A native of Dublin, Ireland, Shane has been playing golf on and off since his grandfather first gave him some John Letters cut down clubs at the age of 7.
Over the past 14 years he has worked in and out of the golf space in roles focussed on Golf Club Marketing and Demand Management, Managed Services/Consultancy and Golf Club Hire.
He has travelled extensively for golf throughout Ireland, UK, Europe and Australia.
During a round at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, Australia in January 2020 he had a out of body experience (think lack of sleep due to jet lag and a lightbulb moment associated with strategic golf design) which led him peering into the golf course architecture rabbit hole.
Since these tentative steps into 'the dark' he has come to the conclusion that there are many unknown unknowns within the golf space, the phrase 'growing the game' generally equates to 'lining my pockets' and that the interplay between history, the evolution of the game and an increased golfing IQ of the general golfing populace needs to be understood in an effort to ensure that we can sustain the great game that we all love.
Shane hopes to introduce you to the road less travelled in golfing terms. This road will introduce you to important voices within the golf space in an effort to bring you on a journey of exploration that should prove interesting, informative and entertaining .
Tune in and enjoy!
Shane Derby has hosted 22 Episodes.
Episode 22: Rod Morri - The Godfather of Golf Podcasting
March 17th, 2023 | 2 hrs 4 mins
adrian logue, geoff shackleford, good good golf, i seek golf, john huggan, mike clayton, rod morri, the state of the game
Was Rod Morri born with a microphone in his hand and a pen in his pocket? He's generally the man asking the questions and opining on golf in his weekly column in the Australian Golf Magazine. We are very pleased to welcome Rod to the Firm and Fast Golf Podcast for a chat.
Episode 21: Graeme Beatt - Course Manager at Royal Portrush Golf Club
March 5th, 2023 | 1 hr 7 mins
In this episode we take a look at the staging of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club with Course Manager Graeme Beatt
Episode 20: ODG Series #2 - Dr. Alister MacKenzie with Neil Crafter
February 4th, 2023 | 1 hr 48 mins
An exploration of some of the life and times of Dr. Alister MacKenzie - Scotsman, Camoufluer, Golf Architect and twinkle toes devil. Neil Crafter is a successful golf architect in his own right in addition to being one of the leading MacKenzie experts who has been central to the development of the MacKenzie Chronology.
Episode 19: The Melbourne Tiger - Peter Thomson AO, CBE.
December 2nd, 2022 | 1 hr 43 mins
5 times, british open championships, peter thomson, the melbourne tiger
Peter Thomson won 98 times around the world, including 5 Open Championships. Peter's son Andrew joins us today to talk about his fathers life both inside and outside golf.
Episode 18: Professor Paul Rouse - tracing the origin of golf in Ireland
November 9th, 2022 | 1 hr 8 mins
Paul Rouse joins us for an introduction to the development of the game of golf in Ireland - despite rumours to the contrary golf was not invented in Ireland - we explore some major influences including empire, the industrial revolution, the great war, the irish civil war, irish independence and partition, the changing nature of golf club memberships, the celtic tiger and what the future of Irish golf might look like.
Episode 17: Matt Mollica on Golf in Oz, Equipment Rollback and a L1V Soliloquoy
October 20th, 2022 | 1 hr 48 mins
Matt Mollica from the Australian Golf Passport Podcast joins us to chat about inbound golf travel to Australia, we explore technology rollback and its’ importance for golfs future, a smidgeon on L1V and why Metropolitan Golf Club reminds Scott Warren of Liam Hemsworth.
Episode 16: Adrian Logue from the Good Good Golf Podcast
September 29th, 2022 | 1 hr 50 mins
eyes up golf, golf club marketing, golf podcasts
Adrian Logue, co-host of the Good Good Golf Podcast joins us for a great chat covering golfing IQ, considering a wider perspective to enjoy the game of golf, conspicuous consumption, marketing and golf and how building a golf course is like shooting and producing a movie.
