The final Golfers on Golf radio show of 2017. Ed Stevenson (L) Bill Berger (M) and Rory Spears (R).

Golfers on Golf is saddened to hear of the passing of Sharon Berger, wife of our co-host at Golfers on Golf Radio Bill Berger.

Sharon like Bill, was an avid golfer.

She was active in the Berger’s community of Franklin Park.

Sharon suffered a heart attack earlier this week. The wake will be this Friday night, with a Saturday funeral. The funeral home of Sax-Tiedemann will handle the service arrangements and further details will be posted online.

All of us at Golfers on Golf send our condolences to Bill, and the entire Berger family.


 THE NEW CALLAWAY EPIC DRIVER, and Callaway Steelhead Fairway Woods, found through using a fitting center, like True Spec Golf in Highland Park.    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG, created by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to Stoatin Brae.

Your on the first, at Stoatin Brae Golf Links, part of the Gull Lake Resort, in Augusta Michigan.

Gull Lake Resort in Augusta Michigan, yes that’s right Augusta. What a town name for a place with a golf course or three.

In the case of the Gull Lake Resort in Michigan, resort president Jon Scott and his family have six courses and a bunch of overnight villas to stay in.

But if your flying through the state of Michigan and playing several of the Pure Michigan Golf courses, the new Stoatin Brae should make your list of a must play golf course.

The Par 4, 10th hole at Stoatin Brae golf links part of Gull Lake Resort.

Stoatin brae did a soft opening in late 2016, when 12 holes opened for play.

By the start of the 2017 season the entire golf course was ready to go. The course was designed by Tom Doaks Renaissance Golf team from Michigan.

The golf course is of the links style and there are not many trees or bushes to be found. While the fairways are pretty generous, if you miss them and the first and second cut of rough, you will land in some pretty tall grass (weeds) and you can probably say goodbye to that golf ball. So do make sure you have a few spares in the bottom of your golf bag.

The halfway or almost halfway bunker, is not really a halfway house.

At the bottom of an area with some crafted mounds, sits the “halfway bunker” because it’s underground and really doesn’t come across as a halfway house. Regardless it’s a very pleasant change from the little white shack found at most golf courses.

In fact considering Doaks work at Old MacDonald at the Bandon Dunes resort in Oregon, it wouldn’t be surprising if this halfway bunker was inspired by the one at Old Mac.

The Par 3, 11th hole is one of the best holes on the golf course.

Stoatin Brae gives the golfer a good chance to settle in. The first hole in straight in front of you, even though the second shot is likely to be a blind one coming in, to a green that sits down in a bowl like area.

The property starts to mix it’s open links style land, in with a small amount of trees and bushes on holes 6 and 7.

While the front nine is very good, the back nine seems to jump start the round. There is a little more elevation change along with more holes, that have more going on in terms of bunkers and green complexes.

For more information on the new Stoatin Brae links course, one of six courses at Gull Lake View Resort, please visit,


   CLUBHOUSE SKETCHES for the Preserve at Oak Meadows by Dan Wohlfeil (L) and the Par 4, 16th hole at the Preserve. For more information please visit ______________________________________________________________________


THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to the Illinois Open and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the PGA Championship Wanamaker Trophy.

The 68th Illinois Open is a runaway, and it’s 2017 Illinois Amateur Champion Patrick Flavin who is running away with the championship.

Flavin is bidding to join David Ogrin as the player to win both the state amateur championship and the state open in the same year.

Flavin backed up his 64 at Briarwood Country Club in Round 1, with another 64 at the Glen Club in Round 2. His score of 128 leaves him at 15 under par, and he has a six shot lead over Brandon Holtz and past Illinois Open Champion Eric Meierdierks. His lead is 7 shots over defending champion Carlos Sainz Jr. and University of Illinois standout from Northbrook Nick Hardy. Both Sainz and Hardy put themselves on page 1 of the leader board with 8 under par 64’s at the Glen Club.

