Interview With Tom C. Hoch President Tom Hoch Design
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Can you provide our readers a brief biography?
Founded in 1963 in Oklahoma City by Tom (senior) and Joanne Hoch, Tom Hoch is a design-build firm specializing in club, resort, hotel, restaurant and recreational spaces, and a recognized worldwide leader for delivering exceptional results on schedule and within budget. It has created many of the most memorable, engaging and functional spaces in the golf, hospitality and leisure industries, including award-winning, revenue-bolstering projects for leading luxury brands.
Tom Hoch has revolutionized the category via its "revenue-based design"� model, a space planning, sizing and mapping process for retail-driven spaces such as golf shops and food- and-beverage operations. The revenue-based design model can be applied to new construction, and is particularly effective with cost-sensitive remodeling projects. It is scalable and can be utilized with any size space in a wide variety of industries (golf, restaurant, hotel, spa, recreational clubs and more).
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started in golf as a young kid and quickly grew to love the game. I grew up paying at Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City.
What is your current home course?
Twin Hills in Oklahoma City. It's a classic Perry Maxwell design that I never tire of.
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
The company's strong growth over the past five years, despite challenges with the economy and golf industry. It's exciting breathing new life into our clubhouse designs, whether they are brand new or renovations.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Anchored putters ... pleased with the recent ban! And great golf courses with holes lined by homes.
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
My 21-degree hybrid, which is a much needed game changer for my mediocre game.
What is your favorite golf destination?
Apes Hill Club, Barbados. Incredible course, amazing setting.
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Well, I just had the distinct pleasure of crossing Augusta National off my bucket list recently, so now it's Cypress Point.
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Augusta National, again.
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Over-built, inefficient clubhouses that cost more to operate than they add to the top or bottom line.
Dream foursome (living)?
Bill Clinton, Annika, Jack Nicholson, Celine Dion
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
President Eisenhower, Ben Hogan, Buddy Hackett, Foster Brook
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of Life
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Crack of Dawn
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
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?
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 is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, 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 GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. 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.
Contact Brian Weis:
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