Local Knowledge

Golf #21

The best golf stories have multiple layers to them. In each episode, Local Knowledge dives deep into a subject golfers want to know about, whether it’s about the game they play, the competition at the highest level, or the surprising ways golf factors into larger conversations throughout society. Hosts Alex Myers, Keely Levins, Shane Ryan and Sam Weinman weave together original interviews, Golf Digest reporting, and additional elements to tell the type of compelling stories that have been a Golf Digest staple for decades.

Recent Episodes
  • The US Open champ who died in a jail cell
    Jun 10, 2024 – 00:29:38
  • The Real Payne Stewart, 25 Years Later
    May 28, 2024 – 00:42:03
  • The last triumph of Vintage Rory: Valhalla, 2014
    May 13, 2024 – 00:39:00
  • Sam Snead's 82 PGA Tour Wins: A Hostile Analysis
    Apr 29, 2024 – 00:31:40
  • De Vicenzo's Masters gaffe, and who was really to blame
    Apr 16, 2024 – 00:48:26
  • Cliff and Frank: A Bizarre Augusta Story
    Apr 2, 2024 – 00:50:35
  • The OWGR: Past, Present, and Rocky Future
    Mar 19, 2024 – 00:28:53
  • The Iron Will of Pete Dye
    Mar 5, 2024 – 00:34:46
  • The Lasting Anger of Charlie Sifford
    Feb 19, 2024 – 00:43:31
  • Anthony Kim's enduring mystery
    Feb 5, 2024 – 00:40:43
  • How Andy Gardiner got left behind while his big idea became LIV Golf
    Jan 22, 2024 – 00:42:34
  • Ghosts of Southern Hills: The Murder of Roger Wheeler
    Jan 8, 2024 – 00:51:11
  • The Mystery of Montague: The best golfer who refused to play
    Nov 17, 2023 – 01:08:00
  • The Accusation: Tom Watson and Gary Player at the '83 Skins Game
    Oct 30, 2023 – 00:36:25
  • Golf Court: Should Luke Donald be Ryder Cup captain again?
    Oct 20, 2023 – 00:43:40
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: Vik-tory in Rome!
    Oct 3, 2023 – 00:37:08
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: The Witching Hour in Rome
    Sep 27, 2023 – 01:00:51
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: Last Licks Before Italia
    Sep 19, 2023 – 00:52:04
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: Euro Trip
    Sep 12, 2023 – 00:54:24
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: A Swedish surprise highlights Team Europe’s picks
    Sep 5, 2023 – 00:58:42
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: Johnson Makes His Picks! Johnson Makes His Picks!
    Aug 29, 2023 – 00:43:16
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: Our last guess at the US captain's picks
    Aug 28, 2023 – 00:37:21
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: The lowdown from Chi-Town
    Aug 22, 2023 – 01:02:14
  • Rise of the Euros, 1983: When Tony Jacklin and Seve Ballesteros transformed the Ryder Cup
    Aug 21, 2023 – 01:49:00
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: Embracing the Mayhem-phis
    Aug 15, 2023 – 01:05:20
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: You Wyndham, You Lose Some
    Aug 10, 2023 – 00:51:34
  • The Gleneagles Massacre: Paul McGinley Schools Tom Watson at the 2014 Ryder Cup
    Aug 7, 2023 – 01:39:14
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: Which team looks better after the Open? Plus Head-to-Head Player Analysis
    Jul 27, 2023 – 01:13:46
  • The Weirdest Major Ever Played: St. Andrews, 1876
    Jul 24, 2023 – 00:51:12
  • The Tragic Brilliance of Young Tom Morris
    Jul 10, 2023 – 01:05:40
  • Ryder Cup Radicals: The LIV Conundrum, Sambuca, and Other Serious Matters
    Jul 3, 2023 – 01:16:25
  • The Sandbag that Changed Golf: Deepdale, 1955
    Jun 26, 2023 – 00:34:37
  • Fear and loathing at Winged Foot '74: The USGA's response to Johnny Miller
    Jun 12, 2023 – 00:42:03
  • The six women who played on the PGA Tour
    May 30, 2023 – 00:35:54
  • The Basque Heritage of Jon Rahm: A Story that Goes Back Millennia
    May 15, 2023 – 00:48:57
  • The Reckoning at Shoal Creek: When golf's race problem came out of the shadows
    May 1, 2023 – 00:46:41
  • Seve Ballesteros: The Legend and the Reality
    Apr 17, 2023 – 01:04:40
  • The Collapse: Greg Norman, 1996, and the final round that lives on
    Apr 3, 2023 – 00:45:47
  • Ronald Reagan, a loaded gun, and the forgotten hostage crisis at Augusta National
    Mar 20, 2023 – 00:42:14
  • The 1983 Rebellion: The PGA Tour's original crisis
