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.

THE SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

THE TIME IS HERE to take it indoors at the Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 North Roselle Road in Schaumburg-just minutes from Woodfield Mall. While playing either the Schaumburg Golf Course or a distant warm weather classic club on the simulators, you can enjoy great food from Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs. The pro shop is open daily with a full line of shirts-shoes-caps-golf bags and golf balls. Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000. There are lessons and club fittings available all year round.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, is hosting another special event.

MCWETHY’S TAVERN

IS HOSTING ANOTHER special event, with the upcoming wine tasting event on January 25th.

***You must be 21 years of age to attend***

Tickets are available through Eventbrite at $55.00 This is cocktail style event, and not a seated dinner. Wines are from the Wagner Family collection and Rodney Strong. But to learn more see McwethysTavern.com McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood GC is open all year round. Because don’t forget the Mistwood Golf Dome open daily until 10 Pm. located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600.

The NEW Callaway Paradym golf clubs.

COG HILL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

is offering a Callaway Golf Paradym golf club fitting on Thursday January 25th, from 12-4Pm.

Cost of the fitting is $60.00, but you do receive a dozen Callaway Golf Balls.

Space is limited so sign up quickly before all the slots are gone.

Because you must pre-register to take part in this fitting event, and have an appointment. So for more details see Coghillgolf.com or call (866)-COG-HILL (264-4455).

The Chicago Golf Show has returned.

THE CHICAGO GOLF SHOW is back for the first time since 2020, in Rosemont at the Donald Stephens Convention Center.

Special weekend guests include Paige Spiranac a major social media influencer, and Colt Knost, the winner of the USGA Public Links championship at Cantigny and now a broadcaster on network golf television. So get tickets now at Chicagogolfshow.com Show dates are Feb. 24-26.

TOPGOLF has announced the latest of it’s venue openings for Friday January 20th in Charleston South Carolina. This will be third Topgolf venue in the state of South Carolina. The other two locations are in Myrtle Beach and Greenville. Learn more at Topgolf.com.

ARE YOU READY TO BUY YOUR OWN GOLF COURSE if So contact Chris Charnas of Wilmette based Links Capital Advisors. Because currently LCA is handling the sale of the Saddlebrook Golf Course in Indianapolis. Contact Chris Charnas for more information at (312)-543-7192 LinksCapitalAdvisors.com.

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MYRTLE BEACH GOLF NEWS-Resorts Caledonia Golf and Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club has been named to the Golfweek Magazine Top resort courses in America. The Mike Strantz designs Caledonia came in at No. 49 and True Blue at No. 85. So to see more visit CaledoniaGolfandFishClub.com or TrueBlueGolf.com.

Cleveland Golf RTX 6 ZIPCORE Wedges.

CLEVELAND GOLF

Announces the new RTX 6 ZipCore wedges, they start launching on January 20th-2023.

RTX ZipCore is a series of wedges that hits the high spin shots-no matter the lie you have.

“The RTX 6 ZipCore Wedge may have a classic look on the outside, but on the inside it’s packed with three technological breakthroughs that give the advantage to the golfer and not the conditions,” says Pat Ripp, Tour Engineering Manager of Research and Development.

So Cleveland Golf will tell you that HydraZip is the key to the spin these wedges produce, including a 43% increase in wet conditions. Different grinds are available with additional finishes coming later in 2023. pricing is $169.99 available this Friday Jan. 20.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow RS.

HAPPENINGS AT HERITAGE OAKS

GOLF SEASON IN GALENA is 90 Days out-Start packing the Clubs. EagleRidge.com.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Golfers on Golf’s Len Ziehm (L) with Rory Spears (R) and Heritage Oaks head golf professional John Billiter (M).

HERITAGE HAPPENINGS.

IT MIGHT NOT BE summer golf season at Heritage Oaks in Northbrook, but there is plenty going on.

The entry deadline for permanent tee times for the 2023 season is tomorrow Jan. 15th. So get in the lottery.

