Episode 36: Peter Kessler 3

Episode 36: Peter Kessler 3

Peter Kessler — the Voice of Golf, historian and one of the most outspoken commentators in the game — returns to the podcast to talk to Derek about his recent social media dustups with Brandel Chamblee and the fans of No Laying Up, about being provocative on Twitter, the skills required to be great on…

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Do Not Grow the Game, Preserve the Game

Do Not Grow the Game, Preserve the Game

We’re in trouble. That’s the theme the U.S. golf industry has been gaslighting since 2004 when it became evident participation rates and the number of annual rounds played were in free fall. In the time that’s passed, golf’s powers-that-be have responded to the game’s waning popularity and subsequent economic bottom-out with a unified call to…

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Episode 35: P.B. Dye

Episode 35: P.B. Dye

P.B. Dye began working on his father Pete Dye’s construction sites when he was a boy. Along with his brother, Perry, he’s had the closest and longest view of how Dye conceived of and built golf courses and was a primary assistant during several of his father’s touchstone courses, including Long Cove on Hilton Head…

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Seaside at Sea Island — In Its Element

Seaside at Sea Island — In Its Element

No one has ever accused Tom Fazio of being a minimalist. In fact Fazio seems almost hostile to the idea that there’s virtue in building holes with as little construction involved as possible. If the option is presented, why not take full control of the design process? Had modern industrial machines and equipment, Fazio has conjectured, been widely…

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Mystical and Mystifying Ocean Forest

Mystical and Mystifying Ocean Forest

There’s no denying the enchanting qualities of Ocean Forest, the ultra-private club on the north tip of Sea Island off the coast of Brunswick, GA. The feeling here is that you’re playing golf in a hideaway on one of the last undeveloped tracts in the coastal Southeast, the final remaining barrier between sea and civilization. The…

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Episode 34: Thad Layton

Episode 34: Thad Layton

Thad Layton began working for Arnold Palmer Course Design in the late 1990’s and now, as Senior Architect and Vice President, leads the company along with fellow designer Brandon Johnson. Since 1972, the firm has been known for producing a massive number of courses worldwide, mostly associated with real estate. Over the last five years, however, Layton…

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Episode 33: Tom Mackenzie

Episode 33: Tom Mackenzie

Tom Mackenzie joined with Martin Ebert to form the golf architectural firm of Mackenzie & Ebert in 2005. They each began their careers designing golf courses for Donald Steel, and their business is very much a continuation of the elder architect’s practice. Like Steel, Mackenzie prefers to design naturally, altering landscapes as little as possible…

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Old Works: From the Slagheap of History

Old Works: From the Slagheap of History

On the north side of the property, steep foothills rise covered in rock and crumbling stone. Embedded into the upslope are remnants suggesting some kind of massive structure once towered overhead. The long chains of masonry and block-like pillars draping the mountain give no indication of purpose, but it’s clear this was a place of…

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Episode 32: Richard Mandell

Episode 32: Richard Mandell

Richard Mandell’s golf design practice has taken off over the last 10 years. He entered the business in the early 1990’s and paid his dues for over a decade working singular jobs while learning how to build and renovate courses with a minimal amount of of unnecessary inputs or accessorization. As a result he gained a…

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The Secrets of Kiva Dunes

The Secrets of Kiva Dunes

I’d like to ask Jerry Pate someday why he routed Kiva Dunes the way it is. I’m sure there’s a good reason all the holes run east-west, I’d just like to know what it is. Lack of acreage could have something to do with it. The site is on a narrow isthmus on the coastal edge of Alabama between Bon…

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