INDOORS AND OUTDOORS The Schaumburg Golf Club is ready to welcome your start to the 2024 golf season. So the good news is that the clubs three simulators are open, but now as of today so are the clubs 27 outdoor holes. Spring golf at Schaumburg is in full form. So book your tee times at or call (847)-885-9000.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect-LinkedIn/Instagram/Facebook

  ISABEL SY was co-champion of the Chevron Collegiate at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble Texas (L). MAX HERENDEEN (R) is one of six freshman inn the country who is on the Ben Hogan Award watch list. Photo’s courtesy of the U of I athletic department.

The university of Illinois men’s golf team coached by Illinois Golf Hall of Fame inductee Mike Small, heads into the spring season ranked 20th in the nation.

The Shack Indoor Golf Club at 1717 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview has just expanded. So come by and see all the improvements, and get your game ready for the outdoor golf season that’s coming soon. (847)-904-2905

Illinois starts by heading into spring the Hal Williams Collegiate in Mobile Alabama, hosted by the University of South Alabama. The Illini entered the event as the defending champions, and walked away as the two-time defending champions.

Ryan Voois led the Fighting Illini with a 54-hole score of -7, that put Voois in 4th place overall. Illinois had to hold off a final round charge from LSU to take home the title.

“A great way to start the spring schedule,” said coach Small. Who was proud of the team effort to win the tournament.

TOURNAMENT TWO on the Illini schedule was the Southern Highland Collegiate in Las Vegas. Fifth year senior Tyler Goecke had a 5 under par (67) to pace Illinois. Illinois wrapped up a fifth place finish for the tournament. But the next stop for Illinois is on the east coast at St. Simon’s Island from March 11-12 in The Johnnie-O.

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, is open for golf. The home of Toptracer and McWethy’s Sports Bar makes it a great place for golf, food and cold beverages. So book your hitting bay and get warmed up for the season ahead. or call (630)-739-7600 #Lessons #Clubfittings

SO FAR early in the spring schedule the Fighting Illini Women’s Golf Team, has been led by Isabel Sy.

Because of her recent individual win at the Chevron Collegiate, the Big Ten named Sy the B1G Ten Player of the Week.

Sy was second at the spring opening tournament the Nexus Collegiate, finishing the tournament with a score of 1 under par.

The Illini finished in 8th place at the Nexus, then had a ninth place finish at the Chevron Collegiate.

Illini women’s coach Renee Slone was thrilled for Sy, and glad to see Sy win her first tournament while playing college golf.

The Illini Women’s golf team has this week off, before returning to spring season play. But for more information on Illinois golf, see


  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME ON Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook has added a new Bar in the Shell and simulators for the 2023-2024 winter golf season. But now that spring is ready to arrive, the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville will open soon. But there is still time to get your game ready indoors in dome. So come enjoy the and all it offers, including McWethy’s Sports Bar and Toptracer Golf call (630)-739-7600.

***SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS for St. Patrick’s Day March 17th and March 31st for Easter in McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club located on Renwick Road in Romeoville. (815)-254-3333.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect at LinkedIn/Instagram-FBook.

SPEED II by Sqairz-the newest line from golfs emerging shoe company. $180.00


The latest from Sqairz Golf Shoes, as the 2024 golf season begins. It’s not one line of shoes, it’s three.

Fast-faster and fastest. Because golfers need traction, and shoes that allow golfers who have faster swings, to be able to let it fly.

Sqairz continues to evolve it’s lines and designs, and the numbers are coming in and going up in the amount of pairs being sold in todays market.

The numbers on Sqairz are showing gains across the board.

SQAIRZ EXPLAINS the new Speed2

The patented toe box design is strategically designed to accommodate the natural speed of the toes as pressure is exerted on the ground, enabling a more natural and comfortable positioning that diverges significantly from the restrictive feel of traditional golf shoes.

By aligning with the foot’s natural mechanics, the patented toe box directly translate to improved balance, stability, and energy exchange, showcasing SQAIRZ’s commitment to fusing advance biomechanical insights with performance-enhancing footwear technology.

