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!
September 18th, 2023 | 44 mins 12 secs
golf in the netherlands
And now for something completely different! A podcast series inspired by a golf trip to the Netherlands in June 2023.
September 17th, 2023 | 3 mins 52 secs
And now for something completely different.... new docupod series releases tomorrow
August 3rd, 2023 | 1 hr 48 mins
arthur vernon macan, jeff mingay
Arthur Vernon (A.V.) Macan was an accomplished amateur golfer who emigrated from Ireland to British Columbia, Canada in 1912. Macan is best known for his original designs at Royal Colwood, Inglewood, The California Club, Overlake and Shaughnessy. Jeff Mingay joins us to shed light on a pioneer of golf course design in the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the USA.
July 8th, 2023 | 1 hr 31 mins
151st open championship, bobby jones, fred daly, george morris, harold hilton, harry shapland colt, john ball, open championship, peter thomson, roberto di vincenzo, royal liverpool golf club
Royal Liverpool Golf Club hosts the 151st iteration of the Open Championship in July 2023 - we take a look at the evolution of the golf course since the clubs foundation in 1869, with long time member Joe McDonnell
June 29th, 2023 | 1 hr 58 mins
firm & fast, grass routes, richard pennell, stymied blog
Friend of the pod Richard Pennell is also known by the @pitchmarks moniker on the socials. A life long procrastinator, Richard finally grasped the writing nettle during lockdown to assist members of Woking GC to deal with covid induced isolation, he would go on to write an as yet unpublished book (it's a masterpiece) and subsequently launch his stymied substack bog in November 2021. 90 plus missives have been published so far - he has some news, which he wants to share with us... it's great to have him back!
June 10th, 2023 | 2 hrs 4 mins
golden age, golf architecture, golf history
Jasper Miners of Evalu18 makes a return visit to discuss exciting news on a master planning project for one of Harry S Colt's very best courses, St Georges Hill. We also touch on Jaspers' trips to Ireland, the USA, Australia and New Zealand . It was great to have him back!
May 5th, 2023 | 1 hr 37 mins
carne golf links, donegal, enniscrone, murvagh, rosapenna, strandhill, wild atlantic way
The ODG Series returns with an episode focussed on the Irish golf course architect Eddie Hackett. Hackett was involved in creating or revising over 100 Irish golf courses for 30 years from the mid 1960's until his death in 1995. Hackett is best known for his designs of links courses such as Waterville, Carne Golf Links, Donegal, Ballyliffin Old, Enniscrone and Connemara. Our regular architecture contributor Ally McIntosh joins us to explore Hackett's legacy.
April 6th, 2023 | 1 hr 58 mins
bunker renovation, bunker restoration, cdp, clayton de vries & pont, the royal dublin golf club
The Royal Dublin Golf Club is the second oldest course on the island of Ireland. In this episode we take explore the bunker renovation project that Clayton, De Vries & Pont have been implementing at Dollymount with the help of DAR Golf Construction, Whitemoss Eco and the in-house links team led by Course Manager Alan Hammond. Frank Pont from CDP joins us in this episode to take a look at the now completed project.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.