The Firm & Fast Golf Podcast

Shane Derby

We're on a golfing quest of sorts, looking to increase our golfing I.Q.'s in the process. Our aim is to speak to expert guests at the intersection of golf design and construction, green keeping and history…...to name but a few topics. This podcast is not about us, it's about the guests, what they know and how that can influence the sustainable future of the game of golf that we all cherish. Suspend what you know about the game of golf for a moment and join us on this journey, we promise great guests, different takes and a few laughs along the way. Many thanks for considering us for a listen! read less
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Episodes

Episode 42: Paraparaumu Beach Golf Links with Leo Barber
Apr 10 2024
Episode 42: Paraparaumu Beach Golf Links with Leo Barber
Leo Barber the GM and Course Manager at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on the Kapiti Coast of the North Island of New Zealand joins us for this episode. I have had the great pleasure of playing the links at Paraparaumu Beach on a number of occasions, over the course of 4 rounds there, thus far, the washboard fairways and associated dunescapes really resonated with this self confessed links junkie. Leo recently marked the 75th anniversary of Alex Russell's arrival at Paraparaumu with a presentation to the members of the club and joins us today to recount both the story of the links and his own journey which began a mere 15 minutes down the road from the club in Pukerua Bay. We hope you enjoy our chat! Please check out the following links for some additional supporting content Leo Barber's pictorial history of PBGC (https://youtu.be/8qH4NAj0Qe0) Ran Morisset's course tour of PBGC on Golf Club Atlas (https://golfclubatlas.com/countries/paraparaumu-beach/?portfolioCats=249%2C250%2C251%2C252%2C253%2C254%2C255%2C256%2C257%2C258%2C259%2C260%2C261%2C262%2C263%2C264%2C265%2C266%2C267%2C268%2C269%2C270%2C271%2C272%2C273%2C274%2C275%2C276) Christian Cullen best try's link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ9EYiDQYsk) Clyde Johnson website - Book on North Island Country Golf in NZ (https://www.cunningolfdesign.com/writing) Intro and outro music - _Shoreline Serenade by Dye O _- under license from Epidemic Sound Special Guest: Leo Barber.
Episode 37: ODG Series #5 - Calvin Peete - Golf's Forgotten Star
Jan 24 2024
Episode 37: ODG Series #5 - Calvin Peete - Golf's Forgotten Star
Gordon Hobson joins us in this episode to focus upon a story, arguably unprecedented in the world of golf. Calvin Peete was born into to a family of migrant laborers in 1943, dropping out of school in the eighth grade he went to work picking crops....not a familiar springboard for PGA Tour success, particularly when you realise that he played his first game of golf at the age of 23! Dedication and hard work contributed to Peete's rise to the top of worldwide golf throughout the 1980's. His success was very much an extension of the golfing legacies of men such as boxing champion Joe Louis and forebears such as Spiller, Rhodes, Sifford and Elder the real pioneers of the UGA and the struggle aginst the PGA Tour's caucasian only policy. Gordon's biography of Calvin Peete, entitled - Golf's Forgotten Star - will be published by Rowman & Littlefield on the 6th of February 2024. Please click on the link below should you wish to place an order Amazon Order Link (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Calvin-Peete-Golfs-Forgotten-Star-ebook/dp/B0C9WDMS41/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=calvin+peete&sr=8-1) Links to some additional background reading and information on Peete and his can be found by following the links below: Joe Louis - from World Heavyweight Boxing Champion to socking it to the PGA Tour (https://andscape.com/features/the-day-joe-louis-became-the-first-black-golfer-to-play-a-pga-sponsored-tourney/) Laz Versailles' Fire Pit Collective Article on Spiller & Rhodes Case v PGA Tour (https://firepitcollective.com/bill-spiller-beats-segregation/) Luke Kerr-Dineen's Golf Digest Article on Calvin Peete (https://www.golfdigest.com/story/calvin-peete-broken-arm-accuracy-ball-striker) Intro and outro music - _Shoreline Serenade by Dye O _- under license from Epidemic Sound Special Guest: Gordon Hobson.
