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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 numb…

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SOG Ep 083: Jason Day Architecture Critic

Jason Day says architects are to blame in the distance debate but SOG co-hosts Geoff Shackelford and Mike Clayton beg to differ. Hear their thoughts on that as well as how the handicap system is killing golf’s adventurous spirit, why the PGA Championship likely won’t be coming to Australia – or any other country – any time soon as well as the fascinating media experiment behind the Phil Mickelson/TIger Woods match.

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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 prac…

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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…

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Episode 31: Ron Forse

Ron Forse was an engineer who made a jump into golf course architecture in 1989, working on a project in West Virginia in conjunction with Dr. Michael Hurdzan. Though not necessarily his intent, he began taking jobs consulting with a number of historic…

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Episode 30: Beau Welling

South Carolina native Beau Welling played college golf at Brown University and earned a landscape architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. After exploring career opportunities in several diverse fields,

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Episode 29: Tom Coyne

Tom Coyne’s fourth book is “A Course Called Scotland,” a funny and poignant tale of his journey playing over 100 links courses in Scotland, England and Wales in less than 60 days. His goal was twofold: to find out the meaning of golf,

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Episode 28: Dan Hixson

Oregon native Dan Hixson began his golf career as a tour pro and later became a club professional, but his real desire was to be a golf course architect. Despite no formal training, he slowly learned the profession and soon was hired to build Bandon Cr…

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Episode 27: Ron Whitten

Ron Whitten has been one of the most prominent and influential voices in golf course architecture since the mid-1980’s when he became Golf Digest’s architecture editor. He created the current criteria for the magazine’s popular (or, depending,

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Episode 26: Kyle Franz Part 2

The first project Kyle Franz ever worked on was Tom Doak’s masterpiece, Pacific Dunes, a course now recognized as one of the best in the world. That fortuitous turn launched his design/build career where he amassed one of the business’s strongest pedig…

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