ABBEY SPRINGS GOLF COURSE GETS 2.5 MILLION RENOVATION

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME open daily at 7 Am, now with McWethy’s Sports Bar open for indoor dining. Lessons, Club Fittings and Golfing with Toptracer are now available. Call to book your hitting bay at (630)-739-7600 or MistwoodGolfDome.com. Located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. McWethy’s Tavern is open at Mistwood Golf Club.     ____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook- 3 spots still left.

Welcome to the Abbey Springs Golf Course in Lake Geneva.

THE ABBEY SPRINGS Golf Course in Lake Geneva/Fontana, has announced the course will close starting August 2nd, of 2021 for a $2.5 million dollar renovation.

The renovation project will be led by the Bob Lohmann-Todd Quitno golf course architectural firm.

Most recently in the Chicago area, Lohmann-Quitno has guided renovation projects at both White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, and the Schaumburg Golf Club in Schaumburg. Which is part of the Schaumburg Park District.

A proposal of the new look 17th hole at Abbey Springs.

The renovation project will target an overhaul of the green complexes, improving fairway drainage and expanding 5 pond retention areas on the golf course.

Because of the renovation, the course will be closed from this August until April 30th in 2022.

The property owners of Abbey Springs voted to approve the project, last month. It will be the first major improvements on the golf course since the course opened for play.

Because it’s been 50 years since the Ken Killian and Dick Nugent design first opened, it became time to make the renovations. So among the improvements include, 16 green complexes, and the greenside features. The resurfacing of 3 greens, with fairway drainage improved on 15 holes.

“The product our team puts together for our members on a daily basis is tremendous,” said PGA professional Jack Shoger, who has been with the club for over 30 years. “But providing that quality product for our members on a daily basis has become more difficult in recent years. Because the game has changed a lot since I have arrived here, and the climate and viability of the game. The time was right to make changes and bring the golf course up to todays standards.”

“When I first came to Abbey Springs twenty some years ago. I could see then the property was special,” said Lohmann. “But it was time to improve the golf course, to make it appealing to future generations who will play it.”

More information is available at Abbeysprings.org.

JORDAN LESS ON Q-SCHOOL & NORTHERN ILLINOIS GOLF

IN THE DOME or IN THE SIMULATOR golf season in Chicago never ends. THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily from 7 AM. Lessons, Club Fittings or golfing with Toptracer are all available. McWethy’s Sports bar is now open for indoor dining. Learn more at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has it’s simulators open daily. SGC is located at 401 North Roselle Road, just minutes from Woodfield Mall. Chandlers Chophouse has reopened (closed Mondays) for indoor dining. Call the pro shop for simulator times at (847)-885-9000 visit SchaumburgGolf.com play all 27 SGC renovated holes and more.   ____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Friend him on Facebock. Connect on LinkedIn, or Instagram. With the Caravelle Cup at the Caravelle Resort. Myrtle Beach SC.

(Reporting from Howey in the Hills-Florida and the Mission Inn Resort)

Jordan Less of Elmhurst is still a Huskie, a Northern Illinois University Huskie.

Less has one degree, and will work on his Masters degree while enjoying another year of eligibility from the NCAA, due to the pandemic.

A few years from now he hopes to playing in the Masters. But for now, it’s one step at a time.

Because those steps include having a great week this week at the Mission Inn Resort, where the PGA Mackenzie Canadian Tour Q-School is taking place. Less started Round 1 with a 75 (+3) on the famed 104 year old classic golf course El Campeon. But Less was was still confident about how he played, and expected better the next three rounds.

Jordan Less in the press area of the Mission Inn Resort, after Round 1 of PGA Mackenzie Tour Q-School. (photo by Rory Spears)

So in Round 2, Less was better. A one under par 71 had him moving up the leaderboard into 35th place.

Less said in Round 1, he hit a shot Out-of-Bounds, but rallied to save a bogey on the hole, by holing a long putt on the green.

But one other thing Less has going for him, is having former NIU Huskie teammate and good friend Paul Schlimm on his bag, caddying for the week.

