Interview With Bob Burns, Owner Bob Burns Golf Company
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Bob Burns president of the Bob Burns Golf Company in Appleton, Wisconsin. Bob Burns is a PGA Master Professional, Top 50 teacher, 2007 WI section teacher of the year. Bob founded Bob Burns Golf, family owned and operated business founded in 1975. The company designs and manufactures its own lines of custom-made golf clubs, training aids, accessories including its line of No Bananas Anti Slice golf equipment.
Bob has worked with the likes of Ben Hogan, Davis Love Sr, Jim Flick, Bob Toski, and Rick Smith.
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 caddying at age 10 at the Gary Country Club where my mother was a chef. From there, I learned the game of golf from the head pro. He taught the ins and out of the business including how to play. I became caddie master while in high school and later went on to play in college at Northwood University.
What is your current home course?
I don't play as much as I used to so when I play it's always somewhere new.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
One of two. My first proudest moment was from my mid twenties when I caddied at the Gary Country Club for Arnold Palmer. My second is starting Bob Burns Golf Company in 1975.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
I am pretty easy going so I don't let those little things bother me.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
At times I still carry a Bob Burns Custom persimmon wood or two and when I do, its always been my favorite.
What is your favorite golf destination?
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Augusta or Pebble Beach
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
I grew up caddying at Gary Country Club which is no longer in existence so if I could go back in time I would play GCC to remind myself of where I started.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I am good with the rules of golf. However, I would try to do as much as possible to grow the game of golf while trying to make the sport more accessible. I think there is a lot more that we as professionals and as an industry to invite and welcome new players including families and children.
Dream foursome (living)?
Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Me.
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Ben Hogan, Frank Sinatra, Sam Snead and Me.
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Sinking a putt.
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of life.
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Crack of dawn.
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?
At my age, a hybrid.
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long par 3 as it can be equally if not more challenging that the long par-5.
12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants, I love the heat.
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Palmer because I caddied for him when I was just out of college.
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and run, it's the highest percentage shot in the bag.
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
18-holes is enough.
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Brian Weis Biography:
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) and International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA).
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 zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked at West Bend Country Club on grounds crew to pay for his education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea of a network formed and GolfTrips.com was born.
Today, he is known as a fierce weekend warrior that carries a 10 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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