EAGLE RIDGE RESORT IN GALENA is offering CYBER MONDAYS with specials to be enjoyed this winter or next summer. Check out Eagleridge.com for details IT’S TIME for you to visit Schaumburg Golf Club, home of year round golf with the simulators in the clubhouse. Simulators open at 9 AM on Black Friday. Call the pro shop (847)-885-9000. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Linkedin and Facebook. In the simulator at Club Champion.

THIS FRIDAY, BLACK FRIDAY will be one of the biggest days of the year for sales on golf equipment, apparel and other items.

Onve of the biggest golf sales in the Chicagoland area, will be in Bolingbrook at the Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt.53 (730 Bolingbrook Drive).

The doors to the dome open at 7 Am and run all day. While the sale is ongoing, the dome is open for golfers to hit shots under the watchful eye of Toptracer.

But the Mistwood Golf Black Friday is over $50,000 dollars of merchandise at savings of up to 70% savings on some items. There is merchandise from all the major brands, including Taylor-Made/Adidas, Donald Ross, Travis Mathew, Titleist, Donald Ross, Sunice and more.

Even though the Mistwood Golf Club on Renwick Road in Romeoville is closed for the season, McWethy’s Tavern is open all winter long in the clubhouse (closed on Thanksgiving).

In the Mistwood Golf dome, McWethy’s Sports Bar will have all the games on, including the Blackhawks game that starts at 3 PM. For more details see Mistwoodgolfdome.com.


IF IT”S TIME TO START YOUR GOLF HOLIDAY SHOPPING, then it’s time to visit the pro shop at the Schaumburg Golf Club. Watch for details on the Black Friday Sale, that is just days away. Located at 401 North Roselle Road in Schaumburg (847)-885-9000.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and or Facebook. In the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook.

IT’S BLACK FRIDAY WEEK, which mean there are plenty of good sales for golfers.

One of the biggest sales will be held at the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook on Rt. 53. See the Mistwood website for all the details. Doors open at 7 Am.

There will be plenty of merchandise to pick from. The Schaumburg Golf Club will be having a sale in the golf shop, stay clicked in for details as they happen.

If you are looking for golf items on Friday, there are plenty of deals to be had. DO NOT just buy clubs off the rack for someone else, without having them get fit first. Avoid the hassle, get the purchase right the first time.

TEE UP TIGER, Tiger Woods has been taking his fare share of hits for his handling of Team USA for the upcoming Presidents Cup. Woods is taking hits for not picking Brendon Todd the hottest golfer on the planet, when he selected Rickie Fowler. Woods has been critized quite a bit lately for his team make-up. But the USA will likely win anway, so it won’t matter in the end. It would be funny if the final match decided the cup and it was Woods and Abraham Ancer, the rookie who has called out Woods for a match.

NBC GOLF NOW has bought out EZLINKS for $$$ unknown, but the two parties that have fought over online tee time bookings for years, will now end the battle. What golfers will see, is still TBD.

I’M STILL HOPING TO GET In that final round outdoors this year. There has been a couple of chances, but scheduling is everything. Plus it seems like when the temps get over 45, it rains. I’m still keeping my fingers crosssed.

I have some features coming up on a couple of local courses and properties, and few I’m working on from down south. So stay clicked in for those. Plus I am not done adding a few good golf holiday gift ideas before Christmas gets here.

I’m back again tomorrow. RS


THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB at 401 North Roselle Road is getting ready for a Black Friday Sale, stay clicked in this week for details. Book your simulator tee times at (847)-885-9000. Smart Golf & Fitness has reopened at a new Chicago location, now located at 1452 West Willow Street. More details are found at Chicagogolffitness.com.    _____________________________________________________________________

THE PINS ARE STILL IN at several area courses, so if you have some spare time in this holiday week. Get outside to play for a final time in 2019. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook or Instagram.

YES-several courses still have the pins in, for outdoor golf. The weather might hold just enough for us die hards, that want to play outside at least one more time this year, before we head for the domes and simulators.