El Campeon one of Florida’s oldest and best golf courses, and huge part of the Mission Inn resorts history.

If Less qualifies for the Mackenzie Tour this summer, he will turn professional after school wraps up.

But in the meantime Less is looking forward to making a run to the NCAA Nationals at Gray Hawk in Scottsdale with the Huskies.

But another option Less has, is to stay amateur this summer. Because Less wouldn’t mind playing in the U.S. Amateur at Oakmont Country Club. But even more-so, would be to play in the Western Amateur at the Glen View Club. Because it was just a few years back, Less won the 100th Chicago District Amateur Championship (CDGA) at the Glenview Club. Memo to the Western Golf Association (WGA), if Less is still an amateur, he should be in the Western Amateur Field.

CLICK HERE to hear the interview with Northern Illinois Universities Jordan Less.

When asked where he plays golf when in the Chicago area, Less is quick to say it’s the Huskies home course, Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Less says that owner Jerry Rich and his staff do a great job keeping the course and practice area’s in great shape all the time. But adds that if you can play well at Rich Harvest Farms, your game is ready to play other top golf courses.

NIU started it’s season with a dual meet, and defeated Southwest Missouri State. Less said the Huskies had 5 players playing well. So that renews hope for a great spring. But as for the summer ahead, Less the low-amateur in the Illinois Open for the last two years, will be ready to go. As an amateur or as a pro.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-MISSION NOT YET ACCOMPLISHED

IN THE DOME or IN THE SIMULATOR your golf season never ends, even in the dead of Chicago’s worst winters. The Mistwood Golf Dome also home to McWethy’s Sports Bar is open daily at 7 Am. So you try Toptracer, get lessons or club fittings. See more at MistwoodGolfDome.com or call (630)-739-7600. SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has all 27 of it’s recently renovated holes on it’s simulators. But plenty of other top names golf courses as well. Chandlers Chophouse has reopened. So learn more about booking a simulator bay by calling (847)-885-9000 or see Schaumburggolf.com. 401 Roselle Road ______________________________________________________________________

 

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or friend him on Facebook. On the par 3 at Talamore Resort.

THE MISSION is not accomplished.

IN FACT it’s nice to be at the Mission, Mission Inn that is, located in Howey in the Hills in central Florida.

So when you don’t need all the hustle and traffic of Orlando, there is Mission Inn. Just 30 minutes up the road.

Mission Inn has been a great Florida destination for decades. It gets better over time, and has a splash of old time Florida mixed in.

When you hit a pop or soda machine, it’s not $4 a can. Because it’s only $1.50. The rooms are nice and the pool is better. But even more, so is the golf.

Welcome to Mission Inn, Howey in the Hills Florida. Not far from Orlando, but definitely more peaceful.

Mission Inn has two 18 hole courses, the Las Colinas by Gary Koch, and EL Campeo’n built in 1917 by George O’Neil of Chicago.

El Campeo`n has been rated the 13th best golf course in the State of Florida. Because it’s so good. There are plenty of tournaments being played on it.

From a new LPGA-Symetra Tour, to the State of Florida high school golf championship. But currently this week, the PGA Mackenzie Tour is here with the first round of Q-school. You remember Q-School, yes some tour still have one. And it’s exciting watching to see how it all plays out.

From Illinois, Elmhurst’s Jordan Less the winner of the 100th CDGA Amateur, a runner up in the Illinois Amateur, winner of the Blackberry Amateur at Blackberry Oaks is in the field of 106 players. Less is hoping to advance through the first stage, and hopefully make it onto the Canadian PGA Tour (The Mackenzie Tour).

Less has also been the low amateur in both the 2019 and 2020 Illinois Open’s. Golfers on Golf will catch up with him tomorrow after his first round of play.

But tomorrow I’ll see more and learn more about the Mission Inn, that has Chicago ownership in it’s roots. At one point decades ago, it was just a golf course. But the building-up of the property has continued over the years. So if you want to enjoy the Orlando area, without all the big crowds and noise. Mission Inn is the place to be. So in case you were wondering, 82 here today. Calling all Chicago golfers, why aren’t you here yet ?

