McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook on Rt, 53 is your winter golf dome, and home for Blackhakws Hockey as an official Blackhawks Bar. Play the ponies in a Hawthorne Race Course OTB, enjoy great food off the new menu. The Schaumburg Golf Club on Roselle Road, now open for golf year round with it’s new indoor simulator area, downstairs from Chandlers Chophouse.      _____________________________________________________________________

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If your in need of a last minute holiday gift, or year end birthday gift, why not give the gift of golf, by letting someone attend one of the great tournaments in the are next summer.

Right nowyou can purchase tickets for several tournaments, that will be in the Midwest next summer.

The list of area tournaments for 2017, includes the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove in late May and early June.

Just a couple of weeks later, is the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, immediately followed by the KPMG/LPGA-PGA Championship at Olympia Fields. The new LPGA Legends Tour and the Symetra Tour Then the John Deere Classic returns to July at TPC Deere Run. In September the BMW Championship returns to Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

Right now you can purchase tickets to the indoor winter golf shows including the Chicago Golf Show for late February in Rosemont.

           The NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, The Women from May 19-24 and the Men from July 26-31. Tickets on sale now at

The US Open trophy at Erin Hills

The U.S. Open makes a rare Midwest appearance at Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin from June 12-18. Tickets are now on sale at

This is the last U.S. Open in the Midwest for at least 10 years and maybe longer. The open will travel back and forth between the East-West coasts from 2018-2026.

The 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be contested at historic Olympia Fields Country Club on Chicago’s Southside, practice round tickets start at just $15, juniors 17 and under can be admitted for free with a paid adult.

The third hole on the Olympia Fields North Course, home of the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

For more information on tickets for the championship

Some ticket and hospiltality packages for 2017, do include opportunites for price discount and ticket purchases for the 2018 championship, that will be contested at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in north suburban Kildeer.

The BMW Championship returns to the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest in September. Visit or go to for more information.

 (L) The Conway Farms Club House home of the 2017 BMW Championship. (R) Ryan Moore 2016 Champion of the John Deere Classic holds the trophy on the 18th green of TPC Deere Run. The JDC will be played July 13-16, tickets at

Need a holiday golf gift, it’s not too late to purchase tickets for several great area golf tournanets coming in 2017. Buy yours before tickets are sold out.

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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 WCPT 810AM 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.