Interview With Chris Pierce Director of Golf Hermitage Golf Course
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Chris Pierce, the Director of Golf at Hermitage Golf Course. 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?
Chris Pierce was born in Nashville and raised in a suburb of the city, Hermitage, very close to HGC. He prepped at a private school in the same vicinity. After college, he tried his hand at mini tours in the southern United States for a few years before joining HGC full time in 2012.
He has one brother, Jay, and in his spare time he trades out his golf clubs for a football and assists in coaching a local high school football team.
Chris and his wife, Catlyn, a speech pathologist, live just outside Nashville with their children Ivy and Tucker, and their dog, Wrigley.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started golfing at 19 and my father introduced me to the game.
My father won a driver from a golf scramble at Hermitage Golf Course. My dad, my brother and I took the new club out to a driving range to try it out and try as I might, I couldn't get it airborne. I got teased mercilessly and it became my personal quest to become better than them. Which I succeeded in doing.
What is your current home course?
Hermitage Golf Course
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Starting the junior league at Hermitage Golf in 2012 is my proudest accomplishment. We had a handful of kids sign up that year and it's now grown to the seventh ranked program in the country and largest in the state of Tennessee.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
People who are inconsiderate.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
My driver - so I can hit bombs
What is your favorite golf destination?
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
I've got three on my bucket list: St Andrews, Pebble Beach and Augusta
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Cascata in Las Vegas
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I have two things I would change. The mindset that you need to play round of golf in 4.5 hours, and that you have to be in a foursome.
Dream foursome (living)?
I would love to play with Tiger Woods, Rory McElroy and Jon Ramm.
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Burt Reynolds, John Wayne, Sam Sneed
Favorite 19th hole drink?
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
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?
around the green, being in sand
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
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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