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Interview With Todd Levitt - Laughlin Ranch G.C.

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis


Below is an interview with Todd Levitt, the Golf Shop Manager at Laughlin Ranch G.C. 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'm a Northern California guy who made the treck down to Arizona when my parents purchased a vacation home in the area. Not being fond of the extreme heat during the summer months, I thought the move for myself would be short but have grown to enjoy the area. I had been playing golf for several years on a recreational level, but never thought that I would make it my career. Since joining the Laughlin Ranch company in 2005 I have moved my way up in the company from outside cart attendant to now running the golf shop. I enjoy the ability to meet new people everyday & plan on continuing in the golf business for years to come.

When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
I started golfing around the age of 13-14 just as something to do. I had several friends that played & I would join them sometimes at the driving range to whack some balls around. Golf was never something that I was interested in, and was not something that anyone else in my family participated in. After a while it seemed like a game I was natural at & decided to take a few lessons. After that I was completely hooked & the love for golf continued into high school when I joined my school's golf team & has continued to now.

What is your current home course?
My current home course is where I work: Laughlin Ranch Golf Club. The one thing that has interested me in the game of golf is the ability to play many different courses & to see the similarieites & differences between them all. Even though I would always prefer to play my home course, I will never turn down the opportunity to visit a course I have not played before. In my opionion, that is the best part about the game of golf.

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
My best accomplishment would have to be working my way up from the bottom in the golf industry. Having the ability to do that has given me the opportunity to be involved with several aspects of golf. I hope to continue that progression & down the line turn that into a real golf career.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
My biggest pet peeve on the course would have to be golfers spending several minutes looking for their lost balls out of bounds. Playing golf out here in the desert there are several areas of desert arroyos & they seem to be ball magnets. It seems like sometimes golfers would rather ball hunt then actually play golf & this will severely slow down the pace of play. What I try to get across to people is even if you get lucky & find your ball, you will more then likely not be able to play it where it lies.

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver - It always feels great to be the long man in the group off the tee. Also, chicks dig the long ball.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Even though I have never been there, I would have to say Hawaii. Seeing the lush green golf courses that they have available there, that is one place I would love to visit & golf. Also, it is pretty hard to beat the great weather they have.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
TPC Sawgrass - The Player's Stadium Course : What a thrill it would be to play the legendary #17 island green.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play? Laughlin Ranch - Every time I play it, it seems like my very first time on the course. With the several different tee box options & extreme differences between holes, it is certainly an adventure each & every time.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?

Dream foursome (living)?
Myself
Charles Barkley (being able to witness his unique golf swing in person)
Howie Long (I'm a huge Oakland Raiders Fan)
Lebron James (Hopefully being able to beat him & to tell everyone that I beat the KING!)

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Myself, My Father, My Grandfather & Uncle Don: My uncle died earlier this year at a young age due to cancer. It would be great to play one last round with him because we did not get to play much golf together in years past. Being able to share one last time together would definitely be a great experience for all of us.

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Long Drive - Again, chicks dig the long ball.

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Hole in one - My father has 1 hole in one & every time we go to play, he brings it up. It would be nice to get at least one myself just to quite him down a little bit.

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Twilight - Not an early riser, even for golf.

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power Draw - More roll on a power draw.

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Beverage Cart - Most courses seem to have nice ladies driving around in the beverage carts.

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Whichever is closest at that particular time.

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot Dog - wraps are just too healthy for me.

8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
Around the green - I'm always looking for the easiest shot. Sand & thick rough sometimes are not my friend.

9) Walking OR riding?
Walking

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
3 iron

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long par 5

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Shorts

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
Nicklaus - Even though both were before my time.

14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Beatles - Too many great songs to go against them.

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Play for fun - Sometimes it's nice to throw a little skin in the game though & see how the other players perform under pressure.

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Flop Shot - Always trying to unleash my inner Phil whenever possible.

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Gamble - We are close to Laughlin, right?

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18 holes - Cannot pass up the 19th hole


 

Revised: 11/26/2012 - Article Viewed 20,832 Times - View Golf Course Profile


Written By: Brian Weis

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.


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