THINGS TAKING SHAPE at Settlers Hill in Batavia, the renovation is coming along under the watchful eye of architect Greg Martin. Martin joins the show today at 4:10. MORE NEWS from Batavia-Tour Edge Golf has launched new product. TourEdge.com. _____________________________________________________________________
Rory Spears (L) and Ed Stevenson (R) along with Bill Berger and Len Ziehm bring you Golfers on Golf Radio Saturdays at 4 Pm on WCPT Am 820-Chicago.
WEEK 23 is here.
Golfers on Golf Radio is back for Week #23 of the season. But only this show and the season finally next week are still remaining.
But this week Ed Stevenson-Bill Berger and Rory Spears bring you this weeks edition of GOG Radio.
Architect Greg Martin joins us first at 4:10, with managing partner of Oliphant and Haltom Golf-Craig Haltom joins us at 4:30. Haltom is the finder of Sand Valley, and some part of some other recent projects in the Wisconsin area.
JOIN US on the tee at 4 PM, for Golfers on Golf Radio WCPT 820 or listen on line at WCPT820.com or on your phone with the Tune-In Radio APP, just search WCPT820.com. But if you need a mulligan because your on the golf course. Check out Soundcloud.com and go to Chicagosprogressivetalk and scroll down to the podcast.
But you can watch the show on the WCPT 820 Facebook page, and see us live or on replay on Facebook.
Thanks for listening Ed, Billy, Len and Rory. Golfers on Golf Radio 4 PM WCPT Am 820 in Chicago.
GOLFERS ON GOLF VERY OWN LEN ZIEHM has put the new C522 Tour Edge line in his bag, are you next ? (R) Some of the new releases this week from Tour Edge Golf. So visit TourEdge.com You can purchase this new 522 line starting on October 1st. ____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn or Facebook.
Architect Greg Martin driving, with Rory Spears in front and Len Ziehm in back-take the tour of Settlers Hill. Photo by Joy Sarver.
WELCOME BACK TO SETTLERS HILL.
BUT YES the renovation by architect Greg Martin is still on-going. Because even though work started last fall, as Martin would say, “this project has a lot of moving parts.”
Martin is correct about that. Because when Settlers Hill reopens, likely in July of 2022, this golf facility will have plenty of new looks, and views. Much higher views.
Because while much of Kane County is somewhat flat terrain, the landfill that is Settlers Hill has plenty of elevation change. In fact over 150 feet of elevation change. Which is something golfers will notice once the course opens for play next year.
Welcome to Settlers Hill in Batavia.
Elevation isn’t the only thing that change when the course reopens. First on the tee is a new tee, that will be part of the new driving range. Since there was no range previously, this will be a great new addition.
But even more than the range, will be a new clubhouse. Because the course will open before the clubhouse is finished, expect things to reopen with check-in being in a temporary trailer.
The new driving range at Settlers Hill.
The current clubhouse, or barn, will remain. But it will be come more of a banquet area, or a place for junior golf, when the bad weather comes calling.
The new clubhouse won’t be large, but it will be strategically located between the range and the new first tee box.
What else is new. A few things. Martin has created a four hole short course, that will be a great practice area, and the home of junior golf on the property. This is located next to the current main entrance.
The sixth hole is a new par 3.
During the renovation Martin has created two new holes, both par 3’s.
The holes have been renumbered during the renovation, with the former second hole, now the first hole and so forth around the course. Because the former 1st hole, is now the 18th.
The new sixth hole is the first new par 3. Martin took the short downhill par 3, and moved it right off the old tee, and into the woods that have a creek running through it. This new scenic hole is one that golfers should enjoy. The 15th hole, is now a new par 3, that sits up high on the hill. The former par 3 16th hole, down the hill is gone. In it’s place is the new 16th, and it’s the old par 5 17th hole. But complete with some amazing new tee boxes up on top of Settlers Hill.
The par 5, 16th hole has new elevated tee’s from the highest elevation point in Kane County. 150 feet up from the entrance to the property.
As Martin continues to bring all the parts together over the next 10 months, and golfers see what the new Settlers Hill has become.
Expect demand to be high from golfers wanting to get out and play this old but new destination golf property.
Martin says that tree and brush removal has opened up views that golfers have not previously had at Settlers Hill.
But another thing that golfers will like, is the new playability they will have. Because some of the fairways that were as wide as bowling alley’s, have been widened by as much as 10 yards, on each side of the fairway.
CLICK HERE to hear the interview with Greg Martin, with Len Ziehm and Rory Spears.
