The Golfer "Emerald Achievement Award"

In The Golfer's 2004 annual "Emerald Achievement Awards," the magazine featured a photo of Grounds for Golf and wrote:

"Since golf is a game known for its civility and politeness, contrarian viewpoints are sometimes discouraged. Fortunately, golf is lucky to have a voice like Geoff Shackelford, who is happy to call it as he sees it. Though he has cultivated a reputation as a curmudgeon in the world of golf course criticism, his well-researched opinions and diatribes have extended to other areas where he feels the game is headed for trouble, in particular the threat of technology to classic courses."