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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 Online Golf News Source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the Illinois Open Trophy at the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.

What’s new is old, and the Illinois Open will be on the move for the third time in three years, as moves back to an old home at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles. Royal Hawk also located in St. Charles will serve as the second course for the championship.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Illinois Open to Royal Fox, and it’s companion course, Royal Hawk, for the 2016 championship,” said Illinois PGA executive director Carrie Williams. “We are confident these two courses facilities are going to help us continue to host an exceptional championship experience for top amateur and professional competitors in the state of Illinois.”

“We are so excited and proud that the Illinois Open Championship is returning to the Royal Fox C.C. for the eighth time,” said John Weiss, CEO of the Royal Group, which owns and operates both facilities. “This years Championship also marks the 25th anniversary of the first Illinois Open hosted at the Royal Fox C.C.”

Carrie Williams

Carrie Williams is the Executive Director of the Illinois PGA.

The starting field for this years Illinois Open will be 258 players, that are made up of players who qualified from one of the seven qualifying events that will be held in June, and players are who are exempt from qualifying.

The first two rounds will be held July 25 and 26, and following the 36 hole cut, the final 18 holes will be contested at Royal Fox on July 27th.

“It’s exciting to be returning to a long-time host with so much history in just the second year of a new format,” said Williams. “Every decision we make in the planning and administration of the championship is made to provide the best tournament experience for the competitors. having Royal Fox and Royal Hawk as hosts in 2016, continues to achieve our long-term vision and goals for the Illinois Open.”

The 67th Illinois Open returns to Royal Fox for the 8th time and for the first time since 2001. Only the Glen Club has hosted the Open Championship more times (9) in the history of the championship.

“The golf courses were uniquely built to be true tests of championship golf,” said Weiss. “The participants will love the look, layout and feel of both Royal Fox and Royal Hawk, as well as enjoy their experience at the Royal Country Clubs. It’s a great opportunity for the St. Charles Area. The community has a great young fan base and the Illinois PGA’s marquee championship will provide great exposure to our many young fans of golf.”

Royal Fox was originally designed by Dick Nugent, but the par 71 course that plays to 6,816 yards has gone through several changes since new ownership came on board in 1999. Golf holes, practice facilities and the clubhouse have all had improvements. Royal Hawk sits on 180 acres and is a par 72 course that plays at over 6,700 yards.

The Illinois Open Championship is open to professionals an amateurs with a handicap of 10 or less who reside in the state of Illinois.

Qualifiers for the open are at.

#1 June 8th at Maple Meadows in Wood Dale. #2 June 14th at Bartlett Hills in Bartlett. #3 June 16th at Effingham CC in Effingham. #4 June 20th at Bloomington CC, in Bloomington. #5 June 22nd at Deerfield GC in Deerfield. #6 June 27th at Inverness G.C. in Inverness. #7 June 30th at Bolingbrook GC in Bolingbrook.

Registration begins on March 1st at

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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.