About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-WHAT’S NEWS

OUTSIDE & INSIDE getting better, at the Schaumburg Golf Club. (L) The final phase of the renovation, on the Tournament Nine is taking shape. (R) The newly added Bethpage Black, now on the simulators in the clubhouse. Schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000.     ____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook, and Linkedin. Hitting the fairway on 18 at the White Eagle Golf Club. Photo by Chip Wagner.

OUTDOOR GOLF SEASON is NOT over. Golfers on Golf has received notices from White Deer Run and Chapel Hill that they are open today and Monday. Just in-Bittersweet GC is open.

Call the pro shops for tee times, it could be more enjoyable than watching the Bears game.

TWIN ORCHARD CC, will be having a year end merchandise sale Nov. 21-22-23. Hours 10-8 Thursday and Friday, 10-4 on Saturday. The club is located on Old McHenry Road in Long Grove. Sales of up to 50% off on all types of golf merchandise.

The Cog Hill Golf Club, has plenty of activities coming up.

COG HILL has closed Course #4 for the season. But Course #2 is open until years end, with courses 1 & 3 open year round.

Winter hours have kicked in at Cog Hill, opening at 7 Pm, and closing about dark (4-5) everyday.

Year End tournaments include the Black Friday Classic on November 29th, Frosty 3-Club Open Dec. 15th. And yes what you have all been waiting for, The Eskimo Open on Jan 5th, 2020. Registration starts on December 15th. PRO SHOP SALES are all month, BUT Black Friday gift cards deals are back, Buy $1,000 and get $275 more. SATURDAY November 30th, the Annual Holiday Open House, with raffles hors d’oeuvres, free gift wrapping and more. (866)-264-4455 or see Coghillgolf.com

The new siding goes up at Pine Meadow Golf Club.

JEMSEK GOLF UP NORTH- at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein. There is a sale on Bob Vokey Titleist wedges, at their best prices so far. So if your in the hunt for new wedges, PMGC is the place.

The clubhouse building got new siding recently as a fall improvement. But even better news, is that Pine Meadow has been selected to host a U.S. Open qualifier on May 11th next year. Then the Illinois Women’s Amateur returns from June 23-25. Spectators are welcome. Visit Pinemeadowgc.com or (847)-566-4653.

NO GOLF BUT-The Murder Mystery Dinner at the American Club in Kohler, is Saturday December 7th at 6:30 PM. visit Destinationkohler.com for details #homeofrydercup2020

Welcome to Eagle Ridge in Galena-EagleRidge.com

MAYBE GOLF if the weather holds up with out snow, and some extremely cold temperatures.

The North Course will stay open as long as it can, but if it is closed the food inside is good.

If you need of a Thanksgiving getaway, think Eagle Ridge from November 26-30. A great Thanksgiving dinner and more. See Eagleridge.com (800)-892-2269 for more information.

Cypress Head 15th hole

Daytona Beach Area Florida Golf is offering the “Tee it High Let it Fly” golf package.

The package is three nights and three rounds of golf, complete with oceanfront accommondations, and a break from the cold weather up north.

Courses like Cypress Head, operated by Northbrook based KemperSports Management, has been busy since a 2015 renovation of the Arthur Hills designed golf course. The package allows for golf at the private-Plantation Bay Prestwick Course, and the Palm Harbor Golf Club. The 4.5 star Hyatt Place Oceanfront is your home. Details at DaytonaBeach.golf

THIS AFTERNOON at 2 PM on ESPN2, is the broadcast of the PGA Jr. League finals from Grayhawk in Arizona. The championship was held 2 weeks ago, but the broadcast is first airing. Team Cog Hill is representing Illinois, and is led by Coach Kevin Weeks.

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Links Captial Advisors and Chris Charnas, have announced they are handling the perspective sale of two courses.

Reems Creek in Weaverville North Carolina at $1M. In addition to the Limestone Springs Golf Club in Oneonta Alabama, on the market for $1.1M. Further details at Linkscaptialadvisors.com or Chris@linkscaptialadvisors.com or call Chris at (312)-543-7192.

Chad Johansen the Man with the Golden Jacket. (R) interviews parents of the #kidsrule Drive-Chip and Putt contest.

HE IS THE MAN-WITH THE GOLDEN JACKET, Chad Johansen the GM-Head golf Professional at Blackberry Oaks GC in Bristol has the #Kidsrule all winter golf going on.

