It was a ground breaking week at the 76th US Women’s Open with almost half the volunteer grounds staff made up of women from all over the US. Minnesota based golf architect Kari Haug was among that number and joins the pod this week to talk about that experience plus some thoughts on golf and its place in the community, why she wants to build a course with canal canoes and what Scotland taught her about what making golf interesting.
Podcasting brought them together and now the Good Good Golf Podcast is the result. Hosts Derek Duncan, Adrian Logue and Rod Morri are all avid podcast producers and listeners and after admiring each other’s work from a distance for months they finally connected on an episode of the now defunct iSeekGolf Book Club. The loss of that show, however, cleared the way for the birth of Good-Good, a corner of the internet where golf nerds can shamelessly congregate to discuss everything from the nuances of a redan par-3 to whether local government has a responsibility to promote golf. Welcome to the golf podcast world’s most eclectic show!
Sky Sports commentator Richard Kaufman joins episode 78 to chat about the US Women’s Open but it wouldn’t be Good Good if we didn’t fall down some rabbit holes and this week the Naomi Osaka situation was one of them.
An eclectic mix of topics might be the best way to describe Episode 77 when we are joined by John Huggan for a PGA wrap. That plan, however, soon went completely off the rails and descended into a discussion about world affairs and how to deal with Saudi Arabia and how the Masters might be key to fixing the Australian Open.
Two time Australian Open and Australian PGA champion Greg Chalmers is known as one of the nicest guys in the game and that’s as it should be. But the man they call Snake reveals his dark side on Episode 76 when he talks this week’s PGA at Kiawah Island. Chalmers was in the field last time a major was played here in 2012 and well remembers just what a nasty experience the Pete Dye creation can be. Unlike nine years ago, though, this week he is hoping the course bares its teeth and gives the best in the world an examination like the game hasn’t seen for some time.
It’s not the glamorous side of golf course design but in broad terms vegetation management might be the most important aspect of the job. Course architect Harley Kruse joins Ep 75 to talk about all things golf courses and environment including the difference between native and indigenous plants and why removing trees that should never have been planted is a win for the environment. There is also an update on the intriguing Kameruka project in southern NSW.
On Episode 74 we’e joined by one of the younger members of the golf press when Golf Australia magazine Deputy Editor Jimmy Emmanuel joins the pod to talk modern media and where it’s going as well as other happenings in the wold of golf.
After years of ridicule Good Good co-host Adrian Logue finally made the pilgrimage to Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania and on Episode 73 answers the question on everybody’s lips: how did he rate the paths? There’s that plus plenty more of his unique insights into one of the world’s great golf experiences in a special two man edition of Good Good.
As always the Masters managed to produce an incredible story in winner Hideki Matsuyama whose victory will likely have impacts beyond the golf world. Two time LET winner Meg Maclaren joins the pod to break down the interesting tidbits from the week as well as delve into the role of professional golf in the game more broadly.
A thrilling finish at the ANA, Spieth back from wherever he’s been and the Masters just a couple of days away. No shortage of topics to discuss with special guest John Huggan.