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I'm back from my two-week break and kicking things off with a great guest in Darin Bunch, a.k.a., @GolfGetaways! We talk about everything from @RamsHillGolf (enter the sweepstakes here!), the Talking Golf Getaways podcast, Wine Valley Golf Club, his love of hickories, and even some television, because, why not?! As always, thank you so much for lis…
 
This week's guest is Abby Liebenthal, the Senior Manager of U.S. Open Fan Engagement. It's an episode of several Origin Stories, including how she got started within the industry, how the Fore the Ladies events were born, and, of course, when she fell in love with the game of golf. You can follow Abby on Twitter @abbyliebs and on Instagram @abbylie…
 
Ryan Ballengee is currently the owner and operator of www.thegolfnewsnet.com but he has been covering the game of golf for the better part of a decade. We talk about his long career writing about golf including how it began, some of the people he met along the way, and how he took advantage of every opportunity that came his way. And, of course, we…
 
Digital-media expert Samantha Marks joins “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast co-hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch for a fun conversation about her path to Golf Channel (and beyond) plus a recent road trip that included Sweetens Cove and The Troubadour, a Discovery Land property that wows guests with unforgettable amenities.…
 
Chris Campbell joins me this week to talk all about Mizuno Golf's new JPX921s, their club fitting process, and a behind the scenes look at how new products are introduced within the company itself. We also talk about Chris' background, his career, and when and how he fell in love with the game of golf. You can follow Chris on Twitter @MizunoRepChri…
 
My guest this week is my good friend, former actor, and ESPN Radio host, Matthew Laurance. We talk about his career as an actor, including one of my favorite movies, Eddie and the Cruisers, how he made his way onto ESPN radio, and when, how, and why he fell in love with the game of golf. You listen to Matthew on ESPN Radio Lexington and follow him …
 
“Talking GolfGetaways” co-host Mitch Laurance dives into a wide-ranging conversation with friend and all-around good guy Chris Mascaro, host of his own “Next on the Tee” podcast. Everything from early interviews that launched Mascaro’s trajectory to favorite places to play (and a bit about the new Course at McLemore, one of Chris’ sponsors) finds i…
 
This week's guest is one of the top golf course architects today, David McLay Kidd. The man behind Bandon Dunes, Mammoth Dunes, and Gamble Sands discusses the comparisons between making music and movies with that of designing and constructing golf courses. We also talk about his own golf origins growing up as the son of a greenskeeper in Scotland a…
 
This week's guest is the Vice President of Marketing for Tour Edge Golf, Jon Claffey. Jon and I cover a lot; from my recent Tour Edge additions to my bag, the organic growth and success the company has seen over the past few years, his musical background, and how he became involved in the golf world. As I mentioned in the episode if you want to lea…
 
This week I speak with Cathy Harbin, owner of Pine Ridge Golf Course in Paris, Texas. While we do talk about the labor of love that is owning a golf course, our conversation really revolves around all the amazing things Cathy is doing to help grow the game we love and how the help of others throughout her life influenced her drive to pay it forward…
 
“Talking GolfGetaways” co-hosts Darin Bunch and Mitch Laurance detail Darin’s recent five-round visit playing Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, discussing everything from the creative Coore-Crenshaw routing and stunning visuals to unexpected treats at the comfort station, plus how the Oregon destination is welcoming guests during the pandemi…
 
My guest this week is GolfTripX.com contributor, Eric Hart, otherwise known as @TheMobileGolfer on Twitter. We talk about growing up in Senegal, how his love of travel and golf intersected, and when he fell in love with the game of golf. As always, thanks for listening and you can follow me on Twitter (and Instagram) @KrisMcEwen.…
 
My guest this week is the wonderful Diane Knox, host of the Secret Golf podcast and the brand new SG Tour Report on SportsGrid.com. We talk about all sorts of things (as we tend to do on this show) from how she became involved in the golf industry herself, when she (eventually) fell in love with golf, and some advice for those looking to become inv…
 
My guest this week is Shon Crewe, co-host of the Northwest Golf Show on ESPN Radio - 710AM in Seattle. As I sometimes do with my guest, we talk about a lot. From the work she's doing with Pets for Patriots, the Seattle sports scene, a little Pearl Jam (she lives in Seattle, after all), and, of course, how, when, and why she fell in love with the ga…
 
This week I get to talk to someone with two Golf Origin Stories! Ryan French tells me how he accidentally discovered a very popular golf niche while covering Monday qualifiers as well as when and why he fell in love with golf. Follow Ryan on Twitter @ACaseoftheGolf1 and check out both of his podcasts, Any Given Monday (great logo) and Chasing Statu…
 
“Talking GolfGetaways” co-host Mitch Laurance recounts his recent summer golf getaway with friends to Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia, where the lodging, food and customer service were stellar and the Tom Clark-designed Stonehaven golf course vaulted onto his list of favorites worldwide.By Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch
 
