The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast
By Steve Smith
The podcast to listen to if you want to know everything there is about Australian golf courses, greenkeeping and architecture so you can get more out of your game!
EP.60 Walking The Fairways (including AWGN & the ASTMA conference awards)
This one has a lot in it so you might want some extra time to listen! Plenty of news coming from golf courses around Australia including the recent greenkeeping industry awards evening at the ASTMA Conference last week! I recently also went and saw a new golf network event that I want to talk about and then there's my opinion piece which you may or may not want to listen to :) Come along with me for this one and I look forward to hearing from you to discuss some points or give me your thoughts. There is some very mild coarse language in this one so I thought it best to flag it as explicit but really it's very tame. One day I will fire up worthy of the explicit tag but this one isn't it. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People and places mentioned in this podcast: Australian Women's Golf Network ASTMA Lakelands Country Club Busselton Golf Club Glenelg Golf Club Meadowbrook Golf Club Lynwood Country Club Trentham Golf Club Noosa Golf Club Richard Chamberlain Golf Design Ocean Shores Country Club
July 02, 2022
EP.59 Keeper Of The Greens - Shaun Bowden (Royal Hobart Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is proudly brought to you by Colin Campbell Chemicals. Click on their name and it will take you straight to their website for more information. It's time to visit the Apple Isle for only the second time since starting Keeper Of The Greens and I'm very excited to be visiting another "Royal" golf club. Shaun Bowden is the Superintendent of Royal Hobart Golf Club and comes with a load of experience from working on numerous high profile golf courses on the east coast of Australia and under some of the country's esteemed Superintendents. I'm sure you'll enjoy this conversation I have with Shaun as I discover how it was "luck" that got him into greenkeeping after a life changing turn away from professional sport. Shaun soon decided that if he was going to do greenkeeping, then he was all in! Fast forward from learning his skills and knowledge from some of the best turf managers in Australia, Shaun now heads up the team that maintain the course at Royal Hobart Golf Club in Tasmania. The only Tasmanian golf club to have hosted the men's Australian Open. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People & Places mentions: Royal Hobart Golf Club Elanora Country Club The Grand Golf Club The Glades Golf Club Pennant Hills Golf Club Richard Chamberlain Golf Design Darby Muller - Golf Shapes
June 21, 2022
EP.58 Campbell's Corner
Campbell's Corner is a podcast segment with my sponsor of the podcast Colin Campbell Chemicals. This time I catch up with Nadeem at Gordon Golf Club for an in person interview and we chat about education. Nadeem tells me how he likes to make the effort to assist turf managers through talks at industry events and gatherings on how to best protect their turf surfaces using all types of practices, not just their products. He also shares how passionate he is for furthering the knowledge within the turf industry through the Colin Campbell Chemicals podcast - Behind The Turf, where Nadeem chats with global agronomy experts. Join us for a laugh (again) and a beer this time as we learn some more about Nadeem and his passion for the turf industry from within Colin Campbell Chemicals. Don't forget to catch up with Nadeem at the Colin Campbell Chemcials stand at the ASTMA Conference Trade Show in Melbourne, June 20-24. Links to things mentioned in this podcast: Colin Campbell Chemicals PoaCure The ASTMA Conference Gordon Golf Club Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club
June 15, 2022
EP.57 Keeper Of The Greens - Pat Casey (Kalgoorlie Golf Course)
Keeper Of The Greens is proudly brought to you by Colin Campbell Chemicals. Click their name and it will take you straight to their website. I hope you're ready for this dry conversation. Only joking! I head west across the country into Western Australia to a unique golf course at Kalgoorlie. Superintendent Pat Casey has been leading the team maintaining this extremely unique golf course for five years and has put his stamp on something very special indeed. Kalgoorlie is an extreme environment that requires an extremely good understanding of how to get the best out of turf in such a location! Originally from the driest state is Australia, Pat served his early career at some of the best golf courses we have to offer in Adelaide, before tasting the big time as part of the Ohio State Program in the USA. He returned to South Australia for a time before taking on the top job at the unique and young Kalgoorlie Golf Course. Pat and I discuss the difficulties of managing turf in such an extremely hot and dry location and just how thriving the local Kalgoorlie environment really is contrary to what we all might think! This was an eye opener and I just want to go to Kalgoorlie for golf! You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People & Places mentions: Kalgoorlie Golf Course Ohio State Program Glenelg Golf Club The Super Pit
June 08, 2022
EP.56 Walking The Fairways
