Chip Graham is currently the PGA head professional at The Tribute Golf Links and Guest House. He was elected to PGA Membership in 1997. Chip has worked previously at Shady Oaks Country Club, Great Southwest Golf Club and Crown Valley. Chip is married to his wife Emily. He has a daughter, Haley (19), a son Dawson (16) and two bonus children Savannah (19) and Kallie (23). Below are a few additional things that you may not have known about Chip.
What do you love about the golf business? I love the people. The friends and the relationships you develop are priceless. Golf has a way of bringing people together in a positive, growing and giving environment. When you surround yourself with good people, good things happen! It becomes a way of life.
Who got you started in the game? My father got me started but Mike Wright and Shady Oaks gave me the passion to pursue the business.
Did you play college golf? No golf in college. I graduated from Texas Tech in finance and just was not that into golf at the time.
What is your most memorable moment in golf? My favorite would be working the pro shop at Shady Oaks when Mr. Hogan came in to check on his clubs. Our conversation went a bit like this:
Mr. Hogan: Chip, where are my clubs? I'm paying for bag storage but I don't see them.
Me: Mr. Hogan, your clubs are at your office. We put them in your trunk a few months back and you took them there.
Mr. Hogan: You must have me confused with someone else.
Me: Ya Right Mr. Hogan, there is no way that anyone could confuse you with someone else. I promise your clubs are at your office. I tell you what, I will credit your account for bag storage. How about that?
Mr. Hogan: Great! Thank You!
This scenario repeated a couple of times, so I even called his secretary Doxie to confirm. Doxie then calls his wife, Valerie. Valerie calls the club and now Mr. Hogan is in trouble. After a few minutes of discussion in the pro shop with Mr. Hogan, a lady from the 19th hole comes to the pro shop to let Mr. Hogan know that his wife is on the phone.
I preceded to follow him to the locker room as he answered the call and all I heard was, 'Yes Ma'am, Yes Ma'am, Yes Ma'am!'
He grabbed his hat and coat and headed straight home. It was priceless.
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Prairie Dunes Country Club just outside Hutchinson, Kansas. An old classic low-key links golf course off the beaten path. There is just something about the greatness of a hidden gem with small wooden signs to get you there and an old dog asleep on the front porch with no driving range at the time. It's a great Perry Maxwell Golf Course.
Who makes your dream golf foursome? Crazy as it would seem, and it would be in a dream, but Barney Fife, Tim Conway and Robin Williams. Probably not much golf, but lots of laughter.
Have you played golf with anyone famous? Terry Bradshaw once and Troy Aikman.
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Probably would be The Old Course at St. Andrews. Working at The Tribute you get so many stories about the trip to Scotland. Just have never had the chance to travel there...yet!
What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? My secret alter ego as a mascot. A few years back Bill Gaspard and I created a mascot for The Tribute and named him Harry T. Highlander. To this day I still play the role which no one knows is me and we do it to raise money for our local charities, have fun and create memories. A couple of special walls are dedicated in the pro shop to Harry and all of his unique guests and their autographed photos.
What are some of your hobbies? To tell the truth work and golf are really my hobbies. I love what I do, and there are not many who can say that. I do like to cook, and when I get the chance I like to travel and see new places.
What is your favorite type of music? Good old Texas red dirt country music. My wife and I enjoy getting out on occasion and country dancing.
What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella.
What is your go-to karaoke song? There is no chance of me doing karaoke or even singing. It is bad! But if I had to it would be the theme song to Caddy Shack - I’m Alright by Kenny Loggins.