Executive Director
Ben Kline on Pebble Beach 10th hole

"Every moment on the course, like every moment in life, it to some degree unique and unrepeatable."

Golf in the Kingdom

When I was a teenager I played golf a handful of times with a father who was passionate about the game, but I didn't get it. On the course with dad, I would easily grow frustrated. These days, I am fascinated by the game and never get bored and very rarely frustrated. There's always some lesson to be learned. For me, golf is a mirror, a source of inspiration and a wellspring of stimulating connections, both personal and phenomenological.

After working for 23 years in the Washington, D.C. area in a variety of roles in the computer and inter-networking industries, my life made a seismic shift. In 2003, I met my future wife, quit my job and moved to Marin County in Northern California. At that point I had been playing golf for a few years and was trying to figure out the next phase of my career. Influenced by my passion for golf, I got a Masters degree in sport psychology. During my studies, a friend told me about the Golf in the Kingdom workshop at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. I had already read the book and in April 2005, I attended the workshop where I met SIS founder Steve Cohen and Extraordinary Golf™ coach Bill Condaxis. That was my introduction to The Society and to so many wonderful friends and fun events. 

I look forward to getting to know many more members and serving as the Society’s leader as we all carry the torch for the Spirit of the Great Gemme together.