Dennis Walters

Who was the finest driver of the ball in history? Who was the deadliest putter? Who was simply the best? Many entertaining arguments can be had over some of golf’s most interesting questions. But there is no arguing this: No player in the Hall of Fame hit the ball better with a radiator hose than […]

Billy Payne

When Billy Payne stepped down as Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club in fall 2017, it gave the golf world an opportunity to take stock of the accomplishments made during his 11-year tenure. The reaction was universal: “By shrewdly blending its increased revenues with a broader, more culturally current vision, Payne pushed the previously […]

Peggy Kirk Bell

Locals in the tiny town of Southern Pines were worried. The U.S. Women’s Open was coming to Pine Needles Golf Club, and residents weren’t sure they were ready for the spotlight. “There was plenty of doubt among the locals and around the state that the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open would succeed,” reported the Winston-Salem Journal. […]

Henry Longhurst

Henry Longhurst – journalist, writer, television commentator, Member of Parliament in Westminster and a household name in the UK – was the popular and revered voice of the game of golf for more than 40 years. After beginning his career as a writer for a small monthly golf magazine, Tee Topics, his wit and astute […]

A.W. Tillinghast

Born in 1876, Albert Warren (A.W.) Tillinghast is the sixth golf course architect to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Other members include Donald Ross (1977), Robert Trent Jones (1987), Allister MacKenzie (2005), Charles Blair Macdonald (2007) and Pete Dye (2008). Similar to these prominent architects, Tillinghast’s brilliance and creativity is found […]

Peter Alliss

In 2011, Peter Alliss celebrated his 50th year of broadcasting the Open Championship for the BBC. Sports Illustrated noted the occasion by sitting Alliss down for an interview. The article began with a quote from Alliss’ teacher when he was but a wee 14-year-old in boarding school. She offered a harsh report: “Peter has a […]

Ken Venturi

An oppressive heat wave scorched Congressional Country Club on June 20 of the 1964 U.S. Open Championship. If Ken Venturi were to prevail in Bethesda, Md., he would have to overcome not only a two-shot deficit heading into the final round, but also survive 100-degree temperatures. The U.S. Open in 1964 required golfers to play […]

Ken Schofield

For 30 years, Ken Schofield served atop the European Tour. As Executive Director from 1975-2004, he brought about stability and change to the Tour, as it grew immensely in size and stature. Schofield was born in Perthshire, Scotland, on Feb. 3, 1946. He entered the banking industry in his early 20s. At the age of […]

Herbert Warren Wind

Most simply put, Herbert Warren Wind is golf’s poet laureate. He not only described our game – its wondrous people and remarkable venues – with mellifluous words that did much to shape people’s opinions and attitudes, but also stirred the emotions as no other. He was that good. Educated at Yale University and later at […]

Karsten Solheim

Karsten Solheim revolutionized golf club design and manufacturing, thereby making the game easier and more enjoyable for hundreds of thousands of amateur golfers. Elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the lifetime achievement category, Solheim is heralded as a golf innovator who changed the game by examining the mechanics and technology of the […]