Joe Passov is a Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) award-winning journalist who has been writing about golf since 1991, with a specialty in travel, golf course architecture and history. Perhaps best known for his popular “Travelin’ Joe” and “Eye on Design” columns, Mr. Passov has had more than 2,000 articles published in nearly 100 publications in North America, the U.K. and Asia. In May 2019, the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) honored Joe with its Donald Ross Award, for contributions to golf and to golf course design.
Most recently, Joe enjoyed a 13-year run as Managing Editor for Travel and Course Rankings at GOLF Magazine and golf.com. In his rankings capacity, he was Chairman of the International Panel that ranks GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World and in the U.S. He was also instrumental in compiling the candidates and winners in the Best New Courses category, Top 100 Resorts, Top 50 Golf Communities, Top 100 Courses You Can Play and Best Courses in Each State.
Joe was formerly Editor-in-Chief of LINKS Magazine and prior to that appointment, was a senior staff editor at three other major national golf publications. Passov also served on the Golf Digest National Course Ranking Panel from 1987 through 1995. He remains the youngest panelist appointed in Golf Digest’s history. In addition, he was a member of the Golfweek Course Raters team from 2000-2005.
Joe has written, co-written or contributed to a half-dozen golf books, including the club histories at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, Enhance Anting, in Shanghai, China and Mauna Kea in Hawaii. An avid traveler, Joe’s journeys have provided him with golf experiences on more than 1,800 courses in all 50 states and in 35 countries, and at more than 100 of the world’s top-ranked resorts. As a media member, he has attended 17 Masters, 13 U.S. Opens, seven Ryder Cups and many other significant events in professional and amateur golf.
Mr. Passov graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1988. He lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, with his wife Betsy.