Blind Shots Podcast – Short Game Session #5: Kearney Hill, The Old Course, and Great Walks

In this week’s mini-episode, I explore the utter joy of walking a golf course for the sake of a good walk. I’ve been out to Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington taking very amateur pictures of the course for a blog project. What I’ve found while out there on the course, either alone or with…

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Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lexington, KY – Hole 4

This post is the fourth in a series that will dive deep into the design and outstanding features of the individual holes of Kearney Hill Golf Links, one of my two home courses in Lexington, Kentucky. This course, built by Pete & P.B. Dye, represents some of the most interesting, most challenging, and most fun…

Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lexington, KY – Hole 2

This post is the second in a series that will dive deep into the design and outstanding features of the individual holes of Kearney Hill Golf Links, one of my two home courses in Lexington, Kentucky. This course, built by Pete & P.B. Dye, represents some of the most interesting, most challenging, and most fun…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 5 – Peter Schmitt of the Eternal Summer Golf Society

Welcome to Episode 5 of the Blind Shots Podcast! In this episode I interview my friend Peter Schmitt of the Eternal Summer Golf Society. Peter and I discuss how he found his love for the game after taking some time away from it, and how that turned into a passion for classic golf equipment, items…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session 4 – Memories, Golf Dreams and Escapism in a Pandemic

We are all dealing with the isolation and social distancing in our own ways. Some of us are still playing golf under strict guidelines, while others sit idly by while their golf courses are shut down. Neither situation is ideal. For me, golf has become an interwoven set of memories and day dreams, plans being…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 4 – Afternoons were for Match Play with Matt Chaney

Welcome to another episode in our Scottish Golf Experiences series! This episode is a companion piece to my essay Afternoons were for Match Play, which you can find over on the blog at OneBeardedGolfer.com.  This interview with my friend and competitor, Matt Chaney, delves further in depth into what made our random afternoon matches at…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 3: Part II with Graylyn Loomis and How to Plan a Scottish Golf Trip

Another episode in our Scotland series, this episode contains the second half of my interview with author and Scottish golf travel expert, Graylyn Loomis, discussing his eBook, How to Plan a Scottish Golf Trip, which is available on his website, graylynloomis.com or on Amazon, and his experiences as a golf trip consultant. Our discussion touches…

In The Highest Regard – Big Spring Country Club, Louisville, KY

If you asked me to close my eyes and said “country club golf course,” Louisville’s Big Spring Country Club is what I would see in my mind. It’s the best prototypical private local club course that I’ve played. It’s not a gem from a master of golf’s Golden Age of architecture, or big enough to…

Rules of the Road: Updated Tips and Tricks from a decade of Golf Trips

The golf trip to Southern Pines in August 2020 will mark my 8th consecutive year as a golf trip captain. Add in random long weekends and overnight golf excursions that pop up from time to time, and I’ve spent a lot of time chasing this crazy game far and wide. Each trip has been fun…

Blind Shots Podcast – Short Game Session 2: After the Lesson

A pop-up version of the Blind Shots Podcast, this mini-episode is the “after” of a before and after collection of podcasts about an overdue golf lesson. It’s a little different from the standard interview format, more in the style of a rant or audio confessional, that I hope you will like. This will be the…

Blind Shots Podcast – Short Game Session 1: Before the Lesson

A pop-up version of the Blind Shots Podcast, the “before” of a before and after collection of podcasts about an overdue golf lesson. This is something a little different that I hope you will like. This podcast is a brief monologue about my fears, worries, and expectations the night before my first golf lesson in…

Blind Shots Podcast: Episode 2.5 The Dream of The Old Course with Graylyn Loomis

This is the revised story of how a retweet turned into a quest, ending at the Old Course’s first tee. This is the first episode of a series that focuses on The Scotland Experience I enjoyed in the fall of 2019, and all of the shenanigans, plans, dreams, worries, and luck that went into it.…

Coming to terms with A Course Called Scotland, by Tom Coyne

There is something almost unspeakably powerful about experiencing a work of art that blurs the lines between the characters’ life experiences and your own life’s journey. When the story evokes questions, fears, joys, doubts, gratitude, and regret that you have experienced, you find the line between entertainment and self-examination three steps behind you. You live…

North Berwick West Links: the rite of passage introduction to Scottish links

Playing the ancient North Berwick West Links upon arrival to Scotland should be a required rite of passage for first time visitors. A course that exemplifies the very definition of links golf, it’s a foundational round upon which any golf trip to East Lothian, Fife, or Open Rota Quest can be built. The Setting The…

Seeing the Golf Course Architecture in the moment: a short case study

My relationship with golf course architecture, primarily from the standpoint of a player, is a continuously developing gambit. I know most of the names of the important architects from various eras of golf course design and I’ve committed a handful of template holes to memory so that I can pretend to keep up with a…

“More Than Just a Golf Blog” – My interview with Golf House Kentucky

The following interview was originally published on the website of Golf House Kentucky, which is Kentucky’s umbrella organization for amateur and professional golf on April 24, 2019. Usually I both ask and answer questions myself, so it was a nice change to get to talk golf and answer of few questions with Ethan Fisher, PGA. …