ZIEHM & SPEARS PODCAST SERIES 2020-VOLUME 35

INSIDE AND OUT-the Mistwood Golf Dome with a new shell and carpet is getting ready for the indoor golf season, pandemic or not. Get more details at Mistwoodgolfdome.com ______________________________________________________________________

ZIEHM & SPEARS are back again. Catch it here on the Gog Blog-by Rory Spears Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Facebook or LinkedIn.

ZIEHM & SPEARS Podcast Series 2020-Volume 35 is posted.

Volume 36 will be along next week.

Illinois Golf Hall of fame inductee Class of 2019, Len Ziehm and Chicago area sports and golf reporter Rory Spears have teamed up to series of podcasts, to bring Chicago area golfers the most complete weekly report in the Windy City and beyond.

This week Len and Rory wrap up the Masters, in case you missed it, as the low TV ratings suggest.

What does this win mean for Dustin Johnson. Are tour players headed home after the fan-less bubble season until Hawaii.

What about the BMW Championship headed to Delaware in 2022, making 2 years in a row the PGA Tour takes a pass on Chicago.

Course renovation work and new clubhouse work is rolling around town. To the courses that have done nothing to get better, is it time to look in the mirror.

CLICK HERE to hear Ziehm & Spears Podcast Series 2020-Volume 35.

Chicago’s most complete weekly golf report. Thanks for listening, Len & Rory.

EVANS SCHOLARS INVITATIONAL RETURNS TO THE GLEN CLUB

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME in Bolingbrook is getting ready to open for the season. Stay clicked in for updates on opening day for golf, please visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com Where you can learn about the Black Friday Sale already underway. Save up to 80%.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Facebook, Twitter @GogBlogGuy and LinkedIn. The ESI at the Glen Club.

THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) and the Korn Ferry Tour have announced the 2021 tour schedule.

This years Evans Scholars Invitational (ESI) was moved from the The Glen Club to The Chicago Highlands Club, when the date changed due to the pandemic from May into early September.

For 2021, the May dates are back and  they are scheduled for May 24-30. With the return of the May dates, the ESI has returned to The Glen Club in Glenview.

Curtis Thompson the young brother and former caddie of LPGA star Lexi Thompson, emerged with a 1 shot win in September at Chicago Highlands. Thompson could return to defend his title.

There is no further information about the tournament at this time in regards to the pro-am or volunteers. Those details will be announced at a later date. Again in 2021, several local based Illinois players are expected to be in the field. The championship was first played in 2019, and Scottie Sheffler who is now on the PGA Tour was the champion.

For more information visit EvansScholarsInvitational.com

2022 BMW DRIVES EAST TO WILMINGTON CC-SOUTH IN DELAWARE

SQAIRZ GOLF SHOES-Sqairz.com THE NEW MISTWOOD GOLF DOME Shell is up.    _____________________________________________________________________

  THE NEW GLENVIEW HOME of the Western Golf Association (WGA)-WGAESF.com

The Western Golf Association (WGA) and the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware have announced today, that the club will host the 2022 BMW Championship, in the final year of the three year BMW deal to be the championships title sponsor. The 2022 BMW Championship will be contested on the clubs South Course.

2021 will be played at Caves Valley Country Club in the Northwest Suburbs of Baltimore this coming August 23-29. Jon Rahm will be the defending champion in 2021, after winning the 2020 BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Dates for the 2022 BMW Championship have not been announced, but the tournament will be played in August of 2022.

WGA Sr. VP of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino.

‘We’re thrilled to be taking the BMW Championship to Wilmington Country Club, one of the finest clubs anywhere  in the United States,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “The South Course has everything you look for in a traditional championship layout. It will present a strategic test for the world’s best players and a perfect venue for fans and PGA Tour partners.”

2022 will nark the first time a PGA Tour event will be held in the State of Delaware, and the third time in five years the championship has been played on the East Coast. Along with 2018 at Aronimink in Pennsylvania, and next year at caves valley in Maryland.

“It’s a great honor for Wilmington Country Club to be the first club in the state of Delaware to play host to the PGA Tour, and the prestigious BMW Championship,” said Club President Gary Ferguson. “The passion that fans in this area have for golf is unmatched, and they will enjoy the opportunity to watch the best players in the world compete on this spectacular and challenging golf course.”