This week's guest is another Twitter/#GolfChat pal, Joe Colangelo. We talk golf courses, specifically a few he's played as of late, growing up in Niagra Falls, and when and why he fell in love with golf. You can follow Joe on Twitter @JVColangelo. You can also follow me on Twitter @KrisMcEwen and Instagram @KrisMcEwen. Oh, and I'm on YouTube, too! …
 
My guest on the show this week is Brandon Tucker, Senior Managing Editor for GolfAdvisor.com. We talk about his humble beginnings as a karaoke DJ in Myrtle Beach as well as his path to becoming the Senior Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. You can follow Brandon on Twitter @BrandonTucker. You can also follow me on Twitter @KrisMcEwen (on Instagram, …
 
Back after a long break, we kick off the campaign season with our very own What About Now? show rally! We discuss months worth of current events, including the Black Lives Matter protests, COVID19, recent Supreme Court decisions, and the Russian bountygate scandal. Plus, a massive In Memoriam segment. We close with some funny home improvement stori…
 
Tony Dear is an author of several books, including The History of Golf in 50 Holes, as well as a contributor to LINKS Magazine. He and I talk about his travels around the world as a 25-year-old, his piece about Northwest golf courses in LINKS Magazine, and his life in golf and when he fell in love with the game. You can follow Tony on Twitter @Tony…
 
Jay Revell – author of “The Nine Virtues of Golf” – returns for a followup to Episode 156 in which he dives into the “Talking GolfGetaways” Emergency 9 with answers that cover everything from Streamsong Resort to Cypress Point to Scotland to his home Capital City Country Club. Along the way, he also gives a shoutout to a couple different shoe compa…
 
Gavin Dear, the Chief Commercial Officer for Shot Scope, is my guest this week on Golf Origin Stories. We talk about the new Shot Scope V3 coming out on July 7th, the company origin story and how he became involved with Shot Scope, and when Gavin fell in love with the game of golf. This was a fun conversation with Gavin, little did I know I was tal…
 
Co-host Mitch Laurance spends an hour with golf designer and renovator Bobby Weed talking about how Pete Dye impacted a career that led to high-profile golf courses with superstar names attached (like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan) plus tournament venues such as TPC River Highlands, where the PGA Tour tees it up for the Travelers Championship.…
 
This week's guest is Dan Edwards of TheHackersParadise.com's show Range Days and podcast Off Course. We talk about both of the shows, how he got involved with THP, when he became obsessed with golf gear, and when and why he fell in love with the game of golf. For those of you on Twitter, I highly recommend giving Dan a follow at @Canadan. He's defi…
 
Golf scribe Jay Revell joins the podcast for the first of two episodes focusing on the heart and soul of the game that led to the writing of his new book “The Nine Virtues of Golf.” Plus, hosts Darin Bunch and Mitch Laurance talk about an affordable Las Vegas favorite course, a new green-reading product that is perfect for golf travelers and Golf T…
 
Michael Vrska is currently the Director of Custom Fitting and Player Development for Callaway Golf. But, Michael has a long history of equipment development for the game we love. We talk about what exactly his title involves at Callaway, the new Distance Fitting the company is offering, and, of course, when and why he fell in love with the game of …
 
Rick Oldach is currently the CEO of Big Max USA, but he's had quite the overall golf career. We talk about his company, the interesting impact the pandemic has had on the demand for their products, and when and why he fell in love with the game of golf. As always, thank you so much for listening. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe, rate, and l…
 
Could the new Quicksands short course at Gamble Sands be the coolest 14 holes you’ll ever play? We talk with golf architect David McLay Kidd about the creativity and effort behind the resort’s newest attraction expected to open for preview play in September 2020. Plus: An update on DMK’s project in the Bahamas’ Abacos Islands.…
 
Bryan Tweed is a Local Golf Advisor for GolfAdvisor.com in the Chicagoland area and another one of my #GolfChat pals. He's also a prolific list-maker. Whether it be movies, golf courses, directors, or architects, Bryan has a list for any and all of it. We talk about his love and lists, how he goes about ranking movies and golf courses, and, of cour…
 
How does a $28 golf experience stack up against a $495 day trip? Hosts Darin Bunch and Mitch Laurance dive into a compare-and-contrast discussion about two recent golf trips on opposite sides of the country with two dramatically different price points: Pebble Beach Golf Links and Cheraw State Park Golf Course.…
 
This week's guest is Golflogix Co-Founder, Pete Charleston. We talk about the amazing, new yardage books Golflogix has rolled out this year, the origins of the company itself, and, of course, when and why Pete fell in love with the game of golf. You can check out the yardage books and get one for your favorite course at Golflogix.com. As always, th…
 
My guest this week is nothing short of a Chicago legend. Patrick Mannelly was the long snapper for the Chicago Bears for 16 years. It's an unheard-of length of time not just for a professional football player, but even more so for a long snapper. In fact, Patrick was so good at his job, it's quite possible you have never even heard his name. More i…
 
