DSC05824 MCQ's Dome range DSDSC05812 Happy Holidays from Cog Hill DSDSC03493 Ready to rock DS McQ’s Dome Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open for golf, horse racing and sports bar activities today, test out your new clubs, play the ponies and pay off Christmas, watch the bowl games at McQ’s Dome call (630)-739-7600 in the golf dome or (630)-739-1592 for the bar and grill, MQ’s Dome.com. Links and Tee’s located at 880 West Lake Street in Addison has reopened today, ladies day coming up this week. See addisonparks.org. ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog Chicago’s #1 Online Golf News Source by Rory Spears Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At the CDGA Centennial Dinner with USGA President Tom O’Toole (M) and BIG 3 partner Tim Cronin (R)

Here’s hoping you had a great Christmas and Santa or your friends and family got you some of the golf needs you had on your list.

CATCHING UP BIG 3 partner Tim Cronin has posted an Autumn, Fall, Winter edition of his online Illinois Golfer. You can punch it up at Illinoisgolfer.net.  Tim has included a recap of the BMW Championship, the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame Dinner and induction ceremony.

A recap of the press conference at the Ivanhoe Golf Club for next years Rust-Oleum Web.com Tour Championship. A preview of the new McWethy’s Tavern at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, and more.

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Cog Hill in Lemont, they are open.

Cog Hill in Lemont is open today and every day. Courses 1&3 are open, call to check on Course #2.

The driving range is open to test your your new clubs if you already have them and you aren’t up a round of 9 or 18 holes.

THIS WEEK, begins sign up for the Eskimo Open on Sunday January 3rd. See Coghillgolf.com for all the details.

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Architect Greg Martin in the design studio.

ARCHITECT Greg Martin continues to stay busy on the renovation front. The Batavia based Martin, who will be hard at work at Oak Meadows this summer. Is now under contract for projects at Orchard Valley GC in Aurora, and at River Forest CC in Elmhurst. Martin will be reviewing the practice area’s at Springbrook in Naperville as well.

Oak Meadows is targeting a spring of 2017 reopening, with it’s new design.

IN WISCONSIN, they are open for golf today at the Bull at Pinehurst Farms, just south of Kohler, visit their website for more details. Their Christmas Sunday brunch is on for tomorrow.

WANDERBAT.Com has named Eugene Country Club in Oregon the No.1 course in Oregon and the 8th best course in the United States. Eugene Country Club will host the NCAA National Championships this coming May and was originally design by Robert Trent Jones. Some improvements have been made to the course in preparations for the NCAA Championships under architect Jackson Khan.

Finally some courses are open, check with the pro shop or on line. Happy Holidays RS.

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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 WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.