Interview With Clint Hutchens GM/Head Professional Baraboo Country Club
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Clint Hutchens, the GM/Head Professional at Baraboo Country Club. 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?
Attended Campbell University's Professional Golf Management program in North Carolina.
Moved back to WI taking the 1st Assistant position at Wild Rock Golf Club.
Moved across town to Trappers Turn as the Head Professional.
Was able to "come home" to the Baraboo Country Club in 2011.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
I first swung the club while tagging along on Dad's golf trips. I didn't take the game really seriously until a friend encouraged me to try out for the high school team the summer after my freshman year. Luckily we weren't very good and I was able to make the Varsity in my first year on the team.
What is your current home course?
My current home course is the Baraboo Country Club in Baraboo, WI.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
My favorite story of determination was my junior year when I shot a 47 on the front nine suffering 6 penalty strokes during our Regional tournament. I went on to lip out on 18 for eagle and came back with a 33 on the back nine for a smooth 80 and a trip to Sectionals!
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
It really bothers me when golfers that have no reason to be good get frustrated with their ability. If you don't practice and play once a week, why on earth should you expect to break 80?
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
I love my 52 degree gap wedge. I am able to hit a lot of shots with that club. If I am between 20 yards to 120 yards...look out!
What is your favorite golf destination?
After having played Whistling Straits I really can't imagine a better test of golfing ability. Those of us desiring the challenge of zero forgiveness will be drawn to this course for the rest of our lives.
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?
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I think we should allow even fewer clubs in the bag. I am always impressed by how well my members play in the events where we restrict the number of clubs they can carry. It really keeps the thought process to a minimum and puts more emphasis on shot making.
Dream foursome (living)?
Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Dave Feherty and myself.
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and myself.
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of my life...
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight? Twilight!!
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Fade for control...
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Whatever is available...
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
I will take my chances in the trap any day.
9) Walking OR riding?
Cart golf = More golf
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
3-iron and 3-hybrid...uh-oh!
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long Par 5.
12) Pants OR Shorts?
Shorts...but then again I have great legs!
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
America's own...Mr. Presley.
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
You have to have a little something on the line...don't you?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
Revised: 02/19/2013 - Article Viewed 20,627 Times - View Golf Course Profile
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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