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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Wrapping up the fall college golf season. Watch Golf Channel live today, the East Lake Cup with Illinois.

The work started about one year ago, and now in less than 30 days it’s expected to be complete.

That work is the Cog Hill Course #4 “Dubsdread” bunker project, and now superintendent Chris Flick and his crew almost finished.

The green side bunkers were done by the time Course 4 opened for play this past spring. over the summer work started on the fairway bunkers, and the removal of some ten sand bunkers that are being turned into grass bunkers or no bunkers at all.

The fairway bunker on the 9th hole, on course 4 at Cog Hill. With the new Tour Angle sand ready to be packed into place.

The course has become much more playable than in the past few years with the changes.

However a recent Golfers on Golf visit to check on conditions, unfortunately took place on the day the course re-opened after three days of aeration and sanding. Both things are needed to maintain optimum playing conditions over the long and hot part of summer, and better conditioning in the future.

By now the fairway bunkers on the front nine are completed, and the fairway bunkers on the back nine are expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. While the final closing date for the year has not yet been determined, the window is closing for playing course 4 in 2017. The regular rates are now lowered for the fall golf season.

The Par 3, 14th hole complete with the new cart park, new tour sand and the removal of one large bunker, that now has a chipping area in it’s place.

Course 4 has a few other improvements that include, a cart park over-looking the par 3, 14th hole.

There are nice wood-grain and stained safety railings along the cart paths near the tee boxes on holes 13 and 14.

Some of the removed bunkers on the golf course, include the far-side of the first fairway where right down the middle tee shots used to end up.One of the two front bunkers on the 8th hole, on the right side of the fairway. A bunker on the backside of the 14th green, and the bunker on the right side of the 18th fairway near the maintenance shed and there are a few others.

So if your looking for a challenging golf course and Chicago’s top public and championship venue, play Cog Hill #4. If you find a trap or two during your round, you can hit from the same sand the pro’s do at both the Masters, and the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

Cog Hill does keep courses #1 & #3 open all year round, and the practice facility is open almost every day all year as well. There are heaters blowing down in the covered area’s. For more information on the new look Dubsdread, Course #4 at Cog Hill visit or call (866)-COG-HILL.

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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.