It's time to take in some news about what's happening on golf courses around Australia! It has been a while since I brought you up to date with course happenings from around the country and there's plenty going on. I also wanted to share some very sad news coming out of Sydney in recent months which I think is important to talk about. Come with me as we venture far and wide and finish of with some thought provoking points in golf tournament news that I want you to think about. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People & places mentioned in this podcast: Too bloody many so you'll just have to listen to it all :)
June 06, 2022
EP.55 Campbell's Corner
Campbell's Corner is a podcast segment with my sponsor of the podcast Colin Campbell Chemicals. Come along as I chat with Nadeem and introduce just who Colin Campbell Chemicals are. We chat about their history as an Australian company working in agriculture, horticulture and turf. We also talk about the family connection Nadeem has with the company and also how they are leaders in bringing particular products and technology to the Australian market. Come and have a laugh with Nadeem and I as we have a fun time recording this one and you can learn, along with me, about this Australian company. Don't forget to catch up with Nadeem at the Colin Campbell Chemcials stand at the ASTMA Conference Trade Show in Melbourne, June 20-24. Links to things mentioned in this podcast: Colin Campbell Chemicals PoaCure The ASTMA Conference
May 29, 2022
EP.54 Keeper Of The Greens - Nico Douglas (Cranbourne Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is proudly brought to you by Colin Campbell Chemicals. Click their name and it will take you straight to their website. Join me for a fun conversation with Superintendent of Cranbourne Golf Club, Nico Douglas. Earlier this year Nico was appointed as Superintendent at Cranbourne which is his first post in such a role! Working throughout his career on courses of the famed Melbourne Sandbelt, Nico has some great experience prior to taking up this current position. Name dropping some of the best golf courses to have worked on in Australia, it was only a matter of time before Nico would take the helm of a Sandbelt course including a baptism of fire to kick it off! I hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People & Places mentions: Sorrento Golf Club Cranbourne Golf Club Spring Valley Golf Club Victoria Golf Club Huntingdale Golf Club OCM Golf Course Architects Behind The Turf Podcast
May 25, 2022
EP.53 Keeper Of The Greens - Simon Snedden (Gold Creek Country Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is proudly brought to you by Colin Campbell Chemicals. Click their name and it will take you straight to their website. I'm so excited to fire Keeper Of The Greens back up with a new interview and some new questions for Steve's Super Seven! This time I head to the Australian capital city of Canberra in the A.C.T. and catch up with Superintendent Simon Snedden of Gold Creek Country Club. Growing up in regional NSW, Simon had a talent for rugby league and was quickly snapped up by a major NRL club. He left the country for the city lights and during his time training he got a taste for what was involved in maintaining sports turf. Come along for a sporting story with Simon as we chat about his time playing rugby league at a young age, the connection of sport and country life and Simon's steep career path in greenkeeping before getting the top job at one of Canberra's well known golf clubs. People & Places mentions: Gold Creek Country Club Young Golf Club Club Catalina Federal Golf Club Royal Canberra Golf Club The ASTMA Mark Unwin (CEO ASTMA) Newcastle Knights
May 11, 2022
EP.52 The Board Room - Simon Putral (Ashgrove Golf Club)
The Board Room is brought to you by The Social Media Birdie. If you want the best team who understands the golf landscape like no other to work with your business, then you need The Social Media Birdie. The second segment of The Board Room sees me joined by Simon Putral, Greens Director of Ashgrove Golf Club in Brisbane's western suburbs. Ashgrove Golf Club is one of many golf clubs devastated by the recent floods of Eastern Australia and I really wanted to bring you the real story and thought processes that go on inside a smaller suburban club after being on the receiving end of such a catastrophic event. Simon discusses with a great deal of openness just what lies ahead for Ashgrove and how this community based club is looking to work through such an enormous task ahead with their loyal, engaged and very supportive membership. Hopefully this gives you a real insight into what a golf club like Ashgrove has to come back from like so many others are along the east coast of Australia. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
May 09, 2022
EP.51 The Design Brief - Harley Kruse
Back to back segments of The Design Brief sees me this time catch up with The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast resident Golf Course Architect Harley Kruse from Kruse Golf. I wanted to get an update of the work Harley has been up to and also some new projects he's soon to be working on. The main point of this conversation however was to discuss working with golf courses on relatively small parcels of land. We discuss some of the challenges architects and clubs face when going through a redesign process on a small site and what things have to be considered. I also wanted to get Harley's thoughts on the question of are golf courses becoming too fast? I believe things are starting to get a bit out of control generally across the spectrum and does this have an effect on the thoughts of an architect. I hope you enjoy this more philosophical conversation with Harley and it gets you considering your thoughts as well. You hit 'em clean, we'll keep 'em green! People & places mentioned in this podcast: Kruse Golf Clayton DeVries Pont Renaissance Golf Design Blackheath Golf Club Commonwealth Golf Club Yarra Yarra Golf Club Royal Perth Golf Club Royal Sydney Golf Club
