THE GOG BLOG by Director of Content Rory Spears, Follow Rory to the French Lick Resort and on Twitter @GogBlogGuy

At the 5-Star French Lick Hotel

HERE WE GO, it’s time for day one of the Florida PGA Show road trip.

It’s starting out on the snowy side, but if I can make it past the dreaded NW Indiana area before it’s gets real bad, the days travels might work out.

Day 1 is the French Lick Resort, no the Pete Dye Course and or the Donald Ross Course won’t be open, but the casino will be. Maybe with some luck, both dinner and the caddie tip at Streamsong can get covered all in one pull of the arm of the bandit.

This time there will be snow on the ground at the French Lick Resort, the last time here it was July for the Senior LPGA Championship, and it was warm that day. I’d like to have half of that temperature today.

The French Lick Resort just gets better every year, the management team keeps adding a few things every year. I’m anxious to see what 2018 will bring. The Sr. LPGA Championship will move back to October this year so not to interfere with the new US. Sr. Women’s Open at the Chicago Golf Club July 9-15.

The French Lick Resort still amazes me, the work that was done to save the property from almost going under by the Cook Group. It took near 600 million to restore things to the 5-Star level they are at today. If you have not played there yet, book you 2018 golf package today. 45 holes of great golf. The views from the top of the Dye course are unmatched in the Midwest.

There is nothing like playing a Donald Ross designed golf course. Many of them are private, so why not go to where you can play a Ross Course open to everyone. The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort is one of the old classics that anyone can play, and you should too whenever you can. Visit summer is coming and will be here before you know it.

TODAY Callaway Golf will start announcing it’s new product line including it’s new driver which I may have been calling the new Epic Driver, which will not be the name. The Rogue driver is the new name. Plus those airplane people are back. I love those ad’s. Boeing is back and Callaway has a Rogue Draw driver, which will help you slicers.

Callaway Wedge Guru Roger Cleveland has created the Mack Daddy-Fours and I am really excited to check them out, and see how they match up against Titleist new SM-7’s by Bob Vokey. Bottom line if your wedges are not made by one of the two people I just mentioned, you have the wrong wedges. Get new ones, NOW, and score better.

GOLF NEWS..Golf Course seller expert Chris Charnas of Links Capital Advisors in Evanston, has just sold Antioch Golf Club and Lake Wissota Golf Club in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin. Looking to buy, or sell call Chris at (847)-866-7192.

NORTHBROOK BASED KEMPER SPORTS MANAGEMENT, has been named to manage the Diamante Club in Hot Springs Village in Arkansas, one of the states top courses. In Arizona Greg Leicht has been named the GM at the Bear Creek Golf Complex in Chandler Arizona.

On Wednesday it’s off to Pinehurst, to see the Cradle, please don’t let the snow follow me. PGA Show next week, stay clicked in for all the news. Here we go ! 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 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.