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 WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.

GREG MCLAUGHLIN NAMED WGF CEO-1ST TEE PRESIDENT

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Bolingbrook Drive and Rt.53 is Chicago’s premier indoor golf dome. The golf dome is complete with Toptracer technology, the bar and grill has been upgraded to McWethy’s Sports Bar, and the horses are running in the OTB. Jim McWethy’s commitment is showing in the dome, the way it does at Mistwood Golf Club, call the dome at (630)-739-7600 for more information or visit mistwoodgolfdome.com.       ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook or Linkedin. Top of the Rock at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, new years packages now available Frenchlick.com

The World Golf Foundation announced this week that former Western Golf Association Tournament Director Greg McLaughlin, has been named as both World Golf Foundation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of The First Tee.

After leaving the Western Golf Association, McLaughlin served as President of the Tiger Woods Foundation for 14 years, and then in January of 2015 took over as CEO of the PGA Tour Champions.

McLaughlin is expected to direct the WGF, the First Tee and the World Golf Hall of Fame. He will serve as the ambassador and spokesman for the game of golf, in an effort to grow all three golf organizations and facilities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Greg to this incredibly important new role,” said Jay Monahan, World Golf Foundation Chairman and PGA Tour Commissioner. “I’m not sure we could have asked for a more quailfied, passionate leader, considering his deep level of experience and executive leadership success within the golf world and beyond. Given the scope of this newly consolidated role-to further the World Golf Foundation’s mission and build upon the vision of The First Tee-his proven ability to build relationships at the highest level of the sports, business and not-for-profit communities is unique and will be invaluable. This restructure represents an exciting evolution for the World Golf Foundation, and Greg is the perfect person to take the mantle.”

Greg McLaughlin current official PGA TOUR staff headshot.
(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

World Golf Foundation Board Member and LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan added,” Greg will be a perfect fit in this new role. He is an authentic proven leader who delivers on so many important attributes-he’s experience, passionate and a visionary. Specifically, I think Greg will instantly connect with First Tee chapters,donors and participants. With Greg at the helm, and given his ability to build lasting partnerships, this will be an exciting time for the First Tee, and the World Golf Foundation.”

“As a member of the greater golf community for more than 30 years, I have always been proud of what the collective efforts of our sport have done and continue to do to inspire communities and change lives, especially for young people who can learn and grow through the values of golf,” said McLaughlin. “This is an exciting time in the evolution of the World Golf Foundation and, specifically, The First Tee, and I am humbled by and excited for the opportunity to lead our industry’s efforts to increase participation and global awareness of golf as a sport that is welcoming to all.”

During his time at the PGA Tour Champions, McLaughlin helped creation the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs and add new sponsors and markets.

McLaughlin will be assisted in the transition by current WGF CEO Steve Mona, who will retire at the end of 2019. Jack Peter a golf industry leader with the PGA Tour and WG -HOF president is retiring at the end of the year. Miller Brady who has been with the tour for 19 years, will take over for McLaughlin on the PGA Tour Champions.

PGA VP JIM RICHERSON TALKS THE MOVE TO FRISCO TEXAS

   THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is now Open Daily until 10 PM, come check out the Chicago area’s premier indoor golf facility now complete with Toptracer technology. Visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600 for details. In Schaumburg, the Schaumburg Golf has upgraded their simulator bays. You can golf new Top 100 courses, and recent or upcoming Ryder Cup venues call (847)-885-9000.   _____________________________________________________________________

(L) PGA of America’s Vice President Jim Richerson. (R) The Ryder Cup visits Soldier Field in Chicago. THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation.  You can follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. #Golfersongolf

The PGA of America is on the move. The organization is moving forward in many directions as it serves the 29,000 men and women PGA professionals across the country. In the next few years halfway across the country is where the PGA will be relocating it’s main offices.

