Meet the Writers & Photographers

The stories and photographs on this website are written and photographed by some of the most qualified in the travel and golf writing profession.  Extra attention is given to making sure all facts are correct and updated as often as possible.  We are very proud of the credentials of our staff.

Ed Stone, Editor/Publisher

Ed Stone

Ed has played golf on more than 500 courses in the United States and foreign countries.  He loves the sport and enjoys promoting outstanding locations that helps to preserve the game and the natural enviroment.

With over 50 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry, Stone has a wealth of knowledge and experience in tourism and attraction marketing. He has held director and vice president positions with Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia and Opryland USA in Nashville, Tennessee.  For thirteen years he owned his own Marketing & Communications Agency, Stone & Associates in Hendersonville, Tennessee with major regional and national accounts. Ed continues to provide marketing & communications services to a select group of clients under the name of Stone Communications.

Ed has major accomplishments in the areas of marketing, research and development planning, advertising, public relations, publicity, sales, television and event production. While vice president of marketing at the Opryland USA complex, he was the executive producer for several major television specials on NBC, ABC, CBS, TNN as well as working on many syndicated television shows.. 
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady School of Journalism with a B.S. degree. Ed is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) where he has been honored with Marco Polo status (the highest honored SATW can bestow upon an Associate member) and a trustee for the SATW Foundation.
He is the recipient of a coveted "SATW Bill Muster Photo Award" and the Central States Chapter of SATW has awarded Ed with over a dozen prize-winning photography awards in the areas of scenic, people and overall.

Ed is an accomplished photographer and an avid golfer. He lives in Tennessee in the summer and Florida in the winter.

Fran Stone
Assistant Editor/Researcher

Fran Stone has been an integral part of since its inception.  Her responsibilities include research, editing, writing and coordinating travel schedules.

Fran has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Florida Southern College and has completed graduate computer training courses and seminars in financial planning, management and marketing.

She is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling with Ed, taking notes, editing copy/articles, photographs and gathering research information.

Bill Hensley
Golf & Travel Writer

Bill is a veteran travel and golf writer based in Charlotte, N.C.  He has been named to the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame and the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. He has long been a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and has been honored with Marco Polo status.

Bill was recently elected to the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame. An English major, he was graduated from Wake Forest and served as editor of the college newspaper, Old Gold and Black. A former SATW secretary-treasurer, he is also a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Hensley is a veteran writer/promoter. CLICK HERE to read more about Bill Hensley.

Steve Donahue
Golf & Travel Writer

Steve Donahue brings some 25 years of golf-industry and 14-plus years of daily newspaper experience to as a freelance contributor of golf resort/destination features and golf course articles. The well-respected avid golfer has a passion for travel writing and golf course architecture, and is a Golf Digest course-rating panelist. He has played more than 850 golf courses in all 50 states and 10 countries.
Donahue has contributed to nearly 70 worldwide, national, regional and local magazines, websites, newspapers, PR/marketing firms and books as a writer and editor. The versatile journalist has worn many hats during his career, initially working his way up from copy boy to Assistant Sports Editor at the Waterbury Republican-American, a major Connecticut daily newspaper. His golf resume includes Managing Editor stints at Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine publications, and as Editor of Divot Communication’s eight northeast regional golf magazines.
Donahue — a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), Metropolitan Golf Writers Association (MGWA) and Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA) — has earned numerous national and regional awards. He has won the International Network of Golf’s Equipment Reporter of the Year Award; won the Jesse Neal Award from the American Business Press three consecutive years; captured a Folio Award; finished first regionally and third nationally in the American Society of Business Press Editors’ writing competition; and earned a national honorable mention in the American Society of Business Press Editors’ Editorial & Graphics Excellence competition.
A lifetime Nutmegger, Donahue lives in Watertown, Conn., with his wife Debra, married in 1981. They have two adult children, Patrick and Allison.

Mike May
Golf & Travel Writer

Mike May is a freelance golf writer based in Wellington, Florida.  Mike, an avid golfer, is also a member of the Golf Writers Association of America.  He traces his roots as a golf writer to the 1983 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale -- which he attended for all four days -- and then voluntarily wrote his own account of that major championship event. 

In addition to being a golf writer, Mike coaches girls high school basketball, officiates high school soccer, and works with a cause (PHIT America) that is focused on bringing daily P.E. back to all U.S. schools.  Mike is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a degree in broadcasting.

Mike can be reached on email at:

Cindy Janssens
Golf & Travel Writer

Cindy is a former newspaper writer and editor turned freelance writer. She is the former travel editor and Sunday magazine editor of The Detroit News. In addition, she has worked for newspapers in California, Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Ohio University.

