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The Golfers Journal Podcast

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Join our host Tom Coyne as he travels the country interviewing the most interesting people in golf.

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Episode 98: Sandra Boynton, Dancing Hippos, and the Birth of Bandon Dunes

January 7th, 2022

52:29

Sandra Boynton has sold more than 70 million children’s books, 500 million greeting cards, and has been nominated for a Grammy. So what does she have …

Episode 97: Dream On

December 22nd, 2021

48:13

If we eat, sleep and breathe golf, then we are bound to dream about it. From struggling to pull the club back to eating ice cream with Gary Woodland, …

Episode 96: Eastside Story

December 10th, 2021

1:05:13

After winning a national championship at Morehouse College, Olajuwon Ajanaku set his sights on a professional golf career. Despite some early …

Episode 95: The Three Lidos

December 3rd, 2021

33:55

Once upon a time there was a golf course called The Lido. Bernard Darwin called it “the finest golf course in the world.” And then? It disappeared.

Episode 94: The Life and Times of Will Mackenzie

November 19th, 2021

54:41

Will MacKenzie has lived in an Alaskan cave for 30 days, worked as a kayak instructor in Montana, sold grilled cheeses at Grateful Dead concerts and …

Episode 93: Mr. Top 100

November 3rd, 2021

50:57

Greg Ohlendorf knows the secret. He is one of two people to have ever played Golf Magazine’s World Top 100 Courses, Golfweek‘s Top 100 Modern and Top …

Episode 92: Introducing the Broken Tee Society (Live)

October 27th, 2021

57:15

Greetings from the new online home of the Broken Tee Society! To kick things off, host Tom Coyne is joined by TGJ staff for a live town hall discussing the details of our newly launched private community. Open to every …

Episode 91: Lifetime Amateur

October 20th, 2021

43:39

With appearances in nine Masters and two U.S. Opens, victories in the U.S. and British Amateur and five Walker Cup appearances, Vinny Giles is the most accomplished male amateur player alive. And—as you’ll hear—one …

Episode 90: Views from the Hollins Tees

October 7th, 2021

57:48

Why are the Hollins tees at Pasatiempo—named for one of the longest hitters in women's history—so far forward? Why is putting the tee in the ground …

Episode 89: Why I Hate the Ryder Cup

September 21st, 2021

35:55

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even Michael Wolf who, just last week, took to Twitter to declare the 24 reasons he hates The Ryder Cup. …

Episode 88: Chandler's Plan

September 16th, 2021

55:34

If you’re hungry for never-before-heard Ryder Cup stories, you’ve come to the right place. With stops at legendary clubs like Seminole, Merion and …

Episode 87: Southern Style with Davis Love III

August 27th, 2021

51:10

Only 15 people in history have made more money on the golf course than Davis Love III. But now, at 57 years old with a newly-replaced hip, the World …

Episode 86: Blazers Off with Roger Bennett

August 17th, 2021

45:53

Roger Bennett is well known in the soccer community as the co-host of the wildly popular podcast-turned-television-show Men in Blazers. But he’s also …

Episode 85: Live from The Olympics

August 3rd, 2021

36:22

Good morning, Tokyo! On this week's TGJ Podcast, we catch up with friend of the show Chris Reimer, who has spent the last several weeks in Japan …

Episode 84: Royal Etiquette

July 13th, 2021

1:00:21

We all remember where we were during Jordan Spieth’s infamous drop on No. 13 at Royal Birkdale during his now-legendary win at the 2017 Open …

Episode 83: Doctor's Orders

July 1st, 2021

46:16

For 35-year-old Zach Kahl, one foggy, early-morning round ended with an unexpected, life-altering trip to the emergency room. He suffered several …

Episode 82: Hunting Sasquatch with Gary McCord

June 15th, 2021

1:25:44

At 73 years young, and after a career in golf that would be too wild for the movies, there’s only one thing left for Gary McCord to do: Find …

Episode 81: The Kings of Cannery Row

June 3rd, 2021

34:08

Want to hear about a bet over killing Bin Laden? Well, on a road trip from TGJ HQ to Gearhart—and after a series of hard-to-believe phone calls—TGJ Assistant Editor Casey Bannon found himself hearing all about it in the …

