THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING

THE TIME IS HERE TO GET TO THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB, grab a golf bag and a time slot in the simulator bays on the lower level of the clubhouse. Because Chandlers Chophouse is bringing down your food and beverage. BUT YOU can play the Schaumburg Golf on the clubs simulators. Call (847)-885-9000 or SchaumburgGolf.com

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.

ENJOYING THE HOLIDAYS at Rich Harvest Farms in the pavilion with Jerry Rich’s car collection. Photo by Lynn Mall.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, the holiday season is already here.

HAVE YOU STARTED your holiday shopping yet ?

But one thing that is becoming very clear, is that the Chicago area is now a year round golf community.

Simulators are popping up everywhere. Plus the Mistwood Golf Dome, the area’s premier indoor golf facility.

The Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. (630)-739-7600 book a hitting bay at Mistwooddome.com.

SIMULATORS ARE TURNING GOLF into a year-round sport.

The Schaumburg Golf Club has had three of them for a few years now. The NEW Fox Run clubhouse that opens this weekend, will have 3 simulators.

But you find find two simulators in the new clubhouse at Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Northbrook.

NOW OPEN IN GLENVIEW is the Golf Shack, just east of the Glen Area off of Waukegan Road on Chestnut. They have four simulators with a restaurant. I’m looking forward to seeing it. Because the early reviews I have from those who have been there, are saying good things.

THERE ARE NUMEROUS other clubs that have added a simulator to see the response they get, it could be strong. I hear one private northwest suburban club started a winter simulator league for it’s members. Around 110 of them signed up, so much for heading out to go bowling.

Several weeks left to enjoy the best of the NFL has to offer. McWethys Sportsbar at the Mistwood Golf Dome-Rt. 53 Bolingbrook. Bring your clubs and your appetite.

COG HILL is keeping things interesting as the winter season starts to set in.

Because they will again be first on the tee, with the first outing of 2022. The Eskimo Open returns on January 2nd.

But before then there are still plenty nights left to hit the range. Yes I said nights. Because the lights are on at Cog Hill.

Because when I was leaving Cog Hill last Friday night at 5 PM, in the dark. The range lights were on, and some 35 guys were out hitting golf balls. C’mon it was about 47 degrees and no wind.

The lights are on at the Cog Hill driving range, so enjoy the Toptracer.

But as somebody who grew up working for 8 1/2 years at a driving range, Cog Hills new brew is impressive.

RANGE PICKER PALE ALE, you have to love the concept, if you love the range, or if you ever worked at one. So did you ever wash range balls. Did you ever pick a field of range balls. But did you ever drive the range tractor or jeep.

Because if you have ever sat in the cage, and had people hit golf balls at you. This new beer can only leave you laughing. I’m having one tonight. Can’t wait.

SAND VALLEY in Nekoosa Wisconsin will have Pond Hockey for a few days this winter. So come on and head to Sand Valley, But bring your skates and your wooden sticks. Could be fun. Details at Sandvalley.com.

CONGRATS TO NORTHBROOK’S PGA TOUR PLAYER NICK HARDY on his engagement to Lizzie ( sorry don’t have her current last name-Hardy to be).

THE GOG BLOG is back all through the holidays so stay with us. I will keep you golfing all winter long. But do take a short break, so your charged up and ready for 2022. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

DON’T BE AFRAID TO BAG THE 2021 GOLF SEASON BECAUSE AT THE Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 North Roselle Road just minutes from Woodfield Mall is open for year round golf. Because the simulators are open, and yes you can play the Schaumburg Golf Club’s 27 holes in the simulators. Chandlers Chophouse upstairs is open for food and beverage. Book your round at (847)-885-9000 Schaumburggolf.com

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

  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME the Chicago area’s premier golf dome is open daily until 10 PM. Located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook the double-deck dome has improved it’s offering for the winter season ahead. Both in the golf dome and in McWethy’s Sportsbar home of the award winning chicken wings. Mistwood Golf Dome, bring your clubs and bring your appetite, book your hitting bay today at MistwoodDome.com (630)-739-7600.

The Cog Hill driving range under the lights.

 

COG HILL now has 2022 Program passes for sale.

***Eskimo Open is Sunday Jan. 2nd of 2022*** Sign up today.

The range is open, and yes now even after dark. So enjoy Toptracer even when it gets dark early.

Program passes for Dubsdread are $6,500. Dubsdread weekday passes are $4,200. Course 1 & 3 pass is $1,800. A Junior Golf and Range Pass is $1,399. Junior Range Pass is $799. THE SENIOR PASS is just $50.00. So learn all the details at CogHillGolf.Com/Golf.