Currently residing in sunny South Florida, the PGA will leave those conditions and move to one of the most exciting communities in America, Frisco Texas. If your wondering just where Frisco Texas is, it’s about 40 miles north of Dallas and the city has just been named as one of the best places in the country to work and live by one national publication. The Dallas Cowboys have their home office there, and Toyota has now made Frisco the location of it’s corporate offices.

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 9: PGA of America President, Suzy Whaley during the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting held at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa on November 9, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

Golfers on Golf caught up with PGA of America national vice-president Jim Richerson who shared a little more of the big picture, in what’s behind the exciting next step for the PGA. For Richerson the move to Texas that comes in 2022, will be on the end of his watch as President of the PGA of America.

Richerson called the most recent PGA Annual Meeting, it’s 102nd a historic one with the introduction of it’s first woman to take the office of president, Suzy Whaley. Richerson says the PGA of America is moving forward in many directions as it not only serves it’s membership, but grows the game of golf in several area’s.

The new state of the art offices, convention center and resort that is tied in with the PGA’s corporate partner Omni Hotels, will bring a whole new look to the concept of destination golf.

Golf of course, is part of the big picture in the move to Frisco. Two new championship golf courses, a short course, and advanced practice area’s will be part of the new complex. The courses and the practice facility will be open for public play, and will give golfers an opportunity to play golf courses that will host major championships.

The new courses that have not yet been named, will open in 2022,and start by hosting the Kitchen-Aid Sr. PGA Championship in May of 2023. Then at dates still TBD, the courses will play host to two PGA Championships, two KPMG Women’s PGA Championships, and possibly one day a Ryder Cup. With having two courses, the hosting of the PNC-Club Professional Championship that sends the top 20 finishers to the PGA Championship, is among another one of the PGA’s championships likely to visit Frisco Texas.

Who will design the two courses and the short course is still an ongoing discussion, but the possibility of architect Gil Hanse, and the Texas based team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, are likely the leaders in the clubhouse.

Click here to listen to the interview, with PGA of America Vice President Jim Richerson.

To learn more about the move of the PGA home offices to Frisco Texas, see our story below. To learn more about the PGA of America, and it’s championships and programs, please visit PGA.com.

CATCHING UP WITH FRANK JEMSEK AT COG HILL

  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is the premier golf dome in the Chicago area. The newly renamed dome (formerly McQ’s) is now complete with Toptracer, and a redone McWethy’s Sports Bar. The full Mistwood professional staff is there all winter long giving lessons and doing club fittings. Call (630)-739-7600 or go online to Mistwoodgolfdome.com for more information. Now open daily until 10 PM.        ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. The holiday spirit at Cog Hill.

One of the great golf holiday sopping days, is found at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, the flag ship property for Jemsek Golf.

The first Saturday each year in December is the Cog Hill holiday “Open House” that comes complete with sales on golf products, a nice food and punch spread, and gift wrapping on what your taking home.

One of the other great things about the holiday sale, is that owner Frank Jemsek is there and is not afraid to talk with the shoppers and Cog Hill customers.

Compliments, complaints, idea’s or suggestions Jemsek lends an ear to all customers. For golfers, there is nothing better than to have face time with those at the top of the command chain, at golf courses you love to play.

Cog Hill Owner Frank Jemsek.

Golfers on Golf attended last weekends holiday sale, and caught up with Jemsek who was “holding court” with customers in the grill of the Cog Hill 2&4 building. We covered topics such as the 2018 golf season in review, could Cog Hill join the clubs that are bringing in simulators for the winter to be more of a year-round facility. What about a Golf Dome at Cog Hill. For those of you wondering about a big time golf tournament returning to Cog Hill, Jemsek says they are still trying to make that happen. What’s on the new happenings list at Cog Hill.

The state of the Jemsek family golf properties meeting, that includes St. Andrews in West Chicago and Pine Meadow in Mundelein, had not happened yet, so Jemsek could not comment on what might be new in 2019 for those clubs.