Episode 80: Light In Paspalum's Shadows

May 16th, 2021

48:41

On Sept. 26, 1783, a great schooner shoved off from London. The Comte du Nord's captain, a notorious Liverpudlian trader named James Penny, listed on the ship’s manifest 97 women, 131 girls, 197 men and 249 boys—all …

Episode 79: My Friend, LaJethro

April 30th, 2021

58:20

The last year brought a legion of new golfers into the fold. Some will stay for good, and some are sure to fade away. But nine months into his …

Episode 78: The Rise of Don Rea

April 15th, 2021

43:59

While Don Rea's previous career involved enforcing the rules, he's now tossing them out the window as owner/operator at Augusta Ranch Golf Club in …

Episode 77: The Masters Theme: A Review

April 6th, 2021

19:04

The twinkling piano notes are unmistakable, but did you know that the Masters theme song has actual lyrics? Or that Dave Loggins—second cousin of Kenny—wrote them? Or that TGJ Contributor/songwriter/music critic

Episode 76: Office Hours with Sid Matthew

March 24th, 2021

57:28

Meet Sid Matthew, your favorite golf historian’s favorite golf historian. In TGJ No. 15 we explored Matthew’s extensive golf collection in “Office …

Re-Teed: The 2015 Players Championship

March 10th, 2021

1:16:43

Welcome to the next Re-Teed, TGJ’s look back at golf’s greatest tournaments. The first edition featured Tiger at the 2008 U.S. Open, and our latest …

Episode 74: From Gamer to Golfer

February 25th, 2021

46:10

Grip, stance, posture...yawn. Has junior instruction grown stale? Richard Franklin thinks so.

After 15 years of studying game design, Franklin brings …

Episode 73: Lessons in Leadership with Paul McGinley

February 11th, 2021

1:10:54

He wasn’t the biggest, flashiest or longest, but one look at Paul McGinley’s resume—four European Tour wins, three Ryder Cup titles as a player and …

Episode 72: A Compendium of Golf's Cheaters

January 28th, 2021

30:55

Sandbaggers, ball-droppers and lie-fluffers, oh my! Getting cheated in golf can stay with you—just ask host Tom Coyne, who still can’t forget an …

Episode 71: The Sober League

January 14th, 2021

45:34

Yes, in TGJ No. 14, Coyne chronicled the hellish battles he and four others had with substance abuse and how golf in a sober league became an …

Episode 70: Inside the PGA Tour’s Traveling Circus

December 30th, 2020

49:55

What are you left with after 19 years as a communications executive for the PGA Tour’s biggest events? A jukebox of epic tales ranging from the parking-lot chase with Tiger at Doral, a front row seat for the Keegan …

Episode 69: Ben Rector’s Off-Stage Addiction

December 16th, 2020

43:11

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ben Rector writes from a place of vulnerability, forming a bond with his fans by letting them behind the curtain. …

Episode 68: Golf According to Spencer Hall

December 3rd, 2020

44:14

College football fans know the legendary writing, podcasting and Twitter rants of Spencer Hall. But what does he know about golf? Just enough to be …

Episode 67: Mike Madden and the Invisible Hand of Golf

November 19th, 2020

57:07

If you’re open to it, the game can provide some life-changing surprises. So it is with Mike Madden and host Tom Coyne. Madden, son of legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden, and Coyne never knew each other …

Episode 66: Jim Fitzpatrick’s Endless Summer

November 5th, 2020

1:05:39

 It’s been a hell of a ride. In the early 1950s, he was watching declassified rocket explosions filmed by his father. During the 1960s, in the shadow of Riviera, he learned the game from Willie Hunter by flying 4-irons …

Episode 65: Chris Solomon and the Traveling Bag

October 19th, 2020

46:48

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 …

What's Next for Golf?

