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Interview With Chris Bona Head Golf Professional Boulder Ridge CC

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Chris Bona, the Head Golf Professional at Boulder Ridge CC. 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?
Learned the game at an early age at Big Foot CC in Fontana, Wisconsin Played high school golf for Lyons Township, LaGrange, Illinois Played college golf for The University of Notre Dame Turned professional in 1990.
Head Pro at Boulder Ridge since 2007

When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started playing golf when I was 4 years old.
My father introduced me to the game.
I remember him cutting down some of his many clubs and showing me how to "get it done".
Besides my father inspiring me to play, Roy Wallin, the Pro at Big Foot CC nurtured me through the early years of development.

What is your current home course?
Boulder Ridge CC

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Being Co-State Champion in 1982.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
When players disrespect the course by being ignorant about fixing ball marks and divots.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Because it's so much more fun when you remember it's a game.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Bandon Dunes.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Augusta, like most others.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
St. Andrews.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Pace of Play!
To many rounds are ruined by slow-play.

Dream foursome (living)?
Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Bob Ford.

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Dad, Arnold Palmer, Alister MacKenzie.

Favorite 19th hole drink?
Vodka and lemonade.

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?

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

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Halfway House

6) Bathroom OR bushes?

7) Hot dog OR wrap?

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

9) Walking OR riding?
Wish there was more.

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
Hybrid sorry to say.

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long par 3. gets my pulse and focus going.

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Shorts whenever possible as a professional!

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Palmer but wow....either one, right!

14) Beatles OR Elvis?

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Always both!!

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and run all the way.
It's in my dna.

17) Lay up OR gamble?
More gamble in me.

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18 because of what comes after.

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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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