Patrick Flavin with the Illinois State Amateur trophy two weeks ago at Calumet Country Club.

Flavin says he is “keeping it simple and enjoying the round.” During round one Flavin had his girlfriend as his caddy, but when she got called into work on Tuesday, he put his brother back on the bag. Flavin won with his brother at the amateur, and says he has a tough decision to see who to put on the bag for round three.

Flavin admits, it really whoever wants to do it.

For the third straight day, Flavin will be paired with Meierdierks who says “Flavin is playing great and has been fun to watch.”

What was fun to watch was the shot of the day, and it did not belong to Flavin. Dakun Chang holed a five-iron on the par 5, 14th hole from 205 yards for a double-eagle 2. Unfortunately for Chang, it did not help him make the cut.

The purse as of Tuesday night is at least $95,000 with the winners check expected to be near the $17,500 it was in 2016.

Of the starting field of 268 players, just 51 made the cut. All groups in round three will tee off from the first hole, and the first starts at 8 AM. The leaders tee off at 10:40 Am.

If he wins the championship, Flavin since he is an amateur, will not get paid in cash. He will receive a trophy and gift certificate in the Glen Club pro shop.


   THE BOYNE MOUNTAIN LODGE in Boyne Falls Michigan, part of the Boyne Resorts portfolio has 36 holes of golf, and two of Boyne’s 10 golf courses, for more details see (R) Bay Harbor’s Links course is one of the three nine’s by Arthur Hills.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. The Gog Blog is an extension of Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 WNDZ Chicago. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 7th hole of the Links Course at Bay Harbor Golf Club in Petoskey Michigan. Rory’s shirt by Antigua apparel.

It’s nice to be back putting out the content on Golfers on Golf Dot com.

I have a stock pile of things to write about so stay clicked in, there will be plenty of golf stuff for you to catch up on.

The radio show is done for the year as summer has already passed us by. 23 weeks went by real quickly, and I’m already thinking about how to be better in 2018. Stay tuned.

With the daily grind of baseball now ending, and the golf tournaments of the summer behind us, I plan to be out on the course a little more, and checking out some renovation projects in the area. Most courses are finding ways to get better and offer more, if your not. You are falling behind the competition. Whether your next improvement project is the golf course, the practice area, the clubhouse, or something else. It’s time to improve, somewhere on your property. Show your customers and potential new customers that you care, and your not afraid to invest back into them and the golf experience they get when they come to your golf facility. Both rounds of golf and F&B dollars are up, at facilities that have made improvements.

In the fitting bay at True Spec Golf in Highland Park.

A FEW WEEKS back I went to the new True Spec Golf Fitting lab in Highland Park.

I elected to have their team investigate my issues with fairway woods on the golf course.

They put me through tests with Titleist clubs, my original Titleist’s, new model Titleist woods, Callaway, Taylor Made and Ping products.

In the end it was the Callaway Steelhead fairway woods that tested out the best for me. As a result I now have a Steelhead 3 wood and 5 wood in the bag. When I headed to Northern Michigan for my golf getaway at the new Stoatin Brae golf course and Boyne golf properties last week, before making a final stop at the historic Belvedere golf course, I put both new woods to the test.

At Boyne Mountain with my Callaway Epic Driver, and two Callaway Steelhead woods.

First up my Epic Driver with the new Fujikura Speeder is locking in, over seven rounds I hit a solid majority of fairways. At least 70% except for one round, where a majority of my drives hit the fairway, but didn’t end up in the fairway.

The fairway 5 wood Steelhead was solid from the get-go. Not only did I get a distance increase over my old 5 wood, but it held the line better. The changes on the new five wood, was a half degree of loft added, and a minor change in the swing weight. I found I don’t need to swing as hard with this club to get the results I’m looking for. The fitting process on the 5 Wood was a solid home run.

