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Dick  Goetz


Dick Goetz was elected to membership in 1969 and is now a PGA Life Member. Before his retirement, Goetz worked at several facilities including Maumelle Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sweetwater Country Club in Sugarland, Texas, and Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas. Outside of golf, Dick has a family of five. He and his wife Gail have four children, Julie, Kathryn, Mike and Richard, and seven grandchildren with the eighth on the way! Dick, along with fellow PGA Member Ron Nash, is the co-founder of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. This foundation has helped to give wounded veterans some time to 'forget' their injuries as well as providing many opportunities for good food, good company and R&R.

Also a great player, Dick played in 11 PGA TOUR events from 1964-1989. In 1992, he earned full status on the Champions Tour and remained fully exempt through 1995. He played in 97 tournaments from 1992-1998. His best finish was 3rd. 
 
What do you love about the golf business? The golf business gives an opportunity to meet people from different walks of life, different jobs and what I enjoyed most was the ability to teach new golfers the basic fundamentals and to work with advanced golfers, using the same techniques. Working in a golf shop gave me the opportunity to learn about new golf equipment and the new merchandise apparel that members purchased.
 
Who got you started in the game? My parents loved golf.  
 
Did you play college golf? Yes - at Foothill College, Los Altos, CA.
 
What is your most memorable moment in golf? Playing the last round in the 1995 US Senior Open with Arnold Palmer.
 
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Pebble Beach, Monterey, CA.
 
Who makes your dream foursome? Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson.
 
Have you played golf with anyone famous? Yes- Bob Newhart, Arnold Palmer, George C. Scott, Frankie Avalon and Dizzy Dean.
 
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Saint Andrews.
 
What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? I love to cook.
 
What are some of your hobbies? Music, reading history.
 
What is your favorite type of music? Bluegrass.
 
What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
 
What is your go-to karaoke song? Rocky Top Tennessee