I have not seen the entire resort yet, but I will have more coming up here over the next few days on this historic golf property. So stay clicked in. Because there is plenty yet to come from the 2021 winter road-special edition. RS

GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-FROM MYRTLE BEACH

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB 401 North Roselle Road has it’s simulators open. And yes you can play all 27 of the recently renovated Schaumburg Golf Club holes indoors on the simulators. Chandlers Chophouse located on the main floor of the clubhouse has now reopened (closed Mondays). So while you are there, check out all the merchandise in the pro shop, and be ready for opening day outdoors in April. For more information on the Schaumburg Golf Club, see SchaumburgGolf.com or call the shop (847)-885-9000.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or friend him on Facebook/Linkedin. With the Caravelle Cup at the Santa Maria Restaurant at the Caravelle Resort.

(Reporting from the Oceanside Caravelle Resort in Myrtle Beach SC).

The weather has been great here in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and will only get better in the weeks ahead. So if your ready for travel, check out the over 90 golf courses in Myrtle Beach.

Because maybe it’s your time to be a part of the Caravelle Cup, one of the great golf events in Myrtle Beach.

So don’t forget, the World’s Largest Amateur golf tournament will be played again this year in August. And the World’s Largest 19th hole will return.

Topgolf to open another new venue in Colorado this summer.

Dallas based Topgolf, has announced the opening of another new venture, this coming summer in Colorado Springs Colorado.

This new Topgolf, will be part of the Polaris Point development.

The project started as a golf facility called Crush-Golf. But that name has been changed to Topgolf.

This Topgolf venue will be the third Topgolf in the state of Colorado. More details at Topgolf.com.

Bettinardi putters-studio stock.

The Tinley Park based Bettinardi Putters have hit the Gold Medal list from Golf Digest, in the annual equipment award announcements.

But it wasn’t just one gold for Bettinardi, it was a clean sweep for the line of putters.

High MOI, Queen B and Studio Stock all came way with ‘The Gold’.

So check out all of what Bettinardi has to offer in their premium line of putters.

But you can visit Bettinardi.com to learn more. Sink more putts this summer, by adding a Bettinardi putter in your bag.

GOLFVISIONS is having it’s final pre-season sale for it’s 2021 Players Pass, the deal ends tonight at Midnight. So visit Info@golfvisions.net to order your pass for the season. The sale price at $179.95, is $120.00 off the regular price. Because time is running out, get yours today, while you can.

TITLEIST GOLF and FOOTJOY have been named the Presenting Sponsors for the National High School Golf Association, and the National High School Golf Invitational that will be held at the Pinehurst resort in June at NHSGI.org/invitational.

Galvin Green all weather apparel.

GALVIN GREEN has noticed a major surge in the age group that is buying Galvin Green apparel.

Because purchases from the age group of 18-25, have nearly doubled over the last year.

Galvin Green latest line the Part 1 Range, comes in a variety of colors and is lightweight. So for more information see Galvingreen.com.

Stoatin Brae part of the Gull Lake View resort in Michigan.

THE GULL LAKE VIEW golf resort located in the southwest Michigan town of Augusta, has received an honor from the NGCOA for 2020.

The resorts Stoatin Brae golf course, was named ‘course of the year’, by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Gull Lake View has operated as a family run business for four generations by the Scott family. So for more details or information visit GullLakeview.com.

MICHAEL FEAGLES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS men’s golf team has been named the Big Ten Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. Feagles shot 67-67-66 (-16) to help Illinois win the Magnolia Grove Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, in Mobile Alabama. The team score for Illinois was -37 under par, and Illinois won the event by 17 shots.

CANTIGNY GOLF has added simulators at the Youth Links facility, for use all winter long. The two Sky-Trak simulators have been open since last month, and Youth Links Head Golf Professional, LPGA Member Emily Burns says, “the facility has been very busy.”

One simulator allows for kids or adults to play some of the best courses in America, like Bandon Dunes, U.S. Open course Torrey Pines, Harbor Town, Oakmont and Pinehurst #2. use of this Simulator is $40.00 per hour.