Check with your local pro shops and see if they are ready for outdoor play for a few more days.

The year end golf shows continue this Friday-Saturday and Sunday, at the Highwood Recreation Center, 428 Green Bay Road in Highwood. Hours are 8-6 Fri., 8-5 Sat., and 8-2 on Sunday. The sale is well worth checking out for some good deals on golf supplies.

Welcome to Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena

The holiday season is upon us, and at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena, that marks the return of Cyber Mondays.

Are you ready for great deals at Eagle Ridge, check out tomorrows deals, and then even more options on December 2nd, when yet another Cyber Monday returns.

Eagle Ridge is under new ownership, and improvements are on the way. See Eagleridge.com and visit Galena IL.

The Mistwood Golf Dome, in Bolingbrook, will host a BIG Black Friday Sale starting at 7 AM.

Coming this Friday, Black Friday, it’s the annual Black Friday Sale at the Mistwood Golf Dome.

THE GOLF DOME, not the golf course, but at the dome 730 Bolingbrook drive on Rt 53, there will be over $50,000 worth of merchandise on sale.

That’s right, quite a sale, and the the discounts will be up to 70% off.

So why not check out the Mistwood Golf Black Friday Sale at the dome, starting at 7 AM. Mistwoodgolfdome.com.

Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin, home of the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open

The Erin Hills Cyber Sale starts on Wednesday November 27th, with 30% off.

The sale runs through Monday December 2nd. Visit Shoperinhills.com.

There is free shipping on orders over $150.00. Use the code ERINHILLS30 at checkout, this deal will be offered in the pro shop on Monday December 2nd.

Erin Hills is already reserving tee times and overnight stays for 2020. Plan your visit today.

CALLAWAY APPAREL will have a Black Friday sale, with selected items at up to 40% off. See Callaway apparel online for more details. Callaway Golf balls $34.99 until the end of the year, see Callawaygolf.com.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS women’s golf team and Coach Renee Slone, announce the signing Isabel Sy, to a national letter of intent (NLI) to join Illinois. Isabel is one of the top junior golf recruits in America, per multiple rating services. Sy will join the team in the fall of 2020, and currently resides in San Gabriel California. Illinois ended the fall season ranked #13 by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

THIS FRIDAY from 9 Am to 12 Noon at the Go For it Sports Dome in Yorkville, Chad Johansen from Blackberry Oaks GC, will host a golf clinic from 11:30 to Noon at this Grand Opening event. The dome is located on Galena Road.

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw

THEIR LATEST PROJECT, opening on June 1st of 2020. The Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes, which is beingpromoted as the final course at bandon dunes.

This Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw design under the watchful eye of Mike Keiser, will have golfers enjoying a stroll down the Pacific Ocean on the Coast of Oregon.

You can start booking your visit and round of golf at (855)-854-7623. BandonDunesGolf.com it’s golf as it was meant to be. The Sheep Ranch is back.

KOHLER IS OFFERING specials on it’s Lodge in Titletown-Green Bay Wisconsin, when you stay from Sunday-through-thursday nights until March 31st. DestinationKohler.com or call (844)-996-0398.

Topgolf Schaumburg IL. is now open

TOPGOLF set a new Guinness World Book of Records, record, with over 2,000 peopleall hitting a golf ball simultanously.

This timed event was done at several locations, on November 7th, in honor of “Get out and Swing Day.”

Several reality show stars participated in the event. For more information on this special event, and Topgolf, plesse visit Topgolf.com. The new Topgolf in Schaumburg Illinois is now open for business.

THE ILLINOIS PGA has award for the second time in three years, the Don Drasler IPGA Section award for PGA Assistant professional of the year, to Chris French, from the Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford. French recently in the National PGA Assistants Championship at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie Florida, where he made the cut.

STITCH GOLF based in Apex North Carolina has released the new SL2 lightweight golf bag, it weighs only 4 pounds. For details on this full size lightweight bag, please visit Stitchgolf.com who alos makes head covers and other fine golf products.

