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James Dodson

For two decades, Dodson was a contributing editor and regular columnist for Golf magazine, and a golf and travel correspondent for Departures magazine from American Express Publishing.  During the course of a 30-year writing career, his work has earned awards from the USGA and other industry organizations. In 2006, he was the Louis D. Rubin Jr. writer-in-residence at Hollins University in Virginia.  Dodson is a distinguished alumnus of East Carolina University. Dodson has been a prolific author. Among his most notable books are Final Rounds (1996), The Dewsweepers (2001) and A Golfer’s Life (with Arnold Palmer).

Articles by James Dodson

The Golfing Marriage

Like many couples who share a love of the game and each other, golf has been a feature of the romance of James and Wendy Dodson almost since their first hours together. James writes the story.

True Sons of the Game

Jim Dodson writes a father-son story that bears all the elements that make golf such a wonderful game, a passion to nurture and grow on the grassroots level, passed along from a father to a son who made it happen.

The Education of a Super Dog

Jim Dodson writes that the relationship between dogs and golf courses is thriving, so much so that calendars are created featuring various "Super Dogs." Forgive us for saying so, but it's a doggone good read.

The Quiet Voice of Legends Lane

Though four and a half years have passed since Arnold Palmer departed the scene, the intimate, memorabilia-filled office he left behind feels as if the King of Golf merely stepped out five minutes ago. Our James Dodson has the story.

“Old Lucky No. 7”

Just for fun, a few days after the latest dusting of snow melted away, with nary a soul around to take notice, our Jim Dodson carried a quartet of 7-irons from four different sets of clubs to the practice range for an exercise that was more of a sentimental thought experiment than a preseason club test.

“A Place in the Game”

Our Jim Dodson tells the story of the Grainger family, who have held a firm place in the game for generations and still do today.