THE NEW PAR 3 6TH HOLE at Settlers Hill in Batavia-(R) the new par 5-16th hole tee box that sits over 150 feet in the air. El-E-vation. Re-Opening Expected in July of 2022.   _____________________________________________________________________

GOLFERS ON GOLF the Gog Blog by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.


(Reporting from the Ryder Cup)

Today could be the day the USA has been waiting on for years.

Because it’s been five years since the win at Hazeltine in Minnesota. But over the last 10+ Ryder Cups, all the U.S. players have heard is how the Euro’s take the event more seriously, they come ready to play. They embrace the team concept better, and so forth.

Maybe today will be the day this talk can stop for a while. The USA just needs to score points today, and plenty of them. Don’t just win-WIN BIG.

Tour Edge 721 Metalwoods. Now available.


This limited edition series of Exotics Pro 721 is now available. Because only one thousand sets were made, they have moved quickly.

The 721 Center of gravity has been moved forward. These clubs were designed for players with faster swing speeds. So they deliver a low spinning and more penetrating shot.

These Tour inspired metal woods show the Ridgeback support system, with a new matte finish. Diamond face 2.0 technology is a part of all three of the metals. Prices range from $449.99 for the Pro 721 driver. $299.99 for the Pro 721 Fairway and $249.99 for the Pro 721 Hybrid. So for more details on shafts, grips and lofts, see

TURKEY SHOOT at Foxford Hills in Cary October 23rd or November 6th. $75.00 per player includes-18 holes, cart, turkey dinner, drink ticket prizes. But sign up quickly. Because this event normally sells out. Call (847)-639-0400.

Links Lager now sold at 15 Chicago area golf courses. Photo by Kevin Murray.

LINKS LAGER now the talk of some 15 area’ 19th holes of local clubs.

Dave Lockhart of Golf360TV partnered with Whiskey Hill Brewery in Westmont IL., to create a beer good for the golf course.

But what Lockhart says is the beer’s best feature is that it’s refreshing, and it tastes great. Because most lagers are at a 4-5% ABV, with most IPA’s over 7%. But Links Lager hits the middle of the fairway at 5.8%. A case of 24-16oz. cans is $62.00. Half barrel kegs (15.5) gallons are $150.00. It can be purchased at the Green Street Grille in Bensenville, River Forest CC, Bolingbrook GC, The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Stonebridge CC, Ruth Lake CC, Cress Creek CC, Naperville CC, Eaglewood Resort, and the Orange and Brew bottle shop in Downers Grove. The picture on the can is the 12th hole at Royal Portmarnock in Dublin Ireland.

LOCKHARTS GOLF360 TV can be seen online at The latest episode the Fall edition features a look at Boyne Golf in Michigan, and the new clubhouse at the Preserve at Oak Meadows. Plus Tour Edge Golf new game improving irons.

KAPALUA GOLF & TENNIS in Maui Hawaii, has named Mark Nelson as the new head golf professional at it’s Bay Course.

CHERRY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB in Denver Colorado, has named Andrew Shuck the clubs new head golf PGA professional. Joining Shuck at Cherry Hills will be the clubs new General Manager/COO Lance Sebella. Cherry Hills will celebrate it’s 100th Anniversary in 2022, with the opening of it’s new 96,000 square foot $25 million dollar clubhouse. More details at

ARCHITECT GIL HANSE has been named to oversee a $25 million dollar renovation of the Yale University golf course. The golf course a C.B. Macdonald-Seth Raynor design is expected to be closed in the later part of 2022, all of 2023, and part of 2024 before reopening. The course was closed an neglected in 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions.

JIM ‘Bones’ MACKAY is back on a golf bag. After 4 years of working in golf television, Mackay takes over on Justin Thomas’ bag. Thomas caddie Jimmy Johnson has moved on to other interests. But Thomas released a statement that he did not %100 fire Johnson. Johnson previously caddied for Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker. Mackay previously worked many years for Phil Mickelson.

LAB GOLF PUTTERS has introduced a DF 2.1 line of Pink Putters for October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. But for each DF 2.1 pink LAB putter sold. LAB Golf will donate $100 to the Oregon Cancer Research Foundation. Details at

BITTERSWEET GOLF COURSE in Gurnee, has announced the return of it’s driving range lights. The lights except for Thursday nights will be on until 9 PM. After 4 PM only 9-hole rounds will be sold. More information by calling the club at (847)-855-9031.

MISTWOOD-MCWETHY’S TAVERN good things are happening this month. On October 28th from 6-8 PM in McWethy’s Tavern is a Johnnie Walker’s 5-Course meal. Tickets are $100.00. But this event is expected to sell out quickly. IN THE PRO SHOP the fall apparel is here by Straight Down, check out everything Mistwood on and off the golf course at or call the club at (815)-254-3333.

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME-MCWETHY’S SPORTS BAR announces new fall hours. Monday-Thursday and Saturday 10 AM until 10 PM. Friday’s 10 Am to 11 PM, and Sunday’s 10 AM until 9 PM. McWethy’s is on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. But for more information call (630)-739-7600.

PINE MEADOW GOLF CLUB in Mundelein has announced that it will begin aerification on Monday the 4th, with the practice greens. Tuesday the 5th with the front-9. Wednesday the 6th with the back-9. So for details on opening and closings call the pro shop at (847)-566-4653 (Golf).

TPC COLORADO 16th hole. designed by Art Schaupeter.

GOLF DIGEST has released it’s list of the Top 100 Public Courses (Courses you can play).

Among those making the list include TPC Colorado designed by St. Louis based architect Art Schaupter. Boyne Golf Bay Harbor Links/Quarry nines in Northern Michigan. Designed by the late Arthur Hills.