Click here to listen to the interview with Cog Hill Owner Frank Jemsek

Jemsek wanted all golfers to know that Courses 1&3 are open all year round, and that the Cog Hill Driving Range is open every day, except Christmas Day, golfers can hit balls under roof, that have heaters blowing down heat on you when you hit. Sign up begins on December 15th for the 2019 Eskimo Open that will be played Jan. 6th, with tee times starting at 7 AM. See Coghillgolf.com for more details.

 

PGA OF AMERICA MOVES TO TEXAS-BAILS ON FLORIDA

  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is the new home of Toptracer, and McWethy’s Sports Bar. Golfers can enjoy winter golf for the months ahead, and play some Top 100 golf courses on Toptracer. Come check out the Mistwood Golf Dome and learn everything that Toptracer can do. Visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600 for details.    _____________________________________________________________________

 PGA NATIONAL in Florida will soon be the former home of the PGA of America. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Linkedin and Facebook. Walking through the front door at the Bellerive Country Club, that served as home of the 100th PGA Championship this past August.

THE PGA of AMERICA, is on the move. It’s main offices will move from it’s long time home in Palm Beach County Florida, to Frisco Texas the city named by Money Magazine, as the Best Place to Live in America in 2018. The 600 acre, mixed-use development with an initial investment that will be worth more than a half a billion dollars. The announcement today comes after votes by the Frisco City Council and other organizations. The PGA is expected to employ a minimum of 100 people at the Frisco headquarters. As part of the new agreement with Frisco, their will be two PGA Championships, two KPMG Championships, and likely a Ryder Cup will be held in Frisco.

This agreement is expected to have a $42.5 billion dollar economic impact in the next 20 years.

The PGA is not entering this agreement alone, they are partnering with Omni Stillwater Woods, (Omni Hotels), and the city of Frisco and other governing bodies in Frisco.

The next chapter in the book of the history, of the PGA of America is about to be written.

“Our move to Frisco will be transcendent for the PGA of America,” said Seth Waugh, CEO, PGA of America. “Everything great starts with a dream. This is the beginning of a bold, new journey as we bring together world-class partners in a world-class location-to deliver innovative and differentiated experiences for our nearly 29,000 PGA Golf Professionals, golfers of all abilities and our staff.”

The facility will become home to Two Championship golf courses, a short course, and practice areas that total 45 holes, a clubhouse, Class AA office space, a 500-room Omni Resort and a 127,000-square foot conference center, a technologically advanced retail village, parks, and open space plus several miles of trails.

The Northern Texas PGA Section will move their operation to PGA Frisco. The new development will be on the Northside of Frisco, just south of highway U.S. 380. The 600 acres are part of a master-planned community that will be 2,500 acres. The development and the courses will be open to public golfers. The PGA of America will invest 30 million dollars to built a 100,000 square foot global headquarters and education facility. Local high school golfer will be able to practice at the facility.

There could be a Ryder Cup in the future for the State of Texas.

“This a tremendous opportunity for all of North Texas,” said Robert Elliott, co-founder of Stillwater Capital. “Stillwater Capital is proud to play a part in conceiving and delivering a grand vision for this unique development.”

The developments golf courses are expected to open in the summer of 2022. The hotel and convention center, in addition to the other facilities are expected to open within six months of the golf course openings. The Kitchen-Aid Sr. PGA Championship will be played on one of the new courses in 2023.

“We welcome the opportunity to develop friendships and partnerships with the community and it’s residents, as well as across the North Texas area and throughout the state. We are grateful to the City of Frisco, the State of Texas and Omni Stillwater Woods for embracing our vision of creating a transformational headquarters that, together with our world-class partners, helps us advance our mission of serving our Members and growing the game,” said Waugh.

Peter Strebel-president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “We have been committed to investing in leading business and leisure destinations for a long time, but more specifically over the course of the last five years since acquiring six powerhouse resorts. This new luxury destination, in partnership with the PGA of America, will complement our already impressive portfolio of resorts and feature world-class golf, spa, retail and food and beverage amenities.”

