The GUI Podcast
Hosted by Alan Kelly, the GUI Podcast is an innovative new addition for the governing body of the amateur game in Ireland. Combating slow play, shorter golf competitions and interclub tournaments are among the wide variety of topics discussed. Guests such as national coach, Neil Manchip, and the R&A’s Duncan Weir add an expert view to the conversation. A recent show also offered good insight in the shape of an interview with the CEO of the Golfing Union, Pat Finn, who speaks candidly about the various functions and challenges facing the GUI. It currently isn’t listed in the iTunes podcast store, but expect that to change as this show grows in popularity as the Irish golf season gets underway. For now, you can catch up on the latest episodes on SoundCloud.
No Laying Up
Don’t be put off by the slightly sketchy sound quality of the podcast itself. NLU may well be a relatively amateur podcast, but the line of up star guests and the length and depth of the discussions with them has this show punching far above its weight all around the world. Recent highlights include excellent interviews with Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jim ‘Bones’ McKay. Regular host Chris Solomon and a his friends bring a relaxed and good humoured approach to serious golf talk. Well worth a listen.
Golf Weekly on NewsTalk
Closer to home again, this podcast is a labour of love lead by NewsTalk’s Joe Molloy and Fionn Devenport among others. Rather than simply being catch-up-radio, where the podcast is mostly previously aired material available to stream, Golf Weekly is made specifically for the podcast audience. With that, comes a much more casual approach. The team freely delve into detailed and nerdy golf discussion and debate, without fear of chasing away non-golfing listeners, because there aren’t any. Some golden moments that did go out on air, such as interviews with Peter Lawrie and Padraig Harrington, are replayed on the podcast with deeper conversation around them. Both with teen handicaps, Molloy and Davenport’s enthusiasm for, and frustration with, the game is very relatable for the bulk of listeners. While it is a local, Irish golf podcast, it doesn’t dabble in anything as regards elite amateur or lower ranking Irish on tour players in the way that the GUI podcast does. It’s more based on what the lads have seen on Sky Sports that week, usually on the PGA tour. Unfortunately, it isn’t updated all that regularly, but definitely worth checking in on, especially in the run up to big events.