    Mar 6, 2023 – 00:42:52
  • Full Swing Wrap: An interview with Executive Producer Chad Mumm
    Feb 21, 2023 – 00:51:42
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 8: And then there was Rory
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:55:45
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 7: Mito Pereira and Sahith Theegala suffer the rookie blues
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:46:41
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 6: Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa, and the dreaded contrast
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:41:46
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 5: The ballad of Fitzy and DJ
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:41:46
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 4: Joel Dahmen shines in the best episode yet
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:46:20
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 3: The Ian Poulter conundrum
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:39:57
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 2: The spring of Scottie, the fall of Brooks
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:33:24
  • Full Swing Thoughts Ep. 1: Jordan, Justin, and the curse of friendship
    Feb 13, 2023 – 00:51:54
  • Introducing: Full Swing Thoughts
    Feb 13, 2023 – 00:01:25
Recent Reviews
  • bikinghawk
    Shane is great
    The Mystery of Montague is a must listen. Amazing story and even better storytelling.
  • Playing Pro
    Storytelling at its finest
    Shane Ryan is a brilliant storyteller!! One of the best in the business. A true joy to listen to … He takes you on a journey that is intriguing, vivid, with a voice made for “radio” … A must listen, for golf and non-golf fans alike … 5+ stars 👍
  • ardehrinnbbh
    Loved Charlie Sifford story!
    Thanks for creating a space for this history of golf that is not told often enough
  • Lauren2347
    Fun and informative!
    Great listen!
  • jd5344
    Great Storytelling!
    Some fun and interesting stories in and around the world of golf that are told in an interesting way. A lot of golf podcasts exist, but longer form ones such as LK stand out in a crowd of weekly LIV v PGA rehashing.
  • Manchego Escalade
    Interesting stories, whether you are a golf fan or not
    Shane definitely doesn’t slack off when it comes to sharing background on golf’s history and characters. Highly recommended for golf, sports, history fans.
  • jamiesontw
    Great Podcast
    Always insightful. Love the show!
  • Kiernan77
    This guy speaks very slowly. It is a manner which suggests he is savoring his own words. And at least for the Gary Player cheating episode, there was an unbearable bed of piano music in the background. Jesus Christ. Is this GolfDigest now? Wow do I feel old. I bet this podcast remembers when you could buy a bag of hard candy for a nickel.
  • smacmyers
    Local Knowledge
    Use to listen to this podcast when interesting stories were researched and told. Latest approach is not for me,, I’m out.
  • Ghgfgyyhh
    This could be a much better podcast if
    If you wouldn't speak, as if everybody knows just what you're talking about when you make references. If you would go into more of the facts of what happened during the Ryder Cup and talking about individual performances by players. If you would give some background and context to the things that you're saying because not everybody follows Golf as closely, even though we may be interested. We make a living in other ways and we're busy. That's why we come to a podcast like this one. This is terrible reporting. It is more like a bunch of guys getting together and chatting and it's not a good use of my time.
  • JCW@1
    Easy guys!
    I listened to the Ryder Cup trilogy and read his book. Enjoyed both. This “RC Rascals “ is a bit like a frat house drunk house! Stick to the content!
  • BReid9
    The REAL stories in Golf*
    Since March 6, 2023, the golf related stories that are being told on this podcast are GOLDEN. The episode about Ronald Reagan at Augusta was well told, while offering an incredible amount of detail and witty humor that kept me captivated the entire time. Please keep this series going.. there’s no other golf podcast with this type of content and quality.
