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Interview With Jimmy Hanlin, owner of Hanlin Golf Company

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Jimmy Hanlin, Director of Golf, TV-Radio host SportstimeOhio and ESPN Cleveland, and owner of Hanlin Golf Company. Jimmy started the game at 5 years of age and played professionally from 1994-1996. Currently host 3 golf shows on SportstimeOhio and 1 radio show on ESPN Cleveland. In addition, Jimmy, owns and operates Little Mountain CC, Stonewater GC, and Cumberland Trail GC.

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?
Started at the age of 5 with my neighbor by pounding soup cans into the ground and begging our dads to lower the mowers around the cups. First job was at Spring Hills Golf Club fixing ball marks at the age of 8.

What is your current home course?
Little Mountain CC Stonewater GC Cumberland Trail GC

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I have 5 double eagles in my career which is pretty cool. I also have won 2 emmys from television work with SportsTime Ohio. Its a tie.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
People that don't practice but get upset that the don't get better.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver!!! Isnt that everyones fav.!! Actually I've always drove the ball pretty well so that helps.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Pinehurst/Ireland Cant make a decision!

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?
Royal Portrush

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Wouldnt change a thing. I love it exactly how it is!!

Dream foursome (living)?
Phil Mickelson
Howard Stern
Denise Richards

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Arnold Palmer
Ben Hogan
Walter Hagen

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Hit it Long

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?
Just Straight

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Bev Cart

6) Bathroom OR bushes?

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
hot dog

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

9) Walking OR riding?

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid? hybrid

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

12) Pants OR Shorts?

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?

14) Beatles OR Elvis?

15) Play for fun OR play for money?

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?

17) Lay up OR gamble?

18) 18 holes OR 36?

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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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