The PGA of America did not provide comment as of yet, from any of it’s officers in the organization, including new President Suzy Whaley.

CDGA ANNOUNCES 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME/MCWETHY’S SPORT BAR is ready to welcome you for a full winter of fun. Golf in the dome with Toptracer, practice your game, get lessons, get fitted for new clubs. Enjoy the Bears and the NFL action in McWethy’s Sports Bar, just remodeled. Then there is the OTB, play the ponies maybe get that new set of clubs paid for with one Daily Double. Mistwood Golf Dome located on Rt. 53 and Bolingbrook Drive in Bolingbrook. Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600 #yearroundgolf.      ______________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook or Linkedin. At French Lick Resort with 2019 HOF’er Jan Stephenson, See Lenziehmongolf.com for a story today on Jan Stephenson’s Golf Course in Florida, Tarpon Woods.

The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA), has announced it’s 106th Championship Season Schedule for 2019.

The season ahead will be highlighted by the 100th playing of the CDGA Amateur Championship at the Glen View Club, in Golf. While the 89th Illinois State Amateur will be held in Wheaton at Cantigny Golf. The CDGA will conduct 56 events in 2019, that include 10 CDGA and Illinois State Championships. Registration for all events will begin on Jan. 22nd.

The CDGA Amateur that dates back to 1914, returns the Glen View Club for the first time since 1915. Championship week moves back on the calendar one week in 2019 to June 24-27. The Illinois State Amateur returns to Cantigny for the fifth time, the first time the 72 hole championship will be contested there since 2014 when Raymond Knoll took home the trophy.

CDGA.org

“The Association is excited to host it’s 100th CDGA Amateur in 2019 at a founding club of the CDGA, in the Glen View Club,” said Nick Scillia, CDGA Director of Rules and Competitions. “We look forward to honoring the event’s history of courses and players and hopefully adding another century to it moving forward. Cantigny has been a frequent host of the Illinois State Amateur and will again provide a true championship test in this upcoming year.”

The championship schedule tee’s off with the 18th CDGA Senior Amateur at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville Indiana, the site of the 2017 CDGA Amateur. The championship returns to May (13-16), after being moved this year to July because of heavy rains.

Next up on the schedule is the 5th annual CDGA Mid-Amateur from May 20-22 at Highland Park’s Northmoor Country Club. Northmoor’s first CDGA Championship since the 2002 CDGA Amateur.

  Cantigny Golf in Wheaton operated by KemperSports, will host the 89th Illinois State Amateur Championship.

2022 Illinois State Amateur Championship venue Westmoreland Country Club, will host the Senior Amateur Championship Sept. 9-11.

The CDGA has increased the handicap limit in 2019, for the CDGA Amateur, and the CDGA Mid-Amateur, and the Illinois State Mid-Amateur from 5.4 up to 7.4, CDGA Senior Amateur handicap index moves from 5.4 to 10.4.

The Radix Cup returns on June 12th to the Oak Park Country Club, where the CDGA Amateurs have a two-year winning streak on the line. More details on the all the CDGA events, qualifiers and championships can be found at CDGA.org.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-DOLLARS AND SENSE

 THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is taking the Chicago area golf scene and making winter golf season not to terrible. Now with the addition of Toptracer technology, that is exclusive to Mistwood, golfers can enjoy the variety of services it brings. Toss in  the remodeled McWethy’s Sports Bar to at least enjoy Chicago’s winning team the Bears. The OTB allows guests some gaming action, and the chance to win holiday shopping and golf money, by playing the ponies. LPGA Veteran Nicole Jeray is now teaching on the Mistwood Golf Staff. Visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. #MGD       _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy The lights are on in the Mistwood Golf Dome.

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. So they say, not so much for outdoor golf, especially as we head into winter and there is a fair amount of snow on the ground.

The good news is that winter season around Chicago can now be referred to winter golf season, and yes there is a winter golf season in Chicago.

