DSC07345 trophy on 15 3 DSdsc04838-whistling-straits-9th-hole-ds  THE US OPEN MAKES A RARE MIDWEST APPEARANCE  IN JUNE OF 2017 AT Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin Wisconsin June 12-18. Tickets are available at THE 9TH HOLE at Whistling Straits prior to the 2015 PGA Championship. Starting this October 31st til closing, play the Blackwolf Run original layout that will test your game at new level. The famed Kohler Food and Wine Oct. 20-23 get your tickets. Kohler comedy night is November 5th, for more information visit (888)-293-7337. ______________________________________________________________________

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THE GOG NEWS BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

The Fall Golf Season is rolling along, did you get out and play today when the temperatures reached over 80 degrees, even if it did not feel like it with the strong breeze blowing in the afternoon.

I would like to say I went out and tee’d it up today, but I did not. However I was on the course all afternoon.

Special thanks to Ed Stevenson of the Dupage County Forest Preserve District for a tour of the course formerly known as Oak Meadows. BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm and I saw all 18 holes and the new practice area’s, a full story comes in the 48 hours right here. Do stay clicked in for all the details.

WISCONSIN..what a great time for Wisconsin golf. US Open tickets for the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills are now on sale. Make sure you get yours while you still can, see the USGA website ticket information above for details. WILDERNESS ROCK, have not been there but will be, later this week. Stay clicked in for details. IT’S A GREAT TIME TO VISIT KOHLER, fall is a beautiful season in Kohler, head up and play some golf. Courses should be open for a few more weeks, but MAYBE less than 30 days so act quickly.


THE NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY, on display at Rich Harvest Farms in advance of the 2017 National Championships

The final issue of Chicagoland Golf for 2016 has a story on the 2017 NCAA National Championships coming to Jerry Rich’s, Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

If you not any stranger to how Mr. Rich does business, you know he does things in a big way. He expects the 2017 NCAA Championships he is hosting next May out on his farm to be no different.

You can order tickets already already at

If you would like to be a bigger part of the championships next May, you can be a volunteer. You must be 18 years old, and you can not be enrolled in high school to be a volunteer.

The first 25 people to sign up get a free Rich Harvest Farms cap. To volunteer go to the Rich Harvest Farms website and follow the link on the NCAA Championship page.

0319-headerLinks Captial AdvisorsCharnas (2)   Chris Charnas and Links Capital Advisors are proud to announce their latest golf course listing the Gambit Golf Course in Vienna Illinois, has been sold to new owners. For more information on buying and selling golf properties call Chris at (847)-866-7192.

CHICAGO/NORTHBROOK BASED KEMPERSPORTS has been selected to manage the Pinecrest Golf Club in Huntley, that is owned by the Huntley Park District. Pinecrest has been a part of Huntley for 44 years, and Thom Palmer Executive Director of the Huntley Park District says,” we feel KemperSports is the best partner to take Pinecrest to the next level in operations and excellence in customer service.”

KEMPERSPORTS had 9 properties recently named on Golf Magazines Top 100 Courses You Can Play List. The nine properties are responsible for having 19 courses on the Best in State list. Streamsong Resort in Florida and Streamsong Resort in Oregon has multiple courses on the list. See Golf Magazine for more details.


Stolten Brae the 2nd hole, part of the Gull Lake Resort.

Stoltin Brae the newest addition to Gull Lake has opened 12 holes for limited play this fall.

The Southwest Michigan resort feels they have created a design that challenges the golfer without overwhelming them.

Vice President and PGA Professional Bill Johnson along with owner Jon Scott and his family, feel the project has turned into just what it was expected it could be two years ago when they hired Renaissance Golf Design owned by Tom Doak.

The course when completed will play to a back yardage of 6,800 yards, and to a par of 71.

Hole 18 has it’s green near the new clubhouse that includes a bar, outdoor patio and the Blue Stem Restaurant. Gull Lake has five championship 18 hole courses, luxury cottages and deluxe suites. For more information on the property see

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The famed Pinehurst No.2 Flag got a new home for day.

The bet was won by Pinehurst.

As a result the famed Pinehurst #2 Flag flew on the 18th green of the Old Course in St. Andrews in Scotland.

Pinehurst won the bet with St. Andrews when the USA Ryder Cup team won the matches this year over team Europe.

If Europe had won Pinehurst would have to fly the St. Andrews flag for a day on the 18th green of Pinehurst 2. Right now Pinehurst has fall golf specials and a great way spend Thanksgiving, visit or call (855)-923-7677 for the details. Pinehurst the home of American Golf.

The new Oak Meadows is explored by The Gog Blog, stay clicked in.

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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 WCPT AM820 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.