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Welcome to The Bag Drop: Untold Stories in Golf podcast. With over 34,000 golf courses, tens of millions of golfers, and hundreds of thousands supporting the game of golf worldwide, there are endless untold stories about how golf has impacted and shaped lives. Take a listen as we uncover those compelling stories in our podcast. Your host is Matt Considine, CEO of NewClub, a Chicago-based golf society. About NewClub NewClub is a society of passionate golfers who desire more compelling golf. M ...
 
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To get ready for this week’s Ryder Cup, Andy Johnson and Garrett Morrison chat about the design of host venue Whistling Straits. Andy recently shot the Straits Course for a new Fried Egg video, so Garrett asks for his thoughts on Pete Dye’s routing, par-3 concepts, and outrageous shaping. They also discuss the PGA of America’s hefty build-outs, the…
 
Shawn Major – Niakwa’s Superintendent joins the show. He’s also one of the few accredited golf course superintendents working in the province. He’s spent time out West and out East, but calls Winnipeg home. He’s also a pretty good golfer. Shawn fills us in on how he set up Niakwa for the Men’s Mid-Am and Women’s Amateur this year, a day in his life…
 
After a well-regarded run as LPGA commissioner, Mike Whan started two months ago as the CEO of the USGA. Earlier this week, he sat down with Andy Johnson at Chicago Golf Club to discuss a variety of topics. They cover Whan's thinking about the USGA's priorities, championship host selection, and the potential of bringing the U.S. Open back to Chicag…
 
In this wide-ranging conversation, Don Placek, Partner at Renaissance Golf Design, and Andy Johnson cover the complexity and challenges of the golf architecture consulting business, compare finding new golf courses to discovering new music, and discuss Don’s passion for drawing, maps, and art in general. Don shares how his passions and talents outs…
 
Braydon Gilbert – Course Superintendent at St. Charles Country Club joins the show. He’s also the Manitoba Director of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. Yes, they have an association for superintendents. Braydon breaks down a day in his life, prepping the course for LPGA and Senior PGA tournaments, how much staff he has, how much equip…
 
In this episode, Frank Speaks with Pete Cookingham, recently retired director of the Turfgrass Information File based at Michigan State University. Pete reviews the history of the database and the unique nature of managing a topic specific database, like turfgrass science. His lifetime commitment is celebrated every time we use the information and …
 
If you're in Northern Lower Michigan to play Arcadia Bluffs or Crystal Downs, you shouldn't skip Champion Hill Golf Course and Pinecroft Golf Course. Public, affordable, and well designed, Champion Hill and Pinecroft are owned and operated by one family. Is this the ideal business model for affordable golf? Andy Johnson and Garrett Morrison tackle …
 
Dr. Robert Speirs from the legendary Speirs golf family joins the show. He recently won the Parent/Child tourney at St. Charles where he has been a long-time member. He also played Collegiately down under and when he’s not golfing you can find him at the hockey rink with his family or as the Owner and Director of Chiropractic at Aberdeen Chiropract…
 
Team match play is the most entertaining format in golf, but we might not understand it very well. What factors should team captains consider when pairing players up for foursomes and four-ball? How much does a player's past match-play record matter? In alternate shot, how should teammates decide who tees off on which holes? Joseph LaMagna (@Joseph…
 
In this episode of Renovation Report, sponsored by The Andersons, Capillary Bunkers and Golf Preservations, Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., sits down with golf course architect and restoration specialist Andrew Green about his reputation for taking historic golf courses back in time after years of change. Green, who says his goal is as simple as doing goo…
 
In this episode, RW and the gang deliver an emergency warning about an Army Worm invasion, reveal our progress in golf course robot evaluations, discuss the big change coming in golf and explain why those folks at The Masters need a wall. In "Storytime" we tell about our favorite time on the golf course. Presented by DryJect.…
 
Belvedere Golf Club superintendent Jordan Caplan joins the podcast to talk about the Willie Watson course and his role as the club's fourth superintendent in its almost 100-year history. Jordan and Andy Johnson discuss the challenges of course maintenance in harsh Northern Lower Michigan winters and the differences between the Belvedere job and Jor…
 
John has covered golf in Canada for more than 35 years and is the author of nine books including four volumes of The Great Golf Courses of Canada. He has been the managing editor of ScoreGolf magazine, the golf columnist for the Toronto Sun and National Post and the golf analyst for Sportsnet. He is a member of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame and an …
 
In this episode, Frank Speaks with Dr. Leah Brilman about the breeding and development of creeping bentgrass, mixtures and blends, and the current state of the turfgrass seed industry from the recent weather patterns to long term supplies. “We'd better get used to paying more for seed”. Frank then speaks with Emily Braithwaite from Oregon State Uni…
 
Inness, a King-Collins design-build project condensing the old Rondout Golf Club from 18 to 9 new holes, opened in June with Anthony Minniti at the helm. It wasn't easy. Minniti came over from The Creek and Shinnecock Hills to grow in and polish the new resort course Accord, NY, in the upper Hudson Valley between the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountai…
 