In the long overdue Part 2 of our interview with Dan Hixson, co-hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch speak with the golf architect about his creative 27-green, double-course “reversible” routing at Silvies Valley Ranch in Eastern Oregon. Hixson also talks about his anticipation of playing the Tom Doak’s similar concept “The Loop” at Forest Dunes, a…
 
He’s been to all the countries. And he loves golf. That’s what makes Lee Abbamonte the perfect guest for “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast. Hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch talk about everything from Afghanistan to Scotland to Bandon Dunes to what’s still on Lee’s bucket list (turns out he hasn’t played all the courses … yet) in this fun (and some…
 
Adam Rehberg is the Ball Fitting Manager for Bridgestone Golf, but that's not where we start in our conversation. Based on a Twitter meme that was going around, we had to start with his first job in high school because I had no idea such a job existed. From there we talk about his actual career, including how he eventually made his way to Bridgesto…
 
Hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch talk about everywhere from Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes to Erin Hills and Whistling Straits as they explore what factors make a golf getaway “too expensive” — and how that question might just be unanswerable since each traveler brings his or her own perspective to different price points across the country and w…
 
My guest this week is one of my favorite people in the golf world. Cassie Bausch is the Social Media Manager (job one of many) for Club Champion, but also one of the original members of the #GolfChat group on Twitter. We talk all about Club Champion and the value they provide to golfers, her unabashed love of all things WWE, and as always, when and…
 
Adam Fonseca, otherwise known as @GolfUnfiltered on Twitter, and I go back quite a few years. He may have actually been my first golf blog pal when I first started writing about the game. And today's episode pretty much sounds like two friends talking about the game they love and a little bit of life itself. Somehow Adam even turns the tables on me…
 
“Doctor Bern” joins co-hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch for a wide-ranging discussion about the Golf Heritage Society and how his love for the game fuels an obsession with antique clubs and collectibles. As his title suggest, Bernacki is also a medical doctor, so he offers a health-care provider’s perspective on the coronavirus as it relates to…
 
On this week's episode, I get to share my love of music and golf with the immensely talented Drew Holcomb. Drew and I talk about the band's latest album, Dragons, the songwriting process, his musical influences, those fantastic Kitchen Covers he and his wife, Ellie, have been doing every night, and, of course, when he fell in love with golf and why…
 
In the longest podcast in the history of podcasts, “Talking GolfGetaways” hosts Darin Bunch and Mitch Laurance welcome longtime golf scribe and editor Vic Williams for a conversation on all things golf, lodging and food in the Lake Tahoe area — after the threesome dive into a variety of Coronavirus-related news and updates, including a new course b…
 
If you want to dive straight in to the Tahoe-Truckee-Carson Valley portion of our two-hour podcast with longtime golf writer and editor (and Reno resident) Vic Williams, we’ve got you covered with this shorter version of the conversation between Williams and “Talking GolfGetaways” hosts Darin Bunch and Mitch Laurance on everything from a Coore-Cren…
 
Jay Revell got my attention earlier this year with the essay he wrote for Golf.com about his grandfather, otherwise known as "Gramps". It's a fantastic piece of writing that really resonated with me. These days, Jay is keeping busy with his fantastic daily golf posts on Instagram, producing some terrific video content with his "Golf is Everywhere" …
 
It's my first interview with a professional golfer! Christina Kim is a member of the LPGA, has five professional wins and is a three-time Solheim Cup USA team member (with two wins) and an amazing human being. In one of my favorite interviews to date, Christina and I cover a lot. From Seinfeld to mentoring others to staying positive and doing what …
 
“Talking GolfGetaways” hosts Darin Bunch and Mitch Laurance dive into all things Coronavirus, in a supersized episode that talks about companies and individuals who are making a different in troubling times, plus commiserates with travelers about how the pandemic has put our golf plans on hold (rightly so) for now.…
 
**Dave and I just wanted to let everyone listening know that we had our conversation a few weeks before things went sideways across the globe and specifically in our country. Which, looking back now, it is kind of nice listening to because we could just have a normal discussion about the game we love.** Anyways, on with the show. Dave Lettieri is a…
 
This week I have my first golf industry insider! Mike Doyle is the Co-Founder and Director of Golf for Five Iron Golf. If you've never heard of Five Iron Golf, it's a re-imagined, high-tech, inclusive urban golf experience for golfers and non-golfers alike. When they say "Five Iron is for everyone" they really mean it. This is a fun episode for me …
 
After almost 3 months off, we're back with a discussion of events from 3 weeks ago! There's a current events lightning round, and a salute to Mitt Romney's impeachment vote. Plus, Darin's Rise of Skywalker review, and a discussion of Darin's new Ring doorbell, which leads to stories of internet trolls. Finally, In Memoriam, Asian Domination, and Tr…
 
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