The ModGolf Podcast

Host Colin Weston explores the future of golf through conversations with the visionaries and influencers that are shaking up the sport.

About the show

The ModGolf Podcast talks with golf's top influencers, entrepreneurs, innovators and disruptors about their vision and solutions to re-imagine, transform and grow the game.

The ModGolf Podcast has been ranked #5 on 2018 and 2019's most comprehensive list of "Top 25 Golf Podcasts", based on our quality and consistency of posts, industry expert reviews and social media influence/popularity. Please subscribe to The ModGolf Podcast to help us grow and move up the rankings in 2020!


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Episodes and Blog Entries

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    Innovating and Advocating For A Vibrant Golf Industry - Jay Karen / The National Golf Course Owners Association (042)

    Episode  |  June 26th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  45 mins 43 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, gcsaa, innovation, jay karen, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, national golf course owners association, ngcoa, startup, topgolf, we are golf

    "Our job at The NGCOA is to stoke the fires of interest that encourage golf course operators to be progressive and try new things". This week we sit down with National Golf Course Owners Association CEO Jay Karen to learn how his organization proactively supports the $84 billion / year golf industry.

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    Reviving The Golf Courses That Revitalize Our Heroes - Jennifer Poth / Operation Military Support Golf (041)

    Episode  |  June 20th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  36 mins 12 secs
    #growgolf, arnald palmer, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, jennifer poth, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, operation support military golf, osmg, startup

    After federal funding that helped maintain the 145 US military golf courses was cut, Jennifer Poth couldn't stand by idly as they fell into complete disrepair. Coming from a military family, combined with her love for golf motivated Jennifer to take the entrepreneurial leap and make a positive impact in the lives of past, present and future military personal through the game she loves. On this week's episode of The ModGolf Podcast, we learn about Jennifer's journey to create Operation Support Military Golf.

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    Engage. Empower. Support. - Stories from Women's Golf Day 2018 (040)

    Episode  |  June 14th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  31 mins 52 secs
    #blueoceanshift, #growgolf, #womensgolfday, blue ocean strategy, city of vancouver, elisa gaudet, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf, golf innovation, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, monaghan golf group, startup, tom monaghan, topgolf, vancouver, vancouver park board, vangolf, we are golf, women's golf day

    This week Colin travels to Fraserview Golf Course in Vancouver to hear the experiences of the participants and creators celebrating this lively and fun Women’s Golf Day event. Started three years ago by Founder Elisa Gaudet, Women’s Golf Day is a one-day global event that encourages girls and women to play golf and learn skills that last a lifetime.

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    Passionately Advocating For Golfers of All Abilities - Gianna Rojas / Adaptive Golfers (039)

    Episode  |  June 6th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  43 mins 2 secs
    #growgolf, entrepreneurship, future of golf, gianna rojas, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, startup, topgolf

    Gianna Rojas has turned the physical challenge she was born with into her entrepreneurial secret sauce. Listen in as The “One Handed Lady Golfer” shares with us how she found strength from childhood bullying and isolation to discover her sense of purpose through the game of golf.

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    Letting Washington Know About Golf's $84 Billion Annual Economic Impact - National Golf Day (038)

    Episode  |  May 29th, 2018  |  Season 4  |  54 mins 40 secs
    #growgolf, about golf, buffalo.agency, capital hill, diversity, future of golf, golf, golf 2020 diversity task force, golf channel, golf disruption, golf innovation, golftec, inclusion, michael breed, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, startup, steve mona, the first tee, topgolf, we are golf, wearegolf, world golf foundation

    Our host Colin Weston travels to Capital Hill in Washington to both participate in and reveal some compelling stories from National Golf Day 2018.

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    BONUS Episode: Season 3 Wrap Up / Season 4 Preview

    Episode  |  May 15th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  21 mins 20 secs
    #growgolf, arccos golf, blue ocean strategy, chef's cut real jerky, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf 20/20, golflogix, innovation, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, pga of america, pga reach, startup, top golf media, topgolf, ugull pay, we are golf, womens golf day

    Host Colin Weston recaps the best from each of our twelve Season 3 guests, along with a preview of Season 4 which will premiere on May 29.

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    Transforming a Golf Course Friendship Into A Deliciously Innovative Business Model - Dennis Riedel / Chef's Cut Real Jerky (037)

    Episode  |  April 23rd, 2018  |  Season 3  |  25 mins 22 secs
    #growgolf, chef's cut, chef's cut real jerky, dennis riedel, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf innovation, golfboard, jerky, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, startup, topgolf, uber

    Ex-Mini Tour player Dennis Riedel was caddying alongside good friend Chef Blair Swiler when Blair shared his homemade jerky with him. Real cuts of moist, delicious premium beef, right there on the golf course, was all Dennis needed to realize this was their entrepreneurial AHA moment. And with some convincing, Chef Blair shared his recipe and the pair began smoking and selling Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co® to golf and country clubs across the US. This week Dennis shares their golf-inspired startup story with our host Colin Weston.

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    Creating A Golf Education Culture That Is Different, Daring and Diverse - Dr. Christopher Cain / PGA Golf Management University Program at UNLV (036)

    Episode  |  April 16th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  49 mins 17 secs
    #growgolf, christopher cain, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf education, golf innovation, golf management, lean startup, major series of putting, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, msop, simon sinek, start with why, startup, topgolf, unlv, unlv pga golf management university program

    Christopher Cain's life-long love for golf has led to keynote speaking engagements and recognition as one of golf's top academic influencers. But his biggest joy is the inspiration and insights he draws from his students and staff as Director of The PGA Golf Management Program at UNLV. This week Chris shares with us his thoughts on the future of golf and the influence Simon Sinek's "The Power of WHY" has on his approach to culture building and leadership within the golf industry.

