The Thing About Golf

Estimates say there are as many as 60 million golfers in the world and we all know at least some of them who are completely addicted. The question is why? Join us as we try to discover the answer to that burning question, interviewing golfers both famous – and not – on a monthly quest to solve the riddle of this maddening game.


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The Thing About Golf #11: David McKenzie

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.

The Thing About Golf #10: Liz Smylie

Liz Smylie is an unusual interview choice for a golf podcast. Of course, she is best known for her exploits on the tennis court – winning four Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles titles in the 1980s, as well as climbing to No.20 in the world ranking. What makes her story interesting is she doesn’t play golf at all, but is mum to one of Australia’s most promising golfing talents, Elvis Smylie. This interview could have gone horribly wrong, but as you will hear, it didn’t.

The Thing About Golf #9: John Huggan

Golf has more than its fair share of cheerleaders but Golf Australia columnist John Huggan is not one of them. And the game is better for it. Here, we get an insight into his passion for the game – born on the links of Scotland – which has taken him from outside the ropes as a young autograph-hunting fan, to a fine amateur player, award-winning writer and occasional caddie.

The Thing About Golf #8: Peter Senior

For more than 40 years Peter Senior has been plying his trade on the fairways of the world. His relentless competitive spirit and ability to get the job done when the pressure is a thing of folklore. But perhaps, most importantly, he’s renown for being one of the nicest people in the professional game.

The Thing About Golf #7: Richard Forsyth

The 2019 Presidents Cup will shine a spotlight on Dr Alister MacKenzie’s Royal Melbourne masterpiece. Course Superintendent Richard Forsyth is charged with the day-to-day responsibility of maintaining this revered layout and here, he talks about all things golf, courses, the Cup and his ‘office’.

The Thing About Golf #6: Peter Lonard

A two-time Australian Open Champion with a terrific sense of humour and a knack for telling great stories. So it’s no wonder Peter Lonard is one of Australia’s favourite players, equally popular among his playing peers and fans alike.

The Thing About Golf #5: Tom Moore

Tom Moore is one of only 12 current life members of the PGA of Australia, and he has witnessed just about every imaginable significant change the game has seen. It is this unique perspective that we chat about with Tom on a journey that eventually leads us to discover that for him, the thing about golf is its history and the less than ideal way we treat it.

The Thing About Golf #4: Paul Daley

Any golfer with an interest in golf course architecture is no doubt familiar with the name Paul Daley. For the past two decades, Paul has been publishing books about the sub-culture that is golf course design and it’s an endeavour that – as you’ll hear – truly is a labour of love. But there’s more to this conversation than course architecture.

The Thing About Golf #3: Richard Sattler

Richard Sattler likes to call himself a farmer and that is a true and accurate description. But Sattler – the owner of the Barnbougle Dunes complex on Tasmania’s north-east coast – is much more than that. Despite not being obsessed with the game or indeed the business, Sattler stands as one of golf’s most important people of the past two decades.