THE PINE NEEDLES GOLF ACADEMY has announced it’s 2022 Schedule. So you can now schedule your spot at the home of the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open. So call Pine Needles at (800)-280-8815 or visit PineNeedlesLodge.com. #SouthernPinesNC

Chad Johansen’s Indoor Golf in the Go For it Sports Dome in Yorkville.

BLACKBERRY OAKS GM and head golf professional Chad Johansen, has started the indoor junior golf program for 2021-22.

So you can sign up now and get your junior golf enrolled for the winter.

So visit Chadjohansen.com or call Chad at (630)-383-1698. Because registration is under way now.

Club Champion is America’s largest club fitting location, now with more stores than ever before.

WILLOWBROOK IL. based Club Champion now with more locations  (85) across America, is boxing up your Christmas gift.

BECAUSE NEW for 2021, the holiday gift box, is designed to look like a miniature version of a Club Champion club delivery box.

Inside you can find a certificate that allows one to enjoy a customized fitting for putter or driver. With the driver+ experience retails at $1,000, with the putter and putter fitting at $500. “If your the type of gift-giver that who likes to hand someone a physical gift, we’ve got you covered this year,” says Club Champion Founder, Nick Sherburne. Purchases are available at club-champion/myshopify.com.

THE GOG BLOG RETURNS on Monday. RS

CDGA ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THE GOLF SEASON NEVER ENDS at the Schaumburg Golf Club 401 North Roselle Road in Schaumburg. But while the outdoor version of the Schaumburg Golf Club is closed for the winter season, you can play the Schaumburg Golf Club indoors on the simulators. The pro shop is open with a great variety of holiday golf gifts. Don’t shop on line and wonder of your gifts will show up before Christmas, stop into the pro shop and shop in person. Book your simulator at (847)-885-9000 and visit Schaumburggolf.com.

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 Facebook.

The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA).

THE CHICAGO DISTRICT GOLF ASSOCIATION (CDGA) has announced it’s 2022 schedule.

In total the CDGA will conduct 86 events in the year ahead, 55 championship events and 31 social events.

The 91st Illinois State Amateur will be held at the Westmoreland Country Club, in Wilmette from July 19-21.

While the Glen Flora country Club in Waukegan will host the 102nd CDGA  Amateur from June 27-30.

“Westmoreland and Glen Flora each have defining characteristics. These will present unique challenges and an elite environment for our states top amateurs,” said Colin Wadelin, CDGA Director of Rules and Competitions. ”

Six other CDGA Championships include mid-amateurs (25 and up), two senior events (55 and up). There will be two Four-Ball and Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championships.

During the 2022 season, the Chicago District Golf Association will conduct 21 United States Golf Association (USGA) qualifiers.

Practice all winter long at the Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. Book your hitting bay at Miswtoodgolfdome.com or by calling (630)-739-7600.

A TEAM OF 12 AMATEUR GOLFERS will represent the CDGA in the 60th Radix Cup Matches at Oak Park Country Club on June 16th. Against the team of 12 Illinois PGA Section professionals.

But the schedule for 2022 has new editions. Because the CDGA  Senior Tour Edge Trifecta Series will offer competitions for women over 50, and men over 55. But according to CDGA Senior Business Director Mike Gilligan,” CDGA members are looking for more playing opportunities. Than just competing in our traditional championships.

CDGA MEMBER APPRECIATION DAYS start the Social side of the year. First held on April 22nd and then October 6th, at the Glenview Park Golf Club. But on the championship side of the calendar. The 7th CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship is first up on the tee May 16-18 at Naperville Country Club.

REGISTRATION BEGINS for the championship schedule on Tuesday January 18th. With the 2022 CDGA Social Competitions registrations starting on January 31st. But for more information see CDGA.org.

PINEHURST ANNOUNCES RESTORATIONS TO CAROLINA HOTEL

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook open daily until 10 Pm, on Sunday bring your clubs and your appetite and enjoy some football after golf. Book your hitting bay on line at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or (630)-739-7600. #McWethysSportsbar  SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB 401 North Roselle Road has closed the golf course for the 2021 season. But has it’s 3 simulators open daily. Where you can play the newly renovated Schaumburg Golf Course all winter long. Chandlers Chophouse upstairs is open and will bring your food and beverage to you while you golf. Book your simulator    at (847)-885-9000. The pro shop has apparel and more, so stop and shop for your golfer. So learn more about everything Schaumburg Golf, visit Schaumburggolf.com

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

The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst at the holidays.

