Who Is Dylan Dethier?

We get to know the Golf.com writer a little better in this piece.

Who Is Dylan Dethier?
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Who Is Dylan Dethier?

Dylan Dethier is a Senior Writer at Golf.com and Golf Magazine, and has been in the position for several years now. Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Dethier is quite the player himself as he turned professional in 2014 and played on the PGA Tour Canada in 2015. After a T27 finish in the PGA Tour Canada Q-School-California, Dethier competed in eight events with his best finish coming in the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial. With rounds of 69-67-77-68 he finished at T40.

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On his PGA Tour profile it says his favorite golf course is Taconic GC which makes sense because it is located in Williamstown, the place of Dethier's birth. He also attended Williams College, an institution that actually owns the land, and played on the golf team there. 

However before attending the college Dethier looked to travel. Speaking to The Williams Record he said; “I went through the process of, ‘OK, if I am going to go to college 10 minutes from the house I grew up in, I should at least get out and see the rest of the country first,’” he said. “Just to get more life experience and get a little more perspective, before I was going to spend four more years in Williamstown.” 

He decided he wanted to try and play a round of golf in every state and he chronicled the experience in an online blog. 

“I think it was a fairly unique thing, because it was just an 18-year-old’s lens into …different parts of America,” Dethier said, looking back on his earlier blog posts. “And there’s something about seeing things from a fresh perspective that I think is appealing to other people that maybe know about those things in a different context.” 

This experience and writing eventually transformed into a 2013 book, 18 in America: A Young Golfer’s Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game.

“I got a bunch of offers from people that read my blog and were wondering if I’ve thought about turning it into a book,” he said. “I had thought abstractly about it, and I thought that I’d seen some interesting things that people would be intrigued by. So I went all in on that process during my first couple years at Williams.” 

In a peculiar twist, just before the publication of the book, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), suspended his eligibility as a student athlete for playing golf for profit. 

“It was hard,” Dethier said. “This was a week before my only trip ever to the national championships, so the timing was not good. And it did not have a happy ending. I ended up getting reinstated right before [the national championships] and then played just by far the two worst rounds of my college career. It was a tough stretch.”

After graduating he tried to make it as a professional for a couple of years, before eventually ending up at his current role with Golf.com and Golf Magazine.

“It was a little bit of an experiment combined with chasing a dream,” Dethier said. “I did it for two years. It was really fun. It was, again, a great way to travel, to meet a whole bunch of interesting people. And it’s funny, the way things work out: It ended up feeding me into the career that I’m now in, which is writing about golf.”

Sam Tremlett
E-commerce Editor

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer