GOLF SEASON IN WISCONSIN WINDING DOWN

    TRUE SPEC GOLF in Highland Park is the newest place in the Chicago area for club fitting, if your ready to get the right specs for your clubs visit TrueSpecGolf.com. The Donald Ross Course in French Lick is 100 years old, play it this fall, See Frenchlick.com ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, on the 18th green of Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin with the U.S. Open Trophy. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

The fall golf season in the Chicago area is starting to wind down. A little bit north of Chicago is the state of Wisconsin where the golf season is getting closer to closing down.

Several of the top courses and the destination properties in Wisconsin will be closing up their courses in the next 10-13 days or the end of October.

IT’S THE LAST TWO WEEKS to play  the 2020 Ryder Cup course Whistling Straits in Haven/Kohler. The Straits will close one week from Sunday. Kohler company has announced that both the Irish course and the original championship course at Blackwolf Run will remain open weather permitting into November. Both courses will have green fee’s of just $75.00

For more information on Kohler Golf visit DestinationKohler.com or call (888)-293-7337.

Whistling Straits is getting ready to close for the season. #Kohlergolf

Erin Hills the site of this summers U.S. Open is still open for public play this month.

Erin Hills will be open through October 29th, and there are now specials to not only play the golf course, but spend the evening and enjoy the fine dining that is offered in the clubhouse.

The course has been home to three USGA national championships, and will likely host more championships in the future. Erin Hills is now one of only six courses with public access to host a U.S. Open. Set up your round at Erinhills.com and or calling Erin Hills toll free number (866)-772-4769.

The Par 3, 5th hole on Sand Valley golf course at the Sand Valley Resort in Wisconsin.

SANDY VALLEY golf resort in the area of central Wisconsin, will remain open through the 29th of October.

The resort founded Mike Keiser a man who calls himself, a person who likes to build fun golf courses. has created another links style golf destination.

The resorts first course called Sand Valley, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has had all 18 holes open all season long. The second course by Bandon Dunes designer David Kidd, called Mammoth Dunes, has had nine holes open for most of the summer. This fall some of the other nine holes have started to open for play.

The main clubhouse and practice area’s are now open, and a new Par 3 course is on the way. There is over night lodging on property in villas and or room in the clubhouse. Golfers on Golf will have a full report on Sand Valley next week after our visit.

For more information on this evolving golf destination see Sandvalleygolfresort.com

Golf in Wisconsin is starting to shutdown for 2017, so go play while you still can.

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  THE PETE AND ALICE DYE statue stand tall at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel Indiana, home of today’s Crooked Stick Collegiate Invitational, where the University of Kentucky won the championship in the final round, with the University of Illinois in 3rd place 7 shots back. Medinah Country Club Caddie alum Brendan Sweeney shows off the best of the French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana. The Donald Ross Course celebrates 100 years, and the Pete Dye Course is in great shape. See FrenchLick.com    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy with the new Callaway Epic Driver and Steelhead Black Fairway Woods.

The Volunteer Registration has now opened for the 2018 Constellation Senior Players Championship, at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, that will be contested from July 9-15.

The Western Golf Association (WGA) will be recruiting more than 1,000 volunteers for the championship, to help make sure that championship week is a fantastic experience for all involved, from the players to the patrons that attend.

Volunteer positions from inside the ropes to outside of the ropes are now open. Some of the positions include, marshal’s who work inside the ropes, to player and VIP transportation opportunities. To review all of the 20 volunteer committees, please visit www.cspgolf.com, click on the event tab and then the tab for “Volunteers”. Some positions fill up very quickly so it is wise to sign up as soon as possible.

The Steve Stricker banner hangs on the entrance drive to Exmoor Country Club.

“The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship could not take place without the dedication and enthusiasm of hundreds of volunteers,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS at Exmoor Country Club will offer a rewarding, exciting week for all involved-the players, spectators and our many volunteers.”

To volunteer you must be 16 years old, and commit to work at least three shifts during the tournament week. Shifts do run from from 4-6 hours long, depending on your assignment. To volunteer you must purchase a volunteer package for $75, that is worth $353.00 dollars. The package includes.

The historic Exmoor Country Club, Clubhouse.

  • Two Peter Millar golf Shirts
  • One tournament logo’d hat or visor
  • A tournament pin
  • Four One-day tickets
  • One volunteer credential good all week
  • One invitation to the volunteer party
  • Food and beverage vouchers                                                                                The volunteer experience is one that you can’t get in most other sports or at other major sporting events.                              Scott McCarron is the defending champion after a final round 66 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, allowed him to defeat Bernhard Langer and Brandt Jobe by one shot to win this years tournament.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The tournament is one of the five senior majors on the Champions PGA Tour. This will be the first time since the U.S. Sr. Open at Olympia Fields in 1997, the Chicago area will have conducted a senior major championship. Exmoor is one of the seven remaining founding WGA clubs, and one of the original 11 clubs that founded the WGA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The club dates back to 1896 when architect H.J. Tweedie designed the club, and in 1914 architect Donald Ross came in and redesigned the club. More information is on the club’s website, and more information on the Western Golf Association is found at wgaesf.org.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT, RAIN GO AWAY

  TRUE SPEC GOLF in Highland Park is Chicago’s new home for proper golf equipment fittings, see TrueSpecGolf.com. The French Lick Resort is great for fall golf trips an more visit FrenchLick.com. The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, Open for play Wednesday through Monday until the end of October. Learn more at DuPagegolf.com.   _____________________________________________________________________

It was one of those types of weekends. The Gog Blog by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At the Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head island.

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY, just what the Chicago area didn’t need this past weekend, a downpour the size of the one we had.

The entire area got over 4 inches of rain, with the some area’s getting 8-9 inches.

Yes we might have needed the rain in some area’s but certainly not that much, or enough to where flooding becomes a problem.

Unfortunately, flooding is already a problem for some courses. Some clubs like Chevy Chase in Wheeling haven’t recovered from the July 11th flood that still has them shut down. I can bet the courses like Cranes Landing at the Marriott’s Lincolnshire Resort and others along the Des Plaines River or the Fox River have their challenges today. 2017 Western Amateur Course Skokie Country has some flooding issues again. Superintendent Don Cross and his crew did a great job getting Skokie in shape over three weeks to be ready for the Western Amateur, won by new U.S. Amateur Champion Doc Redman.

Blackberry Oaks in Bristol is closed until Wednesday and White Eagle CC in Naperville got over 8 inches of rain the club reports. Their island green is now truly an island.

I have checked in with my broadcast partner Ed Stevenson the Executive Director at DCFPD for an update on the Preserve at Oak Meadows, and I am still waiting for his report. There is probably about 30 days left in our fall golf season, here’s hoping we stay dry for the rest of it.

COG HILL reports that it’s planned Aeration for Course #4 Dubsdread of two weeks ago, has been pushed back to this week. The course will reopen for public play this Thursday. Coghillgolf.com for more details.

THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) will hold it’s annual Black Tie Fundraiser/Green Coat Gala on Nov. 3rd. Nick Faldo will be the guest speaker this year. See WGAESF.com for more details.

BIG 3 PARTNER LEN ZIEHM has two columns recently posted on his website Lenziehmongolf.com. The first is on Florida golf after Hurricane Irma, and the second on on Florida Pan-Handle Golf for those of you headed that way this fall or winter.

CONGRATULATIONS to long time friend J. Michael DeAgostino on his upcoming retirement from the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme Michigan. Michael has been a long time friend to many of us in the golf media, and he will be missed.

ON THE RETIREMENT FRONT, Titleist President and CEO Wally Uihlein will retire on January 1st after 40 years with the company, per multiple reports. The Wall Street Journal (take this for what it’s worth) says Uihlein is dumping slumping sales and a outdated business model on his successor.

TIGER WOODS, remember him? Is putting out video’s showing him swinging a golf club again. ZZZzzzzzzzzzz!

MAVERICK McNealy who is expected to be one of the new big names in golf, and recently made his professional debut at the Safeway Classic, has signed deals with both KPMG and Callaway Golf. he now becomes the younger model of Phil Mickelson.

MCQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook, will reopen for golf in two weeks, says it’s Director of Golf Andy Mickleson. See MCQsDome.com for details.

The University of Illinois Men’s golf team is competing this week at the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel. The tournament begins today.

THE GOG BLOG returns this week, stay clicked in for more golf news. RS

THE GOG BLOG CATCHES UP WITH COLLEGE GOLF

 THE MACK DADDY WEDGES by Callaway’s Roger Cleveland, learn more about Callaway products at Callawaygolf.com. The U.S. Open might be over, but golf season at host site Erin Hills is not, specials now through the end of October, visit Erinhills.com. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. What a year for College Golf. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

The fall college golf season is moving along with tournaments continuing every weekend.

But before I report on those, there are some updates on former local high school and college players trying to make their way on to the professional tours.

In the week ahead best of luck to Stephanie Miller and Samantha Postillion as they try to advance from Stage 2 of the LPGA Q-School in Venice Florida. The two former University of Illinois players will be joined by former Illinois Women’s Open Champion at Mistwood Golf Club Samantha Troyanovich. Best of luck to the all the ladies. Both former Illinois players received a statement of support from their former coach at Illinois Renee Sloan, who said she was “excited about the success both girls at the previous stage of qualifying.”

Both players recently competed in a Cactus Tour event in Arizona, Trilogy at Power Ranch, that was won by Miller at -7 with Postillion in second place a shot back at -6.

The news was not as good at the Web.com Stage 1 Q-School in Houston for former Libertyville high school and Duke University standout Michael Schachner, who missed moving on to stage two by 3 shots. Schachner shot a 2 under par 70 in the final round to make a late charge, but it still left him just short of advancing.

The Erin Hills coffee table book by Gary Damato, on sale at Erin Hills.

The Marquette University of Milwaukee Wisconsin, recently held it invitational that included 15 schools.

Texas A&M came away the winner with a team score of just 2 over par. UCLA was second 11 shots back, with Marquette right behind in third place.

Northwestern University struggle on the last day and fell back into 10th place, 36 shots behind Texas A&M.

Northern Illinois University had a rough couple of days, ending up in 14th place and 50 shots behind Texas A&M. Erin Hills that played host to the U.S. Open in June, is still open for public play through the end of this month.

2017 Illinois Open Champion Patrick Flavin won Northwestern’s Windon Classic Invitational at Evanston CC this past week.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY made a late rally in the final round to be crowned Co-Champions of their Windon Memorial Classic. This years classic was contested at the Evanston Country Club in Evanston. Penn State University was the other co-champion as both schools shot a 5 under par 835 for the tournament. The score was the third lowest in Windon history.

Patrick Flavin who had a great summer winning both the Illinois State Amateur Championship and the Illinois Open, won the individual Windon Title as part of his school’s Miami of Ohio team. Flavin shot 65-72-69 to finish at 4 under par 206.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS WOMEN’S TEAM is off to a great start this fall by winning it’s first tournament and then finishing second at the Coeur d’ Alene College Invitational in Idaho. Illinois was 11 under par and only Colorado at -18 was better. Sr. Grace Park was second after finishing the 54 hole event at 6 under par.

THE ILLINOIS MEN’S TEAM finished 5th at the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Invitational in a field of 12 schools. The third and final round of the tournament was the highest score Illinois posted.

That left coach assistant coach Zach Barlow to say that his team was, “very loose with our shots on the course today, and we did not play disciplined golf. We need to focus on finishing each round better than we did today.”

Senior Nick Hardy shot 64 the first day, but could not break 70 in the final two rounds and finished 6th, Dylan Meyer had a second round 67 and was 18th.

Illinois will compete in the Crooked Stick Invitational this Monday and Tuesday, with 36 holes being played on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. Illinois won the tournament in 2015 by a whopping 19 shots led by champion Charlie Danielson. Illinois did not compete in the tournament last year.

 

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-MT. PROSPECT LOOKS GREAT

  THE GREEN STREET GRILLE 120 Green Street in Bensenville, where the Golf Channel is always on. Greenstreetgrille.com. It’s not too late for that fall golf trip, head south to French Lick Resort, where the Donald Ross Course is celebrating it’s 100th birthday, and the Pete Dye Course is in great shape. See Frenchlick.com #SRLPGA       _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS. Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 7th at Mt. Prospect Golf Club.

IT’S ALWAYS a good idea to check back in on the courses that have done some recent renovation work.

This past week I choose to see Mt. Prospect Golf Club, now open two years from renovation, and I must say that course conditions are outstanding.

For whatever the reason, I don’t score as well as I used to before the Dave Esler renovation on Mt. Prospect, but I do love the golf course. It now has a 1926 historic look and feel to it.

Mt. Prospect like the Preserve at Oak Meadows, are prime examples on how even after the reopening, it does take a bit for all the grass to grow in, and the turf to look like it’s been there for a full decade or so.

The Par 3, 16th hole is a Biarritz style green, with a sharp dip in the middle of the green.

Not only was the turf from tee to green in great shape, but the greens were in outstanding condition. A tip of the golf hat or golf visor to the superintendent Darin Douglass for his hard work.

During my last conversation with the Director of Golf Operations at Mt. Prospect Brett Barcel, he spoke of how business is up since the reopening. Which again goes to show that courses that are putting money back into the product, are seeing the return on their investment.

Other suburban public courses including Arlington Lakes in Arlington Heights, Fox Run in Elk Grove, Wilmette Park District in Wilmette, Glenview Park District in Glenview, Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Mistwood in Romeoville, are all sharing similar tales of good news in the amount of rounds and business. I suspect Schaumburg golf Club will see a rise in play over the next three years as their three nines reopen from renovation. Phase 1 is off to a great start.

The 175 yard Par 3 12th hole is one of the 5 par 3’s at Mt. Prospect.

In the clubhouse I tried the new Mt. Prospect burger on the menu this year, and passed all the taste tests I had. Yum! The clubhouse and redone pro shop are some of the other improvements that have really put Mt. Prospect back on the map.

The new practice facility with the double ended range and short game area is something Mt. Prospect needed as well, and the golfers have found it when practice or lesson time is needed.

With the fall golf season down to about 30 days, unless Mother Nature gives us a late November Indian summer, go out and play Mt. Prospect and see what how this new older classic golf style course plays. It’s a real treat.

Call (847)-259-4200 or visit GolfMtProspect.com for more information. RS

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-GOLF AT WRIGLEY?

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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, with a full set of Callaway Woods. The Epic Driver and Steelhead Fairway Woods.. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

This time of year for many years Wrigley Field sat quiet, that hasn’t been the case now for three straight years.

Last year was the end of the draught, with the Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years.

But wouldn’t it be nice that once the season ended, or maybe during a break during the season, that Wrigley Field like Petco Park in San Diego could be come a nine hole golf course.

Petco Park which is no longer needed for baseball this year with the Padres season over, has created a nine hole course inside the park with the help of Callaway Golf. Now that is a wonderful idea, and it’s one that would sell very well here in Chicago.

The Nine Hole Course at Petco Park in San Diego.

One would think that with the Cubs and the Ricketts family always looking for alternative revenue streams, that the Links at Wrigley could raise countless bucks.

What about the divots you say? Well that’s no big deal, mats are an option in the tee boxes but hopefully it would not come to that. After all, a golf course sure trumps the idea of having another Zach Brown Band, (or ZBB as some call it) concert at Wrigley that already tear’s up the outfield grass.

As someone who has hit a few golf balls in Wrigley Field it’s a lot of fun. For a special exhibition during BMW Championship week a few years ago, BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm and I hit a few balls from a tee set up in the right field bleachers to a make shift green in the left field corner. Some witnesses says my second shot won the closest to the pin contest, although for the sake of the contest, PGA Tour pro Dustin Johnson was the announced winner over a few other celebs in the competition.

One would think that historic baseball venues would make great short courses. Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, maybe PNC Park in Pittsburgh. All great venues.

If fall continues to be an issue on the Northside, maybe the Cubs can have a nice 10 day road trip before or after the All-Star break that would allow for mid-summer golf at the Friendly Confines. A tee box in the bleachers would be a great idea, or the upper deck. For those who like some elevation change on their course, Wrigley could sure have that.

The Cubs oval offices at Wrigley Park are done, and so is the home team’s clubhouse. But there is still the press box and visiting clubhouse that need major overhauls. Mr. Ricketts, here’s the idea to pay off both of your projects. Your welcome. RS

DUPAGE MOVES FORWARD WITH PRESERVE’S CLUBHOUSE

  THE GREEN STREET GRILLE,120 Green Street in Bensenville, where The Golf Channel is always on. Photo (L-R) Rory Spears with GSG owner Mike Munro. #GSG     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the Preserve’s 2nd tee box.

This past week I made a return visit to the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, and found the golf course in great condition.

But if there is one thing missing at the new Preserve, it’s a new clubhouse. The good news is that progress is being made by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, that operates the golf course.

Earlier this year, the DCFPD began working with architect Dan Wohlfeil on creating potential clubhouse designs.

Based on the initial drawings submitted by Wohlfeil, the DCFPD has elected to move forward to the next step with Wohlfeil which is completing the next level of drawings and planning.

Some of the drawings submitted by architect Dan Wohlfeil.

The next phases of developing the new clubhouse at the Preserve are, not only  reviewing costs, but getting all stages of planning and permitting done.

These next stages and subsequent approvals that will be needed by the board, will run through 2018.

The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is hopeful that construction can begin in 2019, with the new clubhouse opening for business in 2020.

The new clubhouse will be built on the area of the old Oak Meadows and Elmhurst CC clubhouse location, but there will be other changes in the area where the current pro shop stands. For more information follow DuPagegolf.com.

THE GOG BLOG’S 19TH HOLE-GREEN STREET GRILL

  THE DONALD ROSS COURSE at French Lick Resort, Celebrating 100 Years in 2017. Great place for a fall golf trip, See Frenchlick.com. The Preserve at Oak Meadows in  Addison open for play until the end of October, closed Tuesdays. See DuPagegolf.com.  ______________________________________________________________________

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The Green Street Grille is our subject during today’s GOG Blog edition of the 19th hole.

The Green Street Grille is located in downtown Bensenville at 120 Green Street. It is owned and operated by by Mike Munro founder of Golfers on Golf Radio, and Jim McWethy the owner of Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville and MCQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook. The Green Street Grille opened back in spring of this year.

Rory Spears (L) with Mike Munro owner and operator of the Green Street Grille in Bensenville. Follow Rory the Editor and Director of Content for Golfersongolf.com on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

There are a few things golfers should enjoy at the Green Street Grille. The GSG is less than 10 minutes away from from courses like The Preserve at Oak Meadows, and Maple Meadows.

The White Pines Golf Club is another golf facility less than 10 minutes away, so if you need a place before of after golf for food and beverage, THE GSG is not far away.

If you enjoy checking out the professional and top amateur golf tournaments on television, while the Green Street Grille is for you. Because at least one big screen TV will always have the Golf Channel on, when the restaurant is open.

Patrons enjoy the bar at the Green Street Grille

The menu has a good variety of lightweight and bigger meals for the hungry and those really hungry.

Among some of the most popular items on the menu, are a great starter in the mozzarella sticks, with a tasty marinara sauce, and the French Onion Soup. A full line of salads to pick from is another option.

For more of a main course, you can get the Green Street Grille 1/2 pound burger, the steak sandwich, and the Italian beef grinder sandwich. Need more?, go for the full sized steak options or other choices.Need an ice cold beverage, or some warmer when the cooler temps arrive outside. Well long time Chicago area golfers appreciate the history a good summer shandy, or a long time Chicago favorite, Old Style Beer.

For hours and more information on the Green Street Grille, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook. The GSG is now open with brunch and happy hour specials. GSG is now tying into local golf courses for golf and dinner events. Follow this site and social media sites for more information. The Green Street Grille, the beginning of a new downtown Bensenville.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-THE PRESERVE SETTLES IN

 THE CRADLE AT PINEHURST, the new short course, 9 Holes-Par 3 789 yards of pure fun Pinehurst style, created by Gil Hanse, see Pinehurst.com. The Green Street Grille in downtown Bensenville, on Green Street. See Greenstreetgrille.com. Golf channel is on.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to the Preserve at Oak Meadows, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

It was back in late July I played the renovated Preserve at Oak Meadows for the first time. I decided to return again yesterday for another look.

As for the Preserve, it looks better every day.

What really jumped out was that this baby of a golf course is growing up quickly. Turf conditions had seen a big improvement over the first visit.

Where it was really noticeable was on the last hole completed, the 4th. While the hole is still cart path only, it is full of grass and actually looks like the fairways could handle cart traffic. Next year on opening day, it will. During this visit the driving range was open as well, it wasn’t last time. It looks solid now, even though Monday’s are mat days. But the natural grass is available on other days. What I really liked about the range, was an area about 100 yards down the left side, that is set up like a small island green. It’s a great place to get warm with the wedges, and see just how locked in you are that day. Architect Greg Martin gets a big Kudo’s for this addition.

