THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-APRIL FLOWERS BRING MAY TEE TIMES

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It might take a few more days but warmer weather is coming, but in spite of bad weather this past week I have seen plenty of golfers out playing the area’s golf courses.

If your like me and have played all or most of your golf in 2015 on the road and out of town, your anxious to tee it up here in Illinois. I know I am.

In a few cases there are some courses that will be closing early this year, to start renovations. If you would like to play Arlington Lakes Golf Club you need to do it by June 7th before a Mike Benkusky renovation will start and close the course until spring of 2016.

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Returning to play August 1st.

The same situation will be happening at Oak Meadows Golf Club in Addison as Greg Martin and his team prepare to start work on July 6th. The last day of play at Oak Meadows will be July 5th.

Director of Golf Operations for the Dupage County Forest Preserve District Ed Stevenson, and host of Golfers on Golf Radio spoke about the start of the renovation this July. But there is plenty of time to still go play the historic course before the shutdown goes into effect in July. Oak Meadows is expected to reopen in spring on 2017.

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Oak Meadows will close on July 6th, details at Dupagegolf.com.

The Gog Blog will have a story coming up this week about renovation of Oak Meadows.

As the golf season heads into May, we draw closer to the reopening of the Glenview Park District Course. That is expected to be in July, the Mt. Prospect Golf Club is expected to open around August 1st. However if Mother Nature allows for good weather over the next few months, the hope is to open in July. HashTag-GrowingGrass.

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The Sr. PGA Championship at French Lick Resort May 21-24, See PGA.com for tickets.

Coming up later this week the media day tour visits the Golf Club at Harbor Shores, that has done some course improvements and re-grassed the greens. A full update will be posted later in the week.

Coming up on Saturday is the famed Spring Scramble at Shepherds Crook in Zion. The weather could be in the 70’s if the weatherman are correct, always a fun event Shepherdscrook.org for more details.

All of the area courses are now open that are not under renovation, including Mistwood that has ongoing construction on it’s new clubhouse. The hope is to open the clubhouse by late August.

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Golfers on Golf Radio week #3 next Sunday at 9AM on WSBC AM 1240, and WCFJ AM 1470 will talk with some of our sponsors and what’s going on around town.

As the weather improves I hope you will head out to your favorite courses and tee it up. By next weekend the new issue of Chicagoland Golf should be hitting your pro shop or your local golf retail store. My column about course closings and openings creating a shortage of tee-times will be in there. I’ll also have a recap about my trip to see Golf in the Gulf, a visit to  Biloxi Mississippi an emerging golf and gaming destination.

Kudo’s to the Mens’ Illinois Golf Team on their Sixth Big Ten Title in Seven years. Lead by Freshman Nick Hardy of Northbrook, the Illini ran away in round three and opened up a 32 shot leaded heading into yesterday final round. Mike Small deserves the credit for building a winner in Champaign. No longer can it be said that a northern winter college golf program, can’t be a power on the national scene. Next up for Illinois will be the regional’s, before the NCAA National Championship’s.

For those of you who need golf equipment and live in the city, a new Golfsmith Store has opened in the downtown on Roosevelt Road.

May is coming this week, it’s time to tee it up if you haven’t already. Go Play. 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 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.