Schaumburg Golf Club is opening the outdoor 27 holes tomorrow March 2nd. But it’s not too late to use the three simulators below the pro shop. Book a bay at or call (847)-885-9000 #ChandlersChophouseisOpen


MORE OF THE FEATURES SQAIRZ brings to the golf course, the practice area and your feet.

Because the Sta-Put lacing and it’s silicone nubs help keep shoe laces tied through the round.

A breathable tongue and collar lining forms to the foot for comfort and airflow.

So the TPU carbon film extends from the heel to the arch for stability, and to prevent roll over.

Ground contact comes from over 290 points of optimal ground force production and unparalleled traction on all types of surfaces. Speed II is 100% waterproof, because a padded mesh tongue with side sewn gussets, will prevent sand and water from entering the shoe.

The Shack owner Nick Larkin has expanded from 4 to 7 simulators, and added a putting green. So get a hitting bay today as the outdoor golf season is coming. 1717 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview. (847)-904-2905.

So the new Speed 2 is also 100% waterproof, with a reactive synthetic leather upper material.

Sqairz golf shoes have over 2,000 5-Star reviews for comfort and game improvement.

The win total on the PGA Tour is now three, including Sepp Straka winning the John Deere Classic.

Tour legends Sir Nick Faldo and former world #1 David Duval. But now there are endorsements from renowned instructors Jim McLean, Rick Smith and David Leadbetter.

  PRO S2 BY SQAIRZ AT $200.00 and the new VELO (No Exit) by Sqairz $220.00

PRO S2 is a new lightweight, breathable, 100% waterproof ComfortFlex microfiber upper material. But the toe box design is strategically designed to accommodate the natural spread of the toes as pressure is exerted on the ground. Because this enables a more natural and comfortable positioning that is different from the restrictive feel of a traditional golf shoe.

VELO-The first ever speed-rated designed shoe for a Pro-performance and for power hitters.

The new NRGY-Direct Technology reduces energy loss in the high-stress lateral side of the shoe, redirects and funnels power upwards. So the average increase of distance is 12 yards, with a swing speed increase of 3.9 MPH. A tighter dispersion of up to 30% is in the results. The 100% water proof shoe, comes with a new lightweight-responsive NRG Foam midsole delivers step-in comfort and energy return.

So for more information please visit


  TIME IS QUICKLY RUNNING OUT on the Schaumburg Golf Club Indoor Season. That is because the Schaumburg Golf Club outdoor golf holes are opening this weekend. So stay tuned for details. But if it’s still to chilly for you to take your game outside at the Schaumburg Golf Club-Indoor simulators are still an option. Golfers can play the Schaumburg Golf on the simulators located downstairs in the main clubhouse.

THE SCHAUMBURG Golf Club is located at 401 North Roselle Road in Schaumburg, and just minutes from Woodfield Mall. Schaumburg Golf Club is home to Chandlers Chophouse, and a full pro shop of golf items to fill-up your bag for the 2024 outdoor golf season.

The Schaumburg Golf Club will have all 27 holes open this Saturday March 2nd.

BUT THIS SATURDAY Tournament Nine-Baer Nine and the Players will be open. YOU CAN book a tee time on line at SGC is looking forward to welcoming golfers back for the 2024 outdoor golf season.

OUTDOOR PLAY at Schaumburg Golf Club opens for the season THIS SATURDAY MARCH 2nd. The Schaumburg Golf Club is a recent renovation project, that was done by architect Todd Quitno. Since then SGC has been well received as one of the Chicago area’s best public golf courses.

When the weather is at it’s finest, tee times do get in demand. So sign up in advance to get the time you wish to tee off. (847)-885-9000.


  NICK LARKIN HAS EXPANDED THE SHACK INDOOR GOLF CLUB located at 1717 Chestnut Street in Glenview. So what was once four simulators, is now seven and a brand new putting green. Because with the summer season approaching, you need to get your swings in today. So go hit it at The Shack Indoor Golf Club, where the golf season just got longer. or call the Shack at (847)-904-2905.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn/Instagram-FBook.

