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GOLF SMARTER

Golf's longest running and highest rated podcast in iTunes and Google since 2005 with more than 500 episodes! Weekly in-depth interviews provide regular "ah-ha" insights for beginning to expert golfers, including weekend hackers like the show's host, Fred Greene. Entertaining conversations with experts covering everything from game improvement to golf lifestyle. All the experts agree, you play better and enjoy it more when you GOLF SMARTER. Learn more at GolfSmarter.com
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Apr 11, 2006

Episode #17 of Golf Smarter was requested by a listener who is hosting a group for his daughter's wedding at this course. Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda is one of 3 government owned courses in Bermuda. Host Fred Greene interviews General Manager, and native of Bermuda, Bill Pitt. Bill offers insight on the playing strategy of six holes he feels could benefit from his local knowledge, covering two par 3s (#8, & #16), and four par 4's (#1, #9, #15 & #18). Players of all skill levels will benefit from this information for any course that has issues with wind. You'll also get tips on the practice facilities, booking a teetime, and how to gauge best playing strategy for these unpredictable winds..

http://www.portroyalgolf.bm

Apr 5, 2006

GOLF SMARTER invites you to look at detailed satellite images of each course while you listen to the podcast on your computer. Download the free Google Earth application and each time we do a podcast on a specific course, we will update the map. All you have to do double click the course name to get close up view of each hole discussed.

Once you’ve installed the application, copy the entire golfsmarter.kmz address:

http://smarterpodcasts.com/golfsmarter/GolfSmarter.kmz

and go back to the Google Earth application. Click on the “Add” menu and select “Network Link”. Type in “GOLF SMARTER courses” in the name section and paste in the GolfSmarter.kmz address and hit enter. You will now have a overview map with each GOLF SMARTER listed in their locations.

Thee's full installation instructions for Google Earth at http://GolfSmarter.com

http://smarterpodcasts.com/golfsmarter/golfsmarter.xml

Thanks to listener JR Holtz, the brains behind the Google Earth connection, and is updating the file with each new podcast.

Apr 4, 2006

4/4/06 - Episode #15 features an in-depth interview with architect Jim Fazio conducted for a video we were hired to produce for The Country Club of Oxford, in Oxford, Mississippi. The job was to create a short Membership Recruitment sales piece that featured Fazio on his design, a Troon Golf executive on how they will manage the facility and the two owners of the course. Because Jim agreed to let us use this interview for a GOLF SMARTER podcast, we got into depth about some topics that clearly wouldn't be necessary for the video, but was consistent with the show's topic.

We were lucky to get inside the head of a design legend. For me, it felt like a graduate seminar on golf course design and we had a lecturer who is an industry icon.

In addition to discussing three Par 4s (#2, #10 & #18) and two Par 3s (#2 & #11), topics include:
- The challenges of designing Oxford
- Designing for a private course vs. a public course
- Designing course for playing strategy
- Importance of Par 4s to a good course
- His design philosophy
- Creating shots
- Hazard design
- Designing for today's equipment and long hitters

Apr 4, 2006

Tripp Davis has been intrigued with course design since he was very young. This in-depth interview focuses on the design of this destination course in The Colony, TX, just outside of Dallas. The Tribute is based on Davis' favorite holes and strategic features of the great courses of Scotland.

According to Davis, "I believe this program will aid in helping golfers understand this often misunderstood and under apprciated side of the game. A greater understanding and appreciation of the strategy of playing golf will not only help golfers score better, it will help them better enjoy the game and the diverse courses we have to play."

In addition to discussing two Par 5s (#3, & #15) and a Par 4 (#7), topics include:
- His upcoming book
- Using bunkers as visual elements and strategic features
- Multiple ways to play a hole
- Despite being outside Dallas, the similar terrain features of Scottish courses

You can see the specific course features as Davis explains while viewing on Google Earth. Get more information about our relationship with Google Earth at GolfSmarter.com.