For more photo’s of Settlers Hill in progress, see Rory Spears Facebook or on Twitter @GogBlogGuy.
Greg Martin appears live on Golfers on Golf Radio this Saturday at 4:10-WCPT 820 Am.
When Settlers Hill reopens in 2022, and golfers can settle-in on Kane County’s biggest hill, they are going to enjoy this newly refurbished public golf course. Complete with some real elevation.
WELCOME TO BLACKBERRY OAKS in Bristol, home of the Chad Johansen golf academy. A facility where #kidsrule. Blackberry Oaks-fun golf-fun times (630)-553-7170. _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn.
(L) With the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits-(R) Team USA Captain Steve Stricker shows some of his intense side at a Ryder Cup press conference in 2019 at Whistling Straits.
LAST WEEK Team USA Captain Steve Stricker made his six captains picks to fill out the roster of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. As you might guess, there is going to be some debate if Stricker made all the right moves.
Because of the pandemic and delay, Stricker had to make more picks than any other U.S. Captain in the history of the Ryder Cup. But Stricker’s first six team members were decided by points, they included Colin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
But now it was time for Stricker to decide the other six players. His choices included the following players. 1. Tony Finau, 2. Jordan Spieth, 3. Xander Schauffele, 4. Harris English, 5. Daniel Berger and 6. Scottie Scheffler.
When it comes to Finau, there is no disagreement. Finau is playing well, and he hits it long enough to take advantage of area’s where the bombers can swing away without fear. Instead of ending up in high grass, like U.S. players did in 2018 in France.
Pick 2-Jordan Spieth. The Texas kid is playing his best golf in a few years. Spieth was an obvious pick, and a good one for Team USA.
Pick 3-Xander Schauffele. Another solid choice by Stricker, Schauffele is around the top of the leader board quite frequently when he plays. A guy who doesn’t go away, and the Euro’s should have a tough time beating him, and whoever he is paired with.
Pick 4-Harris English has had a good season. He let a win get away at Congaree, but his W’s at other events including the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua says a lot for this rising star. English is another one Stricker’s youth movement picks. But one that should work out.
Pick 5- Scottie Scheffler, could be in trouble if he draws the wrong match-ups. While Scheffler was lights out at the WGC Match Play, there is some feeling he didn’t show enough after that week to warrant being a pick. Here’s hoping his match play skills rise-up again next week on the Straits.
Pick 6-Daniel Berger, this one raises some eyebrows. Berger is one of the players, who to make this team, should have played his way on. Even with the old format, he would not have made the team on points. This selection is the one that needed to be questioned.
WHO GOT LEFT OFF. Patrick Reed is at the top of the list. But his health issues in September really hurt. But after watching him up close at Hazeltine, I would have given him another shot. Webb Simpson at the time Stricker had to make his picks, would be #2 on my list of, maybe he should have been selected.
The third omission is Billy Horschel who won the match play, but needed to back that up with something else. But then he did, when he won the European BMW Championship. But the problem is, it came too late. Because the picks were in. If Koepka can’t go because of his wrist injury, Horschel should be the late addition.
Golfers on Golf will be at Whistling Straits to report on all the Ryder Cup action. RS
AT THE OAKS-BLACKBERRY OAKS “Where Kids Rule” in a place that golf pro Chad Johansen has created where the next wave of junior golfers spends the day having a great time. Blackberry Oaks in Bristol (near Aurora) play the Oaks call (630)-553-7170. _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Or connect on LinkedIn or Instagram.
(L-R) Chad Johansen-Rory Spears-Len Ziehm at Blackberry Oaks.
ZIEHM & SPEARS are back again for this weeks edition of Chicago’s most complete golf news round-up.
Veteran journalists Len Ziehm and Rory Spears are back for the 29th edition of the 2021 Ziehm & Spears Podcast series.
But this weeks edition was recorded in Kennedy Point restaurant at the Blackberry Oaks Golf Course. With special guest podcaster Blackberry Oaks GM-Head Professional Chad Johansen. With Johansen coming off a big day at Oak Park Country Club in the IPGA Birdies for Charity event, Johansen talks about how much that day means to him, and how Blackberry oaks, has become a place to develop junior golfers.
But in addition to “The Oaks” one of the Chicago area’s most fun golf courses, Ziehm and Spears recap a busy week. One that saw a day at the Schaumburg Golf Course. Then a trip around Settlers Hill with architect Greg Martin who is leading the renovation of this course that will reopen in 2022. But then a visit to Tour Edge Golf. Because it’s there, where Len and Rory find out that something big is happening in the week ahead.
