Interview With Colin Gooch PGA Director of Golf Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Colin Gooch, the PGA Director of Golf at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. 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?
Colin Gooch is the Director of Golf at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington, KY. Griffin Gate Golf Club is managed by Marriott Golf, which operates over 40 golf facilities worldwide. Colin has brought over 15 years of experience in the golfing industry to Griffin Gate Golf Club after working in all facets of golf operations including: high-end private clubs, destination resorts and public facilities.
Colin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC and prides himself on being a constant learner. Colin feels that attention to detail and customer service are essential in this industry and members and events frequent the club due to these qualities.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started off playing golf with my dad and grandfather. During the summers and after my grandfather retired, he and I would play 36 holes a day just about every day.
What is your current home course?
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, Lexington, KY Providence Golf and Country Club, Providence, KY
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Being named Director of Golf at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. After living in Atlanta, Washington, DC, Palm Desert, CA and Jupiter, FL working at other golf facilities, it's rewarding to be able to come back to my home state to get this golf facility back on the map in the state and the region.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
On the course, tucked in shirts. Let's go play! Make the game fun and not so much about what your clothes look like.
Off the course, no Maker's Mark.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver. Hitting the big dog 300 down the middle is a great way to start a hole.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Pinehurst, NC. All golf, all the time.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
St. Andrew's. To play the home of golf would be a great and rewarding experience.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Torrey Pines, in San Diego. The beautiful ocean views and perfect weather. Just a great experience.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Long putters. I don't use one, but it was a knee jerk reaction to change the rule after a few major winners were using it.
Dream foursome (living)?
Father, Brother, Arnold Palmer, myself. Doesn't matter where
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Grandfather, Father, Brother and myself.
Favorite 19th hole drink?
Woodford reserve on the rocks.
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
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?
3 iron. Love it!
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR 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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Written By: 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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