┬áTHE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME Located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, has been upgraded in several area’s, First up the name, no longer McQ’s, and now the sports grill is now McWethy’s Sportsbar, with more big screen televisions, and a revamped menu. The golf dome is now the home of Toptracer, and the only golf dome in America with Toptracer. For more information on Toptracer visit or call (630)-739-7600. The SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has upgraded it’s simulator bays adding several Top 100 golf courses, and the 2018 & 2020 Ryder Cup venues. While the renovation sets in on Schaumburg’s outdoor 27 holes, you can get yourself outdoor ready with some rounds or matches on the simulators downstairs from Chandlers Chophouse. For more information on winter golf at SGC, see or call (847)-885-9000.

Click here to hear Schaumburg’s general manager Jon Parsons talk winter golf at SGC.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. On the tee at Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines.

IT’S NOW CALLED THE “NEW COURSE AT TALAMORE”,that’s because that’s exactly what it is, new.

Talamore first hit the Pinehurst area golf scene in 1991, when Rees Jones created the golf course, and several awards from national golf publications soon followed.

Another attraction in the early years was the addition of Llama caddies, while the llama caddies are gone, the llama’s still have a presence on the golf course. They have their pen to the left of the 13th green and they will come over for a visit at times, but can be pretty shy. The llama remains the official logo of the golf course and you might find a Llama head cover in the pro shop. On the golf course what you will find a new improvements that have kept Talamore as one of the best play options in the Pinehurst area.

The Llama’s are still a part of Talamore.

Over the last few years improvements started with a new clubhouse, that in the last year include a remake of the inside giving the grill area a great look that spells out comfort while you enjoy some great Carolina style food.

On the golf course, the area’s of issue on the golf courses cart paths have been repaired. A tree program is well underway to improve sight-lines, play-ability, and overall course conditions. A few new strategic tee’s were built and several bunkers were given a new look. On the par 3 hole’s and a few other strategic locations on the golf course, sodwall bunkers have been installed.

The par 3, fifth hole at Talamore with the new Sodwall bunkers.

Talamore’s practice area’s have been upgraded with an expanded putting green, and the driving range has new target greens.

Talamore’s villa’s have been favorites of golfers for years, and the common BBQ area is still popular.

Speaking of places to live or stay around the golf course, Talamore has a great rule in place for the occasional bad shot golfers might hit. There is no penalty for hitting into the yard of the villa’s or homes that surround the golf course. A “free drop”, two club lengths from the property line is given and golfers can play away.

Talamore is part of the Talamore Golf Resort, that is connected to the Mid South Club just down the street. For more information on Talamore and the Mid-South Club, visit or call (800)-552-6292. Talamore Golf, getting better all the time.

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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 WNDZ Am 750 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.