The club was founded in 1901, with it’s first 18 hole course covering 135 acres. The club then relocated in the 1950’s and commissioned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. to design the clubs South Course that opened for play in 1959.

Architect Keith Foster was brought in for a renovation of the golf course in 2008, that was rated one of the best renovations of 2008 by multiple golf publications. the South Course has been rated as one of the top courses in the United States by Golf Digest and other publications for years.

The 2022 BMW Championship is the first professional tournament held at the club, that is no stranger to major amateur golf tournaments.

Wilmington Country Club was the host of the 1913 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and five other United States Golf Association (USGA) championships since. Most recently was the 2003 Mid-Amateur. The 2013 Palmer Cup was played at Wilmington, and Team USA members included 2019 BMW Champion Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and former Western Junior Champion Patrick Rodgers.

“Delaware is excited to host the 2022 BMW championship,” said Governor John Carney. “The First State has a long and proud history and is ideally positioned to support one of golfs great championships. Not only will the BMW Championship enhance the local economy, it will showcase a wonderful course and a dynamic community to a global audience.”

BMW has sponsored the championship now for 14 years, and over the year has raised over $35 million dollars for Evans Scholarships. WGA CEO John Kaczkowski cals this championship a “critical step in expanding the Evans Scholars Foundation from coast to Coast and reach more deserving young caddies.”

The WGA will host it’s 2022 Western Junior Championship at Naperville Country Club, and the 2022 Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. Learn more at WGAESF.com.

LAMKIN GOLF GRIPS NEW FOR 2021

TOUR EDGE-the Hot Launch E & C 521 Series now available with the Houdini Sole, so put some magic in your game, and add your get out of jail free card. See TourEdge.com ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, or connect on LinkedIn. With Mistwood Master Club fitter Chris Ioriatti in the Performance Center.

IF SOMEONE has ever told you to “Get A Grip” maybe they knew you are a golfer.

Because getting a grip, the proper and right fitting and feeling grip on your clubs, is almost as important as what clubs you play.

Getting fit for the right clubs has become very important in today’s golf world. Another part of the fitting process has become grips, and the shape, size and feel on the clubs you use can make a serious difference in your game.

Lamkin Square Top Grip

Lamkin is expanding it’s offering in it’s Grip Fitting System, and is introducing new changes in the Deep V STD & Mid Product line.

DEEP V features include, Accentuated pistol V shape to serve as a guide for consistent hand placement.

A thin Genesis rubber sleeve providing feel, traction and durability of rubber with the lightweight characteristic of polyurethane grips. Two new shapes called PistolClaw and SquareTop will compliment previous similar models. PistolClaw was created with the help of Justin Rose, who was one of the first in the early use of “claw putting and gripping style.”

Square Top has parallel sides and a square top, these grips add “down-the-line” stroke control. MAP at $24.99

The Lamkin Pistol Claw grip.

The Lamkin interactive Putter Grip Fitting System displays were delayed in 2020 due to the pandemic. As a result hundreds of units will be shipped into the US and Canada in early 2021.

At these locations golfers can switch a “click-on-grip”, that will allow players to test their styles on the spot.

Calibrate Sonar+Tour MAP ( $9.49) with Wrap Calibrate at ($8.49).

Lamkin will expand the Crossline series with a 360 Genesis Material Full Cord. This line was first created in partnership with Taylor Made, but is added as a Lamkin product in 2021.

The grip is made for players that want a smoother feel than cord grips, but like a higher level of surface traction.

Calibrate includes a ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate (MAP $10.49), ST, or Smooth Tack, which offers a smooth tacky surface, and a dual zone performance in a half cord grip design.

You can learn more about all of Lamkin’s ( company founded in Chicago) grips by visiting Lamkingrips.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-DJ AND HIS NEW JACKET

A FINAL LOOK at the Next MAJOR-Cog Hill pro shop sale starts today. Coghillgolf.com  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, and connect on Linkedin. Wearing the new Sqairz golf shoes.

DJ GETS A NEW GREEN JACKET!

Congratulations to Dustin Johnson on winning the Masters, who was my pick to win.

20 Under Par at Augusta National is pretty special golf. DJ seemed calm, cool and collected all 4 days that was until after he won, when he was almost to choked up to speak at the ceremony.

