DSC05886 the halfway house DSTPGE-SponsoredBy-2016_c_300pxDSC05759 Mistwood entrance 1 DS  THE HALFWAY HOUSE located at 555 S.York is your place for simulator golf, play over 90 courses from around the world, while enjoying the food and drink from HB Jones located next door. Today is Solo Sunday, singles only $30 and hour til noon, so call and make that tee-time today at (331)-642-8050 or visit The Tinley Park Golf Expo sponsored by Beggars Pizza is coming up quickly, Feb. 12-14 at the Tinley Park Convention Center by Rt. 80 and Harlem Avenue,$5 Friday admission again this year, see Mistwood Golf Club might be closed for the winter, but inside the newly completed clubhouse is McWethy’s Tavern now open all-year round. See for more details, now taking bookings for summer events in the Great Hall, such as weddings, parties, and groups after golf.         ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 online golf news source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the range at demo day, with a Titleist 915 Driver and the new Fujikura Speeder Shaft, the top shaft on multiple professional tours.

Outerwear in golf, it’s forever changing and these days for the better.

The competition has never been greater to, not only get the golf business, but to get it right in terms of the product.

One of the leaders in the industry is Antigua, with it’s headquarters located  in Phoenix Arizona since 1976.

Several factors go into the designs of today’s outerwear by the leading manufacturers. The spring of 2016 lines are out, and Antigua is among the companies that are ready to take their products to the next level. Which includes being named again this year, as the outerwear supplier for the 2017 LPGA Solheim Cup.

Click here to hear our interview with Pam Miller VP of Operations and Customer Service at Antigua.

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Pam Miller VP of Operations at Antigua. Visit or friend them on Facebook

Miller says that this year Antigua has brought in more Heather when it comes to new colors. They have backed off of very bright neon colors, that make others need sunglasses to look at you.

Antigua’s design team has created materials that golfers need on the course, that also work when your round is over as well.

Miller says it starts at the top with an owner that is an avid golfer, and if the companies products don’t for him, they work for golfers in general.

They need to fit comfortably, giving golfers the opportunity to swing the club without restriction. It needs to keep you warm on cold days, and with enough breathe-ability so golfers don’t overheat during play when it’s raining out.

Antigua gets feedback from touring professionals, including LPGA star Stacy Lewis about what’s needed on tour.

For more on the spring product line and what’s ahead with Antigua in 2016, visit Look for Antigua in your local pro shop, or ask your professional to place your order through the local Antigua representative.


DSC03646 Links and tees dome DSDSC03493 Ready to rock DS  THE AWARD WINNING LINKS & TEE’S GOLF FACILITY is ready to help your golf game all season long, outdoors in the summer and now during the winter months visit the indoor golf dome one of the finest in the Chicago area, next weekend the annual open house hosted by Steve Kashul of the Golf Scene TV show on Saturday Feb. 6th, See or call (630)-233-7275 for details. Located at 880 Lake Avenue.    _____________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 Online Golf News Source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With news from the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

Foot relief. Yes everyone needs it, especially golfers after you walk 9 or more holes while out playing golf.

If you need relief before or after golf, or your playing golf more than 1 day in row and need your feet to recover quickly, the answer on how to do that has been found.

OOFOS, yes Oofos footwear, or better yet being called recovery footwear. Yes your tired or sore feet have earned this type of relief.

Why the name Oofus, well when you first slip them on, that’s the reaction you will hear, Ooooofus.

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Duncan Finigan in the OOFOS booth at the PGA show, with many of the styles of Oofos footwear.

While golfers might be first discovering Oofos, runners have known about them for a while.

Men and ladies these shoes are for you.

It, started with the OOriginal Sport design, then the OOaah Sport, the fully covered toe area is the OOcloog Satin. Need more, well there is the OOcloog Luxe and OOcloog Matte, the OOlala satin, and the ( you knew this was coming) OOlala, how about the OOlala Slide, or the OOriginal, and now the OOaah.

TO learn more about OOFOS recovery footwear, click here to hear our interview with Duncan Finigan.

