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Members of our Golf Digest community are the most committed to learning about how to play, what to play and where to play. We’re dedicated to giving you access to the best in golf, and that’s why we’ve launched the Golf Digest Happy Hour, exclusive for Golf Digest+ members.

At each Golf Digest Happy Hour, we host a webinar with a golf insider, whether it be a top coach, pro, course architect, fitness trainer, equipment fitter or any other industry expert. We dive into the topics you care about and provide you the opportunity to take part in the discussion.

Not a Golf Digest+ member yet? Be sure to sign up here so you can join future Happy Hours and access the recordings of all previous webinars. Scroll on for information on all previous editions of the Golf Digest Happy Hour, and be sure to click through to find the full recording, key takeaways and the complete transcript.

April 4: The true story of Augusta National's near demise, according to the club's leading expert

The fascinating history of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters is also a story of what could have been given the ambitious initial plans for the club.

That Augusta National and the Masters survived early financial troubles and grew into what they are today is “mainly a credit to the stubborn single-mindedness of Clifford Roberts,” writes David Owen, a longtime New Yorker and Golf Digest writer and preeminent historian on the Masters. While writing a comprehensive history of the club and Masters in his book, “The Making of the Masters,” Owen was granted exclusive access to the Augusta National Golf Club archives. He lived on the club grounds on and off, playing the course often, during this time

Owen gave his unique insight to Golf Digest+ members during our hour-long Q&A. Using early photography of the club, Owen discussed Augusta National’s formative years, including Bobby Jones’ and Clifford Roberts’ ambitious plans for two 18-hole courses (one for women), a sprawling neoclassical clubhouse and a golf Hall of Fame.

March 26: How to avoid the mental 'landmines' of golf, with Dr. Bhrett McCabe

Most of us are not blessed with the physical capabilities of the modern tour pro, but those limits don’t exist as much on the mental side. There is nothing preventing us from thinking like the best players in the world.

That’s why we’re excited about this Golf Digest Happy Hour. on the mental landmines of golf Dr. McCabe is a licensed clinical and sports psychologist who works with a number of golfers on tour, including Jon Rahm, Nick Dunlap, Sam Burns, Billy Horschel and others.

Dr. McCabe spoke to Golf Digest+ members for an hour about a variety of topics on the mental game, including the five most common "landmines," and how we can avoid them. We also discussed how to take your range game to the course, how to learn to play with what you have, why par putts are seemingly easier than birdie putts, how to build confidence and much more.

March 12: An insider's guide to helping your kid play college golf

Is your son or daughter hooked on the game and aspiring to play golf in college? Great! An exciting journey awaits, but the road to securing a spot on a college golf team can be overwhelming.

To help junior golfers and parents navigate the complicated process, we held a Happy Hour with Dr. Katie Brophy Miles, the former Georgetown women’s golf coach and founder of Golf Globally, a consulting company dedicated to helping juniors play college golf.

Speaking for an hour to Golf Digest+ members, Dr. Miles, a two-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year, covered a wide array of topics surrounding the recruiting process, including common recruiting myths, what scores you need to shoot to play at different levels, what tournaments you should play in, how you can find a school that is the right fit and tips for being a supportive junior golf parent. Dr. Miles also answered members’ questions throughout the call.

Feb. 27: A tour-proven way to play smarter golf, with Scott Fawcett

After his mini-tour career, Fawcett created a course-management system called DECADE Golf, which is designed to help players limit "dumb" strategic mistakes. His system is popular with PGA Tour players, college golfers and anyone looking to play smarter golf.

Fawcett joined the Golf Digest Happy Hour to discuss course strategy and how average golfers can use the same system that many tour players adhere to. Speaking for over an hour to Golf Digest+ members, Fawcett used Strokes Gained statistics and shot patterns to dispel common myths about the way tour players play golf and the way you should be playing, too.