So now with the men’s 2020 majors complete, we can look forward to the next major in 2021. The Masters is up on the tee again in just 5 months, a very short time for Johnson to be reigning champion. But who knows, he might win two in-a-row by next April.

A few other closing thoughts on Masters week in the fall. This tradition unlike any other can go back to being in April. It was something neat this past week to be able to see, but I can’t wait to have the Masters back in April. When it kind of launches golf season here in Illinois, and for much of the northern part of the country. I’m looking forward to seeing the patrons back as well on the hallowed Augusta National grounds, one can only hope that is what we will see.

THE OTHER 2021 men’s majors are in May, the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, on Pete Dye’s Ocean Course. In June the U.S. Open goes west to Torrey Pines in California, on the South Course. The British Open is in July at Royal St. George’s. The rescheduled Ryder Cup is at Whistling Straits in Haven Wisconsin, in late September.

MAJOR SEASON is not over for 2020. The Women’s U.S. Open will take place at the Champions Golf Club near Houston next month, stay tuned.

A PERFECT 10. I didn’t expect that from Tiger Woods, but it’s not surprising. Augusta National can jump up and do that to anybody, if you hit the ball in the wrong spot on the right hole. The fact the both Tiger and Phil Mickelson made the cut, made it a good week for them. I’m not sure how much longer that will happen. Both players walked off into the sunset after their final hole yesterday by making birdie on 18, great way to end the week.

It was interesting to hear people this week call Woods the old man, even though he walks like it these days. But Phil is older, and so were some of the past champions, including Bernhard Langer, now the oldest player to make the cut at age 63.

HERE’S HOPING there is nothing really wrong with Bryson DeChambeau who said he didn’t feel well this past week. DeChambeau said he was suffering from some dizziness and other issues. These days it’s normally the fans who get dizzy watching DeChambeau’s long drives.

COG HILL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB starts it’s holiday sale in the pro shop today. While supplies last, golf shoes are 50% off, hats are in the buy 1 get 1 free mode. Stop by Cog Hill and see all the sales. Learn more at Coghillgolf.com.

PRODUCT REVIEWS I have received a few products over the last few months to check out, and here are my thoughts.

Sqairz Golf Shoes, with all the traction you could ever need.

SQAIRZ golf shoes.

They are different, but they are good. It’s taken me a bit to get comfortable in them.

Sqairz depending on which model you get, can be a much heavier golf shoe than many golfers are used to. They did create different wear spots for me on my feet. As a result after the first time I wore them, I had 2 cuts on each foot, and a blood blister on one toe. The good news is that I am glad I did not give up on them, because 5 rounds later they are now feeling broke-in and much more comfortable. The extra weight on my pair of Sqairz shoes is keeping my feet from moving around as much when I swing. I’ve started scoring better in recent rounds since I have worn them. Sir Nick Faldo loves them, you might too. Check out a pair, great holiday gift, get the holiday bundle on sale all month long.

The other highlights about Sqairz, is that when they say they are waterproof, they are. I have never had a shoe keep my feet so dry on wet days, or when the morning dew is in full force. Another strong point for me with Sqairz, is the little bubble on the shoelaces, that help keep them tied through the entire round. I’ve always had trouble keeping my laces tied with other brands, and it’s annoying having to keep retying your shoes every two holes.

Canteen Spirits Vodka Soda

Canteen Spirits Vodka Soda, designed by a golfer for golfers, in five different flavors.

I did not get to try the lime flavored that I would like too try, but I had a couple of other flavors from the line.

The first one I tried was the Black Cherry. It was good, but I thought the Black Cherry flavor did not stand out as much as I would have liked. Watermelon was even better and the watermelon flavor was much more apparent in the taste, I thought the watermelon flavor was really good, and would be a great thirst-quencher on the golf course. It’s also a sugar-free drink.

I received a can of the Cucumber flavor. I’m not a Cucumber person, so I had a friend who loves Cucumbers try it and they loved it. Calling it tasty, refreshing, and thirst- quenching. Check out more spirits by Canteen and visit the website DrinkCanteen.com.

Scotland-Home of Golf

SCOTLAND-HOME OF GOLF.

A great new book by the father and son team of photographers Iain and Christopher Lowe, from St. Andrews.

The text and illustrations are from David Joy.

The book is considered a love-letter from the all the great courses in Scotland, that are currently missing those who love the game, links golf and can’t travel to Scotland because of the pandemic.

