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The Duffer’s Literary Companion

Jim Hartsell & Stephen Proctor

A podcast exploring the rich literary tradition of the game of golf, hosted by authors Stephen Proctor and Jim Hartsell.

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Stephen and Jim discuss the seminal 1996 Scottish golf travel book, Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens by Philadelphia native Jim Finegan. In the Down The Rabbit Hole segment, the guys name their own current favorite top 10 Scottish courses.

16 days ago

Stephen and Jim discuss the classic 1944 book Golf Between Two Wars by the legendary Bernard Darwin. In addition to Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, a deep discussion ensues on such unforgettable characters as Cyril Tolley, Cecil Leitch, Glenna Collett,... more

2 months ago

A mini episode for Stephen, with a reading from Sam McKinlay's wonderful Scottish Golf and Golfers. Sam was the golf writer for the Glasgow Herald from 1956-1980.

2 months ago

Stephen and Jim discuss the 1995 book, My Usual Game.  They are joined by the author, David Owen. David has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991.

3 months ago


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5.0 out of 5 stars from 47 ratings
  • Simply Magical!

    The apex show on golf writing and a must for any connoisseur of golfing literature.

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    Brodie PooPoo
    United Kingdom6 months ago
  • Great - Stephen and Jim are excellent golf historians

    This is a great podcast, and kudos to NLU for sponsoring the podcast. Look forward to it every month. Jim and Stephen are so engaging and comfortable to losten too. Please pick up a copy of The Long Golden Afternoon and When Revelation Comes if you like great golf writing.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States7 months ago
  • Rare

    This is an incredible show. Grounded, introspective, intelligent. There’s a world of reading to discover in each episode. It’s rare to find something this good. Big Credit to no laying up for sponsoring great content like this.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States8 months ago
  • Brilliant oasis of golfing history, knowledge and calm

    The depth of knowledge and care of factual accuracy from Stephen et al is a source of great learning for me. Recent malignant changes to modern golf have turned me to a quieter more gentler time when there was an honour and deeper respect for the traditions of game than there appears to be today. This podcast typifies that respect. I have and continue to learn much more about the game I love, born in a town i call home (although I live in Aberdeen atm). Thanks to all those involved in producing ... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom10 months ago
  • Wonderful commentary!

    They both completely entrench you into the classic game of golf with the feel of being a ‘five star’ tourist! By them both a drink at your local pub!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States10 months ago

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#139 United States/Sports/Golf
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#131 United Kingdom/Sports/Golf
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#141 Canada/Sports/Golf
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#181 Australia/Sports/Golf
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#62 South Africa/Sports/Golf
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#65 New Zealand/Sports/Golf


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