INDI GOLF has announced a new line of putters, called the Allison and the Ramone. These custom putters are available for pre-sale at indigolfclubs.com. The MSRP is $449.99 and during pre-sale the price is $329.99.

The Allison putter

The Allison is a face-balanced mid-size mallet, and Ramone is, a toe-hang blade.

“After designing wedges the past few years, the putter category was the most logicial step for us in our mission to help golfers make the short game their best game,” said Rob Lang, General Manager of Indi Golf. “We have been developing the technology for these putters for the last year now and we’re confident they will help golfers make more putts. We are excited to finally be able to introduce them.”

Allison has a double-bend shaft that creates a perfectly face-balanced putter for the player that has a straight back-straight through putting stroke. Ramone was designed with a 30-degree toe-hang, that is ideal for a player that favors an arced putting stroke.

Long Bay 10 in Myrtle Beach.

MyrtleBeach Golf Trips.com and MBN.com leading package providers, are currently offering golfers 50% off spring tee times when purchasing a three-round package during the Black Friday Sale.

This holiday sale has started and runs through Dec. 2, golfers can purchase tee times at any of the Founders Group International’s 21 courses for 50% percent off of time from March 1 to June 7, tee timesare before 8:30 Am and after 1 Pm.

BGT Breakthrough Golf Technology-Stability Putter Shaft is a shaft that uses scientifically designed multi-materials with geometries that have not been used in putters shafts previously. The shaft creates a solid feelthat’s not found in putters with traditional shafts. Stability Armlock Putter Shaft, learn more at Breakthroughgolftec.com.

            GolfLogix Putt Line

GolfLogix is a game improvement app, that has now released a new Putt Line option.

This app gives the golfer the a read for distance, and insight on your line. Putt Line takes the guessing out of trying to read a putt.

It comes in handy on all putts, but putts that have little or a hidden break. This app gives golfers a better chance of making putts, on greens that the golfer has not played or seen before. And don’t forget the GolfLogix Apple Watch, that gives golfers exact yardages, green images, scroe tracking, and hole selection. The new app is compatible with a series 3 and 4 Apple Watches.

The Gog Blog returns this week, with the Gog Blog Speaks Out.



  SMART GOLF CHICAGO is now open at a new location on West Willow Street in Chicago, near Elston and North Avenue. See Smartgolffitness.com. (R) Twin Orchard Country Club’s year end sale wraps up today at 4 PM. Great sales on everything golf.     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin or Facebook. Nothing putts like Deere, at the 2019 JD Classic at TPC Deere run.

THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC has again received multiple awards by the PGA Tour, at the tours annual meetings on November 20th.

This year the 2019 John Deere Classic was awarded the “Best Title Sponsor Integration” for the second consecutive year, and the “Most Engaged Community” for a record seventh time, and the fourth time in the last five years.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, I am thrilled to congratulate the John Deere Classic on ebing recognized with two “Best of” awards for the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season,” said Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazdur. “The tournament committee and title sponsor John Deere, should be exmtemely proud of their collaborative efforts as they continue to be a model for engaging with their community.”

The “Best Title Sponsor Integration” award recognizes the event which best utilizes it’s title sponsor throughout the year. Factors include unique on-site brand activation, advertising, social media and charitible tie-ins to the title sponsor.

THE 2020 JOHN DEERE CLASSIC will be held from July 6-12 at TPC Deere Run. Dylan Fritelli is the defending champion.

Through the championships partners and Birdies for Charity Program, the 2019 John Deere Classic raised $13.82 million dollars for 542 local Quad City area charities. Which brings the all-time amount raised to $121 million dollars, 99% perfect of that figure has been raised since John Deere became the tournaments title sponsor in 1999.

Most engaged community award comes from, having a strong attendance, backed by volunteer support, and year round community involvement.

The John Deere Classic volunteer force is over 2,000 people, who donate over 35,000 hours during the year. In addition, the John Deere Classic ranks in the top five tournaments on tour, with followers on various social media platforms, that include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Click here to hear the interview about the awards with John Deere Classic Tournament Director Clair Peterson. In 2020, the John Deere Classic will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary of the PGA Tour coming to the Quad City area. More information about the tournament can be found at JohnDeereClassic.com.