My 3 Wood is a different story. It started off very slow. I topped the first shot I hit with it and the ball only went 135 yards. The second swing saw the ball travel about 210, and go left into a short grass fescue area. What I took into account is that the lies I had were not the greatest, on the new Stoatin Brae Course that is in it’s first year of being open. My full story on that course (which I like) is coming soon.

The tenth hole at the new Stoatin Brae golf course part of the Gull Lake Resort, in Augusta Michigan. (near Kalamazoo)

When I got the nerve up to try the 3 Wood again at Bay Harbor, the first shot was not what I was looking for. But at first if you don’t succeed….etc.

On the seventh hole of the Bay Harbor Links course that runs along the water, I decided the time was right to go for the green in two on this par 5 from 244 yards out.

Well I got there, except the ball didn’t stay there. It ran over the corner of the green, and along side the leftside of the green. But now this was still something I had not had in a while. A 50 foot pitch on a 535 yard par 5, for Eagle. The next day I used the club only twice. On a par 5 at the Boyne-Crooked Tree Golf Club, the result from 260 was an easy pitch on my third shot, and a good par on a long par 5.

The fitting lab at True Spec Golf in Highland Park.

That afternoon back on the Links 9 at Bay Harbor, on the same seventh hole, got home from 247 and had an Eagle putt. Okay, almost a 100 footer, but still I do like eagle putts.  The 3 wood survived a test at Belvedere in my final round, coming up just short of a par 5 green from 260. I still might need to hit the three wood a little more to be totally comfortable pulling it more often, but it is moving into a comfort zone I no longer had with my old 3 wood.

Regardless of the brand of clubs you are playing, the bottom line is that fitted golf clubs make a difference. My fairway wood game is back in the bag again, and the results show on the course and most importantly on the scorecard.

The results I got were also consistent no matter what golf ball I played during the trip. I did play the Titleist Pro V1 the Pro V1x, and the Callaway Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X. As for golf balls, I have played the Titleist Pro V1 and mostly the Pro V1x golf ball since they hit the market, the Callaway Chrome ball might not be a better ball than the Pro V, but it no longer trails the Titleist Pro V models by a wide margin. It’s in the back seat of the car, looking over the Pro V’s shoulder. If Callaway brings the Chrome golf ball to the market for a better price than the Pro V’s, the average golf consumer will have a decision to make.

The biggest question I have now, is about my wedges. Have my older Titleist Vokey’s seen their best days, and is it time for Vokey SM-6 models, or the new Mack Daddy by designer Roger Cleveland at Callaway. I hear my self being called back to the fitting room, to correct another phase of my game. in Highland Park.

KUDO’s to Captain Steve Stricker and Team USA, there will be no protests, or kneeling during the anthem’s during this weeks Presidents Cup Matches.

FALL GOLF IS HERE and the time frame is about 5 more weeks of good weather to enjoy the nice fall golf season. It’s a nice time of the year to play, courses can be less crowded but not always. Cooler temps, and the colors shine through. Yes, too many leaves on the ground, but the best courses suck them up and grind them up, instead of just blowing them around.

Plenty more golf news ahead, so stay clicked in. RS


BOYNE MOUNTAIN IN Boyne Falls Michigan has golf season going on for a few more weeks, it’s not too late to go enjoy Pure Michigan Golf, see Down in Indiana, a celebration in French Lick continues. #DonaldRoss100years  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to Belvedere Golf Club in Michigan.

The Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix Michigan recently celebrated 95 years of being a golf club.

The re-dedication ceremony of the club included more than 125 of the clubs members in attendance.  Only 12 of the clubs 200 members live in Charlevoix.

This recent re-dedication was in honor of some renovation work done to the Willie Watson classic, after a set of original plans were found during the demolishing of an old building in the town of Charlevoix. The club does have some aerial photo’s from the 1930’s, but there had be no documentation of the parkland course until the recent finding of original plans.

The plaque near the first tee from the recent dedication.

