I am pleased to introduce a new Q&A series on the blog — A Casual 9 — where I prod smart and interesting golf people with 9 super great questions in hopes their answers and ideas provide value and a new dimension of content to our readers. Like a casual 9 holes of golf, it is intended to be fun and entertaining without taking up too much of your time.
Episode 1: Roger Kingkade – the Calgary legend dishes on his recent exit from radio, his golf game, and how his new golf app business is adding value to both golf courses and golfers.
Episode 2: Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk – the 7-time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion talks about her amazing story, competition, making golf more fun, hitting it long, and more!
Episode 3: Leah Bathgate – the Founder and President of the Alberta Golf Tour talks about the benefits of competition, the future of the Tour, men/women competing in the same flights, and more.
Episode 4: Patrick Koenig – the epic golf photographer, whose work has been featured by the likes of Golf Digest, talks golf photography, course rankings, social media pet peeves, Tiger vs. Poulter, and more. His takes will have you feeling the heat.
Episode 5: Jon Sherman – published author and mastermind behind Practical Golf, Jon dishes out on practical game improvement, how to have more fun, and keeping your game sharp when time at the course is lacking.
Episode 6: Shannon Heffernan – golf fitness guru and founder of DM Golf Performance, Shannon Heffernan, talks about off-season vs. mid-season training, keys to longevity, a common hurdle for instructors, and more.
Episode 7: Alberta Golf – Director of Business Development & Corporate Communications, Jack Lane, talks about the value of supporting golf governing bodies, junior golf, amateur competition, the state of the game in Canada, and more.
Episode 8: Wes Heffernan – the journeyman Tour pro talks about his amazing back-nine 31 to make the cut at the 2010 U.S. Open, the good and bad of Tour life, playing under pressure, how to prepare for competition, goals, and more.
Episode 9: Frederic Teno II – an associate professional at the Calgary Golf and Country Club, Fred talks about what it’s like to work at an exclusive club, competitive golf, golf architecture, dress codes, what makes a good club professional, and more.
Episode 10: Riley Johns – the founder of the golf architecture firm, Integrative Golf, talks about working with some of the game’s top architects, what makes great courses great, how courses can make meaningful improvements without breaking the bank, how learning about golf architecture can enhance your enjoyment of the game, and more.
Episode 11: Jeff Mingay – the Canadian golf course architect talks about life as an architect, the Golden Age of architecture, sustainability of golf, the objective components of golf architecture, and more.
Episode 11b: Emergency 9 with Jeff Mingay – Episode 11 with Jeff sparked some interesting conversation on social media so it was decided we should go another 9. In this one Jeff expands on what contributes to the function of a golf course, variety, routing, the psychology of architecture, why every hole doesn’t need to make perfect sense, and more.