But before we tell you more about CJ Winter golf,  CJ’s summer home Blackberry Oaks now has 2020 memberships now on sale. If you join before December 1st of 2019, you can save $250 on a Platinum or Classic Golf Membership. If your paid in full by December 1st, you also earn a $100 Blackberry Oaks Gift Card.

But, even better. Outdoor golf is not over in CJ land, better known as Blackberry Oaks. Next weekend the BBO’s Turkey Shoot, Gobbles across the links.

THE CJ Winter Golf Academy at the Go For it Sports Dome in Yorkville, has 3 simulators. Kids contests and more. Registration is underway. Blackberry Oaks at 2245 Kennedy Road Bristol. (630)-553-7170. blackberryoaks.com Where Kids Rule #kidsrule

THE OCEAN COURSE AT KIAWAH ISLAND SC. Home of the 2021 PGA Championship.

The Kiawah Island Resort located on Kiawah Island SC, just south of Charleston SC. is planning exciting events for the winter ahead.

Winter is anything but dull at Kiawah.

Golf events are among whats planned in the months coming up.

Did you know ? That the Ocen Course will play host to the 2021 PGA Championship, in May of next year. Rory McIlroy won the championship the last time it was played at Kiawah. For more information see kiawahislandresort.com or call (800)-654-2924.

  THE DRAWING of the NEW Par 3 Course at the Forest Dunes Golf Resort in Roscommon Michiga (L). The fairway “wall of water” on Slick Rock at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Austin Texas. Both resorts made the GolfMagazine Top 100 resorts list. For reservations see Forestdunesgolf.com or for Horseshoe Bay, see hsbresort.com.

CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Kellee Booth the WWGA 1999 Amateur Champion for being named to the Arizona State University Hall of Fame. Booth who won the WWGA Amateur at The Hawthorns G&CC in Fishers Ind, follows in her mothers footsteps having both honors. Booth’s mom Jane Bastanchury (Booth) who passed away in 2018, was the 1969 WWGA Amateur Champion at the Oak Park CC and in 1970 winner at Rockford CC, was inducted into the ASU-HOF in 1980.

BGT-Breakthrough Golf Technology, has now introduced a putter shaft, with a tour-preferred feel, and sleeker look and style.

Barney Adams Breakthrough Golf CEO says,”Introducing a tour model is just a natural progression of the brand. Stability clearly has filled the void in the putter category and now golfers who want to play exactly what the tour pros play, will have that option with the Stability Tour. Stability Tour sells for $249.00 and is now availible for immediate shipping. Breakthroughtech.com.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. RS

COLLEGE GOLF FALL WRAP UP

  OUTSIDE OR INSIDE Golf Season continues as the snow melts off. Schaumburg Golf Club 401 N. Roselle Road has plenty of green grass showing, check with the pro shop for outdoor golf possibilities this weekend. Schaumburggolf.com THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is open for indoor golf with Toptracer. The only golf dome in town, that has Toptracer. Located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, and home of McWethys Sports Bar.      ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook or Linkedin. At the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, anybody for more outdoor golf this fall.

THE FALL SEASON OF COLLEGE GOLF is in the books. That would be the record books and not the text books. Because the golf teams are back studying and getting ready to make grades.

So here is our recap of the local college golf scene, with the main focus on the Big Ten.

THE OLYMPIA FIELDS ILLINI Invitational is one of the highlights of the fall season. Schools from across the country look forward to this event, and the schools that don’t have an invite, are working on trying to get one.

ILLINOIS started slowly and after Round 1, was back in 10th place, but rallied over the next two days, to finish fifth. The Illini were lead by Michael Feagles and Bryan Baumgarten with 54 hole scores of 214 (+4). Illinois as a team was (+19), with winning schools Georgia Tech and Baylor tied at (+6). Illinois Coach Mike Small was pleased with the results as the tournament went on but added that, “Illinois needs good scoring each day from more than one player.”

The Illinois men’s team closed out the fall portion of their schedule this past week at Cypress Point, in a Ryder Cup style match play event. Illinois lost to No.3 UCLA in the first match, before defeating two Top 10 ranked teams, California and Alabama.

But prior to the trip west, Illinois was 11th at the Tavistock Invitational in Windemere Florida, and was 7th at the Crooked Stick Invitational hosted by Purdue and Indiana. Michael Feagles and Jerry Ji have lead the Illini those tournaments.