THE COG HILL RANGE complete with Toptracer Golf, hosts a Titleist fitting day tomorrow-sign up now.

COG HILL is getting a busy schedule as the outdoor golf season quickly approaches.

STARTING TOMORROW is a Titleist fitting day on the range.

The experience begins at 11:00a and runs through 3p. So the fitting fee is $100.00. But the $100 dollars does get applied to any purchase you make on fitting day.

Matt DiGiovanni is the club fitter. Learn more at

THE EASTER BUNNY BRUNCH IS COMING on Sunday March 24th from 8:30a to 11a in the Cog Hill Clubhouse-the Easter Bunny will be there. But the follow Sunday is the Easter Sunday Brunch and or Lunch from 11a to 3p. So do make reservations now, because this event is expected to sell out. or call (866)-COG-HILL or 264-4455.

TAYLORMADE Golf ball sale is on. So buy three dozen and get a fourth dozen for free. But this is while supplies of the TP5 or TP5X last.

GOLF AT COG HILL is underway for the 2024 golf season. Course 1 & 3 are open daily. Course #2 is open weather permitting. The driving range is open daily. See or call (866)-COG-HILL.

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB at 401 North Roselle Road is opening for the outdoor season this weekend. Stay tuned for details or call (847)-885-9000.


  TIME IS STARTING TO RUN OUT on the winter golf season. So before it does, why not get over to the Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 North Roselle Road, and get some a good practice session in on the clubs three simulators. Chandlers chophouse is open and the pro shop is filling with items summer golf. (847)-885-9000 #SGC

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect at LinkedIn/Instagram or FBook.

CASY BROZEK stands on the first tee, of Medinah’s Championship #3 golf course-that will reopen this summer.

THE FIRST 100 days for new Medinah Country Club Director of Golf Casey Brozek, have been a whirlwind.

But it’s not like Brozek didn’t expect that when he took the job last November.

Brozek compared what has come at him so far, like getting a drink of water from a firehose.

Recently Brozek sat down with for a job interview with a perspective new member of his team. But 3 minutes later Brozek was summoned to a clubhouse meeting. When the interview resumed it lasted seconds before Brozek had to attend a 2026 Presidents Cup meeting. The next day his interview for this story  went from 90 minutes-to 60 and then 30 minutes, as another President’s Cup meeting was on the table for discussion once more.

Shack owner Nick Larkin has expanded the indoor golf club from 4 to 7 simulators earlier this month. Book a bay at (847)-904-2905. 1717 Chestnut Avenue-Glenview.

BUT EXCITING it is for the former President of the Illinois PGA Section. Because since he started on property some 16 days ago, Chicago’s weather has warmed up. Which has brought anxious golfers running back to their favorite golf courses. Medinah has been no different, as some members have come out with pull carts. But still enjoying the walk around Course #2, even with temporary greens currently in place. Brozek is proudly taking credit for bringing some of Florida’s warm weather with him as he returned to Illinois earlier this month.

Brozek stands on the first tee of Course #1-The Camel course.

But Brozek declined having his picture taken in his office.

Because everything hanging on the walls won’t be there much longer. Brozek explains that the moving van carrying everything from his former Florida home is still in route.

With his golf memorabilia still on the truck, he will redo his office when all his really meaningful golf goodies arrive in Illinois.

Course #3 is rounding into shape, and gets a nice watering early in the year, on a warm February day.

But for Brozek and Medinah’s members and staff, there will be some real memorable moments coming over the next three years.

Brozek does hint that the reopening of Course #3 could now be in July. But there are anxious members still hoping for late June.

Medinah’s centennial will be celebrated in 2025. But then the eyes of the world arrive in 2026 for the playing of the President’s Cup matches.

