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Interview With Michael Gaspard, GM University Ridge Golf Course

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Michael Gaspard, General Manager University Ridge Golf Course. After graduating from UW Madison, moved to Phoenix, AZ to start career in golf. First Assistant at Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, AZ for four years. Tournament Coordinator & Head Golf Professional for five years at JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, AZ. Currently, GM at University Ridge, where I have spent last four years. 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?
Age 14, Moor Downs Golf Course, where a couple of friends introduced the game to me.

What is your current home course?
University Ridge

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Shooting 68 at Gold Canyon (Dinosaur Course) in AZ

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Golfers not fixing ball marks or not fixing them properly.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Phoenix/Scottsdale AZ

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Pebble Beach

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Ritz Carlton White Witch, Jamaica or Whisper Rock, AZ

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Time commitment. It would be nice to play/practice more, but the time commitment is so great.

Dream foursome (living)?
At my last course in Phoenix we used to have a running game that we played that you had to start like this... Last week, I decided to play golf as a single, walk-on and pulled up to the first tee and I could not believe who I would be joining..... We would try to come up with the weirdest/funniest foursome and I think the best I heard was Don Rickles, Gary Coleman, and Soleil Moon-Frye (Punky Brewster).
Honestly, myself, Tiger Woods, Bob Uecker, and Dave Matthews (he would probably just play some acoustic for us)

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

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

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Having Round of Life, as my only hole-in-one I was playing as a single and the hole was up hill so never saw it go in (worst hole-in-one ever)

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power Draw into the woods

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?
Around the green

9) Walking OR riding?
Walking, though rarely do it.

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?

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

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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