Mar 22, 2006
Episode #13 of Golf Smarter is the course featured on the TeeTour DVD. The Course at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA is the only Greg Norman designed course in Northern California. Host Fred Greene interviews Director of Golf Chris Conway. Chris offers insight on the playing strategy of six holes he feels could benefit from local knowledge, covering one par 3 (#7) and five par 4s (#2, #8, #10, #13 & #18). The Course at Wente Vineyards will host its first Nationwide Tour stop for the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championships March 30-April 2, 2006, and will have the event repeated over the next 4 years. The instruction and local knowledge provided by Chris could even offer a competitive edge to touring pros because this course has many blind shots and a flat lie is a difficult thing to find. You'll also get information on the practice facilities, how to get a free round on your birthday, bonus offers to Club Wente members, which portable GPS systems are available for this course, and what clubs to avoid to help lower your scores.
Mar 18, 2006
Part two on the Wailea Golf Club. Episode #11 of Golf Smarter features the Wailea Emerald Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Host Fred Greene interviews Wailea's Head Golf Professional, Rusty Hathaway. Rusty reveals secrets on the playing strategy of the six most difficult holes on the course, covering a par 5 (#2), and five par 4's (#5, #6, #10, #12 & #15). Although his instruction is from the back tees, players of all skill levels will benefit from the local knowlege that could eliminate blind shots. You'll also get inside information on the difficulty of the par 3's, the importance of knowing your club distances, playing in Alaska, and booking teetimes from local resorts & hotels.
Mar 15, 2006
Episode #12 of Golf Smarter has been requested by a listener who is traveling to this course with golf buddies. Garden Valley Golf Club in Lindale, TX is known as the Augusta National of Texas and is not far from Dallas. Host Fred Greene interviews Director of Golf Rob Shields. Rob offers insight on the playing strategy of six holes he feels could benefit from local knowledge, covering three par 5s (#5, #9, & #10), and three par 4's (#3, #11, & #14). Although his instruction is from the back tees, players of all skill levels will benefit from this information that could eliminate blind shots. You'll also get tips on the practice facilities, bunker play, booking a teetime, and why this area stays relatively free of local downpours.
Mar 1, 2006
Episode #10 of Golf Smarter on the home course of the Champions Skins Game, the Wailea Gold Course is the most challenging of Wailea's trio. This is part one of a two part interview. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., it has been ranked among the country's best new courses by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, and one of the world's best designed by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Host Fred Greene interviews Wailea's Head Golf Professional, Rusty Hathaway. Rusty reveals secrets on the playing strategy of the six most difficult holes on the course, covering a par 5 (#7), and five par 4's (#4, #5, #12, #14 & #17). Although his instruction is from the back tees, players of all skill levels will benefit from the local knowlege that could eliminate blind shots. You'll also get inside information on utilize the practice areas. Other topics include how to reserve a teetime, whether you'll need a golf cart and more.
Feb 24, 2006
Episode #9 of Golf Smarter is an entertaining conversation with Joe Hallett, a PGA of America Class A Teaching Professional and a SME (Subject Matter Expert) for the PGA of America's PGM Program. Joe is also a Lead Instructor for Golf Professional Training Program. Host Fred Greene and Hallett cover a wide range of topics including his position in developing curriculum for teaching golf instructors, what to look for in an instructor, and how the everyday golf can approach an unfamiliar course. Fred and Joe also discuss his involvement on the President's Council for the Growth of the Game.
Feb 15, 2006
Episode #8 of Golf Smarter is on the Stone Tree Golf Club in Novato, CA., a destination course between San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country. Host Fred Greene interviews Stone Tree's Head Golf Professional, Brian Paul. Brian reveals secrets on the playing strategy of three of the most difficult holes on the course (#9, #15, #16), and new playing strategy on three holes (#6,#7, #14) that have recently been rebuilt. You'll also get inside information on how to read the greens, utilize the practice areas, and the first class services provided by this daily fee public course. Other topics include how to reserve a teetime and what's included in your playing fees. For more go to http://stonetreegolf.com.