The lottery drawing is Thursday night January 19th at 7 PM, in the Brook Room at Heritage Oaks.

This years 2023 season starts on April 22nd, and runs through Sunday September 3rd.

The Titleist fitting experience is Monday January 16th-cost is $100.

The Acorn Grill and Terrace, open year round at Heritage Oaks.

The Acorn Grill is open year round at Heritage Oaks.

The grill is open Tuesday-Sunday and closed on Mondays. Hours start at 11 Am daily, and the restaurant is open for both Lunch and Dinner.

The two indoor simulators are open year round. So book an hour or more to play some of the worlds top golf courses.

The indoor simulator league is underway. But learn more about lessons and club fittings at Hertiageoaksgc.com or call The Oaks at (847)-291-2351.

STREAMSONG RESORT SOLD TO LONE WINDMILL PART OF KSM

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB on Roselle Road in Schaumburg has open simulators and is home to Chandlers Chophouse. The pro shop is complete with a full line of all the golf items you need for the season ahead. So visit Schaumburggolf.com or call the club at (847)-885-9000. Schaumburg Golf Club is just minutes away from Woodfield Mall.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. So follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Streamsong Resort has been sold to Lone Windmill LLC a subsidiary of Kemper Sports.

SOLD.

Streamsong Resort and it’s 7,000 acres were sold to Lone Windmill LLC, but is a subsidiary of Northbrook Illinois based, Kemper Sports Management LLC.

KemperSports originally ran just the resorts golf operation, but then two years ago added total control of the resort to it’s portfolio. But has increased that into ownership. Cost of the sale was $160 million dollars. Streamsong opened in 2012 and is in it’s 11th year of operation.

The Red and Blue Course Clubhouse at Streamsong.

Streamsong resort has three 18 hole golf courses, with a short course and full practice facilities.

Streamsong’s Red Course is by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The Blue Course by Tom Doak, but the Black Course was designed by Gil Hanse.

Mosaic plans to use nearly a quarter of the money from the sale to benefit long term funding. This for the company’s global community investment activities.

The Streamsong Lodge.

“For 10 years Streamsong has demonstrated Mosaic’s ability to put formerly mined land to economically and environmentally productive use,” said Mosaic President and CEO Joc O’Rourke. “Because it has always been our intention to identify the right long-term steward of the land, and we have clearly done that with KemperSports. KemperSports has clearly been an outstanding partner for years. So we have every confidence they will continue to build upon Streamsong’s remarkable record of delivering a best-in-class guest experiences while providing meaningful employment opportunity and economic impact in Central Florida.”

Streamsong Blue Hole #7.

“Streamsong has generated a great value for Mosaic. It’s shareholders and this transaction demonstrates Mosaic’s steadfast commitment to disciplined asset and capital management,” said O’Rourke. “In addition, funding our community investment work with a portion of the proceeds from the sale ensures that our communities will continue to benefit from Streamsong’s legacy for many years to come.”

Streamsong Black #18

‘We have always valued our partnership with Mosaic, and it is a privilege now to be carrying on the legacy of Streamsong,” said Steve Skinner, KemperSports CEO. “So our team has and will continue to prioritize elevating our guest experience. But resort offerings now include the development of our new fourth course, The Chain, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.”

KemperSports has ungraded the guest experience since taking over more than just the golf operations in 2020. Former Medinah Country Club professional Mike Scully is now Director of Golf. So for more information please visit Streamsongresort.com or go to KemperSports.com.

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME ON RT. 53 IS OPEN DAILY TO 10 PM. So book a hitting bay at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600.

ZERO FRICTION ANNOUNCES STRIDE

IN THE DOME or in the simulator. Between the Mistwood Golf Dome (L) or the stylish Schaumburg Golf Club simulators, year round golf is in full swing. The Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. Toptracer-golf lessons or fittings, the Mistwood Golf Dome is the area’s premier dome, book a hitting bay at Mistwoodgolfdome.com. (R) The Schaumburg Golf Club near Woodfield Mall offers play on many Top 100 clubs, plus the Schaumburg Golf Club’s 27 holes (indoor version). Located on Roselle Road the SGC is home to three simulators and Chandlers Chophouse located right upstairs from the land of golf. See Schaumburggolf.com or call to reserve at (847)-885-9000.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Zero Friction’s NEW Stride Bag with a remote following technology.

