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Interview With Jeff Simonds
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Interview With Jeff Simonds, Director of Golf Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis


Below is an interview with Jeff Simonds, Director of Golf Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Simonds played collegiate golf for The College of Idaho. Earned his degree in Politics & Economics and then turned his favorite pass time into a dream job. He has been at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort for 8 years and has loved every minute of it.

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 playing golf when I was three years old. My dad would take my brother and I out when he would play late in the day. Golf was always important to our family but my dad always kept the perspective that it was a game to be enjoyed.

What is your current home course?
I play my golf at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. I'm lucky and have 5 golf courses to choose from (Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, Old Macdonald and Bandon Preserve).

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
It was a casual round of golf on my 25th birthday. We took a golf trip to Monterey, CA and I shot even par at Cypress Point playing with my wife and dad.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Practice swings. Most golfers are just going through a motion, not actually rehearsing a swing. If you aren't swinging with a purpose, don't do it. It is just slowing down the game.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver. Even though a putt counts the same, people love the long ball and so do I.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Other than Bandon Dunes, I would say Long Island. I've played some great courses on the east coast and there are still many more to play.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Right now it's playing in Scotland. This summer my wife an I will be traveling to St. Andrews to play the Old Course, New Course, Carnoustie, Kingsbarn and a few others.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Cypress Point. It's got it all -- great routing, great setting, caddies, walking only and can never be played enough.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and say the out of bounds penalty. Stroke and distance is too penal. I think it should be played more like a lateral hazard...

Dream foursome (living)?
Easy...Marie, Peyton & Jackson. My wife has been beating me since college. And my two sons are 4 and 2. It won't be long until I'm playing with my dream foursome often.

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Harder...Mike Keiser, Herb Kohler and Donald Trump. C'mon, that would make for some interesting conversations...


18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Long Drive. Duh.

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of my life. Anyone can get lucky. 60's takes skill.

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Crack of dawn...until twilight. This is Bandon Dunes!

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power fade. Sadly the other doesn't exist in my golf swing.

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Halfway house. It's dependable.

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Bathroom.

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot dog...Better yet would be the Burger Dog.

8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
Sand. I have a club for that.

9) Walking OR riding?
Walking.

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
Both. 3-iron for the low runner, Hybrid for the high bomb.

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

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants. Nobody wants to see a local Bandon guy's legs!

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Doak. Coore & Crenshaw. Kidd. Raynor. Mcdonald. Ross. Engh... You have to work down the list a ways to get to Palmer or Nicklaus.

14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Beatles. Coo Coo Ka-Choo.

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Either. Just play.

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and run.

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Gamble. It's just a game.

18) 18 holes OR 36?
36. 45. 54. Maybe one day I'll be ready for 72.


 


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Written By: Brian Weis

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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