Episode 28: ODG Series #4 - A.V. Macan with Jeff Mingay
Aug 3 2023
Episode 28: ODG Series #4 - A.V. Macan with Jeff Mingay
Jeff Mingay joins us from Nova Scotia for a varied discussion on the life and times of Arthur Vernon Macan (1882-1964). Macan was born in Ireland but is better known in his adopted homeland of Canada. An accomplished amateur golfer, AV was a qualified lawyer who became a prolific golf course architect throughout the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the USA. We explore Macan's back story, his influences and notable courses which include the original iteration of The California Club in San Francisco. Jeff also gives us a flavour of his restoration work on Macan courses, his design/build philosophy, some commentary on why the setup at LACC was right on the money and an assessment of the recent PGA Tour Commissioners repudiation of the Model Local Rule ball related proposal from the R&A/USGA. We hope you enjoy the show! Please find some links below of items mentioned in the show Concerning Golf (1903) by John J. Low (https://evalu18.com/book/concerning-golf/) Score Golf Article by Jeff Mingay on LACC (https://scoregolf.com/features/golf-course-architecture-is-not-about-hard-or-easy-its-about-intrigue/) Anatomy of a Golf Course by Tom Doak (https://evalu18.com/book/anatomy-golf-course-tom-doak/) The Links by Robert Hunter (https://evalu18.com/book/the-links-robert-hunter/) Just Call me Mac - by Mike Riste (https://golfclubatlas.com/feature-interview/michael-riste-july-2011/) History of Essex Golf & Country Club - by Jeff Mingay (https://golfclubatlas.com/in-my-opinion/opinionmingay/) Classics of Golf Library (https://classicsofgolf.com/) Intro and outro music - _Shoreline Serenade by Dye O _- under license from Epidemic Sound Special Guest: Jeff Mingay.
Episode 26: Grass Routes with Richard Pennell
Jun 29 2023
Episode 26: Grass Routes with Richard Pennell
Richard Pennell makes a long overdue return to the pod, I am honoured that he decided to favour F&F as the medium to announce the imminent publication of his new book - Grass Routes - a collection of some of his @pitchmarks pieces (https://pitchmarks.substack.com/). Grass Routes Website (pitchmarks.bigcartel.com) Richard has launched a new website (pitchmarks.bigcartel.com) to launch his book, the first edition has a limited run and will undoubtedly be a collectors item in the years to come. Through the medium of words, Richard, has an unrivalled ability to tanatlise the senses in transporting you to first tees, final greens and matchplay battles throughout the golf courses of England, Wales, Scotland and beyond. This is an opus worth investing in. Competition In celebration of Grass Routes publication, Richard has kindly agreed to provide a lucky winner with a signed copy of his new book. All you have to do is to follow either of the links below to Twitter or Instagram, follow the F&F accounts and then successfully name the course where the hole in question is located. F&F Twitter Link (https://twitter.com/firmandfastgolf/status/1674551074412281857) F&F Instagram Link (https://www.instagram.com/p/CuF4ucZtFhh/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==) *Grant Books * (https://www.grantbooks.co.uk/) Grant Books (https://www.grantbooks.co.uk/) are publishing Grass Routes (pitchmarks.bigcartel.com) for Richard Pennell, Grant Books (https://www.grantbooks.co.uk/)has been publishing the finest golf books since 1971. Their portfolio includes architectural, historical and club-specific volumes, all produced to the highest standards. Click here (https://www.grantbooks.co.uk/) for more details of their extensive range. The Smell of Rain Towards the end of this episode I completely lost the run of myself :) and challenged RP to write a piece for the F&F listeners on the smell of rain. Alas as the pod dropped the creative juices are still flowing so you will have to wait a little longer to see what he comes up with, as soon as he sends it to me, a link will be posted here to the F&F substack blog! Richard Pennell Esq Richard's First Blog Post via Cookie Jar Golf - Rank Outsiders (https://cookiejargolf.com/rank-outsiders/) Richard Pennell's @pitchmarks Substack Blog (https://pitchmarks.substack.com/) Alistair Cooke Letter from America - Alistair Cooke on BBC Sounds (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/b00f6hbp) Harry Rountree Watercolour Prints A link to the sumptuous Harry Rountree Prints from Darwin's Golf Courses of the British Isles can be found here (https://shop.evalu18.com/collections/harry-rountree) F&F Blog - Netherlands pieces #1 - Initial Observations on Dutch Golf (https://shanederby.substack.com/p/initial-thoughts-on-golf-in-the-netherlands) #2 - The Links Valley - a Reversible 9 (https://shanederby.substack.com/p/summer-break-diary-2023-1-the-links) Further pieces are currently being developed (slowly :)) on Utrecht de Pan, Royal Hague, Kennemer, Noordwijk and Hilversum will be released over the coming weeks. If you so desire, you can subscribe to the Firm & Fast Occasional Newsletter at the bottom of all posts. Other content well worth exploring McKellar Journal (https://www.mckellarmagazine.com/) The Golfers Journal (https://www.golfersjournal.com/) Contours Golf (https://contours.golf/) - Will Watt formerly of Caddie Mag The Quadrilateral (https://quadrilateral.substack.com/) - Geoff Shackleford The Albatross (https://thealbatross.substack.com/)- Bill Fields The Duffers Literary Companion (https://open.spotify.com/show/2G3yhN4E2fU4nAAtSfy86k) - Podcast with Stephen Proctor & Jim Hartsell Links for below to some favourite writers, a few of whom are also friends of the F&F pod John Low Concerning Golf (https://evalu18.com/book/concerning-golf/) Bernard Darwin The Golf Courses of the British Isles (https://evalu18.com/book/golf-courses-british-isles/) Playing the Like (https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/playing-the-like/author/bernard-darwin/) Alistair Cooke The Marvellous Mania (https://www.abebooks.co.uk/9780713999969/Marvellous-Mania-Alistair-Cooke-Golf-0713999969/plp) Geoff Shackleford Golf Architecture for Normal People (https://www.geoffshackelford.com/) Mike Clayton Preferred Lies (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Preferred-Lies-Other-True-Stories/dp/1743794673) Golf from The Inside (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Golf-inside-Mike-Clayton/dp/1920769072) Stephen Proctor Monarch of the Green (https://birlinn.co.uk/product/monarch-of-the-green-2/) The Long Golden Afternoon (https://birlinn.co.uk/product/the-long-golden-afternoon/) Jim Hartsell When Revelation Comes (https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Revelation-Comes-Journey-Scotland/dp/1956237097#:~:text=Scottish%20golf%20and%20golf%20writing,of%20Sweetens%20Cove%20(2021).) Roger McStravick All of Rogers' books can be purchased from Fine Golf Books (https://www.finegolfbooks.com/searchResults.php?action=browse&category_id=632) Many thanks for including us on your playlist - if you get a chance, please leave us a review on apple itunes, it would really be appreciated! Happy Golfing! Intro and outro music - _Shoreline Serenade by Dye O _- under license from Epidemic Sound Special Guest: Richard Pennell.
