Tom Coyne doesn’t need much of an introduction. If you are a golf reader, his name will be familiar. Coyne is the author of a handful of moving golf books including a couple New York Times Bestsellers. His golf tales include popular titles such as A Gentleman’s Game, Paper Tiger, A Course Called Ireland, A Course Called Scotland, and his latest effort, A Course Called America. In those books, Coyne takes readers along with him on a series of ambitious adventures. All of which begin with a looming question and become a journey of personal discovery. In these beautifully told tales, Coyne takes readers right along with him on cross country adventures that provide a backdrop for stories about the people and places that make golf a game worth playing.
In addition to his books, Coyne has found a number of other impressive outlets to tell golf stories through. In recent years he has made a home at The Golfer’s Journal where he has authored numerous essays and articles about his experiences in the game. Recently, he has been named Senior Editor for the publication. Coyne has also spent time in front of the camera hosting a variety of shows included a digital series called The Links Life that chronicles his worldly travels. All of which is impressive for a married father of two girls who teaches full time at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
I’ve known Tom Coyne for a few years now and have thoroughly enjoyed his company on and off the golf course. He’s been a great guide on my own golf writing career journey and was even kind enough to write the forward for my first book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. I’m excited to dive into his latest book and with his new role at The Golfer’s Journal I’m looking forward to have him edit some of my work.
Coyne joins me on Mid-Am Crisis to talk about A Course Called America, his plans to promote the book this Summer, and what his new role with The Golfer’s Journal means for his career. We talked about life and golf of course and as always his sense of humor and enjoyable disposition made for a great conversation. I’m hopeful our travels will lead us to playing together again soon and perhaps he even will give me a good grade on my next submission to The Golfer’s Journal.
For more information on Tom Coyne’s writings and how to bring him to your club for a book signing, please visit https://www.tomcoyne.com/
Be sure to follow Tom Coyne on twitter at @CoyneWriter
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In his debut book, golf writer Jay Revell takes readers for a walkabout through his personal experiences, recollections, and theories from a lifetime spent in the sport. The Nine Virtues of Golf is a compilation of short pieces that speak to Revell’s beliefs about the game. Handpicked by the author, this collection of Revell’s work is a reflection of someone who lives for the game of golf.
Designed to be picked up and read ten minutes at a time, The Nine Virtues of Golf is a perfect companion for golf trips, beach days, and bedside reading. Revell likes to describe his book as “a greatest hits album of sorts” featuring a mix of essays, poems, stories, and other contemplations published by the author in recent years.
With stories that describe the joy of playing golf, Revell has built a global following of golfing diehards. In The Nine Virtues of Golf, the author brings those tales together in an easily digestible reader that’s perfectly suited for anyone with a passion for golf.
About the Author
Jay Revell is a golf writer based in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the author of The Nine Virtues of Golf: Essays, Musings, and Other Contemplations on the Game. His stories, essays, travelogues, and histories have been featured in a wide variety of popular publications including The Golfer’s Journal, McKellar Magazine, Golf.com, and Golf Advisor. Jay has also worked with a number of golf relevant brands such as MacKenzie Golf Bags and Visit Florida. He publishes regular musings on the game via his personal website JayRevell.com.
Beyond golf, Jay is Vice President for Advocacy & Public Policy for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. As a public affairs professional, he applies over a decade of experience in the realms of public policy, advocacy, public relations, and content creation for community-based causes, campaigns, and other critical services at the local level.
Jay is a husband and father to his wife Sarah and daughter Winnie. He lives with his family and their two wonderful dogs, Leon and Bodie. His family, including their dogs, are featured prominently in his daily golf stories published on his Instagram page.
Jay Revell can be reached in the following ways.
Email: email@example.com and Twitter: @JayRevell
Raves and Reviews
“In this collection you’ll have a chance to not just relive some of Jay’s golf epiphanies, but to recognize your own within them. Just as it’s easy work to connect with Jay as a golf partner, so is it to connect with his words, finding your golfing self in the questions he puts forth, and the answers he discovers.” –Tom Coyne, New York Times Best Selling Author of A Course Called Scotland
“Is Jay’s life golf? Or is his golf his life? The simple answer is, yes. His total immersion into the soul, culture and community of the game is informative and inspiring. There’s no one who doesn’t benefit from his observations and opinions as he passionately pursues a life of golf.”–Matt Ginella, Host of The Fire Pit podcast and former Golf Channel Travel Insider
“Every time I read Jay’s words, I immediately want to get out and play golf. What higher endorsement could there be for a golf writer?” –Tony Dear, Author of The Story of Golf in Fifty Holes
“Jay Revell writes about the game of golf like others write about their kids. His love for the game rolls off the page like a 2-foot putt for eagle. His love for golf is natural and unmatched…in many ways, it’s like peering into his golfing soul.” – Connor T. Lewis, Founder, The Society or Golf Historians and host of the TalkinGolf History Podcast
“Jay expresses beautifully what many of us struggle to articulate: that golf is just a game in the same way air is just for breathing.” – Rod Mori, Host of The State of the Game podcast
“There’s writing about golf and there’s writing about the joy of playing golf. Jay does the latter and does it very well.” – Adrian Logue, Co-host The Good-Good Golf Podcast
“Now comes yet another “golf scribe” who would not just scribble dribble but rather paint vivid word pictures informing majestic tapestries of friends and friendships forged on terra firma transformed from the soil of dreams into the fabric of reality. Jay Revell is his name. Creative golf writing is his game.” – Sidney L. Matthew, Author of The Life and Times of Bobby Jones
In the Author’s Words
I believe that golf is the most soulful game ever devised by man. This book is a compilation of essays, musings, and other contemplations that explore my feelings on the subject. Being a lifelong golfer, I have formed many working theories on the game and through my pursuit of the sport I’ve settled on a few that I think hold true. In this collection, you’ll find a variety of my writings on golf and why the game means so much to me and the millions of people who play it.