Feb 8, 2006
Episode #7 of Golf Smarter is on the Club at Savannah Harbor, a TROON managed course that is part of a Westin Resort and Greenbrier Spa in Savannah, GA. Savannah Harbor is also the host of the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament in April. Host Fred Greene interviews Savannah Harbor's Director of Golf, Craig Luckey. Craig reveals secrets on the playing strategy of the six most difficult holes on the course, covering three par 5's (#4, #7 & #13), and three par 4's (#6, #12 & #16). You'll also get inside information on how to read the greens, utilize the practice areas, and what the impact of being a TROON course means to the golfer . Other topics include how to reserve a teetime, the weather conditions, the resort, whether you'll need a golf cart and more.
Feb 1, 2006
Episode #6 of Golf Smarter is part two on the Jack Nicklaus designed courses of Kauai Lagoons golf facility in Kaui, Hawaii. This show is an indepth look at the Kiele Course. Host Fred Greene interviews Kauai Lagoons' Head Golf Professional, Todd Stewart. Todd reveals secrets on the playing strategy of the six most difficult holes on the course, covering a par 5 (#10), and five par 4's (#3, #4, #9, #12 & #18). You'll also get inside information on how to read the greens, utilize the practice areas, and understand the playing conditions and trade winds of a Hawaii course that sits on the Pacific Ocean. Other topics include how to reserve a teetime, the weather, whether you'll need a golf cart and more.
Jan 25, 2006
Episode #5 of Golf Smarter is part one on the Jack Nicklaus designed courses of Kauai Lagoons golf facility in Kaui, Hawaii. This show is an indepth look at the Mokihana Course . Host Fred Greene interviews Kauai Lagoons' Head Golf Professional, Todd Stewart. Todd reveals secrets on the playing strategy of the six most difficult holes on the course, covering a par 5 (#16), and five par 4's (#1, #2, #5, #10 & #18). You'll also get inside information on how to read the greens, utilize the practice areas, and understand the playing conditions and trade winds of a Hawaii course that sits on the Pacific Ocean. Other topics include how to reserve a teetime, the weather, whether you'll need a golf cart and more.
Jan 18, 2006
Episode #4 of Golf Smarter is an in-depth conversation with Jeffrey Brauer of Jeffrey D. Brauer, Golf Scapes. Golf Digest has named two Brauer-designed Minnesota courses as the Best New Upscale Public Courses for 2004 and 2005. Host Fred Greene interviews Brauer on his design philosophy and how it relates to playing strategy for everyday golfers. This is the kind of information a player of any skill level can use to help them understand how to attack their next round.
Jan 14, 2006
Episode #2 of Golf Smarter is an in-depth conversation with Perry Andrisen, Director of Instruction for The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, CA. Host Fred Greene discusses Andrisen's theories on how to improve your round by "playing" golf, not working at it. Both perryandrisen.com and bunkershot.com offer many articles on his philosophy and teachings of "RELAX". Fred and Perry also take a shot-by-shot tour of the four most difficult holes at The Bridges Golf Club, rated by the NCGA as one of the most challenging courses in Northern California. They discuss in detail the 1-4 handicap holes, #1, #9, #16 & #18, which are all par 4's.
Jan 11, 2006
Episode #3 of Golf Smarter takes an in-depth look at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, CA. Host Fred Greene interviews Black Gold's Director of Golf, Eric Lohman. Eric reveals secrets on the playing strategy of the six most difficult holes on the course, covering three par 5's (#6, #13 & #18), two par 4's (#5 & #11) and a par 3 (#8). You'll also get inside information on how to read the greens, utilize the practice areas, and understand the playing conditions of this Orange County course that overlooks the Pacific Ocean with views of Catalina Island. Other topics include how to reserve a teetime, what you'll find at www.blackgoldgolf.com, the course designer, whether you'll need a golf cart and more.
Jan 1, 2006

The instruction provided by Dr. Joe Parent in the first episode of GOLF SMARTER is just as relevant today as it was when originally published in January 2006. An all time listener favorite.

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