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Slice with Brian Bushlach

Slice is where the golf industry insiders come to play! Brian Bushlach profiles the movers & shakers off the course, the pros inside the ropes, and the gear & golf getaways around the world.

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Jimmie James Top 100 in One Year

Every golf nut dreams of playing the Golf Digest Top 100 Courses in America. We all scratch a few of these iconic tracks off our list, and highlight a few we'll take down in the years to come. But how about playing every single one of them in one year? Few even attempt this feat. But for Jimmie James, it became a mission- not only to play the Top 100, but to test his belief that Americans still care about each other and are willing to work for the common good.


21 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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Gamble Sands Part 1: Adventure Golf

Voted best new course by Golf Digest in 2014, Gamble Sands continues to grow its stature among America's Top 100 Public Courses thanks to it's massive layout, true links style golf, and amenities that rival those of a luxury resort--- all in the middle of Eastern Washington's high desert. This is "adventure golf" at its finest. Brian makes the scenic drive from the Seattle-area to just outside Brewster, Washington to test out another masterpiece by David McLay Kidd, sample the menu, and record his first hole-in-one!


13 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Reynolds Lake Oconee

There are golf resorts, and then there's Reynolds Lake Oconee. About halfway between Atlanta & Augusta in Georgia's Lake Country, this sprawling resort community offers much more than golf. Brian revisits to play The National, and visit with the people behind the scenes at what he believes is America's top year-round resort community.


4 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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Chambers Bay: Back in Business!

The Seattle-area and Washington State were early adopters to stay-at-home orders, and unfortunately that included all golf courses. Fortunately, Phase 1 of the state's re-opening included golf courses, with precautions in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In this episode, Chambers Bay GM Zac Keener joins Brian to discuss the shutdown, the restart, and the lush fairways and greens at Chambers Bay, in the best shape ever!


14 May 2020

Rank #4

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The Second Life of Tiger Woods

Author and golf insider Michael Bamberger is back to share his latest work, "The Second Life of Tiger Woods". Most takes on Tiger focus on what he was able to overcome physically. Bamberger's in-depth reporting takes a different approach, delving into Tiger's mind where he finds peace, patience and the mental balance to return to glory. And this time, Tiger's triumph is something we can all relate to and celebrate.


14 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Masters & More with Michael Bamberger

Masters week moves to November (fingers crossed) and we ponder what a Tiger vs Phil with Friends duel might look like with golf insider Michael Bamberger, author of "The Second Life of Tiger Woods". Also, Brian & Michael reminisce about the good old days when Sports Illustrated arrived in the mailbox every week and how Golf Magazine is luring readers with it's brilliant package of style & substance.


10 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Inside Bay Hill Club & Lodge with GM Don Emery

Few clubs in America are as iconic as Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. As the PGA Tour revisits Arnie's Florida home this week, we welcome Bay Hill GM Don Emery, one of the industry's most popular and respected leaders. Don has led high profile clubs including Winter Park's Interlachen Country Club and The Riviera Country Club with his down to earth personality and gracious demeanor. Don joins us to share what makes Bay Hill so special, how he and his team keep raising the bar, and preview the 100th Anniversary celebration planned for Arnold Palmer's Latrobe Country Club.


3 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Grant Rogers: The Jedi of Bandon

It's all about the golf at Bandon Dunes. But Bandon wouldn't be Bandon without the people. The caddies, our friends in the pro shops, the excellent service staff, and Shoe greeting us upon every return. When it comes to instruction, Grant Rogers will educate you- not only about golf, but life. In this episode, Brian spends time with one of the most interesting people in the game today. "The Jedi of Bandon" shares his wisdom, including why bringing your putter inside every night will automatically improve your game.


17 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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Bandon Dunes: Sheep Ranch Preview

Can Bandon become even better? The answer in unequivocally YES. Sheep Ranch opens on June 1st, and we haven't experienced this much anticipation since Old Mac debuted at Bandon a decade ago. It's been an amazing 20 year transformation for this iconic setting on Oregon's southern coast, where no one outside of Mike Keiser could've imagined it. Brian welcomes Bandon's Michael Chupka to walk & talk us through the newest 18.


15 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Shoe: The Mayor of Bandon Dunes

As Bandon Dunes celebrates its 20th Anniversary, there's no doubt that golf is the draw. But it's the experience and the people that keep us coming back. Businessman and visionary Mike Keiser made his dream a reality here, but he shuns the limelight and allows his people to shine. The first smiling face we see upon arrival is usually Bob Gaspar, affectionately known as "Shoe". In this episode, Brian sits down with Shoe to share his story, the early days when Bandon Dunes first opened, and how he became the hero and beloved Mayor of Bandon Dunes.


