About

There are a lot of golf sites out there, and honestly, many of them aren’t very good.

They’re focused on pros, and aren’t written for the amateur golfer.

My name is Sean, and I created Breaking Eighty because it’s the golf site I would want to read.

Sean Ogle Crosswater

On the 12th Tee at Crosswater in Sunriver, Oregon

What can you expect on the site?

Well for starters, you’ll get one sweet golf product review every Wednesday. I love new gadgets, devices, clothes, and training aids – so as I test these things, you’ll get completely unbiased reviews from me.

I’ve also set a goal to play all of the Top 100 and Top 100 Public Courses by the age of 35.  For every course I play I do a full recap with photos of every hole (I even lug a giant DSLR around the course)…the things I do for you guys! 🙂

You can check out my progress here. About a year in, I’ve played 11 Top 100 and 23 Top 100 Public.

You’ll also get the occasional ranking post, photo post, and course video. Something you love or want to see more of? Let me know!

If you like awesome golf photos, check out our Instagram account. One cool photo a day. Nothing more, nothing less.

Frequently Asked Questions About Me

I live a pretty unique lifestyle, so I get a lot of the same questions over and over. Here are some of the most common.

Do You Have a Job?

I left my job as a financial analyst about 4 years ago, moved to Thailand, and started a few online businesses.  I work for myself, and specifically I help people build small businesses they can run from anywhere on Earth. I travel 3-4 months out of the year, and the rest of the time Portland, OR is my home base.

You can learn more about all of that on my other site, Location 180.

How Can You Afford to Travel So Much?

I’ve specifically built a business that has very low overhead. It’s just me and our amazing community manager Liz Froment, and without expenses like payroll and office space, I can live pretty cheaply.  Not to mention all of my travel is a business expense 🙂

What’s Your Handicap?

I’m currently a 12.5. But I was an 18 as recently as a year ago. I play a lot of golf.

I Know a Member at a Top 100 Course, Want an Intro?

YES. ABSOLUTELY. PLEASE.

My favorite part about this adventure is figuring out how to play some of the Top 100 courses. So far each one I’ve played has been due to a very different route. I love getting to meet new people, and playing with members of these courses is always a really special experience and full of great stories.

So if you’d like to help out with an intro, shoot me an email at sean@breakingeighty.com.

Why Play the Top 100 and Top 100 Public?

Why not do it? There’s only a handful of people who can say they’ve played all of these courses, and I love to travel.  I started just doing the public courses, because I knew it was just a matter of time and money with those. Pretty quickly however I realized it was the Top 100 I really wanted to play.

So I decided to do both. I’m currently 29, and the goal is to play them all by the age of 35.

How Are You Going to Get on Augusta National?

I have no idea.

What’s Your Favorite Course?

There’s been so many good ones, but currently it’s a toss up between The Golf Club at Black Rock in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Bandon Trails.

I Love Golf Too, Can I Write a Post for You?

You bet! Send us an email, and pitch us some ideas!

Also special thanks to Crime & Partners, a creative agency based in Bend, Oregon for help with the logos and site branding.


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  1. Mark

    I really like the site. I live just north in Battle Ground, what is your favorite local course? Do you ever need a playing partner? I’m a 14-15 handicap and I love playing golf year round. Cheers!!!

  2. DavidL

    Love the site. I can tell you put time and effort into each post and they’re fun to read, though some of them make me pretty jealous! Keep up the good work!

  3. Justin

    Great site mate. Have enjoyed the reading, the piece on Seamus Golf got me to your site. A bit envious that you are a part time golfer for occupation! If you find yourself in Texas let me know. Cheers!


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