  • Lenny allcaa 1985
    This was an outstanding episode because it is hard to break Seve down in an hour and a half pod. But this was well done. Thanks and you have a loyal listener now.
  • whathickname
    Sound control
    Topics and content are very good, but shows are almost un-listenable due to poor sound volumes consistency. Ex: volumes go up and down depending on the speaker, and even worse when playing “clips”. Sound goes down so far you cannot hear, the jumps up.
  • WWWalsh
    You’ve been better
    The Feb. 13, 2023 episode was difficult to listen to.
  • JPaulT
    Full Swing Thoughts: Episode 1
    Content is good and worth a listen. This particular review, however, is on the Full Swing Thoughts episode reviewing the Netflix docu-series. The full review of episode 1 came out 2 days before it was released to the public. I understand the guys have access to a pre-release of the episode, but was it the intent to discuss the pros and cons, personal opinions of the episode in full detail, before fans can watch it? It seemed to spoil the content and surprise. Still a fan of the Local Knowledge Podcast.
  • cullebry
    Ominous year clickbait
    Should’ve been titled ominous podcast, based on the title you’d think they’d get right into why it was an ominous year in golf, no they talk about big prize money on women’s golf and how the host had an amazing golf buddies trip, who cares about winning a buddies golf vacation! You need a real producer who will tell you how to avoid self indulgent dweebish diatribes! What a waste of my time!
  • Jumiry
    Often Interest
    Although I find some of the shows a bit silly, most are quite good, especially the show about racism on the golf course and the show on Moe Norman.
  • Coolbean911
    Very good show!!
    I have been more than impressed with the quality of the program!!
  • otto6457
    Really enjoying the pod
    The “Crash Course Golf Overhaul” episode was really great. Gives some of us older golfers hope that the clock can be turned back a little with some proper instruction and dedication.
  • Red Lumber
    Great title and content to match
    I listen to many golf podcasts but this return to the home of Golf Podcast has me writing a “thumps up” and first ever review. First took notice of Local Knowledge with the lead up to the US Open. Looking forward to the crew’s next exploits.
  • focsteve
    Best Golf Podcast
    I have listened to a number of different golf podcast and I find this to be without question the best. As opposed to just banter and commentary, the show delves into many behind the scenes aspects of the game and tour itself. The topics really help provide a better understanding of both. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys or follows the sport.
  • Fiona milano
    Pro living in Costarica
    Wow , love it! So different from what we always read about tour players , my father in law died from that decease at 75 but is a very debilitating one , Im glad he is trying different options, hopefully we’ll see him back at on the Tour someday !
  • PrisSingh
    Pro golf’s mental health reckoning
    This was an insightful episode to hear about athletes/golfers experiences with their mental health. While the intro captures both female and male athletes mental health challenges, the episode focuses on pro male golfers and their experiences. It would be great to follow up this episode up with female pro golfers/athletes experiences too.
  • Skutrbum
    Great Show!
    I really enjoy this podcast. It has interesting content that a different than your typical golf stuff, and has a good production format. Well done!
  • J15blazer
    Great show- entertaining
    Enjoying the insights,stories and format. Good length and topic diversification. (New season (3) is great…Not much a fan of the previous style/format.)
  • Jdogg48
    Great insight
    For the golfer that loves to learn about little details inside the game this is a great podcast. I have listened since the first episode dropped and look forward each time a new episode is available. Loved the latest “cheat code” episode
  • McCannT
    Highly recommend
    Listen and you can learn a lot about the greatest game ever invented.
  • paulfmcd
    Two thumbs up
    Quality show, each episode is well prepared, well thought out, and professionally presented. This is the best golf podcast by far that I listen to and it’s also one of the best podcasts of any genre that I listen to. Job well done thank you I really enjoy the show
  • cj199311
    Ads, ads and more ads.
    A 25 minute episode had 5-10 minutes of ads. Quality of the pods aren’t good enough to warrant that many advertisements.
  • EL29291
    A breath of fresh air
    There are so many podcasts out there that are basically all the same: people yelling over each other, trying to be funny and telling us who’s gonna win the Tour event this week. This is such a great change of pace: thorough storytelling, high production value and compelling topics. Always a great half hour!
