Blind Shots Podcast Season 4, Episode 3 – Mike from Chasing Scratch

My conversation with Mike from the Chasing Scratch Podcast, tracing his and Eli’s journey towards a scratch golf handicap and a community they never expected.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Google Podcasts | Spotify…

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…