Feed The Ball
By Derek Duncan
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In the Feed the Ball podcast, writer Derek Duncan discusses golf course design, architecture and the contemporary culture of golf with golf course architects and other luminaries of the game.
||CleanEpisode 46: Matt Dusenberry||Matt Dusenberry opened his own design firm in 2013 after years of building courses all over the world at Greg Norman Golf Course Design. He’s demonstrated incredible range in renovation work ranging from the flat Florida coast at Sandhill Crane in Hob||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 45: Keith Cutten 2||Canadian designer, author, artist and historian Keith Cutten returns (Episode 15) to discuss his new book, “The Evolution of Golf Course Design.” The book traces how golf course architecture has morphed and changed through time, and, more importantl||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 44: Jim Wagner||Jim Wagner and Gil Hanse have been design partners for over 20 years. Though Hanse’s name is on their courses, Wagner has been equally influential in their concepts and outcomes while overseeing a dedicated group of shapers and designers known as the||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 43: Brian Silva||Brian Silva began working for iconic New England architect Geoffrey Cornish in 1983, building golf courses in the traditional way of the day. After a revelation concerning the essence of strategic golf he transitioned into golf course restoration,||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42: Jay Blasi||Jay Blasi founded his own design company in 2012 after working for Robert Trent Jones II for over a decade. He gained notoriety as the lead associate on two high profile Jones courses: The Patriot Golf Club in Oklahoma,||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41: Mike Clayton||Mike Clayton is a throwback to a bygone tradition of golf figures such as Willie Park, Jr., Walter Travis and Max Behr, top players who later became both architects and men of letters. Clayton won the Australian Amateur in 1978 and played the European .||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40: David McLay Kidd||Not since Hugh Wilson at Merion has an architectural career been launched as brightly as David McLay Kidd’s. As a young designer in his 20’s, Kidd was tabbed by Mike Keiser to build the first course at Bandon Dunes.||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: Best of 2018||A rundown of the best moments and most significant exchanges during the first full season of the Feed the Ball podcast. Highlights include thoughts on the current and future state of golf course architecture from Golf Digest architectural editor Ron Wh.||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: Bruce Hepner||Bruce Hepner began his architectural career in 1990 as an associate for Ron Forse, with whom he became one of the early advocates and influencers of historic golf course restoration. He returned home to Michigan in 1993 to work for Tom Doak,||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Brian Curley||Brian Curley began his golf course architecture career working on a number of Pete Dye courses for Landmark Land Company. There he met another Dye protégé, Lee Schmidt, and the two combined forces to form the company Schmidt-Curley Golf Design.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Peter Kessler 3||Peter Kessler — the Voice of Golf, historian and one of the most outspoken commentators in the game — returns to the podcast to talk to Derek about his recent social media dustups with Brandel Chamblee and the fans of No Laying Up,||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: P.B. Dye||P.B. Dye began working on his father Pete Dye’s construction sites when he was a boy. Along with his brother, Perry, he’s had the closest and longest view of how Dye conceived of and built golf courses and was a primary assistant during several of h||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Thad Layton||Thad Layton began working for Arnold Palmer Course Design in the late 1990’s and now, as Senior Architect and Vice President, leads the company along with fellow designer Brandon Johnson. Since 1972, the firm has been known for producing a massive n||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Tom Mackenzie||Tom Mackenzie joined with Martin Ebert to form the golf architectural firm of Mackenzie & Ebert in 2005. They each began their careers designing golf courses for Donald Steel, and their business is very much a continuation of the elder architect’s pra||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Richard Mandell||Richard Mandell’s golf design practice has taken off over the last 10 years. He entered the business in the early 1990’s and paid his dues for over a decade working singular jobs while learning how to build and renovate courses with a minimal amoun||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Ron Forse||Ron Forse was an engineer who made a jump into golf course architecture in 1989, working on a project in West Virginia in conjunction with Dr. Michael Hurdzan. Though not necessarily his intent, he began taking jobs consulting with a number of historic.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Beau Welling||South Carolina native Beau Welling played college golf at Brown University and earned a landscape architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. After exploring career opportunities in several diverse fields,||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Tom Coyne||Tom Coyne’s fourth book is “A Course Called Scotland,” a funny and poignant tale of his journey playing over 100 links courses in Scotland, England and Wales in less than 60 days. His goal was twofold: to find out the meaning of golf,||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Dan Hixson||Oregon native Dan Hixson began his golf career as a tour pro and later became a club professional, but his real desire was to be a golf course architect. Despite no formal training, he slowly learned the profession and soon was hired to build Bandon Cr.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Ron Whitten||Ron Whitten has been one of the most prominent and influential voices in golf course architecture since the mid-1980’s when he became Golf Digest’s architecture editor. He created the current criteria for the magazine’s popular (or, depending,||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Kyle Franz Part 2||The first project Kyle Franz ever worked on was Tom Doak’s masterpiece, Pacific Dunes, a course now recognized as one of the best in the world. That fortuitous turn launched his design/build career where he amassed one of the business’s strongest||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Kyle Franz Part 1||The first project Kyle Franz ever worked on was Tom Doak’s masterpiece, Pacific Dunes, a course now recognized as one of the best in the world. That fortuitous turn launched his design/build career where he amassed one of the business’s strongest||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Mike Nuzzo Part 2||Mike Nuzzo seemed to have struck gold when he was hired by a wealthy Texas businessman and rancher to build an ultra-exclusive golf course intended only for the client’s personal use. For almost three years, Nuzzo, a first-time architect,||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Mike Nuzzo Part 1||Mike Nuzzo seemed to have struck gold when he was hired by a wealthy Texas businessman and rancher to build an ultra-exclusive golf course intended only for the client’s personal use. For almost three years, Nuzzo, a first-time architect,||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Jeff Mingay||Architect Jeff Mingay broke into golf course architecture working projects for his mentor and fellow Canadian Rod Whitman. In 2009, after completing a trio of Canada’s most exceptional modern golf courses — Blackhawk,||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Rob Collins||Sweetens Cove has captured the hearts and minds of the architecture world. Rob Collins and design partner Tad King began building the 9-hole course, 30 minutes west of Chattanooga, in 2012 and have watched it become an impassioned touchstone for a voca.