Steve Olken from Harris Golf Cars

Our guest this episode on The Chicago Golf Report podcast is media veteran and fleet sales manager at Harris Golf Cars, Steve Olken. You can learn more about Harris Golf Cars and watch Steve on The Cart Path – Driven by Harris Golf Cars.

In this conversation with Steve, we talk about:

  • How Harris Golf Cars got their start in Dubuque, Iowa in 1979
  • Why supply chain issues have had a significant impact on the delivery of new golf cars
  • His early career experiences working as an intern with the popular Steve Dahl and Garry Meier radio show
  • What it was like to shadow Chicago sports radio legend Les Grobstein, who introduced him to the world of sports reporting and showcased his photographic memory
  • Working with one of the originators of sports talk radio, Chet Coppock, and their shared love for the Honeymooners show
  • What makes Chicago golf unique and different from any other area in the country
  • Some potential candidates to be on the Mount Rushmore of Chicago Golf
  • The significance of the Evans Scholarship Program, which has enabled thousands of caddies to attend college for free
  • A chance meeting with Michael Jordan at a Bulls game where Jordan interacted with his son
  • The influence of Northbrook-based Kemper Sports in promoting and managing the game of golf


Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report. Launched in 2010, Chicago Golf Report is the most visited website on Chicago golf and is one of the top ten most popular local golf websites in the country. We are a digital-only news and information resource covering everything golf in Chicago and its suburbs, providing the latest news about local golf facilities, golf events, golf instruction and even golf business.

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