Connor T. Lewis
Co-Host of TalkinGolf
Connor T. Lewis is the golfer behind the Society of Golf Historians, a social platform designed to entertain and inform people on golf’s illustrious past while at the same time making sense of our game using a historical perspective. Connor makes golf history interesting and that's why he was the first - and only - choice to co-host this monthly look at how the game came to be what it is today. Connor is also the Consulting Historian for one of the Top 10 Golf Clubs in the World (but he's not telling which so you'll just have to guess!)
Connor T. Lewis has hosted 103 Episodes.
Episode 104: TGH 104: The History of LACC
June 4th, 2023 | Season 5 | 49 mins 23 secs
beverly hills golf, golf, golf history, lacc, los angeles country club, us open, usga
Episode #104 welcomes back the USGA, with USGA Golf Historian, Katie Boyce who joins the show to discuss the History of LACC, the history of golf in Los Angeles and the USGA in California.
We hope you enjoy this wonderful pre-US Open podcast!
Episode 103: TGH 103: The Restoration of Oak Hill: The Back 9
May 7th, 2023 | Season 5 | 54 mins 41 secs
donald ross, golf, golf history, oak hill, pga championship
In episode #103 we kickoff where we left off in episode #102 - we make the turn to discuss Andrew Green's transformational restoration of Oak Hill's back nine and mix in some history you might not get anywhere else.
Episode 102: TGH 102: The Restoration of Oak Hill: The Front 9
April 24th, 2023 | Season 5 | 1 hr 48 secs
donald ross, golf, golf design, golf history, oak hill, pga championship
We are joined by renowned golf course architect, Andrew Green to discuss the history and restoration of the Donald Ross classic, Oak Hill's East Course which will be the host of the 2023 PGA Championship.
On this podcast we dive into the front nine - how they changed over the years, how Andrew and his team restored them and then we sprinkle in a little bit of history behind each golf hole for measure.
Episode 101: TGH 101: Before Augusta National
April 1st, 2023 | Season 5 | 1 hr 13 mins
augusta national, berkmans, bobby jones, golf, golf history, the masters
TalkinGolf History Episode 101 dives into the rich history of the events that transpired before Bobby Jones purchased the land that Augusta National sits on today. We are joined by golf historian, Greg Lamb who shares the property's unique history - from the Native Americans who lived on the land, to the land owners who tried to make a business out of it, to the public golf resort that nealry happened here, to a retired golfer looking to design his first golf course.
Episode 100: TGH 100: The History & Restoration of Belleair CC
February 26th, 2023 | Season 5 | 1 hr 8 mins
belleair, donald ross, florida golf, golf, golf history, restoration
Its been 5 years in the making...our 100th Episode!
Today we dive into the History and Restoration of Belleair CC, which happens to be my home club. Belleair has not only a fascinating golf history, but has just been restored to one of the best Donald Ross' courses in the United States.
Our panel for this show includes:
Myself, Connor T. Lewis, the Founder of the Society of Golf Historians
Vaughn Halyard, the MC for this show, my producer and Board Member of the Society of Golf Historians
Hal Bodley, former President of Belleair CC, Chairman of the Restoration Committee and the author of Belleair's 125th Anniversary Book
Jason Straka of Fry-Straka Design, who was the masterful architect who helped reno-restore Belleair's West Course in 2022.
Episode 99: TGH 99: The Golf Course Architecture of Donald Ross
February 5th, 2023 | Season 5 | 58 mins 23 secs
belleair, donald ross, golf, golf course architecture, golf design, seminole
Only one episode from our 100th show! And #99 is a doozy! Vaughn Halyard and I welcome the President of the Donald Ross Society, Brad Becken to talk about his new book, "The Golf Course Architecture of Donald Ross" which is now available for purchase at www.ClassicsofGolf.com. I promise there is something for everyone on this show- I learned a lot and I hope you do too!
We filmed and recorded this show on location at Belleair Country Club.
Episode 98: TGH 98: The Radioactive Golfer
January 17th, 2023 | Season 5 | 1 hr 8 mins
eben byers, golf, golf history, oakmont, us amateur, usga
In Episode 98, golf historian Dave Moore joins the show to share the tragic story of US Amateur Champion, Eben Beyer who conquered the game of golf but was struck down in his youth by radium poisoning. It goes down in golf history as one of golf's saddest stories.
Episode 97: TGH 97: Unfiltered History with VaughnCon
January 5th, 2023 | Season 5 | 1 hr 15 mins
belleair, donald ross, golf, golf course architecture, golf design, golf history
What better way to kick off season 5 of the TalkinGolf History Podcast than with an unplanned podcast with my dear friend Vaughn Halyard. We had just concluded our round on the newly restored Belleair CC and Vaughn wanted to to go public with his thoughts.