These thoughts and stories may be told from my perspective, but I continue to find that they connect with golfers around the globe. Golf is a game of virtue and it creates a unique bond between those who play it. Despite our different experiences, we all tend to come back to the same observations. Speaking to that truth has always been my aim as a writer.
Golf affects those who play it like no other game known to man. It has meditative power and transformational properties. The game is an emotional roller coaster and most players want a nonstop ride. Because golf speaks to the human experience, some people even find redemption in it. Much like religion, golf is also a saving grace. My stories are designed to reflect that.
I found golf in a small town and it has taken me to courses all across America. Golf has brought me closer to family and earned me friends from many corners of the world. This game is a vessel that has carried me between the chapters of my life. For these many reasons and more, I am unabashedly in love with golf. I write about the game because it means so much to me and this book and its contents are a reflection of that.
If you believe as I do — that golf is an essential part of life, then I genuinely expect that you will enjoy these readings. If not, then perhaps they can serve as a pathway to some new considerations on the game. Golf is everywhere and all we have to do is go play it. I am hopeful that The Nine Virtues of Golf will lead you to more frequent swings and regular walks on the course you call home.
Like many golf fans, I’m infatuated with the life of Arnold Palmer. There is so much about his story that I find interesting, inspiring, and thought-provoking. I never had an opportunity to meet the King, but it is hard not to feel like I have a relationship with his brand – a feeling shared by millions no doubt. Palmer’s larger than life persona, outgoing disposition, and insistence on treating people with a high level of respect are all qualities I strive to emulate. As someone who has spent a career studying brands and placemaking, I’m also highly interested in how Palmer extended his personality into the businesses and experiences which bore his name. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to see that side of his legacy up close and personal when I was invited to spend a day at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
My invitation to Bay Hill was largely by accident. While visiting the Orlando area for the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show I had scheduled a variety of meetings and hangouts with some of my favorite golf personalities. One of which was a nine-hole walk with Tom Coyne at the fabled Winter Park Golf Course. Unfortunately, Tom never made it out to the course because he came down with the flu and had to make a quick return trip home to Philadelphia. As much as I hated to hear that Tom was under the weather, he was kind enough to suggest I take his place at another golf outing scheduled for later that day.
At Tom’s suggestion, I was invited to fill in for him at Bay Hill for a round of golf with Roy Saunders. Saunders is Vice President at the club, father to PGA Tour player Sam Saunders, and also Arnold Palmer’s son-in-law through his marriage to Palmer’s daughter Amy. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to see Bay Hill and get to know Saunders over a round of golf.
One of the most noticeable qualities of the Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the hospitality extended to guests. It is obvious that the Arnold Palmer mentality is not just a talking point but a true compass for the staff at the club. From the minute I walked on the property I was treated like a lifelong member and that is undoubtedly a reason why people still visit Bay Hill even after Palmer’s passing. Many clubs could learn from the example set at Bay Hill.
During my visit, the championship golf course at Bay Hill was in spectacular condition. Being only a month and a half out from the PGA Tour’s annual Arnold Palmer Invitational, the preparations for the event were well underway. With grandstands up, scoreboards being installed, and other infrastructure being brought in there was a real sense of pride permeating over the grounds. Throughout the round, Roy Saunders provided me with an insider’s perspective on how the club hosts its most important event. It was a cold and windy day for golf, but the good company and first-hand knowledge of the course from my host made for an exceptional outing.
Beyond the wonderful hospitality and energy of an upcoming PGA Tour event, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the golf course itself. Originally designed by Dick Wilson, the Bay Hill course has some exceptional holes that provide for both drama and charm. The holes routed among the natural lakes on the property are among some of the most interesting in the Sunshine State. The Dick Wilson routing remains largely intact but there have been many renovations overseen by the Arnold Palmer Design Company over the years. The course is both challenging and scenic with plenty of opportunities to create memorable shots by playing boldly – just like the Kind prescribed.
After our round, my host was kind enough to invite me up to Arnold Palmer’s office and sign the King’s guest book. I must admit, the fan in me was overjoyed as I had the chance to sit at Palmer’s desk and affix my signature next to many other admiring members of Arnie’s Army. Looking around the room from behind Palmer’s desk served as a reminder for just how big his global reach was and still is. It was a special way to cap off my visit to Bay Hill.
With a new appreciation for Bay Hill and the legacy of its former owner, I’m excited to watch the worlds best compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year. There is no doubt that Roy Saunders, the Palmer family, and everyone involved at the club will be putting on a first-class event and the story of the King will once again be on full display. I’ve been fortunate to have some great golf experiences in my life and getting to see Bay Hill and the world of Arnold Palmer as a guest of his family was among the more memorable days I’ve had in the game. If you get the opportunity to enjoy some time at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge I highly suggest you do so.
Cheers and long live the King!
If you make it to Bay Hill, don’t miss the Bay window chili at the turn! It’s the best golf course chili I’ve ever sampled!