There are golf domes, led by the recently renamed Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook. The dome is now open until 10 PM everynight. Owner Jim McWethy continues to do things right, and do them in a first class way that is catching the eye of those who love the game. Some golf clubs like the Schaumburg have used the extra clubhouse space they had to create a simulator area, that’s become a home for golfers seeking to play some of the Top 100 Courses in the rankings.

Blackberry Oaks GM and head professional Chad Johansen has taken his golf lessons on the road a full 3 minutes down the street from BBO, and found a winter home at the Go For It sports facility. Golfers are taking lessons, getting fitted for new clubs, or trying out the new models to see what should be on their holiday gift list. For those in the market on equipment, there some deals to be had right now as companies sell of the 2018 models or clubs that will be replaced in 2019. The PGA Merchandise Show is coming up in 50 days, where all the new stuff get unveiled. So if you can wait until February to get all the newest stuff, do that. If you need a deal, still not a bad idea to go see what is out there right now. The PGA Tour Superstores in Downers Grove, Vernon Hills and Schaumburg are good places to start.

The simulator bays at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Roselle Road, is a great place to play winter golf. schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000

A majority of clubs have holiday sales going on right now. It makes plenty of sense to visit websites or better yet just pick up the phone and check out who selling what, for what.

I went to the Cog Hill Holiday Sale on Saturday, and found plenty of great deals, in the 2-4 Building. Speaking of Cog Hill, their driving range is open and year round for that matter. The stalls have roofs over them with heaters blowing down the warmth while you hit outside. Around a dozen golfers were doing that on Saturday morning, while I was at Cog Hill.

What was nice was catching up with Cog Hill owner Frank Jemsek, and I’ll let you hear from him coming up later this week on a variety of topics. Jemsek reminds golfers that Cog Hill is open all year, at least Courses 1&3 are. 1&3 will host the Eskimo Open on Jan. 6th, maybe right before kickoff of the Bears first playoff game. Coghillgolf.com to sign up or call Cog Hill starting on Dec. 15th. On Saturday the holes were 65% grass and about 35% snow covered. Go play, yes it makes sense.

What else is making sense, is the amount of golf course projects happening not only here in the USA, but around the world as the game continues to grow around the globe. Famous golf names like Jack Nicklaus Design and Gary Player Design seem to be busy in several countries. In the states it’s still more about renovations, but they are happening and courses continue to improve.

OUR BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm was just at the reopening of the South Course at Innisbrook Resort Innisbrookgolfresort.com, Ziehm also stopped and played the newly redone Pinehurst #4 as well (lenziehmongolf.com). Innisbrook and Pinehurst are among warm weather destinations that are making sense for destination golf trips, because their improvements make sense. Reunion Resort in Orlando has built a new clubhouse at the Nicklaus Course, that includes memorabilia from the Golden Bear himself. The Nicklaus team is working a renovation on the Great Waters Course at, Reynolds on Lake Oconee as it’s being called now in Georgia, where former head professional at Medinah Country Club Mike Scully has taken over as the properties general manager. Kiawah Island Resort continues to make upgrades in advance of the 2021 PGA Championship coming back to the resort.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where the 35th World Golf Amateur Championship  with a field of 3,200 golfers was played last August 27-31, there was plenty of dollars spent there. The economic impact of the event was $14,300,000 dollars for the Myrtle beach area, and that makes a lot sense to me as to why you have an event like the World Golf Challenge. See MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com for details on the 2019 event.

As common sense would have it, golf even in Chicago has become a year-round season, and whether your golf this winter is here in town, or allows for a run to warmer weather, it makes sense to enjoy the improvements that clubs or domes are making, to make golf a better experience wherever you go.

The Gog Blog is back this week, maybe tomorrow 🙂 RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME

 The Schaumburg Golf Club now allows golfers to play year round golf. The updated simulators in the clubhouse, are a great way to golf all winter long. This winter there are new Top 100 Courses and Ryder Cup venues for you to pick from. So if you want to play golf, practice golf, get a fitting for clubs, or take a lesson, visit the simulators of the Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 N.Roselle minutes from Woodfield Mall. (847)-885-9000.