The Lowe’s photography captures 14 of Scotland’s best golf courses, ten of the courses have a long history including many Open Championships. Four of the courses are considered new, having opened since the year 2000.

A perfect holiday gift, available through Amazon.com or ScottishgolfLibrary.com with a cost of $45.00. Once you read this book, 175 pages of mostly pictures. You will want to plan your first or next visit to Scotland.

LEN ZIEHM has posted a story on architect Rees Jones and his redo of Coral Springs Golf Course in Florida, where he grew up, by the golf course his father designed and kept his offices. See LenZiehmongolf.com

THE MASTERS IS OVER but there is still some time left to get a LAB Golf masters themed putter, see Labgolf.com.

WEDNESDAY to SATURDAY the weather is not too bad. Get out and play while you still can. The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

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

ENJOY MASTERS SUNDAY-Augusta artwork by Linda Hartough, Visit Hartough.com     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Facebook and LinkedIn. In the Mistwood Performance Center with Master Fitter Chris Ioriatti, rolling the ball in the SAM Putt Lab.

CLUB FITTINGS are not just for Drivers and Irons. Get fitted for all your clubs including wedges and putters.

Mistwood Golf in Romeoville is a Top 100 fitting location in the country. See Eric Russell or Chris Ioriatti in the Mistwood Performance center, and get the right clubs with the correct lie and loft, and make your game better today.

Mistwoodgc.com or call Mistwood at (815)-254-3333. Coming soon-the Mistwood Golf Dome will reopen in Bolingbrook, on Rt. 53. Currently there is some 2020 Masters Merchandise for sale in the pro shop, including Crow’s nest T-Shirts.

Blackberry Oaks Pro Chad Johansen welcomes golfers.

Chad Johansen GM and Head Golf Professional at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol, has announced that 2021 golf memberships are now on sale.

In 2021 there will be three types of memberships for sale. You can visit Blackberryoaks.com to learn more.

For the winter ahead, Johansen has opened his indoor facility at the Go For it Sports Dome in Yorkville but located near Blackberry Oaks. In addition check out the Perfect Putting Mat while at the dome. (630)-553-7170.

CHAPEL HILL golf Club in McHenry had to close this week, due to possible staff exposure to Covid-19. As a result if you played golf at Chapel Hill in the week prior to Nov. 11th, monitor yourself for Covid-Symptons.

EAGLE RIDGE RESORT and SPA in Galena Illinois, is having a year end pro shop sale in the resorts North Course pro shop through November 25th. See EagleRidge.Com for more details and savings amounts on various merchandise.

Topgolf Schaumburg by night.

The Topgolf family is expanding in Europe.

The newest Topgolf facility is now ready to break ground in Oberhausen Germany. The new German facility will have 102 hitting bays spread out over three levels.

Which will go along with three bars and restaurants. No date is set yet for opening day.

In addition Topgolf has announced it’s stadium tour for 2021. With 14 different stadium locations having been selected. Most of the locations are spread out through the South and Western States. The only northern location is Progressive Field in Cleveland, in late September. For more information see Topgolf.com

Sqairz Golf Shoes, bringing golfers a new level of traction.

Sqairz golf shoes the hottest new brand of shoes on the market, is offering Black Friday specials this month.

You can bundle it along with Sqairz hats, Sqairz socks, Sqairz shoes and Sqairz personal pouches.

Through November 30th you can see what major champions like Nick Faldo are talking about, when he says that Sqairz Shoes are the best shoes he has ever worn. See Sqairz.com. Or you can call (888)-793-7779 for more information or to order your pair of Sqairz golf shoes.

STITCH GOLF has announced the release of it’s Birdie Bag. A carry bag for travel or one that you can take to the golf course. Use it to carry clothes, or other belongings during travel. It also makes for a great beverage bag on the golf course. For more information see Stitchgolf.com.

SKY GOLF RANGE FINDERS are offering a holiday promotion through the end of the 2020 year, on their award winning SX 400 and SX 500 range and the LX5 Smart watches. More details at SkyGolf.com.

The new Zero Friction Laser Pro

OAKBROOK TERRACE based Zero Friction Golf has expanded it’s product line into the Laser Range and yardage devices.

The two models, Laser Pro retails at $229.99 and the Laser Pro Sm at $329.99.

