James (Jim) Dodson is currently Writer-in-Residence for The Pilot newspaper and Editor of award-winning PineStraw Magazine the arts and culture magazine of the Carolina Sandhills. He also serves as Founding Editor of O.Henry Magazine, the arts and culture sister publication in Greensboro, and Salt Magazine in Wilmington.
Over the course of a 30-year golf writing career, Dodson’s work has earned more than a dozen major awards from the Golf Writers of America and other industry organizations. For two decades, he was a Contributing Editor and regular columnist for Golf Magazine, and Golf and Travel Correspondent for Departures Magazine of American Express. He also served as Distinguished Charles Rubin Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in Virginia.
Dodson’s many journalism awards include the prestigious William Allen White Award for Public Affairs Journalism plus numerous newspaper and magazine industry awards. His work has appeared in over 50 magazines and newspapers worldwide. He is member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the official historian of Seminole Golf Club.
His critically-acclaimed and bestselling books include Final Rounds, Faithful Travelers, The Dewsweepers, Beautiful Madness, The Road to Somewhere, A Golfer’s Life (with Arnold Palmer), and Ben Hogan – An American Life, which won the Herbert Warren Wind/USGA International Book Award for 2004. In 2008, he was a featured commentator in the award-winning HBO documentary “Back Nine at Cherry Hills.”
A Son of the Game, published in 2009, was named “Top Golf Book of the Year” by the International Network of Golf, the same award Final Rounds won in 1997. American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Age of Modern Golf, published in 2012, won the USGA Herbert Warren Wind Award for 2012, making Dodson only one of two authors to win the award. The book was also selected as one of the top 100 Books of 2012 by the New York Times and inspired a documentary of the same name on Golf Channel, with a script by the author. His most recent book, The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime, was published in 2017 by Simon & Schuster.
In early 2011, Dodson was named winner of the prestigious Donald Ross Award, given annually by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, for his significant literary contributions to the game of golf. This same year he was selected for membership in the Order of the Longleaf by the governor of North Carolina, the highest civilian award bestowed on a native son of the state.
Dodson and his wife divide their time between Southern Pines and Greensboro, North Carolina.