TGJ Podcast 151

Rediscovering Raynor

Michael Wolf traces how a civil engineer from Long Island became one of American golf’s patron saints

Michael Wolf wrote the book on Seth Raynor—literally. Wolf, better known by his Twitter handle @BamaBearcat, joins host Tom Coyne fresh off the publication of his new book The Golf Courses of Seth Raynor, bearing tales of one of the titans of early American golf architecture. The two dig deep into how Raynor transitioned from a golf-agnostic engineer to a household name, the golfing public’s misguided views on template holes, Raynor’s proposals for second courses at Fishers Island and Mid Ocean Club (among others), and much more.

With two authors on the pod, a bit of shop talk creeps in towards the end of the episode. Plus, Michael reveals the three Raynor courses that surprised him most, and even offers a hint at how Raynor’s old boss CB Macdonald might be able to fix golf in 2023 from beyond the grave.

If the mere mention of a Biarritz green complex fires your golfing brain, this episode is for you.

About Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf, or @BamaBearcat for those on Golf Twitter, is the president of 288 Sports and a respected voice in the golf history and architecture space. In addition to managing a small stable of touring professionals, Wolf has cultivated a following by sharing his deep golf knowledge and extensive travel experiences, and hosts No Laying Up’s Office Hours series on YouTube.

Want more Raynor? We go deep on his work at The Creek Club, with a spotlight on its “leaky punchbowl” 6th hole, in this feature from TGJ No. 23. Read it here.