Both simulators have contests set up, like outing events such as Closest-to-the-Pin, or Long Drive Contests. You can play Demolition Golf, where you hit golf balls to break windows on the side of a building. Hours are 2-8 Pm on weekdays, or 9 Am to 8 Pm on Weekends. For more details see CantignyGolf.com or call (630)-260-8270.

Welcome to Point O’Woods Golf and Country Club

POINT O’WOODS Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor Michigan, a longtime home of the Western Amateur Golf Championship, most recently hosted in 2019, has spent the fall doing course improvements.

So perhaps another Western Amateur is not far off.

Improvements included turf work around the driving range area, drainage in areas prone to wet conditions. But also included was some tree removal, and the addition of a new 10′ foot tall clock, with the clubs name across the top. These improvements come with the announcement of several new members joining the club. Point O’Woods was a Top 100 course in America for many years. But it still ranks highly in several publications that do national rankings.

THE PATRIOT EDUCATION CLASSIC has announced a new home for 2021. So keep the date for June 1st at the Aurora Country Club in Aurora. The Patriot Education fund provides needed scholarships for military families. Details at PatriotEducationFund.org.

Phillip Martin Troon Golf operations manager-Chicago office.

SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA based Troon Golf. has announced changes to it’s Chicago office staff.

The office is located at 4611 North Ravenswood on the city of Chicago’s Northside.

Phillip Martin comes from the Troon office in Scottsdale with 25 years of experience, and will be the Chicago office operations manager.

But along with Martin, comes Matt McIntee the former CEO of Green Golf Partners. McIntee will lead the business development side of the office.

Martin and McIntee join Tim Presecky who has been working in Business development in Chicago. Presecky is an Evans Scholar who attended the University of Illinois. Details at Troon.com.

IS PUTTING AN ISSUE-Try Swing Align putting aid

IF PUTTING IS AN ISSUE, why not try using SWING ALIGN as your new putting aid.

Because Swing Align comes with the ‘goal posts’ that can attach to your putter when you practice your putting.

So when you attach the Goal Posts to your putter, it helps you align your stroke through impact.

So it helps the roll stay on path to the cup. for more information on Swing Align, visit Swingtrainer.com. Cost is $39.95.

Lance Olson Champaign Country Club 2020 Central Illinois PGA Professional of the Year.

THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS-PGA SECTION has announced that Lance Olson of the Champaign Country Club, has been named 2020 professional of the year.

Olson 49, has been the club’s head golf professional since 2001.

Bill Abrams of Balmoral Woods was named Teacher of the Year. Glenn Prout from Mt. Hawley was awarded Assistant Professional of the Year.

Tim Krouse from Effingham, was named Youth Player Development Award. Dave Lundy was named Merchandiser of the Year-Private Club.

Steve Orrick from the Country Club of Decatur, received the Richie Hamel-Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations to all the hard working professionals who give so much to the game of golf.

THE GOG BLOG returns all week long. RS

THE CARAVELLE RESORT OF MYRTLE BEACH-BEACHES, GOLF & MORE

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME & MCWETHY’S SPORTS BAR AND TAVERN are now open for golf and indoor dining, lessons and club fittings. Mistwood Golf Dome is located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600, the McWethy’s Tavern is on Renwick Road in Romeoville (815)-254-3333. Mistwoodgolfdome.com or Mistwoodgolfclub.com.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or friend him on Facebook or connect on LinkedIn. Welcome to Myrtle Beach SC.

(Reporting from the Caravelle Resort, on the the ocean in Myrtle Beach South Carolina).

Myrtle Beach, one of the golf capitals of America. But the golf picture is changing here, and for the better.

But in the last 12 years the amount of golf in Myrtle Beach has changed, less golf courses, but the ones that are here get better all the time.

In fact, at one time the Myrtle Beach area was home to about 125 golf courses. But now that number is in the 90’s. Why, mostly some of the older courses could not keep up with the more modern ones. Plus the demand for land to build homes on continues. The new housing-boom in Myrtle Beach is a fast growing one.

VIEW FROM THE 14TH FLOOR at Caravelle Resort Hotel, down Ocean Boulevard, the Caravelle has been a big part of Myrtle Beach for years.