FORMER UW-Madison Badger and former Coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers John Carlson, became the new Director of Golf at Northern Illinois University. Carlson feels that the attractiveness of the Chicagoland area, and having Rich Harvst Farms in Sugar Grove, as the home of the Huskies program, will help recruiting. Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich, worked besides university officials during the coaching search.

Rich Harvest Farms Owner Jerry Rich, with the NIU banner in the golf pavillion at Rich Havrest Farms.

NIU ON COURSE, as the Huskies had some success on the golf course this fall. So for the first time since 2016, the Huskies had a top three finish. After a slow start, NIU rallied for a second placefinish at the Xavier University-Signature Tournament. This came on the heels of a 4th place finish at the Prairie Club Invitational. The Huskies are now ranked 4th in the MAC, but have some work to do if they wish to pull alongside conference leader Kent St.

LADY HUSKIES under Coach Kim Kester closed out the season at the UNLV Las Vegas Showdown. Kester’s team recorded Top 10 finishes at every tournament this fall. Caroline Klemp’s final round 69, helped her to win the Illinois State Redbird Invitational in September.

NORTHWESTERN WRAPPED UP a solid fall on the links with a third place finish at the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel Ind., led by David Nyfjall who placed in the top five. The previous week the Cats had a second place finish at the Marquette Invitational at Erin Hills. In 2018 the Cats won the tournament with a -12 score. But this year 13 under par only earned second place. John Driscoll III had a final round 66 to lead NU.

Northwestern-Chicago’s Big Ten Team #GOCATS

But a strong finish helped offset a slow start to the fall, where the Cats had only an 8th place finish at their own Windon Invitational. This year the Windon was hosted by Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, and won by Notre Dame University. The following week, NU was 11th of 15 teams at the Illini Olympia Fields Invitational. Before the Cats started their fall turn around at Erin Hills.

ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE Coach Emily Fletchers team wrapped up the fall season at the Stanford Invitational hosted by Condelezza Rice. The Cats finished 11th, but moved up three spots in the final round. Freshman Irene Kim led the way, with a score of +2 over 54 holes.

AT ILLINOIS COACH RENEE SLOAN’S Illini, hosted their second Illini Women’s Invitational on Course #2, at Medinah in early October.

MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB-CLUBHOUSE (L) The par 3, 8th hole, on Medinah Course #2. (R).

For the second straight year, Illinois finished in 3rd place. Their three round total score (-4) 860. Sophomore Kornkamol Sukaree led Illinois with a 212 (-4) and she finished in 8th place overall. Senior Tristyn Nowlin had the best final round score for Illinois with a 70 (-2). Nowlin finished in 13th place . Kent State at 853 (-11) won the team title.

JUSTIN WYETH coach at Aurora University, has the school on a roll among the smaller colleges. AU is now ranked 18th and now winning tournaments. Congratulations to Coach Wyeth on moving the team up from being #233 in the nation.

CDGA NAMES PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

INDOOR IS OPEN-Mother Nature’s cold and snow dump has taken golf indoors for the time being. While things could warm up, and give us a final day or two outside, indoor golf season is now in full-swing. So at The Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Road you can head to the simulators in the basement of the clubhouse, downstairs from Chandlers Chophouse. Some of the new courses available include Bethpage Black and the Colorado Golf Club. Check in at SchaumburgGolf.com or call (847)-885-9000 for details and tee times. THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME complete with Toptracer, that allows yout to track your results and play courses like Pebble Beach. McWethy’s Sportsbar in the dome, is the area’s best food & beverage at ANY Chicago area indoor golf dome. located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, see Mistwoodgolfdome.com for details.      _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. #stillhopingtoplayoutsideagainin2019. CDGA members, you have an exclusive opportunity to buy 2020 BMW Championship tickets. Starting on November 4th at 10 Am.

CDGA Players of the year Jordan Less, David Perkins, and in the senior division Tim Sheppard.

JORDAN LESS AND DAVID PERKINS are still tied, so they will share the 2019 Chicago District Golf Association honors for Player of the Year.

Tim Sheppard wins his second consecutive Senior Player of the Year award, after starting and ending the year in strong fashion.

So while fighting for the distinction of winning the Centennial CDGA Amateur Championship, both Less and Perkins were tied after 36 holes at the Glen View Club. Less then won the title on the 37th hole. But at years end, each player wrapped up 2019 with 800 points.

