Smiles Welcome - Brent Roberson, Superintendent of Sweetens Cove Golf Club

In this episode, just days before NewClub Golf Society’s Spring Meeting, we welcome Brent Roberson, Superintendent of Sweetens Cove Golf Club. Brent, in his first ever podcast, shares with us how they overcame recent severe flooding, what we can expect for our first visit to Chattanooga’s now famous nine-hole course, and how they make Sweetens just plain fun.

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The Palmer Award

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Traditions should be passed down from generation to generation, they should be old, and they should be tested. Only until they reach that long-lasting mile mark can they truly earn the moniker of a “tradition.”

They also need to start somewhere.

This year, our golf society started what we hope becomes a tradition. We are especially excited to deliver it because we think it stands for all the things that are right about the game of golf and what NewClub Golf Society and others like us can help promote.

In asking NewClub applicants to name their golfing role model, the name Arnold Palmer is our most common response. Palmer embodies all the best aspects of golf and his legacy as a genuine, kind-hearted person to everyone he meets will be a lasting example.

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But, many trophies and awards already bear the King’s name, which is why ours takes on a dual meaning.

When we polled our society last year to name specific members who they liked playing with the most, one name emerged from the pack.

This member not only enhanced his fellow playing partners’ experience and made for a more enjoyable round, he also exhibits a strong sense of balance, family, moderation, and prioritization. He is someone who seems to always put the right things and people first, while still making time to play and enjoy the game he loves.

At the top of those priorities was his newborn son named Palmer.

So, it’s NewClub Golf Society’s Palmer Award that will forever be an annual reminder that golf is and always will be a game, no matter how much we love it. If treated with the right amounts passion, perspective, and reverence, golf can make us better people and benefit everyone in our lives.

Congratulations to our first Palmer Award recipient, Brian Ekstrom.

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Your Hickory Champion - Neil Schuster, Co-Founder of No Laying Up

It’s our first champion golfer on the Bag Drop: Neil Schuster, Co-Founder of No Laying Up, and the 2019 winner of the hickory championship at the Riinger, which was held at the site of our Spring Meeting, Sweetens Cove.

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An Exhaustive History of The Masters, Part 1 - PJ Malik, Statistician & Researcher at FOX Sports and PGA Tour Radio

In this special two-part Masters edition of the Bag Drop, I spoke with PJ Malik, who is a statistician and researcher for FOX Sports and PGA Tour Radio. In part one, we learn about PJ’s fascinating job as a statistician in the broadcast booth and he schools us on The Masters history all the way up to present day.

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True Craftsman - Paul Ciccarelli, Owner of Aim Better, Assistant Superintendent at The Dunes Club

In this episode, we’re honored to speak with Paul Ciccarelli, Assistant Superintendent of The Dunes Club in New Buffalo, Michigan and the owner of Aim Better Golf, a craft shop that makes golf specific products by hand from reclaimed and recycled wood -- including NewClub’s official bag tag.

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A Chattanooga Golf Legend, Part 2 - Doug Stein, Founder & President of Black Creek Club

In part two of our episode with Doug Stein, founder and president of Black Creek Club, Doug and I talk about the new world of golf media, his golf travels and playing some of the top courses in America, and all about his famous “Raynor Report.”

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A Chattanooga Golf Legend, Part 1 - Doug Stein, Founder & President of Black Creek Club

In our latest installment of the people and places in the surrounding area of NewClub’s first Spring Meeting, I spoke with Doug Stein, founder and president of Black Creek Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In part one of this two-part episode, Doug joins us for a lively conversation about golf in Chattanooga, architecture and template holes, and which of his dogs is is the best golf dog.

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The Forever Point Guard - Andy Mack, CEO of SnapMobile

In this episode, I spoke with Andy Mack, CEO of SnapMobile, a tech company based in Chicago. In our first in-person pod, Andy reveals his basketball idol, how J.B. Holmes helped shape his future, what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and the secret behind his sartorial trademark.

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