    BETHPAGE BLACK home of the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup, is one of the new courses you can play on the simulators at the Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 N. Roselle Road, just minutes from Woodfield Mall. The outdoor 27 holes are now closed for the winter, but the award winning pro shop is open. There is plenty of long sleeve and winter weather apparel, call the pro shop at (847)-885-9000 for simulator tee times. Details on the course renovation & Chandlers Chop House, Schaumburggolf.com ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG, at Smart Golf Chicago. With Tommy Asuma (L) and Joe Sheren (R), by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Linkedin, Facebook or Instagram.

SMART GOLF is back, bigger and better than before. Their new location is at 1452 West Willow Street, in Chicago. Just north of North Avenue, and East of the Kennedy Expressway.

Partners Tommy Asuma and Joe Sheren have created a golf and fitness environment, that if your in Chicago, is the place to go.

Face it, if your in the city there are not a lot of golf options. Chicago is not the suburbs where you can find golf courses every few miles. There are a few courses in the city limits, but not many. So if you live in the city, spend a lot of time working or commuting through the city, why not enjoy golf while in Chicago. If you visit or join Smart Golf & Fitness, you can. Memberships are available.

The Smart Golf simulator, where the clubs golf leagues are played.

The club has seven simulators, and six are used for practice, lessons, or club fittings. With the seventh used for golf leagues. Smart Golf has relationships with both PXG Golf and Club Champion, so if you’re in need of the services those companies provide, it’s easily taken care of.

With the winter months approaching, Smart Golf gives golfers a chance to play golf year round. You don’t have to live in the city to enjoy Smart Golf, and golf is not the only option available. Fitness always important, is something you can add to your golf routine while at Smart Golf.

FROM THE WORKOUT LOFT is the view of simulator bays 1-3 (L) at Smart Golf, practice, lessons, or getting your numbers from Trackman, it’s all there. (R) The indoor putting green and chipping/short game area, was created by GroTruf specialist Brian Groszek. Simulator bays 5-6 are in the background.

Click here, to hear our interview with Tommy Asuma about Smart Golf & Fitness.

THE FITNESS AREA, run, lift, bike, push yourself to have your body, golf and sports ready. Just because winter is coming, there are no reasons not to get your work out in.

  THE PRO SHOP AREA-Stocked with plenty of Smart Golf and PXG Golf Gear (L), or before, during, or after workouts of golf, enjoy and relax in the 19th hole clubhouse area of Smart Golf. The big screen has either, The Golf Chanel, or the main game of the day showing at all times.

To learn more about Smart Golf Fitness, call (561)-846-1667 or go online and fill out the form at smartgolffitness.com. You can email to, info@smartgolffitness.com Smart Golf is now located at 1452 West Willow Street in Chicago.


SMART GOLF CHICAGO has a new location on Willow Street, and memberships are available. See SmartGolfFitness.com THE MISTWOOD BLACK FRIDAY SALE is coming up at the Mistwood Golf Dome is just over a week away. Mistwoodgolf.com.        _____________________________________________________________________

TWIN ORCHARD COUNTRY CLUB in Long Grove, is having it’s annual year end merchandise and apparel sale Today-Tomorrow and Saturday.

Hour’s today until 8 PM-Friday 10 Am until 8 Pm, and on Saturday 10-4 Pm. Twin Orchard is located on Old McHenry Road in Long Grove.

There are plenty of shirts, slacks, equipment, shoes, golf balls, and hats. Take your pick and enjoy the savings. Up to 50 to 60% off.


THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has a fully stocked pro shop ready with golf gifts and apparel for the cooler season ahead. While there, you can golf on the simulators on the lower level of the clubhouse. Tee times by calling (847)-885-9000 Schaumburggolf.com. ______________________________________________________________________

Titleist Wedge creator Bob Vokey grinds a way in the lab.

