Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:03 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Mike Weir's Winery
Mike Weir discusses what he likes to do when he's not golfing and about his winery.
SHAUNA LAKE: If you weren’t a golfer, a professional golfer, what would you be doing? What are your other interests?
MIKE WEIR: I don’t know.
SHAUNA LAKE: Microbiologist?
MIKE WEIR: No. No chance. My dad was a chemist, but I wouldn’t go down the road. It would be something with sports. I love interacting with kids. I have a foundation that we do a lot with Children’s Miracle Network, and I’ve been able to do a lot up in Canada with the kids just getting them on the driving range and helping them out with golf and just being around kids. I love that. I could see myself teaching and helping and mentoring. That’s something I’m interested in.
SHAUNA LAKE: And your winery? You’re interested in that.
MIKE WEIR: I have a winery in Canada that’s a passion. Also, we did our first golf course design in Quebec. My partner Andrew and I we redesigned a golf course name Laval sur le Lac. So that was a fun project. I did that when I had my elbow surgery and I was in a sling so I was able to get up there and get around there. So that’s something that really interests me too is golf course architecture.
SHAUNA LAKE: And you have instant credibility. I mean anything that you design as a Masters Champion is instantly…
MIKE WEIR: Well I hope so. I mean I have a lot of experience, playing around the world you know I’ve played in so many major championships. I know what good quality golf is. I know how to make a golf course good for the average player but still be able to make it difficult for a tour player. And I think that's what we've been missing in the game is fun. You know the golf numbers have kind of dropped off the last few years, you know ten years the participation in the game. I think because it's not as fun. It's too hard. It's a hard game and we've got to make it fun and more accessible for ladies, for seniors, for everybody. That they can have fun and not hit one off line and be in the water or in a deep bunker they can't even walk into. Because there's a very minor percentage of golfers that are scratch golfers to professionals that can hit the ball 250 yards and carry the ball over water a long ways. So that's kind of my philosophy to make the game fun
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