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Interview With John Schlaman, PGA General Manager, Prairie Landing Golf Club

Interview With John Schlaman, PGA General Manager, Prairie Landing Golf Club

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview

By Brian Weis

Below is an interview with John Schlaman, PGA General Manager, Prairie Landing Golf Club, West Chicago, IL. Prior to Prairie Landing he was at Innisbrook in Tarpon Springs FL and Director of Golf at Eagle Ridge in Galena, IL. The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.

When did you start golfing and who introduced you do the game?
I started golfing at age 13 when I was introduced to the game as a caddie at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, MI.

What is your current home course?
My current club is Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago, IL approx one hour straight west of Downtown Chicago. Prairie Landing is a Prairie Links style public 18-hole par 72 golf course with fabulous practice facilities and a full service clubhouse/banquet facility. The golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and is ranked among the best courses in Chicagoland and rate 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest Magazine's "Best Places to Play"

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
I'm not known as a great player but I like to compete when possible and have qualified for many IL State Open Fields and won one IL PGA Stroke Play Tournament in 1993. As I stated; not much to brag about but I enjoy playing the game.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
As a golf course manager my pet peeve on the golf course are people disrespecting the game and the golf course by not replacing or sanding their fairway divot, fixing their pitch mark on the greens and raking their sand bunker after use. Off the course my pet peeve is impatience.

What is your favorite golf destination?
My favorite golf destination is probably the coastline any coastline!

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Ireland golf courses

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits and the Ocean Course at Kiawah

Dream foursome (living)?
Jack, Arnie and Paula Creamer

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
Sarazen, Hagen and Hogan

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Long Putt for eagle

2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Round of a life I already had four HIO's and only one round of my life

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
Neither, I kind of like an 11:00 tee time

4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
Power draw to a back left hole placement. If I could only hit a draw!

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Depends on who is working

6) Bathroom OR bushes?
Bushes for sure

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot Dog, mustard only

8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
Sand for sure and a hole out

9) Walking OR riding?
Riding unless I have a good caddie

10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
Hybrid, are you nuts?

11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
Neither really, I'm a short knocker

12) Pants OR Shorts?
Pants, I'm and Golf Pro

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?

14) Beatles OR Elvis?
Beatles, too young for Elvis

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Money, golf isn't always fun

16) Bump or run OR flop shot?
Flop shot but I'm not that skilled at either shot

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Both, but you have to know when to do it

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18, maybe 27

Revised: 07/27/2011 - Article Viewed 33,019 Times

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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