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.
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!
It’s the first major of the year and who better to talk to about the importance of the ANA Inspiration (or the Dinah Shore as many of us still call it) in the history of the LPGA than two time winner and Australian golf legend Karrie Webb. Karrie talks about the ANWA (hint: Augusta National’s women’s event doesn’t tick ALL the boxes), changing tournament names to suit sponsors, her own two wins and more. In part two Karrie sticks around for a bit as we chat to Golf Challenge NSW Open winner Bryden Macpherson about one of the most interesting journeys of one of the most interesting players in the game.
We’ve spent alot of time on the pod discussing the battles over public golf and its place in the broader community and most of that discussion has leaned towards the negative. But on this episode we’re going to meet the GM of a public facility who are showing the way on how to get it right. Robby Stephenson runs the Council Owned Links Shell Cove south of Wollongong and has some terrific advice on how public golf can weave itself into a local community.
Mike Clayton is one of our favourite guests and on Episode 68 he’s in fine form talking golf and the Olympics, caddying for Elvis Smylie, the aerial versus the ground game and plenty more as well.
With public golf in a precarious position in many parts of Australia the game needs to make its case for remaining part of communuties and on Ep 67 Dr Brad Stenner joins us to do just that. Research conducted by Brad as part of the R&A’s Golf and Health initiative indicates the game is a benefit for those who play it, especially in the over 55 age group, but says more research is needed.
A throwaway comment over coffee one morning sparked a journey of discovery that ultimately uncovered a remarkable story of a lost golf course in a remote corner of NSW. Good Good co-host Adrian Logue and Sydney based course architect Harley Kruse join the pod to discuss the extraordinary story of the lost course of Kameruka.
Many believe golf is in a second golden age of course architecture with some of the finest minds in the field producing amazing courses around the world. But today’s guest, Colin Criss, thinks we may be going too far with modern design. In a fascinating piece for The Fried Egg website last week he outlined his thoughts on ‘Big’ v ‘Small’ golf and he joins the pod this week to tease out some of those notions.
One of he more intriguing aspects of the R&A and USGA Distance Insights Report is a study of how golf courses have changed in size and shape over the decades. USGA Manager of Green Section Education George Waters joins the pod for a fascinating look at the findings and how several factors – including increased hitting distance – continue to impact the game’s footprint.
We welcome John Huggan back to he pod this week to talk all things professional golf from the lure of Jordan Spieth to the ethics of golf in Saudi Arabia. As always, it’s a can’t miss discussion with one of the keenest minds in the game.