She has been active for many years in the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and was national president of the 1,200-member professional organization in 1998. Cindy began combining golf with her travel writing. She decided to combine her golfing with her writing. In 2002, she wrote the Midwest section of “Fairways: America’s Greatest Golf Resorts.”

Cindy lives in southwest Florida, living in a golf community near Naples. In addition to writing about golf, Janssen travels extensively and reports on cruising, resorts and golf courses around the world.

Bill Nestor
Golf & Travel Writer/Photographer


Bill brings a divergent background as a freelance contributor to
An earlier career devoted to academia and experiential travel study initiated a life long pursuit of exploring people and their cultures, habitats and ecosystems, flora and fauna, environments and lifestyles worldwide. Communicating his observations and experiences has evolved to its present day style as writer of stories and articles in a variety of publications.

Bill's freelance travel, golf, food, nature and lifestyle stories have appeared at; in Garden State Golf, New York Golf, Commonwealth Golf, New Hampshire Golf magazines; as consulting and contributing editor for GolfStyles New Jersey magazine; as contributing writer to Cigar Aficionado magazine and, Nature Travel Network, Mexico Report, Golf Today, Sustainable Land Development and bilingual publications Sayulita magazine, St. Regis Punta Mita magazine and Mayakoba magazine.
His first book, an award winning non-fiction trade publication, Into Winter-Discovering A Season was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1981. He is a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA); Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA); International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA); Metropolitan Golf Writers Association (MGWA).
Bill is former publisher and editorial director of Divot's upscale regional golf lifestyle publications.  He has worked with the New York Times, Gruner & Jhar, and Miller Freeman magazine divisions in New York City; was editor of Northeast Sun, a solar and alternative energy magazine; taught natural history, ornithology, environmental studies, and science education at New England College and Antioch New England Graduate School where he developed, led and instructed field studies, courses and travel explorations: Canoeing Natural History of the Florida Everglades, Birds of Texas and Mexico, The American Southwest/Nature and Culture, Ecological Sailing Study- Key West to Central America, and Nature & Lifestyles of GaspĂ© and the Canadian maritimes.
Bill earned a B.A. from Glassboro College and Environmental Studies M.S. from Antioch New England Graduate School.
He is a father and grandfather who resides at a hilltop home in southern Vermont with his wife Flo and enjoys playing golf, fly fishing, mountain sunrises, ocean sunsets and moonlit star filled nights.

Ray Chatelin
Golf & Travel Writer/Photographer

Ray has never seen a golf course he didn’t like, whether it’s a high end resort course, a PGA Tour event layout, a muni, or one carved from a sheep meadow. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Golf Writers Association of America, he works with his photographer/wife, Toshi, and has been published in numerous travel and golf publications. He and Toshi recently teamed on producing The Seattle and Vancouver Guide, the 14th guide Ray has either authored or co-authored.


Toshi Chatelin
Golf & Travel Writer/Photographer

Toshi is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and works as a freelance photographer. Her work has been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines and books, the latest of which is the Seattle and Vancouver Guide.

She began photographing golf courses in the 1980s on one of her trips to New Zealand. She works with her writer husband and fellow golfer, Ray. Living in British Columbia, Canada, she and Ray travel around the world for work and play. She loves coming across hidden golf gems that aren’t highly publicized or photographed.

Jim Claggett
Golf Writer/Photographer

Jim retired from 39 years of working in radio, television and newspapers as a reporter, editor, news director and videographer. The world of media has provided him with a platform to tell stories and continue to doing just that, freelancing for various golf publications in Western Canada, including Inside Golf magazine, Alberta Golfer and On The Links, along with his sports website,

The game of golf has given him opportunities to meet people who are part of this game and to experience the game in such varied locations on both sides of the 49th parallel.

Golf is really a game for life, so I hope to continue to play and write about this sport for many years to come.

On a personal note, he has decided not to work so hard at trying to shoot his age and instead try to shoot his weight (imperial or metric).

Bill May
PGA Professional & Instructor

One of golf's finest instructors and PGA professional.  Bill provides oversight to in the areas of new techiques for playing the game.  We've asked Billy May, Florida native and University of Houston Collegiate player to show you some of his tips and drills.  Bill May has given instruction in Maine at Wawenock Country Club, Kennebec Heights Country Club, Falmouth Country Club and Riverside. While at Falmouth Country Club, he served as Head Golf Instructor and worked directly with renowned television commentator Peter Kostis. Bill gave instruction at Pelican Sound Golf & River Club from 2007-2013 in Estero, Florida. You will find several of his golf tips videos under our "Instruction" tab.