What OOFOS is, it’s Impact Absorption with 37% more shock absorption than traditional footwear foams currently being used in shoes today. Longer-lasting comfort, OOFOS lasts much longer than normal shoes, with a foam that does not breakdown quickly.

The OOFOS Technology is a closed cell-foam that makes the shoes waterproof, and they can be washed by hand or in the washing machine. Superior Arch support, that allows for pressure to be relieved in the joints of your ankles, knees, hips and lower back.

OOFOS allows for a natural motion, the way that nature intended them to move. The OOFOS material flex’s with your feet on any surface that you are walking on.

For more information visit the Spring of 2016 models are out, and you can learn more on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Oopos today, better feeling feet right away and tomorrow.


DSC03646 Links and tees dome DSDSC05886 the halfway house DS   LINKS & TEE’S one of the few Chicago area year-round golf facilities is an award winner again, for one of the best facilities in the country. Congrats to Charles Sims and the staff at Links & Tee’s on Lake Avenue. See or call (630)-233-7275 for more details. THE HALFWAY HOUSE indoor simulator golf at it’s finest, where you can play over 90 courses from around the world. Today play the Friday Gamble, that includes a challenge on Pebble Beach Hole #7, for more fun book your tee time today at (331)-642-8050 or visit 555 S.York Road in Elmhurst.   ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s No.1 online golf news source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter at GogBlogGuy. With BIG 3 Partner Len Ziehm at Demo Day 2016 PGA Merchandise Show.

Editors note: Sorry to not have posted yesterday from the PGA merchandise show, constant rain and wind knocked out the power for several house last night, and prevented us from posting our podcast review of the show until now.

BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm and I met outside the press room, to discuss our observations of the show and some of the travel places we have stopped at in our travels down South in Florida and surrounding states.

Here is our podcast recap of the show,with plenty of more stories to come right here in the days and weeks ahead.

Len and Rory at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show podcast recap.

Look for more stories on as well.

The Gog Blog returns over the weekend, from the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor Florida, home of the Copperhead Golf Course. RS.


DSC05886 the halfway house DSDSC03493 Ready to rock DS   THE HALFWAYHOUSE Indoor simulator golf at it’s finest, play over 90 courses from around the world. Try the halfway house tomorrow on Thirsty Thursday, Half-Price Beer all day long. 555 S.York Road in Elmhurst, next door to HB Jones. For more information call (331)-642-8050 or visit THE LINKS & TEE’S Golf Facility is ready to win another award for being one of the top golf facilities in America, Director Charles Sims will receive the award tomorrow at the PGA Show. Congratulations to Charles and everyone at Links & Tee’s. See or call (630)-233-7275.    _____________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 online golf news source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At the 2016 PGA Merchandise show.

Day 1 was the demo day at the Orange County Golf Center, it was an outdoor event on a sunny and 82 degree day. Day 2 was IN the Orange County Convention Center, while it was raining outside all day long.

The PGA of America tells us that over 42,000 people are attending the show this year. Up again over last year,one number suggested an 8% increase in attendance and participation.

The equipment companies are here, except for one notable exception, Nike. Are people missing them, it doesn’t appear that they are, since there is so much else going on.

PGA or America President Derek Sprague and CEO Pete Bevacqua held court with selected media and took questions for over 30 minutes on a variety of topics. Everything from Growth of the Game, holding future events at courses owned by Donald Trump. What it could be like if Trump, a golf course owner is elected president of the United States.

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The PGA Centennial Book by Billy Dettlaff

The topic of the Ryder Cup came up, the PGA Championship being moved to August at Baltusrol and being played two weeks behind another major championship.

One item that was unveiled at the session was the new PGA Centennial book by Billy Dettlaff. John Steinbreder was the editor. There is a forward by Jack Nicklaus, and a afterword by Annika Sorenstam.

All PGA members are being sent a copy of the book, and it’s recommended reading if you can get your hands on a copy. Stay clicked in for more details on thoughts from the leadership of the PGA of America.