The biggest difference in these range finders, is the newly created pistol shaped rubber handle grip. making it easy to get your yardage quickly and accurately. Just aim and click.

“We wanted to be in the laser business, but we didn’t want to create another “me-too” palm held unit,” said John Iacono, Zero Friction Founder. “What we really wanted was a pistol-style grip. It’s simple to use. It’s much easier to hold steady in your hand than a unit that sits in your palm. It vibrates when it locks in on the target. So we ended up with exactly what we wanted. A unique product with impassive technology that fits our brand.”

Some of the features include, 1000=yard range at 1/-1 yard. Conforms to rules of golf. Measures in yards or meters, waterproof device IPx5 carry case, scan and pin lock modes, easy to read LCD magnify 6x. It’s lightweight at 6.5 oz or 182 grams. Locally in the Chicago area you can purchase the Zero Friction Laser pro’s at PGA Tour Store, along with other Zero Friction products such as gloves, balls and tees. You can get more information at (630)-317-7700.

JACK NICKLAUS hit his Masters Honorary tee shot with his Play-Yellow Glove and hat for charity. You can purchase your Play-Yellow glove with proceeds going to charity through Golf.com.

Streamsong Black by Gil Hanse.

STREAMSONG RESORT in Streamsong Florida, near Lakeland Florida, has announced  the new tradition of a “Golfers Holiday Stay and Play 36″ Package.”

You can enjoy a two-night stay at the Lakeside Lodge, and two rounds of golf, along with breakfast each day.

Currently while supplies last, don’t forget to get your Golfers Holiday travel bag, with special gifts valued at over $800.00.

Now is a great time to play Streamsong, with the Red and Blue courses just reopening after re-grassing and now have the Ultradwarf-Bermudagrass, Mach 1. This package is available from November 23, 2020 through January 16th of 2021 and starts at $1,299 per person based on double occupancy, or $1,499 per person on single-occupancy. Prices include tax but not resort-fees or caddie fees. For more details visit StreamsongResort.com.

The Gog Blog Speaks Out-returns tomorrow. RS

ZIEHM & SPEARS PODCAST SERIES 2020-VOLUME 34

  IT’S MASTERS WEEK-landscaping artwork of Augusta National GC by Linda Hartough  ______________________________________________________________________

Ziehm & Spears Podcast series 2020-Volume 34. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

ZIEHM & SPEARS

Back again with Volume 34 of the Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series for 2020.

Illinois Golf Hall of Fame inductee Len Ziehm and long time Chicago Golf and Sports reporter Rory Spears, have teamed up to bring golfers the most complete weekly report on golf around the Windy City and beyond.

This week Len and Rory talk a little about the Masters, and subjects around town, including what’s happening at Mistwood Golf and the Mistwood Golf Dome.

What’s up with new clubs, the start of golf holiday shopping, plus the PGA of America Assistant’s championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie Florida.

CLICK HERE to hear the 34th Edition of the Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2020.

Thanks for listening-Len and Rory.

THE REVELRY OF MESA INTRODUCES NEXTLINKS GOLF

SCOTLAND-HOME OF GOLF $45.00 at Amazon.com. Order your copy today. The new shell of the Mistwood Golf Dome has risen, and well open soon. Visit Mistwoodgolf.com  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-Rory Spears, Director of Content & Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, and connect on LinkedIn or Instagram.

The Revelry in Mesa Arizona is now open.

The hottest new night spot in Mesa Arizona, that includes NextLinks golf gaming is the Revelry (therevelry.com)

The Revelry comes complete 14 individual 72′ x 16′ Smart Green putting stations.

NextLinks CEo Dave Shultz says the Revelry located in the busy nightlife Riverview district, a great setting for NextLinks new gaming creation, that includes competitive putting, that is directed by a patented smart-laser technology for 2-8 participants per action station.

The Revelry is an open-air designed facility in Arizona, but NextLinks helped create what called “Shots-in-the Night” at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, that saw a capacity (but socially-distanced) crowd, is built on a natural-grass outdoor putting course at Indian Wells.

Back in Arizona at the Revlery, that’s less than a mile from the Chicago Cubs Spring Training facility, and close to the Arizona State University campus. So when your ready for night life golf gaming, and mixed-in entertainment, find the facilities that offer a night of fun for families and friends.

You can learn more at Nextlinks.com, and how to enjoy a fun golf experience for all ages and people of different skill levels.

