up’s Chris Solomon, PGATour.Com Senior Editor Sean Martin and TGJ’s Casey Bannon…
43: Brough Creek National
Dec 5, 2019 • 33 min
From message board idea to functioning golf course to the pages of TGJ No.10, Brough Creek National is every armchair architect’s dream. In our latest episode, host Tom Coyne confirms the hand-built reality with a (temporary) course record, followed by a…
42: The Lost Strantz Tapes
Nov 20, 2019 • 58 min
While reporting TGJ No.10’s, “The One Less Travelled,” contributor Jay Revell stumbled upon a treasure trove of unearthed footage featuring the late architect Mike Strantz during construction of his masterpiece, Tobacco Road. After sifting through hours…
41: Bob Ford
Nov 6, 2019 • 33 min
He’s watched Ben Hogan write checks to settle debts, walked off Arnie’s home course rather than breaking the King’s record and ran the merchandise tent at Oakmont while playing in the ‘83 U.S. Open. Bob Ford’s legendary career in golf continues today:…
40: Bizarre Golf History
Oct 18, 2019 • 37 min
Who holds the rightful claim to America’s first golf club? How did three different players lose in match play after an ace? Which major champion was nearly arrested for slow play? Host Tom Coyne has questions, and Connor Lewis of the Society of Golf…
39: Swing Thoughts with Dr. Bob Winters
Oct 3, 2019 • 42 min
Whether they’re beautiful and effective or a form of psychological warfare, everyone has a swing thought. On our latest podcast, host Tom Coyne asks a host of players what’s going through their heads, and gets renowned golf psychologist Dr. Bob Winters to…
Golf and the Climate Crisis
Sep 17, 2019 • 35 min
Inspired by the frightening story of Scotland’s Montrose Golf Links in TGJ No. 9, host Tom Coyne sets out to see how others in golf are confronting the very real effects of the climate crisis. He interviews Montrose story author and climate scientist Dr.…
37: Joel Murray from Canal Shores
Aug 28, 2019 • 33 min
The latest TGJ Podcast finds Tom Coyne sitting down with actor and comedian Joel Murray at American Legion Post 42, following their round together at Chicago’s Canal Shores. The youngest of nine Murrays reminisces on his introduction to the game at Canal,…
36: Rob Collins and Sweetens Cove
Aug 15, 2019 • 43 min
We celebrate the return of Sweetens Cove to the pages of TGJ with a conversation between Contributing Editor D.J. Piehowski and Sweetens architect Rob Collins. They discuss the devilish fourth hole, which is featured in the Yardage Book section of issue…
TGJ Podcast 35: Wendell Haskins and Sadena Parks
Aug 1, 2019 • 47 min
From music videos at Def Jam to Director of Diversity at the PGA of America, Wendell Haskins has built a remarkable life inside and outside the game. On the latest TGJ Podcast, Casey Bannon links up with Haskins and professional golfer Sadena Parks in New…
34: Royal Portrush
Jul 16, 2019 • 39 min
After 68 years, the Open Championship has finally returned to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland. Host Tom Coyne sits down with Dr. Richard Haslam of Saint Joseph’s University to explore the politics of the area that contributed to the Open’s absence,…
33: Dinner with David McLay Kidd
Jul 8, 2019 • 30 min
After playing Gamble Sands together, Tom Coyne joins course architect David McLay Kidd and the rest of their fivesome for a dinner conversation. Over local wine and halibut with sides of banter, the group dishes on what makes Kidd’s wonderfully wild…
32: Jimmy Dunne
Jun 25, 2019 • 30 min
After 36 holes incredible together at Shinnecock and NGLA, Tom Coyne sits down with Jimmy Dunne, one of the most interesting men in golf you may not know. He opens up on everything from growing up as a caddie, becoming a member at Augusta (among other…
31: U.S. Open Recap with Jim Moriarty
Jun 17, 2019 • 36 min
Go behind the scenes at the 2019 U.S. Open with Jim Moriarty. In the latest TGJ podcast, host Tom Coyne checks in with the legendary golf writer as he covers his 34th U.S. Open. In a series of daily chats from Pebble Beach, Jim discusses a new…
30: Anthony Pioppi
May 29, 2019 • 18 min
Tom Coyne sits down with author Anthony Pioppi to discuss why it’s not the quantity of the holes that count, it’s the quality.
