In a recent interview with Lucas Glover, in which we dive into the phenomenon that is LAB Putters—a series coming soon to the Fire Pit Podcast—we also got his thoughts on the Ryder Cup.
Jim Urbina is overseeing the restoration of Alister MacKenzie’s famous greens at Pasatiempo. Here he discusses the good Dr.’s lasting importance. Hearing Urbina’s passion and reverence for MacKenzie, it’s easy to see why he was chosen for this project. Urbina has recently completed the restoration of the front-nine and all 18 holes will reopen this winter. In the spring of 2024, the back-nine work will begin, with the front-nine remaining open for play. Go to pasatiempo.com for more information.
There are many ways to describe Maggie Hathaway—singer, songwriter, actress, author, activist—but one term covers it all: game-changer. Born in Louisiana, Hathaway chased her dreams in Hollywood. She has been gone since 2001, but her impact lives on through the game she loved, at the Maggie Hathaway Golf Course in South Los Angeles. This humble par-3 course is 11 miles and a world away from Los Angeles Country Club, but last week they were linked through the USGA, which made a $1 million donation to kickstart a renovation project that will take Maggie Hathaway to a level its namesake never could have imagined.
In Part 5 of this series on the Club Pro Crisis, we hear from Dr. Brain Soulé, an associate teaching professor at Penn State’s Professional Golf Management program for the last 15 years. And we’re joined by Jack Davis, one of Soulé’s former students and current head pro at the Essex County Club in Massachusetts. Both talk candidly about the industry and what they’re doing to try and make it better for the next generation of club pros.
In Part 4 of this series on the Club Pro Crisis, we talk to Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America since 2018. Waugh shares his thoughts on how and why he got involved, how he’s doing a lot of listening in order to improve the lives of his membership, and we learn about his ultimate goal: “I’m trying to leave the room better than I found it.”