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Dave Hallenbeck, Director of Golf at Grand Geneva Resort


Interview With Dave Hallenbeck, Grand Geneva Resort

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Dave Hallenbeck, Director of Golf at Grand Geneva Resort. Dave is celebrating his 34th season in the golf industry and has worked at Grand Geneva when it was the Playboy 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?
I started in college and did it on my own. After playing baseball, I wanted to keep active in competitive sports.

What is your current home course?
Grand Geneva Resort

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Raising over $10,000,000 for charities through golf - which I have personally been involved with during my 33 years career.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Not respecting others or a property. Just because you pay a green fee, doesn't give you the right to do what ever you feel. Golf is the only true gentleman's game left - respect it.

What is your favorite golf destination?

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Augusta National

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Dessert Mountain - Any of them

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Make the hole bigger - Everyone that has missed a putt on the lip will agree! The game is so very difficult for 95% of all golfers, so why not give some relief for the mass majority. By increasing the hole slightly, would not only offer some additional relief. But scores would decrease and the pace of play as a result. Everyone wins.

Dream foursome (living)?
Palmer - Nicklaus - George Bush - my Dad

Dream foursome (dead)?
Hogan - Nelson - Snead - my Mom
I am the 5th in both

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 life which include a HIO

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Twilight - Nothing better than a great sunset!

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Bev. Cart - for obvious reasons

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
What ever is the closest

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?

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
5 par

12) Pants OR Shorts?

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
The King - Mr. Palmer

14) Beatles OR Elvis?

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
For fun

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Still haven't perfected the flop - Bump it up

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Always go for it!!!

18) 18 holes OR 36?
If the time would allow - 36.

Revised: 01/18/2012 - Article Viewed 24,073 Times - View Golf Course Profile

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, 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 In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and 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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