April 27, 2022
EP.50 The Design Brief - Ted Stirling
This segment of the Design Brief sees me catch up with Ted Stirling, a former golf professional and golf course architect. Growing up on Melbourne's famed Sandbelt and playing regularly on the best courses is Australia, Ted has had a long career in golf. A founding member of The Society of Australian Golf Course Architects, Ted has been involved in almost every aspect of the game. From competing in tournaments and teaching the game, to designing golf courses, building golf courses and owning golf courses, of which some are very well known throughout Australia. Take a seat, sit back and join me as a I catch up with Ted reminiscing about our time together at Katoomba and discussing his wealth of experience and stories from his career. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People and places mentioned in this podcast: The Society of Australian Golf Course Architects Darby Muller - Golf Shapes Riverside Oaks Golf Resort Bonville Golf Resort
April 06, 2022
EP.49 Nathan Bradbery - Golf Spectrum
This episode I take some time to catch up with Nathan Bradbery of Golf Spectrum. Nathan has been in the golf greenkeeping/construction industry for most of his life and worked on some pretty amazing projects in Australia with some great architects. I wanted to talk to Nathan about his background before Golf Spectrum including some great travel experiences working on courses in the USA, and also just what type of work is involved being a golf course shaper and construction company. Nathan has built an impressive company from lots of hard work and a wide range of experience and skills. I hope you enjoy listening as I get an insight into Nathan and Golf Spectrum. People and places mentioned in this podcast: Golf Spectrum Concord Golf Club Links Hope Island Maleny Golf Club Oakmont Country Club Renaissance Golf Design Tom Doak This podcast was sponsored by Golf Spectrum.
March 31, 2022
EP.48 Walking The Fairways
With so much news happening on golf courses around Australia, Walking The Fairways is back again. The rain has cleared (for now) and it's time to let you know just how big this recent rain event was when it comes to golf courses. I have done a lot of research and hope to give you a detailed account of the extent of what has happened. But it's not all about the rain. There's been work going on in Western Australia , Victoria and there's some news coming out of the A.C.T. There's also some sustainability news coming out of a few regions including South Australia. It's time for a walk. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
March 25, 2022
EP.47 The Greenkeepers Shed - Flood Recovery
In the wake of the devastating floods that have ravaged large parts of Australia's East Coast, I wanted to give you an idea of just what might be involved to get the course repaired and back open by your local golf club that has been damaged. In this episode of The Greenkeepers Shed I wanted to take some time to let you know just how golf courses will try and rebuild after such an event and how much work is required. Please know that it's an extremely difficult time for so many people right now and this flood event is wide spread and has affected many families and communities with loss of life, loss of homes and livelihoods! My heart goes out to everyone in these affected areas.
March 04, 2022
EP.46 Walking The Fairways
It's time to take in some news about what's happening on golf courses around the country and I also give an update of some Aussie golf tournaments that have been televised recently. There's also some news of architecture appointments and time for a chat about my recent mini golf experience. If you want to stay up to date and excited about which golf courses are improving and who is doing what from across the country then right here is where you'll get all your information. Come along for the ride as I stop of in Western Australia, Tasmania, and the ACT for the first time in a long time just to name a few. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
February 25, 2022
EP.45 Loch and Leesh (post trip) - Finding Fairways
It's time I caught up with friends of the podcast Loch & Leesh from Finding Fairways for a good old fashioned yarn about their trip driving around the enormous island of Australia playing golf! You might recall I chatted to Loch & Leesh back in EP.21 as they had just embarked on their 5 month trip around Australia in a campervan playing golf just about anywhere they could find a course. Well this time post trip, they recount their adventure upon returning home to Sydney and take us all along with them! From secret hidden outback courses, to the expanse of the world's longest golf course and the welcoming locals they met along the way, their adventure is sure to get your travel bug up and wriggling looking for your next golf trip! Come and listen as Loch & Leesh take us all on a golf trip of mammoth proportions and get you thinking of just how big Australia really is! People and Places mentioned in this episode: Finding Fairways And wayyyy too many more to name!!!!
