GOG POST CHRISTMAS NEWS-SHORT GAME

  TPT GOLF SHAFTS our second feature on these new shafts is coming soon, for more information see Tptgolf.com. THE NORTH COURSE at Innisbrook has reopened from it’s recent renovation. Tee times are being taken now, visit Innisbrookgolfresort.com.      ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content for Golfers on Golf. Getting the swing checked with Dan Phillips, who is now back teaching at McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook. You can follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook.

THE GOLF NEWS NEVER STOPS, and your best place to find it all during holiday week is right here, at the Golfersongolf.com website. While the sites shut down for the winter, or take a holiday break, GOG.com gives you all the news you need while relaxing at the 2017 years end.

SORRY LADIES..Jordan Speith is off the market. The reigning British Open Champion has formally announced his engagement to his long time girlfriend Annie Verret . No wedding date set yet, but Spieth is now officially spoken for. A few of Spieth’s PGA Tour friends took to social media to tease him about all the hearts he just broke. Verret is an event coordinator for the First Tee of Texas.

THE CALUMET COUNTRY CLUB clubhouse, front view.

ON THE MARKET is the Calumet Country Club,which just hosted the 2017 state amateur.

Chris Charnas and Links Capital Advisors are handling the sale of the club.

CCC was built in 1901, and designed by the famed architect Donald Ross. It was created for Chicago’s downtown area residents. The clu has easy access to both expressways and local railway service.

The over 30,000 square foot clubhouse is a beautiful place for for outings, banquets and weddings..The club is currently owned by a subset of the membership, that is looking for a long term deal in which they can still play at the club.

***BREAKING NEWS Charnas and LCA have just sold Antioch Golf Club***

Charnas is also in contact with an investor looking to buy a resort or club that has housing on site. LCA is working to find a buyer for the Klein Creek Club in Wheaton. If your looking to buy or sell, contract Chris Charnas at 847-866-7192. You can also reach Chris via email at chris@linkscapitaladvisors.com.

True Spec golf in Highland Park, is announcing a new location, a little further south .

True Spec Golf that recently opened it’s first Illinois location in north suburban Highland Park, is announcing a new Florida location.

The new fitting studio is located at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter Florida.

True Spec Director of Sales and Fitting Tim Briand says that,” The opportunity to open a facility in one of the more premier golfing markets in the country, Jupiter, Florida, is something we have desired for some time. We look forward to helping golfers of all skill levels, beginner and PGA Tour pro alike, find the best set they have ever played, for years to come at Trump National Golf Club-Jupiter.”

The new studio at Trump National features.  A large indoor range and fitting bay. The Trackman launch monitor. A full-sized Blueprint station. A fitting matrix with 30,000+ shaft and clubhead combinations. All top industry brands that include Callaway, Titleist, Miura and PXG.

“The greatest part of my job is being able to drive noticeable improvement to every customer’s game,” said Matt Morin, Lead Club Fitter. I couldn’t be more excited to bring True Spec Golf to Trump National-Jupiter.”

Each club fit by True Spec Golf is hand built in the Scottsdale Arizona facility. Fee;s for fitting sessions are anywhere from $125 to $450 per session. But True Spec is offering special rates through Dec. 31st. To learn more see truespecgolf.com/locations/jupiter/.

AG GOLF made a big splash at the PGA Tour Tournament meetings earlier this month. AG Golf is the official simulator of the PGA Tour. The officials attending the meetings had a chance to play in a Par 3 contest, from the best par 3 holes on tour. The simulators have over 60 courses programmed into them. For more information see www.aboutgolf.com.

NORTHBROOK BASED KEMPERSPORTS has ten of it’s managed properties in Golfweek Magazine Rankings. Courses in Golfweeks TOP 100 course list were the following. #2-Pacific Dunes OR., #4 Old Macdonald OR., #6 Bandon Dunes OR., #9 Bandon Trails OR., #12 Streamsong Red FL., #15 (new) Sand Valley WI., #18 Streamsong Blue FL., #42 Golden Horseshoe (Gold) VA., #50 Tobacco Road NC., #52 Wilderness at Fortune Bay MN.

KSM had more courses in the Top 100 than any other golf course management firm.

Cantigny Golf head professional Patrick Lynch (R) is seen here with Hans Larson HGP at Westmoreland CC. Lynch is one of the 2017 award winners for junior golf and golf development in Illinois, at Cantigny Golf.

KSM’s Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, has won the NGCOA Player Development Award, by the National Golf Course Owners Association. Cantigny Golf is well known for it’s Youth Golf 9-Hole Links Course. The youth clinics have reached over 1,500 golfers this year.

Cantigny Golf is a part of the KSM PDWeek that gives 15 minute free lessons to new golfers. More than 10,000 golfers took part in 2017. The award winners will be recognized on Feb. 8th.

Two Cantigny professionals Patrick Lynch and Greg Baresel won Illinois PGA Awards for golf and junior golf development in 2017.

OVERLOAD GOLF… Has announced that it has appointed Ken Kamada, a veteran operating professional of multiple venture-backed start ups and investors to join Overload Golf, to oversee their BAR Fund, that invests in golf businesses and other golf related technologies.

With a background starting at Morgan Stanley, Kamada created his own wealth management firm, Kamada Investment Management. As a result Kamada has served as CFO for several venture capital prominent firms.

Overload Golf partner Randall Henry says the firm is “excited” to have Ken Kamada on the team. To learn more about overload Golf please visit golfinfo@overloadgolf.com or contact the office at (208)-209-4171.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

 

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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.