SCOTLAND-THE HOME OF GOLF

THE NEW MISTWOOD DOME SHELL IS UP-the dome is expected to open yet this month. Stay tuned for details. (R)-Master Fitter Chris Ioriatti works on a putter fitting in the Mistwood Performance Center. Schedule a fitting with Chris or Eric (815)-254-3333.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Friend him on Facebook, Connect on LinkedIn.

SCOTLAND THE HOME OF GOLF- now available for purchase.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

SCOTLAND, HOME of GOLF. Is now available for purchase, and is a perfect holiday gift for your favorite golfer. or something every golfer can add to their holiday want list.

“It’s not that Scotland, was the home home of golf, it still is.”

The book is the work of St. Andrews based father and son photography team of Iain and Christopher Lowe. With text and illustrations by Scottish golf historian and fourth generation St. Andrean David Joy.

This book centers around 14 of Scotland’s must play golf courses, the courses that make golfers from around the globe wishing to visit Scotland.

The books back cover. If you like the front and back cover, wait until you see what’s inside.

These 14 great Scottish golf courses represent over 600 years of golf history.

While historic courses such as Carnoustie, The Old Course, Muirfield, Turnberry, Prestwick, Royal Troon, North Berwick and Royal Dornoch are featured. New courses built since 2000, like Kingsbarns and Trump International are among those profiled in the book.

The Lowes currently have four photographic books titles to their credit, and Scotland-Home of Golf might be the best to date.

Around the pictures by the Lowe’s are hand drawn pencil illustrations, are joined with text and feature the great champions of the game that have walked the fairways of these golf courses.

The books creators like to say they have created a “love letter” to the golfers whose presence is currently missed, due to the pandemic.

Scotland-Home of Golf features mostly pictures that will inspire golfers. Golfers whose love of golf and especially links golf, will enjoy the book and want to start planning their trip to where golf is played in it’s purist form.

The book is now available for purchase at Amazon.com, or online through the following website, ScottishGolfLibrary.com.

See Scotland’s finest golf courses in a light you have never seen them in before. Scotland-Home of Golf, it still is.

THE MASTER OF GOLF ART LINDA HARTOUGH TALKS AUGUSTA

COG HILL has Hole-In-One Honey, made at Cog Hill, get it while supplies last. CogHillgolf.com. The Schaumburg Golf Club has a pro shop sale on through November, get your golf holiday shopping done now and beat the rush. See SchaumburgGolf.com  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or friend him on Facebook or Connect on Linkedin.

Linda Hartough is one of the leading golf artists in the world.

HER CAREER started in Chicago, and in the Midwest, she painted barns and views of tall buildings in the Windy City.

But moving to South Carolina created an entire new opportunity for Linda Hartough, especially when some of her early golf artwork caught the eye, of the Augusta National Golf Club. 40 years later they are still working together.

Hartough hasn’t stopped with just Augusta National, or the Masters. She painted U.S. Open venues for 25 years straight, and the British Open “Rota Courses”. Scotland, Ireland, Pebble Beach, the lighthouse at Harbor Town in the Sea Pines, Hartough has made those places famous too. Odds are, if you have seen those paintings or prints hanging at a club or in someone’s home or office, they started with her. You can count The Golden Bear-Jack Nicklaus and architect Rees Jones who have added her work to their collections of golf art. Hartough has been inducted into the Low-Country (South Carolina) Golf Hall of Fame.

Click here to hear the full interview with golf artist and golf landscape specialist Linda Hartough.

Hartough has been to the Masters, during the tournament, before the tournament, she has climbed up in the TV towers to get the right look, and the right picture on film before she takes it back into her studio and puts the image on canvas.

The Augusta National Clubhouse (L) and the bridge that takes players to the green on the Par 3, 12th hole. The hole that helped decide last years Masters.

Linda Hartough originals can be seen and purchased through Hartough.com. You can enter her yearly Masters contest by entering your email to be on her mailing list, and you also need to pick this years winning Masters champion. If you sign up and guess correctly you win a print of the 16th hole at Augusta National.

Do enter quickly before the tournament gets to far underway. While on her site you can visit the other venues of the world, that Hartough has captured and moved to print form.

Hartough’s work makes the perfect holiday gift for yourself, or the golfer in your life. See Hartough.com to learn more.