Brozek explains their will be some new logo’s coming to Medinah, with the reopening of Course #3, the clubs centennial and the Presidents Cup. Which Brozek calls a great opportunity for some rebranding of the club.

The historic Medinah Clubhouse shines on sunny day in February.

Medinah, Chicago’s flagship property is ramping up for some exciting times over the next three years, that includes several new staff changes.

David Schneider who came on-board late last year as the clubs new GM, not only has Brozek, but a new head superintendent, changes to the clubs board and other departments with in Medinah to work with.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR Casey Brozek talk his first 100 days as Director of Golf at Medinah Country Club.

Medinah Country Club is already ramping up for the season ahead, and Casey Brozek and his team, will make sure the golf operation is ready to go when the spring golf season arrives in the next few weeks.


  TODAY IS CALLAWSY GOLF DAY at the Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook So head out and see the new AI-Smoke and the Odyssey AI putters. Because of you order now, they could be in your bag before all the courses open, and April 1st, which ever comes first. No joke. See or call the dome (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/Instagram/FBook.

Callaway AI Smoke Driver-now on the market.

CALLAWAY GOLF recent invaded the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook.

This was a chance to show off it’s new equipment lines, the AI Smoke series and Odyssey line of putters.

So demo day did fill up very quickly with golfers wanting to check out the new lines of clubs.

AI Smoke is a different style of build from Callaway, and Mistwood Golf fitter Matt Carter breaks that down with us below.

The Mistwood Golf Dome is one of the great places in the Chicago area for winter fittings. Because the is complete the dome is complete with top Callaway Golf fitting reps, and the Mistwood Fitting team of Carter, Eric Russell and Scott Hogan.

The Odyssey AI-putter with golden insert.

While some clubs have a great fitter on staff, only Mistwood has a full team of three team members who have the extensive background in club fitting, found at Mistwood.

Callaway Golf has rolled out several new lines of clubs in recent years.

Flash, Rogue, Epic Flash, Rogue ST, Maverick and in 2023 Paradym. So if you have purchased Callaway clubs in recent years, you have seen the yearly improvement in the clubs Callaway produces. Then you might wish to test the new AI-Smoke line. Which is something you can do in the Mistwood Golf Dome at anytime. But come early April the fitting teams will move back to the Mistwood Golf Club.

  (L) The Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 North Roselle Road has reopened it’s simulators after facility improvements were completed. Three simulators are ready to go, and so is the food from Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs. Schaumburg has simulators that let you play Top 100 courses nationwide, and The Schaumburg Golf club outdoor version. So get ready for the outdoor season today-book a bay at or you can call the course at (847)-885-9000. (R) SHACK INDOOR Golf Club at 1717 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview has expanded. The four new simulators and putting green are now open, and the food and drink are as tasty as always. Getting your spot reserved at the or call the Shack (847)-904-2905 #Golfseasonhasgotlonger

CLICK HERE to hear from Mistwood Golf’s fitter Matt Carter, who breaks down when it’s a good time to be for for new clubs. What companies are coming out strong with new equipment for 2024. The differences between Callaway Golf’s Paradym Clubs and the NEW AI-Smoke.

So you can learn more about Callaway Golf and the Mistwood Golf Dome online at or call the Toptracer golf facility at (630)-739-7600.


  THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB now has it’s three simulators open. So book a bay today and come play the indoor version of the Schaumburg Golf Club or plenty of Top 100 courses from across the country. The pro shop is adding more inventory for the outdoor season ahead every day. So visit or (847)-885-9000.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn/Instagram/FBook.

2023 Callaway Golf professional of the year Chad Johansen of Blackberry Oaks in Bristol IL.


SO IS IT HERE… with the early February heat wave, golf courses are opening.

Because for some golf courses-today will be opening day.

Blackberry Oaks in Bristol lead by 2023 Callaway Golf Staffer of the Year Chad Johansen, is open today.

But Blackberry Oaks is not alone in opening. Here is what I have on where you can play today.

Chalet Hills in Cary. Blackstone in Marengo. Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove.