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And it marked the first since the award was first presented in 1993, because there was a tie at the top of the leaderboard at years end.

Both players Less, a senior at Northern Illinois University, and Perkins a senior at Illinois State University, had such strong finishes at tournaments all year, even when they didn’t win.

Each player had help from their college teammates in team events. Less had Paul Schlimm in the CDGA Four-Ball at Oak Park Country Club. Perkins did it with Daniel Anfield in the USGA U.S. Amateur Fourball Championship.

The Senior Player of the Year Award, was much more clear-cut. Sheppard had the early point lead, and never gave it up. His season started in May by winning the 18th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship at Briar Ridge Country Club. So Sheppard does become the fifth player to win back-to-back, CDGA Player of the Years.

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR CHARITIES

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has the simulators open, with new courses for the upcoming indoor golf season ahead. #Bethpageblack #coloradogolfclub or why not play next years Ryder Cup venue Whistling Straits in Haven/Kohler Wisconsin. Currently today the outdoor course/range are closed. Schaumburggolf.com or (847)-885-9000, located at 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. THE NEW CLUBHOUSE work is continuing at the Preserve at Oak Meadows, and while the Preserve is ready to shut down. Weather permitting-Maple Meadows will remain open. See DuPagegolf.com.        ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook or Linkedin. Putting with a John Deere tractor at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

THE SMALL MARKET Tournament that just keeps on giving.

It’s so amazing how the John Deere Classic, in maybe the PGA Tour’s smallest market just keeps raising record amounts of money and for hundreds of charities.

Or shall we say, charities. Besides the fact that, 542 local Quad City and regional charities came away with a donation from the championship.

Because the game of golf supports so many charities, it’s more than just a game or a sport. The PGA Tour and all of it’s tournaments help out so many people. But the John Deere Classic continues to amaze, as it helps the big picture on a big scale.

$13.82 Million Dollars. Many of the so-called bigger tournaments on the PGA Tour, wish they had a charity donation number that large.

John Deere Classic Tournament Director Clair Peterson speaks on Media Day 2019.

“The John Deere Classic is so thrilled to announce, that the tournament has helped raise $13.82 million for 542 deserving charities in 2019,” said tournament director Clair Peterson.

“Everyone involved with this charitible mission is proud and very appreciative of the individual donors. In additon to the companies, and local foundations who made the 2019 charitible total the largest in tournament history.”

So with the 2019 totals added. The John Deere Classic has raised a total of $120.87 million for charity, since the tournaments inception in 1971. $118.32 million-98% of the total amount, has been raised since John Deere became the title sponsor in 1998.

The TPC Deere Run Golf Course.

The John Deere Classic now ranks third on the PGA Tour, in charitible giving.

The tournaments charity-arm, Birdies for Charity. Which monitors the birdie total for JDC week, has announced the winning total this year as 2,091 Birdies.

After todays press conference, John Deere gave away a two-year lease on a Lexus NX. To one of the five finalists who picked the correct amount of birdies.

“Birdies for Charity is extemely grateful that Lexus of Quad Cities, has made a strong commitment to the John Deere Classic. Plus the hundreds of charities we serve in the Quad City area, and neighboring communities,” said Birdies for Charity director Kristy Ketcham-Jackson.

RICH HARVEST FARMS 2020-THE NCAA RETURNS

THE UPGRADED INDOOR SIMULATORS AT THE SCHAUMBURG now include Bethpage Black (L) home of the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup. Colorado Golf Club past home of the Solheim Cup (R), the outside renovated 18 holes are still open. But if your ready to go inside, Schaumburggolf.com or (847)-885-9000.      ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and or Linkedin and Facebook. On hole Silver 5 at Rich Harvest Farms.

SO DID YOU KNOW COLLEGE GOLF is returning to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

This time it’s the B1G Ten Men’s Championships, May 1-3 of 2020.

Rich Harvest Farms is not far away from anything in the Chicago area especially Aurora, Naperville and Chicago’s Western Suburbs.

All 14 Big Ten schools will be represented in the championship, so Big Ten students and alums, get out and support your school. Do you enjoy golf and want to experience a Top 100 rated golf course and private facility. You can spend a day or more at Rich Harvest Farms. Just three years ago, the NCAA National Championships were played there, NCAA Regionals and MAC Conference Championships have also been hosted by Rich Harvest Farms.