CLICK HERE to hear this weeks edition of Ziehm & Spears-with Johansen from “The Oaks” of Blackberry. Where “Kids Rule.”
THE ILLINOIS PGA PROFESSIONALS at the 2021 Birdies For Charity-Oak Park CC. Over $325,000 dollars raised-JDRF-Lurie Children’s Hospital-Ronald McDonald House _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.
HE’S BACK-Tour Edge Golf VP of Marketing Jon Claffey joins us in house for another week of Golfers on Golf Radio.
Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger, Rory Spears, and Len Ziehm will host this weeks edition of Golfers on Golf Radio. So this week with Jon Claffey, GOG takes a look at the equipment industry, the PGA Merchandise Show and more.
So tune in live at 4 PM on WCPT 820 Am Chicago to hear the show live. But you can also listen live at WCPT820.com or watch us live on the WCPT 820 Page, or on the replay. If you are on the golf course or have your phone with you, try the TuneIN radio APP, and search WCPT 820.
Len Ziehm Illinois Golf Hall of Fame inductee at WCPT 820 AM in studio.
BUT IF YOU missed us all together-yes you whiffed, penalty stroke ! But you can get a mulligan by going to SoundCloud.com/Chicagosprogressivetalk. Then scroll down to the podcast.
TOUR EDGE GOLF will have something to announce right here, so make sure you are tuned in today. Forget the football for an hour and catch the show.
Thanks for listening, Billy, Ed, Len and Rory.
Golfers on Golf Radio named one of the Top 3 Golf Radio Shows in America for 2021, by the ING network.
Just three more shows to go in the 2021 golf season. RS
FAIRFIELD HILLS IN BARABOO WISCONSIN-12 holes and a full size driving range. A great course for when you want to play fast. Learn more at FairfieldHillsgolfcourse.com. TRAPPERS TURN in the Wisconsin Dells has opened it’s new 12 North par 3 Course. But several holes have not yet had a hole-in-one, could you be next. TrappersTurn.com ______________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter@GogBlogGuy or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.
THE ILLINOIS PGA presents it’s annual Birdies for Charity Fundraiser.
BIRDIES FOR CHARITY.
What a great concept, and it works for many folks and groups in need.
BFC first popped up on the scene in Illinois years ago, at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities. BFC is still a big help in Western Illinois with millions being raised from the PGA Tour event.
But it didn’t stop there. Because Birdies for Charity was used in other places in the United States, and used in different ways to raise needed dollars.
So enter current Medinah Country Club teaching professional and IPGA member Travis Johns. Because prior to coming to Illinois, Johns spent some time in the Texas PGA Section. After seeing what Birdies for Charity did in Texas, Johns brought the idea to Illinois, and worked with IPGA Board members to make the event happen in Illinois. So after a few tweaks to the format, Birdies for Charity in the Illinois PGA section was off and running, or flying all the way to the cup.
But while the final total of monies raised this year is still coming in. So far, over $300,000 dollars has been raised, and the number is closing in near $350,000. But where does all that money go? Here is a look at the three charities that are main benefactors.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House Charity’s Chicagoland and NW Indiana.
(L) 17 year old Amanda Brooks a student at Loyola Academy is a Youth Ambassador for JDRF. (R-left side of picture) Jessica Brooks-Gift Officer (no relation) spoke on behalf of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Pictured on our social media pages only, Ashely DiMiceli Development Mgr. JDRF and Jack Gilhoody Development Mgr. for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and NW Indiana.
The field of over 30 IPGA Professionals who took part in the 2021 IPGA Birdies for Charity event this past week. (R) Oak Park Country Club served as this years host of BFC-since the normal host club River Forest is undergoing a tee box renovation project.
IPGA Professional Brian Carroll Royal Hawk Golf Club led the way with 40 birdies made, with several other professional right behind Carroll. During a recent visit to Blackberry Oaks Golf Club in Bristol IL., Head Golf pro and GM. told us that Birdies for Charity day is one of the most important days he has all-year as a IPGA section member. “Giving back through is golf, is one of the great things our game does,” said Johansen.
IPGA professionals dodged rain storms, by starting at 7:30 AM, and playing until almost 7 Pm, to play as many holes as possible. To learn more about the Illinois PGA, the IPGA Foundation, or the Birdies for Charity event and how you can help, see IPGA.com.