It was fun to start catching up with all the exhibits on the convention floor, and there will be a lot more of that posted here tomorrow.


DSC03646 Links and tees dome DSDSC03493 Ready to rock DS  LINKS & TEE’S GOLF FACILITY in Addison is proud to sponsor the Golfers on Golf coverage of the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Florida. The award winning facility is located at 880 Lake Street in Addison, the annual open house is coming up on Feb 6th, with your host and MC Steve Kashul from the Golf Scene TV show, more details can be found on line at or by calling (630)-233-7275.                _____________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 online golf news source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy with Annika Sorenstam at Demo Day at the 2016 PGA Show.

The 2016 PGA Show is underway, and demo day at the Orange County Golf Center is in the books.

It was nice of former World #1 and World Golf Hall of Famer, Annika Sorenstam to stop by and say hello while she was visiting friends at the Callaway section of the big circular driving range where demo day is held.

Soremstam looks like she could go back out on the LPGA Tour and start winning again right now.

In addition it was good to see club designer Roger Cleveland at the Callaway area, and it seems like the new wedge line he created (profiled here with our story from Cog Hill) has been a success. Callaway might have some more news here at the show.

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Wilson Staff Golf GM Tim Clarke has plenty to be smiling about these days.

Tim Clarke the GM of Wilson Golf has seen a nice rise in sales in his products, as Wilson continues to make it’s comeback as a major player in the golf equipment industry.

A new Wilson club line along with it’s DUO ball, has been a success. More on Wilson both from the show, and after I return to Chicago.

Look for Wilson products in more of your local retail golf stores, their name is making a comeback in the area of visibility as well.

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This is one shaft golfers need to get their hands on, a Fujikura Speeder Shaft.

Are you shopping for that new driver, do have one that needs a little more pop, try putting in a new shaft.

Yes it’s true, nobody wants to get the “Shaft” in life, or on the golf course, but if you want to post some lower scores, put a shaft in your club the touring pro’s are using in big numbers, the Fujikura Golf Shaft, one of their most popular shafts is the Speeder. You can’t go wrong, don’t be afraid to insist on Fujikura shafts in your new clubs, especially the driver and fairway woods. More on Fujikura as show week goes on.

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BIG 3 partners Rory Spears (L) and Len Ziehm (R) working the grounds at demo day. Big 3 partner Tim Cronin is in Iowa doing research for the John Deere Classic, and monitoring news on the home front.

The BIG 3 partners reunited in Florida where the Ziehm machine has set up shop for the winter.

Don’t forget to follow Len on his site as well at He just posted a travel piece on Lake Wales here in Florida, and will have plenty more in the weeks ahead on Florida Golf.

Len and I will put together a podcast on the PGA show, and recap our thoughts over the next 2 days, and that will be posted here.

The Zero Friction group of Oakbrook has a new line of gloves out, to expand their product line, NBC Analyst and major champion Johnny Miller will be in their booth to talk about the new gloves including the one he is endorsing.Stay clicked in, photos coming in the next 48 hours.

Plenty of features and plenty of news coming in the next few days, Titleist has released several new products here at the show, and we’ll have more from FootJoy on the new and improved DNA Golf Shoes, one of the most comfortable golf shoes on the market.

Stay clicked in, it’s going to be a great week. #Thinkgolf2016  RS.


DSC05886 the halfway house DSDSC03646 Links and tees dome DS  THE HALFWAYHOUSE Indoor Simulator Golf that allows you to play over 90 courses world wide, solo, with your favorite foursome, in a league like you do in the summer at your favorite golf course. Open today from Monday 3-9, Par-Tee Tuesdays are back tomorrow, see or call (331)-642-8050. LINKS & TEE’S a year round award winning golf facility, that has the golf dome up and rolling for the winter golf season, the annual open house is coming up in two weeks on Feb. 6th, with Steve Kashul from the Golf Scene TV show as the MC, see for more details. ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 Golf News Source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

It’s the day that golfers wait for all winter long, and that’s opening day of golf season. Even more exciting than baseball’s because it’s a chance for you to get back on track for a better year.