Episode 24: ODG Series #3 - Eddie Hackett with Ally McIntosh
May 4 2023
Episode 24: ODG Series #3 - Eddie Hackett with Ally McIntosh
Ally McIntosh joins us on this episode to take a dive into the golf course design career of Eddie Hackett. A name synonymous with golf course design in Ireland from the mid 1960's until his death in 1996. Over the course of his career, Hackett would hold many roles within the golf space - apprentice, golf club maker, teacher and head professional - he even owned a tobacconist in the 1950's before he was reincarnated as a course designer through the auspices of an invitation from Bill Menton, the President of the Golfing Union of Ireland, to consider offering course design services to member clubs. For the final 35 years of his life, Eddie Hackett extended and revised well over 100 golf courses, many of which were on virginal linksland on the West Coast of Ireland. Over the course of the episode we will take a look at his approach to design and commonalities between projects. We also linger on some of Hackett's better known course, exploring how they started and how they are going now. Please find a link a number of videos below, introducing you, should you need an intro, to some of the courses that we discuss Connemara Golf Links (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbduitydJmA) Enniscrone Golf Club (https://www.airswing.com.au/project/enniscrone-golf-club-ireland/) Waterville Golf Links (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMeXQCrOLiw) Donegal Golf Club (https://www.airswing.com.au/project/donegal-golf-club-ireland/) Carne Golf Links (https://www.airswing.com.au/project/carne-golf-links-ireland/) Many thanks for tuning in, we hope that you might consider adding some of Hackett's course to your bucket list - you definitely will not be disappointed! Special Guest: Ally McIntosh.
Episode 23: Frank Pont - CDP's Bunker Renovation at The Royal Dublin Golf Club
Apr 6 2023
Episode 23: Frank Pont - CDP's Bunker Renovation at The Royal Dublin Golf Club
In November 2019 The Royal Dublin Golf Club appointed the design firm Clayton DeVries & Pont to undertake a bunker study in an effort to reconnect with their Harry Colt design heritage. Since the Colt revisions in 1920 Royal Dublin has been revised, lengthened, toughened and tinkered with by some of the great and good - including Eddie Hackett and Dr. Martin Hawtree. CDP initially developed a proposal for member consideration revisiting Colt's original design principles while focussing on positioning that contributes to the overall aesthetic. Once member approval had been granted, CDP, under the auspices of Frank Pont and his colleague Hendrik Hilgert, coordinated the renovation of a significant number of bunkers returning their style to one more in keeping with the clubs' design heritage. CDP also restored elements of Colt’s asymmetric design which had been lost over time. The Royal Dublin bunker project commenced in November 2022 and is now fully complete..... the members are very happy and cannot wait for the full reopening of the new bunkers and surrounds which is currently planned for May 2023... Over the course of this episode we initially take a look at Frank's circuitous route to golf course design, we take an in depth look at the renovation process at Royal Dublin and further possible areas for consideration. We also get an update on the renovation works at The Addington, we find out more about Frank's Links Valley project in The Netherlands and get an elevator pitch for a golf trip to Amsterdam or Utrecht. Additional Resources For your further enjoyment please find a link below (to my googledrive) the folder includes some additional pieces of content (historical aerials, course imagery, before/afters and how the specific CDP propsals developed over time) that will allow you to follow the conversation in some greater detail ..... should you so wish. Episode #23 - Royal Dublin Additional Content Link (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1P8qpv8lA589gKRuenxzOPI2di1CUpOPZ?usp=sharing) Many thanks for tuning in! Special Guest: Frank Pont.