THE GOG BLOG-by Director of Content and Creation Rory Spears. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Facebook and Linkedin.

THE WIZZARD OF WEDGES is back with yet another new creation. Titleist wedge designer Bob Vokey has now created the SM8 wedges.

These wedges are now in the hands of Titleist staff players, and PGA Tour members as of this week at the RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort in Georgia. Vokey Wedges are the most played wedges on the PGA Tour since 2004, according to Titleist.


Vokey and top assistants Aaron Dill, along with Kevin Tassistro are at the RSM Classic, working with the players, and making sure they have the specs they need on the new SM8 wedges, if they put them in play.

The wedges have come on line, after months of preperations and testing.

The orginal prototypes have been well received by tour players.

Titleist.com and Titleist social media channels will have more announcements on the SM8 wedges, and a release date to the public in the weeks ahead.


  COLD WITH SNOW OUTSIDE-TIME TO MOVE INSIDE at one of the area’s year round golf facilities, The Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 N. Roselle Road, just mnutes from Woodfield Mall for those getting a start on holiday shopping. Play new courses this year like Bethpage Black, home of two U.S. Opens, the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup. And former Solheim Cup host, the Colorado Golf Club. Call the pro shop for tee times at (847)-885-9000, more details at Schaumburggolf.com. #newclock  _____________________________________________________________________

  THE NEW JAWS MD5 WEDGES (L) by Callaway Golf’s Roger Cleveland, with the Mack Daddy MD-4 wedges (R).

THE GOG BLOG-Part of Golfers on Golf, by Director of Content and Creation Rory Spears. For all the latest golf news follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Linkedin and Facebook.

Callaway Golf’s Roger Cleveland talks wedges at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

THE NEW CALLWAY JAWS MD Wedges are now available, for purchase in your favorite pro shop or golf retail store.

If your not sure which wedges are for you, you can try the Callaway Golf online fitting program, or go hit them and get a fitting in person.

In the photo’s above, you can see the difference’s in design from the MD-4 Mack Daddy Wedge, to the new MD-5 JAWS wedges.

Callaway says the new JAWS design marks a breakthrough in wedge design and performance. That designer Roger Cleveland and his R&D team have built a new JAWS Groove, that takes spin and control to the next level. In the end, it’s a new wedge that allows golfers a high performance level.

What JAWS has, is a striking finish, premium shaping, versatility and exceptional spin. They can be purchased now.

The JAWS groove is enhanced to a new level of sharpness, that creates maximum grip and spin from alltypes of lies. JAWS comes with the Callaway Groove-in-Groove Technology. Micro-Positive grooves are placed in what Callaway calls the flat parts of the face for added surface roughness and grip. Three raised micro-ridges are featured between each groove, adding grip to the balls cover on each shot for more spin.

The JAWS Groove is the tighest tolerances that Callaway has ever created, and that promotes a consistent spin rate from, shot-to-shot.

“The spin you get from the JAWS Groove is remarkable,” said Cleveland. “From the control thatyou get around the greens, with all of that spin, and a lower launch angle, it’s designed to deliver an incredible level of performance for every player.”

The JAWS wedges come in five different grind options, S-Grind, W-Grind, an updated C-Grind, X-Grind, and a new low-bounce version of the W-Grind, that resulted from tour player input for increased versatility around the green, while still using the sole’s full bounce on full swings.

JAWS comes in two finishes, Platinum Chrome and Tour Grey. Stock shafts include True Temper 115 in steel, and the Project X Catalyst 80 in graphite, with Lampkin UTX Grips. Those can be personalized through Callaway Customs, with 10 color zones. A women’s line is now available. Cost $159.00 each, details at Callwaygolf.com.


