Interview With Emily Bryant Director of Golf Operations at Palmetto Hall Golf Club Heritage Golf Group
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Emily Bryant, the Director of Golf Operations at Palmetto Hall Golf Club at Heritage Golf Group. 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?
I started out as a cart attendant at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama after graduating college. I worked up through the ranks and became the Head Golf Professional at Arrowhead Country Club, also in Montgomery. In March 2007 I moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and began working for the Heritage Golf Group. I have been an Assistant Golf Professional at Shipyard Golf Club and Palmetto Hall Golf Club, Golf Operations Manager at Oyster Reef Golf Club and recently returned to Palmetto Hall Golf Club as the Director of Golf Operations.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started golfing when I was a junior in college. The guy I was dating at the time was a golfer and told me to give it a try. I signed up for golf as a "physical education" class and I was hooked. My college golf team did not have many members so they put me on the team right away, even though I did not know what I was doing.
What is your current home course?
Palmetto Hall Golf Club - Arthur Hills and Robert Cupp
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I actually have 2 that I am proud of. I was promoted to Golf Operations Manager (non-PGA Member) at Oyster Reef Golf Club less than 11 months after I began working for Heritage Golf Group. The other accomplishment I am proud of is when I was given the opportunity to return to Palmetto Hall Golf Club as the Director of Golf Operations and how happy the members were that I was returning.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Probably my 54 wedge. I enjoy working the ball around the green.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Since I live at one of the greatest golf destinations I guess I would have to say I enjoy getting away to Cuscowilla Golf Club in Eatonton, Georgia.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Brora Golf Club in Scotland
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Cuscowilla Golf Club
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Scuff marks or spike marks on the green should be repairable and divots should be a free drop.
Dream foursome (living)?
Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Tom Watson, and Jim Furyk
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Payne Stewart, My Grandfather, Phil Mickelson, and Tom Watson
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Sinking a Long Putt
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of Life
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?
9) Walking OR riding?
If I am playing by myself I like to walk. If I am with others I like to ride.
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
No 3 iron - I do have a 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?
Who? I don't think I'm old enough to answer that question.
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Fun, although the occasional bet for a Scotch is fun.
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and Run
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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