THE FIRESTONE COUNTRY CLUB in Akron Ohio. Stay and Plays are now available. Yes you can play all 54 holes on the clubs three golf courses. Play where the pro’s play.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Facebook and LinkedIn. On the West Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron OH. Wearing the new Sqariz Golf Shoes.


As the fall arrives golf is rolling on, and rounds of golf played are still up.

Equipment sales are doing pretty well too.

I love these recent stories about how the pandemic saved golf. Saved golf ?

Golf didn’t need saving, but it got a booster shot or a vaccine from the pandemic, after the pandemic almost killed golf in the spring. Especially here in Illinois where it became evident quickly, that nobody on the Governors staff, not only didn’t play golf, but really didn’t know anything about the sport of golf either.

The golf business got an unexpected boost about June from the pandemic that has carried on into the fall, lets hope it continues into next year and beyond.

Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio, and famed water tower.

FIRESTONE COUNTRY CLUB in Akron Ohio is offering a public “stay and play” package deal right now.

There is still some time to take advantage of this special deal in 2020. But if you can’t make it this year, it will be here next year as well.

I just returned from 4 days there, and this historic golf property is better than ever and improving, as it nears it’s 100th birthday in 1929.

DID YOU KNOW Firestone has three golf courses. Everyone knows about the North and South Courses, but the West Course is still a bit of a secret. Currently the West Course will have the name Fazio Course added to it, as the (Tom) Fazio group is  currently working on a bunker renovation, and some drainage improvements.

If you want to play at one of America’s most historic golf venues, Firestone Country Club, you now can. Three courses, 54 holes, excellent hospitality. No casino, no spa, no tennis or horseback riding. It’s all about the golf, plenty more coming up on Firestone later this week right here. So do stay clicked in.

SQARIZ GOLF SHOES… I just wore them in a round of golf for the first time. I’ll have my review on the shoe that claims better traction than any other golf shoe on the market coming up.

The new Tour Edge E521 Driver release is coming. Put one in your bag come November.

The TOUR EDGE rollout of new clubs I have hinted at is coming out this week.

The E521 or C521 drivers have now been announced. These clubs are game changers for players who need more distance, and need to get the ball in the air a little bit higher.

More product from Batavia based Tour Edge Golf is coming out in the next week.

My exclusive interview with Tour Edge VP of Marketing Jon Claffey will come out this week. Need irons, fairway woods, hybrids and more. Stay with us.

CONGRATS to White Eagle Director of Golf Curtis Malm for winning the Illinois PGA Players Championship at Conway Farms. For Malm who has previously won one Illinois Open and the IPGA Match Play three times, this win leaves him only an IPGA Section title short of the career Grand Slam.

THE GOLF CHANNEL is shut down in Florida. Apparently a neighboring company Lockheed-Martin, an aerospace company that has plenty of government contracts, has done testing that has left contaminated particles in the air that can affect people who breathe it in. As a result the building is pretty much off limits for most employees. Which was the case to begin with because of Covid-19, now even more so. Golf Channel is facing an employee class-action lawsuit on this matter for dangerous working conditions. According to reports, it’s the third lawsuit TGC is currently facing. I’m not a supporter of TGC’s move up to the Northeast, but now it’s obvious their current location needs to go for safety reasons.

Len Ziehm and I will return with the 30th edition of our podcast series later in the week, so do listen in. Len always does have a lot to say. 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 WCPT 810AM 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.