Bruce Hepner was the consulting architect for the project, who worked alongside the clubs superintendent Rick Grunch. Grunch part of Belvedere for 25 years, lives alongside the golf club in a neighboring farm-house.

Hepner, who formerly worked under Tom Doak, has done restoration work of courses by Donald Ross, AW Tillinghast and now Watson to name a few.

Grunch’s knowledge of the course, and study of the newly found plans and photo’s was critical to the renovation. The work included building new bunkers, the reshaping of contours to tie in with existing ground conditions and flow of the property. Area’s of the green complexes were expanded back to the original size to allow strategies of playing the course to return to what Watson originally intended.

The first hole on the right, from the elevated first tee box.

“The restoration was a labor of love for me,” said Grunch. “To return the golf course to what Watson originally envisioned was a special gift, The Belvedere is my life.”

Belvedere has been played by 36 major champions of professional golf, who have over 100 major champion wins between them. Only Oakland Hills in the state of Michigan has had more major wins play the course.

Belvedere has been home to the state of Michigan amateur for over 40 years. The Michigan Golf Association will bring the amateur back to Belvedere for the clubs centennial year in 2022.

For more information on this semi-private club see


  WELCOME TO THE BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT in Michigan. Boyne Resorts, three properties and 10 golf courses, see True Spec Golf now open in Highland Park above the Tesla Store, get fitted the right way, see       ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content, Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to Boyne Resorts in Michigan. #Bayharborgolfclub

This past week there was yet another successful BMW Championship, and for the third time it was done at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

It was a great week to see the money come in to support the Evans Scholars Foundation. A hole-in-one by Jason Day helped even more, not only from the 100K donated by BMW, but the BMW car that Day won was also donated to the scholars as well.

The BMW Championship that won by Aussie Marc Leishman, now moves on to Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia in 2018. In 2019 it then comes back to Chicago when it makes a stop at Medinah. Then where does the championship go in 2020. First up on the tee is BMW, the contract expires after Medinah and it’s not known if they renew or not. If they do, the first year of a new deal could take them out to Colorado again. While Cherry Hills might not be in the mix, Castle Pines could be. Stay tuned.

I found it amusing that Justin Rose who won the BMW Championship in 2011, the last year at Cog Hill, told me that he would like to see the championship go back to Cog Hill. Tour players always like to go back to places that they previously won at. I told Rose about the recent changes to the bunkers on Dubs, that includes the new tour edge white sand. Rose said the sand fits his eye and game. Could the BMW ever go back to the south side of Chicago, well not likely. Not enough dealerships down that way selling BMW’s.

BUT COULD A WESTERN OPEN go back to Cog Hill. Great story by Alex Miceli in the online golf publication called The Morning Read, where the question is asked, could the Western Open return. The are several reasons why it could, including the fact that the famed 4th of July dates could open up again with a Greenbrier pullout from the tour.

The real question is could the Western Golf Association benefit by a Western Open, and at times take on a BMW Championship as well. Well running or managing tournaments is what the WGA does. Next year the WGA will manage the Sr. Players Championship at Exmoor Country Club.

MARC LEISHMAN said the biggest improvement in his game this year is his driving, and gave credit to his new Callaway Epic Driver. I can see why, I having been playing the Epic driver now for three months and it has made a difference in my game. More coming up on that in the days and weeks ahead, along with new Callaway Steelhead fairway woods now in my bag.

THIS WEEK, taking it easy and playing golf in Michigan. Tried out the new Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake and Bay Harbor Golf Club at Boyne Resorts. More on this visit will be posted soon. Have a great week everyone. RS


   THE PRESERVE AT OAK MEADOWS IN ADDISION, now open for public play but closed on Tuesdays. See NORTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE is coming up next week at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove Sept 24-25 #NIUHUSKIES ______________________________________________________________________

2017 BMW Champion Marc Leishman takes questions after Sundays final round at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and all this week ahead at Boyne Golf Properties in Michigan, plus from the new Stolten Brae Course at Gull Lake Resort.

