Welcome to the seventh season of the Len Ziehm on Golf website. Our aim from the beginning has been to touch on all phases of our sport through my wide range of freelance writing projects. They include pieces in newspapers, magazines, websites and books.
All of our writings can be checked out on social media outlets Facebook (see Facebook.com/lenziehmongolf), Twitter (see @ZiehmLen) and Linked In.
There will continue to be a big focus on golf travel destinations in 2016, as we’ll again expand our offerings far beyond the Chicago area.
The 2015 season was concluded by an extraordinary three-month driving trip that took us to golf destinations in Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
Our two- to four-day stops during that period included visits to such established destinations as Prairie Club, Chambers Bay, Bandon Dunes, LaCosta, Wild Dunes and Innisbrook as well as soon-to-be famous places like Tatanka (Golf Digest’s Best New Casino Course of 2015), in Nebraska, and Mossy Oak, in Mississippi. Earlier in the year we visited two other up-and-comers that are soon to open — Wisconsin’s Sand Valley and the unique second course at Michigan’s Forest Dunes, a layout that can be played in both directions.
Our preliminary reports on each of those visits can be found under Travel Destinations in this website and more reports are expected to appear in other media outlets in 2016. Since the creation of the LZOG website we have produced Golf Destination reports from 24 states.
We were also happy to be included in Golf Top 18 website’s listing of top course reviewers (accompanying tag on this page). That site credited our Travel Destination reports for “giving you the historical feel and information on a golf course, so you can feel its roots….Not a technical shot by shot reviewer, Len gives the reader photos and the feel of a course through his eloquent words.”
We also have working arrangements with three golf travel-related websites that are based in other Midwestern states.
Golf Now!, Chicago — Cheryl Justak’s premier golf destination guide that enters its 14th season in 2016 — is based in Indiana. LZOG Travel-related items also continue to appear in GolfTrips and GolfWisconsin, sites produced by Wisconsin resident Brian Weis that date back to 2004, and Hacker’s Central, Bruce Stasch’s Minneapolis-based website that’s been in operation since 2007.
Our partnership sites now include our first partner from the broadcasting world — Dave Lockhart’s Links Video, which produces a wide variety of golf programs. Once the long-time producer of Chicago District Golfer TV show, Dave continues to create videos for the CDGA and other outlets.
We also continue to work in tandem with our original two website partners — Rory Spears, with Golfers On Golf, and Tim Cronin, with Illinois Golfer.
The year 2016 started with my being a judge, for the second time, in the International Network of Golf’s writing contest. The year will conclude with my own big writing project — a memoir for the members of Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota on the 41st Ryder Cup matches scheduled there in September.
We expect to do more book-related projects than we have in the past (see Books section of this website). In the last three years we’ve written three books, highlighted by the well-received memoir of the 2012 Ryder Cup matches for the members of Medinah Country Club. Others, written but still to be published, chronicle the histories of Kinwderlou Forest in Georgia and French Lick in Indiana.
The Medinah Ryder Cup book, done in collaboration with noted Chicago photographer Nick Novelli, came out in 2013 and we are also working together on the similar book for Hazeltine’s membership.
Our interests, though, extend far beyond our Travel Destinations and books. A basically winter-only notes column, “It Ziehms to Me,” was started in 2012 to keep our followers current on all phases of our sport.
Our columns in the Daily Herald chain of Chicago newspapers and Chicagoland Golf newspaper remain the nucleus of our other writing projects on display here, along with a variety of writings in Chicago District Golfer magazine. I’ve been golf columnist for the Daily Herald since 2009 and am starting my 27th year writing columns as well as features for Chicagoland Golf.