Orchard Valley in Aurora.

But then there is the Jemsek Golf Courses. So at Cog Hill courses 1 & 3 are open. Pine Meadow in Mundelein is open. St. Andrews in West Chicago is open. Courses managed by Golf Visions are likely to open. Visit the websites of GV courses.

INSIDE it’s time to hit the Northbrook. The Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, Callaway Golf Day tomorrow from 2-8p. The Shack Golf Club in Glenview. Summer season is coming-get you game together and get ready to play.


  THE SHACK GOLF CLUB at 1717 Chestnut Avenue in Glenview has now completed renovations. 4 simulators is now 7, and the putting green count has gone from zero to 1. So sign up for a simulator bay today and visit (847)-924-2905.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn-Instagram or FB.

Steve Kashul is the host of the award winning golf TV program-The Golf Scene.

THE GOLF SCENE is back with the Winter edition Show II.

So do you remember when there was no golf in Chicago during the winter months.

But that changed when went year round, the first year round golf news source in Chicago.

But from there things continued to evolve with the launching of the Winter edition of The Golf Scene-with Steve Kashul.

Because of the success of that program, and the expansion of golf domes and simulator places around town. The Golf Scene has found plenty of content to bring yet another winter show to NBC Sports Chicago.

Schaumburg Golf Club has three simulators now open. 401 North Roselle Road, book a bay today at (847)-885-9000 or visit

So remaining show dates for this month for The Golf Scene II are: Tuesday Feb. 20 at 6:30 Pm. Thursday Feb. 22 at 10:30 Pm. Saturday Feb. 24 at Noon on NBC Sports Chicago+ Wednesday Feb. 28 at 7p on NBC Sports Chicago+ and Thursday Feb. 29 at 4:30 Pm. So see local listings for programming into March.

Segments include: The new Mokena Golf Facility. The simulators at Fox Run GC-in Elk Grove. Winter golf options in Schaumburg including Topgolf, and the PGA Tour Store. The expansion at The Shack Golf Club in Glenview. Game of Irons in Oakbrook.

But more on the Golf Scene is that, The Golf Scene won best Golf TV Show for 2023 at the national ING industry awards presented at the 2024 PGA Merchandise Show last month in Orlando.


  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is home to Callaway Day this Thursday from 2-8 Pm, register to try out the Callaway Smoke-Line. (R) Mistwood Director of Golf Andy Mickelson recently did a video of himself going through a fitting. So if you have ever wondered what it’s like and the questions you should be asking, see the video online or at PLUS RIGHT now Andy has a Callaway Golf Ball Special for you-Buy 3 Dozen personalized Callaway Chrome Golf balls, and the get the fourth dozen and personalization for free. The-in the Shell Bar is open, so is McWethy’s Sports Bar, Toptracer golf is ready to test you. Bring your clubs and your appetite. Mistwood Golf Dome-call the dome at (630)-739-7600 Book your bay today.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Instagram.

RORY SPEARS at Cabot Citrus Farms in Brooksville Florida. One of the new golf properties in America. Photo by John Billiter-Heritage Oaks-IPGA

THE SOCIAL MEDIA discussion last night, was on all the course closings, and nobody building new courses to replace them.

Well that’s not exactly right-because in 2024 the most new courses opening in the course of a year, will be higher this year. Than in the last 15 years or so.

Closing courses-well I haven’t heard of any, but I am sure there are some. Because every year a new housing developer gobbles up needed land for more houses. Unfortunately that includes golf courses.

WILMETTE IL. based Links Capital Partners-Principal Chris Charnas (who has brokered the sales of numerous courses) told me some years back (even before Covid), that most courses close because the owners can’t keep them going. Older owners of public courses sell when they are ready to retire, and they’re kids don’t want to take over the family golf business. NOT BECAUSE people aren’t playing golf.

