It Ziehms to Me: Economic downturn hasn’t hurt Kiawah

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – With so many golf facilities struggling these days, Roger Warren’s report on the popular Kiawah Resort is eye-catching to say the least.

“We had the best year in the history of the resort last year,” said Warren who left the Chicago area for Kiawah in 2003 and has been the resort’s president since 2005. “There was a halo effect from (hosting the 2012) PGA Championship, but we experienced four years of double digit growth from 2009 on.”

Roger Warren has plenty of good memories from his recent Ryder Cup experiences.

Roger Warren has plenty of good memories from his recent Ryder Cup experiences.

Why is that?

“I know it flies in the face of what’s happening in the rest of the game, but there’s a segment in this country that’s doing just fine – and that’s my customer,” said Warren. “They continue to come here. This is a beautiful island, and there’s a lot to do here.”

This five-course facility near Charleston, S.C., doesn’t need a commercial after already hosting an historic Ryder Cup (in 1991) and a major – the PGA, won by Rory McIlroy. Its Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course has witnessed it all. Continue reading

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It Ziehms To Me: International Crown trophy will be impressive

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. – I’ll let you in on a secret. The trophy that will go to the winner of the LPGA’s biggest-ever event will be one of the most impressive in all of sports.

I received a sneak preview of the prize that the players in the new International Crown event will play for in July during my first visit to LPGA headquarters here (photo below). No pictures of the trophy or descriptions of it were allowed then, and the trophy won’t be officially unveiled until April 1 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
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House Rules

Eric Aldrichby Eric Aldrich, PGA Head Golf Professional
Bolingbrook Golf Club

What excites us about getting up at sunrise and carving out at least six hours of our day to play a sport that continually beats us up?  And how does this same sport keep us coming back for more?  Is it the exercise?  The fellowship?  The competition?  It surely isn’t enjoyment, is it?  How can we possibly take pleasure in playing something so difficult and something that takes so long to play?  But in the end, and at the detriment of future golfers, golf must be enjoyed.  But how?  One of the best ways to enjoy the game of golf more – Don’t play by the rules. Continue reading

2014 Golf Show Recap

TINLEY PARK GOLF EXPO

Despite the wintry weather during the Tinley Park Golf Expo weekend, increased crowds and added exhibitors were out in full force!  Golf show attendees who stopped by GOLF NOW! Chicago’s Booth #802 at the Tinley Park Golf Expo had a chance to win over $2,000 in golf prize giveaways – rounds of golf and great golf packages.    The new 2014 GOLF NOW! Chicago guide debuted at the show.

John Masloroff - Winner of Broken Arrow giveaway

John Masloroff – Winner of Broken Arrow giveaway – with Steve Kashul, Cheryl Justak and Michael Chen

Chicago Bulls Radio Host, Steve Kashul, stopped by GNC’s booth at the Tinley Park Golf Show to help announce the winners of our giveaways.  Lucky winner, John Masloroff won our Broken Arrow Golf Club “golf foursome” giveaway.  Owner of Broken Arrow Golf Club, Michael Chen, helped congratulate our winner! Other winners included: Mike W. (Matteson, IL), Keith T. (Woodridge, IL), Zach M. (Chicago, IL), Tom A. (Highland, IN), Sheila W. (Emington, IL), Keith T. (Orland Park, IL), Mike K. (Merrillville, IN) and Rose R. (Palos Heights, IL). Continue reading

Buy now and save big on golf this season!

Encircling Chicagoland into southwest Michigan, with destination sites in Florida, the GolfVisions Golf Trail features courses that deliver exceptional quality, variety and value. The 2014 GolfVisions Player’s Pass is your best value to put part or all of the Trail on your itinerary.
Benefits include:
  • 8 rounds (greens fee AND cart) at 8 great Chicagoland golf courses (seven 18-hole, one 9-hole).
  • 7 greens fees at 7 great Chicagoland courses (five 18-hole, two 9-hole).
  • 1 Player’s Choice greens fee; select from 12 courses, 10 in Chicagoland, 2 in Florida.
  • Destination Bonus! 2 rounds and 1 greens fee in central Florida.
  • GolfVisions’ special Player’s Pass preferred rate at EVERY facility, EVERY time you play.
  • ‘Private Club Member for a Day’ purchase opportunity for member and up to 3 guests at Lake Barrington Shores GC.
  • Two 25% discounts on dining. Continue reading