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

The French Lick Resort was only 85 degrees cooler yesterday. than it was when this picture was taken.

In fact it is almost never 5 degrees in French Lick, but it happens. Of course it had to happen when I arrived to start the 2018 winter golf trip. It’s always interesting to see a golf property when it’s not golf season. Their is a quieter buzz here this time of year, but still some noise in the casino. it’s always great to be here, but I’m looking forward to coming back in golf season.

Day 2, is the trip to Pinehurst from French Lick, there is snow flakes in the air on the way. Some of them might land on the ground in Pinehurst. This is not a good thing.

However with 50’s on the table for Friday, I know I will golf in Pinehurst no later than then. Opening day in Pinehurst, The Home of American Golf is a good thing.

ANOTHER GOOD THING is the release of the Callaway Rogue Driver, pictures are out and you can order one later this week. If the Rogue is as good or better than the Epic, Callaway Golf will have another winner.

CALLAWAY NEWS from Mistwood, Director of Golf Andy Mickelson has switched to Callaway, making his announcement yesterday on Social media. Congrats Andy and congrats to the Mistwood golf Shop that should have a new Callaway.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN, Day 2, less snow, warmer weather, hopefully so. Pinehurst, where it’s always a beautiful day. 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.