The Golfers Journal Podcast
Episode 65: Chris Solomon and the Traveling Bag
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Fresh off his byline in TGJ No. 13, Golfer’s Journal Contributor Chris Solomon returns to the show to talk about the inspiration behind “Infinite Loop,” the brotherhood behind the traveling carry bag that’s now been around the world twice, how to properly pitch a TGJ story, and the fear that comes when putting pen to paper. 

What's Next for Golf?
Mon, 12 Oct 2020 23:38:53 +0000

This week on TGJ Digital we released “Now What?” — a new feature where contributing writer Will Bardwell asks a variety of golf industry members the big question: After golf’s biggest summer in decades, what will, and should, once-struggling golf courses do with their unexpected revenue? Assistant Editor Casey Bannon connects with Bardwell to go beyond the reporting of the piece, and further the conversation on what's next for golf.

Episode 64: The Johns of Aronimink
Mon, 05 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000

With Aronimink Golf Club set to host the KPMG Ladies PGA Championship, Tom Coyne and Casey Bannon pay the Donald Ross blue-chipper a visit in search of the real stories behind two of golf’s most under-appreciated characters: John Shippen and John McDermott. As it quickly becomes apparent, you can’t talk about America’s first Black golf professional and caddie-turned-U.S. Open-champion without the ‘Mink. 

Episode 63: Behind USGA Lines
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +0000

The USGA Museum has been closed to the public for months. But that didn’t stop TGJ Senior Writer and podcast host Tom Coyne from finagling an all-access tour in preparation for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Alongside Museum Director Hilary Cronhim, he finds Mickey Wright’s jewelry, the original sheet music to Winged Foot’s fight song (because every course should have a fight song),  the most clutch putter of all time, and a vault holding some of golf’s most valuable artifacts. 

Episode 62: Lester George Live from Ballyhack
Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:39:55 +0000

“I’ve always said that if other architects would stay out of Virginia, then I’d stay out of their states too.” After a late introduction to the golf design game, Lester George has made good on his promise to dominate the Dominion state. His in-state roster now consists of top-100 projects like Kinloch, the quietly explosive Langley Air Force Base, and the mindbender at Ballyhack. And that’s where he crashes our 2020 Broken Tee 2-Man to discuss how the military shaped his eye for topography, his affinity for surfing despite never hopping on a board, unloading his car collection and an upcoming Seth Raynor project. 

Episode 61: Expand Your Mind with Charles Lindsay
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Charles Lindsay describes himself as “a conceptual artist-adventurer, whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, time, eco-systems, and semiotics.” And he believes playing a ton of golf falls into that description. Lindsay joins host Tom Coyne for a wide-ranging discussion on golf’s relationship with hunting, the search for extraterrestrials, becoming unlikely playing partners with John Updike and how he created the book of hilarious golf images that are featured in TGJ No. 12. 


Episode 60: Ken Wang
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Ken Wang has a degree in economics from MIT, is the brother of fashion designer Vera Wang, and, most important to us, is the founder/owner of the Pete Dye-designed Pound Ridge Golf Club in New York. He joins Tom Coyne to discuss his fervent belief in public courses, how Dye got what he wanted in the design, the democratization of the game, and how Vera plays “Bill Clinton golf.”

Episode 59: Good News is Just a Phone Call Away
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +0000

COVID, cheating, distance debates, course closures and a lack of diversity—golf’s recent news cycle has been gloomy. But it’s not all bad out there. Host Tom Coyne called some folks from around the golf world who have some good news to share. He went beyond the headlines and found the Navajo Nation’s booming dirt course; a staggering drop in suicide rates thanks to the Veterans Golfer’s Association; a little guy’s big time 15-footer; a 50-day Pinehurst trip, and a heartwarming update on Ireland’s Carne Golf Links. Five reminders of why we love this game.

Episode 58: Real Talk with Colton Craig
Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Colton Craig is a 27-year-old golf-course architect and founder of the Perry Maxwell Society. Over the past year he’s quit his apprentice gig, opened his own design firm, visited every Maxwell design in the U.S., and become a first-time father. He unpacks the trials and tribulations of his journey over nine holes at Maxwell's first design, Dornick Hills, with assistant Editor Casey Bannon. 

