THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has it’s simulators open, to see holiday hours. But you can also shop for golf gifts in the pro shop. (847)-885-9000.

The wings are outstanding at McWethy’s Sports Bar in the Mistwood Golf Dome. Open daily until 10 Pm. Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600.


So have you finished your holiday shopping, if not here are some thoughts.

Because if your looking for a golfer, golf balls are a great place to start. But a gift card towards a club fitting or some lessons are not a bad idea.

But new golf shoes, golf gloves and shirts are winners as well.

With possible golf ball shortages next summer, it’s never a bad time to get some new balls for the season ahead.

CONGRATS TO THE DALY’S John and John II, the WINNERS of the Father & Son scramble in Florida this past week. In case you missed that, and you might have based on where all the coverage went. Sad-really sad, so many great stories there and many of them never got told. Wait until next year ? well maybe. The media needs to step it up on this event, this years coverage earned the press-corps a double-bogey.

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR. The Illinois PGA Section confirmed that Skokie CC’s Garrett Chaussard is the winner of the 2021 Bernardi Player of the Year award. Blackberry Oaks GC, Roy Biancalana is the winner of the Errie Ball IPGA Senior Player of the Year award. Mauh-Nah-Tee-See club’s Kevin Flack wins the IPGA Don Drasler IPGA Assistant Player of the Year award. Congratulations to all three players well deserved.

IN WISCONSIN the 2021 WPGA Players of the Year are: Member Player of the Year Mick Smith-New Berlin Practice Station. Kurt Mantyla Senior Player of the Year-Naga Waukee Golf Course. David Bach of Whistling Straits, The Assistant Player of the Year. Congratulations to all three Wisconsin professional’s on their fine year.

CHICAGO GOLF SHOW TICKETS are on sale NOW. Holiday savings if you buy now. Details at Feb. 25-27. AS OF NOW it’s likely ALL-show goers will need to wear a mask-Be prepared. At the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

GREAT NEWS FOR THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC in 2022, June 27-July 3. Because of the Classic getting moved up 1 week this year. The JDC will be allowed to offer not one, but three exemptions into the British Open or Open Championship. This should add even more exciting drama in the final rounds that always produce great finishes at TPC Deere Run.

BLUETEES GOLF a company that features range finders, yardage books and more, has had a major growth in 2021. But now with products in stores like the PGA Tour Store, Dicks Sports Goods, and Golf Galaxy, sales have skyrocketed. The rangefinders are worth checking out. So learn more at

THE GOG BLOG is back later this week on the approval by the Medinah Country Club membership to renovate it’s championship Course #3. My current story does not include todays interview with renovation committee member Michael Scimo. Do stay clicked in for that, it’s a must listen.

FOX RUN in Elk Grove has opened it’s new clubhouse. So stop by for a beverage, a bite to eat and some simulator golf action.

THE NEW PRACTICE CENTER on the range at the Bridges of Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates is really good. Golfers will really enjoy this when the weather pops next spring and summer. The facility has Toptracer and more.

Happy Holiday week everyone. 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 AM820 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.