THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-KEMPER LAKES FOR 2024 PGA

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     KEMPER LAKES where the late Payne Stewart won his first major golf championship.

Welcome to the Kemper Lakes Golf Club

NOW IS THE TIME to return the PGA Championship to Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

With the 2022 PGA Championship now available, the question is where does it go.

But can the PGA of America expect a golf course to be ready to host a major in 16 months, and do a great job. Not likely. A good job yes, a great job is out of the question.

With major championships taking years to be set up, and courses needing the time for improvements or renovation work.

The Gauntlet would be a challenge for even the best players in the world.

I think every club should have over two years to prepare for a major golf championship.

With Valhalla the site of the 2024 PGA undergoing a re-grassing this year. It would be best to not have the club move up two years into the 2022 spot on the calendar.

But taking it up one year into 2023, could work. Because you could take the 2023 host Oak Hill (east course), and move it into 2022.

The Wanamaker trophy on the 1st tee at Bellerive Country Club during the 100th PGA Championship.

Now you have an opening in 2024, that would give a newly selected club over two tears to be ready.

So why Kemper Lakes in 2024.

Because it would be time to bring the championship back to the club, on the 35th anniversary of the 1989 Payne Stewart win at the club.

Pinehurst No. 2 in 2024 will host the U.S. Open. The USGA will honor Stewart on the 25th anniversary of his last win and passing.

Kemper Lakes is a better golf course now, than it was in 1989. It might not have the most stately clubhouse, but it works for a major championship.

It’s hard to say what the PGA of America will do and when they will announce the changes. But in the meantime, I hope Kemper Lakes makes a pitch to the PGA to host another major in say just 40 months. It could be quite a week, and late May in Chicago works on the calendar side.

LEN ZIEHM & I will discuss this on Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2021-Volume 1, sponsored by Mistwood Golf, which will return later this week.

The Gog Blog is written by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow him on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, and connect on LinkedIn.

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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 AM820 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.