Estimates say there are as many as 60 million golfers in the world and we all know at least some of them who are completely addicted. The question is why? Join us as we try to discover the answer to that burning question, interviewing golfers both famous - and not - on a monthly quest to solve the riddle of this maddening game.
The Thing About Golf #52: Edwin Roald
When you think of the world’s golf hot spots it would be fair to say Iceland doesn’t spring immediately to mind.
But not only is the Nordic country golf mad (the game is second only to football in participation) but it is home to some of the world’s most interesting courses.
Icelandic course architect Edwin Roald is one of the industry’s most thoughtful and eloquent speakers and in this wide-ranging chat with host Rod Morri, he introduces us to golf in Iceland as well as offering thought provoking takes on topics as broad as golf as a vehicle for carbon capture as well as social harmony.
To read some of Roald’s articles and view some of the his design work, visit https://www.eureka.golf/
The Thing About Golf #51: Neil Coles
John Huggan describes Neil Coles as the best golfer Americans have never heard of.
An aversion to flying meant one of the United Kingdom’s best players had limited exposure in the US but that takes nothing away from his remarkable resume.
Coles played in eight Ryder Cups between 1961 and 1977 and is credited with 50 professional victories in a playing career spanning more than 40 years.
Huggan sat down with Coles recently at his home near Wentworth in London. They had an engaging chat about all things golf, from his start in the game to staring down the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, in the Ryder Cup.
The Thing About Golf #50: Christian Hamilton
Like so many in golf Christian Hamilton originally dreamt of being a Tour player, but there are a whole army of golfers with a disability that should be thankful that career path never panned out.
Now the Programs and Inclusion Senior Manager at Golf Australia, Hamilton sees his role as ensuring the future of the golf population in Australia reflects the actual population of the nation more accurately.
It’s a task that has a long way to go but is one that would be much further behind if not for Hamilton and his approach to changing the face of the game.
The Thing About Golf #49: Roger Maltbie
For a generation of golf fans Roger Maltbie is known only as a TV commentator but the NBC stalwart is so much more than that. The winner of the inaugural Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in 1976, Maltbie was also a legitimate contender at more than one major and is a five-time PGA Tour winner. Known among his peers as one of the game's more colourful characters, this lengthy chat with host John Huggan shows Maltbie to be not only a shrewd analyst of the game but a warm and engaging story teller.
The Thing About Golf #48: Ian Triggs
He's coached some of the best players in the world to some of the game's biggest titles but to sit and talk to Ian Triggs you'd never know it. In a world where being a high-profile coach can be a lucrative business, Triggs is as happy working with Brookwater's double digit handicap members as he is mentoring rising stars like Elvis Smylie. In this enlightening chat with host Rod Morri, Triggs reveals how the search for answers to what derailed his own promising playing career led him to be one of the most sought after coaches of his generation.
The Thing About Golf #47: Renton Laidlaw
Peter Alliss might have had golf’s most recognisable voice but it’s almost a dead heat with Scotland’s Renton Laidlaw.
In a career spanning more than 50 years there is barely a medium he hasn’t contributed to, from books and newspapers to magazines and TV.
Renton, as he is simply known to so many, sat down with The Thing About Golf’s John Huggan to reflect on a lifetime in the game unlike few have ever experienced.
I’m loving hearing from the names I grew up wary
So many great guests, it’s been a treat listening to these podcasts & hearing from all the people I grew up watching and listening to. I’m happy with any guests you have on but just some ideas for future guests:
- Jane Crafter
- Judy Rankin
- Rodger Davis
- Jack Newton
- Craig Parry
- Maureen Madill
- Ken Brown
- Sam Torrence
- Mark James
- Warren Humphreys
B.Ogle & Jack Newton
Cheers Big Benny
Huggie and Paddy 👌
Another outstanding interview conducted by Huggie. Padraig very interesting to listen to.