29: New York, New York
May 9, 2019 • 20 min
Comedian Paul Gutkowski describes what it’s really like to be a golfer in New York City.
28: Masters Road Trip
Apr 18, 2019 • 37 min
Host Tom Coyne takes a few of his buddies on a once in a lifetime trip to The Masters
27: No Laying Up: Chris Solomon
Apr 4, 2019 • 41 min
From the pages of No.7: A deep dive into the origins No Laying Up with co-founder Chris Solomon
26: The Roadie: Aaron Dill
Mar 28, 2019 • 33 min
Aaron Dill takes us on a tour of the Titleist tour truck on location at The Player’s Championship
25: The Ace Pod
Mar 5, 2019 • 31 min
Wild stories about golf’s holy grail
24: Billy Collins
Feb 20, 2019 • 28 min
Tom Coyne sits with the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins
23: Geoff Ogilvy
Jan 10, 2019 • 45 min
Geoff Ogilvy is the only major champion that also happens to be a Golfer’s Journal contributor. The former U.S. Open champ wrote the Yardage Book section of TGJ No. 6 and he joins the podcast to discuss growing up in Australia’s Sand Belt as well as the…
22: Our favorite stories of 2018
Dec 28, 2018 • 45 min
To wrap up 2018, Publisher Brendon Thomas and Managing Editor Travis Hill join the podcast to discuss how their favorite stories came together this year. We also discuss the highlights of the year’s TGJ events and give a preview of what’s on the horizon…
21: Larry Wilmore
Dec 19, 2018 • 35 min
After serving as a writer and contributor on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Office and The Daily Show, Larry Wilmore is now the executive producer of Black-ish on ABC. Beyond that, he’s a golf fanatic. He joined the podcast to discuss how he…
20: Keith Cutten
Nov 20, 2018 • 34 min
Keith Cutten is a Canadian golf course architect and the author of the new book, “The Evolution of Golf Course Design.” He joined the podcast to talk through his career in architecture, how he came up with the idea for his book and the current state of…
19: Job Fickett and Adam Heindorff
Nov 6, 2018 • 44 min
Job Fickett was the TGJ reader that pitched the story that ended up becoming “Game of Pixels” in TGJ No. 5. We talk through the ins and outs of the most in-depth golf video game there is and Job explains what it takes to be one of the game’s standout…
18: Jim Dodson (Live at Pinehurst)
Oct 11, 2018 • 45 min
Jim Dodson has written more than 10 books about golf, ranging from his personal experience with the game to biographies of titans like Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. He joined us live at Pinehurst Resort to share stories from a career of covering the game,…
17: The Long Road to the PGA Tour
Sep 26, 2018 • 35 min
There are thousands of professional golfers in the world and most never make it to the PGA Tour. After seven years of grinding toward that goal, Adam Long finally broke through this year and will begin his rookie season on the PGA Tour next week. He…
16: Gil Hanse
Aug 29, 2018 • 39 min
Gil Hanse is one of the most prolific architects working in golf today. His original work can be seen everywhere from The Olympic Course in Rio to the wild Streamsong Black, while his restoration work has touched many of the United States’ most…
15: Jim Moriarty
Aug 15, 2018 • 48 min
Jim Moriarty has covered golf for more than 40 years as a reporter, author and photographer. He joins the podcast to talk through how golf has changed throughout his career and why he’s still excited to watch the action on Sunday afternoons. Jim also…
14: The Links Episode
Jul 24, 2018 • 51 min
On the heels of The Open, we put together an episode celebrating the things that make links golf special. We start with a reading of D.J. Piehowski’s piece, “Beneath the Machair” from TGJ No. 1 (1:35 mark), which details the history of the once-lost…
13: Australian Golf with Curtis Luck
Jul 9, 2018 • 37 min