“Golf packages in the area started through the Caravelle years ago,” says Caravelle general manager, Mike Kolcun. “Over the years the size and types of packages have changed, but they have always gotten better because of the quality of courses we can offer our guests.”

Caravelle GM Mike Kolcun with the Caravelle Cup.

Kolcun says the Caravelle is the perfect place for golfers that want to mix some beach time, pool time, relaxation time, with some food and beverages along with their golf.

Caravelle is one of several properties under the the same ownership group, so there are options on golf and places to stay if your work through Caravelle. Ken Thompson is the golf coordinator who can set up your rounds of golf around the ‘Grand Strand’ area, when you are ready to tee it up on the links of Myrtle Beach.

The morning ocean sunrise from the rooms at the Caravelle.

Even better news for golfers, is that by staying at the Caravelle, your access to top level courses in the Myrtle Beach area is excellent.

Because through the Caravelle, you do have a full selection of places to play. The Caravelle is in central Myrtle Beach, so if the golf course is in North or South Myrtle Beach, the drive is not a long one to the golf course.

So your hungry. Right at the Caravelle is the Santa Maria Restaurant, known for one of the best breakfasts in the area. But you can stop in for post round dinner and drinks, when the restaurant fully reopens about March 10th.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR the interview with Caravelle general manager Mike Kolcun.

Grande Dunes is one of the top Myrtle Beach golf courses you can play, while staying with the Caravelle.

In August during the World Largest Amateur Championship week, the Caravelle is an active place.

Because after golf, those golfers staying at the Caravelle come back to enjoy one or more of the resorts pools.

There are hot tubs if you need to help relax those aching muscles.

But there is more if your want a dose of tournament golf. Because if you game is ready to go, why not come and play in the Caravelle Cup. You can reach out to Thompson for more details.

For more information on the ocean front Caravelle Resort in central Myrtle Beach, visit theCaravelle.com or call Ken Thompson and let him put your golf package together at (843)-918-7008. Call now, because courses and rooms are filling up for the spring and the summer months ahead. Myrtle Beach, enjoy the beach, enjoy the golf.

CHICAGO GOLF SHOW WEEKEND-VIRTUAL FUN

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily at 7 Am. Both lessons and club fitting are available. But don’t forget you can just practice, and check out your stats on Toptracer Golf. McWethy’s Sportsbar is now open for indoor dining. There are food an beverage specials, and club fitting demo days. See MistwoodGolfdome.com or you can call the dome at (630)-739-7600, don’t forget to reserve you hitting bay online.  _____________________________________________________________________

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

Rory Spears returns 15 years later to the site of his only Hole-in-One, the 7th hole on Pinehurst course #6. 172 yards with a 6-Iron.

THE CHICAGO GOLF SHOW MIGHT be cancelled for 2021, due to the leftovers of the pandemic.

But that hasn’t stopped the show from first off announcing, that they expect to see everyone back in person in 2022.

Because the show’s management team can’t see you in person this year, they are welcoming you to win some great prizes, today and over the weekend.

So you can go to the shows social media pages, like Facebook and Instagram to sign up today tomorrow and or Sunday to win some great prizes.

THE DONALD STEPHENS convention center is the home of the Chicago Golf Show, that will return in 2022, Feb. 25-27.

Those prizes include, if you act quickly, like tonight.

A $100.00 gift card to the PGA Tour Superstore. Registration ends tonight at 11:59 Pm. See the shows social media pages.

So how about a subscription to Short Par-4, valued at $150.00. That registration ends at 11:59 Pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Need more ? How about a 2022 show special gift pack. Tickets for the show and a $50.00 PGA Tour Store gift card. And your chances to lead the Shannon Rovers into the show.

Here is your chance to get something out of the show this year, even though it didn’t happen. Chicagogolfshow.com.