A chance to hit the shot you will remember the rest of your life, to win the match our tournament you have always to win, or to win it again. It’s a chance to play that course or take the golf trip you have always wanted to.

Yesterday I started my 2016 golf season at a course I didn’t expect to be the opening day course last week. Pinehurst #8 was supposed to be that course, it wasn’t. Instead Santee National Golf Club was, in the town of Santee South Carolina.

Before teeing off on Sunday, I had only played one round of golf in South Carolina. Now there has been two and both have been great courses. A few years back I played Pete Dye’s Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, outstanding. Yesterday I found that Santee National is a pretty good golf course as well. I didn’t know anything about the design work of Porter Gibson, but now I’ll have to find out more. Gibson did a great job at Santee, making a challenging fun for all levels golf course. I’ll have more on Santee after playing another course Lake Merion today, coming up this week.

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The PGA Show starts tomorrow with the demo day, and then 3 days in the convention center.

The golf industry will descend on Orlando this week and hopefully walk away with the enthusiasm that will make 2016 a great year for golf.

I’ll be posting all week from the show and what the news is, I hope you will stay clicked in.

Congrats to Jason Dufner who won his fourth PGA Tour Tournament in a playoff, it seems like Dufner the former PGA Champion is starting to pull his game back together.

Santee to Orlando, the next leg of the 2016 golf season begins road trip, all day today.


DSC05824 MCQ's Dome range DSDSC05809 McWethy's dining room 1 DS  McQ’s Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is your place for golf, horses, hockey and more. The McQ’s Golf Dome has the pro’s from Mistwood Golf Club there to help with lessons, fittings and more. Hit the golf dome, the OTB where one good horse could buy your golf and lunch for the day. The Sports Bar has a great food and drink menu, it’s an official Blackhawks Bar, so check out the football this afternoon and Blackhawks tonight vs the St. Louis Blues. See or call (630)-739-7600 for the golf dome or (630)-739-1592 for the restaurant and bar. MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB might be closed for the winter season, but the NEW McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood is open all year round, check out the full menu at McWethy’s and see the new Mistwood Clubhouse that will be a hit with golfers in the summer season ahead. Try McWethy’s and learn the history of the name behind it, call (815)-254-7001 and make your reservation now.         ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 Golf News Source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy in McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.

When you plan opening day for the 2016 golf season at the famed Pinehurst Resort, your expecting some sunshine and cool weather being January. But nothing like what Pinehurst was hit with as part of the big storm that has gridlocked the east coast.

No Pinehurst didn’t get buried with 15 inches of snow, but they got a couple inches and enough ice to fill all the drinks in the summer season ahead.

My route from Kentucky into Tennessee and then North Carolina was buried in deep snow, and included too much mountain driving. So I called an end-run and headed right into my current destination which is Santee South Carolina, about 55 miles Northwest from Charleston.

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After barely getting out of my unplowed lot at the Marriott in Southern Kentucky, I headed down into Tennessee and through Knoxville.

By now it had warmed up from 20 to 29, and roads were clear and driving speed was back up to 65. Then it was down through Chattanooga, past all the signs that were encouraging me to see Ruby Falls and Rock City. Rt.75 south then takes you down to Atlanta. I knew from there I would head east and into South Carolina.

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This driveway is talked about much more in April.

A quick glance at the map then made me realize, I would be going through a town that I had never been in before.

Augusta Georgia.

Missing out on Pinehurst was sure a negative, but how about turning that into a positive. After passing the Bobby Jones Expressway, I turned off on Washington Road, past all the fast food joints and chain businesses and found one of the great wonders in golf. That is Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters Tournament. I got my BIG 3 Partner Tim Cronin on the phone, and received some good information from Tim on some recent Augusta National History.

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The front gate was open on Magnolia Lane, so they must have known I was coming.

Yes it was January and the Masters Tournament was some 2 1/2 months away, defending champion Jordan Spieth was not even here yet for a practice round. Being it was only 40 degrees out, and earlier in the morning there was snow on the grounds of the Augusta National Golf Club, golf was not the item of the day.

