SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has opened it’s simulators, and now open for indoor dining is Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs. So why not book your simulator tee time now at (847)-885-9000, or visit The Schaumburg Golf Club is located at 401 North Roselle Road. Play all renovated 27 holes on the clubs simulators. _____________________________________________________________________

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. On the tee of the 7th hole of Pinehurst #6. From the spot of my only hole in one.

THE WINTER GOLF TRIP has teed off, and after a night in Kentucky, I have made it to Southern Pines, and now Pinehurst. But the good news is that this is just the beginning.

But now it seems like the cooler temperatures and the rain are moving out, and holding off until I move out to South Carolina and Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night.

Because of the 40 degree to low 50 degree temperatures, the golf scene for the last few days has been a bit different. So courses have moved to having shotguns, teeing off at 11:30, and getting the golfers back in the clubhouse before the temperatures drop later in the afternoon.

So what have I learned about golf in Pinehurst/Southern Pines over the last few days. The Talamore/Mid South Club resort is the hidden gem of Southern Pines. Two great courses, some of the best villa’s you will find anywhere at both courses. Talamore has redone the inside of the clubhouse and the grill area looks fantastic. But the new halfway house looks really good as well, and is a welcome addition to the golf course.

But this was the first time I stayed in the Talamore Villa’s and they are good and give the outstanding villa’s at Mid South a run for their money.

Welcome to Southern Pines CC

RENOVATION WORK IS UNDERWAY at the Southern Pines Country Club, by architect Kyle Franz.

The Ross Resorts, that comprise the courses of Pine Needles and Mid Pines, and now the Southern Pines Country Club, are one of two properties with three Donald Ross golf courses.

Pine Needles that hosted three U.S. Women’s Opens, and more recently the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Will now host it’s fourth women’s open in 2022. Some hats have arrived, as merchandise for the open is hitting the pro shop, along with the replica trophy.

The Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily at 7 Am. Call (630)-739-7600 for hitting bay reservations. Lessons and club fittings are available. McWethys Sports Bar is open at the dome for indoor dining.

PINEHURST RESORT has opened the Pinehurst Pavilion that will host outdoor events. But there could be more coming as the USGA sets up shop in Pinehurst. I’ll learn more tomorrow, after an interview with Pinehurst resort president Tom Pashley.

I DID RETURN TO PINEHURST COURSE #6 today. First time in 15 years, since I made my only hole-in-one there. My story on that comes another day.

Because tomorrow is a long day. It starts at the best breakfast in golf, the dining room in the Carolina Hotel. So I’m calling it quits for the night. 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.