TalkinGolf

TalkinGolf Productions

The podcast network for serious golfers. TalkinGolf launched as an online audio show way back before podcasts (or even the iPhone) were a thing. We've been on an extended break since 2012 but now we're back and creating new and interesting content each week as well as a sprinkling of some of the best stuff from the archives.

All Episodes

This is the first of many episodes that will be titled, "The Rise and Demise of," these episodes will cover the birth, the rise and the demise of some of the most influential golf manufacturers in history. We are joined by MyGolfSpy's own John Barba who did the wonderful research on Spalding Golf. Don't sleep on this episode if you aren't a gear head...this episode dives into how Spalding grew golf in America!!!

Nov 22

1 hr 35 min

The conclusion of our two part podcast on the Legacy of Willie Park Senior. This episode includes the stories of Open Champions Mungo and Willie park Junior as well as the history of the only 9 hole golf course to host an Open Championship, Musselburgh Links. A special thanks to my new friend, Mungo Park. Make sure to look out for Mungo's new book in 2022 on the history of Musselburgh Links and the Park Family. I would like to thank my 10 year old daughter, Charlotte for closing out the show today.

Nov 5

45 min 35 sec

The Voice of Inverness is an oral retelling of the great history of the Inverness Club, a club that has hosted US Opens, PGA Championships and this very week, the Solheim Cup. We are joined by Inverness Club historian, Michael McCullough who was kind enough to host me at the club and sit down for this fantastic interview. Some stories you may have heard - some I would all but guarantee you have not - this podcast is a bit longer than our average, but its so delicious I couldn't figure out where to make the cut, so you get it all!!! Our cover art for this episode is the oil painting recently completed my reknown artist Graeme Baxter.

Sep 1

1 hr 39 min

TalkinGolf History welcomes the Great Grandson of our first major championship winner to the show to discuss his Great Grandfather's Legacy - the first Open Championship winner, 4 time Open Champion, brother to an Open Champion and son to a two-time Open Champion. The Park Legacy is not spoken with the same reverance we give to his counterpart who lived in St Andrews. On our show, Mungo Park and I discuss why the voices of the Park's have been muted by time along with the golfing history of the Honourable Town known as Musselburgh.

Aug 16

1 hr 11 min

In Part 2 of the Legacy of Tom Morris we start with the phenom of Young Tom Morris. We then weave through the lives of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris with our historians Roger McStravick and Stephen Proctor as we help tell this wonderful tale of two of the greatest golfers that ever lived. Not to be missed: Old Tom Morris' golf design work His gift to Green Keepers The Greatness of Young Tom Morris and... Perhaps two stories about these legends that you might not have known.

Jul 13

1 hr 19 min

TalkinGolf History presents The Legacy of Tom Morris Part 1. This is a two part podcast. Part 1 dives into the history of Old Tom Morris, his relationship with Allan Robertson, his rivalry with Willie Park and the Birth of the Open Championship. We are joined by two golf historians, Roger McStravick of St Andrews an expert on the life of Old Tom Morris and Stephen Proctor who is an expert on the life of Young Tom Morris; together for the first time they discuss the History and Legacy of Tom Morris. In part 2 we will dive into the lives of both Old and Young Tom Morris.

Jul 5

59 min 26 sec

Episode #69 is a fascinating show on one of golf's most mysterious debates - Did Ben Hogan win 5 US Opens and not 4? The story hinges on the designiation of the 1942 Hale America National Open, which was held in place of the canceled 1942 US Open. Some have fought for decades to declare this event a US Open while others have scoffed at the idea. Author Peter May recently published a new book, "The Open Question: Ben Hogan and Golf's Most Enduring Controversey" joins us on the show to argue the case for Ben Hogan winning his 5th US Open. Its a great interview which ends with my thoughts on the controversy.

Jun 16

1 hr 19 min

On Episode #68 we are joined by Hall of Famer, Two Time Major Champion, Ryder Cup Hero and Captain...Tony Jacklin! This is Part 1 of a series of podcasts with Tony Jacklin. In part 1 we dive into his early days playing the game, how he rose to the professional ranks and his major championship success and even failures. In the next installment we will dive into the Ryder Cup. Not to be missed: His stories of Ben Hogan, Peter Thomson and Bobby Locke. Mr. Jacklin is now a master woodworker who specializes in Marquetry. To view and even purchase his work please visit the link below: https://tonyjacklinmarquetry.co.uk