October 12th, 2020

18:05

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 …

Episode 64: The Johns of Aronimink

October 5th, 2020

39:40

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 …

Episode 63: Behind USGA Lines

September 15th, 2020

48:19

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 …

Episode 62: Lester George Live from Ballyhack

September 2nd, 2020

40:16

“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 …

Episode 61: Expand Your Mind with Charles Lindsay

August 12th, 2020

1:04:17

Charles Lindsay describes himself as “a conceptual artist-adventurer, whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, time, eco-systems, and …

Episode 60: Ken Wang

July 30th, 2020

48:01

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 …

Episode 59: Good News is Just a Phone Call Away

July 14th, 2020

51:46

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. …

Episode 58: Real Talk with Colton Craig

July 2nd, 2020

1:01:08

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 …

Episode 57: Yes In a Heartbeat: Annika at Colonial

June 11th, 2020

54:25

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. …

Episode 56: Dr. George F. Grant

June 4th, 2020

29:29

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 …

Episode 55: Shrink the Game with Ken Kearney

May 21st, 2020

35:46

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 …

Episode 54: Dispatches From the New Frontier

May 6th, 2020

49:32

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 …

Episode 53: The Pandemic Diary

April 16th, 2020

25:41

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 …

Episode 52: The Last Time Golf Stopped

April 8th, 2020

51:32

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 …

Episode 51: Life on the Inside

March 24th, 2020

34:23

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



Episode 50: 24 Hours at Sawgrass

March 11th, 2020

21:11

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

February 29th, 2020

46:56

Artist. Photographer. Tequila drinker. Soul surfer. Hickory player. Club maker. Linksoul Creative Director Geoff Cunningham refuses to let anyone put …

Episode 48: Sheep Ranch Preview Announcement

February 14th, 2020

8:11

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 …

Episode 47: Challenge Days ft. Shane Bacon

February 8th, 2020

44:31

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 …

Episode 46: The Next 20 Years

January 25th, 2020

1:07:40

Where will we play? How much will we pay? How many holes, with what tools and what will we wear? Golf changed in so manys from 2000-2020, which led …

Episode 45: The War on Par ft. Gil Hanse

January 9th, 2020

42:44

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 …

Re-Tee: 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

December 27th, 2019

59:25

The greatest tournaments live on in our collective memories. But they also provide a sometimes shocking timestamp of the golf world at that time. …

Episode 43: Brough Creek National

December 5th, 2019

33:32

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 …

Episode 42: The Lost Strantz Tapes

November 20th, 2019

58:37

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 …

Episode 41: Bob Ford

November 6th, 2019

33:42

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 …

Episode 40: Bizarre Golf History

October 18th, 2019

37:43

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 …

Episode 39: Swing Thoughts with Dr. Bob Winters

October 3rd, 2019

42:08

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 …

Golf and the Climate Crisis

September 17th, 2019

35:02

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 …

Episode 37: Joel Murray from Canal Shores

August 28th, 2019

33:06

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 …

Episode 36: Rob Collins and Sweetens Cove

August 15th, 2019

43:26

We celebrate the return of Sweetens Cove to the pages of TGJ with a conversation between Contributing Editor D.J. Piehowski and Sweetens Cove …

TGJ Podcast 35: Wendell Haskins and Sadena Parks

August 1st, 2019

47:12

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 …

Episode 34: Royal Portrush

July 16th, 2019

39:48

After 68 years, the Open Championship has finally returned to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland. Host Tom Coyne sits down with Dr. Richard Haslam …

Episode 33: Dinner with David McLay Kidd

July 8th, 2019

30:27

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 …

Episode 32: Jimmy Dunne

June 25th, 2019

30:03

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 …

Episode 31: U.S. Open Recap with Jim Moriarty

June 18th, 2019

36:13

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 …

Episode 30: Anthony Pioppi

May 29th, 2019

18:05

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

May 9th, 2019

20:45

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

Episode 28: Masters Road Trip

April 18th, 2019

37:26

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

April 4th, 2019

41:29

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

March 28th, 2019

33:55

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

Episode 24: Billy Collins

February 20th, 2019

28:30

Tom Coyne sits with the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins

Episode 23: Geoff Ogilvy

January 10th, 2019

45:56

Geoff Ogilvy is a major champion that also happens to be a Golfer's Journal contributor. The former U.S. Open champ wrote the Yardage Book section of …

Episode 22: Our favorite stories of 2018

December 28th, 2018

45:16

To wrap up 2018, Publisher Brendon Thomas and Managing Editor Travis Hill join the podcast to discuss how their favorite stories came together this year. We also discuss the highlights of the year’s TGJ events and give …

Episode 21: Larry Wilmore

December 19th, 2018

35:35

After serving as a writer and contributor on shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Office and The Daily Show, Larry Wilmore is now the …