DuPage County Forest Preserve District (Big Boss) Executive Director Ed Stevenson, has kept the Preserve project on track for years, that dedication is paying off. DuPagegolf.com

 

My round 1 at the Preserve was off to a good start, but an equipment issue derailed the round after six holes. The good news is that was not an issue yesterday.

The column photo of me above is from the second tee box, which is a great dogleg left par 5. The green is guarded by a small creek that makes trying to get home in two shots a little tough to do.

After a nice testy 183 yard par 3, third hole. The challenging short Par-4, 4th hole involves a real risk-reward 300 yard hole. When things do settle down for the year, Martin is expected to return and build another new back tee box. Which should add a little drama for the pro’s and big hitters.

The Par 5, Fifth hole which plays 529 yards from the back tees, plays a little longer with it’s uphill approach.

The Par 5, 529 yard Fifth hole is my favorite hole on the golf course. Not sure why, but it does look solid off the tee. Maybe that’s the start.

While there is some carry off the tee, Martin created a generous fairway that sets up an approach to an uphill green back in the preserve of trees that have defined the property and the courses on this site for years. The fifth might not be a birdie hole even for golf players, but most all players playing from the correct tee box, have chance for making a par.

The photo here from 114 yards to the greens center, not only shows off one of the signature holes, but the great condition of Preserve’s turf.

It was great to see the turf really looking good. For those who did wonder if the course should have opened this year, the answer was absolutely yes.

I have had my share of rounds on courses before they have held opening day to the general public. There are always going to be some grow in pains, but in most cases shortly after opening it really looks like the course should be open.

How management opens a golf course is becoming a strategy. In fact, The Preserve at Oak Meadows is undergoing what DuPage Executive Director Ed Stevenson calls a preview season. Which is a sneak preview that gets a limited amount of golfers out per day, for a limited time. It creates the buzz that renovated or new courses can use heading into a grand opening season. Which is what the Preserve will have in 2018.

I did mention that the fifth hole was my favorite on the golf course. What are my other favorites? After the 5th, it’s holes 16-2-17-4 and 7. If you wonder why, come out and play the course and you might see why. You can also come out and create your own favorites, maybe your first birdie on the course might help you decide. Stay clicked in to the this website, and DuPageGolf.com for more information on the Preserve.

There are limited amount of tee times per day, and the course is closed on Tuesdays for additional maintenance. The course will close for the season at the end of October, so get out there and play the Preserve while you still can. News on the new clubhouse could be coming soon, so stay clicked in right here.

Right across the street at Maple Meadows, on October 14th is the Rambo Scramble, sign up today, DuPageGolf.com.

Just 8 minutes from the Preserve, is the Green Street Grille. Details tomorrow on a Gog Blog 19th hole.

ELS TO RECEIVE 2018 TOM MORRIS AWARD FROM GCSAA

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         The Mack Daddy Callaway Wedge.

THE PRESERVE at OAK MEADOWS now open for public play. See DuPagegolf.com for more details.

THE MACK DADDY wedges by Roger Cleveland at CallawayGolf.com.

GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America), has announced that four-time major champion Ernie Els has been named the recipient of the 2018 Old Tom Morris Award from the GCSAA.

The Ernie Els Autism Foundation was formed in 2009, one year before Els was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Els also created in his home country of South Africa, the Ernie Els Foundation in 1999, that has since joined the Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate, that works with underprivileged teens and gives them a chance to get involved with golf and improve their education skills.

The GCSAA has presented the OTM award since 1983 to the individual, who through the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris.

Morris a four-time Open Championship winner, was the superintendent at St. Andrews until his death in 1896.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to receive the Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association,” said Els. “As I have grown in my involvement with the game of golf, from professional golfer to golf course designer, I have come to value the role of golf course superintendents. They are vital to this game as ever, and as vital to this game as anyone.”

Ernie Els

Els, known as the “Big Easy” from his soft but fluid swing, has 70 career world wide wins, and has spent 788 weeks ranked in the top 10 in the world.

Els has won two U.S. Opens and two Open Championships.

In 2009 Els and wife Liezl learned their son Ben was Autistic. This lead Els to help lead efforts in building the 30 million dollar Center for Autistic Children in Florida. The center provides both professional and medical resources to the over 300 students.

“Years from now people may remember me as a golfer and a major champion. But I’d like to be remembered a somebody who took the issue of Autism and did something with it,” said Els. “The rest of my life I’ll be fighting this thing. I hope you will join me.”

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