THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-2020 IS DOWN THE FIRST FAIRWAY

THE TINLEY PARK GOLF SHOW IS BACK-Feb.7-8-9, doors open at Noon on Friday, Friday admission is just $5.00. Tickets at Tinleyparkconventioncenter.net

2020 IS OFF THE FIRST TEE and marching towards the first green. Which is par for the course.

What makes the year ahead so exciting, is that there will be plenty to do for the Chicago area golfer.

First up is the return of two winter season golf shows in the Chicago area. The Tinley Park Golf Show returns after a one year break. South side golfers and those golfers from Northwest Indiana are thrilled about the news.

Friday February 7th is opening day, and the first tee time is Noon, when the doors open. Admission is only $5.00 on Friday, $10.00 on the weekend. The equipment companies will be there, at this time six companies including Callaway, Wilson, Tour Edge, Cobra Cleveland and Mizuno will attend.

There will be several contests to compete in, including long drive, long putt and closest to the pin. The Closest to the Pin Contest on Sunday winner, takes home $500.00 dollars, that will cover a few green fee’s, and a new driver or putter. Get your tickets today by visiting the Tinley Park Convention Centers website at Tinleyparkconventioncenter.net.

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THEN THREE WEEKS LATER in Rosemont at the Donald Stephens Convention Center marks the return of the Chicago Golf Show from February 28 to March 1st. The shows presenting sponsor is the FIVE-STAR French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana. You can win a Free getaway weekend at the French Lick Resort while attending the show. See Chicagogolfshow.com for tickets and details.

BEFORE OUR TWO LOCAL GOLF SHOWS hit the first tee, is the PGA of America Show in Orlando Florida Jan. 21-24. I will be attending, and reporting on the golf news from the new, along with the new products out for 2020. This includes both new companies or what the latest products are from the golf industries biggest companies in the game. Stay with Golfers on Golf for all the new from Orlando in just a couple of weeks.

2019 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP Winner Justin Thomas wins again at Kapalua, Maui. What most golfers on the tour, and fans of golf in general view as the start of the PGA Tour for the year, the Sentry Insurance Tournament of Champions is in the books. Thomas after a bad drive on the final hole landed him in the weeds, and then into a three-way playoff. Outlasted, Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele for the win on the third playoff hole, and punched his ticket back to Kapalua in 2021. The Sony Open in Honolulu tee’s it up this week.

PINE MEADOW GOLF CLUB in Mundelein has announced that it’s range is closed this week for renovation work.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the various flights on the different courses during this past weekends Eskimo Open at Cog Hill. Courses 1-2 and 3, all hosted players, and well over 100 players turned out for the first golf outing of the year.

HAVE YOUR CHECKED YOUR HANDICAP, it’s now valid world-wide. Check with the Chicago District Golf Association if you have a handicap registered with them. With the new system you number might have slightly changed. Visit CDGA.org for information.

WITH THE WEATHER GOOD FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, courses that have remained open have made some serious income, in the off-season. On the colder days reports are good from the indoor domes, like the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook on how many golfers have dropped in to work on their games. Whether it’s getting lessons, getting fitted for new clubs or just hitting balls or practicing their putting. Many golfers are getting a head-start on the 2020 golf season.

THE TINELY PARK CONVENTION CENTER. The Tinley Park Golf Show returns Feb. 7-8-9, doors open at Noon on Friday the 7th.

RORY MCILROY announced that he will make his first start this year on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines.

ONE OF TOP COLLEGE TOURNAMENTS this spring will be the inaugural Calusa Cup at Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples Florida, April 4-7. Many of the top rated schools will be participating. The host will be the University of Iowa, and the other Big Ten Conference school in the field is the University of Illinois. Calusa Pines is a Top 100 golf course, and I believe to be one of the best courses in Florida. It was designed by architect Dana Fry.

IT WAS REALLY NICE to see the new room renovation pictures from Innisbrook Resort that is celebrating it’s 50th year. Innisbrook just north of Tampa Florida, has four golf courses including the famed Copperhead Course. Copperhead is the home of the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour, and a PGA Tour course you can play. For more details see Innisbrookgolfresort.com.

I CAUGHT UP with architect Keith Foster this past week and it was good to hear his legal issue is behind him, and he is moving forward in life and with his course design business. Foster will have three major projects and several smaller ones happening in what will be a busy year for him. Foster tells me that his Iowa design the Harvester, a Top 100 golf course, reopened after renovation late last summer. But the Harvester is no longer a public course, it has gone private. The pictures of the new clubhouse look really good, you can see them at theharvesterclub.com.

THE GOG BLOG RETURNS THIS WEEK…I hope your 2020 is off to a good start. 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 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.