TRAPPERS TURN GOLF CLUB in the Wisconsin Dells, now offers 39 holes of golf. A new lights at night putting green will open soon. So for more see TrappersTurn.com. THE CHULA VISTA RESORT on the north side of the dells, offers the Cold Water Canyon Golf Course and Kaminski’s Steak House, more details ChulaVista Resort.com. _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn or Facebook.
PUT DOWN THE WAR PAINT-put away the Pom-Pom’s and the mini U.S. flags.
IT’S OVER and Team USA has lost the Solheim Cup…again!
Because the big rally came up short, and Team Europe, with almost no-fans in the stands, played some great golf and took the cup, back to Europe, and over to Spain, the home of the 2023 Solheim Cup.
BUT WHAT HAPPENED! when it was over Team USA Captain Pat Hurst said everybody had fun. FUN? really. Losing is now apparently fun. So since when is spending all this time effort to put a team together, just to lose, again fun. Many of world’s top women’s players always come to Toledo Ohio for a week just to have fun. Hurst seemed to want to get out of her players way, and just let them play. That strategy failed miserably.
MAYBE the best comment regarding the Solheim I heard all weekend, came from Brandel Chamblee, when The Golf Channel analyst asked the question, why hasn’t Dottie Pepper ever been named captain. Good question! better answer is pick her now. For 2023 or 2025 or whenever the next opening for captain is. Because I have a feeling that Pepper would add a little pepper to her squad.
FOR THE MOST PART the excuses and apologists for the US Team need to step up and request some accountability. Because if Europe was getting trounced, do you think the tabloids go soft. I would bet, and really pound that bet, the answer is no. But things could have been worse. Had Europe added Annika Sorenstam, even at age 50, the score would have been worse for the USA.
BUT THE DRAMA the event provided was really good. But maybe the biggest winner was the Inverness Club. Because the recent renovation of this Donald Ross Course was really well done. So I’ll add it to my bucket list, and hope they host another big time golf event in the next few years. The list of great golf courses in Ohio seems to be growing all the time.
TOMORROW the Illinois PGA puts together one of the biggest golf fundraisers of the year, when their Birdies for Charity event tee’s off this year at Oak Park Country Club (with normal home River Forest CC undergoing a tee box renovation). Pledge some support for your local IPGA professional, and support Birdies for Charity. But for further details visit IPGA.com.
LEN ZIEHM and I will be out and about around town this week. Details as they happen. Golfers on Golf Radio is planning on Tour Edge Golf VP Jon Claffey in studio with us this coming Saturday.
BOTH LEN ZIEHM AND I spent some time in the Wisconsin Dells last week. The new shorter courses in the Dells, and in Kohler with the Baths, really bring a needed fun aspect to golf. But wait, that’s right, golf is about having fun.
LOCAL FINALS for Drive, Chip and Putt, take place at Medinah CC next Saturday afternoon. The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS
TRAPPERS TURN in the Wisconsin Dells now offers 39 holes of golf with the addition of the 12-hole par 3 12 North Course, see more at TrappersTurn.com. FAIRFIELD HILLS Golf Course in Baraboo Wisconsin is 12 holes of fun golf and a great practice range, owned& operated by Barrington Resident Jim Tracy. Fairfieldhillsgolfcourse.com. _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.
IT’S SUNDAY at the Solheim Cup and Team USA needs to get back on track.
Follow all the action on The Golf Channel and NBC. *U-S-A*
BUT it’s also the season ending day for the PGA Tour, with the Tour Championship in Atlanta at East Lake. Can Patrick Cantlay hold off U.S. Open Champion Jon Rahm.
Action on both NBC and The Golf Channel.
Dave “Links” Lockhart at Boyne Golf Resorts in Michigan
GOLF360TV is back tonight with another edition at 6:30 PM on NBC Sports Chicago.
This new edition hosted by former Chicago Bear Patrick Mannelly, and Dave “Links” Lockhart starts by visiting the 10 courses of the Boyne Resorts in Northern Michigan.
But there’s more, when you tour one of the best collections of golf history found in Chicago, when you see Jim McCormick’s collection.
But there is also a visit to Tour Edge Golf in Batavia, and a tour of the new clubhouse at the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison. A part of DuPageGolf.com.
2020-2021 Team USA Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker
THIS WEDNESDAY TEAM USA Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker will make his 6 captains picks at 9 Am CST.
Six players, Collin Morikawa, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas have already qualified for Team USA.
This years Ryder Cup matches will take place from September 24-26, at the Whistling Straits golf links in Haven Wisconsin. But which is part Destination Kohler. Team USA will need 14 point to retake the Ryder Cup, that was lost in Scotland in 2018. So visit RyderCup.com to see the full point standings for both teams.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GENE ELLIOTT of Iowa. With his 1 Up win on the last hole of the USGA Senior Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit, Elliott becomes one of only three men to have won national senior titles in the USA, Great Britain and Canada.