If you had bet an Aussie to win the BMW Championship this week, the first name that might have popped into your mind would be Jason Day. Since Day had won at Conway Farms in 2015, in fact if you takes Days score at Conway Farms in 2013-2015 and 2017 according to NBC, Day is 50, yes 50 under par. That being said, Day did not win, fellow Aussie Marc Leishman did at 23 under par, smashing an under par tournament record set by Tiger Woods.

Justin Rose carded a 6 under par 65, to tie for second place with Rickie Fowler at 18 under par, only 5 shots behind Leishman. Day ended up in fourth place at 16 under par. Another shot back was Matt Kuchar and Jon Rahm  at 15 under par. Jordan Spieth was T-7.

The amazing things was all the low rounds players put up on the board that did not help them win, only one player road it into the Tour Champion in Atlanta next week. Kevin Na and Brooks Koepka the U.S. Open champion at Erin Hills both shot 63. Koepka who said he was sick all week, and only on Sunday had a normal amount of energy to play was already in Atlanta, and with his 63 cemented a top 10 finish headed to Atlanta.

Tony Finau and Zach Johnson each had 64. Finau advances to Atlanta moving up from 39 to 24th place, and Johnson who finished 48th in the points heads home.

Leishman said that the biggest improvement in his game this year has been his driving, and he gave credit to his new Callaway Epic Driver as the main reason why. Leishman also gives the International team another weapon in the Presidents Cup that’s coming up in just a couple of weeks against Team USA.

One interesting thought came from runner up Justin Rose, who said he is looking forward to the BMW Championship returning in 2019 to Medinah. Rose was part of the victorious Team Europe Ryder Cup win over Team USA. A day Rose called one of the best in his life on a golf course.

But come 2021 or 2023, Rose was looking for a return to where he won the BMW Championship six years ago, Cog Hill. One never knows.

Next years BMW Championship moves to the Philadelphia area at the Aronimink Golf Club, and will be played Sept. 4-9.


    THE FRENCH LICK RESORT and the Donald Ross Golf Course. The Ross Course turns 100 this year, celebrate in style with your trip to historic French Lick. Home of the Senior LPGA Championship and the Pete Dye Golf Course. Visit             ______________________________________________________________________

JOIN GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO for Week 23 of 23 in 2017. 60 minutes to go before the studio goes black until Masters week of 2018. GOG Radio 9 Am on Am 750 WNDZ.

IT’S THE LAST WEEK OF 2017, 22 holes have been played and there is one to go.

The BMW Championship is underway and Marc Leishman is leading, and fellow Aussie and 2015 BMW Champion Jason Day is in hot pursuit. Rickie Fowler is right there as well, the weekend should be an exciting one in Lake Forest at Conway Farms Golf Club.

There are only 70 players left, and who are the top 30 that will make the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta next week.

This weeks final show will feature interviews with Jason (hole in one on 17) Day, who helped make a lot of money for the Evans Scholars, and then donated the BMW he won to the Evans Scholars Foundation. ( Day does have an endorsement deal with Lexus).

We will hear from leader Marc Leishman, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth from the field of the BMW. We asked Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson if they like the BMW Championship driving around form year to year, and switching cities. See what they had to say.

  STREAMSONG BLACK still on track to open at the end of the month. Scott Wilson spoke with Golfers on Golf about the fall out of Hurricane Irma on it’s three courses. Red and Blue will be open today. for more details.

Click here to hear our interview with Streamsong Director of Golf Scott Wilson, for an update after Irma on the resort.

The 5th hole on the Sand Valley course at Sand Valley Resort in Wisconsin.

Glen Murray the general manager of Mike Keiser’s Sand Valley Resort in Wisconsin, joins us as the final guest of the year.

Find out more about Sand Valley and the new course by David Kidd, called Mammoth Dunes. In our interview with Mike Keiser this past week it was revealed that Sand valley will have a unique par 3, course that will be open in June of 2018.

