THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-A RETURN TO MT. PROSPECT

DSC05506 IGHOF sign DSDSC05514 Egan grandsons Leon McNair Jim Sobb DS  The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame Induction dinner was Friday night, congrats to the Class of 2015, L-R the grandsons of H. Chandler Egan, Leon McNair, and Jim Sobb, the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame Website is now open for nominations for the class of 2017.                  _____________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At the Mt. Prospect Golf Club.

The Mt. Prospect golf club where, “What’s Old is New” is where the game takes me today. It’s a belated birthday round. Do you play on your birthday, i try to all the time, it’s a great way to spend part of your day, on your day.

I haven’t played the club since it opened to the media on July 30th, since then I have heard some great things about the Dave Esler renovation, that took the club back to it’s roots of 1926 when it was originally built. Esler gave the club some real old-time features, like squared off tee boxes, punch-bowl greens, a biarritz green and more. Architects like Seth Raynor and Charles Blair Macdonald would be proud and the course has a feel like these great architect’s of that time and day, might have created something just like it, if they were with us today. Call (847)-259-4200 and make your tee time today and go play the course before winter hits, you will be glad you did.

I enjoyed catching up with Esler at the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame dinner last Friday, who says the feedback he has received on Mt. Prospect has been incredible. Esler is now working on a project in Oregon not far from Bandon Dunes. I’ll keep you informed of it’s progress in the weeks ahead.

THE ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME induction dinner was Friday night at the Glen Club, scroll down and see our story from the weekend if you haven’t already. A congratulations to the class of 2015, that included H. Chandler Egan, Leon McNair and Jim Sobb. All three men very deserving. The dinner was MC’d Tim Cronin who did a great job. The State of Illinois did something right, they approved Leon McNair Highway to become part of Rt.34 in front of and around the Fox Bend Golf Club in Oswego where McNair worked for so many years.

I enjoyed the Global Golf Post issue last week. Great story on Herb Kohler of Kohler Company and his influence on the community of St. Andrews in Scotland. Do check it out.

A tip of the cap or golf visor goes out to the Illinois Golf program and Coach Mike Small, who won the Tavistock tournament last week, which made Illinois #1 inn the country again, along with Auburn. Illinois heads to East Lake next week for the final tournament of their fall season, it will be shown on the The Golf Channel.

BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm has been posting updates from his west coast trip, all sorts of travel ideas from Ziehm at Lenziehmongolf.com.

With that, I’m off to golf. You should too, our fall season is winding down. Hit’em straight everyone. The Gog Blog is back tomorrow. 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.