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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 9th, 2022 | Season 4 | 55 mins 33 secs
ben hogan, golf, golf history, history, jack nicklaus, macgregor golf
John Barba of MyGolfSpy joins us for the exciting conclusion of the Rise & Demise of MacGregor Golf. The company has started its death spiral, but there is a ray of hope on the horizon. How does a golf course design deal help bring an end to MacGregor? Listen to find out...
July 30th, 2022 | Season 4 | 45 mins 10 secs
ben hogan, byron nelson, golf equipment, golf history, macgregor golf
Once again we are joined by John Barba of MyGolfSpy fame to help us tell the amazing story of MacGregor Golf - a company that had the opportunity to be the greatest golf equipment company of all-time and yet met with the demise of so many other great companies that showed promise.
This show will be aired in two parts.
July 11th, 2022 | Season 4 | 57 mins 37 secs
british open, golf, golf history, st andrews, the open
The final half of my interview with St Andrews Golf Historian, Roger McStravick as we complete our two hour walk through the cobblestone streets of St Andrews.
June 26th, 2022 | Season 4 | 1 hr 5 mins
golf, golf history, old tom morris, open championship, st andrews, the open
We welcome back St Andrews Golf Historian, Roger McStravick to TalkinGolf History to give our listeners a walking tour of the Auld Grey Toon that will be hosting the 150th playing of the Open Championship.
A very special thanks to Monty Python and the Holy Grail for adding some much needed humor to the podcast.
June 13th, 2022 | Season 4 | 43 mins 43 secs
brookline, golf, johnny mcdermott, major champion, us open, usga
TalkinGolf - the golf podcast that's made in Australia but heard around the world
May 15th, 2022 | Season 4 | 26 mins 38 secs
caucasian clause, golf, golf history, pga, pga championship
This is the story of how the PGA of America's Caucasian Clause came to be and how it was banished in 1961, and how three men fought back against professional sports only racist bylaw.
This podcast tells the stories of triumph and misery which take place from 1896 to 1962.
A special thanks to our musicians
Matty Cupelli - "Touch"
Music Fellows - "Dream"
MRTN - "Searching"
MRTN - "Fragile"
Three amazing artists and four amazing songs which help us tell this story.