Jun 3

1 hr 55 min

Our latest episode of Golf From the Fringe: The Birth and Death of Golf In America: The Story of Harleston Green, is the true story of how the game of golf came to America in the mid-1700s. This story takes place over a 60 year period from 1739 to 1799 and tells the story of America's first golfers, first golf course and first golf club and how they semmingly, like the colony of Roanoke, disappeared in the middle of the night. I can't tell you how proud of how this show came together - in my book its an instant classic. Correction: During the podcast I state thaf the first known golfer in America was William Blacklock of Charleston (1739). As it turns out a set or golf clubs and golf balls were noted in the effects of Governor William Burnet on October 13, 1729 (a full decade earlier). Soundtrack: "The Rise" by MRTN "Touch" by Mattia Cupelli "Forgotten" by Whitesand "Hidden Past" by Kevin MacLeod

May 4

27 min 24 sec

The History of the Hyannisport Club in its own way is the history of golf in America. Founded in 1897, it has the unique history of having three of American Golf's Founding Fathers on its roster of archiects: John Reid, Alexander Findlay and Donald Ross. It was the golf retreat of President John F Kennedy & has been called the Hardest Short Course in America. Our podcast ends with golf course architect Ron Forse and the Hyannisport Club's superintendent talking about its restoration and its hidden design pearls.

Apr 22

1 hr 1 min

Episode #65 is an episode of Warren Rogan's "Sports Forgotten Heroes." Warren, myself and George Petro discuss the life and career of Craig Wood, who prior to winning the first two majors of 1941 was best known for being the Grand Slam Runner-Up Champion. A special thanks to Warren Rogan for allowing me to co-release this podcast with Sports Forgotten Heroes. If you love sports and love history, do yourself a favor and make Sports Forgotten Heroes a favorite in your podcast play list.

Apr 6

1 hr 33 min

TalkinGolf History is proud to announce a new series, "Antiquities of the Game," where we explore relics from golf's past and use them to tell the history of the game of golf. This episode includes Jock Hutchinson's 1921 Open Championship Gold Medal and YOUNG TOM MORRIS' PUTTER that he used to win 4 Open Championships in a row. This pivotal moment changed the course of golf history, gave birth to the first ever Gold Medal, the Claret Jug and the Open Rota. I am joined on the show by Golf Historian and author of "Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris: Pioneer of Modern Golf," the fabulous Stephen Proctor.

Mar 25

1 hr 34 min

TalkinGolf History proudly presents "The Gathering" A golf summit at the Home of America Golf, which brought together the minds behind Golf Club Atlas, the Donald Ross Society, Kyle Franz Golf Design, Story Lounge Film Company and the Society of Golf Historians. Warning: Two of our microphones experienced issues so you may experience moments of static to increase the audio output.

Mar 18

1 hr 45 min

Episode #61 is the 4th installment of my sitdown interview with Masters Announcer, Ben Wright. In the previous installments Mr. Wright shared some amazing stories with us including- his friendship with Ben Hogan, how he helped put the Beatles on tv for the first time, when Jack Nicklaus shed a tear from a fellow player, how Ben felt that he had jinxed a player at the Masters, how he punched out another player and many many stories that have never previously been shared. On this installment Ben shares a few more stories and adds a bit of color to the stories he has shared before. It was an absolute pleasure to sit down with broadcasting legend, Ben Wright - I sincerely hope you have enjoyed our time together.

Mar 8

1 hr 5 min

Episode #61 kicks off #MastersMarch for the TalkinGolf History Podcast. Five podcasts in 5 weeks, in our countdown to the 2021 Masters with stories you won't hear anywhere else. What better way to kick off this series than with a story that has nothing to do with golf - or atleast the first 15 minutes of our show has nothing to do with golf. If you are a Beatles Fan listen in for this unknown backstory of how the Beatles made their first tv appearance ever! I hope you Beatles fanatics listen past the first 15 minutes, but if not, you can skip to my outgoing message and a little more color to the story. For the golf fans there is plenty of meat for you as well including how Ben Wright may have cost a friend a major championship, CBS's illegal calcutta and Ben's favorite moments from the Masters.

Mar 1

1 hr 24 min

On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into the profound history of Herbert Warren Wind. Few sports writers in history hold a candle to the great Herbert Warren WInd, and we golfers should cherish the fact that he was on our side. If you think you know a lot about the man that the USGA named its highest honor in literature after, think again - his contributions to the game will echo in golf's history. Our guests for today's show are Bradley Klein and Stephen Proctor.

Feb 16

1 hr 25 min

Ann Gregory won over 300 golf tournaments, she broke the USGA women's color barrier and for 65 years her story has been lost to the masses. Today on our show we are joined by Junior Curator of the USGA Golf Museum, Kylie Garabed who helps shine a light on the amazing career of Ann Gregory, Golf's Unheralded Pioneer. On a personal note: The original purpose of this podcast was to share stories with you that you might not hear anywhere else. Ann Gregory passed away in 1990 without the accolades she should have been afforded, let us honor her in death like she should have been honored in life - as a champion, a pioneer and as she might have wished, a golfer.