Click here to hear GM Jon Parsons describe the indoor golf experience at the SGC

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At the award winning Mammoth Dunes-Sand Valley.

The 2018 Holiday Open House at Cog Hill was yesterday, but there is still time to purchase golf wear and more before December 25th in the 2-4 Building at Cog Hill. There are sale prices on some items.

Registration for the Eskimo Open that will be played on Sunday Jan. 6th, starts on December 15th. Courses #1 and #3 will be used for the open.

Happy Holidays from Foxford Hills in Cary. A new special for 2019, buy 5 rounds of golf with a cart and get your sixth round free. Prepaid rounds must be purchased by December 21st, call the pro shop at (847)-639-0400, where items are now 25% off.

The 6th hole on Mammoth Dunes at Sand Valley Golf Resort.

Mammoth Dunes by David Kidd at the Sand Valley Golf Resort, is again the award winning Mammoth Dunes, as Golf Magazine has named the course the best new course of 2018.

The Sand Valley Course by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore was named Best new Course in 2017 by Golf Magazine. The Sandbox, Sand Valley’s Par 3 course, was named best new Short Course of 2018.

If your looking to plan ahead on a visit to Sand Valley, call (888)-651-5539 or email learnmore@sandvalley.com to plan ahead. The Sand Valley Links & Lawn Championship will be July 9-10 and the Sand Valley Cup will be July 14-16th.

The South Course at Innisbrook has reopened from renovation.

Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs Florida, has reopened it’s South Course from renovation this past week.

The South Course is one of the resorts four golf courses, along with the North Course, Island Course, and the famed Copperhead Course, home of the PGA Tour Valspar Championship.

Innisbrook is also concluding a major room renovation from the buildings around the property. For details and to book your play and stay see Innisbrookgolfresort.com.

BIG 3 Partner Len Ziehm will have a story posted by tomorrow, on both Innisbrook and the renovations, along with a stop in Mississippi, at a historic hotel and golf course. See Lenziehmongolf.com.

CLEARSPORTS announces a limited release of it’s Execlusive Golf Balls. The general public for a limited time will be able to buy the Clear golf ball in time for the holidays. The purchase window allows for a six-dozen case of Clear Golf Balls, either the Clear Red- a softer 3-piece ball, or Clear Back a firmer 4-piece ball. Each order comes with two hats and shipping for only $475.00 See Clear-sports.com/case. Former Chicago Blackhawks and NHL star Jeremy Roenick says, “I can’t say enough good things about this golf ball. It is truly the most advanced golf ball. The quality is unmatched.” Roenick recently was a judge on the Wilson Golf reality show, Driver vs Driver 2.

DON’T FORGET keep your game in shape by visiting the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook, on Rt.53, complete now with an OTB and McWethy’s  Sports Bar. See Mistwoodgolfdome.com. (630)-739-7600.

The Gog Blog Speaks Out returns tomorrow.

GRIP BOOST-SECOND SKIN GOLF GLOVES

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME now powered by Toptracer. Come see what all the hoopla is about. The Mistwood Golf Dome taking the indoor dome season to a new level. Rt.53 in Bolingbrook, Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. #newname  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. At Sage Run in Michigan.

Grip Boost has created a golf glove that has a tacky grip that allows golfers to still perform at a high level even in wet and rainy conditions.

When the temperatures rise, your hand and palm will still stay cool.

Grip Boost Gloves are the idea of former University of Maryland Tight End and Baltimore Raven Tight End Mark Furtsenburg.

Furstenburg and his design team took some of the characteristics of the best in football gloves, and mixed them with the strengths of the best in golf gloves to create the Grip Boost 2.0 designed in a Cabretta Leather.