Mystic Rock at the Nemacolin Resort in Southwest Pennsylvania, course designed by the late Pete Dye. The recently renovated PFAU Course at the Indiana University, renovated by Steve Smyers with an assist from Fuzzy Zoeller. Congratulations to all four facilities on their recognition on this esteemed list.



The results are in and Tim Sheppard and Tom Kearfott have won another CDGA Senior Amateur Fourball championship. It is the duo’s fourth win in the championship.

Sheppard (East Peoria) and Kearfott (El Paso) defeated Matthew Horwitch (Northbrook) and Steven Jacobs (Highland Park) by a score of 3&2.

But with the match tied after three holes, Sheppard and Kearfott won holes 4 and 5, and never tailed again. The championship was hosted by Ravina Green CC, in Riverwoods Illinois.

David Feder holds the CDGA Senior Amateur trophy at the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison.

ONE YEAR after coming up just short in the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) Senior Amateur championship.

Lincolnshire’s Dave Feder shot a second round 3-under par 69 to win the title. The championship was hosted by The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison. The Preserve is part of the DuPage Golf network.

But after missing too many putts the first day, Feder stole a line from the movie Caddy Shack, saying he went back to his old putter. He called it the “Old Billy Baroo”. Judge Smails could not be prouder. For a full wrap-up on the CDGA Senior Amateur Championship visit

DALLAS BASED TOPGOLF has announced construction is set to begin on a new facility in Boise Idaho. But an opening date has not been announced. But it’s likely to open in 2022. More details at

THE ILLINOIS WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION has announced the winners of the 52nd Illinois State senior Women’s Amateur, that was contested at the Pekin Country Club in Pekin. Mary Ellen Martin of Winfield with a three day score of (228) is the 2021 Champion. With Jan Bowers of Lincoln coming in at 233 to be the runner-up. But Clarita Reuer from Schaumburg was the low-net winner, Reuer had a three day score of 220.

CLUB CHOICE IRELAND is ready for your visit when your ready to travel. Currently visitors from North America can travel to Ireland, if they can show proof of vaccination. So check out for details on great packages to visit Ireland.

THE MYRTLE BEACH REPORT: Brittain Resorts is named Title Sponsor of the Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic Tournament. The 54-hole, two person team event that attracts about 300 golfers from over 20 states. This championship is only $245.00 dollars per player. Dates are February 7-9, 2022. But for more information please visit or Myrtle

Welcome to Myrtle Beach-South Carolina

ARE YOU READY TO PLAY GOLF in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. fall is one of the best times of the year to play golf in the Grand Strand. So visit for information on a fall golf trip.

THE DUSTIN JOHNSON WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP will be played at TPC Myrtle Beach from march 4-6. 90 of the best junior players will compete. For more information see

THE FIGHTING ILLINI Men’s Golf Team coming off a share of 1st place at the Indiana University-Hoosier Collegiate, didn’t carry that success into the Fighting Illini Golf Classic at Olympia Fields, where the Illini finished 11th in a field of 15 teams. Jerri Ji led the Illini with a score of 211 (+1) for the championship. 6th ranked North Carolina won the tournament.

Welcome to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club

COG HILL is starting it’s Top Tracer league league on the driving range the week of October 20th. The league runs into December. But is off the week of Thanksgiving. So for more information see or call (866)-254-4455.

But other special events are coming to Cog Hill. The golf facility that never closes year round. Cog Hill hosts the first outing of 2022, the Eskimo Open.

The First Tee of Greater Chicago.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS YET ? for the Taste of the First Tee.

Thursday November 11th at 5:30. But you do need to show proof vaccination to enter.

On this evening join CBS 2 Ryan Baker for a fun evening of great stories. For more information visit the First Tee of Greater Chicago’s website for all the details. Because time is running out for Early-Bird ticket prices.

The First Tee is also hiring a new Director of Instruction. But this position is located at the new Waveland Facility. You must apply by October 30th. But for more details contact Dinna Trovero at Women’s Golf apparel at it’s finest.


Because yes it’s time to Pink Out your shop in time for October’s Breast cancer Awareness month.

This month Golftini donates a portion of it’s sales to Breast Cancer Research. Don’t forget that Dance Party the fall collection is now available. So visit

Welcome to Pinehurst North Carolina

PINEHURST-The Home and Cradle of American Golf.

But now is the time to plan ahead for your visit to Pinehurst.

Because if you book now for a November or December visit, you can find some of the best rates of the year.

BUT IF your looking at next year. January or February can be an option as well. Because the Bed & Breakfast package and the Donald Ross packages are great deals in the winter months. So visit for details.

Sun Mountain-Navy

SUN MOUNTAIN has added some new outer wear designs as the fall and winter season approach. So for all the the styles-men & women and costs see or call Sun Mountain at (800)-227-9224.

Because you can learn more about the Colter Outerwear Collection, and 37.5 style insulation.

Sun Mountain not only keeps you warm in the winter months, it keeps you dry when needed.

Because soon the fall and winter season approaches, and your holiday gift list starts to build. It’s time to think Sun Mountain, find the closest outlet to you at

CLEVELAND GOLF has announced it’s new Launcher XL-Irons, now available as of September 17th.The XL Irons are game improvement clubs, that have been designed to give players better ball flight and consistent control. Cleveland Golf calls the new irons an “ideal set” for golfers needing forgiveness and accuracy in one set. The new XL Irons offer a new head design with a large MOI and confidence inspiring shape. A 7-piece set is $799.99 and in graphite is $899.99. But for more information please visit

But for additional photo’s of some products, see Rory Spears on Facebook or @GogBlogGuy on Twitter. The Gog Blog Speaks Out returns on Monday. 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.