SO YOU WANT TO WALK.

But you don’t want to carry your bag and caddies are not available.

So then it’s time for you to find your STRIDE with a new Stride, by Zero Friction.

“Stride is like having your own personal caddy that can travel anywhere in the world with you,” said Zero Friction Founder and President John Iacono. “Everything you need is included on the new Stride bag, and Stride follows you around the golf course.”

STRIDE weighs only 15 pounds but includes a remote that uses the Smart Follow Technology. Because beings built in to Stride is the intelligent gyroscope control system for stability, speed control and a soft start. Stride can navigate all types of terrain including steep hills and deep rough.

The battery life can run from 36-45 holes, with an average speed of 3 Mph with a max of 5 mph that can stop quickly with the autobrake system and the Smart gearbox.

But one of the top features with Stride is the space. 14 club dividers, 2 waterproof pockets, 2 towel accessory rings, 1 umbrella holder, plus a built-in cooler that can hold up to six cans, and 2 invisible magnets that helps secure a rangefinder or Bluetooth speaker.

So there are two colors available, black or gray. So for more information please visit Zerofriction.com or call (630)-317-7700.

DYM IN THE DOME-CALLWAY GOLF FITTING AT MISTWOOD

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily until 10 Pm. The dome is home to McWethy’s Sports Bar that serves the best wings in the area. For golfers practice with Toptracer or get fitted for clubs and take a lesson with one of the domes professional staff. Book a hitting bay online at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or you call the dome at (630)-739-7600 Mistwood Golf is open year round at two locations.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Paradym by Callaway Golf is here.

Paradym is here.

So this Thursday on January 19th from 11 Am to 3 Pm-Callaway Golf will hold a fitting for Paradym Clubs at the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook.

Fee is $60.00.

But the fee includes a box of Callaway golf balls.

Because space is limited you need to sign up quickly.

So visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome at (630)-739-7600. Mistwood Golf Dome is a Top 100 nationally ranked fitting facility run by Eric Russell and Matt Carter.

COG HILL GOLF PASSES ON SALE FOR 2023

EAGLE RIDGE RESORT & SPA is open and so is the new spa. Visit EagleRidge.com

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Welcome to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club is now offering it’s 2023 Golf Passes.

So right now you can purchase a variety of golf passes.

There are passes for Cog Hill Course #4, Senior passes, weekday passes and others.

So if your ready to save some money on green fees this year, you can purchase 2023 passes now. Learn more at CogHillGolf.com or call (866)-264-4455.

Cog Hill is open year round for golf on Courses 1 & 3 and the range is open daily.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-THE NEW YEAR IS HERE

MCWETHY’S TAVERN IN ROMEOVILLE at Mistwood Golf Club is open year round. Boy that’s sweet. But don’t forget the Mistwood Golf Dome is open and getting ready to host it’s first club fitting day Thursday Jan. 19 with Callaway Golf. Because you can book your hitting bay today at or sign up for the club fitting at MistwoodGolfDome.com.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation at Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Rory Spears is getting ready for a new year on the golf course.

THE TEMPERATURE almost hits 50, the sun comes out, and those clubs start heading for the front door.

Because they must know that the 2023 PGA Show is right around the corner, and I will be headed South towards Orlando.

So as the excitement starts to build, as the emails are pouring in about the show, and the events being scheduled, there is a part of me that’s just ready to start playing some golf as well.

Because it’s time to get the handicap lowered a few shots.

SO FAR CALLAWAY GOLF and Cleveland Srixon Golf are leading the way with new equipment launches for 2023. I hope you have seen my story on Paradym (Para-Dime) the new equipment line from Callaway Golf.