The new simulators are open at The Shack Golf Club in Glenview 1717 Chestnut Ave. There was 4, now there are seven simulators and a putting green. (847)-924-2905

CHRIS KING of Kingfish-PR in the golf hotbed Myrtle Beach South Carolina will tell you the same thing. King told me that at one time Myrtle Beach had close to 120 golf courses. But now that number is in the mid-90’s. So that’s not because golfers aren’t trekking down to the Low Country of the Grand Strand.

In fact they are coming down in record numbers (over 3,200 golfers from every state in the union-are expected to play the 2024 Myrtle Beach World Amateur in August). The Myrtle Beach area and the surrounding county, is one of the fastest growing area’s in America. Golf is one of those reasons.

King explained that again developers bought up older public courses from owners, that didn’t have family in place to take over. Plus housing developers can offer a larger buyout, than from people who just want to buy a golf course.

the Dome is open at Willow Hill-but summer is coming with outdoor play not far away. (847)-480-7888.

COSTS are a reason some courses close. IF YOUR A GOLFER who is going to complain that your green fee went up a buck or two this year. Please save it. In the last week, two area Director of Golf professionals hit me with the reality of the amount of money it takes to keep a golf course in great playing shape.

THINK ABOUT THIS…Fairway mowers that were just over $40K about 4 years ago, now run in the Mid-$70’s. Plus the gas to run them is way up from four years ago. Try replacing your sand, fertilizer, and things that get sprayed over the course. Because many of those products have seen jumps of up to 40%. Some private clubs can write the check when the superintendent comes calling, some public muni’s can’t. So when the guy or gal at the counter of your favorite course says the rates have gone up $1 or $2 bucks this year. Consider it a deal and go play.

Schaumburg Golf Club has reopened from facility improvements, so all three simulators are running. So bring your game over 401 North Roselle Road in Schaumburg. You can play the Schaumburg Golf Club on the simulators, get a head start on the outdoor 2024 golf season today. Before-during or after golf, Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs is open. (847)-885-9000 or visit

HOWEVER THE GOOD NEWS IS-younger people with deep pockets who enjoy golf are finding land and building their own golf courses. Because they don’t want to sit on a waiting list for 3 or 4 years to get into a club they like. Better news is the quality of land that people are finding to build golf courses. They have water views, mountain views, elevation change. Add some that still have plenty of trees to give a course that old parkland style look.

IN THE CASE OF THE NEW CABOT CITRUS FARMS in Brooksville Florida, the first project in America by Ben Cowan-Dewar and the Cabot Group.

This property in my eyes will be nothing but a home run in the eyes of golfers. But to start with, I took along three Illinois PGA professionals to media preview day, to give me their opinion of this new property, from the professionals point of view. Yes I consider CCF new, even though it’s built on the site of the old Worldwoods golf courses.

(L-R) John Billiter head professional Heritage Oaks GC, Greg Baron Director of Golf Heritage Oaks GC, Jim Billiter Director of Golf The Ivanhoe Club.

GREG BARON-Director of Golf, Heritage Oaks GC. Northbrook.

“I’m reflecting on three decades of cherished golfing memories, from my inaugural round at Worldwoods in 1994, to witnessing a preview of the breathtaking transformation to Cabot Citrus Farms. The remarkable effort to reimagine and enhance the property is a testament to the visionary leadership of Ben Cowan-Dewar and his team of talented architects. Their dedication has elevated an already remarkable property into something truly exceptional.”

JOHN BILLITER-head golf professional, Heritage Oaks GC.-Northbrook. “The Layout of the Karoo was fun. The landscape was visually intimidating in some places, but in reality the fairways were generous and green to tee was very playable. Green complexes are severe and challenging, but in a good way. They keep you engaged and creates variety if your going to play the golf course a few times.”

John Billiter sticks one close on a back-nine hole of the Karoo course at CCF.

“The Squeeze was interesting. I enjoyed the rolling terrain, perfect place to get a quick 9 in before dark.” I’m really impressed with the social area between the putting green and the Wedge. Very cool spot to hang out in-between rounds or to wrap up your day. Great view from the top of the hill over the courses and range.”

