Golf History

Episode 58: TGH 58: The Golf Club Without a Course

Golf From The Fringe presents “The Golf Club Without a Course.”

The TalkinGolf History introduced the first ever storyline podcast in 2018, when it introduced the Golf From the Fringe series – after a year off, our latest show captures the unique story of the history of the Pittsburgh Golf Club – which includes a runaway bride, a billionaire, the US President, Queen Victoria, the battle between private and public golf, the formation of the Western PA Golf Association, the creation of Oakmont, Fox Chapel and the Pittsburgh Field Club —–all in 26 minutes of run time.

The soundtrack alone makes this podcast worth listening to, as it follows 60 years of popular music through the duration of our story’s timeline.

Sountrack includes:

Kevin MacLeod’s “Wizardtorium”
Wizardtorium
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Nabucco Va Pensiero circa 1840

Johann Strauss II, “Roses From A Southern Waltz” perfomed by the Philadelphia Orchestra circa 1880

Charles B. Ward, “The Band Played On” circa 1895

Scott Joplin, “Original Rags” circa 1899

Elizabeth Lennox, In the Gloaming” circa 1910

Kevin MacLeod, “Atlantean Twilight”
“Atlantean Twilight”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 57: TGH 57: Stories of the Game with Ben Wright

History is all about stories and on this episode we get right to the chase in a game I call “Name Assocition.” I simply say a name to Ben Wright and then stand back and wait to hear a wonderful story – an often a story I had never heard before.

Stories on Seve, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi, Byron Nelson, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Dan Jenkins, Peter Allis, Sean Connery, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus.

Some of these stories will make you laugh…others may shock you.

A note to parents: adult language is present in this podcast.

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Episode 56: TGH 56: My Friend, Ben Hogan

The TalkinGolf History podcast finishes its second season with legendary writer and broadcaster, Ben Wright who spent three decades in the towers of Augusta National broadcasting the Masters.

Mr. Wright joins us for a series of podcasts kicking off with “My Friend, Ben Hogan” where he talks about his special friendship with Ben Hogan and how he saw every single shot Ben Hogan hit to claim the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

What was it like to see Hogan at his very best?

A story about Jack Nicklaus crying at the Open.

Ben Wright hitting irons while being watched by Ben Hogan.

This is a must listen to episode…and the good news…there are at least 2 more interviews with Ben Wright coming!!!

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Episode 55: TGH 55: The History of Perry Maxwell

The Golf Course Architecture Magician of the Midwest had the marvelous ability to shape the land in such a way that it would appear that it had to be Nature’s work – it has been said that you wont find 18 better greens in the world, than you will find at the Maxwell Masterpiece – Prairie Dunes County Club. Prairie Dunes, much like Perry Maxwell somehow sits under the radar- both the club and the man were gamechangers for golf design in America, built upon the traditions of the old Scottish game.

Download and listen to this ode to Perry Maxwell – the genius of the shadows- perhaps the only man to have completed design work at Pine Valley, Augusta National and Cypress Point.

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Episode 54: TGH 54: The Masters: The Making of a Major

We welcome back to the podcast Jeff Martin, golf researcher and founder of Thinking About Golf. After to listening to Episode #3, Jeff decided to do some research – little did he know that his research would encompass hundreds of hours to get to the very root of the questions;
When did the The Augusta National Invitational become the Masters?
When did the Masters become a Major Championship?
And the search for the lost apostrophe…

Listen in and learn more about what is usually the first major of the year and in 2020 will be the last major of the year.

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Episode 53: TGH 53: The Evolution of Augusta Part 2: Holes 10-18

On this episode of TalkinGolf History, the gentlemen from Evalu18 dive into the second nine of Augusta National and how it has evolved since its inception. We end this show discussing what if anything we might recommend in terms of restoring ANGC.

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Episode 52: TGH 52: The Evolution of Augusta National Part 1

On this episode of TalkinGolf History we are joined by Jasper Miner and Joe McDonnell of Evalu18 to discuss the evolution of Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones’ masterpiece, Augusta National Golf Club. In part one we dive into the first 9 holes and how they have evolved over the past 87 years.

In Episode 53 we will discuss the final 9 holes at Augusta National.

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Episode 51: TGH 51: A Haunting on the Links

What was that noise? Did you know that this place is haunted?
Whether its floating apparitions, a voice out of no where or things moving seemingly by themselves – this podcast recounts the stories of real golfers telling their paranormal experiences on the links. Stories of murder, peg legged ghost and singing spectres will follow.

It is our pleasure to welcome back to the podcast golf historian & author, Anthony Pioppi to discuss the book he co-authored with Chris Gonsalves, “Haunted Golf: Spirted Tales from the Rough.”

Music produced by David Fesliyan at FesliyanStudios.com

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Episode 50: TGH 50: Saint Andrew’s Golf Club

Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in New York is known as the club of many firsts – it is the seed that grew golf across the United States. We dive into the history of one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and how a three hole course in a cow pasture helped start a golf craze that spread across the United States.

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Episode 49: TGH 49: The History of Prairie Dunes

This is the story of Prairie Dunes Country Club which nealry every publication considers it to be one of the Top 30 Golf Courses in the United States. It was built during the Great Depression with a singular focus of being the best golf course in the USA… many believed it reached that goal.

Join our discussion with PDCC Historians Rusty Hilst and Jim Gilliland as we explore the club’s history and look behind the curtain of golf’s version of Field of Dreams.

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