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    Harnessing Technology to Transform One of Golf's Great Traditions - Dave Cavossa / CaddieNow (035)

    Episode  |  April 9th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 45 secs
    #blueoceanshift, #growgolf, blue ocean strategy, caddie, caddienow, colin weston, dave cavossa, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, lean startup, looper, lyft, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, pga of america, startup, uber

    Would you pay for a caddie if they were reasonably priced and made your golfing experience more enjoyable? CaddieNow Founder and CEO Dave Cavossa shares how he has eliminated the pain points by looking to successes in other industries to solve the problem. Host Colin Weston speaks with Dave to learn what drives him as as an entrepreneur and how initial golf industry ignorance turned out to be his startup superpower.

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    PGA WORKS - Attracting Diverse Talent To Ensure a Strong Future For The Golf Industry (034)

    Episode  |  April 3rd, 2018  |  Season 3  |  33 mins 43 secs
    #growgolf, diversity, future of golf, golf, golf channel, golf disruption, golf innovation, inclusion, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, pga of america, pga reach, pga works, rachel mabee, startup, tajma brown, we are golf

    This week’s episode features two guests from PGA WORKS, Fellowship intern Tajma Brown and Program Specialist Rachel Mabee. PGA WORKS is a part of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. We talk about how The PGA WORKS Fellowship aspires to be a unique opportunity for recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds to acquire valuable experience in the golf industry.

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    Telling Impactful Stories That Build Community Beyond Golf - YuChiang Cheng / President, Topgolf Media (033)

    Episode  |  March 27th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  42 mins 21 secs
    entrepreneurship, freakonomics, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, grow golf, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, podcast, startup, this american life, topgolf, topgolf crush, topgolf media, topgolf tour, yuchiang cheng

    Topgolf Media was created to become the digital content and mobile gaming platform for Topgolf Entertainment Group. In only two years after the acquisition of his previous company WGT Media, Topgolf Media President YuChaing Cheng leads a passionately innovative group that extends the Topgolf message to showcase charitable community building, food, music, entertainment and sport to create a unique lifestyle brand unlike any other.

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    Creating the "Uber of The Golf Industry" - Pascal Stolz / eGull Pay (032)

    Episode  |  March 19th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 5 secs
    #growgolf, blue ocean shift, blue ocean strategy, egull, egull pay, entrepreneurship, future of golf, golf, golf disruption, golf innovation, golfboard, lean startup, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pascal stolz, startup, topgolf, uber

    Would you golf more if you only had to pay for the number of holes you play? eGull Pay allows you to do just that, by giving today's golfer control over their most precious resource: TIME. CEO Pascal Stolz sits down with host Colin Weston to share how eGull Pay has embedded an Uber-like experience into their App that benefits both golf course operators and the golfers who populate their fairways.

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    Expanding Golf's Fanbase by Not Taking The Game So Seriously - Alex Myers / Golf Digest Senior Writer (031)

    Episode  |  March 13th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  40 mins 28 secs
    #growgolf, alex myers, future of golf, golf, golf digest, golf disruption, golf innovation, golfboard, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, msop, startup, the grind, the loop, topgolf

    Golf Digest Senior Writer and weekly host of "The Grind" video series Alex Myers joins us to share his thoughts on the future of golf from the unique vantage point from where he sits.

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    Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters - Sandy Cross, Chief People Officer at The PGA of America (030)

    Episode  |  March 5th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  33 mins 53 secs
    #growgolf, diversity, future of golf, golf, golf 2020 diversity task force, golf channel, golf disruption, golf innovation, inclusion, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pga, pga of america, sandy cross, startup, we are golf

    “Diversity is being invited to the party, Inclusion is being asked to dance”. Guest Sandy Cross joins us to discuss the cultural transformation that is taking place at The PGA of America, as she spearheads their effort to move the golf needle regarding both the participation rate and industry career opportunities for under-represented communities and cultures.

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    Empowering All Golfers To Read Greens Like A Pro - Pete Charleston / GolfLogix (029)

    Episode  |  February 26th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  36 mins 34 secs
    #growgolf, future of golf, golf, golf digest, golf disruption, golf innovation, golflogix, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, pete charleston, putt breaks, startup

    Would golf be more fun if the recreational player could read the greens like a pro, know exactly how approach shots will roll and how putts will break? Over 4 million App downloads says the answer is YES. Host Colin Weston speaks with GolfLogix Co-Founder and President Pete Charleston to learn how their culture of constant experimentation and entrepreneurial passion that has led to the creation of their latest innovative product: Putt Breaks.

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    Transforming The Golf Industry to Align With a Changing World - Dr. Michael Cooper / Golf 20/20 Diversity Task Force (028)

    Episode  |  February 16th, 2018  |  Season 3  |  42 mins 33 secs
    #growgolf, diversity, dr michael cooper, future of golf, golf, golf 2020 diversity task force, golf channel, golf disruption, golf innovation, inclusion, modgolf, modgolfpodcast, startup, steve mona, we are golf, wearegolf

    "Golf needs to giddy-up and change right now to keep up with an already changed world". Many people and organizations have talked for years about growing the game by connecting with under-represented groups, but Dr. Michael Cooper in one of a handful of passionate "Linking Agents" empowering existing community leaders with the tools and resources needed to actually make a difference regarding diversity and inclusion in golf.