Of course I didn’t have a tee time, a masters badge or even an invite from a member inviting me in for lunch.

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If you have your badge come Masters week, you enter here to head out onto the course, to view the golf.

But in the end, it didn’t matter. I was here and it was Augusta National, home of the Masters Tournament.

As I drove around the golf course, you can see some of the work going on outside the club, as ANGC is moving a nearby street, to arrange the parking situation a little better come tournament week.

I enjoyed snapping a few pictures of the famed city of Augusta Water Tower on the corner of the club, and checking out the various gates into the club. In spite of the fact you can’t see any of the holes, catching a glimpse of the clubhouse, Magnolia Lane, the new hospitality building, and a new building in the practice area, that was enough to get one excited about golf.

This year it won’t take until April to get really excited about the Masters for me, I feel like I’ve been there already. Now as I look out the window here in Santee, onto Santee National Golf Club, golf carts are driving by with golfers in them, and I’m ready to go tee it up right now. One look at Augusta National can do that to you, even if it’s from the outside.

Golf season is here. Go play. RS


TPGE-SponsoredBy-2016_c_300pxDSC03646 Links and tees dome DSDSC05886 the halfway house DSTHE TINLEY PARK GOLF EXPO, sponsored by Beggars Pizza returns on Feb.12-14, if you come the first day $5 dollar Fridays are back. Floor space near sold out at the Tinley Park Convention Center, your chance to buy equipment, get lessons, find out what’s new at the local courses, tickets info at Tinleyparkgolfexpo,com. Links & Tee’s a year round award winning golf facility has the dome open for the winter season. Drop in and get ready for the outdoor season, or call (630)-233-7275 for details on the Feb. 6 Open House with Steve Kashul of Golf Scene TV as your host. THE HALFWAYHOUSE at 555 S. York Rd in Elmhurst is your place for indoor simulator golf, come play over 90 courses, as a single, with your foursome or in a league. Look for the daily specials at or call (331)-642-8050 by HB Jones.        _____________________________________________________________________

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So I finally get Bickart to take a break from working the phones, and the ice and a little snow show up to spoil our day on the course. So Pinehurst 8 will have to wait until another day.

The Gog Blog is taking a detour instead, via Georgia and into South Carolina, where the golf season opener has been pushed back until Sunday in Santee. By Monday I’ll have a recap on Santee and the great golf there. The fact that it’s expected to be in the low 60’s and not snowing or raining, makes it a great place already.

From there it’s down to Orlando and the PGA Show that starts at Demo day on Tuesday.

If your watching the weather that is sweeping up and own the east coast, doesn’t it just want to make you book a trip to somewhere warm and start the golf season right now.

I’m just a couple of hundred of snowy miles away from golf season, gotta keep pushing on. #Thinkgolf. RS


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The Gog Blog Chicago’s # 1 Online golf news source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Standing on Top of Pete Dye’s Volcano Bunkers on the Dye Course at French Lick Resort.


July 11-17 at Panther Creek in Springfield Illinois

Apparently one stop in Illinois wasn’t enough for 2016, and then there was two, within a six week period in the summer ahead.

Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield will be the host of the Land of Lincoln Charity Championship, it will be played from July 11-17. This is the first year of a five-year deal, and the purse is $550,000.

Panther Creek was designed by former U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin, and was the previous home of the LPGA’s State Farm Classic from 2007 through 2011.

There is no answer yet to if the dates will stay the same in 2017, when the John Deere Classic likely returns to the same week. (In 2016 the John Deere Classic will be played during the Olympic games in August).

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The HalfwayHouse in Elmhurst is your place for simulator golf, stop and play over 90 courses from around the world, enjoy great food and beverage while you play as a single, with friends or in a league. Today is the Friday Gamble, on Pebble Beach #7. Halfway House Indoor Golf is located at 555 S. York Rd. in Elmhurst. Call 331-642-8050 or for more information, book your tee time for today.