What follows is a funny podcast where Vaughn and I talk about Donald Ross' Belleair CC, our travels across the country sharing golf history through storytelling and where this podcast should go in 2023.
Episode 96: TGH 96: The History of AW Tillinghast Part 3
December 21st, 2022 | Season 4 | 48 mins 45 secs
aw tillinghast, golf, golf course architecture, golf design, golf history, tillinghast
This episode concludes our three part series on the History of AW Tillinghast. We kick off Part 3 with golf historian, author and Tillinghast expert, Phil Young as we enter into the Great Depression, Tillinghast's bankruptcy and his much maligned work with the PGA of America.
We end with a high note as I ask Phil: "What three courses would one have to play to best understand the genius of AW Tillinghast?" His answer may surprise you.
This is the last episode of Season 4 - thank you for listening!
Episode 95: TGH 95: The History of AW Tillinghast, Part 2
December 7th, 2022 | Season 4 | 1 hr 1 min
baltusrol, bethpage, golf, golf history, tillinghast, us open, winged foot
Golf Historian, author and AW Tillinghast expert, Phil Young joins us on the show for Part 2 of the History of AW Tillinghast. In this episode we dive into some of Tilly's most famous designs, as we ponder the question of Tilly's genius and whether it was divine genius - ie... did he just inherently understand strategic golf design or did his architecture evolve?
Stick around for the end of the show where Phil riffs on 6 of Tilly's great designs.
Episode 94: TGH 94: The History of AW Tillinghast Part 1
November 20th, 2022 | Season 4 | 54 mins 7 secs
aw tillinghast, bethpage, golf, golf history, tillinghast, winged foot
This is Part 1 of a series of podcasts dedicated to the History of AW Tillinghast. In our first installment we dive into Tilly's early years, his golf career, we explore a theory that he might have been bi-polar and end this first show his break out golf design that helped catapult his career.
We are joined by Tillinghast historian and author, Phil Young.
Episode 93: TGH 93: A Golf Historian's Scavenger Hunt Part 2
October 30th, 2022 | Season 4 | 13 mins 42 secs
caddy shack, golf history, ngla, oldest golf, scavenger hunt
In our second episode of "A Golf Historian's Scavenger Hunt we explore the course that changed golf in America and the ruins of America's Home of Golf, then we dive into the most famous golf match perhaps in golf history and then end with the location of a match that may have determined where golf was born!
A great show made even better by the music that matches the eras:
Story #1: Scott Joplin playing Pineapple Rag in 1908
Story #2: Theme song to the movie, Caddyshack, "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins
Story #3: John Helmich Roman's, "Drottingholmsmusiken" written in 1744
Episode 92: TGH 92: The History of Ralph Guldahl
October 16th, 2022 | Season 4 | 56 mins 50 secs
golf history, masters, ralph guldahl, the masters, us open
Ralph Guldahl for a period of 4 to 5 years was the greatest golfer on the planet - even outshining his more famous peers Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson. Today on the podcast, with an assist from Warren Rogan, host of Sports Forgotten Heroes and his guest, Dr Tony Parker we share the story of the forgotten great...Ralph Guldahl.
If you like this story and just love sports, Warren Rogan's show, Sports Forgotten Heroes may be the show for you. Check it out and thank me later.
Episode 91: TGH 91: Landmand: Building the Legend
September 25th, 2022 | Season 4 | 1 hr 26 mins
golf architecture, golf design, golf history, king collins, landmand, sweetens cove
For episode #91 we welcome back golf course architect, Rob Collins to share the story of his latest creation, Landmand. You are about to get an insiders glimpse into how every hole at Landmand took shape.
This pod will be a classic - and I truly believe Landmand will become a legend. A special thanks to my production partner: Story Lounge Film Company.
Episode 90: TGH 90: Creating Golf History with Rob Collins
September 13th, 2022 | Season 4 | 56 mins 36 secs
golf, golf design, golf history, king collins, landmand, sweetens cove
On Episode 90 we interview half of the dynamic duo that make up King Collins Golf Design, Rob Collins.
On this two part podcast we dive into Rob's personal golf history, the incredible history behind King Collins' first design, Sweetens Cove and finally a teaser of Episode #91 the birth of Landmand.
This podcast was made with Story Lounge Film Company.
Episode 89: TGH 89: Tales of the Old Tom Morris Trail
August 28th, 2022 | Season 4 | 1 hr 24 mins
golf architecture, golf design, old tom morris, st andrews
Golf Historian and author, Stephen Proctor joins us again to recount his sabbatical to play the Old Tom Morris Trail in Scotland. Proctor played 18 courses that Old Tom Morris designed or renovated and he joins the podcast to share his insights into the design mind of Old Tom Morris and the trip of a lifetime.