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.
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.
March 27th, 2015 | 1 hr 5 mins
Award winning Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to talk about his new book Men In Green to be released in April.
March 19th, 2015 | 56 mins 26 secs
Mike Clayton and Geoff Shackelford join Rod Morri to talk US Masters, golf course design and set up and potential merger talks between European and Australian Tours...
March 3rd, 2015 | 58 mins 11 secs
Geoff Shackelford and Mike Clayton join host Rod Morri to discuss, among other things, the effect of course set up on Royal Melbourne and Riviera as they hosted professional tournaments in the same week.
February 5th, 2015 | 45 mins 10 secs
Geof Shackelford and Mike Clayton join host Rod Morri to chat Tiger's yips, Rory's dominance, Olympic golf and more on episode 51 of State of the Game.
December 9th, 2014 | 1 hr 1 min
Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri are joined by Hank Haney, former coach to Tiger Woods and host of his own satellite radio show.
November 26th, 2014 | 1 hr 10 mins
Musician Lloyd Cole is as passionate about golf as he is music and chats with Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri about his love for the game.
November 1st, 2014 | 1 hr 9 mins
Ted Bishop, Tom Watson and some general chit chat about the beauty of Royal Melbourne and watching golf from the fairways instread of behind ropes...
October 28th, 2014 | 1 hr 7 mins
September 21st, 2014 | 56 mins 35 secs
Brian Keogh of the Irish Golf Desk joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike CLayton and Rod Morri to talk all things Ryder CUp
September 5th, 2014 | 1 hr 26 mins
He's been touted as a future Commissioner of the PGA TOUR and is regarded as one of the game's most interesting professionals and Joe Ogilvie joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to talk all things golf on this episode of State of the Game
August 21st, 2014 | 1 hr 18 mins
Former Touring Professional now Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo joins Geoff Shackelford, Mike Clayton and Rod Morri to talk all things golf.
July 30th, 2014 | 1 hr 20 mins
Golf course architect Scott Macpherson from Scott Macpherson Golf Design chats about his fascinating new book on the world's 66 Royal golf clubs as well as discussing the controversial changes to the Old Course.