February 16, 2022
EP.44 Keeper Of The Greens - Mick Pascoe (Noosa Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is brought to you by Australian Turf Analysis - Aerial Technology for Sports Turf Management. Mention the Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast to receive a 10% discount on your very first service. This episode is going to BLOW.......YOUR.......MIND!! I make my way virtually of course to the Sunshine Coast of the Sunshine state, being Queensland, into Noosa Golf Club where I catch up with Superintendent Mick Pascoe. From humble beginnings growing up on the Gold Coast, this young Queenslander would reach the heights of Superintendent at one of the Gold Coast's premier courses early in his career before a 1990's financial collapse would change everything quickly. Not deterred, Mick rolled with the changes and landed himself a job at one of the world's most impressive golf complexes - Pinehurst! 22yrs of global travel for work and starting a family has brought Mick back to Australia with some of the most fascinating stories in between before now leading a team at Noosa Golf Club with a very bright future ahead! You won't stop listening to this one so come along for a globe trotting adventure as Mick and I chew the fat of his career and the future of Noosa Golf Club. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
February 10, 2022
Ep.43 New Technology - Australian Turf Analysis
Time to introduce a new segment to the podcast and what better way to do it than with my podcast partner Australian Turf Analysis. The idea behind this segment is to talk about some of the new technology available to the greenkeeping industry to help maintain golf courses. You've probably already heard the ads on my podcast as part of our partnership but this time i get to dive deep with John Legge the man behind Australian Turf Analysis. We discuss just how this new drone technology works and how it's helpful to greenkeepers in their quest to deliver better playing surfaces year round. With an aviation background John is poised to offer this service to the industry and it's something that I think will become more widely used in the future with all that it offer turf managers. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People mentioned in this podcast: Australian Turf Analysis
February 07, 2022
EP.42 Walking The Fairways
This segment of Walking The Fairways sees some news coming from Melbourne's famed Sandbelt along with a new mini golf course designed by an Australian golf course architecture firm. We venture to some courses mentioned for the first time in Walking The Fairways from Queensland and Western Australia and there's also some room for a new course announcement coming out of South Australia. Come for a insightful walk as I help you stay up to date and excited about what's happening to golf courses around Australia! You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
February 02, 2022
EP.41 Keeper Of The Greens - Geraldine O'Callaghan (Sandy Golf Links)
Keeper Of The Greens is brought to you by Australian Turf Analysis - Aerial Technology for Sports Turf Management. Mention the Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast to receive a 10% discount on your very first service. I head down to the famous golf region of the Melbourne Sandbelt and into the newly redesigned Sandy Golf Links where I talk to Superintendent Geraldine O'Callaghan. One of very few female greenkeepers in Australia, Gerri talks about her background as an all round sports fan and her start as a mature aged student getting into the industry. From her humble beginnings growing up on the family farm in northern Victoria, all the way to working at one of the greatest golf courses in the world before taking charge as Superintendent at the redeveloped Sandy Links, Gerri's story is captivating. Hard working, grounded, humble and strong! Gerri is a fantastic leader of the greenkeeping industry and one that I think we can all look up to. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! Places mentioned in this podcast: Sandhurst Golf Club Royal Melbourne Golf Club Sandy Golf Links
January 26, 2022
EP.40 Walking The Fairways
The very first Walking The Fairways news segment for 2022 and wow isn't there plenty to talk about this time including a number of courses I haven't mentioned before and the recently played Australian PGA & WPGA from Royal Queensland. Come along for an enjoyable walk as we traverse the country together. Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
January 20, 2022
EP.39 Keeper Of The Greens - Logan Booby (Parkes Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is brought to you by Australian Turf Analysis - Aerial Technology for Sports Turf Management. Mention the Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast to receive a 10% discount on your very first service. This episode sees me return into NSW, to a region i love being the Central West and a town that is home to The Dish! Yes that's right I'm catching up with Superintendent of Parkes Golf Club, Logan Booby. Logan is a young man with a background in turf but not golf. He has worked under some of Australia's most revered sports turf managers and prepared international turf surfaces and you'll just have to listen in to find out where. Come along with me for some deep cosmic conversation (see what I did there) into Logan's greenkeeping career and the future ahead for Parkes Golf Club. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! Places mentioned in this podcast: Parkes Golf Club Mudgee Golf Club Forbes Golf Club Cowra Golf Club The Dish SCG Manuka Oval
January 12, 2022
EP.38 The Board Room - Susan Pace (Tallwoods Country Club)
Welcome to 2022 and I kick off the New Year with a brand new segment called The Board Room. The idea behind this segment is to give you an insight into the people who are the decision makers at golf clubs and golf courses. I want you to also get an understanding of who they are and how that sets down a path for the future of the courses and clubs they are behind. In this episode I chat with Susan Pace, General Manager and Owner of Tallwoods Country Club. We discuss what a baptism of fire it has been as the owner of a golf club especially one with a difficult history. You'll hear about how Susan and her family business got involved at Talllwoods. Susan also talks about the passion they have for working hard with their team of staff to turn the tide of past negativity into a shining light of enjoyment so everyone can experience the tranquil and beautiful location that is Tallwoods. I hope you enjoy this one and I look forward to hearing from you about it. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
January 05, 2022
EP.37 Keeper Of The Greens - Mathew Soles (Royal Perth Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is brought to you by Australian Turf Analysis - Aerial Technology for Sports Turf Management. Mention the Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast to receive a 10% discount on your very first service. This episode I virtually head over across the country to the iron clad state of Western Australia and into Perth. I catch up with Mathew Soles newly appointed Superintendent of Royal Perth Golf Club. We chat about his greenkeeping career from humble beginnings at Bardwell Valley Golf Club in Sydney's south western suburbs all the way to being appointed Superintendent. A young man who has worked hard, experienced tournament preparation at the highest level in this country and who revels in the challenges greenkeeping brings. We also look into the bright future of Mathew's career in tandem with that of Royal Perth Golf Club. Come and enjoy a conversation in the west. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
December 29, 2021
EP.36 Travel Update with Tony Ellis - The Nomadic Golfer
I've found him! In this podcast episode I get Tony Ellis on the phone for a catch up some 8 months after we last spoke. He's traveled to numerous courses and experienced all sorts of different golf from the cool climate and dramatic landscape of Tasmania to the far isolated reaches of opal country in northern South Australia. Come along for the Christmas ride as Tony and I round up his experiences and hopefully give you some inspiration and tips of where to visit for your next road trip game of golf!