Episode 20: Keith Cutten

November 20th, 2018

34:18

Keith Cutten is a Canadian golf course architect and the author of the new book, "The Evolution of Golf Course Design." He joined the podcast to talk …

Episode 19: Job Fickett and Adam Heindorff

November 6th, 2018

44:34

Job Fickett was the TGJ reader that pitched the story that ended up becoming "Game of Pixels" in TGJ No. 5. We talk through the ins and outs of the …

Episode 18: Jim Dodson (Live at Pinehurst)

October 11th, 2018

45:52

Jim Dodson has written more than 10 books about golf, ranging from his personal experience with the game to biographies of titans like Arnold Palmer …

Episode 17: The Long Road to the PGA Tour

September 26th, 2018

35:40

There are thousands of professional golfers in the world and most never make it to the PGA Tour. After seven years of grinding toward that goal, Adam …

Episode 16: Gil Hanse

August 29th, 2018

39:19

Gil Hanse is one of the most prolific architects working in golf today. His original work can be seen everywhere from The Olympic Course in Rio to …

Episode 15: Jim Moriarty

August 15th, 2018

48:01

Jim Moriarty has covered golf for more than 40 years as a reporter, author and photographer. He joins the podcast to talk through how golf has …

Episode 14: The Links Episode

July 24th, 2018

51:59

On the heels of The Open at Carnoustie, we put together an episode celebrating the things that make links golf special. We start with a reading …

Episode 13: Australian Golf with Curtis Luck

July 9th, 2018

37:21

In our TGJ No. 4 Q&A, we discussed a number of things with young Australian standout Curtis Luck – where he grew up, winning the U.S. Amateur, playing the Masters and more. In this episode of the podcast, we had …

Episode 12: Jamie Kennedy's Golf Marathon

June 21st, 2018

33:07

This week marks the Bandon Solstice event, where a group of people get together to try to play all four courses at Bandon Dunes on the longest day of …

Episode 11: Inside TGJ No. 4

June 6th, 2018

33:02

Managing editor Travis Hill takes you step-by-step through the latest issue of The Golfer's Journal with stories and context on how each feature came …

Episode 10: No Scars - The Story of Len Mattiace

May 9th, 2018

59:26

People like Len Mattiace often turn into footnotes of history as the guys who almost got it done. But his story is more complicated than near-misses …

Episode 9: The Courses That Stick with Andy Johnson

April 18th, 2018

59:31

Andy Johnson is a TGJ contributor who first started writing about golf course architecture for his website and newsletter, The Fried Egg. In this …

Episode 8: Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb

April 4th, 2018

1:05:42

Our guests today are Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb, two golf course architects who recently completed work on their first solo design at the Winter …

Episode 7: Shane Bacon and Chris Solomon

March 21st, 2018

39:58

TGJ contributors Shane Bacon (Fox Sports) and Chris Solomon (No Laying Up) join the podcast to discuss the unbelievable hospitality details that come …

Episode 6: Will Leitch

March 7th, 2018

48:20

Will Leitch is not a golfer, which, in a strange way, is a major reason we wanted him to write for The Golfer's Journal. As a sportswriter who has …

Episode 5: Brendon Thomas and Travis Hill

February 21st, 2018

36:54

With TGJ No. 3 about to ship to subscribers, we wanted to look back at how and why The Golfer's Journal got started. Publisher Brendon Thomas and …

Episode 4: Geoff Cunningham

February 8th, 2018

42:25

Geoff Cunningham is – among many, many other golf things – the creative vision behind Linksoul. His art and photography is featured prominently in …

Episode 3: Tom Coyne / Sacred Sands

January 9th, 2018

49:29

Tom Coyne has played every links course in Ireland and Scotland, written four books and a screenplay. He brings a lifetime of golf experience and …

Episode 2: Travis Hill / Sweetens Cove

December 26th, 2017

27:23

Managing editor Travis Hill talks through his transformative trip to Sweetens Cove, a nine-hole gem in Tennessee that's changing how people think …

Episode 1: Caleb Hannan / Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch

December 14th, 2017

24:14

In our debut episode, writer Caleb Hannan explains what it's like to play the mysterious Sheep Ranch near Bandon Dunes, golf's equivalent to a …

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