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Interview With David Madden Head Golf Pro Santee National Golf Club

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with David Madden, the Head Golf Pro at Santee National Golf Club. 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 working in the golf industry when I was 15. I knew soon after that I wanted to stay in this industry. I wasn't a great golfer, but loved the business of golf and being at a place that people came to enjoy! (Most people anyway) To this day I have only worked at Golf facilities. From carts, food and bev., maint and Proshop, I have gotten a taste of all of the industry. I was asked in 1999 to temporarily fill in as Head Pro for a course that I was just working part time at while attending college. They were searching for a new Pro and I was on Summer Break. 10 Years later the search must have been still ongoing because I was still there and had become a PGA Member. I was 19 when I started filling in and couldn't even go get the Keg for an upcoming Member-Guest. I Had to send a Cart Attendant that was of age. I guess you could say I learned from experience. I still love it to this day and never mind getting up in the morning to come to work.

When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started golfing with my Dad when I was young. I really just went to drive the cart. Then I started getting a little better and had the goal of beating him. It took years. He would shoot 78-82 every time we played. I could shoot under 75 for a week straight and I would think I was ready to take him. He would get in my head and still beat me. I lost him to cancer in 2010. I think I may have won 4 or 5 time in the hundreds of rounds we played.

What is your current home course?
I currently work at Santee National Golf Club. This is where I play most of my golf.

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is becoming a PGA Member. I had to really work hard being that it was a self paced program and I was working a 60 hr min. week as a non-member golf pro.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
I have many because I know how hard it is to maintain a golf course. Seeing Carts close to the greens and tees, parking with 2 tires of the cart path, or not repairing ball marks and divots drives me crazy. Being at a public course, we see a lot of this. It will never be solved so we try to educate people instead of scolding them. We want and need them to return.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Ball Retriever. Pro V's are expensive even if you work in the golf business. JK. My putter usually saves me.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Santee, South Carolina. Is there any other place that you can play such great courses for such a value. It is a no-brainer!!!

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Has anyone not answered Augusta National yet. I go every year to see Monday's Practice round and I am just waiting my turn to get out there and play it.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Santee National. Fun Layout and always in good shape.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?

Dream foursome (living)?
ME, My Brother, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. That would be a fun round of golf.

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Me, My Brother, Dad and Mom. I lost my Mom to cancer in 2013. She doesn't play but could take pics and keep her boys honest. My Brother and I need one more chance to beat the Old Man.

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?
Hole in One

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight? Crack of Dawn

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power Draw

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Beverage Cart

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Bushes near Bathroom

7) Hot dog OR wrap?

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

9) Walking OR riding?

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR 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?

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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