Q, How did you hear about Arrowood?
A, I was playing local North County courses when I heard about Arrowood from a friend. After a few rounds, Arrowood became my home course.
Q, How was your first experience?
A, My first experience at Arrowood was excellent. I was new to golf and I was amazed by the condition of Arrowood at a reasonable price.
Q, Can you share with us something in particular that you enjoy each time you come to Arrowood?
A, I enjoy how well Arrowood is maintained and the friendly staff.
Q, Can you tell us about your journey through our membership categories?
A, At first, I was buying the palm cards. When the 365 started I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to golf everyday for $1 with unlimited range balls. I recently became a Member because I found myself wanting to golf more frequently.
Q, When/How did you first pick up the game?
A, 4 years ago one of my good friends started inviting me to the driving range and I started playing at executive courses. After hitting a couple of good shots I started to become addicted to the game.
Q, Where is your game now and what are your golfing goals for the future.
A, My handicap is currently at 13 and I would like to get it to single digits by the end of the year.
Q, Speaking of goals, what do you consider a good score for you over Arrowood’s challenging final 4 holes?
A, For me, 2 over on the final 4 holes would be a win. The 16th hole has stopped me from shooting in the 70’s many times but I always welcome the challenge.
Q, Who would be in your dream foursome?
A, Tiger, Rickie, and Jason Day.
Q, With your advertising partnership about to begin, is there something about your business you would like to share with other Arrowood golfers.
A, I’m the owner at Thompson Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, we are a local company in Oceanside and have been in business since 1980.
1 – Clive, rumor around Arrowood is that you have had quite a varied background leading up to your arrival here; can you tell us how you came to join our family?
A native of South Africa, I was educated in Europe and came to America in 1980. I then spent the next 30 years between Florida and Texas, ultimately settling in Northern California in 2011. I then moved to Orange County for 2 loves….my love and my love for So Cal! The journey to Arrowood came after I was doing a private event in the desert where I met Mike Duncan and he introduced me to the Arrowood Family.
2 – Speaking of these experiences, is it true that you prepared a meal for a US President?? Can you tell us about that?
The Bush family frequented my restaurants in Houston which led me to serve dinner for President George H. W. Bush's election night dinner....I have a fond memory of presenting him a cake with ‘Congratulations Mr President’ inscribed on it. He asked for a picture saying I was the first person to call him Mr President.
3 – We’ve also heard that you have owned your own restaurant and even written a book. So, Clive, what is more difficult, overseeing a fast-paced business or getting your own book published??
Those two are difficult to compare however the similarities are that they both serve peoples appetite. Both also require an intentional process paying a great deal of attention to detail.
4 – You seem like a guy who might say, You might want to take that off the grill, ‘cause it is well done to somebody who hit a great shot while you are playing golf with them. OK, so that wasn’t a question, but we know you play the game and are curious what is your favorite aspect of playing a round of golf?
Overcoming the last poor shot. I enjoy it when a bad shot does not interfere with my enjoyment of the round. It motivates me to be better.
Some of my favorite restaurant guests started out being the most challenging ones.
5 – The saying goes that there is one good book inside all of us -you are living proof- do you think that there is one greatly prepared meal in all of us?? And, if so, what handy piece of advice (or two) would you give to a novice Chef-to-be who may not have the confidence that they can put together a fine feast?
I agree. Everybody has a book and a great meal inside all of them. The key is developing a process without trying to overdo it; work within your limits. Use nothing but the best ingredients available (aka buy local) Cook what you love… be enthusiastic.
This quote may summarize it all:
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”