December 22, 2021
EP.35 Keeper Of The Greens - Peter Cawsey (Eastwood Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is brought to you by Australian Turf Analysis - Aerial Technology for Sports Turf Management. Mention the Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast to receive a 10% discount on your very first service. This episode I catch up with Superintendent Peter Cawsey from Eastwood Golf Club for the first course I venture to in great golf state of Victoria. We chat about his career from humble beginnings getting into the industry at Spring Valley Golf Club in Melbourne, to working on a Jack Nicklaus course and all the way to becoming a Superintendent for the first time. It's great to get an insight into a golf course that may not be one of the biggest in Melbourne but a unique course in a beautiful location. Come along and enjoy the conversation with me for the first time in Victoria.
December 15, 2021
EP.34 Walking The Fairways
Walking The Fairways this week has news from all over the country including Western Australia! Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
December 09, 2021
EP.33 Keeper Of The Greens - Nathan Bennett (Royal Adelaide Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens is back thanks to Australian Turf Analysis and this time I get to spend some time chatting to Superintendent Nathan Bennett from Royal Adelaide Golf Club in South Australia. I discover his greenkeeping story from growing up on the family wheat farm in the Mallee region of North Western Victoria, his apprenticeship working under the supervision of one of Australia's best superintendents, to his journey all the way to becoming Superintendent at Royal Adelaide. We also get to spend some time discussing and learning about what makes Royal Adelaide a unique golf course and how the landscape and climate are worked with to create the Royal Adelaide experience. Keeper Of The Greens is brought to you by Australian Turf Analysis - Aerial Technology for Sports Turf Management Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Murray Downs Golf & Country Club Metropolitan Golf Club The Sands Torquay Royal Adelaide Golf Club Kooyonga Golf Club Mike Clayton Peter Thomson Renaissance Golf Design Tom Doak
December 01, 2021
EP.32 Walking The Fairways
Walking The Fairways this week has news from 5 states of Australia with plenty going on! Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
November 26, 2021
EP.31 Keeper Of The Greens - Paul McLean (Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club)
Keeper Of The Greens makes a triumphant return as I head north (virtually of course) across the QLD border into the Gold Coast to chat with Superintendent Paul McLean. We talk about his humble upbringings in country NSW and his break into greenkeeping before his life goal and determined rise to maintaining a beautiful resort golf course on the Gold Coast. I'm sure you'll enjoy Paul's story and be wanting to find a way to play a round at the glorious Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club. Keeper Of The Greens is brought to you by Australian Turf Analysis Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Wentworth Golf Club Blayney Golf Club Lakelands Golf Club Royal Pines Resort Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club Arnold Palmer (The King) Arnold Palmer Design Company
November 17, 2021
EP.30 New Tournaments & The Greenkeepers Shed
Who knew that there was going to be so many reasons to get excited about tournament golf in Australia this coming Summer! The Greenkeepers Shed is back again this episode where I want to give you all some information as to why certain types of grass are used in different parts of a golf course and different parts of Australia so you can better understand how they will affect your golf and what to expect when playing them. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People and places mentioned: The Sandbelt Invitational Webex Players Series The Athena Tony Ellis The Nomadic Golfer Loch & Leesh Finding Fairways Australia
November 12, 2021
EP.29 The Greenkeepers Shed
Walking The Fairways covers some news coming from one of Australia's largest golf destinations bring The Murray River, along with a few lesser known courses. The Greenkeepers Shed makes a triumphant return where I give you some information about why we roll greens and why it's so beneficial for golf and greenkeeping at the same time. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green! People and places mentioned: OCM Golf Contour Golf Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort Rich River Golf Club Cobram Barooga Golf Club Spring Valley Golf Club Patterson River Golf Club Eastwood Golf & Bowls Club
November 03, 2021
EP.28 Keeper Of The Greens - Dave Rogers (Bathurst Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens makes a wild west return as I interview Superintendent Dave Rogers from Bathurst Golf Club in the central west of NSW. Dave and I chat about how he got into greenkeeping and his early start as Superintendent at a young age. He talks about the flexibility the greenkeeping industry has afforded him during his career and also name drops some pretty big Australian players along the way! Come along and enjoy an escape to the country. Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Bathurst Golf Club Kel Nagle Peter O'Malley Gavin Coles
October 27, 2021
EP.27 Walking The Fairways
Walking The Fairways this week has news coming out of Victoria and also Queensland. There's also been a number of announcements about tournament golf in Australia. Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
October 20, 2021
EP.26 Keeper Of The Greens - Nathan Bradbury (Eastlake Golf Club)
Keeper Of The Greens returns and I welcome you to come and listen to my interview with Superintendent Nathan Bradbury from the underrated Eastlake Golf Club in Sydney's eastern suburbs. We chat about how he started out greenkeeping in a country area and travelling to the other side of the planet before ultimately becoming a Superintendent in Sydney. I also get some amazing insight into why the public access Eastlake is a sleeper golf course that is situated on a very unique parcel of land wedged between two highly regarded Australian golf courses. Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Eastlake Golf Club Nathan Bradbury
October 13, 2021
EP.25 Walking The Fairways
Walking The Fairways in this episode covers plenty of news coming out of Victoria, South Australia and some new stuff for the sustainable golf component I love to talk about. Oh and I received an interesting phone call from the Australian PGA....... Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green!
