THE SEMINOLE GOLF CLUB one of the best Donald Ross designs he ever created, is on TV for the first time today, as home to the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event.      _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy LinkedIn or Facebook and Instagram. On day in South Carolina at Palmetto Dunes Resort, that’s much like today in Illinois.

DRIVING RELIEF by Taylormade Golf, live today at 1 PM, local time, with Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, vs Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, raising money for Covid-19 relief.

While NASCAR is running today as well, it’s really golf that is leading the USA back into the world live sports.

MORE GOOD NEWS is that some of the golf destination properties are getting their courses open. Or now getting their rooms open along with the golf courses.

Sure there are still restrictions, but even in some states, they are now starting to go away. Hopefully for good.

GAMBLE SANDS IN Washington State, designed by David Kidd, says Fore-or better yet Four on the tee !

GAMBLE SANDS in Washington State is now welcoming Foursomes to the first tee starting today.

You can book your foursome and a  Stay & Play at or by calling (509)-436-8323.

The course did not have any play in the month of April, so it’s in pristine condition says Gamble Sands. There are no rakes in the bunkers, and do please leave the flagsticks in the holes while putting out.

There is a hand sanitizer station in-route to the first tee box. The Danny Boy Bar & Grill is now open for Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner, seven days a week from 6:30 am to 9 pm, and their is a full bar available. a David Kidd design.

HorseShoe Bay in Austin Texas, the waterfall on Slick Rock.

HorseShoe Bay Resort near Austin Texas, is ready to welcome back golfers and resort guests starting May 29th.

Three of the four resorts golf courses have been recently renovated.

The resort also has one of the most amazing miniature golf courses you will ever play.

For more details on all the courses including the resorts newest course by Jack Nicklaus, visit Welcome to Texas, the Lone Star State.

THE PGA of AMERICA will introduce a variety of new digital platforms instead of holding the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience that had been scheduled for August 18-19 at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. “We certainly wish we could stage this years PGA Fashion and Demo Experience, the health and well-being of everyone involved is our highest priority,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley.

Blackberry Oaks GM-professional Chad Johansen.

BLACKBERRY OAKS General Manager Chad Johansen who has been active during the Covid-19 pandemic, has created a new junior golf course on the Blackberry Oaks driving range.

The nine hole course has holes ranging from 22 yards, up to almost 100 yards. At the golf course where kids rule, the only issue right now is how to get some standing water off the golf course, after the recent rains.

Golfers can check in with the Blackberry Oaks pro shop at (630)-553-7170 to learn when the temporary junior golf course will reopen.

IN MUNDELEIN at the Pine Meadow Golf Club, Professional Dennis Johnsen has made the Pine Meadow range a 5-hole par 3 golf course, while driving ranges are closed due to the orders of the State of Illinois. Details at or call (847)-566-GOLF.

Joe Charles the new Director of Instruction at the Boyne Golf Academy.

BOYNE RESORTS has named Joe Charles as the Director of Instruction for the Boyne Golf Academy, located at the Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain properties.

Charles is a 15-year member of the PGA of America, and a TPI Certified Golf professional who specializes in golf video analysis, biomechanical motion analysis, and launch monitors, a TPI level 2 Junior Golf Certified Instructor, and U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor.

“I am excited to be joining the team at Boyne Golf Academy and look forward to bringing my approach to help students achieve their goals and enjoy golf even more as a result,” said Charles. “I believe that every student is different and always strive to take an individual approach incorporating the right mix of comprehensive and fun concepts.”

For more information visit

WOODSTOCK COUNTRY CLUB in Woodstock IL., this 9-hole Tom Bendelow classic design is now for sale with an asking price of just under $900,000 for more information see or contact Chris Charnas at (312)-543-7192.

RYDER CUP CAPTAIN STEVE STRICKER has named Davis Love III and Zach Johnson as Vice-Captains for the 2020 Team USA Ryder Cup team. As of now the Ryder Cup will be played this September at Whistling Straits in Haven/Kohler Wisconsin. 2003 U.S. Open Champion at Olympia Fields Jim Furyk was named a few months ago by Stricker as a Vice-Captain.

THE FIRST TEE of Greater Chicago has announced that former Illinois Amateur and Illinois Open Champion Patrick Flavin, and Chicago Blackhawk Alex Debrincat have been named ambassadors for the organization. Joining PGA Tour pro Luke Donald and Chicago Cubs infielder Ian Happ. More information at

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow on Monday. RS

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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 the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.