Feb 2

31 min 38 sec

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) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b... 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) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

Jan 18

26 min 41 sec

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.

Jan 4

1 hr 1 min

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!!!

Dec 2020

1 hr 16 min

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.

Nov 2020

1 hr 13 min

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.

Nov 2020

1 hr 26 min

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.

Nov 2020

1 hr 30 min

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. If you enjoy the podcast please make sure to rate the show!!!

Nov 2020

1 hr 28 min

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

Oct 2020

1 hr 15 min

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.

Oct 2020

1 hr 32 min

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.

Oct 2020

56 min 49 sec

On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we explore not just the architecture and the architect of the historic Winged Foot Golf Club clubhouse, but the history of Golf Clubhouse Architecture in America. Our guest today is Jim Sitar, the person behind the famous Instagram account, "GolfClubHouses," where you can explore many of the famous clubhouses from around the world. Clubhouses provide more than just a place to change your shoes - listen in for the history and evolution of the buildings many of us take for granted.

Sep 2020

1 hr 4 min

Walter Travis lived the life that so many of us dream of - picking up the game just under the age of 35 and winning 4 major championships he became not only America's hero, but Austrialia's first major champion! Walter Travis only gave golf 30 years of his life, but his contributions can be felt by everyone who has ever picked up a golf club. He was called the Old Man, but in reality he was Golf's Renaissance Man.

Sep 2020

1 hr 17 min

This is one of the most fascinating episodes of the TalkinGolf History Podcast I have ever done - the story of one of Al Capone's Hitmen, the man who likely designed the infamous St Valentine's Day Massacre and the story of how he played in the 1933 Western Open at Olympia Fields...and was arrested on the course during the second round of play! If that isnt good enough for you our guest John Fischer discusses his father, the last man to win a major championship using hickory shafted clubs, and for decades was responsible for setting the pins for the Masters. This episode is surely bound for the TGH Hall of Fame!!!

Aug 2020

57 min 54 sec

TalkinGolf History is proud to release Part 2 of the History of Olympia Fields Country Club, with special guests Bob Topel and Andy Staples. In this episode we discuss how the major championships forged the lore of the Home of Champions...Olympia Fields and then dive into how a masterplan for a restoration can help celebrate this historic club's legacy. A great conversation and a couple of laughs follow. As always...enjoy!

Aug 2020

1 hr 9 min

In Episode 44 we are joined by special guests, Olympia Fields Historian, Bob Topel and Golf Course Architect, Andy Staples to discuss the history of one of the finest country clubs in the United States of America. Over the course of this two part special we will dive into the history of Olympia Fields, how we almost lost her to the Great Depression, the architects who designed her 4 courses and the majors that defined her. "Olympia Fields was the Private Bandon Dunes of her time." - Andy Staples

Aug 2020

56 min 23 sec

On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into one of the most important visual acquisitions in USGA Museum's History. Over the past several decades Howard Schickler has amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of early golf photography starting from the earliest days of photography and running through the period that preceded World War I. Our two guests today, Howard Schickler, the curator of this collection and Hilary Cronheim, the Senior Director of the USGA Golf Museum discuss the collection and its ability to help tell golf's great history.

Aug 2020

1 hr 3 min

After a lengthy delay due to technical diffilculties, the TalkinGolf History Podcast returns with the history of one of golf's great defenders, the history of the man who understood the game like few have before him or since...author, historian and perhaps golfer psychotica, Bernard Darwin. Stephen Proctor author of the celebrated book on Young Tom Morris, "Monarch of the Green" joins us to share Darwin's history and some of his delightful words. I know you will enjoy this episode. Special Guest: Stephen Proctor.

Aug 2020

1 hr 13 min

Episode 41 is a special edition to the TalkinGolf History Podcast as it introduces our listeners to one of my favorite sport's history podcasts, "Sports Forgotten Heroes" with its brilliant host Warren Rogan. This is a must listen episode as Warren and I talk about three of the greatest underdog champions to ever win a major; finishing with some great stories behind Jack Fleck's improbable victory over Ben Hogan in the 1955 US Open. I promise this will be one of the best podcasts you listen to this year...the Fisherman, the Roofer and the Tin Cup.

Jul 2020

1 hr 28 min

The second season of the TalkinGolf History Podcast is focused on the History of the Great Golf Course Architects. In that same theme our guest today has been responsible for restoring the work of some of our greatest golf course architects. Our guest, Ron Forse of Forse Golf Design dives into the special sauce behind historic golf course restorations.

