THE GOG BLOG MID MARCH NEWS

DSC05886 the halfway house DSDSC05824 MCQ's Dome range DSDSC06186 Charles Sims with Award DS THE HALFWAY HOUSE LOCATED at 555 S. York Road in Elmhurst is open daily for your to play some of the world’s best courses on their simulators. Check out the special of the day, while you enjoy the fun atmosphere.Visit Halfwayhousegolf.com or call (331)-642-8050. MCQ’s Dome is your home for indoor dome golf, playing the ponies in the OTB, enjoying the sports bar, which is an official Blackhawks Bar and more. MCQ’s Dome is located on Rt.53 in Bolingbrook, for more information see MCQsdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. CHARLES SIMS DIRECTOR of Links & Tee’s Golf holds the latest GRAA Award the year round golf facility has won. Links & Tee’s still has the golf dome open, where it’s warm and dry as you prepare your game for the summer ahead. For more information on Links & Tee’s, see Addisonparks.org or call (630)-233-7275.          _____________________________________________________________________

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THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy in the All-weather Cross Golf Suit.

The best news of the month is that the golf courses for the most par have opened.

I have received notices that the following courses have opened for the summer golf season.

Arrowhead in Wheaton, Mt. Prospect, Deerfield Golf Course, White Deer Run in Vernon Hills, most all of the courses operated by Billy Casper Golf or GolfVisions. Some courses that are operated KemperSports Management. At Cog Hill Courses 1,2,3 are open with #4 still about 3 weeks away.

At the DuPage County Forest Preserve District both Maple and Green Meadows are Open, while Oak Meadows continues it’s renovation and will reopen next year. Buffalo Grove is open, Nickol Knoll in Arlington Heights is open, and Chevy Chase in Wheeling is open. If in doubt call your favorite course or check their website. You might be able to go play this afternoon.

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Kohler Company Director of Golf Jim Richerson (R), receives and award from PGA President Derek Sprague (L).

Kohler Company’s Jim Richerson is bringing home the award hardware.

Richerson is who is currently running for PGA of America National Secretary, recently was awarded by the Wisconsin PGA Section as the professional of the year for 2015.

Richerson was joined at the awards ceremony by Kohler Company Merchandise Manager Josue Reyes, who was honored as the WPGA’s merchandiser of the year.

Richerson will find out this November if he has been elected to the secretary position on the national board of the PGA of America.

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Welcome to Whistling Straits in Haven/Kohler Wisconsin.

The touring golf professionals won’t be in Haven/Kohler this summer, so there is another reason you should be.

In addition to the great golf, from April 29th through May 1st is the Kohler Festival of Beer. It’s the 8th annual, and if you enjoy beer and have not been to the first seven, you have been missing out.

Check out Destinationkohler.com for more details.

Kohler golf received more awards from both Golf Digest and Golfweek magazines with the release of their respective Top 100 Greatest lists. Whistling Straits that just served as home of the 2015 PGA Championship, was named the 51st best course in the world by Golf Digest. Kohler golf consists of four golf courses, all of them are on top 100 or best in state lists by various publications. Kohler Company will soon be announcing opening dates for the summer ahead for all four courses.

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Clarks Inn and Restaurant in Santee South Carolina.

Santee South Carolina, home to some of South Carolina’s best golf away from the shoreline, has added yet another reason to drop into town.

Are you a Tesla car owner ? Well if so Clarks Restaurant the center piece of Santee has added a Tesla charging station for golfers and other travelers alike.

Now you can charge your ride in less than one hour at Clarks, home of the South’s Best Road Food says Southern Living magazine. Clark’s in the heart of Santee since 1947, while in town pull out the clubs and visit courses like Santee National and Lake Marion, they are great golf at a good price. See SanteeTourism.com for more details.

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Chris Charnas and Links Capital Advisors have announced that their current listing, The Course at Aberdeen is now listed at $1.5 million dollars. The course is just minutes away from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana. Contact Chris at (847)-866-7192 or at Chris@linkscapitaladvisors.com for more information. Are you ready to own your first golf course or add to your collection of properties, call Chris Charnas today.

