Interview With Bill Rabuck - PGA General Manager Hartford Golf Club
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Bill Rabuck, PGA General Manager Hartford Golf Club. Bill started his career as an Assistant for Skip Simonds, and Eddie Terasa. He later became Head Professional at Mequon CC, then THE BOG and now is at Hartford Golf Club.
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?
1980 (12 years old), introduced by brother Dave (also member PGA)
What is your current home course?
Hartford Golf Club
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Being in the business of golf means that my pride involves my club being successful. Currently we are up in members and revenues...so every day makes me proud here.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Every one thinks that they are a fast player simply because they know someone who is slower than they are.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Kohler/whistling straights, Scottsdale/phoenix.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Hartford Golf Club...or North Hills Country Club
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Public entities owning golf facilities. I'm not a fan of hard working individuals having to compete against their own tax dollars.
Dream foursome (living)?
Brother Mike, Brother Dave, Brother - in - law Joe (did it for the first time this July).
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Jesus Christ, Jim Morrison, and My late mother Germaine.
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Sinking Long Putt.
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Hole in one (never had one)
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Twilight (always working early)
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power fade (my power draw misses the course)
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Both!!! Revenues matter
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot dog (those who know me know im not a wrap guy)
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
Bunker shot (statistically better for me)
9) Walking OR riding?
RIDING!!! Revenue matters
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
3 iron and 17 degree hybrid
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
long par 5
12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants (nobody benefits from me and shorts)
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
was always a Nicklaus guy growing up because of my age, however, there will only be one KING.
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
money (which is fun)
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
bump and run
17) Lay up OR gamble?
lay up always
18) 18 holes OR 36?
36, riding, with bev cart and halfway house (revenue matters).
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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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