A Feeling of Golf Normal: Birdie and I at the golf course.

Tonight, for the first time in a long time, sundown at the golf course felt normal again. In desperate need of putting practice, I grabbed two golf balls, my putter, and Birdie, my beloved four-legged sidekick, and headed to Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome, my local golf course haunt about a mile from the…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 30 – Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable – Tobacco Road

This is the final Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable, this time with friend of the podcast John Mark Kennedy, wherein we delve into that most special of Sandhills’ courses, Tobacco Road. I’m often asked by folks that haven’t made the pilgrimage to Sanford, North Carolina, what makes the course so special, and I invariable struggle to…

Blind Shots Podcast – Public Golf Talks with Justin Mullannix, PGA

Welcome to another episode in my series of discussions about Public Golf in America, this time through our local scene here in Central Kentucky, Justin Mullannix, PGA. After serving as the head golf professional at Kearney Hill Golf Course and Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome, Justin is now charged with overseeing Lexington’s golf leagues,…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 28 – The Kindness of Strangers and Black Creek

Today, Fred and I recap what made our recent Winter Golf Getaway to Chattanooga, Tennessee so special and fun. We lament a canceled event at Sweetens Cove, the mother of all Plan B’s, and also do a brief deep dive on what makes Black Creek Club a very special place. Black Creek Club is the…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session 12 – Happy Sandbagger Vanity Handicap Day!

A front nine of thoughts to close out the winter off-season and move towards the active spring golf window, a monologue riff on what we’ve been up to at the Blind Shots Podcast and what we’re looking forward to. Topics include a recent golf trip that was ruined, then miraculously salvaged, all within a half…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 27 – Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable – Dormie Club and flavors of Pinehurst Village

It’s Round Four of The Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable, with erstwhile friends, Matt and Fred. In this episode we discuss a bit of a Sandhills Unicorn: a relatively new golf course, by Pinehurst area standards. I mean, of course, the Dormie Club, the 2010 Coore + Crenshaw masterwork located just 10 minutes from the heart…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 26 – Scott Laffin of Feature Golf Consulting

In Episode 26, Scott Laffin and I bounce around ideas golf and golf course businesses.He has carved out a non-traditional role for himself in golf course design and construction through is firm, Feature Golf Consulting, as the guy behind the guy. A professional landscape architect by training, he’s enjoyed backdoor access and hands-on experience to…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 25 – Public Golf Talks with Mike McCartin of National Links Trust

Today’s episode is another in my series of discussions about Public Golf in America. This version is a special treat, as I have a wide-ranging discussion with one of the smartest, most intriguingly credentialed people working in golf, Mike McCartin, co-founder of the National Links Trust. With a bachelor’s degree in economics from that esteemed…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 24 – Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable – Southern Pines and Talamore New

It’s Round Three of The Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable, with our friends, Matt and Fred. In this episode we contrast two courses that I strain to find nominal similarities, but in reality, couldn’t be much more different. I’m talking about Donald Ross’s Southern Pines Golf Club, and Rees’ Jones New Course at Talamore, both in…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 23 – The StoneCrest Series, Part 2, with Brad Reynolds

Welcome to the second episode of The StoneCrest Series, an in-depth look a very special golf course in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Brad Reynolds is the course’s superintendent and general manager, so there’s few people who could know StoneCrest better. We talk everything from collapsing greens to amazing scenery to community assets and municipal…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 21 – Public Golf Talks with Rod Morri

The COVID-19 induced golf boom of 2020 was one of the weird silver linings in a year unlike any other. Participation rates, numbers of rounds, and memberships sold were up across the board in places where golf was deemed a relatively safe form of recreation. For the purposes of this discussion, it paused many municipalities’…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 20 – The StoneCrest Series, Part 1, with architect Brian Ross

We welcome golf course architect Brian Ross in Episode 20, the first of a small series of episodes focused on one of my favorite and most special places in golf, StoneCrest Golf Course in Floyd County, Kentucky. A couple of hours southeast of Lexington, high on the mountain ridge above the city of Prestonsburg lay…

Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lexington, KY – Hole 5

This post is the fifth 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…

How much are golf shoes worth? About $18 per round.

How much are a good pair of golf shoes worth? Not how much do they cost, that’s easy to calculate, depending on one’s fashion and functionality preferences and an Amazon Prime account. Rather, how valuable are golf shoes in the grand scheme of a round of golf? A recent unfortunate experience leads me to conclude…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 19 – Golf Friends and the Brotherhood of the Bogey

Welcome to Episode 19, an audio essay about golf friends and The Brotherhood of the Bogey. Thoughts on a page that I spoke into the microphone, essentially. A private message from a listener regarding an Americans in Scotland episode sends me down a path of introspection of who I play golf with, why, and what…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 18 – Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable – Mid Pines and Pine Needles

It’s Round Two of The Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable, and in this episode we visit one of my very favorite golf courses in the world, Mid Pines Golf Club, and it’s worthy brother across the street, the Pine Needles Golf Course. I’m a sucker for a period piece, and Mid Pines has the vibe of…

Forest Dunes Golf Course, Roscommon, Michigan – Harmony and Exhilaration

Here’s the truth that they ought to print on the front of the scorecard of Tom Weiskopf’s 2002 masterpiece, the Forest Dunes golf course at the Forest Dunes Resort in Roscommon, Michigan: Be bold! Go for it! Following that simple advice will set a golfer on a course for maximum fun, requiring daring and challenging…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 17 – The Blind Shots Episode featuring an All Star Cast

What starts as a grill room debate with one of my best friends about Tobacco Road Golf Club evolved into a deep dive into blind shots on the golf course. At issue are the merits and differences between blind tee shots versus blind approach shots. To help settle the point, I tap friends and experts…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session 11 – Club Championship Week

This is Short Game Session 11 – A monologue of thoughts on a wild Club Championship week that included playing for keeps with a 5-wood, a great old course, and bad nerves before a driver fitting. Come for the golf talk, stay for the amateur physics lessons. Links for the show: The results of the…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 16 – Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable –Pinehurst #1, The Cradle & Thistle Dhu

Welcome to our new Americans in Pinehurst series. Familiar voices from a new setting, as Fred, Matt, and I provide tales, laughs, and analysis on our experiences in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. This week we discuss how we began our 2020 Golf Trip at the Pinehurst Resort, playing Pinehurst #1, The Cradle, and…

Three Man Wolf – An exercise in golf gambling, game theory, and psychological warfare

I am our golf trip captain. That makes me a dictator, consensus builder, logistician, travel agent, handicap committee chairman, tournament chairman, billing department, menu planner, and group secretary. These are all jobs that I am happy to perform. None of these tasks bring me as much joy as designing the team games and individual wagers…