THE LANDMARK PREPARES TO GET EVEN BETTER.

The Carolina Hotel that first opened it’s doors in 1901, is getting ready to take it’s historic features, and raise them to another level.

Located in the heart of Pinehurst North Carolina, and one of the center pieces to the ‘Home of American Golf’ the Pinehurst Resort. The Carolina gets ready for a room renovation that will leave guests with a more relaxing and enjoyable experience. Changes that include outdoor firepits, will be done in stages and completed during the winter season. But completed before the 2024 U.S. Open.

A master plan view of the renovated style for the Carolina guest rooms.

“For over a century, The Carolina has stood as a storied landmark in our area,” says Tom Pashley, President of the Pinehurst Resort. “We will drive inspiration from it’s origins to incorporate into the design of the interior spaces of this grand hotel. It is important to us that the Carolina serve the needs of todays hotel guests, but also that it’s original charm can be felt at every turn.”

The lobby in the Carolina Hotel.

Improvements will extend beyond the guest rooms, that will see bigger bathrooms, new fixtures, furniture, and a lighter, brighter look. Walls will have more sound proofing.

The lobby that includes the coffee shop, Ryder Cup room, and main dining room (home to the best breakfast in golf) will be remodeled.

Pinehurst, where it’s always a beautiful day. Continues to get better on and off the course. So learn more at Pinehurst.com.

THE BATHS BRING PAR 3 GOLF TO BLACKWOLF RUN

INDOOR OPTIONS-Golf season continues in he Chicago area. IN THE DOME at the Mistwood Golf Dome (L) on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600. IN THE Simulators at the Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 N. Roselle Road, just minutes from Woodfield Mall. The simulators are right downstairs from Chandlers Chophouse. Call (847)-885-9000.

THE GOG BLOG is written by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect- LinkedIn/Facebook.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE BALLS IN THE BATH

THE BATH’S.

Sounds simple correct. Well in some ways it is. Because “The Baths” are newest par-3 short course design in Wisconsin.

But what to name this 10-hole par 3 special didn’t take long, once Kohler Company President Herb Kohler got involved. So Kohler simply kept with company tradition and called his new layout with water, ‘The Baths’. Because the ponds didn’t sit well with Kohler and bath tubs have been a Kohler product for years. But in case you are wondering you can go for a dip in “The Baths” at times. Because the water is kept clean.

The 9th hole on ‘The Baths’.

While the idea to build the course along with a massive putting green was solid, there was the issue of figuring out exactly where to put it.

Kohler Vice President of Golf Dirk Willis came up with the idea, and then went out searching with the Kohler team to find the right spot.

The Bath’s scorecard, front and back.

But what Willis found was a location between two golf holes on the Meadow Valley Course. There was just over 20 acres. But that was enough to build the course, and the large two acre putting green built behind the final green.

The good news is that you don’t have to be staying at the resort to play ‘The Baths’, and like some other resorts there is an all-day rate.

Destination Kohler does include the option to play the course, on any of it’s golf packages.

But since the Baths are located at Blackwolf Run, the best time to play it are days you are scheduled there.

The par-3 8th hole Kris-crosses in between the dunes.

The architects of the 1,362 yard course, are Chris Lutzke and Herb Kohler.

But Lutzke had some guidelines from Kohler to follow. Make the course look like Pete Dye could have done it, or had a dye Influence.

Two, make all the holes be strong enough, that they would fit in on any of the other four of Kohler’s championship courses. Lutzke succeeded on all fronts.

But with the opening of ‘The Baths’, Destination Kohler has a place where the serious and the fun golfers can also co-exist.

Some of the other things ‘The Baths’ bring to the Kohler golf operation. It’s the course that the families can enjoy, the beginners can play, the kids can learn the game on. By the way, it’s perfect for those who are short on time. DestinationKohler.com

12 NORTH EXPANDS THE GOLF AT TRAPPERS TURN

THERE IS STILL TIME GO HEAD OVER TO THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB THIS YEAR. The Simulators are open, there is plenty of both summer and winter apparel to pick from. Chandlers Chophouse is open as well. So visit the Schaumburg Golf Club located at 401 North Roselle Road just minutes from Woodfield Mall. (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 and Facebook.

Welcome to 12 North at Trappers Turn by Andy North and Craig Haltom. In the Wisconsin Dells.

FAST AND SPEEDY GOLF continues to grow in Wisconsin.

The State of Wisconsin continues to hit it’s 3’s. Par-3’s that is with the development of several par 3 courses around the state.

The newest one to open is 12-North created by two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North a native of Madison Wisconsin. But North had help from Craig Haltom of Haltom-Oliphant Golf, that’s located in Madison.