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Mike Young||Mike Young has seen the golf course design business from all sides, starting as a rep for maintenance and turf companies before establishing himself as one of the state of Georgia’s most prominent and prolific architects.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Tim Liddy||Tim Liddy began his career working closely with Pete Dye in 1993, transitioning into golf course design following a career in landscape architecture. The two men have enjoyed a close collaboration for a quarter century,||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Peter Kessler, Part 2||Peter Kessler was the face and voice of the Golf Channel when the station first went live in 1995. Over the next seven years he commanded the show, mastering ceremonies and interviewing virtually every important figure in golf and instruction.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Peter Kessler, Part 1||Peter Kessler was the face and voice of the Golf Channel when the station first went live in 1995. Over the next seven years he commanded the show, mastering ceremonies and interviewing virtually every important figure in golf and instruction.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Bradley Klein||Brad Klein has been one of the media’s foremost authorities on golf course architecture since he began writing for Golfweek Magazine in 1988. He created that publication’s highly influential ranking of America’s 100 greatest modern and classic cou||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Keith Cutten||Keith Cutten is an integral player in golf design’s next generation who has worked alongside a variety of architects including Bill Coore, Jeff Mingay, Doug Carrick and, most importantly, his mentor Rod Whitman shaping features, drafting plans,||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Ian Andrew||Ian Andrew is one of golf’s most respected restoration and preservation specialists, working principally on Golden Age courses in Canada. He has few peers when it comes to observation and the analysis of golf course architecture,||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Mike DeVries||Mike DeVries belongs to an elite class of golf architects working today who have been fortunate to work on properties that qualify as some of the best sites golf has seen since the 1920’s. His jaw-dropping design at Cape Wichkam Links on Kings Island||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Dr. Michael Hurdzan||Dr. Michael Hurdzan was on golf’s center stage the summer of 2017 during the U.S. Open, contested at Erin Hills, the giant, rambling meadow course he designed with then partner Dana Fry and Ron Whitten. It was a well-deserved moment for the architect||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Kris Spence||Do you love Donald Ross and the idea of experiencing accurate expressions of his designs? Then this podcast is for you. Architect Kris Spence made the jump from golf superintendent to the design and build world when a club in North Carolina hired him t||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Robert Trent Jones II||Nobody’s roots stretch deeper into the field of golf architecture than Robert Trent Jones II’s. Oldest son of Robert Trent Jones and now in his sixth decade of design, he’s been literally almost everywhere,||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Rod Whitman||Rod Whitman has been one of golf’s masters of construction for nearly 40 years and has designed a number of courses on his own. In 2010 he got the call every architect dreams of — an offer to design and build a course on one of the world’s great n||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Mark Love||Following the economic crash of 2008, Love Golf Design, founded by brothers Mark Love and Davis Love III, decided to step back. Now, after a hiatus, the company has resumed business with several new renovations in the works following last year’s com||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Steve Smyers||Few living architects are better than Steve Smyers at combining an understanding of golf shots and strategy with holes that possess immense visual flourish. Based in Florida, he’s designed courses and played in top-level amateur tournaments all ove||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Keith Rhebb||Keith Rhebb is one of the leaders of a new generation of golf course architects who have learned the trade shaping courses for design-build luminaries like Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak, and Gil Hanse.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Ron Prichard||To renovate or restore. That is the question many historic clubs must decide when their courses are in need of repair. Just as many would view it a tragedy to deface a pristine Colonial- or antebellum-era house with modern accoutrements,||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Bill Bergin||In this episode, architect Bill Bergin and Derek Duncan catch up and discuss a wide array of subjects including Bill’s recent and upcoming re-workings of several historic clubs, WWSRD (what would Seth Raynor do?),||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Bill Coore||In this episode of Feed the Ball, Derek Duncan speaks to Bill Coore, who along with design partner Ben Crenshaw and their team of shapers has built a collection of what are considered to be some of the greatest golf courses of the last 60 or 70 years.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Bobby Weed||Bobby Weed joins Derek Duncan on the latest edition of the Feed the Ball podcast. Join us as Bobby talks about how he learned from Pete Dye that all good golf courses are built in the field, the joy of getting back on the bulldozer,||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Jim Engh||Noted golf course architect and past winner of Golf Digest’s Architect of the Year Award Jim Engh calls in to talk to Derek Duncan about the concept of image creation, pushing the envelop in his designs, the eureka moment that led him to pursue his bo||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The best golf related podcast.
Feed the Ball scratches that golf itch like no other podcast. Derek is remarkable versed on golf history and it shows with great questions and dialogue with the guest. There are some real characters in golf architecture and the way the stories reveal themselves paint a picture of how small the golf world is. If you want to stroll down the fairway before the tees were pushed back, check out this podcast.
Psst, Derek, how about a whiskey review at the end of each episode?
Best golf architecture podcast there is! Deep golf conversation, entertaining content, and colorful characters! If you’re like me, you’ll get hooked!!!
The one and only....Jim Wagner!
Absolutely fantastic interview with Jim. Wide ranging, thoroughly entertaining, laugh out loud funny.