6 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Kapalua Plantation Course 2.0 with Mark Rolfing

Easily the most recognizable golf course in the world, the Kapalua Plantation Course was due for a refresh after almost 30 years of entertaining tour pros and weekend warriors vacationing in Maui. Beloved NBC Sports & Golf Channel commentator Mark Rolfing joins Brian to give us a hole-by-hole, play-by-play on the updates to this iconic golf course, making it tougher for the pros, and easier for the rest of us! Mark also shares how he became "Mr. Hawaii", and has been an ambassador for this island paradise for over 40 years.


16 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Golf Life Navigators: CEO Jason Becker

In the past, choosing a golf club or second home community was largely based on word-of-mouth between friends. These days, with a premium on time and more of a focus on family, relying on a tip from your buddy can lead to a club or community that may work for him, but not you. Thanks to technology and club relationships nationwide, Golf Life Navigators has transformed this process. CEO Jason Becker joins Brian to share how tech takes this to another level, but it's still about old fashioned relationships and knowing the pros.


8 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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CBD: Boomer Golf with Brandt Jobe

We're hearing more & more about the positive benefits of CBD- especially from players on the pro tours. But what is CBD, and how is it helping players and their games? Brian welcomes perennial Champions Tour contender Brandt Jobe to the show to revisit his successful run on the Japanese Tour, the PGA Tour, injuries throughout the years, and how CBD has changed his life on & off the course on the Champions Tour.


1 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Payne Stewart Tribute with Peter Jacobsen

Payne Stewart had a number of close friends and Peter Jacobsen was one of them. While they dueled on the course, off the course Peter & Payne teamed up as two of the founding band members in the popular PGA Tour musical group Jake Trout and the Flounders. Jake joins Brian to revisit an embarrassing moment in 1989. A decade later, it shaped the indelible moment we witnessed between Payne and a young Phil Mickelson at the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst- just months before Payne's tragic death. Jake also revisits his popular Portland event, "Peter's Party", and shares why an event like that will likely never take place again.


26 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Stitch Golf with Founder Charlie Burgwyn

Known for their iconic, vintage leather headcovers, Stitch Golf has experienced exponential growth since debuting at the PGA Show in 2011. The same attention to detail in leather goods applies to apparel. Founder Charlie Burgwyn is the man who had the vision for this brand and its exacting detail. In fact, he made up his mind to go out on his own from the moment he started at another company almost a decade prior to founding Stitch. Charlie joins Brian to revisit his childhood growing up in small towns, and making his big vision a reality in the hyper competitive golf industry.


17 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Matt Ginella's Journey: Part 2

In the sequel to our last conversation, Matt joins Brian to share his love for Oregon golf- in this case, Central Oregon. While Bandon Dunes gets tons of pub, and rightfully so, a trio of Bend-area courses are in the Golf Digest Top 100 Public, and there are numerous others that rank right up there. Matt also previews the next spectacular offering at Bandon, Sheep Ranch, and shares why he's a big fan of local munis.


15 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Matt Ginella's Journey: Part 1

He has the dream gig on Golf Channel, traveling the world, teeing it up on the top courses and sharing the experiences with a wide audience on TV and social media. What many don't realize is that Matt Ginella paid his dues, working his way up behind the scenes, doing grunt work, and taking every assignment that came his way. In Part 1, Matt shares his childhood growing up in Northern California, how he landed his first job at Sports Illustrated, and the crazy schedule he keeps to make things look easy on-air.


11 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Patrick Koenig: RGV Tour Recap

Golf addicts dream of quitting their job, throwing their clubs in the trunk and taking off on an endless road trip- or until the money runs out. Patrick Koenig actually did it, parlaying his passion for golf, an eye for photography, and taking a turn at the written word, to create a life on the road and a new career. Brian connects with Patrick for a recap of his "RGV Tour".


4 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Gamble Sands Part 2: Hole-By-Hole

In Part 2 of our Gamble Sands download, Brian recaps the round with Operations Director Brian Benitz, including his hole-in-one on the 142-yard Par 3 4th hole, big birdie putts on #14 & #18, and where to hit your tee shot on the final hole to run it 300 yards! Follow along with us on the flyovers at www.gamblesands.com.


20 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Peter Jacobsen Masters Preview

In what will likely be the most competitive and compelling Masters ever, Brian welcomes former PGA Tour winner, 11-time Masters competitor, and NBC/Golf Channel commentator Peter Jacobsen to the show. Jake offers his takes on his recent trip to Austin for the WGC event, plus candid observations on Tiger, Rory and his dark horse pick to win the Masters. Plus, Peter's pick for the best restaurant in Augusta!


10 Apr 2019

Rank #20