BUFFALO BRAND INVIGORATION GROUP, has announced the promotion of Glenn Gray to Vice President. Buffalo BIG is a full-service global agency that represents golf, sport, lifestyle brands, destination properties and communities. The announcement was made by Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo BIG. Golfers on Golf congratulates Glenn Gray on his promotion and looks forward to continuing it’s relationship with Buffalo BIG.

KEMPERSPORTS and the KemperClub have launched a National UNO Hole in One promotion. Golfers whomake a hole in One at participating KemperSports golf Course can win a trip for two to Mexico’s Vidanta Resort for 7-nights. This promotion is now underway and runs through the end of the year. The resort has both golf on a Jack Nicklaus 18 hole design golf course and a Greg Norman course that has 9 holes open, with 9 more to open this April. This fall a lighted 9 hole course will open as well. To learn more about the promotion visit Kemperclub.com.

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Luke Donald speaks to the media at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest

The 2016 Golf Fashion Show to benefit the First Tee of Greater Chicago and the Illinois PGA Foundation, is scheduled for April 7th.

The party is also a Masters viewing party.

Regular tickets can be purchased for $85 dollars or the VIP Ticket (with limited availability) for $150.

The regular ticket gets you inside the fashion show, but the VIP ticket allows you reserved seating and three super raffle tickets for amazing prizes including, tickets to the Luke Donald Wine tasting. For more information visit Thefirstteegreaterchicago.org or the Illinois PGA Foundation website.

CONGRATS  to Northwestern University Director of Golf Pat Goss on his election to Executive Director of the First Tee Foundation of the Greater Chicagoland Area.

DSC02799 Len Ziehm with Lawsonia Drawings DS                                                                                            Len Ziehm of the BIG 3 partnership is still on the road in the Ziehm Machine, but is working his way back to the Chicago area for the summer. Currently Ziehm has just posted at Lenziehmongolf.com a full report about golf in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, checkout Len’s latest travel pieces all year round.

ANTIGUA GOLF based in Peoria Arizona, has put it’s spring of 2016 Men’s Performance-72 collection on the shelves. The influence of the previous season’s electrified bright colors pattern has changed to a simplistic bright color stories found in fashion products from Shoes,bags and belts to men’s and women’s golfwear. Antigua’s 2016 Men’s fashion styles complement a new color direction. For more Antigua.com or visit ShopAntigua.com.

AVEO a 4-year old company has created a line of golf clothes for men who fit into the Big and Tall category. Designed by Big and Tall golfers Darius Hicks and Randy Peaches, Aevo have expanded on what many current retail offerings are.

“Other apparel manufacturers simply expand the waistline to fit larger sizes, but they ignore the fact that our bodies are just made up differently,” says Hicks. “They assume the body proportion ratios of a 150-pound man, size 34 waist man, are the same as a 280-pound 44-size man. And that is inaccurate. Big and Tall men can have larger torsos, larger thighs, a broader back or wider shoulders, Aveo is designed to handle all of that while still fitting and looking good. Our apparel actually fits guys without looking like a toga or making them look like Squidward Tentacles from SpongeBob Squarepants.”

For 2016 Aveo has debuted both men’s bottoms and tops. Aevo clothes are now available online via Dicks Sporting Goods, Golfsmith, TGW, Austad’s, Rockbottomgolf.com and Aveogolf.com. To view apparel and place orders for clothes go to http://www.aveogolf.com/#!shop/t2bi8 Aveo is based in Rogers Arkansas.

DYNAMIC BRANDS which includes Bag Boy, has announced the latest line in Quad Series Electric Carts,that are compact and Lightweight,with new Innovative Technology.

The Bag Boy Company a leader in golf push carts for over 70 years, has anew line in electric carts that are 22% smaller than previous models. The new Quad Series includes the Navigator $2,195.00, the Coaster $1,595.00, and Hunter Models $1,195.00. For more information see bagboy.com or visit their Facebook page.

THE GOG BLOG RETURNS ON SUNDAY with a look at another new golf product.

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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.