YES I KNOW that Collin Morikawa had a late collapse at Kapalua on Sunday. But Jon Rahm with his new Paradym’s in the bag walked away with the trophy. Score 1-W for CEO Chip Brewer and the Callaway Team. There is a Paradym fitting at the Mistwood Golf Dome next week in Bolingbrook.

The Cleveland Srixon golf launches are just starting to pop in the email box, so stay tuned for later in the week to see what’s new in addition to the ZX MK II Woods from Srixon.

GOLF COURSE renovations and restoration announcements soon. I’m sure the golf architects will be making announcements along with the courses involved before too long, on what the next big projects will be.

FORMER IPGA Executive Director Michael Miller has resigned from the same job in the Southwest PGA Section, and calls himself “retired” from the PGA after 37 years. Miller relocated to Tennessee, and has joined a company that works with drone’s. Stay tuned and look up into the skies above.

PINEHURST RESORT is building Pinehurst #10 by Tom Doak. The first new course since Pinehurst 8, designed by Tom Fazio in 1997. Pinehurst #8 has now reopened from restoration, Pinehurst.com.

THIS PAST WEEK our Golfers on Golf and Podcast partner Len Ziehm celebrated yet another birthday. Happy Birthday Len-more birdies this week.

BASED ON THE WEATHER and lack of snow. I have to believe that the annual Eskimo Open at Cog Hill was quite a success yesterday. Congrats to cog Hill and all who played in the first golf outing of the year in the Chicago area in 2023.

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORTGAME-NEWS COLUMN

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME RT. 53 IN BOLINGBROOK-Open daily until 10 pm. Are you ready for new clubs-fitter Matt Carter is ready to put you in the clubs you hit best. Book a hitting bay at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome at (630)-739-7600 #McWethys

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

NICK HARDY at the Glen Club.

NORTHBROOK’s NICK HARDY is getting more colorful on the PGA Tour.

Hardy has agreed to be a sponsor of SWAG golf products.

SWAG has it’s home office in Northbrook Illinois, in Hardy’s hometown.

Hardy who begins his 2023 PGA Tour season this coming week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, will have a much more colorful bag and headcovers going forward.

THE PGA OF AMERICA has announced that Toptracer has become the “Official Range Technology of the PGA of America.” Details at PGA.com.

Welcome to the clubhouse at the Preserve at Oak Meadows.

THE PRESERVE at OAK MEADOWS and the Greenway Tap, have appetizer specials for you this month.

50% off

***But restrictions do apply***

Because Chef Mike Riley’s winter menu and homemade soups are getting rave reviews, you do need to stop and dine.

So to get the 50% discount make an online reservation at greenwaytap.com then show the DuPage Golf email to the server. But there is a limit of two appetizers per entree purchased. This offer runs through January 21st. Dining is available Thursday-Saturday Noon to 8 Pm.

McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Course is open all year round, in Romeoville on Renwick Road.

BOURBON NIGHT at mcWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood golf course is here.

Because Wednesday night January 18th is coming soon. So sign up quickly and get tickets for $55.00

Many of the top names in the Bourbon industry will be represented. So why not taste the names that are so well known.

But this event is sponsored in conjunction with Mint Creek Farms. So go to Mcwethystavern.com and click on the link to the Eventbrite site, and get signed up today.

CLEVELAND-SRIXON-XXIO Dunlop Sports have combined their websites under one roof, and added racquet sports together. But you can quickly swing your way into any sport you want under the umbrella of golf and tennis. But then into which ever golf brand your desire. US.dunlopsports.com.

The NEW Srixon ZX MK II Woods-Coming Jan 20th-2023.

SRIXON GOLF has made it’s first launch of the 2023 golf season, with the new ZX MK II Woods.

So with the new ZX MK II Woods your power goes further off the tee, with these tour performing woods.

“With ZX MK II, we’ve built upon the foundation of success with the previous generation,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “Rebound Frame is a unique ball speed system that delivers a pure energy transfer into the golf ball at impact. So the result is an entire driver head that works in unison to deliver an unprecedented rebound effect that delivers maximum ball speed and ultimately, more distance.”