“Our membership is ecstatic to host the inaugural Land of Lincoln Charity Championship,” said Panther Creek Country Club Board President Leo Zappa. “We are confident that the Tour will find our course to be a phenomenal venue for the players, and one that will escalate this event into the upper echelon of the tour’s annual stops.”

The Birmingham-base Bruno Event Team will manage the championship.

The launch for sales and sponsorship is already underway, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in these area’s.

The gives it’s players a chance to earn one of the 50 PGA Tour Cards that are up for grabs. 25 cards are earned by the top money winners for the season, with the other 25 earned in the season ending four-event Tour finals.

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For more information on the championship please visit the championships website at or go to or


DSC03493 Ready to rock DSTPGE-SponsoredBy-2016_c_300px LINKS & TEE’S GOLF DOME at 880 Lake Street in Addison has a hitting bay waiting for you. Links & Tee’s is one of Chicago’s Year-Round Golf Facilities, all winter long move inside to the award winning heated dome. Hit the driver, or work on the short game on the putting green and chipping area. Another ladies night is coming up on February 10th see or call (630)-233-7275 for more information. The TINLEY PARK GOLF EXPO sponsored by Beggars Pizza is back for another year, and tee’s off on Friday Feb. 12th at Noon, Friday admission only $5. The show runs through Sunday at the Tinley Park Convention Center, come join the show that helps start the golf season in Chicago, details at Rt.80 and Harlem Ave.         ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s # 1 Online Golf News Source by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the road again !

That time of year is here, where the Gog Blog hits the road, and begins the journey south towards Orlando and the annual PGA of America merchandise show.

Your’s truly along with BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm will have all the news from Orlando all next week, while Tim Cronin will hold down the fort in Chicago.

Len will have news and updates on his site as well.

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The Pete Dye statue welcomes everyone to the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort, our first stop of the trip. Remember when making your golf getaway plans in 2016. Play the Donald Ross Course too.

While some of the details of our first golf road trip are still coming together, the French Lick Resort in Southern Indiana is our first stop. Coming off hosting a successful 2015 Sr.PGA Championship, the team at FLR is working hard to bring another big golf championship to the resort.

Have you started making your golf plans for 2016, have your ordered those new clubs yet ?

Well next week in Orlando, I should have more about what’s new on the market equipment wise, and how both all you guys and gals can look a little more stylish on the course as well. Looking good and playing good, the theme for 2016.

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Not heading anywhere south and warm yet, until you do check out the Halfway House for the best in Chicago area simulator golf. 555 S. York Road in Elmhurst Call 331-642-8050, to reserve that tee time. Next to HB Jones, today is Thirsty Thursdays half-price beer All day and All night.

The French Lick Resort not only has great golf, but fine restaurants, a spa and a casino, win your green fee’s in the casino and tee it up on house money, you can’t beat that.

Don’t forget, when you make your next plans for a golf getaway.

Whether you stay in the West Baden Hotel or the French Lick Resort hotel you can’t go wrong.

The Gog Blog will continue on from French Lick Resort and head to Historic Pinehurst in North Carolina, where I expect to open the 2016 on the Pinehurst #8 Tom Fazio design. If the weather doesn’t push us south of border into Santee South Carolina. That Mother Nature person is threatening to ruin our Saturday Pinehurst plans, but we will see.

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McQ’s Sports Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is your all-purpose dome. The golf is great, lessons, short game area and more, play the horse in the OTB and get that golf paid for with house money, the sports bar will hop tonight for the Blackhawks game in Tampa. Visit for more information. McQ’s is part of McWethy-Mistwood Golf.

With that it’s time to load the trunk and hit the road, and if your not going to join the Gog Blog by heading south during the Chicago winter, make sure you hit the golf domes around town, or get that first round in on over 90 courses that you can play on the simulator at the Halfway House in Elmhurst.

The PGA Show starts next Tuesday with the demo day at the Orange County Golf Center, with the show moving into the Orlando Convention Center after that for three days.

I hope you will stay clicked in over the next two weeks, as the Gog Blog brings you what news at the golf resorts and in the industry. An exciting time of the year for golfers, are you ready. RS.