FROM DOME TO HOME this week Mistwood Golf makes the move as Mistwood Golf Club on Renwick Road in Romeoville reopens on Thursday March 31st. Club fitting will be closed for two days during the transition phase. But you can now book for fittings at Mistwood Golf Club-see or call (815)-254-3333 Dome (630)-739-7600. Thursday from 12-4 Pm there is a demo day at the dome for Mizuno Clubs-Cost is Free.

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Rory Spears at Grande Dunes Golf Club in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, which is getting ready for Greens and Bunker Project.


Grande Dunes one of the favorite golf courses to play for area and traveling golfers, will be closed from May 16th, through September 14th for renovation work.

Because starting in May the master plan is to perform extensive work on the greens, bunkers and on the clubhouse.

Architect John Harvey will lead the project. Because Harvey previously worked with Roger Rulewich on the original design and construction of the golf course.

The par 3 11th hole at Grande Dunes. Myrtle Beach SC.

Grande Dunes that has some of the largest greens in the area, will see them returned to their original size. Because over the years, over 40,000 square feet has been lost.

Grande Dunes will install the new TifEagle ultradwarf bermudagrass greens, a strain of grass that performs well in subtropical climate.

Every bunker on the golf course will be renovated and have the Capillary Concrete bunker liner installed. A new premium bunker sand will be put into play. But there’s more improvements in the clubhouse.

The pro shop will grow by over 400 feet, other additions will include an indoor/outdoor bar, with more outdoor seating space. So players can enjoy the atmosphere of Grande Dunes before and after their round.

“Two of the most common things people talk about on a course are the greens and bunkers, ” said Harvey. “People will notice right away that the putting surfaces will be larger and more diverse with the pinning areas, allowing for more variety and strategy. The reshaping of the bunkers will add to the course’s visual appeal and the new sand will significantly improve playability.”

“Grande Dunes is on of Myrtle Beach’s crown jewels, and this project will ensure the course continues to provide the type of experience golfers have come to expect,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International (FGI), Grande Dunes parent company. “John Harvey worked with Roger Rulewich to open the course in 2001.”

Founders Group International owns 21 golf courses in Myrtle Beach, making it one of the largest golf management firms in the Southeast. Founders Group has been and will continue to aggressively reinvest in it’s golf courses. Seven FGI courses have seen significant capital improvements in recent years. But there are more projects on the horizon. So learn more at

CODY GUETZKE of Hartland Wisconsin, is the only qualifier from Wisconsin to make the nationals of Drive-Chip and Putt at the Augusta National Golf Club. Guetzke 14, will be in the Boys 14-15 year old age division. Guetzke won a playoff at the Medinah Country Club to advance from the regional finals.

ADRIEN DUMONT de CHASSART is the Big Ten Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. Dumont de Chassart is a Senior on the University of Illinois Men’s golf team.

WILMETTE BASED-LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS and Chris Charnas have announced that The Links at Carillon in Plainfield Illinois, are now for sale ($5 million asking price). The 27 hole Greg Martin designed golf course is making money and is the center piece of the Carillon Residential Community. But for more information or call (312)-543-7192.

Welcome to the Links Course at Lawsonia in Green Lake Wisconsin.

LAWSONIA is getting ready to open for the season in April.

But the bunkers are being restored this spring to the original William Langford design of the Links Course.

So for more details on playing the Links Course or the Woods Course, or booking a play and stay at Lawsonia. Please call (920)-294-3320 or

The Duke Blue Devils golf glove. Can Coach “K” win it all in his final year.

MARCH MADNESS is in full swing.

So do you have the glove that represents your school, or pool choice to win it all this year.

Because if not, now is the time to get your golf glove and favorite logoed golf items in time for the summer golf season ahead.

So the best way to do that is to visit Zero Friction Golf and

Not only does Zero Friction have great golf gloves. But golf push carts and colored golf balls. Specialized golf tee’s in the size that gets your golf ball flying at the height you need.

Head to and check out the full line Zero Friction golf products or call Zero Friction at (630)-317-7700.

GRAND GENEVA RESORT in Lake Geneva Wisconsin now has new offerings for 2022, including unlimited golf. With two championship golf courses, The Highland’s (originally designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye) is now open for the season, and The Brute opening on Friday April 8th.

The resorts Director of Golf Ryan Brown, who joined the resort in 2021, will bring new weekly clinics to the resort this year. But there will be private lessons, couples sessions and group sessions.

Brown says that,” our team of golf professionals are here to help improve your game abilities and prepare golfers of all skill levels.”

BUT BETTER news is that this summer’s list of off course activities has several new options for guests. Food and Beverage will highlight the best tastes of Wisconsin. That includes a new limited edition of Knob Creek Bourbon, made just for the resort. Learn more at

The Gog Blog returns all week. 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.