In our TGJ No. 4 Q&A, we discussed a number of things with young Australian standout Curtis Luck – where he grew up, winning the U.S. Amateur, playing the Masters and more. In this episode of the podcast, we had Curtis break down his five favorite…
12: Jamie Kennedy’s Golf Marathon
Jun 21, 2018 • 33 min
This week marks the Bandon Solstice event, where a group of people get together to try to play all four courses at Bandon Dunes on the longest day of the year. As impressive as that is, Jamie Kennedy laughs at the feat. To raise money for a Scotland…
11: Inside TGJ No. 4
Jun 6, 2018 • 33 min
Managing editor Travis Hill takes you step-by-step through the latest issue of The Golfer’s Journal with stories and context on how each feature came together and why it was chosen. TGJ No. 4 marks one full year in the life of our magazine and we couldn’t…
10: No Scars - The Story of Len Mattiace
May 9, 2018 • 59 min
People like Len Mattiace often turn into footnotes of history as the guys who almost got it done. But his story is more complicated than near-misses on big stages. In a special Golfer’s Journal podcast, Mattiace shares the story of his career – from…
9: The Courses That Stick with Andy Johnson
Apr 18, 2018 • 59 min
Andy Johnson is a TGJ contributor who first started writing about golf course architecture for his website and newsletter, The Fried Egg. In this episode of the podcast, Andy reflects on the five golf courses that had the biggest impact on shaping his…
8: Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb
Apr 4, 2018 • 65 min
Our guests today are Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb, two golf course architects who recently completed work on their first solo design at the Winter Park 9. Johns was featured in TGJ No. 3 while guiding us on a tour of his home course, the Stanley…
7: Shane Bacon and Chris Solomon
Mar 21, 2018 • 39 min
TGJ contributors Shane Bacon (Fox Sports) and Chris Solomon (No Laying Up) join the podcast to discuss the unbelievable hospitality details that come with playing one of South Korea’s most private golf courses. Shane also recounted his experience in TGJ…
6: Will Leitch
Mar 7, 2018 • 48 min
Will Leitch is not a golfer, which, in a strange way, is a major reason we wanted him to write for The Golfer’s Journal. As a sportswriter who has appeared in every outlet from the New York Times to Deadspin (which he helped found), Will has a unique…
5: Brendon Thomas and Travis Hill
Feb 21, 2018 • 36 min
With TGJ No. 3 about to ship to subscribers, we wanted to look back at how and why The Golfer’s Journal got started. Publisher Brendon Thomas and Managing Editor Travis Hill discussed where the idea came from, the 2-year struggle to put TGJ No. 1 together…
4: Geoff Cunningham
Feb 8, 2018 • 42 min
Geoff Cunningham is – among many, many other golf things – the creative vision behind Linksoul. His art and photography is featured prominently in TGJ No. 2. He joined the podcast to discuss his golf artwork, his visit to Louisville Golf, the…
3: Tom Coyne / Sacred Sands
Jan 8, 2018 • 49 min
Tom Coyne has played every links course in Ireland and Scotland, written four books and a screenplay. He brings a lifetime of golf experience and opinion to The Golfer’s Journal and, for the first time, the TGJ podcast.
2: Travis Hill / Sweetens Cove
Dec 26, 2017 • 27 min
Managing editor Travis Hill talks through his transformative trip to Sweetens Cove, a nine-hole gem in Tennessee that’s changing how people think about the game.
1: Caleb Hannan / Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch
Dec 14, 2017 • 24 min
In our debut episode, writer Caleb Hannan explains what it’s like to play the mysterious Sheep Ranch near Bandon Dunes, golf’s equivalent to a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You can read Caleb’s full story in TGJ No. 2. Subscribe here:…