“The Wedge was great under the lights. I love the greens with the dramatic slopes and bowls, provides opportunity for an ace or a challenging up and down. Great spot for a friendly wager with your foursome either way. Presentation of the facility overall was off to a good start, with plenty of work to continue. The rental properties are in an amazing location, and I appreciated the attention to detail throughout the day.”

Ivanhoe Club Director of Golf Jim Billiter hits one down the middle on the Karoo Course at CCF.

JIM BILLITER-Director of Golf-The Ivanhoe Club.

“Cabot Citrus Farms spared no expense when it comes to staffing levels and training. All day it seemed like someone was around every corner waiting to assist you and help with anything you might need.”

“The golf course was great, it gave me a Sand Valley feel. It seemed playable for all skill levels and really gave you some interesting visuals off the tee. Some holes looked narrow off the tee box and then ended up having a massive fairway. So the bunkering and the hills did a great job messing with the minds of the golfer.”

“I think it will become one of the best guy’s or gals destinations in the country. The cabins are in the perfect spot, and the Squeeze course and Par 3 course are exactly what is needed to attract trips of 8-16 golfers, and will keep things going until after dark. So far the Cabot Group seems to have thought of everything. So it will be exciting to see how big Cabot Citrus Farms will get, and much more will get added to the property.”

CABOT CITRUS FARMS brings 4 new courses to golf in 2024, 1 to 2 more likely down the road. Pinehurst Resort opens the new Course #10 on April 3rd. The Streamsong Resort in Florida is opening “The Chain” is stages this year. The Coore and Crenshaw Course is really fun with currently 13 holes, and few more will open shortly.

2024 should be a fun year for golf, with several new locations to tee up the golf ball.

RED IS DEAD… Maybe Yellow is the new Sunday color. The new TW logo is really not getting much support. I hope Tiger feels better, but it’s now evident it’s time for the ceremonial golfer to retire. Unless he starts taking a cart on the over 50 circuit. But I think that since Sunday is payday-green might be the new color for final round play on the various tours. RS


    THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily until 10 pm. So right now you can enjoy the new in the shell bar-where Oliva is ready to greet you. But do you need new clubs, almost all golfers could use upgrades in some part of their golf bag. Eric-Scott and Matt comprise the club fitting team. So come check out Mistwood Golf Dome-Chicago’s premier golf dome. Because now you can hit in the shell or in the simulators. McWethy’s Sports Bar is open and Toptracer golf is always an option. So book your bay online at or call the dome at (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/Instagram-FBook.

  THE SHACK IS BACK AND HAS EXPANDED. The Shack Golf Club Owner Nick Larkin has expanded the Shack Golf Club from 4 simulators, to 7 simulators and a putting green. So come try out the new simulators, and the simulator with theatre style seating for your entire group to enjoy. The golf season has got longer at The Shack located at 1717 Chestnut Ave. in Glenview. Call today and book a simulator at (847)-904-2905.

  WILLOW HILL GOLF 1350 Willow Road in Northbrook. The Dome is open for golf from 8a to 3p weekdays Monday to Friday. But before long the summer season will be here. So call Kari at (847)-480-7888 or visit Outdoor golf is coming.

  THERE IS STILL TIME to visit the Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 North Roselle Road. The three simulators are open and so is Chandlers Chophouse and the clubs award winning pro shop, that’s quickly getting stocked up for the outdoor season ahead. The SGC simulators are one of the few in the area, that lets you play the golf course right outside the front door, indoors during the winter months. So if your ready for a fun day of golf-great food and beverage, and you need some golf balls or other products for that spring golf trip. Stop at Schaumburg Golf Club, (847)-885-9000.


Because during the next couple of weeks-you have a great chance to see what’s new from Callaway Golf.

IT’S STARTS THIS WEEK in the Mistwood Golf Dome on Thursday afternoon Feb. 22, from 2-8 Pm. Callaway Golf fitting day-do register at or call (630)-739-7600 No charge for the fitting.