October 06, 2021
EP.24 Keeper Of The Greens - Phil Hill (Barnbougle)
This podcast episode titled Keeper Of The Greens is an interview with Superintendent Phil Hill from magnificent Barnbougle in Tasmania. We chat about his greenkeeping career and how he became Superintendent at Barnbougle and also discuss specifically what makes Barnbougle so unique as a golf experience. Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Barnbougle
September 29, 2021
EP.23 Walking The Fairways & The Greenkeepers Shed
Walking The Fairways in this episode covers plenty of news coming out of WA, Queensland and an enormous amount of work and news coming from NSW! The Greenkeepers Shed is backing up again this episode where I want to give you an insight into what thatch is and how you can read a golf course to adjust your game to play better when high thatch levels are present. Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening in. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green. Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Links Kennedy Bay
September 22, 2021
EP.22 Walking The Fairways & The Greenkeepers Shed
Walking The Fairways in this episode covers plenty of news coming out of Victoria, Queensland & South Australia including some great work being done by Ben Davey from Contour Golf at Mornington Golf Club. The Greenkeepers Shed makes a return where i want to talk about hole location maps being used at some clubs and just why I think they're meaningless and impracticable! Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening in. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green. Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Apollo Bay Golf Club Kooringal Golf Club Mornington Golf Club Yearing Meadows Golf Club Maleny Golf Club Oxley Golf Club Tanunda Pines Golf Club Glenelg Golf Club Contour Golf Design Crafter + Mogford Golf Strategies
August 22, 2021
EP.21 Loch and Leesh - Finding Fairways
This episode sees the return of Walking The Fairways with news coming from parts of the country far and wide including South Australia, Queensland & Western Australia. I also take some time to interview Loch & Leesh, the couple behind their own great Aussie adventure and website called Finding Fairways. I hope you enjoy the conversation we have and start to think about your very own golf adventure of finding new fairways to play. Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening in. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green. Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Finding Fairways Port Lincoln Golf & Residential Development Glenelg Golf Club Sanctuary Cove Country Club Caloundra Golf Club Links Hope Island Kalgoorlie Golf Course Kwinana Golf Club Contour Golf Design Group Golf Spectrum NSWGCSA
July 31, 2021
EP.20 Aussie Golf History - Ernest Banks
In this episode I give you a greenkeeping industry update from my recent trip to the annual ASTMA conference at the Gold Coast. And the main segment of this podcast is the second time around for Aussie Golf History on the life story of professional golfer/greenkeeper/course architect Ernest Banks and his time spent working on just a few golf course both in England and here in Australia. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did researching for it! As always thanks for listening. Please don't forget to like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening in. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green. Mentioned in this podcast: Harley Kruse The Good Good Golf Podcast Kameruka Bonnie Doon Golf Club Wentworth Falls Country Club Golf Australia Magazine: Finding Kameruka The ASTMA
July 13, 2021
EP.19 Walking The Fairways News & The Greenkeepers Shed
Episode 19 takes you on a lap of the country giving you an update of what's happening on some courses this time throughout NSW, VIC & SA but I can't forget about an update of 7 Mile Beach Golf Course. The Greenkeepers Shed makes a return where I give you an idea into just how water is used as a tool on a golf course and not just to water the grass! Please like, share, subscribe and as always i do appreciate you listening in. You hit 'em clean and we'll keep 'em green. Places and people mentioned in the podcast: Tallwoods County Club 7 Mile Beach The Good Good Golf Podcast
June 15, 2021
EP.18 Barnbougle Golf Chat with Ross Flannigan
This episode is all about Barnbougle in Tasmania. I catch up with Ross Flannigan for our Golf Chat segment and we discuss our first experience at an Australian golf mecca. You can listen to Ross Flannigan on the My Love Of Golf Podcast on your favourite podcast app.
