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Interview With Steve Belton General Manager Osage National Golf Resort

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Steve Belton, the General Manager at Osage National Golf Resort. 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?
Started playing very young but was not in an area that promoted golf, especially juniors. Played in High School and beyond but always just for fun. Met a Golf Professional at a local club and he told about the business of golf and the rest is history.

When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
My Dad introduced me to golf. Had one club, a double face chipper. Used to run in front of him all the time to hit it again.

What is your current home course?
Osage National Golf Resort

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
In 2011 I received the Bill Strausbaugh Award from the Gateway Section. Made me very proud of what I have accomplished in my career.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
Slow play! Hit it already!

What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Driver. Not always, but with a little help from a fellow PGA Professional I feel very confident with it my hands.

What is your favorite golf destination?
Kohler, Wisconsin to The Straits, Irish courses and the two courses at Blackwolf Run. Made a couple of trips there in August the last two years with some very close friends. Weather is perfect and the courses are unbelievable.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Pinehurst. Would love the opportunity to get out there.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Lake Nona. Very fortunate to have played there when it first open. Great layout and awesome condition.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Expectations of todays golfer. The superindents job is extremely difficult to keep up with todays demands. The cost to keep a course up to the expectations of our guest is crazy and of course the golf rates fall right in line with that. Although I love a groomed golf course that is perfect, I do wish that todays golfer was more educated about the behind the scenes effort that is made on a daily basis. Maybe we could make golf more affordable to play.

Dream foursome (living)?
My Dad, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
My Dad, Payne Stewart and Jack Nicklaus

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Sinking long putt. Long drive is great but you could still take a 6.

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

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Twilite, love all the shadows

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

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Beverage 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?
3 Iron

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Long Par 3. Par 5's I like to have a chance to reach in two.

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Shorts! It is hot here

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?

14) Beatles OR Elvis?

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Lets throw in some cash

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Flop. I have more confidence in the shot. Weird, I know.

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Gamble when it makes sense.

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18 I am getting older.

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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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