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CDGA.ORG Celebrating 100 years in the golf business.

The CDGA celebrates 100 years with it’s Centennial dinner on November 14th at the Palmer House. The guests speakers will be the USGA President Tom O’Toole, and USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. For more information visit CDGA.org.

THE SR. PGA CHAMPIONSHIP at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor Michigan, has announced a volunteer of the year award in honor of Dr. John M. Proos the Co-Chairman of the championships medical committee. Dr. Proos passed away this summer. The 2014 award winner will be named on October 21st. The award will then be handed out in 2016 and in 2018 when the championship returns to Harbor Shores.

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The Women’s Western Golf Association recently held it’s annual meeting on October 9th, at the Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield. The WWGA has been hosting tournaments since 1901.

The featured speaker was BIG 3 Partner Tim Cronin, and two awards were presented. The two winners of the Women of Distinction Awards were, Susan Wagner who has been a Director since 1977 and Audrey Peterson. During the years the WWGA has handed out over 3.35 million dollars in scholarships to over 600 winners from 45 states across the country.

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The 9th hole at Oak Meadows Golf Club.

The conditions are great at all three of the Dupage County Golf Courses. Come play Oak Meadows, Maple Meadows and Green Meadows. The golf season is not over. Visit Dupagegolf.com.

Enjoy Oak Meadows while you can, because at this time next year, it’s likely that the renovation process will have begun and the course will be closed for play.

YES MICHIGAN…Shanty Creek Resort Legend Course in Bellaire Michigan has been named the course of the year by the Michigan Golf Course owners Association. Earlier this year Golf Magazine named the course in the Top 20 public courses in the state.

“It’s always an honor in this industry to be recognized for your efforts,” said Brian Kautz, Director of Golf and Head PGA professional for Shanty Creek. “Were proud to be among the Who’s Who of Michigan Golf.”


Grandtraverseresort.com Home of the Bear Golf Course

It’s not too late to visit the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for some fall fun, but time is running out. Night or day there is plenty to do at GTR.

There are 54 holes of golf to test your game, including “The Bear” designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Wolverine course by Gary Player. The Spruce Run golf course is sporty test of golf.

When you get off the golf course there is plenty of action to be found on the tables, two casinos are within 25 miles of the resort. One just 5 minutes away and you can take the shuttle from the resort. The 16 story tower hotel allows guests to have a view of Michigan and the waterways for miles around. When it’s relaxation time hit the resort spa, to be rid of the those aches and pains. Grandtraverseresort.com.

GOLF MAGAZINE has recognized two courses at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord Michigan. The Rick Smith Signature was ranked 8th in the state and the Tom Fazio designed Premier Course came in at No.18. The resort has five golf courses including the famed “Three-Tops” par 3 course.

From the par 3, 6th hole on the Masterpiece course the view is 40 miles, over 238 hotel rooms and condo’s are on the property. 23 ski runs are in place for the winter months. Book you fall golf, or winter ski trip at Treetops.com.

THE 4Th ANNUAL TINLEY PARK GOLF EXPO…Coming February 6-8 in 2015. Booth space is going quickly, and is available for as low as $1,000. Tinlyparkgolfexpo.com for more information.

LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS and Chris Charnas have been retained to sell the Willow Hill Golf Course in Northbrook, interested parties should contact Charnas at (847)-866-7192.

THE FIGHTING ILLINI have won three tournaments in a row and are the No.1 team in the country as of October 3rd. It’s the first time the men’s golf team at Illinois has been ranked No.1. Jr. Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Player of the week after his win this past week at the Sagamore Preview Tournament played in Indiana.

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MISTWOODGC.COM The new clubhouse work is well underway.

PHASE 3, the construction of the new clubhouse is well underway at Mistwood golf Club in Romeoville. Mistwood the home of the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open, will be an even better full service golf club in 2015.

The golf course will open for the 2015 season before the clubhouse is complete, but owner Jim McWethy is expecting the clubhouse to be ready by the start of the PK-IWO.

A two-part clubhouse will run above and below ground. The unnamed restaurant will be a place for golfers and non-golfers can enjoy a great meal. There might be a contest to name the new grill or 19th hole. Stay tuned for announcements regarding that. You cal follow the live camera that watches the work move forward at Mistwoodgc.com. Mistwood is open while the construction is going on, both this fall and next spring.

SPRINGBROOK AND NAPERBROOK Golf Courses have discounted rates with the Fall Play Pass. Residents $50 per day unlimited golf non residents at $60. Call the golf shops at (630)-848-5060 for Springbrook and (630)-378-4215 for Naperbrook. There is an additional charge for golf carts.