May 18, 2021
EP.17 The Design Brief with Harley Kruse from Kruse Golf
I catch up with our resident golf course architect & current President of the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects Harley Kruse from Kruse Golf. I get an update on work he's being doing at Blackheath Golf Club in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, we talk about the rediscovery of a lost golf course steeped in history in southern NSW and Harley lets us in on a new project he's set to begin soon in Vietnam. Come with me and enjoy a conversation with Harley Kruse.
April 27, 2021
EP.16 Greenkeepers Shed - The Psyche Behind Golf Course Setup
In this episode I have plenty of news coming out of eastern Australia after the devastating floods. I also tell you whose installing new mini golf courses in Western Australia and South Australia along with other happenings around the country. The Greenkeepers Shed is where i explore how changing the regular setup of a golf course in turn changes your experience and how you play your regular golf course. As always thank you for listening.
April 19, 2021
EP.15 The Players Series & Interview with Tony Ellis - The Nomadic Golfer
Heaps of golf course news coming out from around the country on the whole including Victoria, Queensland, NSW and South Australia. I also talk briefly about the sensational innovative golf tournament known as The Players Series which was just held at Bonnie Doon Golf Club in Sydney. My latest interview is with Tony Ellis, known as The Nomadic Golfer who epitomises everything that we can only do regarding travelling golf in the current climate by traveling throughout Australia seeking out any and every golf course he can come across on his quest to play 100 golf courses in 12 months! You can find Tony on Instagram at nomadic_golfer and also his blog website www.australiangolfcoursetourbycaravan.com Thank you once again for listening and hope you enjoy the podcast.
March 07, 2021
EP.14 The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast
In this episode I have plenty of news coming out of Tasmania including the recently announced 7 Mile Beach Golf Course along with lots coming out of Queensland at the moment. My first interview of 2021 is recorded with the one and only Australian golf author and publisher Paul Daley and we talk about his latest book Ben Hogan: The Yardstick of Golfing Greatness. If you're interested in purchasing Paul's latest book - Ben Hogan: The Yardstick of Golfing Greatness you can get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you once again for listening and hope you enjoy the podcast.
January 28, 2021
EP.13 The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast
Welcome to 2021! I kick off the year as per program with Walking The Fairways with some new works going on at Hope Island Golf Club in QLD and contractor announced for the construction of Cannon Hill Community Links in Brisbane amongst a few other bits of news. The Greenkeepers Shed makes a return to the podcast where I talk about the battle of keeping the greens and what's involved in greens maintenance throughout the growing season including during the Christmas/New Year holiday period we're in. Thank you for listening and enjoy your golf no matter where you're playing!
January 14, 2021
EP.12 Golf Chat With Ross Flannigan
Walking the Fairways includes info about the new Bougle Run short course at Barnbougle which is to become a 52 hole facility (not 42 as I mention - Clearly I can't count whilst talking!) and some news coming out of Royal Canberra and Elanora Golf Club in Sydney. I also catch up with friend of the podcast Ross Flannigan and I learn about wedges as I want to know more before I buy some new gear and we get a little philosophical about golf courses on public land in particular Moore Park Golf Club in Sydney. As always thanks for listening and you can find the podcasts and people mentioned in this episode below. You can listen to Ross Flannigan on: The My Love Of Golf Podcast, The Mental Mastery Golf Podcast & The GolfRules Questions Podcast You can listen to Adrian Logue on: The Good-Good Golf Podcast
December 19, 2020
EP.11 Aussie Golf History - Dan Soutar
In this episode I walk the fairways and talk about a couple of big name courses coming back for play along with other happenings on the east coast and I launch my first Aussie Golf History segment on Australian professional golfer and architect Dan Soutar. Short in segments but full of interest. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did researching for it! As always thanks for listening.
November 28, 2020
EP.10 The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast
In this episode of Walking The Fairways, the heavens are starting to open up and deliver some liquid gold, there's some news of a new golf course development that has recently fallen over along with plenty of course works happening across the country. I catch up with Ross Flannigan from The My Love Of Golf Podcast and we chat all things golf and equipment in the current world. Finally The Greenkeepers Shed segment talks about course irrigation and what that does to your experience and expectation of golf course presentation. Thanks for tuning in and listening.
