Meet the Writers & Photographers
of GoGolfandTravel.com


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
Editor/Publisher


Ed has played golf on more than 350 courses in the United States and foreign countries.  He loves the sport and enjoys promoting outstanding locations that helps to preserve the game.

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 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 specials. 
 
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 GoGolfandTravel.com since its inception.  Her responsibilities include research, editing, writing and coordinating travel schedules.

Fran has a Bachelor of Science degree 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, photographs and gathering research information.


Larry Mayran
Golf & Travel Writer/Photographer


Member of the Society of American Travel Writers for more than 48 years, Larry Mayran has journeyed to many of the world’s most remote and exotic destinations. He has traveled to within 600 miles of the North Pole in Thule, Greenland, down to Patagonian Chile and Puerto Williams at the tip of South America, just short of Antarctica. And from Mt. Everest, in Nepal, the highest point on earth to the lowest, the Dead Sea in Israel.

In his endless pursuit of golfing ventures he has traversed terrains ranging from sand greens in Tunisia to giant pot bunkers in St. Andrews, Scotland. His travel stories and photographic images have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union, Ft. Worth Star Telegram, and Points North, Sports Unlimited, Southern Distinction, Travelgirl and The Green magazines. Since September, 2015 he has also been the travel columnist of the Greensboro (GA) Herald Journal.


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.

 
Steve Donahue
Golf & Travel Writer

 
Steve Donahue brings 22 years of golf-industry and 14-plus years of daily newspaper experience to GoGolfandTravel.com 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: mmaymarketing@gmail.com


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 about five years ago, when she and her husband relocated to Northwest Michigan, one of America’s finest golfing areas. She couldn’t resist the lure of the links and began playing regularly…then decided to combine her golfing with her writing. In 2002, she wrote the Midwest section of “Fairways: America’s Greatest Golf Resorts.”

Cindy and her husband Chet now spend their winters in southwest Florida, living in a golf community near Naples. In addition to writing about golf in Michigan and Florida, Janssens travels extensively and reports on resorts and courses all over the world. You may contact her at cindy@cbjwrites.com or check out her website at www.cbjwrites.com.

Chet Janssens

Golf & Travel Photographer

After a successful career in the marine industry where he was president of Crusader Engines for 25 years, Chet retired and took up traveling, accompanying his wife Cindy on trips all over the world.

Long a dedicated golfer and photographer, Chet figured out early on that shooting pictures to accompany Cindy’s story was smart business. He now sells his photographs to a number of magazines and websites.


Bill Nestor
Golf & Travel Writer/Photographer


Bill brings a divergent background as a freelance contributor to GoGolfandTravel.com
 
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, environment, lifestyles, avocations and vocations. 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 writing has appeared in Garden State Golf, New York Golf, Commonwealth Golf and New Hampshire Golf magazines; as Consulting and Contributing Editor in GolfStyles magazine; as contributing writer to cigaraficionado.com,  Drinking & Dining column and; contributing writer to Golf Today and Sustainable Land Development.
 
His first book, an award winning non-fiction trade publication, Into Winter-Discovering A Season was published by Houghton Mifflin just after graduate school. He is a member of the International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA); Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA); Travel Editors & Freelance Journalists; International Travel Writers Alliance; World Wide Travel Writers; Travel Media Pros; 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 worked with the New York Times, Gruner & Jhar, and Miller Freeman magazine divisions in New York City; edited 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; developed and taught field studies- Canoeing Natural History of the Florida Everglades, Birds of Texas and Mexico, The American Southwest/Nature and Culture, Ecological Sailing Study- Florida Keys to Central America, and Fauna of Gaspe'  Peninsula & Maritimes.
 
Bill earned a B.A. from Glassboro College and Environmental Studies M.S. from Antioch New England Graduate School. 
 
He resides 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.


Bill May
PGA Professional & Instructor

One of golf's finest instructor and PGA professional.  Bill provides oversight to GoGolfandTravel.com 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.