Rich Harvest Farms Owner Jerry Rich has put out the welcome sign for the Big Ten Conference, it’s players, coaches, students, and alumni.

The Western Golf Association has brought it’s Western Junior and Western Amateur Championships to Rich Harvest Farms.

This championship venue has hosted golf on the biggest stage, when in 2009 the Solheim Cup brought 30,000 fans to the property per day, for three straight days.

“We are thrilled to bring the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship to Rich Harvest Farms in 2020,” said Big Ten Associate Commissioner for Sports Administration Wendy Fallen. “We are confident in the club’s ability to create a high caliber championship enviroment, as demonstrated by their experience hosting the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, and look forward to creating a similiar experience for our students and coaches.”

Hole, 6 Gold is a long par 4, with a demanding second shot over water.

“Rich Harvest Farms team is extremely excited to play host to the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship,” said Owner and President of Rich Harvest Farms Jerry Rich. “During our hosting of the of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, seven Big Ten Universities were represented at this prestigious event. We witnessed the great support the Big Ten Universities’ fans showed to their favorite teams. And I hope we can create that type of atmosphere for the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship. We are thrilled for the opportunity to showcase this amazing golf. Which is played by Big Ten Universities to the Chicagoland area.”

Hole, Gold 9 could play as 9 or 18 for the championship.

Illinois claimed it’s 17th Big Ten title in 2019, it’s tenth championship in the last 11 years. 10 Big Ten institutions have won at least one championship since it started in 1920.

Rich Harvest Farms that currently sits at #94, in Golf Digest Magazine’s America’s Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses. It’s one of the nations most challenging venues. It will test the best players, that the Big Ten conference golf teams have to offer.

The winning university, will have had at least four players, play the best golf they have played this year. As a result, top finishing schools will be tested, and prepared for the regional championships. As they attempt to advance forward, to the NCAA National Championships in Arizona.

So for more details see Bigten.org or visit Richharvestfarms.com.

Some of the best collegiate players in the game, will return to Rich Harvest Farms in June of 2021. Because they will take part in the 25th Anniversary of the (Arnold) Palmer Cup. Now with both men’s and women’s teams participating. See Arnoldpalmercup.com for more details.

JANE GEDDES TALKS THE LEGENDS TOUR

OUTSIDE OR INSIDE-The Schaumburg Golf Club has you covered for golf year round. 18 holes of the renovation are now open for play outside. The indoor simulators have been upgraded for the indoor season ahead. Play 2019 PGA Championship golf course Bethpage Black. For more information see Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears. Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Linkedin or Facebook.

Jane Geddes at the Senior LPGA Championship at the Pete Dye Course part of the French Lick Resort.

JANE GEDDES is the now the CEO of the LPGA’s Sr. Women’s Tour-the Legends Tour, she has replaced Jane Blaylock who has stepped back from the position. During an interview with Golfers on Golf and Len Ziehm on Golf, conducted at the Pete Dye Golf Course part of the French Lick Resort, during the LPGA Sr. Women’s Champioship. Geddes spoke about the Sr. Women’s LPGA Championship, and what might be next for the Legends Tour in 2020.

Click here to hear the interview with LPGA Legends Tour CEO Jane Geddes.

Senior Women’s Golf is growing across the country, more so however in smaller markets. Which doesn’t leave Chicago totally out of the picture, but the legends Tour could be here with the right sponsor, the right location and the right dates.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-FALL GOLF SEASON FADES

THE PLAYERS NINE IS OPEN (L) THE TOURNAMENT NINE (R) IS GROWING IN. The Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 North Roselle Road, is still open for outdoor play but the upgraded simulators in the clubhouse are ready for those colder days. When your ready to go inside, you can play Bethpage Black. Schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook. On the 18th green at White Eagle Golf Club. Photo by Chip Wagner.

TODAY WAS 50 DEGREES, it wont be that warm the rest of the week. That’s why I got out and played Pine Meadow in Mundelein today.

It was still a little wet from the nearly three inches of rain that fell on Saturday. But a fall day at Pine Meadow is a great time to play the golf course. The colors on the tree’s make the round a bit more enjoyable.

While I was there I saw the new siding going up on the clubhouse. It does look good. And the final event of the year at Pine Meadow is this coming Saturday, November 2nd. There is a shotgun start at 9 Am. Call (847)-566-4653 (golf) to sign up.