THE PILLAR OF PINEHURST-RESORT PRESIDENT TOM PASHLEY

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, opens daily at 7 Am. But you need to call or book online a hitting bay in advance. Lessons and Club Fittings are available. So now you can also enjoy McWethy’s Sports Bar. For more information call the dome at (630)-739-7600 or visit online Mistwoodgolfdome.com Demo days coming.  ______________________________________________________________________

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

Pinehurst Report President Tom Pashley, stand tall between the pillars of the Pinehurst clubhouse.

WHEN YOU ARE THE HOME of American Golf, there is always plenty going on and plenty to do.

But somewhere in the middle of everything, much has changed at the “Cradle or Home of American Golf.”

The last decade started with changes to Pinehurst Course #2, and they haven’t stopped since.

Because it seems like than no sooner than Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw finish their restoration of the famed Donald Ross design, then architect Gil Hanse arrived to upgrade Course #4. But Hanse didn’t stop there, after the resort found Hanse a few acres to work with, an amazing new 9-hole par-3 course “The Cradle” was opened, to say it’s been a big hit with golfers would be the under-statement of the year.

But there has been more, much much more. A new swimming pool, a brew pub that fills up every night, and leaves all the patrons full by the time they leave. Renovations to the Holly Inn, the Manor Inn, have done nothing but bring more golfers into this historic resort.

The moves the resort has made are like the movie title, all the right moves. As Pinehurst has walked the line of preserving it’s historic traditions, that have brought guests and golfers for decades to the sandhills of North Carolina. They have added pieces that will attract today’s younger travelers.

But now the biggest piece is the addition of the United States Golf Association (USGA), who is moving their testing facilities and museum to Pinehurst. But it doesn’t stop there, as Pinehurst is the first “anchor site” for plenty of USGA Championships going forward. Many more than just the U.S. Open, and might host all of the USGA championships they offer, by some point in-time.

In the middle of all the planning and the progress, has been resort President Tom Pashley. Who as you might guess is pretty excited about what the Pinehurst has accomplished. Plus what it plans to do, in the years ahead.

Pashley has navigated the ship through the pandemic, and has keep things moving forward as the resort gets closer to returning to the old normal. So while some things at Pinehurst are “new”, there is still plenty of “old” for guests who love tradition.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Pashley sat down with Golfers on Golf to discuss the last 13 months since our 2020 interview, and what the next few years could look like. Which includes a 3-month shutdown of Course 8, in the summer of 2022. Changes to the Cradle, that likely includes a relocation of the famed Pinecone beverage cart. For all this and more, hear our interview with Tom Pashley below.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW with Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley.

For more information on the Pinehurst Resort, Covid precautions for guests, all the hotels, restaurants, and 10 golf courses, see Pinehurst.com.

TIGER WOODS INJURED IN CAR CRASH

CLUB FITTER ERIC RUSSEL works with Chris Ioriatti as part of Mistwood Golf’s club fitting team. The Mistwood Golf Dome located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, has lessons and fittings available. McWethy’s Sport bar in the dome is open for indoor dining. Learn more by visiting Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call the dome for more at (630)-739-7600.     _____________________________________________________________________

TIGER WOODS walks Medinah #3 during the final round of the 2019 BMW Championship.

TIGER WOODS was injured in a 1 car auto accident early this morning near Los Angeles.

Woods was driving his courtesy car from last weekends Genesis Invitational.

The vehicle rolled over at least once, and suffered serious damage as it rolled down an embankment. Airbags did deploy. Woods needed help to get removed from the vehicle.

But early reports of the “Jaws of Life Being Used” being used to removed Woods, now appear to be incorrect. Police are reporting there is no sign of Woods being intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or any drugs.

Woods agent said Woods was in surgery for multiple injuries to his legs. During an interview last week, Woods said he was “hoping” to play in the Masters as he still rehabs from his latest back surgery. But now the Masters or golf for a long time, might be out of the question for Woods.

The Gog Blog is written by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or friend him on Facebook.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-ON THE ROAD AGAIN

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has opened it’s simulators, and now open for indoor dining is Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs. So why not book your simulator tee time now at (847)-885-9000, or visit SchaumburgGolf.com. The Schaumburg Golf Club is located at 401 North Roselle Road. Play all renovated 27 holes on the clubs simulators. _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook. On the tee of the 7th hole of Pinehurst #6. From the spot of my only hole in one.