Episode 15: ODG Series - Harry Shapland Colt
September 9th, 2022 | 1 hr 41 mins
old dead guys, the father of golf course architecture
Focus on the father of golf architecture Harry S Colt with journalist and historian Adam Lawrence who is currently writing a book on Colt entitled More Enduring than Brass.
Episode 14: Mike Cocking of OCM Golf
July 18th, 2022 | 1 hr 58 mins
medinah, mike cocking, ocm golf, peninsula kingswood
Mike Cocking and his partners Geoff Ogilvy and Ashley Mead are the directors and design partners in OCM Golf. Their company has touched many of Australia's classic courses such as Kingston Heath, Victoria, Royal Queensland, Lake Karrinyup and Royal Canberra. OCM has been in the process of expanding their reach into North America, where an initial commission in Shady Oaks in Texas has led to additional projects at Medinah #3 and greenfield projects in Minnesota and an as yet secret sand based development somewhere in the South-East of the United States.
Episode 13: Following Fairways and Flying Flags with Nick Edmund of Global Golf 4 Cancer
June 23rd, 2022 | 2 hrs 5 mins
cancer awareness, global golf, wild atlantic way
Nick Edmund joins us on this episode to discuss his story in golf - PG Woodhouse, 1976 Open Championships, Following the Fairways and 27 other golf publications, Faldo Golf Design, 4 time cancer survivor and founder of the Global Golf 4 Cancer campaign.
Episode 12: The Long Golden Afternoon - Golf’s Age of Glory - 1864 - 1914
June 2nd, 2022 | 1 hr 46 mins
golf history, home of golf, royal & ancient
Today we explore the days immediately after the death of young Tommy Morris - what and who were the main drivers and influencers that facilitated the transposition of the game of golf around the world during Golf's Age of Glory.
Episode 11: George Waters - USGA Green Section Education Manager
May 10th, 2022 | 2 hrs 17 mins
golf course design, golf course maintenance, sand and golf, sustainability
George Waters has worn many caps throughout his career - green keeper, contractor, design/builder, course architect, course photographer, writer and educator. He joins us today to take a look at the intersection between golf course design and greenkeeping and what are some of the challenges that golfers would be wise to be more conscious about.
Episode 10: PureGolf2010 in Retrospective with Michael Goldstein
April 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 23 mins
cape kidnappers, golfing around the world, jamie patton, michael goldstein, puregolf2010
Throughout 2010 Michael Goldstein and Jamie Patton travelled around the world playing golf every day for 365 days. Their adventure started and finished at Cape Kidnappers in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand - along the way they circumnavigated New Zealand, travelled across Australia and the USA, around Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England - dipped into France, Belgium, the Netherlands and UAE before a triumphant return to their homeland.
Episode 9: Simplifying the pathway for new golfers with 1Club founder Sandy Jamieson
April 12th, 2022 | 1 hr 19 mins
1club.golf, oakleigh golf, sandbelt golf, sandy jamieson
Sandy Jamieson from 1club.golf joins us to give us the lowdown on a simple and compelling approach to creating new pathways in golf. The 1Club approach is easy, fun, affordable, inclusive and after 15 minutes of an introduction....course based.
Episode 8: Jasper Miners from Evalu18.com
March 31st, 2022 | 2 hrs 7 mins
golden age, golf architecture, golf history
Jasper Miners from Evalu18.com joins us today to conduct a whistle stop tour through the first golden age of golf course architecture - how this period and its' protagonists transformed the penal Victorian school of architecture that characterised the first inland courses. We look at the importance of Low, Patton, Colt and Simpson and how they built a profession on the shoulders of the giants - Robertson, Morris, Taylor and Braid.
Episode 7: From Feathery to Forge with Roger McStravick
March 25th, 2022 | 1 hr 43 mins
golf, golf history, the home of golf
In this episode we explore some of the history of the modern game of golf, how through a modicum of good fortune, leadership and a supporting cast of extraordinary golfers, St Andrews became the home of golf. Its' influence then spread far and wide in developing the game of golf around the world.