Andrew Green is one of the busiest golf architects in the industry. He recently completed a restoration of Oak Hill's East Course and a renovation of Congressional's Blue Course, and he's currently doing work at Scioto, Wannamoisett, and Interlachen. Andrew's best-known project to date may be his bold 2017 restoration of Inverness Club, a 1919 Dona…
 
Glen Mills – Director of Golf at Assiniboine Golf Club joins the show. He’s played across the Great White North as well as all over the U.S. You can find him playing in just about every Pro-Am in the province and from time-to-time you'll find him behind the desk at AGC. Glen shares stories about becoming a Pro, travelling south as a 19-year-old, ho…
 
Nick Nate, superintendent at South Bend Country Club, talks with Andy Johnson about his career in turf, which has taken him from his hometown in South Bend, Indiana, to the Old Course and back home again. They discuss Nick's start in the business at Warren Golf Course when it first opened, the perks of his internship at St. Andrews and his stint in…
 
Today, Homer Kelley's 1969 book The Golfing Machine is a standard text for those who study the science of the golf swing. Famous instructors cite it, as do tour pros like Bryson DeChambeau and Steve Elkington. But in 1982, The Golfing Machine was most associated with 23-year-old Bobby Clampett, who had been schooled in Kelley's system. Clampett had…
 
Tom Coyne, New York Times best selling author, senior editor of The Golfer's Journal, host of TGJ podcast, and member of NewClub, joins the Bag Drop Live to talk to the society about his adventures through the U.S. to celebrate the release of his latest book, A Course Called America.Tom Coyne | https://www.tomcoyne.com/NewClub Golf Society | https:…
 
Bobbi Uhl who’s won just about every amateur event you possibly can in Manitoba joins Mike & JR. She won both the Women’s Amateur and City & District Championship this year and is currently playing Collegiate golf at Longwood University in Virginia. Bobbi shares stories about starting golf at a young age, winning tournament after tournament after t…
 
The men's and women's golf competitions at the Olympic Games took place over the past couple of weeks, with Xander Schauffele and Nelly Korda earning gold medals for the United States. The action from Tokyo was fun to watch, but we couldn't help but wonder if it could be even more exciting. So Andy Johnson called up Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValke…
 
Mike Vessely, the superintendent of Culver Academy Golf Course, a Langford and Moreau 9-hole gem in Culver, Indiana joins the Bag Drop with special guest host and Ambassador member Jake Brown. Mike and Jake talk all about Culver Academy, Mike's career, and his philosophy as a golf course superindendent.NewClub Golf Society | https://www.newclub.gol…
 
In this episode Frank takes a deep dive into spray application technology with Ken Rost of Frost Inc. They cover the gamut from where we are today in turfgrass spray application technology to where we will be tomorrow! Frank then welcomes Derek Settle back to his former role with the Chicago District Golf Association, “My first job was my best job”…
 
With the golf competitions underway at the Tokyo Olympics, Garrett Morrison sits down with Michael Wolf (@bamabearcat) to learn more about Japan's distinctive golf culture. Michael is a golf architecture and history nut who has traveled and played golf extensively in Japan. He and Garrett talk about the customs of Japanese golf clubs, Michael's tip…
 
In this episode of the Renovation Report, sponsored by The Andersons, Capillary Bunkers and Golf Preservations, Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., talks wiith golf course architect Drew Rogers about his time working with his mentor, Arthur Hills, running his own golf course design firm, JDR Design Group, and the transformation of the business from original d…
 
Jim Ryan, golf course designer, who's expertise of digital renditions of lost golf courses brings us a fascinating history of the lost volcano hole at Kankakee Elks, this year's return host of The Rumble. Jim also talks about his childhood in golf and working with Tyler Rae. Jim Ryan Golf Course Design | https://www.jimryangcdesign.com/NewClub Golf…
 
Recorded LIVE from 4th Line Pub and Grill! We're joined by Tim Grant aka Timmy G...St. James socialite and former Assiniboine Golf Club President & Long Time Member. He worked at The Bone for years, plays in just about every tournament there, and regularly provides entertainment at 4th Line Pub & Grill. Timmy G shares stories about working at The B…
 
In the latest installment of our interview series with Tom Doak, Tom gives an update on the progress at the Lido, the Keiser family’s latest course near Sand Valley. He and Andy discuss the pros and cons of the technology used to build the course, and they speculate on how it might be used in future restoration projects and in golf course architect…
 
In this episode Frank chats with Rich Buckley, Director of Diagnostic Services at Rutgers University Plant Diagnostic Lab, about the wet and stress of the growing season in the North. Wet soils, steamy air and soon more heat. Frank and Rich unravel the panoply of fungal problems golf course superintendents are facing. The episode also highlights th…
 
Ger Ryan of Emerald Isle Lawncare and Landscaping joins Mike and JR. He’s Irish, but lives in Winnipeg. He grew up playing the game of golf across the Atlantic and even had the chance to caddy for Paddy Harrington. When he’s not building patios or cutting grass you can find him golfing around Manitoba. Ger shares stories about how he got into golf,…
 
The Yolk with Doak returns! In the first of two new episodes of our interview series with golf architect Tom Doak, we cover the recent grand opening of St. Patrick's Links at the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort in Ireland. Tom and Andy chat about where the course would land on the Doak Scale and the unique challenge of finishing the project during …
 
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