Rod is an award-winning golf journalist with more than 20 years experience and has covered everything from major tournaments to junior golf at the local level. Rod began his life in the media as a daily news reporter for News Limited in Sydney.
March 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
The best discussions in life are the ones that make you think and Episode 98 of the #ISGPod does just that. We're joined by Darius Oliver of Planet Golf to talk his recently opened short course - The Farm at The Hills in New Zealand - but the discussion quickly wanders into much broader and more interesting areas as well. Darius is passionate, intelligent, articulate and thoughtful and a real joy to disagree with.
February 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 7 mins
Social media has allowed all sorts of people with niche interests to discover each other and Simon Haines is one of golf's best examples. He developed an interest in course architecture after his own home course in England - a Harry Vardon/Harry Colt design - underwent changes in the 90's. Seeking to find what the course was originally likes, Haines found himself drawn to the history of not only his own course but others around the world. The advent of the internet meant the available resources suddenly grew exponentially and Simon - or @Hainesy76 as mots people know him - is now one of the most interesting accounts to follow on Twitter.
February 19th, 2019 | 43 mins 59 secs
Ireland's Leona Maguire is one of the most promising young players in the women's game and makes her debut as a Ladies European Tour member at the Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville in northern NSW this week. Maguire boasts an impressive amateur record and carries high expectations as she embarks on her professional career. She sat down with the ISG Podcast for a lengthy interview about all facets of the game including her chances this week.
February 12th, 2019 | 57 mins 1 sec
After seven years the innovative Vic Open finally got the international attention it deserved with the co-sanctioning of the LPGA and European Tours seeing it make headlines the world over. Mike Clayton caddies for US star Christina Kim and joins the podcast to talk about the importance of the event and how things looked from the inside.
February 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
On January 16, English golfer Meghan Maclaren sent out a tweet noting the difference in prize funds between a Ladies European Tour event and a men's European Tour event being played in Abu Dhabi a week apart. What followed was a three day uproar over whether the game's top professional women get a raw deal from sponsors, equipment manufacturers and fans alike. Meghan joins Felicity Johnson and Rod Morri on Episode 94 of the iSeekGolf podcast to talk about that incident in the context of gender inequity in the game. Its more fun than it sounds and there's some other golf chat along the way as well.
January 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 23 mins
In 2016 the rebuilding of a small, run down public golf course in suburban Florida probably seemed unlikely to have much impact on the broader golf world but how wrong that perception turned out to be. The Winter Park 9, as it is now known, has come to symbolise everything that is possible for public golf in the future, the facility now a thriving community hub which has reinvigorated interest in the game and returns a profit to the local council that owns it. Keith Rhebb was one half of the redesign and build team alongside Riley Johns and joins Episode 93 of the podcast to discuss one of the more interesting - and important - golf projects of the past two decades.
January 21st, 2019 | 57 mins 57 secs
Should the European Tour be going to Saudi Arabia? Will we one day see the Ryder Cup played in Dubai? What might a World Tour look like and would that be good or bad for everyone outside America?? Lots of questions and plenty of insight when two of the game's sharpest minds get together on Episode 92 to discuss some fo golf's big issues.
January 14th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
Social media has changed golf almost as much as club and ball technology. From traditional magazines and media channels to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more, there are now more golfers with more voice and consumers have almost endless choices of who and where to get their information. In the world of golf course architecture Twitter seems a particularly popular medium which begs the question: who are the most influential players in this arena in 2019? Luckily, Adrian Logue has done the work and has the answers on Episode 91 of the ISG Podcast...
January 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
Forest Fezzler is all too often remembered for donning a pair of shorts on the 72nd hole of the 1983 US Open at Oakmont. The protest stunt was legendary and in keeping with Fezzler's personality but his contribution to the game - particularly in his design partnership with Mike Strantz - was so much more than that one incident. American golf writer Jay Revell got to know Fezzler well in the last year of his life ad joins the ISG podcast on episode 90 to pay tribute to one of the games great personalities.
December 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
Is golf really a case of mind over matter? Kind of, says former PGA Tour winner Richard Zokol who has spent the best part of 20 years studying the brain and mind and how it impacts golf performance. Richard joins the show, alongside special guest co host Mike Clayton, to discuss that aspect of golf as well as course architecture and the state of the game more broadly.
December 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
Golf all too often exists 'over there', outside of communities in both geography and culture. But American course designer Andy Staples says that needs to change, especially if the game is to survive - and thrive - into the future. On episode 88, Staples outlines just some of the myriad reasons why golf is the perfect community pastime - as well as why it isn't seen that way by golfers and non golfers alike. Also, co-host Adrian Logue reveals his plan to take part in the Longest Day of golf for the second consecutive year as he helps raise funds for cancer research.
December 3rd, 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
Golf courses don't evolve in a bubble and Canadian course architect Keith Cutten's new book - The Evolution of Golf Course Design - explores the influences that have shaped the game for more than 200 years. Filled with brilliant photographs and illustrations, Cutten explains how economics, wars, social tastes and even chance meetings have an impact on the types of layouts architects design. The book is a worthwhile addition to any golf library and personally signed copies are available to purchase from Cutten's website at www.cuttengolf.com.
November 26th, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
bruce young, john huggan, lucas herbert
With the Australian summer of golf coming to an end and the European Tour just getting started it's an ideal time to look at how Australian - and global golf - is faring. From the possibility of the PGA Tour taking over the world game to the extraordinary rise of Lucas Herbert on the European Tour and everything in between, John Huggan and Bruce Young bring fabulous insight into the world of golf.
November 19th, 2018 | 57 mins 31 secs
History was made at The Australian Open at The Lakes when the inaugural All Abilities Championship was decided this past week. The tournament saw 12 golfers with disability from around the world tackle the course in tournament conditions, off the tournament tees, and in front of tournament crowds. The event was a huge success but is only one small pat of what 'inclusion' means in golf.
November 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 29 mins
It finally happened! The inaugural ISG Pod golf and live recording day was a small affair but a big success with nine loyal listeners turning out to sample the ongoing works at the Bonnie Doon Golf Club in Sydney. There were plenty of laughs and lots of fun on the course and the recording session with Mike Clayton afterwards was equally entertaining and informative. Among the topics covered: How members cope with an eight year renovation project; how modern equipment has changed thinking about course design; why dogs should be allowed on golf courses and why architecture is important.
November 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
It's hard to imagine a simpler question: "Why Isn't Women's Golf More Popular?" That was the title of a recent article by Dr Kelly Price at the website www.womensgolf.com and while its a straightforward question the answers are anything but. Dr Price joins Episode 83 of the iSeekGolf podcast to chat about the complex world of gender politics and sport with a special focus on golf.