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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook, Linkedin. On the 16th tee at Kemper Lakes home of this weeks KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

There isn’t new much new construction going on when it comes to golf courses across the country.

So when a new one comes on board, it is cause to take note. The good news is that there is another new course called Sage Run and it’s ready to open on July 10th.

The Island Resort and Casino in Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is the third new course to open in Michigan in the last three years.

The resorts first course Sweetgrass is hosting a Symetra Tour event this weekend. Sage Run is designed by Paul Albanese and will complete a full foursome of great golf courses in the area.

THE NEW SAGE RUN Golf Course at the Island Resort

The new Sage Run golf course is different than the Albanese designed Sweetgrass course.

The new Sage Run takes the golfer around a ridge that provides scenic views during the round. Golfers wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, should enjoy a break in nature while they enjoy the golf courses and all the resort has to offer.

Island Resort and Casino, has plenty to offer off the golf courses, including the casino, restaurants and spa. For more information on the new Sage Run Golf Course and more please visit

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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.