  • andy-calif
    Oh Sh..t the mystery of a golf slump
    Know yourself while playing golf to eliminate doubt. As mid handicapper have gone through slumps, this episode sheds light on what some pros go through and their recovery. Enjoyed it and it encouraged me!
  • Clydethegolfer
    Best golf podcast
    Really enjoy this podcast. There are over 100 golf podcasts and personally I am not too interested in who is going to win on tour or some bros talking about golf like barstool. The team that does this podcast discovers great topics, does the research and actually makes you think about unique perspectives in the game. My favorite episode was the one about sandbaggers. I have never won a net golf tournament and sandbaggers drive me nuts. Keep up the great work!
  • bmoo62
    Good work
    Love golf but hard to find a quality golf podcast. This podcast does it right. Good topics, quality interviews.
  • twodown02
    Interesting, Good Listen
    If you like golf this is a great podcast to listen to. It has insightful and interesting stories on wide variety of topics. Sandbaggers, Funding of LPGA professionals, etc . all very interesting. I’ve listened to some other Golf related podcasts and hearing 2-3 guys dialogue is not all that interesting. I would love more Golf content like this. This is similar to but better than Undercover Tour Pro column in mag
  • Jay3459372
    Fun listen!
    If you like golf / PGA golf, this is a must listen.
  • wagonerd
    Awesome! Fun!
    Can’t get enough
  • 1515hshsjs
    Love it
    Wonderful podcast. Great pacing and editing. I feel like I’m a part of the conversation.
  • Baxnnex
    Fresh take on golf podcasts
    Have enjoyed every episode so far. Nice to have a more in depth look at golf topics instead of just a couple of people yakking. Insightful, informative and a pleasure to listen to.
  • Klobster
    They got me! Good one!!
    Saw the email article on the future of AM status and went to read it... not what I expected but YOU accomplished your goal. You got me to click and then to subscribe to the podcast to get the info I needed. Touché and Bravo Golf Digest. Bravo! Hahaha looking forward to the listen and all the other listens on this channel.
  • pleasegawdnonick
    Caddy show
    The caddy show was awesome! I remember Kip winning the second big break I think? Anyway I thoroughly enjoy this podcast!
  • 111111118788574798
    Incredible editing/producing
    The editing/producing of this podcast is unmatched in the modern era. Imagine if John Williams produces/edited a podcast and was also younger and more talented.
    Well done
    Very good stuff for the golf-centric folks. The recent pods on sandbagging, the economics of the LPGA, and tour caddies have been excellent. Thank you for the knowledge and entertainment. Keep up the good work.
  • RockyMountainWay
    LPGA vs PGA
    The PGA has viewers and fans. The LPGA does not. That’s the big driver of revenue and purse sizes. The rest of it is pure b.s. and has nothing to do with sexism. Dumb episode.
  • Gott31
    Really interesting stuff. Have to listen every week
  • Nevers46
    This episode was a great one. Wish these were a little longer and a little more in depth....that should speak for itself noting the intriguing topics of these podcasts
  • old sandbagger
    So true ! Excellent
  • ThePope513
    Loved the sandbagger episode 😂 keep up the creative episode concepts
  • NicknameForChris17
    Golf Digest no longer has a golf pod
    I used to listen to the Golf Digest podcast because it was fun people talking about the news/action of golf, and it also had really good interviews with knowledgeable people about the things happening in the golf world. This is no longer that, which is fine, but this should’ve been a new feed that people could’ve chosen to listen to if they wanted. It’s sad that if you don’t gamble, Golf Digest no longer has a pod for you that talks about golf that is actually being played.
  • When will it end?
    If I want social issues, I’ll tune to CNN
    I really use to enjoy the podcast. I heard about the “new” format in the last Pod and was intrigued. Of course, you do the PC thing with the first Pod on the new format. Holy crap, everyone wants to preach. Politicians, government agencies, media, social media, actors and athletes to name a few want to preach to me and thought police me. Now you. I’m going to do the same with you that I do all the rest. Turn you off!
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