Interview With Marc Heidkamp, Director of Golf, Old Orchard Country Club
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Marc Heidkamp, Director of Golf, at Old Orchard Country Club. He started working in golf at the age of 10 as a caddie and work up the ladder to become a Golf Professional. Has been employed at Old Orchard for the past 31 years.
The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry
When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
I started as a caddie and my grandfather introduced me to golf. I loved the game from the first time. He would take us to a little 9 hole course outside of Green Bay. I will always remember the fresh smell of grass being mowed and playing with him using hickory shafted clubs.
What is your current home course?
Old Orchard Country Club
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment has to be teaching a new student and watching the develop into a great player. I have been blessed with the ability to connect well with people and help them learn the game I most enjoy.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
I would have to say waiting for someone to hit the ball and that person has no chance at reaching the green. After watching that type of golfer 9 out of 10 time after they wait to hit to perfect shot that Tiger Woods can't even hit, they top the ball. This type of player we call, The unrealistic Golfer.
What is your favorite golf destination?
I would have to say Punta Cana, What a beautiful place to play.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Saint Andrew. The cradle of golf
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
I would go to River Bend in Wisconsin. I have to play better there, I know I can do it.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I would change the cup size. It would speed up play and make for better scoring. So many times you hit several great shots and end up missing the hole by a fraction of an inch. Let's say the cup size could be 5 inches.
Dream foursome (living)?
Terry Heidkamp, Bill Miller, Scot Ramm and me.
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Tim Heidkamp USMC
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
9) Walking OR riding?
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long Par 5
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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