THE COLUMBUS OHIO BASED Hurdzan Golf, designers of the 2017 U.S. Open site Erin Hills, have been retained to do a renovation to the Worthington Hills Country Club in Central Ohio. Construction is underway and should be done late in 2014.

The Hurdzan Golf Design and Fry/Straka Global Golf Design Companies have added two renovation of the year awards by Golf Inc. Magazine. the courses named were the Ambiente Course at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale AZ., and the Columbia Country Club in Columbia Mo., the club finished first and third in their respective division. More information see Hurdzangolf.com.


Erinhills.com Erin Hills home of the 2017 U.S. Open.

FALL GOLF NEWS FROM ERIN HILLS, in Erin Wisconsin. Visit the website now and you can read how Erin Hills Superintendent Zach Reineking’s not-so-secret-weapon keeps the course from having to be aerified during your golf season.

The Erin Hills online store has been updated, check it out. The fall stay and play package through October 26th is about sold out. Call quickly to (866)-772-4769 to snap up one of those remaining packages. Golf season ends this month at Erin Hills, don’t miss out on a chance to play the 2017 U.S. Open course.

ANDREW PRICE won the 22nd Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Flossmoor Country Club. Price of Lake Bluff shot scores of 69-70-71 for the wire-to-wire victory. “I played well,” said Price. ” I putted very well and drove it well, I kept the ball in play. I didn’t hit my irons as well as I normally do, so my short game and getting up and down was important this week.”

Price’s score of six under par, defeated runner up Derek Meinhart of Mattoon by two shots. Dave Ryan and Glenn Przybylski were third. The championship will be played at Flossmoor again in 2015.


BandonDunesGolf.com in Bandon Oregon. 85 holes of golf as it was meant to be.

The new BandonDunesGolf.com is up and running.

Check out the golf on Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails, Pacific Dunes, Old MacDonald, and the 13 hole Par 3 course the reserve.

Lodging, food and beverage, the online blog and the online store. You can now experience Bandon Dunes in a brand new way.

For reservations you can call (800)-742-0172 or visit the award winning new website online.

ARNOLD PALMER’S BAY HILL LODGE in Orlando Florida has named Chris Flynn as the new course superintendent. He joins Bay Hill after a stint at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort in Orlando. Previous courses include Spyglass and the links at Spanish Bay. APbayhill.com or call (888)-422-9445.

NORTHBROOK BASED KEMPER SPORTS… has been busy in recent months.

Three of Kemper’s Courses were featured in Links Magazine list of the top-10 municipal courses in the country. Kemper continues to manage more top-ranked golf courses than any other management company. The list includes Harborside International (Starboard) at 10, Butterfield Trail at 4 and Chambers Bay home of the 2015 U.S. Open at 2.

Golfweek Magazine recently named 6 Kemper courses to it’s list of the top 50 municipal courses in America.

KEMPERSPORTS has added the following courses to it’s portfolio of club that they manage.

The La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach Florida. The history of La Gorce dates back to 1927. The 18 hole par 71 course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus, and was a former home to professional Jack Groot who was the long time instructor to Nicklaus. For more information see lagorcecc.com.

The Dublin Ranch Golf Course in East San Francisco Bay region of Dublin California. The golf course is the only course in Dublin and is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design that is 18 holes but plays to a par of 63. The course has 11 par 3 holes, five par fours and two par 5’s. Visit dublinranchgolf.com formore information.

The Colwood Golf Course in the Cully neighborhood of Portland Oregon, Kempers second club in the city of Portland. The course is being renovated into a 9-hole par 3 course and natural turf driving range. The course will work with the First Tee program in the area. See portlandoregon.gov/parks/63560.

The Apple Ridge Country Club in Mahwah New Jersey. The club that first opened in 1966 has views of the Manhattan skyline. The course is 18 holes and a par 71 design by Hal C. Purdy. Purdy designed over 50 courses in that era. For more information go to appleridgecountryclub.com.

KEMPERSPORTS is proud to announce that Mark Hoesing will return to the company as Senior VP of Operations supporting the East Region. Hoesing first joined Kemper in 1999 and left in 2012. His credits include the launch of Chambers Bay. “We are fortunate to have Mark return,” said Kempersports CEO Steve Skinner. ” He is an experienced operator with a wealth of experience with all types of golf properties and will be a valuable resource for a management team and clients. Hoesing will relocate to Chicago and work from Northbrook.

KEMPERSPORTS has reached an agreement with Golfers on Golf Radio host Mike Munro to take over operations of the White Pines Golf Dome in Bensenville this winter. Stay tuned for a full story.

The season is winding down, Go Play.

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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.