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Interview With Chris McDonald General Manager/PGA Country Club of Johnston County

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Chris McDonald, the General Manager/PGA at Country Club of Johnston County . 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?
* 1980 to 1985 Asst Pro Pine Needles Resort under Peggy Kirk Bell
* 1986 to 1988 Asst Pro TPC AT Sawgrass PGA Tour
* 1988 to 1992 Head Professional Tiger Point Hosted the last PGA Tour Pensacola Open, course owned by Jerry Pate US Open Champion.
* 1992 to 1995 Center Valley Club Head Professional Allentown Pa.
* 1995 to 1999 Jones Creek Club General Manager Augusta Georgia
* 1999 to 2010 Dercroft Golf Club Pinehurst NC General Manager
* 2010 to current Country Club of Johnston County General Manager

* Lifetime member PGA

When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
I was introduced to the game by Dad at the age of 10.The memory I have is playing with my Dad and spending quality time with him.

What is your current home course?
Country Club of Johnston County. It is a Ellis Maples design, a real shot makers course.CCJC is the home course of PGA Tour and Senior Tour player Neal Lancaster.

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment was being the Head Professional at Tiger Point in Penscaola Florida when the course hosted the 1988 PGA Tour Pensacola Open. My other proudest moment was playing 18 holes at Augusta National.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Players not ready when it is there turn.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
5 wood, shotmakers club.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Pinehurst NC

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Pine Valley

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Augusta National

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Pace of play, because if was a faster game more people would play.

Dream foursome (living)?
Me,Neal Lancaster, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer

Dream foursome (living or dead)?

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

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

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of life

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

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?

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? Hybird

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
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?
Bump Run

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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