Jun 2020

1 hr 1 min

Episode 39: Interview with Dr. Bern Bernacki, the President of the Golf Heritage Society on its 50th Anniversary. The Golf Heritage Society works with historians, artists and collectors to build the collective knowldge of golf's grand history.

May 2020

1 hr 9 min

In Episode 38 we talk with the founder of Golf Course Architecture Magazine, Adam Lawrence about the man who many consider to be the Father of Golf Course Architecture, Harry Colt. Adam is in the process of writing the definitive biography on Harry Colt - so sit back and enjoy the history of the man who brought golf design into the modern world.

May 2020

1 hr 21 min

A mystery that has lasted nearly 100 years - golf course architecture's very own Indiana Jones movie - the search and the possible discovery of Seth Raynor's lost routing of Cypress Point. Please join us for one of the most interesting podcasts I have been a part of - with special guests Sven Nilsen and Bret Lawrence. No matter how you look at the discovery and the "who done it" what we do have are two very early routings of Cypress Point that are different than the course Dr. Alister MacKenzie gave us.

Apr 2020

1 hr 12 min

Episode 36 represents the conclusion of the four part podcast with guest Sean Tully and our discussion on the life of Dr. Alister MacKenzie. In this episode we finish his life and times with a discussion of his work at Augusta National.

Apr 2020

1 hr 44 min

Episode 35 of the TalkinGolf History Podcast is entirely dedicated to Dr. Alister Mackenzie's masterpiece, Cypress Point. Tully shares some great stories and maybe even a few secrets.

Apr 2020

1 hr 7 min

The TalkinGolf History Podcast proudly presents Episode 34 and Part 2 of the History of Dr. Alsiter MacKenzie. On this episode Sean Tully dives deeper into the life of the legendary golf course architect kicking off with the 1914 Country Life Magazine contest, then into the partnership with Colt and Allison and finally the beginning of the last third of his career and going it alone.

Mar 2020

1 hr 4 min

On Episode 33 of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into the deep end of the History behind one of the world's most famous golf course architects, Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the man who gave us Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne. This podcast will be one of three podcasts with our guest, Sean Tully exploring the history behind the doctor.

Mar 2020

1 hr 3 min

TalkinGolf History Episode 32 introduces a new series called, Legends of the Game with its first guest, Former PGA Tour Commissioner, Deane Beman. Deane Beman perhaps more than any man in history, shaped the PGA Tour as we know it today. Beman does not hold back in this interview, reflecting upon his history with the game, what he did and what he wishes he could have done at the helm of the PGA Tour.

Mar 2020

1 hr 14 min

This podcast is a throwback to the interview that launched the TalkinGolf History Podcast. So if you love movies, this show is like a prequel to the podcast. This was my very first podcast interview, where I was the guest of Rod Morri and Adrian Logue on their show (that no longer exists), the ISeekGolf Podcast. Great interview with some colorful stories about the history of the game of golf and a glimpse into how we got here.

Feb 2020

1 hr 28 min

TalkinGolf History presents Part 2 of the Two Part Podcast on "The History of Seth Raynor" with special guest, Anthony Pioppi. In this podcast we kick off right where we left off in Episode 29 - the passing of Seth Raynor and what we lost with his untimely death. Listen for how you too can play some of the best Seth Raynor courses both public and private!

Feb 2020

1 hr 5 min

On Episode 29 of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we invited Anthony Pioppi on the show to help us explore the History of Seth Raynor. This Episode is Part 1 of a 2 Part Podcast on one of the greatest golf course architects that ever lived.

Feb 2020

1 hr 9 min

The TalkinGolf History podcast proudly presents Part 2 of the two part interview with Donald Ross expert, Bradley Klein on the "History of Donald Ross." This interview starts right where episode 27 stopped, diving into the history of Donald Ross and the evolution of his golf design.

Jan 2020

1 hr 6 min

The History of Donald Ross, Part 1 of a 2 Part Interview with Donald Ross expert, Bradley S. Klein. In this episode, Bradley discusses the strategy, the issues and the internal tug of war of restoring a Donald Ross course, as well as some of his favorite private and publicly accessible Donald Ross courses. There is also an insider's look at fighting for the restoration of a brilliant Donald Ross golf hole.

Jan 2020

1 hr 14 min

On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into "The Myths of Ben Hogan" by examining the historical periodicals of the moments that shaped his legend. We are joined by Jeff Martin, the creator of the "Thinking About Golf" website who speaks at length about the myths that helped create the Legend.

Jan 2020

1 hr 47 min