MISTWOOD DIRECTOR OF GOLF ANDY MICKELSON invites you to come out and enjoy the Mistwood Golf Dome all week. Mistwood Golf Club will open on Thursday of this chili week. But don’t forget the dome is still open for golf and great food and beverage in McWethy’s Sports Bar. Final Four weekend is coming up. Mistwood Golf Dome is located on Rt. 53 in or (630)-739-7600.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn or Facebook. With the new Rogue Irons in the Mistwood Golf Dome.


BUT there is still one issue that has not yet gone away, the weather.

Because over the last week or so, several of our local golf courses have opened, more are opening this week.

But Mother Nature has not cooperated. Today and tomorrow in the 30’s, Wednesday is almost 70, but with rain expected almost all day. Thursday and Friday are sunny, but back in the 30’s. Saturday might hit 50, with next Sunday back in the 40’s. It looks like we just can’t win in terms of getting outdoors and playing golf in decent weather just quite yet.

But with the first major of the year coming up next week, lets hope things start to shape up around here, so outdoor golf can really commence.

THE WORLD AMATEUR is back in Myrtle Beach, sign up is now underway for the W-AM that is August 29th-September 2nd. More details coming up right here this week. So stay clicked in for more on Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

IT’S GREAT TO SEE that more golf properties are getting better across the board. Because these days if you are standing pat and not making improvements, you are being left behind. Golfers will continue to play at the best area golf courses. Course improvements were announced at Lawsonia Links golf course in Green Lake Wisconsin. At Grande Dunes one of the flagship courses in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Florida’s Saddle Brook resort has closed for a full property renovation. This includes both Arnold Palmer designed golf courses.

CABOT CITRUS FARMS (formerly World Woods) closes at the end of May for a total renovation of the property. Golf courses and practice area’s will be redone, the clubhouse will get demolished and rebuilt, and a new hotel on property will be constructed. Cabot Citrus Farms will reopen at the end of 2023.

THE WORK ON MEDINAH #3 will begin likely in October. Olympia Fields South Course improvements could begin this fall on nine holes, Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park having work done under the eye of architect Tyler Rae. Word is that Knollwood in Lake Forest could close by late August, as architect Drew Rogers will oversee the renovation work there.

WHILE THERE is NO planned date for closure or for work to begin. The DuPage County Forest Preserve District did have a survey out to those who are on the mailing list. The survey asked golfers what they would like to see in terms of improvements to the Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale. Architect Greg Martin who did the multiple award winning work at the Preserve at Oak Meadows, will return come the day that master planning and work begins at Maple Meadows.

REOPENING COURSES THIS SUMMER include the Martin renovation of Settlers Hill in Geneva, expected to be open in July. But on the private side, Midlothian Country Club reopens this summer after architect Ray Hearn’s restoration. The Abbey Springs golf course in Fontana Wisconsin will reopen shortly from a Todd Quitno renovation, says the resorts website. Heritage Bluffs in Channahon says it’s clubhouse improvements are almost complete. The University of Illinois Golf Course will reopen after improvements by Rogers.

GLENEAGLES GOLF COURSE in south suburban Lemont, is expected to close permanently by the end of July. Stay tuned for updates regarding the last day for golf at Gleneagles.

THEIR MUST BE SOME CELEBRATION at the Western Golf Association (WGA) offices today in Glenview. Because Scottie Scheffler who won the WGA’s first Korn Ferry Tour event at the Glen Club in 2019. Is now the No.1 player in the world. Scheffler earned the honor after his win yesterday at the WGC Match Play Championship in Austin Texas. The Evans Scholars Invitational (ESI) returns to the Glen Club the last week of May (23-29).

THIS WEEK I’ll have more on what’s news in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. The latest line of putters from Scotty Cameron. Plus what’s happening at the new PXG Studio in Oak Brook Terrace.

GALVIN GREEN APPAREL has a new outer wear jacket inspired by the first major championship of the year, that’s coming up next week. See

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 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.