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Please join us on the tee at 9 AM Am 750 WNDZ for our final show of 2017. Coming this fall the posting of season’s shows here online so you can hear them again, and or see what you missed. Follow our coverage of the BMW Championship all weekend long.


           BANDON DUNES                  CABOT LINKS                  SAND VALLEY

  MIKE KEISER (R) with Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore at Bandon Dunes. Gog Blog Editor and Director of Content Rory Spears, on the floor of Sand Valley in Wisconsin during it’s early days of property clearing.

On Old Mac, at Bandon Dunes, one of the most fun golf courses you will ever play.

MIKE KEISER was once in the greeting card business, but he had bigger and better idea’s. Golfers everywhere are really glad he did.

What started out as nine hole course in New Buffalo Michigan, has grown into destination golf across America and into other countries as well.

For those in North America, Keiser and friends have created plenty of places to enjoy links style golf.

Keiser has heard all the terms that are “out there” about him. Visionary, magic man, and someone ahead of his time. But what he likes to say about himself, is that he is guy who likes to build “fun” golf courses. He jokes that he will continue to do so until he runs out of money. Then again if you know Mike Keiser, you know he might not be joking.

For those of you not up to speed on Keiser’s latest project Sand Valley in Wisconsin, it’s taking off and quickly. Keiser admits that they are doing more business than expected and the Midwest golfers who enjoy 18 holes across the sand dunes are enjoying themselves at Sand Valley.

The first 18 holes called Sand Valley, by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has been open with all 18 holes since June 1st. Now Part 2 Mammoth Dunes the sequel by David McLay-Kidd is off and running as well. Nine holes are open already, and much of the other nine could be open before things shutdown in 2017.

Mike Keiser (L) and architect Jim Urbina survey Keiser’s Dunes Club, in new Buffalo Michigan. Some say it’s the best nine hole course in America.

The cottages have been full, and the Craig’s BBQ shack that overlooks hole 1 of Sand Valley has been packing them in. The main clubhouse is open too, and golfers are then headed out the door and onto Mammoth Dunes.

Coore and Crenshaw have built the par 3, course that will open in June of 2018, the only question now is when does course #3 get built and what lucky architect will get the call to start crafting up drawings.

After playing in the 2017 BMW Championship pro-am at Conway Farms to support the WGA and the Evans Scholars Foundation, Keiser took time to speak with Golfers on Golf, one-on-one. He spoke about Sand Valley, Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, a small growth in destination golf courses coming online.

But what gets interesting is the fact Keiser might not be done in Oregon, could he have found a new U.S. Open location, maybe so. Hear the scoop in our interview below.

Click here to hear our interview with Mike Keiser at the BMW Championship.

The season is not over at Sand Valley in Wisconsin, Sand Valley GM Glen Murray joins Golfers on Golf Radio this Saturday in the 2017 season finale teeing off at 9 Am on AM 750 WNDZ.


   A PROPOSED PLAN OF THE CLUBHOUSE AT THE PRESERVE (L), the par 5, 5th hole (R). It heads out straight before curving and heading up the hill. The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison is now open for public play. Closed on Tues.  _____________________________________________________________________


Jordan Spieth (R) is back at the BMW Championship, and looking for another win in the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.

Jordan Spieth is back and looking for another win in the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.

Spieth returned to Conway Farms for the third time and says the course is quirky in a good way.

Spieth says the tour set up allows for two good “go for it” pins on each green and on a couple of others that pose a challenge.

In 2015 Spieth recorded an ace on the par 3, 2nd hole, and by doing that, the  tournament sponsor BMW put another caddie into college on a ” free ride”. Let’s hope Spieth can card another “ace” this week, and a bunch of other birdies as well.

Click here to hear Jordan Spieth’s press room interview before the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow with a 1 on 1 special interview with Mike Keiser. Stay clicked in.