The Grip Boost golf glove

The Grip Boost glove is made of genuine Cabretta Leather, it’s the highest quality leather for giving the player a firm solid grip, even in wet and humid conditions.

The Cabretta Leather is made from Sheep Skin, and stretches when needed while providing the required grip.

When it’s a humid sticky day, the Grip Boost Glove allows the hand to breathe through a mesh material than runs between the fingers and on the backside of the glove. The air flow in the glove helps keep hands free of blisters and chafing. The mesh and webbing of the glove increases performance and allows for  natural fit and feel.

The glove which has soft feel for full comfort, gives the golfer an increased confidence when outside conditions are not perfect. It allows golfers to play golf with a glove while still enjoying maximum comfort and leaving a stylish look. Grip Boost produces a variety of products for golfers including towels and shirts. Grip Boost makes products for football and other sports, visit Gripboost.com to see the companies full line.

REVIEW: Golfers on Golf (GOG) was sent three gloves to test and has used one for a majority of play during the 2018 golf season. In addition GOG had two former NFL players try on the glove, including one former wide receiver. Both players liked the fit and feel, and could see the football styling in a glove produced for golf.

Golfers on Golf not only found the glove comfortable, but on bad weather days kept the hand warm, dry, and not sticky from sweat when temperatures were above 90 degrees. At a great cost of only $14.99, the Grip Boost Glove is a good choice for golfers, and can be found in the Chicago area at Play-It-Again Sports stores, there are several locations in the suburbs. See Gripboost.com for more information.

PUTTVIEW GLASSES GAIN TRACTION IN EUROPE

 LPGA VETERAN NICOLE JERAY is now part of the Mistwood Golf Club and Mistwood Golf Dome teaching staff, details on instruction at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome at (630)-739-7600. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has improved their winter golf operation with the addition of several new Top 100 courses in the simulator bays. Find out where you can play all winter long, while at the Schaumburg Golf located at 401 N. Roselle Road. See SchaumburgGolf.com or call (847)-885-9000 #chandlersCH. _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears. Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. On the par 3 Cradle Course in Pinehurst

Do you wear glasses when you putt.

A German firm called Viewlicity thinks that you should and has created a set of special glasses to help you read the greens.

When your playing golf, golfers that wear PuttView Glasses can see the line and pace of a putt before they hit the ball, with the help of a computer-generated display that is overlaid transparently into the real golf world.

Golfers on the European PGA Tour tested it on the putting green.

Hinrich Arkenau tests out the PuttView Glasses.

“PuttView is an awesome practice tool. Visualising the ball starting off the right line gives the feedback you need to develop a consistent swing path and face angle throughout the stroke. It is impressive new golf technology, and I can see myself using it to practice my own putting.” said Hinrich Arkenau.

Tour Player Max Kieffer had this to say about the PuttView Glasses. “I tested PuttView both indoors and outdoors, and I’m excited about it’s potential. It gives constant, optimal feedback-literally at your fingertips-on green-reading,direction and pace control.

The PuttView immersive putting practice can be experienced in two products, the glasses for outdoor use, and an indoor version that is suitable for golf academies and private golf installations. Instead of using Augmented Reality Glasses, the indoor version projects animated light path directly onto the putting surface, enabling students to see the line and pace of a breaking putt.

For more information on PuttView visit puttview.com or email Lukas Posniak at posniak@puttview.com.

WANNA GOLF AWAY-TRY PINEHURST

READY FOR YOUR MATCH, how about Ryder Cup venue vs Ryder Cup venue, 2018 Le Golf National (L) vs 2020 Whistling Straits, take on your friends in Ryder Cup style matches all winter long at the Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Rd. just minutes from Woodfield Mall. For more details see Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000 for your tee time, and while your there enjoy Chandlers Chop House right upstairs.

Click here to hear Schaumburg GM Jon Parsons describe the indoor golf facility at SGC

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook, can’t beat a day on Pinehurst #2.