TIME HAS RUN OUT-says the new clock to golf outside at the Schaumburg Golf Club, but the simulators are open for the winter golf season. New courses for the fall season include Bethpage Black on Long Island, and the Colorado Golf Club. Simulator hours are from 9 Am to 8 Pm, with Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs now open at 4 Pm. If your in need of a holiday gift for yourself or favorite golfer. The award winning pro shop is stocked with golf apparel including longsleeve shirts for the cooler days ahead. You can book simulator times at (847)-885-9000 or more details at Schaumburggolf.com.      _____________________________________________________________________


FROM THE GREEN STREET GRILLE IN BENSENVILLE it’s The Gog Blog by Director of Content and Creation Rory Spears. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook.

SO THE HOLIDAYS ARE CLOSING IN, and it’s almost time to start shopping for everyone on your gift list.

Black Friday is right around the corner, and some places are running Black Friday sales in advance of Black Friday.

Eagel Ridge Resort in Galena, started it’s Cyber Monday Sales today. Of course right behind Black Friday is Small Business Saturday, an then the Cyber Mondays on a large scale.

So today to get a bit of a jump on things, is our GOG third annual column about holiday shopping for the golfer. Maybe it’s you the golfer that needs things, and if you get armed with cash or gift cards, what should you do. Where should you go, what should you buy. If your buying for another golfer and your not sure what they really need, don’t just guess. Save everyone the time and hassle upfront by making the best possible purchase.

WHAT TO GET…find out what they need, from them, from their regular playing partners, from their pro, or from what you see. From the courses they like to play at, can you sneak a peak in their golf bag, to see what kind of clubs they play, golf balls and golf gloves they use. Did they get soaked the last time it rained on them while golfing, because their umbrella is too small or bent. Are those golf shirts looking long in the teeth, well time for new shirts, caps, pants and even shoes and socks.

IF YOUR THINKING CLUBS- DO NOT, just go buy them off the rack in the store and stick them under the tree. That, is a disaster waiting to happen, even if you know what brand to buy. If your favorite golfer wants to do that-let them. But like a car, test drive or hit what your going to buy. Do get fitted or get some numbers on Trackman or SAM Putt, when you test hit the clubs. It’s always a good idea to try different brands, lofts and weights.

If your favorite golfer is not ready for new clubs, they might just need to be regripped, always a good gift option. You do not need to buy a full set, so don’t scared off by prices. You can just buy a driver, 2 fairway woods or a hybrid. Wedges are cheaper, or just a putter. You can get top of the line putters for $350 or $400, which is a great gift and beats a $1,000 or more spent on a full set of irons or woods.

BUYING GIFTS FOR GOLFER DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN CLUBS. Whether it’s a man or a women, or a junior golfer there are other options. Golfers can always use golfballs, if your buying balls make sure you buy the right brand, and type of ball. Golf gloves and not outdoor gloves for when it’s cold, but for grip. Many companies make gloves, make sure you get the right brand, and for the right hand-or right or left hand.

APPAREL-there are plenty of options here. Shirts, long or short sleeve, or vests. Pants or Shorts. Shoes and Socks, there are several types of golf shoes, including with or without spikes. Socks are getting stronger and reinforced in traditional ware spots for longer life. Caps or visors. Jackets or all-weather suits, there is newer materials that allow for a better swing when wearing them. They breathe better so you don’t get too hot on warm days, when dodging the rain drops.

ACCESSORIES, include pull or push carts. Golf bags, or head covers for the clubs. A water or drink bottle, to bring your favorite beverage, needed beverage, or energy drink to the golf course. Always a good idea, if your favorite course does not sell your needed beverage.

THE GIFT CARD-never a bad idea for any golfer. Most facilties and golf stores have them. So do resort destinations. If your looking for a getaway, even if you don’t golf. Why not join your significant other at a nice resort, he or she can golf and you can shop, enjoy the pool, the spa, or casino. I golfed with a couple from Chicago in Kohler at Blackwolf Run, because their kids got them a gift card to go there. So they did and they were having a blast.

LESSONS-never a bad idea with your local Illinois PGA professional or a golf school at a resort. Yes pro’s will sell gift cards for a single lesson or series of lessons.

WHERE TO BUY..you can do it in person, always the BEST IDEA, or online or over the phone as plan B or C. You can go to golf courses, golf retail stores, resorts, practice and fitting facilties, or sporting goods stores.