THE WINTER GOLF TRIP has teed off, and after a night in Kentucky, I have made it to Southern Pines, and now Pinehurst. But the good news is that this is just the beginning.

But now it seems like the cooler temperatures and the rain are moving out, and holding off until I move out to South Carolina and Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night.

Because of the 40 degree to low 50 degree temperatures, the golf scene for the last few days has been a bit different. So courses have moved to having shotguns, teeing off at 11:30, and getting the golfers back in the clubhouse before the temperatures drop later in the afternoon.

So what have I learned about golf in Pinehurst/Southern Pines over the last few days. The Talamore/Mid South Club resort is the hidden gem of Southern Pines. Two great courses, some of the best villa’s you will find anywhere at both courses. Talamore has redone the inside of the clubhouse and the grill area looks fantastic. But the new halfway house looks really good as well, and is a welcome addition to the golf course.

But this was the first time I stayed in the Talamore Villa’s and they are good and give the outstanding villa’s at Mid South a run for their money.

Welcome to Southern Pines CC

RENOVATION WORK IS UNDERWAY at the Southern Pines Country Club, by architect Kyle Franz.

The Ross Resorts, that comprise the courses of Pine Needles and Mid Pines, and now the Southern Pines Country Club, are one of two properties with three Donald Ross golf courses.

Pine Needles that hosted three U.S. Women’s Opens, and more recently the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Will now host it’s fourth women’s open in 2022. Some hats have arrived, as merchandise for the open is hitting the pro shop, along with the replica trophy.

The Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily at 7 Am. Call (630)-739-7600 for hitting bay reservations. Lessons and club fittings are available. Mistwoodgolfdome.com McWethys Sports Bar is open at the dome for indoor dining.

PINEHURST RESORT has opened the Pinehurst Pavilion that will host outdoor events. But there could be more coming as the USGA sets up shop in Pinehurst. I’ll learn more tomorrow, after an interview with Pinehurst resort president Tom Pashley.

I DID RETURN TO PINEHURST COURSE #6 today. First time in 15 years, since I made my only hole-in-one there. My story on that comes another day.

Because tomorrow is a long day. It starts at the best breakfast in golf, the dining room in the Carolina Hotel. So I’m calling it quits for the night. RS

TITLEIST OFFERS VIRTUAL TOUR OF BALL PLANT 3-HOME OF PRO-V1

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB located at 401 North Roselle Road is one of the Chicago area’s year round golf operations. So now you can play all recently renovated 27 holes in the simulators on the lower level of the clubhouse. So for more details see Schaumburggolf.com or call the pro shop (847)-885-9000 to reserve your tee time.  _____________________________________________________________________

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THE TITLEIST PRO V1 & PRO V1x have been redone for 2021. Titleist.com

Titleist that calls itself the #1 ball in golf, has re-engineered the famed Pro V1 and Pro V1x for 2021.

But where does this take place. It’s called Ball Plant 3, and now Titleist is giving you a virtual tour of the Massachusetts facility at Titleist.com/BP3-virtual.

So what the virtual tour brings the viewer, is the tour that visitors get when they visit Ball Plant 3. Titleist plans on resuming the in person plant tours as soon as it’s safe again to do so.

“Since we began giving tours, we’ve had golfers from around the world come to see how Pro V1 and Pro V1x are made,” said Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “So while we look forward to the day that we can safely welcome back visitors to Ball Plant 3, we’re excited that golfers everywhere now have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of our process, learn how their golf ball is made from core to cover, and see everything our R&D and Operations teams are doing to earn their trust on every single shot.”

Several top players on staff with Titleist have gone to visit the plant and take a tour.

They include Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.

But while all of the players shared different thoughts on what they took away from the tour. What amazed them the most was the process and commitment that Titleist commits to when making the golf ball. Because the process that started in the 1930’s when avid golfer Phil Young decided to build the best golf ball possible, has become the standard that Titleist lives by today.

So in the meantime, Titleist invites you to enjoy the tour, virtual style. But learn more about Titleist products at Titleist.com.