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.
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.
October 29th, 2018 | 2 hrs 27 mins
The ISG Pod Book Club is back and this episode is without doubt the most requested to date. In the wake of the exceedingly popular Spirit of St Andrews episode, many listeners asked that Robert Hunter's The Links go under the microscope and now here it is. This 1926 classic is one of the most important books ever written on golf course architecture and with the help of special guest Mike Clayton we delve into what makes it a must read for any architecture enthusiast. Its long, but its good, so we make no apologies and hope you enjoy.
October 22nd, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
With the 2018 Word Cup of Golf at Metropolitan almost upon us we catch up with PGA Tour Vice President Matt Kamienski to find out about how plans are shaping for both that event and next year's Presidents Cup as well as some of the big issues facing the professional game internationally. Its a fascinating chat with one of the game's most influential people.
October 17th, 2018 | 54 mins 39 secs
If the international golf season was only a month long New Zealand's Nick Voke might be the world's number one ranked player. A stunning three wins in five starts on the PGA Tour China Series sees Voke earn Web.com Tour status for 2019 and he joins episode 80 of the ISG Pod to talk about an extraordinary first season as a professional. Also, registrations are now open for the inaugural ISG Podcast Live event at Bonnie Doon GC on Monday, November 12. Limited tee times are still available for those wishing to play ($150 with cart or $130 walking) or feel free to come along for the post round podcast recording with special guest Mike Clayton, including light refreshments, for just $25.
October 9th, 2018 | 1 hr 3 mins
Patrick Reed has emerged from the recent Ryder Cup as the clear villain of the US team but in a recent Golfweek column writer Eamon Lynch says Reed could be the saviour of the always vanilla PGA Tour.
October 1st, 2018 | 1 hr 15 mins
As the narrative around Jim Furyk's Ryder Cup captaincy continues towards the negative we invited Richard Gillis, author of The Captan Myth, on to episode 78 to talk everything Ryder Cup except the actual shots played. One of the world's great sporting events, the biennial matches are about so much more than just golf and the way media and fans dissect and analyse the event in both the lead up and the aftermath tells us much about ourselves and the world outside golf. Richard is an eloquent speaker with a fascinating take on golf and the business of the game and for that reason alone, Episode 78 is a must listen. On the topic of of eloquent and interesting speakers don't forget to sign up for our live podcast event on Monday, November 12, at Sydney's Bonnie Doon Golf Club. 18 holes of golf followed by light refreshments and the opportunity to be part of a live recording with course co-designer Mike Clayton who will take questions on any topic to do with the game. Cost is just $150 and places are limited so register your interest now at firstname.lastname@example.org.