Golfers on Golf will be sharing idea’s through the holiday season right up to December 25th. So stay clicked in, if you need ideas.

CLOSING THOUGHTS-top wedge designers Roger Cleveland of Callaway and Bob Vokey of Titleist both have new wedges coming out-our stories this week.

HAPPY 30th Anniversary to the people of the video game The Golden Tee, still here and it keeps improving.

NICE SHOOTING ARCHITECT GIL HANSE, on his second hole-in-one this year, on his short par 3 course “The Cradle” in Pinehurst. Visit Pinehurst.com for winter specials.

TIGER…been a tough couple of weeks for the Captain of the USA Presidents Cup Team. First he picked himself for the team, and caught some flack for doing it. Got razzed by Kevin Kisner on social media for leaving Kisner off the team. Got called out by Presidents Cup team rookie opponent Abraham Ancer, who said he wants Woods in a match. Woods got scolded for dropping the F-Bomb while live on Australian Radio.

The good news for Tiger, is that his Payne’s Valley course design at the Big Cedar Resort near Branson Mo., is coming in nicely and should be a top new play in 2020. My story on Big Cedar Resort and PV-runs in this months CDGA Magazine, see Cdga.org to give it a look.

The Gog Blog returns this week. RS


TIME TO GO INSIDE-well if so, do it at the Schaumburg Golf Club where the simulators are up and running, with new courses like Bethpage Black and the Colorado Golf Club. Maybe more additions by January. Call (847)-885-9000 for simulator tee times, they do go quickly, do check out the pro shop for winter season golf wear. Schaumburggolf.com. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by Director of Content and Creation, Rory Spears. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. At Mike Munro and Jim McWethy’s Green Street Grille.

WELL MORE COURSES HAVE CLOSED THIS WEEK for the season, and it’s likely that even if the snow melts this week, there will not be many outside options left to play.

So lets hope that it gets warm enough where there might be a couple of outside days left. #fingerscrossed

I finally had a chance to get back and enjoy the great food, at the Green Street Grille in Bensenville. While there is a little bit of road constrction going on in the neighborhood. It’s still worth it to stop in, and enjoy the GSG. Since there is no dome at White Pines this winter, the GSG is the place to spend your time, and your dimes this winter while in Bensenville.

EAGLE RIDGE IN GALENA, All year round.

Eagle Ridge has you taken care of, leading into the holiday weeks.

There are November specials all this month. Then starting tomorrow and running through December 16th, Eagle Ridge will have Cyber-Mondays.

What exactly happens on Cyber Mondays, well you need to visit Eagleridge.com and check all the details. But the ER will be full of excitement all of November and December. Eagle Ridge the season never ends.

LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS and Wilmette based Chris Charnas is involved in the sell off of the Warrior Golf Courses portfolio. Three courses up for sale coming up in early December. For more details see linkscapitaladvisors.com or call Chris Charnas at (312)-543-7192.

Cabot Links of Canada

Give the gift of Cabot, is the pitch coming in from Canada.

Cabot links that is adding a Par 3 course, called “The Nest” that will open in June of 2020.

But if you book a stay by December 6th for 2020, you receive a hand forged steel bag tag, and a Cabot Links greeting card.

So if you ready to play no longer two, but three of best golf courses in Canada come the summer of 2020. Book Cabot Links now, at Cabotlinks.com.

The choices at the Spirits of French Lick Winery/Distillery. Just across the street from the French Lick Resort and the West Baden Dome Hotel,  at Rt.56 and Sinclair Street.

What started out as wine, has now evolved into spirits and a cafe with some good pizza and other food choices. Hours Sun-Thurs. 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-9 Pm. So when you go visit, the French Lick Resort, and stay in the new suite rooms now open. When you hit the casino or sports book, head across the street for a great 19th hole. You can visit online at Frenchlickwinery.com or call (812)-936-2293. #VISITFRENCHLICK #holidaygiftideas

The Gog Blog Speaks Out returns tomorrow. RS