The Firm & Fast Golf Podcast

Unknown unknowns and the golfing road less travelled

About the show

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… 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!

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  • 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: Nick Edmund of Global Golf 4 Cancer - Following Fairways and Flying Flags

    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: Stephen Proctor - 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: Michael Goldstein - PureGolf2010 in Retrospective

    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: Sandy Jamieson - founder of 1Club - on simplifying the entry pathway for new golfers

    April 12th, 2022  |  1 hr 19 mins, oakleigh golf, sandbelt golf, sandy jamieson

    Sandy Jamieson from 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

    March 31st, 2022  |  2 hrs 7 mins
    golden age, golf architecture, golf history

    Jasper Miners from 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: Roger McStravick - From Feathery to Forge - the evolution of golf in Scotland and beyond

    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.

  • Episode 6: Richard Pennell - Greenkeeping 101

    March 18th, 2022  |  2 hrs 9 mins
    educatipn, golf expert, golf irrigation, great golf, pitchmark repair

    Better known for his recent alter ego @pitchmarks on twitter, Mr. Richard Pennell has many strings to his bow. A writer, golfer, green keeper, managing secretary and golf weirdo (my words to be clear)..... Richard is a font of knowledge on all things golfing.... tune in if you are a golfer that wantsto learn some more about green keeping, agronomy and more

  • Episode 5: St Patrick's Links at Rosapenna Golf Resort with Frank, Clyde & Ally

    March 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 32 mins
    donegal golf, golf, irish golf, love donegal, world class

    This is the story of St. Patrick's Links at Rosapenna Golf Resort. We take a look at its development with two of the lead protagonists and delve deeply into the design and build process that has delivered golfing heaven in spades.

  • Episode 4: Bradley S Klein

    March 5th, 2022  |  2 hrs 16 mins
    golf, golf course architecture, golf history

    In this episode we are joined by Bradley Klein - caddy, writer, rater and golf course consultant for an informative and entertaining conversation on Donald Ross, Bull Shit Detectors, Architect Selection, Master Planning, Template Holes and Old Mac, Course Rating and much more.

  • Episode 3: Mat Goggin - The Story of 7 Mile Beach, Hobart, Tasmania

    February 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 50 mins
    australian golf, cdp golf, hobart, mat goggin, mike clayton, mike devries, visit tasmania, worldclass

    Mat Goggin joins us from Charlotte, NC to discuss how he turned a childhood dream of a golf course on a spit of land 10 minutes from Hobart Airport into a reality. The CDP team are assiduously roughing in golf holes as we speak as the bones of a potential world class golf course emerges from a sandy canvas that appears to be perfect for golf.

  • Episode 2: Mike Clayton

    February 18th, 2022  |  2 hrs 11 mins
    7 mile beach golf, alistair mackenzie, barnbougle dunes, golf course architecture, melbourne sandbelt, mike clayton golf

    Mike Clayton joins us from Hobart where he is hard at work at the construction site that is the 7 Mile Beach Golf project. ln this episode we take a trip down memory lane from Eastern GC by way of the European Tour, playing with Seve and Nick and the timelessness of the Melbourne Sandbelt.

  • Episode 1: Ally McIntosh - Golf Course Architecture 101

    February 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 22 mins
    ally mcintosh, design/build, golf course design

    An introduction to golf design with our friend and recurring contributor Ally McIntosh