THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has closed it’s golf course for the 2021 season. But the three simulators on the lower level of the clubhouse are open. So don’t put the clubs away, and bring your appetite with Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs. You can pick up the phone and order from upstairs while you golf. (847)-885-9000  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin.


When your not up for a full 18 holes, maybe a smaller dose of golf is just fine. Because if that’s all you need, Wisconsin has the short courses for you.

It started a few years ago at the Sand Valley Resort in Nekoosa Wisconsin, when Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw created the “Sandbox”. A 17 hole par 3 course that sits in between the resorts two 18-hole golf courses.

Which will be come three golf courses when “The Lido” gets open for play in 2023.

But short courses or par-3 golf courses continue to pop-up in the Dairyland, and golfers are loving it.

While the Drumlin at Erin Hills is a 63,000 square foot plus putting green. It does offer plenty of options for speed golf. Plus it’s a way to get in some speed golf before a round on the U.S. Open course at Erin Hills. Reservations for next year already are being excepted, see

The 9th hole at “The Baths” at Blackwolf Run in Kohler Wisconsin.

AT BLACKWOLF RUN in Kohler Wisconsin, the 10 hole par-3 course called “The Baths” has opened.

If your wondering about the name, it comes from Kohler CEO Herb Kohler and sticks with the company’s product line.

But Yes! you can swim in the Baths during private events. The Bath’s opened with a massive new putting green alongside. The facility is in between the River and Meadow Valley Courses at Blackwolf Run on a patch of 22 acres. The 10 par 3-holes add a new and fun option for golf while enjoying Destination Kohler.

12 North at Trappers Turn in the Dells-This hole is co-designer and 2-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North’s favorite hole. Look close, someone almost made an ace.


12 North is the latest addition to Trappers Turn, and it’s a good one. But in the opening season of 2021, tee shots came off mats.

In 2022, it’s called hit it from where you want. Because the tee boxes will be a little more grown-in and golfers can walk around the tee, and pick their spot.

The addition of the 12 par-3 holes, and a new massive putting green with lights makes Trappers Turn the top golf destination in the Wisconsin Dells.

I will fully breakdown in more depth the par-3 courses as the week moves on. But if you missed it, see Sunday’s story on the Drumlin at Erin Hills.

GREAT NEWS FROM DUPAGE GOLF the holiday gift card is back again this year through December 20th. Because if you buy $100.00 or more worth of gift cards, you get a holiday bonus. Learn more at

MORE GREAT NEWS from the golf equipment industry. Honma Golf is a hot growing equipment company in America. So hot that sales jumped over 40% in the last year. Learn more at

BUT THERE IS SAD NEWS as golf lost a true gentleman and great golfer, with the passing of Lee Elder. Elder was the first African American to tee it up in the Masters. Elder had been having respiratory issues, he was 87.

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has joined us as winter sponsor to It’s one of the best area locations to enjoy simulator golf all winter. 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.