Interview With Len Ziehm, Golf Writer at the Chicago Sun-Times

A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Golf Wisconsin’s Brian Weis

Below is an interview with Len Ziehm who is officially retired after 41 years at the Chicago Sun-Times, but still the paper’s golf writer. He also does a weekly column for the Daily Herald and monthly columns and features for Chicago Area Golf newspaper. In addition, he regularly contributes to the Chicago District Golfer magazine and Illinois PGA website. 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 was 11, and my mother took me out – first to a PGA tournament and then to play at Mission Hills course.

What is your current home course?
Stonehenge, in Barrington, IL.

To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Breaking par for the only time – 1-under 34 for nine holes at Chicago Park District’s Columbus Park course.

What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
On the course it’s certainly slow play. That drives me crazy.

What is your favorite golf destination?
I’ve been to lots of goods ones, but Eagle Ridge and Grand Geneva are always excellent.

What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis – played it just after it opened, but don’t remember it. I’m kind of in the mindset of going back to old favorites these days, and that one tops the list.

If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Blackwolf Run, River course.

If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
I’d upgrade the impression of nine-hole rounds and nine-hole courses. Fun golf doesn’t have to 18 holes on an 18-hole course. There are plenty of great nine-holers.

Dream foursome (living)?
Herb Gould, Gary D’Amato, Larry Williams, Barry Cronin.

Dream foursome (living or dead)?
All dead, I’m afraid – Reid Hanley, Phil Kosin, my Dad and my brother Rich.

18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions

1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
Long putt.

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

3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?

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

5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
Halfway house.

6) Bathroom OR bushes?

7) Hot dog OR wrap?
Hot dog, for sure.

8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
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 3.

12) Pants OR Shorts?

13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?

14) Beatles OR Elvis?

15) Play for fun OR play for money?
Fun, definitely.

16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
Bump and run.

17) Lay up OR gamble?
Lay up.

18) 18 holes OR 36?
18 nowadays.