Have you taken advantage of the fall season, many of the local courses kicked in the fall rates about 3 weeks ago. There are some good deals to be had, so look around and check in with your local club.  So while this week might not be good, I’m still hoping that the first few weeks of November, might have some 50+ or 55 and up degree days.

WHITE EAGLE GOLF CLUB in Naperville, will be a great host for the 2020 Illinois Open. I toured all 27 holes last Friday, and found that Todd Quitno’s renovation of the club is really good. Membership numbers are growing. I’ll have more on White Eagle in a seperate story.

RICH HARVEST FARMS is getting ready to host the Big Ten Championship in May of 2020, and the course looks great. All 14 Big Ten Schools will be represented, how about you coming out to support your school. More on the Big Ten Championships coming soon. The Palmer Cup also returns to Rich Harvest Farms in 2021 with the men, and the women this time.

TIGER WINS THE ZOZO…the what. Where, in Japan. So now the PGA Tour is playing tour stops in Japan, what’s the point. Are you trying to become the LPGA Tour. 82 wins for Tiger, some say Woods has tied Sam Snead for the most wins on the PGA Tour. But the real question is, when is Snead going to get back the 6 wins that former commish Deane Beman took away from Snead because he didn’t like the native Virginian. So for the record, Snead won 88 tournaments if your keeping track.

CBS HAS PULLED THE PLUG, on longtime commentators Peter Kostis and Gary McCord. Their contracts were up and they were not renewed. So what is CBS looking for, younger former touring pro’s, just going with a woman that the male audience will stare at. Time will tell.

IT APPEARS that the new Schaumburg Top Golf will open in November, no date has been set yet. But the hiring process has started if your looking for a job.

THE GOG BLOG returns all week long. RS

ERIN HILLS YEAR END SALE-BUFFET

        PLAYERS 9-DONE                   BAER 9-DONE         TOURNAMENT 9-UNDERWAY

THE FINAL PHASE- of the Schaumburg Golf Club renovation is in progress. With the Tournament 9 expected to be ready for play next July. So until the snow lands, go play the renovated 18 holes. And when it does fall, take your game inside to the upgraded simulators all winter long. Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000 for tee times.       _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy at Erin Hills.

THE COURSE has closed for 2019, but the season is not over at Erin Hills.

On Saturday October 26th, the year end sale will run from 10 Am to 2 Pm.  Erin Hills merchandise will be discounted 25-60%.  A $12 lunch buffet will be offered from 11 to 2, reservations not required.

Wine and Spirits from the Erin Hills cellar are availble for purchase. If you can’t make the sale, you can shop Erin Hills on line. At Erinhills.com

CLUB CHAMPION-BUILDING A BETTER GOLF CLUB

ALL DONE-BAER (L) and GETTING THERE-TOURNAMENT (R) THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB located at 401 North Roselle Road, is turning into one of the best public courses in the Chicago area. Still time to get outside and play. Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000. When winter arrives, play the upgraded simulators #newcourses.    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin or Facebook. In the hitting bay at Club Champion Schaumburg.

ARE YOU TIRED of the results you’re getting from your golf clubs. Tired of the handicap going up, and never going down.

Tired of losing all the bets, tired of buying the beer, the wings, the burgers and the pizza when the round is over.

Having those higher handicap guys blast it past you down the fairway, even when you hit a good drive.

Yeah, that’s no fun. How old are your clubs anyway. So are they older than your car that you bought new 6 years ago. Well if so, then it’s time for the old clubs to go, and for you to get some new ones in the bag.

IT STARTS HERE, in Willowbrook IL. the corporate home of Club Champion. Where one building doesn’t get it done. It takes two.

Club Champion club fitters, who have more locations across the country than other golf club fitting company, make their home right along Rt. 83 in the town of Willowbrook.

But it’s not all done in one store, the full operation takes two buildings. They are across the street from one another. The corporate office, the lab and club building stations, shipping, the call center, and the front office are on the southside of the street. The fitting store on the northside, so some employees walk back and forth across the street several times a day. One of them is company founder, and master fitter and builder Nick Sherburne.

Club Champion Founder Nick Sherburne shows off the custom designed box, that your new fitted clubs will arrive in.

Club Champion in Willowbrook is much more than the fitting store, that you see in some locations. The overall size of the operation is much bigger.

It’s also the training facility for all of the companies fitters and club builders.

