The Golfer's Journal Podcast
Episode 45: The War on Par ft. Gil Hanse
Thu, 09 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0000

TGJ No. 10 introduces us to the Ohoopee Match Club—a discreet Georgia playground designed specifically to ignore par. Inspired by this concept, host Tom Coyne taps Ohoopee architect Gil Hanse to understand how the edict to eliminate a target score shaped his design process. Next, Tom dials renowned Scottish Historian Neil Laird to trace the origins of par itself. Finally, TGJ contributor Thomas Young passionately states his case for why golf is more fun without its most familiar scoring system. 

Re-Tee: 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines
Fri, 27 Dec 2019 10:00:00 +0000

The greatest tournaments live on in our collective memories. But they also provide a sometimes shocking timestamp of the golf world at that time. Host Tom Coyne, No Laying Up’s Chris Solomon, PGATour.Com Senior Editor Sean Martin and TGJ’s Casey Bannon gather to look back on five days of golf that wrote legacies and history books alike: The 2008 U.S. Open. From practice round folklore to the birth of Rickie’s orange pants and 91 unforgettable holes, this one deserves a Re-Tee. 

Episode 43: Brough Creek National
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:00:00 +0000

From message board idea to functioning golf course to the pages of TGJ No.10, Brough Creek National is every armchair architect’s dream. In our latest episode, host Tom Coyne confirms the hand-built reality with a (temporary) course record, followed by a tour with Ben Hotaling, the course’s designer. Hole-by-hole, Hotaling discusses an array of tee-to-green options, obstacles that nearly prevented his finished product, selling national memberships in rural Kansas City, and how your yard can become Some Guy’s Backyard.

Episode 42: The Lost Strantz Tapes
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0000

While reporting TGJ No.10’s, “The One Less Travelled,” contributor Jay Revell stumbled upon a treasure trove of unearthed footage featuring the late architect Mike Strantz during construction of his masterpiece, Tobacco Road. After sifting through hours of rare interviews and conversations, Revell and host Tom Coyne analyze some of Strantz’s most profound thoughts on visual intimidation, fine arts, fairway lines and the zen in shaping golf holes.

Episode 41: Bob Ford
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0000

He’s watched Ben Hogan write checks to settle debts, walked off Arnie’s home course rather than breaking the King’s record and ran the merchandise tent at Oakmont while playing in the ‘83 U.S. Open. Bob Ford’s legendary career in golf continues today: He’s the head professional at Seminole Country Club. Host Tom Coyne tries to keep a straight face as Ford regales him with tales from 40 unforgettable years in the game. 

Episode 40: Bizarre Golf History
Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:00:00 +0000

Who holds the rightful claim to America’s first golf club? How did three different players lose in match play after an ace? Which major champion was nearly arrested for slow play? Host Tom Coyne has questions, and Connor Lewis of the Society of Golf Historians has the answers. This rollicking conversation gets into some of golf’s true-life oddities, including a flatulence fine, a mid-round pizza delivery at the U.S. Open and the real-life Roy McAvoy.

Episode 39: Swing Thoughts with Dr. Bob Winters
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:00:00 +0000

Breathe. Rotate. Don’t blow it left. Don’t think about your ex. Get your hands to the proper spot. Shut the face. Be oily. Go blank. Whether they’re beautiful and effective or a form of psychological warfare, everyone has a swing thought. On our latest podcast, host Tom Coyne asks a host of players what’s going through their heads, and gets renowned golf psychologist Dr. Bob Winters to sort through them. Listen as PGA Tour pro Zac Blair, U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, No Laying Up’s Big Randy and Tron Carter, course architect David McLay Kidd and more sit on the TGJ couch and bare their golfing souls for all to hear. 

Golf and the Climate Crisis
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:00:00 +0000

Inspired by the frightening story of Scotland’s Montrose Golf Links in TGJ No. 9, host Tom Coyne sets out to see how others in golf are confronting the very real effects of the climate crisis. He interviews Montrose story author and climate scientist Dr. Robin George Andrews, Cornell University turfgrass specialist Dr. Frank Rossi and Dani Creighton, the environmental manager at Glencoe Golf Club in Alberta, Canada, to ask what exactly is happening to golf courses worldwide. The answers are troubling—the game we love is no doubt changing—but he also discovers some surprising ways some are fighting back.

