What I learned from that one time I walked 81 holes of golf in 31 hours.

I’ve been thinking and reflecting upon my emergency, sanity-restoring one-man golf trip to the Sandhills of North Carolina to visit Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, Hyland Golf Club, and Tobacco Road Golf Club. Here are my musings on what I experienced and what I learned from walking 36 holes at Mid Pines one Friday…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session #9 – Sanity Break, Part Three – After

A post-script on my one-man spirit of golf marathon to and thru the Sand Hills of North Carolina. I briefly recap what I was looking for, what I found, and what it means to me to have completed my personal golf crusade to my favorite American golf course, Mid Pines and Tobacco Road. I walked…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session #8 – Sanity Break, Part Two – During

The Blind Shot Podcast’s first remote episode!  A brief update from the North Carolina Sand Hills after day one of the Sanity Break. The golf course at Mid Pines Golf Club is everything that I remembered, everything that I had hoped it would be. After walking 36 holes in one afternoon, I am sneaking up…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session #7 – Sanity Break, Part One – Before

Self care. Refresher. Getaway. Mini-Vacation.Sanity Break. Whatever you want to call it, I’m escaping into a combination of things I’ve always wanted to do: play virtually unlimited golf on the summer solstice in a place that I love very much. I don’t know who needs to hear this episode, except that everyone should know that…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 10 – Ru Macdonald of the Scottish Golf Podcast

This is episode 10, a conversation with Ru Macdonald: a Scot, a golfer, an employee of the European Tour, a golf social media influencer, and the owner and proprietor of the Scottish Golf Podcast, which is one of the original podcasts within in the golf podcasting space.  It’s a conversation about his origins, his passion,…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session 6 – Story Time with Uncle Dave

My friend Rod Morri always laments that the best of conversations occur and the best stories are told “off-air,” once the recordings are finished. He’s right. So today, with Short Game Session #6, I’m bringing you one of my favorite golf trip stories, ripped from the outtakes of one of our regular podcast recording sessions.…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 9 – Ethan Fisher of Golf House KY on the EKU PGA Management Program

Welcome to Episode 9 – This is a conversation with Ethan Fisher of Golf House Kentucky on his experience in the PGA Management Program at Eastern Kentucky University. We discuss this academic program, one specifically designed to prepare students for a career in golf, but why it doesn’t restrict a candidate to jobs only in…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 8 – Americans in Scotland Roundtable, Round 2 – Carnoustie and Elie

Welcome to Episode 8 – The Americans in Scotland Round table, Round Two. In this episode, we recount our day at Carnoustie and a day at Elie. It’s a virtual roundtable conversation with my Scottish Golf Trip companions remembering our journey getting to and from Carnoustie, golf on the world’s hardest links course, and the…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 7 – Tyler Van Hoose of Keene Trace Golf Club

Welcome to Episode 7 of the Blind Shots Podcast. This episode is a fun discussion with Tyler Van Hoose, who is the general manager of the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, just south of Lexington in central Kentucky. Keene Trace Golf Club, among other accolades, is the host club of the PGA Tour’s…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 6 – Americans in Scotland Roundtable, Round 1 – Getting to North Berwick

Welcome to Episode 6 – The Americans in Scotland Round table, Round One. It’s a virtual round table conversation with my Scottish Golf Trip companions, Fred and Matt, discussing our preparations for our Scottish, the whirlwind hi-jinx that was the day(s) of travel that culminated in a great round on North Berwick’s West Links as…

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…

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…