THIS COMING THURSDAY Sept. 9th is the last Thursday for Titleist Fitting Thursday’s at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein. But no walk-ups please. Call Pine Meadow at (847)-566-4663 to schedule your appointment.
Illinois PGA Executive Director Carrie Williams stands at Medinah Country Club with 2019 local winners of Drive-Chip and Putt.
DRIVE-CHIP and PUTT, and a trip to Augusta National to start Masters week in 2022 is on the line.
Because this coming Saturday the regional finals will take place at the historic Medinah Country Club.
Final competitions start at 1 PM.
The competitions are organized and judged by the Illinois PGA Section.
Golfers on Golf will publish the list of winner next weekend. Good luck to all the competitors.
THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE has announced it’s pre-season golf honorees. The 10th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini lead the way with three selections, Jerri Ji, Adrien Dumont de Chassart, and Tommy Kuhl. NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY also added three players David Nyfjall, John Driscoll III, and James Imai.
BLACKBERRY OAKS professional Roy Biancalana goes Back-to-Back in winning the Illinois PGA Section’s Super-Senior Championship at the Pine Meadows Golf Club in Mundelein. Biancalana defeated Vince Antoniou by 1 shot, with Ivanhoe Club’s Jim Sobb finishing in third place.
Welcome to Club Champion in Willowbrook.
WILLOWBROOK BASED CLUB CHAMPION a national leader in club fittings, is celebration national putter fitting month, with FREE putter fittings in September. Normally this would be a $100 dollar fee. But if your buy a new putter at your fitting, your fitting is free. Why get fitted / Because you want to play your best golf. So let Club Champion show you how. So visit Clubchampiongolf.com for all the details.
THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-returns late on Monday. RS
TRAPPERS TURN HOME OF THE NEW 12 NORTH PAR 3 COURSE. FAIRFIELD HILLS 12 holes and a driving range, for a fast and fun golf experience. #WISDELLS ______________________________________________________________________
Golfers on Golf Radio Week 21. 4 PM Saturday afternoon’s on WCPT 820 Am Chicago.
Golfers on Golf Radio Week 20.
Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger Rory Spears, and Len Ziehm, Chicago’s favorite foursome brings you Chicago’s most complete hour of golf talk.
THIS WEEK GOG takes a look at golf in Wisconsin, especially the Wisconsin Dells.
Patrick Steffes GM of Trappers Turn Golf Club in the Dells joins us live at 4:10. But at the bottom of the hour Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Gary D’Amato of Wisconsin.golf joins us for some Ryder Cup talk and more.
We hear from Barrington resident Jim Tracy, owner of Fairfield Hills Golf Course in Baraboo, and Illinois Golf Hall of Fame inductee Len Ziehm.
So join us on the tee at 4 Pm, on WCPT 820 AM. Listen live on the air, or at WCPT820.com. But you can watch the show on WCPT’s Facebook Page. On your phone on the TUNE-IN Radio APP search for WCPT820. IF YOU miss the show and you need a mulligan, try Soundcloud.com/ChicagosprogressiveTalk. Then scroll down to the podcast.
FAIRFIELD HILLS IN BARABOO and TRAPPERS TURN in the Wisconsin Dells, both now offer great short course options. So check out Ziehm and Spears to learn more. ____________________________________________________________________
ZIEHM & SPEARS heard weekly on Golfersongolf.com and LenZiehmongolf.com This weeks edition of Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2021-Volume 28-takes a look at Golf in the Wisconsin Dells.
Don’t sell Wisconsin Short-because even with a wave of new short courses, golf in the Dairyland is better than ever.
BUT LEN AND RORY also discuss the PGA Tour playoffs, The Ryder Cup, recent struggles on the Korn Ferry Tour for Northbrook’s Nick Hardy and Deerfield’s Vince India.
THE SR. CHAMPIONSHIP leaves the French Lick Resort, and find out where it’s likely headed. But there is still more championship golf coming to French Lick in 2022, find out what’s next on the tee.
WHO IS BACK working at TPC Deere Run-home of the John Deere Classic.
THE ILLINOIS PGA hosts it’s Birdies for Charity this coming Tuesday at Oak Park Country Club. $$$ lets raise some money. #Golfgivesback.
CLICK HERE to hear this weeks edition of Ziehm and Spears