Episode 57: Yes In a Heartbeat: Annika at Colonial
Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0000

You know she teed it up with the men. But there’s still much to learn about Annika Sorenstam’s trailblazing PGA Tour appearance at the 2003 Colonial. Featuring candid interviews with Sorenstam and Aaron Oberholser, along with journalists and marshalls who witnessed it first-hand, host Tom Coyne and TGJ Assistant Editor Casey Bannon re-live the controversial resistance from male and female pros, the electricity on the first tee, the legacy of Sorenstam’s accomplishment, and her shocking four-word declaration that started it all.


Episode 56: Dr. George F. Grant
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Before there was the broken tee, there was the original one. Host Tom Coyne and Assistant Editor Casey Bannon dive into the remarkable life of Dr. George F. Grant—the second African American graduate of Harvard Dental School, and inventor of the wooden golf tee in 1899. 


Episode 55: Shrink the Game with Ken Kearney
Thu, 21 May 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Ken Kearney went from a decorated Irish amateur player to a career in finance to golf-course architect. For his next big challenge, he wants to shrink the game. 

Episode 54: Dispatches From the New Frontier
Wed, 06 May 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Contributing Editor D.J. Piehowski makes his return to the TGJ Podcast—reading his thorough TGJ No. 11 profile on the reverse routing at remote Silvies Valley Ranch. Fellow TGJ contributor Neil Schuster joins him to add commentary and context from their homestead into Eastern Oregon’s rugged frontier. 


Episode 53: The Pandemic Diary
Thu, 16 Apr 2020 09:00:00 +0000

No place is safe from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus, even host Tom Coyne’s beloved Carne Golf Links on the remote Western coast of Ireland. The shutdown there has left scores unemployed and the course’s future in doubt. Carne chairman Gerry Maguire takes us there as he reads from the personal diary he kept during a week from hell.

Episode 52: The Last Time Golf Stopped
Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Host Tom Coyne serves as our commanding general on this docu-pod exploration of golf through World War II in the 1940s—the last time golf was forced to mark and step away. 

Episode 51: Life on the Inside
Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000

Renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Winters returns, this time to answer subscriber questions about golf's new normal. 

Episode 50: 24 Hours at Sawgrass
Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:44:48 +0000

This is the 17th Players Championship for TGJ editor and grizzled vet Travis Hill. He gave newbie Casey Bannon one day to find a Sawgrass story he hadn’t heard. Challenge accepted.

Episode 49: Finding your Center with Geoff Cunningham
Sat, 29 Feb 2020 10:00:00 +0000

Artist. Photographer. Tequila drinker. Soul surfer. Hickory player. Club maker. Linksoul Creative Director Geoff Cunningham refuses to let anyone put him, or the game he loves, in a box. On Ep. 49 of the TGJ Podcast, the man who created TGJ’s Broken Tee logo joins host Tom Coyne for a raw, emotional conversation that explores Cunningham’s career highs and personal lows, but somehow always finds its way back to his center. 

Episode 48: Sheep Ranch Preview Announcement
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:00:00 +0000

ATTENTION: TGJ Subscribers will be playing Bandon Dunes’ Sheep Ranch masterpiece before it opens to the public. You’re wondering how to get in on this? Publisher Brendon Thomas joins host Tom Coyne to cover everything you need to know.

Episode 47: Challenge Days ft. Shane Bacon
Sat, 08 Feb 2020 10:00:00 +0000

Is a bad day on the course really better than a good day anywhere else? On episode 47 of the TGJ Podcast, host Tom Coyne puts that old adage to its greatest test. First he connects with Shane Bacon to recount his feature in TGJ No. 10, where he got his “teeth kicked in” at Scottsdale National’s Bad Little Nine. We then open the floor to some familiar names and fresh voices to hear their lowest points on the course. Listen in as Fore the Ladies’ Abby Liebenthal, Outside the Cut’s Trey Runkle and more rehash their personal challenge days.