Thoughts on introducing my sons to the golf course

“Whose idea was it to come to golf practice? Was it your idea, or was it daddy’s idea?” This particular anecdote from one of my teaching pro’s stories is emblazoned upon the walls of my mind, in hope that I might remember its lesson whenever thoughts of my sons and golf collide. As it happens,…

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…

Closing a sad chapter of my personal #GolfTwitter.

Best that I can tell, the online community lovingly referred to as #GolfTwitter has devolved into something indistinguishable from the rest of social media. What was once a thriving, welcoming collection of people that enjoyed discussing and sharing their golf thoughts and experiences has broken down. It’s been replaced by the same tribal, snarky cesspool…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session #10 – Musings on the Buddies’ Trip

Welcome to Short Game Session #10. This week I riff on our recent Buddies’ Trip to the Sandhills of North Carolina, winner’s guilt, and letting go of the reins. The Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Sanford area of North Carolina has such incredible golf courses and experiences. It’s my Scotland that I can reach without getting on an airplane,…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 14 – Americans in Scotland Roundtable, Round Five – Leven Links and the Road Home

Welcome to Episode 14. It’s our Fifth and Final Round of The Americans in Scotland Roundtable,  Just as melancholy set in as our Scottish Golf Adventure came to a close, so sets in a bit of sadness that this is the last edition of the audio journal of my travels around Scotland with Fred and…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 13 – A conversation with golf course architect J. Drew Rogers, ASGCA

Welcome to episode 13 of the Blind Shots Podcast. This is a conversation with J. Drew Rogers, ASGCA, a golf course architect that has helped produce and refine some of the best courses in Kentucky. Ours isn’t a discussion of architectural merit or strategies, but rather a talk about the business of being a golf…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 12 – Americans in Scotland Roundtable, Round 4 – The Old Course

This is episode 12.  It’s Round Four of The Americans in Scotland Roundtable. And emotionally, this is the big one.  It’s a conversation about the Old Course with my Scottish Golf Trip companions, Fred and Matt Chaney. We spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how to describe the Old Course experience.…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 11 – Americans in Scotland Roundtable, Round 3 – Castle Course and Cheer

This episode is a conversation with my Scottish Golf Trip companions discussing our round at St. Andrew’s Castle Course on a beautiful Scottish morning.  We also recount our favorite moments of food and cheer around the town of St. Andrews. I loved the Castle Course. It was challenging, yet rewarding, and very different from every…

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…