LIV GOLF RETURNS TO RICH HARVEST FARMS-SEPT. 22-24 Sign up to volunteer now-see or for more details. THE THERA TEE glove sold through Zero Friction Golf, see you local golf retail store or

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THE BLACKBERRY OAKS GRILLE is now open. See the new menu.


Even thought the weather is cold out today-better conditions are coming soon.

Northbrook-Nick Hardy is in contention at the Zurich Open on the PGA Tour, tunes in this afternoon to see all the final round action.

BLACKBERRY OAKS in Bristol, home of Callaway Golf Ambassador Chad Johansen has opened it’s new Oaks Grille Restaurant at the course. So come out and play some golf and enjoy the new menu at The Grille.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS Men’s and Women’s Golf teams are busy this weekend. The Women’s team is competing at the Big Ten Championships at Fox Chapel Country Club in the Pittsburgh area. Headed into the final round the Illini are in second place, one shot behind leaders Ohio State.

The Men’s team is hosting it’s Illini Spring Collegiate at the Atkins-Course at the University of Illinois. So after 36 holes #3 Illinois leads Loyola Marymount by 3 shots and sits alone in first place. But fifth year senior Adrien Dumont de Chassart is the individual leader. 18 more holes to play today.

Taylor Gooch holds the trophy in the down under-Adelaide. Photo Courtesy of LIV Golf.


This week the location was in Australia, at Adelaide and the Grange GC.

Taylor Gooch opened with back-to-back 62’s, to give him a 10 shot lead headed into the final round.

But after a slow start that included a couple of bogeys, the lead shrank to two shots. Because of birdies on the 11th and 13th holes. Gooch had some space from those chasing him, parring in from the 14th hole for a 1-over par 73 was enough to win. Gooch’s former team the 4ACES lead by Dustin Johnson won the team championship. More at

A rendering of what Topgolf’s future Memphis venue will look like. 2024 Topgolf will be part of the Special Olympics.


Will join the Special Olympics starting in 2024.

Special Olympics athletes will be able to compete in Topgolf, as an individual or as part of a team.

So beginning next month, Topgolf will offer free practice sessions to Special Olympic athletes or Unified athletes as they prepare for the games. So see more at

COG HILL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB will host a Cleveland Golf Wedge Scoring Clinic on May 24th. Cost is $185.00 per participant. Time of from 5 Pm to 6:30 Pm. So for more details and to register visit or call Cog Hill at (866)-264-4455. But the Mothers Day Brunch is coming up on May14th-Reserve your place today.

CONGRATULATIONS TO Mistwood Golf head professional Frank Hohenadel for being named the 2022 IPGA merchandiser of the year. Public Facility by the Illinois PGA.

THE FIRST JACK NICKLAUS HERITAGE COURSE has broken ground in the Bahama’s. The Nicklaus Course built at Jack’s Bay will be 18 holes. But along with the Nicklaus course, with be a Par-3 course designed by TGR Design (Tiger Woods firm). See for more information.

THE DORMIE NETWORK has announced Gray Bull a new course for the network now under construction. But the planned opening date isn’t until May of 2024. The designer will be David McLay-Kidd. Details at

Island Resort and Casino in Harris Michigan-home to Sweetgrass and Sage Run golf courses.


In the UP of Michigan is 36 holes of great golf in the name of Sweetgrass and Sage Run.

Because architect Paul Albanese has designed two courses that players of all skill levels can enjoy. But not mention the beautiful scenery that goes along with it.

Because the resort has added more rooms in the last couple of years there is plenty of places to stay, with the addition of a new tower hotel.

But for those that need more action once off the golf course, you can try out the resorts casino always a fun experience. So learn more about booking your Resort and Casino Experience at

Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd MN-Opens April 28th.

CRAGUN’S is opening this week.

Brainerd MN. in the land of 10,000 lakes has seen the handiwork of major champion Tom Lehman, and golfers will be better off for it.

Because starting now 36 all-new championship holes of golf are ready for play.

So the Lehman-18 a multi-million dollar renovation-runs through a 1000-acre wooded sanctuary that winds around Stephen’s Lake and other natural wetlands, offers a scenic Minnesota backdrop.

But the Dutch-27 that combines three nine-hole courses (Red-White and Blue) will open this week. But there is a flip-flop coming, as the Blue Nine reopens from a full renovation on June 30th. However on July 1st the Red Nine is back in the hands of the Lehman Group for renovation, with a 2024 planned reopening. Among the improvements on “the Dutch 27″ are new cart paths and white sand bunkers.

The Dutch course will host on Labor Day weekend the PGA Tour Canada’s CRMC Championship, presented by Gertens. The White and Blue 9’s play a combined 7,001 yards and to a Par of 70.

But there is more-the Chris Foley golf school opens this month along with the resorts par-3 golf course.

Director of Golf Jack Wawro says,” we are thrilled to have 36 holes open for play. Tom Lehman’s visions for our golf courses are exactly what we hoped for, when we started the renovation. The caliber of our courses and golf facilities will be unparalleled in this region.”

Golf fees include golf, golf cart with GPS and driving range privileges. Walking is permitted on the par-3 course. Resort guests get special green fees. So for more information see

ZEROFIT Hoodies-Worlds Warmest Baselayer.


So if your looking for a hoodie-that does not hamper your swing during a round of golf, consider ZEROFIT.

The Zerofit Heatrub Move Unisex Hoodie is a no-sweat baselayer with a hood, for cooler temperatures but not freezing cold weather.

Because this style hoodie has the build style it does, golf is not the only activity option for Zerofit. Because more options include sailing, hiking, bicycling and skiing.

Colors for the Zerofit hoodie are both Black and Titanium. See ZerofitUSA for more details and information.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. 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 WCPT AM820 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.