Golf History

Episode 48: TGH 48: The House of Winged Foot

On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we explore not just the architecture and the architect of the historic Winged Foot Golf Club clubhouse, but the history of Golf Clubhouse Architecture in America. Our guest today is Jim Sitar, the person behind the famous Instagram account, “GolfClubHouses,” where you can explore many of the famous clubhouses from around the world.

Clubhouses provide more than just a place to change your shoes – listen in for the history and evolution of the buildings many of us take for granted.

Read More

Episode 47: TGH 47: The Old Man – Walter Travis

Walter Travis lived the life that so many of us dream of – picking up the game just under the age of 35 and winning 4 major championships he became not only America’s hero, but Austrialia’s first major champion!

Walter Travis only gave golf 30 years of his life, but his contributions can be felt by everyone who has ever picked up a golf club. He was called the Old Man, but in reality he was Golf’s Renaissance Man.

Read More

Episode 46: TGH 46: There’s a Gangster on the Green!

This is one of the most fascianting episodes of the TalkinGolf History Podcast I have ever done – the story of one of Al Capone’s Hitmen, the man who likely designed the infamous St Valentine’s Day Massacre and the story of how he played in the 1933 Western Open at Olympia Fields…and was arrested on the course during the second round of play!

If that isnt good enough for you our guest John Fischer discusses his father, the last man to win a major championship using hickory shafted clubs, and for decades was responsible for setting the pins for the Masters. This episode is surely bound for the TGH Hall of Fame!!!

Read More

Episode 45: TGH 45: History of Olympia Fields (Part 2)

TalkinGolf History is proud to release Part 2 of the History of Olympia Fields Country Club, with special guests Bob Topel and Andy Staples. In this episode we discuss how the major championships forged the lore of the Home of Champions…Olympia Fields and then dive into how a masterplan for a restoration can help celebrate this historic club’s legacy.

A great conversation and a couple of laughs follow. As always…enjoy!

Read More

Episode 44: TGH 44: History of Olympia Fields (Part 1 or 2)

In Episode 44 we are joined by special guests, Olympia Fields Historian, Bob Topel and Golf Course Architect, Andy Staples to discuss the history of one of the finest country clubs in the United States of America. Over the course of this two part special we will dive into the history of Olympia Fields, how we almost lost her to the Great Depression, the architects who designed her 4 courses and the majors that defined her.

“Olympia Fields was the Private Bandon Dunes of her time.”
– Andy Staples

Read More

Episode 43: TGH 43: USGA’s Schickler Photography Acquisition

On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into one of the most important visual acquisitions in USGA Museum’s History. Over the past several decades Howard Schickler has amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of early golf photography starting from the earliest days of photography and running through the period that preceded World War I.

Our two guests today Howard Schickler, the curator of this collection and Hilary Cronheim, the Senior Director of the USGA Golf Museum discuss the collection and its ability to help tell golf’s great history.

Read More

Episode 42: TGH 42: Bernard Darwin, Origins of Literary Golf Writing

After a lengthy delay due to technical diffilculties, the TalkinGolf History Podcast returns with the history of one of golf’s great defenders, the history of the man who understood the game like few have before him or since…author, historian and perhaps golfer psychotica, Bernard Darwin.

Stephen Proctor author of the celebrated book on Young Tom Morris, “Monarch of the Green” joins us to share Darwin’s history and some of his delightful words. I know you will enjoy this episode.

Read More

Episode 41: TG History 41: The Fisherman, Roofer & the Tin Cup

Episode 41 is a special edition to the TalkinGolf History Podcast as it introduces our listeners to one of my favorite sport’s history podcasts, “Sports Forgotten Heroes” with its brilliant host Warren Rohan.

This is a must listen episode as Warren and I talk about three of the greatest underdog champions to ever win a major finishing with some great stories behind Jack Fleck’s improbable victory over Ben Hogan in the 1955 US Open. I promise this will be one of the best podcasts you listen to this year…the Fisherman, the Roofer and the Tin Cup.

Read More

Episode 40: TGH 40: Restoration with Ron Forse

The second season of the TalkinGolf History Podcast is focused on the History of the Great Golf Course Architects. In that same theme our guest today has been responsible for restoring the work of some of our greatest golf course architects. Our guest, Ron Forse of Forse Golf Design dives into the special sauce behind historic golf course restorations.

Read More

Episode 39: TG History 39: The Golf Heritage Society

Episode 39: Interview with Dr. Bern Bernacki, the President of the Golf Heritage Society on its 50th Anniversary. The Golf Heritage Society works with historians, artists and collectors to build the collective knowldge of golf’s grand history.

Read More