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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 Golf News Source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

It’s the day that golfers wait for all winter long, and that’s opening day of golf season. Even more exciting than baseball’s because it’s a chance for you to get back on track for a better year.

A chance to hit the shot you will remember the rest of your life, to win the match our tournament you have always to win, or to win it again. It’s a chance to play that course or take the golf trip you have always wanted to.

Yesterday I started my 2016 golf season at a course I didn’t expect to be the opening day course last week. Pinehurst #8 was supposed to be that course, it wasn’t. Instead Santee National Golf Club was, in the town of Santee South Carolina.

Before teeing off on Sunday, I had only played one round of golf in South Carolina. Now there has been two and both have been great courses. A few years back I played Pete Dye’s Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, outstanding. Yesterday I found that Santee National is a pretty good golf course as well. I didn’t know anything about the design work of Porter Gibson, but now I’ll have to find out more. Gibson did a great job at Santee, making a challenging fun for all levels golf course. I’ll have more on Santee after playing another course Lake Merion today, coming up this week.

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The PGA Show starts tomorrow with the demo day, and then 3 days in the convention center.

The golf industry will descend on Orlando this week and hopefully walk away with the enthusiasm that will make 2016 a great year for golf.

I’ll be posting all week from the show and what the news is, I hope you will stay clicked in.

Congrats to Jason Dufner who won his fourth PGA Tour Tournament in a playoff, it seems like Dufner the former PGA Champion is starting to pull his game back together.

Santee to Orlando, the next leg of the 2016 golf season begins road trip, all day today.

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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 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.