Blind Shots Podcast Season 4 Episode 5: Above the Clouds – Duane Horton, Charlie Rymer & The McLemore story

I was charmed by what I found at The McLemore, high atop Lookout Mountain above Rising Fawn, Georgia. In this conversation with Duane Horton, president of The McLemore, as well as the Scenic Land Company, and Charlie Rymer, McLemore Executive VP, we discuss how the community and development is transitioning from a traditional golf residential…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 4 Episode 4 – Lawrence Donegan on Adventures in Junior Golf

Lawrence Donegan’s essay titled Adventures in Junior Golf from McKellar #5 was the most important article I’ve read in 20 years. In it, Donegan examines the Youth Sports Industrial Complex through the lens of his experiences as the dad of a junior golfer, weaving tales of woe and lessons learned with the bad and the…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 4, Episode 2 – Matt Considine of NewClub Golf Society

Matt Considine is a co-founder of NewClub Golf Society, an official golf club modeled after the golf societies of Great Britain and Ireland. NewClub offers a home to golfers that desire the best elements of a golfing community: camaraderie, competition, and a commitment to stewardship of the game we all love. Matt’s passion has become…

Nine thoughts on this year’s buddies’ golf trip

Each August, on the heels of our annual golf getaway, I reflect on what revealed itself in the build-up, execution, and aftermath of the three (or sometimes four) day spectacle. Organizing those thoughts into something coherent and valuable takes as long to plan as the actual golf trip. Here is my attempt for the 9th…

Blind Shots Podcast – Season 4, Episode 1: Anatomy of the Buddies Golf Trip

Welcome back to the Blind Shots Podcast. I’m excited to be back in the studio and truly jazzed about some of the forthcoming episodes for Season Four. Today, co-hosts Matt & Fred sit in to talk about Buddies’ Golf Trips. We frame the discussion within our decade of experience together to try to isolate what…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 19: Matthew McCrady of Man O’ War Golf Part 2

This episode is the second half of my conversation with Matthew McCrady, the Director of Operations at Man O’ War Golf in Lexington, Kentucky. We pick up where we left off, discussing the present and future states of merchandising and golf equipment for golfers and meander towards how Matthew sees the dynamic between grass roots junior golf on public courses and exposure to more aspirational courses as children grow into the game.

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 18: Matthew McCrady of Man O’ War Golf, Part 1.

This episode is the first half of my conversation with Matthew McCrady, the Director of Operations at my home practice and fitting facility, Man O’ War Golf in Lexington, Kentucky. We talk all around and thru the state of the golf business, as I try to touch on what makes this stand alone practice facility so special.

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 16 – Jason Straka ASGCA on Kenwood CC, renovations, and sustainable golf course design

Jason Straka & I talk about Kenwood Country Club, the course renovation, and the LPGA tournament, as well as his passion for sustainability in golf course design and maintenance, and the insular nature of a lot of golf-centric conversations.

Nine holes of Pinehurst area thoughts: Hole 5 – Moving on Up.

The truth of Matt’s final point, that playing up to just a slightly shorter overall yardage still presents interesting challenges yet in a less stressful manner, is the hallmark of a well-designed golf course. Moving up from one set of tees to a shorter set doesn’t magically make a good golf course boring or easy; it makes the challenges less stressful and more enjoyable.

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 15 – Michael Croley on Golf and Writing

On today’s episode, we class up the joint a bit by welcoming author, writer, golfer, and native Kentuckian gone rogue, Michael Croley. Michael grew up in Corbin, Kentucky, but now lives in the Columbus, OH area, shaping the minds of tomorrow as an Assistant Professor of English and Journalism at Denison University, developing his own creative writing portfolio, and working the golf journalism beat for more than a handful of publications.

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 14 – Matthew Wharton, Carolina Greenkeeper

Today’s episode is one where you and I get to listen to my friend entertain us with some stories, and make us think with a few others. Matthew Wharton is one of my most cherished friends in golf; smart, funny, curious, serious, and kind. We talk golf courses, golf industry, golf shots, and golf’s future,…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3, Episode 13 – A Requiem for 2021 and a Prayer for 2022

Winter has arrived in earnest, as the chaos of the holiday season subsides, so this week the podcast takes a look at some of the bests and worsts of golf in 2021. We also cast an eye forward to 2022, previewing a few things that we’re already getting excited about. The off-season, or winter in…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 12 – Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable – Southern Pines, Revisited

In this installment of The Americans in Pinehurst Series, Matt, Fred and I discuss the new Southern Pines Golf Club experience.  In the hands of a new ownership group, which also owns nearby Pine Needles and Mid Pines golf course resorts, Southern Pines has undergone a significant renovation and restoration effort from noted architect Kyle…

Nine holes of Pinehurst area thoughts: Hole 4 – Golf club headcovers are a myth.

This is the fourth in a series, a back nine of thoughts cultivated from a recent fall golf trip to the Pinehurst and Southern Pines areas of North Carolina. What started as bullet points grew into substantial realizations. I hope you enjoy reading them. Headcovers are a myth. A grift. A pure canard. The byproduct…

Nine holes of Pinehurst area thoughts: Hole 3 – Southern Pines has been unleashed.

This is the third in a series, a back nine of thoughts cultivated from a recent fall golf trip to the Pinehurst and Southern Pines areas of North Carolina. What started as bullet points grew into substantial realizations. I hope you enjoy reading them. Southern Pines Golf Club, revamped under new ownership after becoming the…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 11 – Brad Woodger of Royal Chappy

This episode is about fun. Finding fun, having fun, being fun. It’s about being serious but not taking ourselves too seriously. It’s about golf that’s fun, without any of the other stuff that gets in the way. I speak with Brad Woodger, operator of The Royal & Ancient Chappaquiddick Links, located on Chappaquiddick Island. “Royal…

Nine holes of Pinehurst area thoughts: Hole 2 – Enjoy The Cradle while you can

This is the second in a series, a back nine of thoughts cultivated from a recent fall golf trip to the Pinehurst and Southern Pines areas of North Carolina. What started as bullet points grew into substantial realizations. I hope you enjoy reading them. When we first visited The Cradle at the Pinehurst resort in…

Nine holes of Pinehurst area thoughts: Hole 1 – The Happiest Place in Golf

This is the first in a series, a back nine of thoughts cultivated from a recent fall golf trip to the Pinehurst and Southern Pines areas of North Carolina. What started as bullet points grew into substantial realizations. I hope you enjoy reading them. The happiest place in golf is the south porch at Pinehurst…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 10 – Brian Laurent of the Superintendent Network and Twisted Paw Putting Club

Today’s episode puts a spotlight on the turf side of the golf course industry. My guest is Brian Laurent. His journey in golf has taken him from collegiate golfer to running multiple Ohio sections of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America, before launching his newest venture, the Superintendent Network. He is also the caretaker…