November 03, 2020
EP.9 The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast
This episode of Walking The Fairways I talk about a couple of states in Tasmania and Western Australia that have some news coming out of them. The Greenkeepers Shed segment talks about the relationship between golf course architecture and golf course maintenance and how they relate to your experience. And finally Golf Travel with the last travels recommendations for NSW. I hope you enjoy listening and take something away with you.
October 15, 2020
EP.8 The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast
This week is a long walk on the Walking The Fairways segment with news from South Australia, NSW & Queensland. I launch into the second part of Golf Travel with more golf holiday locations for you to enjoy throughout NSW and this time including SA. The Greenkeepers Shed keeps its regular spot as I give you some information about the relationship between green speeds and hole locations and what that means for you as a player. Look forward to hearing your thoughts and please get in touch with me if you want to talk about anything from the podcast. Thanks and as always I hope you enjoy listening.
October 05, 2020
EP.7 The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast
Walking The Fairways this week are headlines from Queensland & NSW including a new golf course set to be built in Brisbane and an update to of what's going on in some regional courses in NSW. A new segment simply called Golf Travel has been brought in to help you find some golf courses to play when you travel within your state and we start off with NSW in this episode. The Greenkeepers Shed keeps its regular spot and I discuss my thoughts on tee marker positions and where golfers should play from. Look forward to hearing your thoughts and please get in touch with me if you want to talk about anything from the podcast. Thanks and as always I hope you enjoy listening.
September 09, 2020
The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast Episode 6
A golf podcast from a different angle! A short walk this week on Walking The Fairways in this episode before I up the ante in the Greenkeepers Shed talking about the speed of golf courses and their unspoken impact on the game. Also in this episode I bring in a segment called The Design Brief where I will be talking to Australian golf course architect Harley Kruse from Kruse Golf about some new golf course work he's been up to. Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy it.
July 26, 2020
The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast Episode 5
A golf podcast from a different angle! In this episode I start as always with Walking The Fairways which includes a fresh Covid update, some news from Tasmania and some fresh info from the NSW Mid North Coast. I talk to you about bunker sand in the Greenkeepers Shed and why sand ain't sand and how it can affect your game. And Nick from AirSwing Media drops me a line and we chat about golf in New Zealand dreaming of the great courses and where to go when we can travel overseas again including a tip for a course that flies under the radar. Thanks for listening and as always I hope you enjoy!
July 26, 2020
The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast Episode 4 (Part 2)
A golf podcast from a different angle! I have the great pleasure of interviewing Ross Flannigan from The My Love Of Golf Podcast among many other ventures to his name. Ross has a great broad insight and knowledge into the golf industry along with being a podcast veteran and I absolutely love his passion for the sport. You can find Ross on social media - Instagram: @myloveofgolf & @ross.flannigan.golf Facebook: My Love Of Golf & Ross Flannigan Golf And of course search on your favourite podcast app for The My Love Of Golf Podcast. Thanks for listening and as always I hope you enjoy!
June 25, 2020
The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast Episode 4 (Part 1)
A golf podcast from a different angle! In this episode I start as always with Walking The Fairways which includes an update to some flood affected courses in Sydney, an update of an island paradise golf course and inform you about some inner city golf courses. I finally get to talk to you about grain on a golf green in the Greenkeepers Shed segment and how it can affect your game. And to complete this episode Thanks for listening and as always I hope you enjoy!
June 18, 2020
The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast Episode 3
A golf podcast from a different angle! In this, the third episode of my podcast, Walking The Fairways includes a sweep through of the Covid-19 update for golf, I touch on a golf course that's closed down in WA and I look into a major holiday destination and what's happening there in regards to golf courses. To finish the show off I'm introducing a new segment called Vicarious Golf with AirSwing Media, where I talk to golf course photographer Nick Wall, discuss how he came to be a photographer of golf courses and we get to enjoy a golf course he's photographed discussing it through his lens. You can find AirSwing media on social media - Instagram: @airswing_media Facebook: AirSwing Media Thanks for listening and as always I hope you enjoy!
June 05, 2020
The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast Episode 2
A golf podcast from a different angle! So happy to be back for my second podcast. This episode I start with an updated Walking The Fairways segment including what's happening with Covid-19 and golf, Sandy Golf Links, Leura Golf Club & Killara Golf Club. I also talk about golf course vegetation and how much work is involved with it's maintenance in The Greenkeepers Shed. And the episode finishes with my first Centre Stage segment about a golf course in NSW but you'll just have to have a listen and see which one it is! Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy it.
May 20, 2020
The Golfing Greenkeeper Podcast Episode 1
A golf podcast from a different angle! My very first podcast where I start off by introducing myself, where I come from and what I love about golf. I'll give you a virtual tour of some of what's been happening recently in the golf course landscape across Australia in my new Walking The Fairways segment, and also some insight into why greens renovations are important to you as a golfer in The Greenkeepers Shed. Hope you enjoy listening.
May 04, 2020