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Interview With Mike Holt Certified Golf Course Superintendent Santee National Golf

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Mike Holt, the Certified Golf Course Superintendent 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 am a 13-16 handicap golfer who would be a 13-16 handicapper if I played once a year or everyday. I have been around golf since the age of 8 and have been in the industry since 1990. I am very fortunate to have a career that I love and I tell people everyday that I don't mind going to work. I eat, sleep and breath golf.

When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
My dad introduced me to the game at the age of 8. Two of the greatest memories I have are ironically enough, putting peanuts in a bottle of coke after our round at Holly Hill CC and going over to the town football field to hit balls with my 7 iron that my dad cut to fit me.

What is your current home course?
Santee National Golf Club

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Becoming a CGCS, Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 2013.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Bunkers, they are hazards!

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
"A" wedge, because I just love to hit it.

What is your favorite golf destination?
For the dollar, Santee, SC. For the beauty, the mountains of NC.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Augusta National Golf Club

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Pinehurst #2 before the restoration. Nothing personal to the restoration but it's just too difficult for me now, from the tips anyway.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
The emphasis that has been placed on bunkers. When a hazard becomes more consistent that the rough and other turf areas around it and people are yelling for the ball to get in the has taken a turn that is off track from what the game was meant to be. Your fairways can be excused but your bunkers better be perfect and more importantly, consistent. It's just wrong and I blame TV golf for this change in expectation. When professional golfers would rather be in the bunker and average golfers hear and see that on TV, it creates a major problem for the golf industry.

Dream foursome (living)?
Me, my dad, my brother, David Madden and Chris Williams. "We play fast, we won't hold anybody up, I promise."

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Me, my dad, my brother, David Madden and Chris Williams. "We play fast, we won't hold anybody up, I promise."

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, already have one and would like to validate that one as not being a fluke.

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight? Twilight

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

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Beverage cart

6) Bathroom OR bushes?

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot dog

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

9) Walking OR riding?
Walking for enjoyment, riding for pace of play

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid? 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?
Fun, money makes it too serious.

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and run

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Lay up? whats that? I didn't get to be a 15 handicap by laying up!

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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