Interview With Raymond Hearn President & Founder Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs, Inc.
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Raymond Hearn, the President & Founder at Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs, Inc. . The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.
Can you provide our readers a brief biography?
I am a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and have been practicing the art and science of golf course architecture for 27 years. 75% of my business is restoration, renovation and remodeling of existing courses in the USA. The remaining 25% is new course design overseas. I have bachelor degrees from MSU in Landscape Architecture with my emphasis area in Golf Course Architecture and Land Planning. My other four year degree is in Turfgrass Science with a minor in Soil Science. I also teach a very popular golf course design seminar for individuals who what to learn more about golf course design. In my redesign or new design work, I am referred to as a throw back to golf course designers from the classical era of golf course design.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started golfing at the age of 12. I started golfing when I started caddying at the Country Club of Detroit where I was awarded the prestigious Evans Golf Scholarship to MSU. My foundest memory was golfing with my father growing up. He was a bad golfer but we loved the time together on the golf course.
What is your current home course?
I have honorary memberships at all the courses I have designed (see www.rhgd.com). I play most at Macatawa legends CC here in Holland since it is 10 minutes from my office.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I am proud of each and every course I have designed or redesigned in my 27 year career.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
The slow growth of the game of golf. But I have a partial solution as is appearing in golf magazines around the world, please see http://europe.nxtbook.com/nxteu/tudorrose/bydesign_2012fall/index.php cover and then pages 8 - 11. This will revolutionize the game of golf providing options to introduce new players while still respecting the great game and its traditions.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
My wedges as the short game can save you when all else is failing.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Designer bias: :) My Michigan Courses My Illinois Courses
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Augusta National as I have already played most of the Top 100.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Royal County Down in Ireland
Cypress Point in California
Mistwood Golf Club in Illinois
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Make it cost less to play public courses as this would surely grow the game.
Dream foursome (living)?
Myself, Phil M. Tiger W. and Jack N.
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Myself, Donald Ross, Alsiter MacKenzie and CB MacDonald.
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?
Play for money (competition)
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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