But you can learn more about the two Zone’s 1 & 2 and how they effect the power and launch speed of your golf ball at Clevelandgolf.com. ZX MK II come with Project X HZRDUS Shafts, Smoke Red RDX Shafts. Available Jan. 20th. Drivers-$499.99 ZX MK II Fairway Woods 7279.99 ZX MK II Hybrids $249.99. Clevelandgolf.com for a full list of lofts available.

PUTT VIEW based in Hamburg Germany, will release PuttView X an outdoor training aid at the 2023 PGA Show in Orlando. The new AR technology and PuttView X will help players outside on real greens, the new technology was a tireless development says Christoph Pregizer one of PuttView’s founders. So learn more at Puttview.com.

Photo’s and more of some products on Rory Spears Facebook and Twitter.

FLORIDA BASED MISSION INN RESORT SOLD TO MMI

OPEN YEAR ROUND-Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena, the new Stonedrift Spa is open, and there is golf in the General Clubhouse Simulator. EagleRidge.com. THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is open daily until 10 Pm, for lessons, club fittings and you can practice with Toptracer. Book a hitting bay at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome at (630)-739-7600. The dome & McWethy’s Sports bar is on Rt. 53 Bolingbrook.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and connect on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Mission Inn Resort in Howey In The Hills Florida.

MISSION INN RESORT

The longtime resort has been under the ownership of the Beucher family for 58 years.

The Beucher’s starting with Nick Beucher a native of Evanston Illinois, bought the property in 1964 and started making improvements from that point forward.

But more recently Bud Beucher and sister were operating the resort for the family. But the MMI leadership team will take over and the resort will be operated through their management division.

Mission Inn is home to the famed El Campeon Golf Course.

Mission Inn Resort and Club is home to a 500+ acre development, where new homes are being built.

The resort has 176 hotel rooms, two award winning golf courses, three restaurants, spa, and rooms with more than 30,000 sq. feet of event space.

“So as a family owned and operated business, this particular property caught our attention. So we’re grateful to have forged this relationship with a like-minded family business that shares many of the same values,” said President and CEO Micajah Sturdivant. “Because with the purchase of this cherished resort we hope to continue the legacy set forth in Lake County by the Beucher family by expanding on the unique attributes of Central Florida.”

Bud Beucher ran Mission Inn Resort for over 20 years.

MMI Hospitality Group has a portfolio that includes such properties as, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Mission Inn has been hosting numerous golf tournaments on the El Campeon Course in recent years. Because of the championship calibur of the golf course these events will likely continue.

But currently there is no word on whether the resort will continue to host it’s LPGA Epson Tour event.

But MMI is promising to make property enhancements to the Mission Inn Resort starting early in 2023.

So for more information please visit MMIHospitality.com and MissionInnResort.com.

WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF REOPENS THE MAGNOLIA COURSE

  PARADYM (PARA-DIME) NEW FROM CALLAWAY GOLF Fittings available this month. Learn more about the latest from Callaway Golf in 2023 by visiting CallawayGolf.com Paradym fittings are expected to take place this month in the Mistwood Golf Dome. See MistwoodGolfDome.com or call the dome at (630)-739-7600 on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Walt Disney World’s Magnolia Course is open again. Photo-Larry Spalla.

SO IF YOUR heading to the World of the Mouse, bring more than just your kids.

Bring your clubs.

Walt Disney World little by little is redoing it’s golf operation.

The first course to under-go the knife was it’s Magnolia course.

But now the course has reopened, or at least most of it. 14 holes have been open for about 5 weeks, with the other 4 holes coming soon.

Before golfers even hit the first tee at Magnolia, they will find one of the biggest putting greens they have ever seen. Then word is that the greens are bigger and now raised up as well.

Golfers on Golf will have more on Disney World Golf when it gets to Orlando for the 2023 PGA Merchandise Show Jan. 24-27.