PGA Tour star, renowned golf course designer Tom Weiskopf reflects on love for Montana
PGA Tour star, renowned golf course designer Tom Weiskopf reflects on love for Montana


from MTN and Montana sports.com this is Sunday night sports hello everyone golf is the name of the season right now we saw Aaron Ellis and Susan court run away with women’s state am titles yesterday the men are on tap this week in Great Falls and those up early this morning saw Irishman Shane Lowry win his first major on home soil at the British Open but most don’t know that a former British Open champ has called Montana home for the last 20 years Tom Weiskopf wanted in 1973 his greatest achievement in a landmark career but that only tells half his story we caught up with Weiskopf last month of the Lewistown charity classic to talk about the rest Montana has always called Tom Weiskopf snake I did a lot of big-game hunting early on in my life and I hunted out by Red Lodge and the Pryor mountains out in that area I fish the yellow stone fly fished and the Missouri so when the longtime PGA Tour star left his playing days to get into golf course design he couldn’t refuse a call from the treasure state I came here October of 99 I was invited to look at the property up where the Yellowstone Club exists now and was chosen to do the golf course followed that with the golf course at Spanish peaks right adjacent to the Yellowstone Club and then followed that with down in Bozeman at Blackpool so I Montana has been great to me so great but after Weiskopf designed the Austin Club he decided to stay it’s where he’s called home for the past 20 years which might seem strange for a golfer considering the season last about four months between snow but he likes that season too January the 2nd 2000 was a big day for me I quit drinking and I’ve succeeded in that and learned how to ski Warren Miller got me started skiing I got to know him quite off and you know during the ski season because I was very much into skiing and and Warren was very helpful picking out of certain instructors to help me and little tips of course he was a phenomenal storyteller that’s something the two had in common any golfer could listen to why scoff talk for days about his time on the tour his four runner-up finishes of the Masters part of 11 top four finishes and majors in the 1970s alone but it never discouraged him as he went on to win 16 times you can’t give up you know any sport that you take up you know you’re there to try your best and you have your good days you’ll have your bad days I spent a lot of time hitting balls for hours out there and had great help you don’t do it alone you know you need help I had some great instructors and guys that really mentored me and showed me how to get better after 20 years wise got traded in his clubs for a drafting table not knowing if design was for him when he found out pretty cool oddly enough that course won the best new private course in the country and I was often going and I never went back to playing it’s art on the ground he’s just trying to make the best you can of that particular site and for those aspiring designers out there this is what why Scott looks for big mature trees changes of elevation which you have here and natural water features as in ponds lakes streams okay our oceans Montana has plenty of all three which is what keeps why scoffs I hear that’s for what keeps the rest of him here well I’ve always liked the outdoors you know I had a big game for about 25 years all over the world but I’m a bird hunter now I love to I love to chase birds behind behind our dog you know I love fly fishing always have always will I love Montana it’s a popular opinion weisskopf has designed 70 courses across the world and has two more in the works in Utah and Boise

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