Geoff Shackelford is a Senior Writer for Golfweek magazine, a weekly contributor to Golf Channel's Morning Drive and Golf Central, is co-host of The Ringer's ShackHouse and is the author of eleven books.
His writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, Links, Golf Digest, Golf World, The Golfer, Golfweb, Golf Journal (R.I.P.), The Masters Journal, Golf Course Architecture, Golf Architecture, Golf Digest Index, Golf Digest, Golf World and golf.com.
GeoffShackelford.com was created in March 2003 to elaborate on various subjects covered in the author's books including The Future of Golf. GeoffShackelford.com was named one of the Internet's 10 best golf web sites in 2004 by SportsIllustrated.com's Gary Van Sickle and in January, 2011 became a partner website to GolfDigest.com.
Geoff attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he was member of the golf team, graduating in 1994 with a B.A. in Communication. In 2004 and 2005, The Golfer named him one of "modern golf's ten most influential writers."
Having studied golf courses all over the world with a noted interest in the "classic courses" of the 1920's, Geoff is engaged in design consulting at several classic courses and has taught golf course restoration at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design with noted architect Brian Silva.He has also addressed many groups on the subject of golf course design, including the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the Alister MacKenzie Society and the Golf Digest Panelist Summit.
Beginning in 2000, Geoff co-designed Rustic Canyon Golf Course in Moorpark, California.
A collaboration with architect Gil Hanse of Malvern, Pennsylvania, construction of the course began in 2001, with the layout opening in April, 2002. Rustic Canyon was named by Golf Digest as the Best New Affordable Public Course in America for 2002. It was ranked 76th in Golfweek's Top 100 Modern Courses for 2006. Rustic Canyon is also ranked 83rd in Golf Magazine's Top 100 You Can Play (2006). Another collaboration with Hanse and Jim Wagner produced the Horse Course at the Prairie Club (2009). In 2010, a restoration of George Thomas's Los Angeles Country Club's North Course design was unveiled, followed by a renovation of the club's South Course in 2016.
In 2011 he published his first non-golf book about his visits with racing legend Zenyatta.
In 2017 GeoffShackelford.com became part of the USA Today Sports Media Group's network.
January 19th, 2017 | 1 hr 12 mins
Former player and CBS commentator Dottie Pepper joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri for an all encompassing chat about the state of the game, golf course architecture and lots more on episode 70.
November 1st, 2016 | 55 mins 12 secs
Does the Titleist float tell us anything about the state of the game, are more golfers 'getting' course architecture and can 72 hole stroke play continue to be the future of the game? Geoff Shackelford and Mike Clayton break down all that and more...
September 21st, 2016 | 1 hr 15 mins
Richard Gillis' new book The Captain Myth is a fascinating study of the role of the Captains at the biennial Ryder Cup. On episode 68 he joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to discuss the book and so much more about the game and...
June 24th, 2016 | 1 hr 17 mins
Legendary club designer and short game expert Roger Cleveland has been around the world's best players for the best part of 40 years and joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri on episode 67 of State of the Game.
June 15th, 2016 | 59 mins 15 secs
2006 US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to discuss the year's second major at Oakmont.
April 1st, 2016 | 1 hr 5 mins
Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri chat about the upcoming US Masters plus get sidetracked by all things effecting the game both on and off the course.
March 6th, 2016 | 1 hr 12 mins
Christina Kim is one of the LPGA Tour's most popular and outspoken players and she joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayotn and Rod Morri for episode 64 of State of the Game.
January 6th, 2016 | 1 hr 7 mins
After one of the most memorable years in major championship golf BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter has written a book simply title The Majors 2015. He joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to discuss that, and a range of other topics,...
November 13th, 2015 | 58 mins 53 secs
Ru Macdonald is host of the brilliant Scottish Golf Podcast which publishes weekly and he joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri on this episode to discuss all things golf in Scotland.
October 27th, 2015 | 1 hr 1 min
Co-host Mike Clayton has been travelling the globe and doubles as guest this week when he joins Geoff Shackelford and Rod Morri to talk Presidents Cup, why Korea's women are so good and an impending golf downturn in China.
September 5th, 2015 | 1 hr 7 mins
Former PGA Tour now Champions Tour player Grant Waite joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to chat all things Tiger Woods, Chris Como, Greg Norman and golf in general.
July 29th, 2015 | 1 hr 13 mins
Mike Clayton and Geoff Shackelford join Rod Morri to talk about golf in the UK with both having attended The Open at St Andrews and squeezed in a bunch of extra golf as well.
June 27th, 2015 | 1 hr 12 mins
Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri are joined by 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy to talk Chambers Bay and the upcoming Open Championship.
June 12th, 2015 | 1 hr 4 mins
Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri are joined by golf course architect Jay Blasi, the man largely responsible for the design of US Open host course Chambers Bay
May 29th, 2015 | 1 hr 10 mins
Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri talk to Terry Koehler, the man behind bringing Hogan golf clubs back to the game
April 24th, 2015 | 1 hr 14 mins
Geoff Shackelford, Mike CLayton and Rod Morri are joined by their first return SOG guest, NBC and Golf Channel stalwart Gil Capps.