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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. In the new simulator at the Schaumburg Golf Club, with the new Titleist 917 Driver.

2016 is coming to a close, and now Christmas is over and the question is did you get what you want from Santa on the golf front.

I am proud to say, I’ll enjoy the new Donald Ross Collection long sleeve from one of my favorite courses in the area Mistwood.

A new 2017 golf calendar with a picture of a new course very day.

I’m thrilled that some of my regular foursome took a summer trip over to Scotland, and brought me goodies from the pro shop at St. Andrews with the Old Course logo’s. It’s always great to get new golf balls, but with an Old Course logo, I’m not sure they will see the golf course.

The new indoor simulators at the Schaumburg Golf Club, downstairs from Chandlers Chop House. or call (847)-885-9000.

So what did you get, something that will wait until March or April to get used, or something you can start to work with right away.

If you got new clubs, go break them them in at one of the domes, or at least in a place with some simulators where you can either play one of the great courses, or get stats on how your hitting the golf ball.

Don’t wait until all the snow melts away, I know most of it is gone now, and hopefully we will not get anymore before the Eskimo Open tee’s off on January 8th at Cog Hill. Do you have a winter getaway golf trip planned, do get some practice in before you go. You do want to hit some balls off the mats to prepare yourself for the different grasses you will see in places like Florida or Arizona.

The Chad Johansen putting lab at Blackberry Oaks golf club in Bristol.

A new putter, get to work right away rolling some putts and getting a feel with it.

Do you need a new putting stoke, get work with a putting lesson in the Chad Johansen putting studio at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol. There are outstanding putting labs at Cog Hill in barn with Kevin Weeks, or at McQ’s Dome in bolingbrook with the Mistwood staff of professionals. For something new, try putting in the new simulators at the Schaumburg golf club.

Did you get a gift card for a certain club or of a major credit card you can use anywhere. Maybe it’s time to go hit one of the golf retail stores and see what options you have in upgrading your equipment. Get a start on the 2017 golf season, get ahead of the game.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Mortell family on the sale of Balmoral Woods, the club has been on the market for a while, and I’m sure they are glad to move past getting a sale done. It seems the family will be involved in the operations of the course at least in 2017.

BIG 3 Partner Len Ziehm has more Florida golf news coming up on his site If your headed Florida way this winter, you might want to check out some of his golf destination stories about golf in the sunshine state, Florida.

WHILE I’M at it, you can now get tickets for many of the great championships coming to the area this summer, check out our Christmans eve story if your looking right now for information. (scroll down a couple of stories to find it).

More coming up on the Gog Blog this week, including a 2016 review and a 2017 preview. So stay clicked in. 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 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.