John Paramor has spent the best part of 45 years adjudicating on animal scrapes and penalty drops. But the European Tour’s chief referee is more than just the best known rules official in the world, he’s a passionate lover of the game and an admirer of its very best exponents. He’s had a front row seat at some of the great, and not so great, moments in modern golf – from Seve to Tiger and Rory, backstopping and the Patrick Reed affair, nothing is off limits in this conversation.
Of all the people in the golf industry that could comfortably wear the tag ‘under appreciated’, the Course Superintendent is at the top of the list. Some of the most interesting, knowledgeable and passionate people in the game can be found caring for the grounds we play on yet few could even name the Superintendent at their own home cub. Join 26 year veteran of the industry Curt Tyrrell as he seeks out and gives voice to the people whose work is so prominent on TV yet almost never get any accolades.
Scot joins The Course Reports to talk Newport Beach Country Club! Scot and Curtis get into tournament preparation, Kikuyugrass, Orange County coastal challenges, and the great field set to play the 2020 Hoag Classic. The first episode of 2020 is great i…
The always popular and insightful Mike Clayton joins Episode 20 of the show to discuss Steph Kyriacou’s remarkable victory at Bonville, the Peter Kostis revelations on the No Laying Up podcast, the Golf Premier League and plenty more as well.
In the sub-culture that is golf course architecture, Bob Harrison needs no introduction. The long-time design partner of Greg Norman, Harrison was predominantly responsible for most of that company’s work for most of its life. But that doesn’t begin to tell the story of Bob Harrison. From a near partnership with Seve Ballesteros to eventually turning down the design of both courses at Barnbougle Dunes and on to building the widely acclaimed Ardfin course on the Scottish island of Jura, Harrison has a wonderfully entertaining story to tell.
There’s always hand wringing in golf about growing the numbers of people who play but do we ever stop to ask why it is non golfers aren’t already swinging a club? After a brilliant piece in The Irish Times last week chronicling her journey to 13th Beach to watch fellow Irish woman Leona Maguire we catch up with former Olympic silver medallist Sonia O’Sullivan to find out what golf looks like to the outside world.
In the brutal, dog eat dog world of modern professional golf David McKenzie has managed to achieve something very few do… to wit, make a living out of playing the game around the world for more than three decades. Needless to say, he’s learned a few things along the way and in this revealing chat, David offers some insights into the PGA Champions Tour as well as some of the highs and lows of being a long-time touring professional.
John Huggan is one of the most respected and forthright voices in the game and he joins Rod Morri and Adrian Logue on Episode 18 to talk Vic Open, Min Woo Lee, the Distance Insights Report and more. There’s also news about Derek Duncan and a special announcement about the long awaited return of the much loved Book Club.
It might not be Australia’s most important championship but as a spectator is it the country’s best tournament. The mixed men’s and women’s Vic Opens are a highlight of the golf calendar each year and with host Rod Morri on site at 13th beach this week it was a great opportunity to sit down with LET player Felicity Johnson to talk all things golf.