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Interview With Mike Lehmann
Mike Lehmann, Director of Golf Ironwood Golf Course


Interview With Mike Lehmann, Director of Golf Ironwood Golf Course

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Mike Lehmann, Director of Golf at Ironwood Golf Course. He has been working at golf courses since he was fifteen years old, both public and private. Some of the courses include Nagawaukee (WI), Innisbrook (FL), Lake Vista (FL) and Ironwood (WI).

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 was introduced to the game of golf by Pete Schlicht after graduating high school.

What is your current home course?
Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wisconsin

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Helping the outings that come to the course raise thousands of dollars for their charities and causes.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
In my opinion, life is too short for pet peeves.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Though it's not really a club, my ball retriever is my most favorite tool in my bag....mostly because it is used the most and with the new grip I just put on it, it's ready for another season!

What is your favorite golf destination?
Innisbrook in Tarpon Springs, Florida

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?
TPC Sawgrass, because the last time I was there I ignored the one shot rule on the Island Green Hole #17. I hit six balls and couldn't hit the green, so I would like to go back for another try.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Larger cups for amateur speed up play and make the game more fun.

Dream foursome (living)?
My wife and my two daughters.

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Jesus, Larry Bird, and Bruce Springsteen.

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Drive for show....putt for dough....I choose both.

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of my life

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Crack of to watch the sunrise and the smell of fresh cut grass.

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power Draw for extra yardage

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Depends on who's working

6) Bathroom OR bushes?

7) Hot dog OR wrap?

8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?

9) Walking OR riding?
Walking with a caddy

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
I'll tell you after I play them

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants because the last time I wore shorts on the course, someone told me they looked like out of bounds stakes.

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Palmer without a doubt

14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Beatles because they were an all-star band

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Money...always play for something

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump it....I can't flop it

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Gamble...go big or go home

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18...but 27 at Ironwood is the perfect number

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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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