As it has for the past 15 years, the PGA Merchandise Show kicked off with Demo Day, an event featuring new products from more than 100 golf equipment companies and staged on the circular, 42-acre practice range at the Orange County National Golf Center just outside Orlando. It is always…
John Steinbreder - Page 4
I have been writing professionally since 1978, when I sold my first magazine article, on forest fire fighters who rappelled into blazes from helicopters, when I was studying at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism. Shortly after earning my BA there, I took a job as a reporter at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, beginning work on the city beat the night now-U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was elected mayor of the Queen City. In 1982, I joined Time Inc., toiling first as a reporter for Fortune magazine and then as a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated. Golf became the primary focus of my professional life when I became a senior writer for Golfweek in 1999. And in the fall of 2009, I became a member of the original staff of Global Golf Post. Over the years, I have reported on the game from five continents and been honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for my work 10 times, and by the International Network of Golf on 21 occasions. From Turnberry to Tasmania was my 19th book, and it was released in 2015. My 20th book, a history of the MIsquamicut Club in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is due to be published in the summer of 2017.
Fun Fact: Next to golf, my favorite sport is duck hunting. And I feel sure that if I had not become a writer, I would have happily gone to work as a hunting guide in some faraway place like Alaska. Or Argentina.
Handicap: Index is now 5.3. I once boasted a number below 3.0. Alas, those days are long gone.
Favorite Courses: The Old Course in St. Andrews, for its history and feel. Augusta National, for its awesome ambience. Cypress Point, for the extraordinary sights and sounds there. Royal Dornoch, for the sheer whimsy of the setting and the chance to enjoy Donald Ross's home course. And the National Golf Links, for being perhaps the greatest match-play course in the world as well as the place that introduced Americans to traditional, links-style golf. The Course I Most Want To Play is Leopard Creek, South Africa. Business mogul Johan Rupert built this modern gem, and it is not unusual to spy giraffes and zebras along the edges of the fairways as you play. Closer to home, I am anxious to one day check out Riviera, the acclaimed George C. Thomas layout in Los Angeles, and Prairie Dunes, the linksy, Perry Maxwell masterpiece in Hutchison, Kansas.