"Kevin Robbins writes of a famed golf career and its stunning end," Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times (Nov. 3, 2019)
"Remembering Payne Stewart," the Hawk and Rude podcast (John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, Oct. 15, 2019)
The TalkinGolf History podcast (Society of Golf Historians, Oct. 10, 2019)
The Golf Digest Podcast (Oct. 7, 2019)
The Trapdraw Podcast (No Laying Up, Oct. 6, 2019)
John Paul Newport, "Bookshelf: Tracking an Unlikely Legend," The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 27, 2019): "Mr. Robbins delves convincingly into the agonizing nitty-gritty of what it takes to miss one less fairway per round, convert one more up-and-down and make one more crucial putt — the tiny improvements that spell the difference between winning a tournament and finishing in the middle of the pack."
"Getting to know Payne Stewart," Johnny Newbern, Golfwrx.com (August 21, 2019)
Publishers Weekly (August 20, 2019): "Opening with the plane crash that killed Stewart just months after his legendary 1999 U.S. Open victory, Robbins focuses on the final year of Stewart’s life while expertly weaving in biographical details ... riveting and heartbreaking ... (an) excellent biography."
Tom Bedell, "The Bookshelf," Golf Oklahoma Magazine (August-September, 2019): "Robbins reminds us that Stewart had another significant closing act after his U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst, the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline. Robbins delves into the competition in full, yet deftly manages to divert the focus from the remarkable comeback of the U.S. team to the closing match between Stewart and Colin Montgomerie.... They shook hands and Stewart said, 'That's enough for today, don't you think?' Montgomerie said, 'I'd have to agree.' Considered in the light of what was soon to come for Stewart, this simple compassionate act is just about enough to make you weep. In any case, it did me."
"Twenty years after fatal plane crash, Payne Stewart still evokes classic golf memories," Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times (June 11, 2019)
"Twenty years later, Stewart saga still haunts," Gary Van Sickle, The Morning Read (February 22, 2019)
"Two books recognized for Herbert Warren Wind Award," United States Golf Association (January 31, 2017)
"Nine fascinating new sports books," Ross Atkin, Christian Science Monitor (June 27, 2016)
Rob Finnerty, Better Kansas City (television interview, KCTV, June 27, 2016)
Joel Nichols, Kansas City Live (television interview, KSHB, June 27, 2016)
Charlie Nance, On the Green (radio interview, WFNZ in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 19, 2016)
Adam Schupak, Golfweek (June 16, 2016): "Drawing on firsthand interviews with the Penick family and many others, Robbins details the modest and charming teacher’s long life in golf – from caddying at age 8 to his ascendance to head golf pro at Austin Country Club and unexpected fame as an author. Robbins’ words jump off the page with such clarity and vivid description. It’s evident that he researched his subject to great lengths."
W.K. Stratton, The Dallas Morning News (May 29, 2016): "Fans of the Penick-Shrake books will want to read Robbins’ biography of the great teaching pro. Robbins corrects errors that have made their way into the Penick legend. And Robbins highlights facets of Penick’s life that have gone underappreciated, such as his success as UT’s golf coach. Finally, Harvey Penick is full of facts about golf’s history in Texas."
David Owen, The Wall Street Journal (April 8, 2016): "When tour players, television commentators and weekend golfers talk about 'taking dead aim,' they’re quoting Harvey Penick, who was the head professional at Austin Country Club for almost 50 years, beginning in 1923. After he’d been on the job for a decade, he 'decided it was time to catalog his ideas,' Kevin Robbins writes in 'Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf.” “'He stopped at a store, scanned the shelves, and found just what he’d come to buy.'”
The Met Golfer (April-May 2016): "Robbins provides an abundance of rich praise and amusing anecdotes from golfing luminaries stretching from Walter Hagen to Bobby Jones to Davis Love III to Jack Nicklaus. There are hundreds of significant historical references, pages of notes, and an extensive bibliography befitting a former newspaper reporter and now a professor of journalism. Robbins has crafted a compelling and insightful look into the life of one of golf's most iconic and cherised individuals. The book is a worthy tribute and deserves a place next to the "Little Red Book" in every golfer's library."
"In Golf, as in Business and Home Improvements, Simple Truths Work Best," Roger Trapp, Forbes.com (April 6, 2016)
"Revisiting the Grandfather of Golf's Life in Texas," David Brown, Texas Standard, National Public Radio affiliate KUT 90.5 FM (April 6, 2016).
Michael MacCambridge, Austin American-Statesman (April 2, 2016): "Robbins’ portrayal of Penick’s last days, and his final 'lesson' to Ben Crenshaw, along with the dramatic coda at Augusta days after Penick was buried, is particularly stirring. Penick followed his own advice: He took dead aim at a life in golf, and never looked back. Robbins does, and the result is a readable, conscientious biography that fills in the blanks, doing justice to Penick’s lucid teachings, and the legacy he left behind — both to Austin and the world of golf."
"Life Lessons from the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf," CJ Lotz, Garden & Gun (April 2016)
Tom Ward, Rattle and Hum Sports (April 2016): "Kevin Robbins’ book is a masterpiece, painting a beautiful portrait of a man that made a lasting impact to the people he met on and off the course."
Texas Monthly (April 2016): "Like the game that Penick devoted his life to, this biography isn't noisy or flashy. But it'll have you as rapt as a crowd gathered at the eighteenth hole, waiting for that final putt to sink." (Print only. No link.)
"Q&A with Kevin Robbins, Harvey Penick Biographer," GeoffShackelford.com (March 22, 2016)
"Forward Press: Austin's First PGA Tour Stop Fittingly Starts at Harvey Penick's Place," Geoff Shackelford, GolfDigest.com (March 21, 2016)
"Today's Best Golfers Will Know Harvey Penick's Story This Week," Kirk Bohls, the Austin American-Statesman (March 21, 2016)
Library Journal (March 15, 2016): "This book will appeal to those interested in the development of golf in the 20th century, especially in Texas. It also offers an intriguing backstory to The Little Red Book."
Kirkus (January 15, 2016): "Robbins seems to have interviewed everyone who ever knew Penick, and he provides great anecdotes and stories about and from his most accomplished students, including Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, and Tom Kite. This thorough, absorbing biography is also a history of golf in America and how one man taught so many how to hit a golf ball so well."