Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 9 – Americans in Wisconsin Roundtable – Lawsonia Links

In this third and final installment of The Americans in Wisconsin Roundtable, we discuss the experience of playing the Links Course at Lawsonia. Nestled above Green Lake, the Links at Lawsonia simultaneously reminds me of several great Midwestern courses I’ve played and looks unlike anywhere I’ve seen before. From the hands and minds of the…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 8 – Chris Boysel PGA Part Two

This is the second part of my conversation with my friend, Head Golf Professional at Kearney Hill Golf Links, Chris Boysel, PGA. We talk about keeping golf fun, the practical effect of distance in golf, and why the rest of us are so important. https://media.blubrry.com/blindshotspodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/blindshotspodcast/Blind_Shots_Podcast_Season_3_Episode_8-Chris_Boysel_PGA_Part_Two.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3, Episode 7 – Chris Boysel, PGA (Part One)

Today’s episode presents the first half of my conversation with Chris Boysel, who is the Head PGA Professional at Kearney Hill Golf Links here in Lexington. He is one of those golf pros blessed with natural enthusiasm for golf and the gift of gab. He and I could literally sit down and talk golf all…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 6 – The Lost Episode with Kris McEwen

My special guest for this episode is Chicago’s Kris McEwen. He’s a man of many parts, with his Venn Diagram covering several sides of golf through his growing multi-media empire. We talk golf courses, media, travel, Chicagoland, and more. Links to Kris’s various works are listed below. Enjoy! Driving Range Heroes where you can find…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3, Episode 5 – Brian Ross and the story of Park Mammoth Golf Course

This episode presents the story that I’ve been wanting to tell you for more than a year and a half. It’s a little bit of the story of the once and future Park Mammoth Golf Course in Park City, Kentucky. And to help me tell it’s story, we’re speaking again with friend of the podcast,…

Blind Shots Podcast, Season 3, Episode 4 – the Americans in Wisconsin Roundtable: Mammoth Dunes and The Sandbox

In this second installment of The Americans in Wisconsin Roundtable with friends of the show, Matt and Fred, we pickup where we left off in Episode 2, moving from the discussion of the Sand Valley Course to this week’s insights on The Sandbox Short Course, the Mammoth Dunes Course, and the luxury the resort experience…

Blind Shots Podcast, Season 3, Episode 3 – Jim Hartsell and The Secret Home of Golf

Jim and I discuss out-of-the way golf adventures, old-school caddies, unsung heroes of construction, and of course, his excellent new book, The Secret Home of Golf: The Authorized History of King-Collins Golf and the Creation of Sweetens Cove. Plus if you stick around to the end of the interview, Jim profiles his 10 favorite Blind…

Blind Shots Podcast, Season 3, Episode 2 – Americans in Wisconsin Roundtable: Sand Valley

Erstwhile friends of the show Fred & Matt join me to discuss the annual summer Guys’ Golf Trip. This 2021 version found us at Sand Valley Golf Resort. In this first edition of the Americans in Wisconsin mini-series, we discuss the gem that this the Coore + Crenshaw designed Sand Valley Course, caddies, walking golf,…

Blind Shots Podcast Season 3, Episode 1: Where to play golf while visiting Kentucky

To start Season 3 of the podcast, I provide a brief glimpse of the golf courses worth playing depending on where you may be visiting or passing through Kentucky. I get asked a lot about where to play when someone plans a visit to Kentucky, either for work or leisure. This episode is the bullet…

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…

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…

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…