Wanna Golf Away, from Chicago that it is. As winter continues to roll in, and your game is in shape from  practicing in the great indoor golf facilities in the area, you might be ready to head south for some outdoor golf.

Pinehurst the Cradle of American Golf located in North Carolina should be something on your hit list.

If you have never been to Pinehurst it’s a bucket list destination, and if you have not been there in a while, it is time to return. The resort has put together several upgrades around the property, that call for a visit, or a return visit.

The architect Gil Hanse renovation of the famed Donald Ross Classic Pinehurst #4, should be on every golfers must play list.

Pinehurst #4 a Donald Ross original that dates back a 100 years in 2019, is back in a big way.

Architect Gil Hanse has recreated the course in a full Ross-Pinehurst style, that shows some of the form that was put back into Pinehurst No.2, a few years ago by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. No.2 has drawn rave reviews, and played host to two U.S. Opens since it reopened and is the home of the 2019 USGA Amateur Championship. Course #4 will be the second course for the U.S. Amateur  that is coming up in August.

But Pinehurst has done a lot more than renovate one of it’s 10 golf courses, did I say ten. Yes, there is a tenth golf course at Pinehurst, and Gil Hanse had a hand in that one as well.

   THE PAR 3 COURSE called The Cradle has produced hours of enjoyment for golfers of both sexes and all ages, Pinehursts play all day for one rate, and classic beverage cart complete with music, has golfers lined up to enjoy the Cradle, named after the phrase that, Pinehurst is the Cradle of Golf (birthplace) in America. (R) is the Donald Ross home to the left of the third hole on Pinehurst No.2. The Pinehurst Resort did finally purchase the home, and it’s available for special events.

WELCOME TO THE NEW HOT SPOT IN PINEHURST, The Pinehurst Brewery that is complete with it’s own smokestack, that has been rebuilt brick-by-brick. The brand new facility was once the old power plant in town. The plan to build it’s own brewery was one of genius by the resort, that comes on the heels of creating Deuces behind the 18th green of Pinehurst No.2. (brewery photo’s by Joy Sarver-from Len Ziehm on Golf).

   Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley (L) has overseen a transition of the Pinehurst Resort, that has preserved it’s tradition, while introducing options and activities for all age groups.

THE HISTORIC AND HAUNTED HOLLY INN one of the landmarks in Pinehurst, has just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, that preserves the inn’s historic southern charm, while adding some of the newer and modern comforts of home. The ghosts are said to be approving of the upgrades. (R)-photo courtesy of the Pinehurst Resort.

The resort has built a new outdoor swimming pool, that has been a hit with members and resort guests on warmer days. The member clubhouse has been upgraded (yes there are memberships), and the main locker rooms have been renovated.

  THE CAROLINA HOTEL is the main hotel at the resort, and is home to the best breakfast in golf, period, bar none. It’s a variety of every breakfast delicacies you can imagine, while you enjoy music from the piano player. Golfers get fueled up before the days walk between the pines of the resorts golf courses.

Donald Ross still stands tall in Pinehurst. You can see more of the Ross history at the Tufts archives library in downtown Pinehurst.

The dining room in the main clubhouse has been known as the Donald Ross room for years, that has been part of what was known as the 91st hole.

With the addition of the Cradle, there are now 100 holes around the main clubhouse. The Donald Ross room has been under renovation and is being upgraded.

Ross courses 1&3 have seen changes, on a few holes due to the addition of the Cradle and the redone Thistle Dhu putting course. Across the scorecard in Pinehurst, are upgrades that are being welcomed, which also include Pork Chop Hill the practice range where the shots don’t end up on the scorecard. Another Pinehurst option when your off the golf course is to relax in comfort in the spa, that is currently undergoing some upgrades to both of the men’s and women’s steam rooms. But will be completed quickly.

Pinehurst offers a variety of packages all year round, so if you have had enough of cold and snowy Chicago weather, why not make a visit to Pinehurst, where the Cradle of Golf is rocking. See Pinehurst.com or call (855)-235-8507.