GLORY’S LAST SHOT-Play Pinehurst #2 in the Mistwood Golf Dome. Sign up now for Saturday night March 9th. So visit for details.

Chad Johansen the Callaway staffer of the year for 2023. Johansen was named by the Illinois PGA-the Youth Development Award Winner for 2023.

NEED MORE OPTIONS- Monday Night Feb. 26-Callaway Staff  Professional of the Year-Chad Johansen (Mr. Blackberry Oaks & the Oaks Grille) has you covered for the Callaway Golf launch party starting at 4p to 9p at the CJGA indoor golf facility.

But register at Because everyone that attends gets a free Callaway Golf Gift.

Chad Johansen is ready to roll for the 2024 golf season, right now it’s starting indoors.

So get to the CJGA indoor golf facility and sign up for lessons, or the indoor simulator leagues.

If you have kids-get them enrolled for the summer golf program, “where kids rule.”

CALLAWAY GOLF FITTING EVENT 4-8 Pm, on Wens. Feb. 28th at the Schaumburg Golf at 401 North Roselle Road. But you must register. for registration details, or call the pro shop at (847)-885-9000 for information on how to get signed up.

COG HILL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB is selling Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls at a reduced rate. Because if you buy three dozen balls-you get a fourth dozen for free. So hit the pro shop over at Cog Hill, and get stocked up for the 2024 golf season. This special runs from Feb. 15th to while supplies last, orders will get shipped after March 15th.

CALLAWAY GOLF has introduced a nee golf ball, Callaway Splatter 360. A long distance ball with a soft feel. But better news, it’s in everyone’s price range at $24.99 a dozen.

The Chicago Golf Show is back, this coming week at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.


Feb. 23-24-25. and yes the longest putt contest is back for another year.

There will be plenty of prizes to win, and well known personalities on the main stage.

Which include former Chicago Bears players, and former Illini and NBA stars. Deerfield native Vince India currently on the Korn Ferry Tour, will be on stage on Sunday the 25th. So learn more at

PINE MEADOW GOLF CLUB in Mundelein is open, hours do vary depending on the weather. But in other PM-News the PGA Jr. League positions are almost sold out. So get all the details at or call (847)-566-GOLF (4653). Dennis Johnsen Pine Meadow GM-has announced a Super Senior ladies event for late August (27-28), more details will coming next month. Johnsen who is retiring at years end, is the winner of the 2023 Illinois PGA Patriot Award. Johnsen has worked hard with military veterans and Project PGA-Hope.

LEN ZIEHM of the Daily Herald and Golfers on Golf Radio, has some new stories up at including his recap of the 2024 PGA Merchandise Show.

The 41st World Amateur is coming up August 26-30th. But registration is now underway.

THE WORLD AMATEUR is back for 2024.

So the 41st annual World Amateur is back in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

The 72-hole, net stroke play tournament is August 26th-through August 30th.

More than 3,200 players will participate in this years tournament. But if you register by March 21st, the fee is $629.00 a $100 dollar savings over the regular rate.

But there is more for the early-bird entree’s. With 50+ random prizes drawn, with a total value of over $10,000. Prizes do include TaylorMade Clubs and Amazon gift cards. So among the changes this year include tee times, instead of shotgun starts. Courses returning the tournament this year, include Pawley’s Plantation and the three courses at Legends. They are the Heathland, Moorland and Parkland.

The World Am is played on over 50 golf courses. Golfers must be 17 years of age or older with a verifiable USGA handicap. But there are plenty of chances to be a champion. The tournament is divided into nine divisions. There are six divisions for men, and three for women.

Once the four rounds of tournament play are over, flight winners advance to the World Championship playoff. Where an 18-hole shootout will crown the tournaments winner.

But some say the fun really starts after golf at the World’s Largest 19th hole. The 19th hole takes over 120,000 square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. All players receive a gift bag that includes, a polo shirt, a pullover, golf towel, logo’d hat and a PGA Tour Superstore Gift Card. With a total value of $250.00 dollars.