OPENING DAY OF GOLF FOR 2016 TAKES A SET BACK

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DSC05594 Rory on No8 DSDSC05540 Pinehurst Carolina DS What I expected in beautiful Pinehurst..by Rory Spears Golfersongolf.com The Gog Blog’s Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy, just not down I-75 today in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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So I finally get Bickart to take a break from working the phones, and the ice and a little snow show up to spoil our day on the course. So Pinehurst 8 will have to wait until another day.

The Gog Blog is taking a detour instead, via Georgia and into South Carolina, where the golf season opener has been pushed back until Sunday in Santee. By Monday I’ll have a recap on Santee and the great golf there. The fact that it’s expected to be in the low 60’s and not snowing or raining, makes it a great place already.

From there it’s down to Orlando and the PGA Show that starts at Demo day on Tuesday.

If your watching the weather that is sweeping up and own the east coast, doesn’t it just want to make you book a trip to somewhere warm and start the golf season right now.

I’m just a couple of hundred of snowy miles away from golf season, gotta keep pushing on. #Thinkgolf. 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.