Episode 48: Kye Goalby

Episode 48: Kye Goalby

Kye Goalby, one of the most accomplished design and shaping specialists in the construction business, is at the top of the call list of just about every A-list golf architect when exceptional feature work is needed. For the last 20 years he’s worked on some of the world’s most unique projects alongside Gil Hanse, Brian…

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What’s Wrong With Augusta?

What’s Wrong With Augusta?

Ah, it’s that time of year—the flowering trees, the treacly theme music, crippling pollen and the lamentation of everything Augusta National gets wrong with its golf course. For many historians and a large sector of architectural observers, criticism of all that Augusta National has lost or surrendered over the decades, including the original design intent…

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The Myth of Augusta National

The Myth of Augusta National

There is no point in trying to “rate” Augusta National. Putting an evaluation or rating on the golf course would be like doing a contemporary movie review of “Star Wars.” It doesn’t matter. Commenting seriously on Mark Hamill‘s flat delivery, the anti-intellectualism of the “Force” or the cheapening effect of Han Solo‘s dues ex machina arrival in the…

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Episode 47: David Marcucilli

Episode 47: David Marcucilli

David Marcucilli’s first passion is his hometown of Newtown, CT, where he’s attempting to orchestrate the funding and design of a new all-season public green space that will include his conception of innovative, non-traditional golf. He hopes it will become a place of sociability, togetherness and pride for a town that is still suffering from…

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Feed The Ball on the McKellar Golf Podcast

Feed The Ball on the McKellar Golf Podcast

Feed the Ball host Derek Duncan joins McKellar Magazine publisher and editor Tom Dunne to talk about his recent story in Issue 2 about legendary longtime Coore & Crenshaw shaper, architect and project manager Dave Axland. Listen here and here Please support high quality, independent golf writing and storytelling by purchasing McKellar Magazine at this…

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Sky Mile: Four Mile Ranch

Sky Mile: Four Mile Ranch

Every golf course is designed for a different purpose, to fulfill a different function, for different people. They all, however, share one common obligation: be interesting. Jim Engh once said he was in the “image creation business,” and if there’s anything that can be said about his courses with 100 percent accuracy, it’s that none…

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Episode 46: Matt Dusenberry

Episode 46: Matt Dusenberry

Matt Dusenberry opened his own design firm in 2013 after years of building courses all over the world at Greg Norman Golf Course Design. He’s demonstrated incredible range in renovation work ranging from the flat Florida coast at Sandhill Crane in Hobe Sound to the magnificent mountain setting of the Cornerstone Club in Colorado. Particularly…

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Episode 45: Keith Cutten 2

Episode 45: Keith Cutten 2

Canadian designer, author, artist and historian Keith Cutten returns (Episode 15) to discuss his new book, “The Evolution of Golf Course Design.” The book traces how golf course architecture has morphed and changed through time, and, more importantly, examines the underlying societal and economic forces that continually shape the way golf has historically been created.…

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Episode 44: Jim Wagner

Episode 44: Jim Wagner

Jim Wagner and Gil Hanse have been design partners for over 20 years. Though Hanse’s name is on their courses, Wagner has been equally influential in their concepts and outcomes while overseeing a dedicated group of shapers and designers known as the Cavemen. In the last 10 years the two men have taken their small…

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Episode 43: Brian Silva

Episode 43: Brian Silva

Brian Silva began working for iconic New England architect Geoffrey Cornish in 1983, building golf courses in the traditional way of the day. After a revelation concerning the essence of strategic golf he transitioned into golf course restoration, becoming one of the business’s most respected talents at renovating historic Golden Age-era courses. His particular passion…

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