THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-GOLF SEASON

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily. But you must reserve a hitting bay in advance. Lessons and club fittings are available. So book those appointments online. McWethy’s Sportsbar in the dome is open-with restrictions. Call the dome at (630)-739-7600 or visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com. THE SCHAUMBURG Golf Club has opened it’s simulators in the lower level of the clubhouse. Call the pro shop at (847)-885-9000 to book your tee time. Schaumburg GC also offers golf lessons. _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, and connect on LinkedIn. On the new first tee at the Schaumburg Golf Club.

THE YEAR 2021 is underway, and so is golf season.

But golf season is underway in different ways depending on where you live.

IF YOUR the PGA Tour, the first real tournament of the year is in the books. After Harris English won a playoff to win the Tournament of Champions, at Kapalua Maui in Hawaii.

Now it’s off to Oahu, and the Sony Open, and week 2.

But here up north, golf season has moved indoors to golf domes, and golf simulators. But there is a golf season. The Cog Hill range in Palos Park. Is a recent GRAA Top 50 award winning facility, it’s open outside under the heaters daily, 8 Am to 4 Pm.

***BREAKING NEWS this morning.

THE PGA of America has pulled the 2022 PGA Championship from Trump National Golf Club-Bedminster in New Jersey.

SO DID THE PGA wet it’s bed pulling the championship. Likely so. If you move the championship, a good reason to move it would be to cut back on the far too many major golf events, in the New York-New Jersey area.

By 2022 Donald Trump will not be the President of the United States, and there won’t be an election coming up shortly after the tournament is played. So this pulling of the championship at this time, seems unwarranted. You take your championships to the clubs worthy of hosting them, not based on ownership, or member policies.

A  few years ago the PGA Tour made a knee-jerk reaction of taking WGC from Trump-Doral Miami, and moving the tournament to Mexico. It wasn’t the most popular move in spite of what some people would like you to believe. Players got sick from food and water, and security was always an issue. Reports are now that the tour is leaving Mexico and headed back to Florida, maybe not Doral, but Florida. Give the tour credit for recognizing it’s mistake and moving back to the sunshine state.

THE ONE WAY the PGA could get this right. Is moving the 2022 PGA Championship to Valhalla in Louisville Kentucky, a club the PGA owns. Valhalla already has the 2024 PGA Championship, that championship should then get moved to a market that would benefit having major golf exposed to it. A market that might not already have a major championship coming it’s way, and a course that’s been overdue to host a major golf championship.

Mistwood golf Club fitter Eric Russell in the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook.

IT IS that time of year for new club fitting.

Because you should not wait until you have played 10 bad rounds in April and May, to decide hey-maybe, it’s time to get better equipment.

But if you order now, you can be ready for the start of outdoor golf season.

Even without taking a lesson, which BTW is always a good idea too. Hopefully you saw our recent features with Mistwood club fitters Eric Russell and Chris Ioriatti. The fitting experience will show you how much better you can be.

So visit the Mistwood Golf Dome website to schedule an appointment with Eric or Chris. And to view pricing for the type of fitting your requesting.

CLUB CHAMPION has announced new locations in Memphis Tennessee, Bradenton Florida, and Jupiter Florida. Clubchampiongolf.com.

GOLFERS ON GOLF is proud to welcome the Schaumburg Golf Club back as a winter sponsor for our content. GOG is Chicago’s only year round golf news source.

ZIEHM and SPEARS the 2021 Podcast Series-Volume 1 returns later this week. So do stay clicked in.

BIRTHDAYS-Happy Birthday to golf Hall of Fame inductee’s Len Ziehm (Illinois) and Gary D’Amato (Wisconsin), who both celebrated this past weekend. Get well wishes to D’Amato who is home from a 10-day Milwaukee hospital stint, after a bad fight with Covid-19. Ben Crenshaw is 69 today.

CONGRATULATIONS to Todd Campbell the former Gm at Forest Dunes in Michigan, and former Director of Golf at Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Campbell takes over as the new General Manager at the Four-Seasons Island Resort in Pembine Wisconsin (North of Green Bay). Campbell will also serve as Director of Golf at Timberstone in the UP-of Michigan.

WINTER GOLF SHOWS. The Chicago and Tinley Park golf shows are cancelled. So have the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne shows in Indiana. And the Minneapolis Minnesota golf show. But the shows in Madison and Milwaukee scheduled for March dates, have not been cancelled. The big golf show in Novi Michigan (west of Detroit) is still on with March dates in Michigan. But stay tuned, there could be changes.

FINALLY I don’t have all the details yet. But I’m honored to be selected as a national award winner by the ING (International Network of Golf) for my work in the golf media. The official presentations will be made on January 27th.

THE GOG BLOG will return this week. So stay clicked in. RS

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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.