Episode 37: Joel Murray from Canal Shores
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

The latest TGJ Podcast finds Tom Coyne sitting down with actor and comedian Joel Murray at American Legion Post 42, following their round together at Chicago’s Canal Shores. The youngest of nine Murrays reminisces on his introduction to the game at Canal, its infamous snackbar, lessons his own caddie shack and of course, stories about Bill.

Episode 36: Rob Collins and Sweetens Cove
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

We celebrate the return of Sweetens Cove to the pages of TGJ with a conversation between Contributing Editor D.J. Piehowski and Sweetens Cove architect Rob Collins. They discuss the devilish fourth hole, which is featured in the Yardage Book section of issue No. 9, the foul-mouthed preacher behind its royal nickname, and just how tough it can play. They also get into the changes at the course and how a game of telephone between Brad Faxon, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning led to Manning joining its ownership group.

TGJ Podcast 35: Wendell Haskins and Sadena Parks
Thu, 01 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000

From music videos at Def Jam to Director of Diversity at the PGA of America, Wendell Haskins has built a remarkable life inside and outside the game. On the latest TGJ Podcast, Casey Bannon links up with Haskins and professional golfer Sadena Parks in New York City in advance of their Original Tee Golf Classic—a tournament celebrating the African-Americans in the game. Learn how one of the coolest guys in golf went from roommates with P. Diddy to Luther Campbell’s stylist to full-time grower of the game.

Episode 34: Royal Portrush
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:00:00 +0000

After 68 years, the Open Championship has finally returned to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland. Host Tom Coyne sits down with Dr. Richard Haslam of Saint Joseph’s University to explore the politics of the area that contributed to the Open’s absence, then he’s joined by “The Boss” of Royal Portrush, Wilma Erskine, to discuss how her club returned to the rota. It’s one part history lesson, one part preview and 100 percent Irish.

Episode 33: Dinner with David McLay Kidd
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:00:00 +0000

After playing Gamble Sands together, Tom Coyne joins course architect David McLay Kidd and the rest of their fivesome for a dinner conversation. Over local wine and halibut with sides of banter, the group dishes on what makes Kidd’s wonderfully wild design in upstate Washington so refreshing, the beauty behind fescue and the serious business of making golf fun. 

Episode 32: Jimmy Dunne
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:31:10 +0000

After 36 holes incredible together at Shinnecock and NGLA, Tom Coyne sits down with Jimmy Dunne, one of the most interesting men in golf you may not know. He opens up on everything from growing up as a caddie, becoming a member at Augusta (among other clubs), being a staple in celebrity foursomes, lunches with presidents and Tom Brady “whining” for more strokes.

Episode 31: U.S. Open Recap with Jim Moriarty
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:05:51 +0000

Go behind the scenes at the 2019 U.S. Open with Jim Moriarty. In the latest TGJ podcast, host Tom Coyne checks in with the legendary golf writer as he covers his 34th U.S. Open. In a series of daily chats from Pebble Beach, Jim discusses a new appreciation for Brooks Koepka, his Kansas connection with Gary Woodland, and drops some fantastic yarns from Pebble’s days gone by including one about Jack Nicklaus and a missing winner’s check.

Episode 30: Anthony Pioppi
Wed, 29 May 2019 09:00:00 +0000

Tom Coyne sits down with author Anthony Pioppi to discuss why it's not the quantity of the holes that count, it's the quality.

Episode 29: New York, New York
Thu, 09 May 2019 16:37:58 +0000

Comedian Paul Gutkowski describes what it's really like to be a golfer in New York City.

Episode 28: Masters Road Trip
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000

Host Tom Coyne takes a few of his buddies on a once in a lifetime trip to The Masters

Episode 27: No Laying Up: Chris Solomon
Thu, 04 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000

From the pages of No.7: A deep dive into the origins No Laying Up with co-founder Chris Solomon

Episode 26: The Roadie: Aaron Dill
Thu, 28 Mar 2019 09:00:00 +0000

Aaron Dill takes us on a tour of the Titleist tour truck on location at The Player's Championship