New builders spend one month learning the Club Champion way, under “professor” Brad Syslo at Club Champion University, before they are are sent out on their own.

In between the shipping area, the training area, and the corporate offices, there is a club building area, where a team of builders are making sure your clubs are just how you hit them during the fitting session in the store.

Click here, to hear the interview with Club Champion founder and master club fitter Nick Sherburne.

Club Champion club builders take every step to make sure your clubs, are just how you want them.

One area of club building that can really elevate a golfers game, is the shaft you put in your clubs.

While some companies will admit that club heads and grooves are up against the wall because of USGA standards. Shafts are still the area where there is room for growth.

Getting the right shaft in your club, can make a world of diffence. So how do you know if you have the right shaft, and how can you tell if the shaft comes complete in the best condition it can be.

The PUREd Shaft work area, with the testing machines.

PUREd shafts are a technology that PGA Tour professionals, have trusted for 15 years in making over $1.5 billion dollars.

“Knowing what I know from years in the industry, I’m baffled that more golfers aren’t aware of SST PURE,” said Sherburne. “There is a reason that Club Champion recommends all shafts be PUREd, and we even include it free with our custom built woods (normally $30). Golfers who are looking for more consistency, should start by having PUREd shafts in their clubs.”

Test’s run by Club Champion in a controlled enviroment. Tested the same clubs, with the same heads, shaft, grip, loft, lie, weight, swing weight and length. The only difference was the shaft. A vareity of golfers hit a series of shots with a six-iron. The tests proved that PUREd shafts added distance and accuracy, that the non-PUREd shafts did not deliver. PUREd shafts also allowed for players to swing them 1 MPH faster, that added 2.8 MPH of ball speed.

So if your looking for better clubs, from top to bottom and everything in between. Now is the time to visit Club Champion, with several Chicago area locations and a Scottsdale Arizona store and more locations opening soon. Because your clubs need to fit your game and your swing, don’t be afraid to ask about PUREd shafts, and what they can do for you. So visit Clubchampiongolf.com or call (888)-340-7820.

FRENCH LICK RESORT ADDS NEW ROOMS, SPORTSBOOK & BAR

       PLAYERS 9-DONE                   BAER 9-DONE             TOURNAMENT 9-ALMOST  THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is working through it’s last phase of the renovation, and by next July, all 27 holes should be ready for play. The first 18 holes have received rave reviews, and the Tournament 9 is looking good. Before winter hits, come out and play the 18 renovated holes at the Schaumburg Golf Club. 401 North Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Schaumburggolf.com or (847)-885-9000 Simulators have been updated.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. Doing the Payne pose at Pinehurst.

THESE DAYS destination properties are always facing the challenge of getting better, and adding something that’s new.

So what’s new at the French Lick Resort. More rooms, and suites that are attached to the casino. The Valley Sports Bar, and a new sports book for gaming.

Yes, once more, what you can’t do in Illinois you can do in Indiana. Like bet our sports teams. The sports book has opened already, you could have bet the Bears last weekend, -3 points. And you would have won big if you did so. And probably bet the Blackhawks to lose as well on Sunday night. So on your next golf trip to the French Lick Resort, casino and sports book gaming are just two more options for fun.

A suite at the French Lick Resort, is near completion.

While French Lick Resort has plenty of historical rooms, but there are many new ones on the way. The new rooms and the Valley Sports Bar open on November 15th.

The new suites also connect with other rooms, so that groups have space to connect with each other. There are rooms for group events, and the new Valley Sports Bar, will be a fun place for guests to meet.

So if it’s a buddies trip, corporate group, special event group like a wedding, and you want connecting rooms, places to eat together, play cards, hold meetings, want quick access to the casino or more. The new French Lick Resort Suites are the perfect place.

    WORK is wrapping up on the new Valley Sports Bar in the French Lick suites area.

Click here to listen to the interview with the French Lick Resort’s Chief Information Officer Chuck Franz, on the new upgrades.

Connect the doors and the rooms, with the new suites at the French Lick Resort.

The suites offer 71 new guest rooms as part of the 17 million dollar renovation.

There is plenty of room, over 50,000 sqaure feet of it in the Valley Sports Bar, to catch all the action.

The new Valley Tower area, as it’s being called, will also provide over 100 new jobs to the area.

French Lick Resort says, “Here we grow again.”

More details on the November 15th, Valley Tower Grand Opening at French Lick.com.