The Par 3-9th hole at 12 North. Andy North’s favorite hole.

12 North is one of the latest upgrades at Trappers Turn.

Because joining 12 North, is a new massive and lighted putting green. There have been other improvements, such as the vineyard, and the wine room.

Trappers Turn will have it’s own overnight lodging within the next couple of years. Stay tuned. In the meantime, Trappers Turn is part of the same ownership group that owns the Kalahari Resort. So golfers can stay minutes away in spacious rooms at the resort (complete with waterpark), or in the resorts lush log cabins at nearby Lake Delton.

But right now 12-North allows golfers that quick round of golf, by offering 12 par-3 holes. As par 3 courses go, and there are getting to be more of them all the time, 12-North is one of the better short tracks around.

The par-3 4th hole on 12-North.

“Short” does sum up the yardage on 12-North. In fact the tips of all 12 holes add up to only 1,007 yards. But it’s more than enough considering the elevation change and carry on some holes.

The 10th hole plays the shortest, at just 54 yards. Yes, you can hit a lob wedge on this hole. 114 yards is the longest hole, and that’s the closing hole #12.

Patrick Steffes, Trappers Turn’s GM shows off the 12th green on 12 North.

During 2021 all tee shots were hit off of mats, as the turf was still had a bit of grow-in to do.

But that changes in 2022. Trappers Turn Gm Patrick Steffes is opening up the tee boxes for golfers to hit from where they want to hit from.

Steffes says it will help save the turf, give golfers different options if the play more than one round per day. Some golfers my choose to play competitions with their partners. Winner of the last hole picks the tee spot on the next tee. Steffes says that not all of the holes have had a hole-in-one made on them.

So why not head up to 12-North, and try to be first ace-maker on one of those remaining holes without a hole-in-one yet.

But while the golf course is closed for the rest of 2021, the Kalahari Resort is not. So if your in need of a holiday gift or New Years getaway. Call the resort at (877)-KALAHARI or book some golf and order Trappers Turn gift cards by calling (608)-253-7000.

The Wisconsin Dells, the waterpark capital of the world, is now offering great and fast golf as well.

EAGLE CLUB SYSTEMS-GOLF SOFTWARE BUILT BY GOLF PRO’S

NOT A TRADING CARD. But it is the newly redone Upper Deck (L) at the Mistwood Golf Dome. Downstairs has upgrades too, see them all at the Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600. Mistwooddome.com or McWethysSportsBar.com  _____________________________________________________________________  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.

Welcome to Eagle Club Systems.

SPECIAL THANKS to Tyler Arnold, for an assist on the story, and introducing us to Eagle Club Systems.

So another (POS) point of sale system.

OR MAYBE NOT! Maybe ECS is something you the golf course professional, course owner or operator should take a look at.

Because according to Tyler Arnold of Eagle Club Systems, ECS is a software for golf professionals, built and based off of feedback from golf professionals.

The ECS screens

“Our software is built by feedback from other professionals,” says Arnold. “While I worked for another company, I trained owners on how to use the software. So it was easy to get feedback on what club professionals wanted or were looking for in a system. When the calls an emails came in, with questions on various features I used the feedback to create a streamlined “All-In-One” golf course management solution.”

What Arnold calls the biggest difference in Eagle Club Systems versus other software systems, is that Eagle Club Systems was able to customize features in the shortest time in history. Arnold says the ECS team develops features through a streamlined process, that other companies can’t match. The process ends up with the features you need or want, and hides the ones you don’t want.

So if your thinking newly needed hardware to run these platforms, think again. Eagle Club Systems doesn’t need your facility to buy new hardware to operate it’s platform. ECS won’t require you to pay for iPads year after year, nor do they lease you a computer or receipt printer that you can buy yourself. The ECS software is compatible with any PC, Mac, Tablet or iPad. ECS partners can access their software whether they are at the golf course, or anywhere for that matter. You can access your data anytime or anyplace.

So whether your a 9 hole-18 hole or 27 hole facility ECS will work for you. Are you a simulator facility, or just have simulators for the cold weather time of the year. Book them full for multiple hours at once, without multiple reservations.

For full pricing, and how to simplify your software systems, visit EagleClubSystems.com based in St. Petersburg Florida.

THE SIMULATORS AT THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB are now open for the winter season. Book a bay today at (847)-885-9000. Chandlers Chophouse is open right upstairs from the simulators. So bring your club and your appetite. 401 North Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Just minutes from Woodfield Mall.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-WISCONSIN IS HITTNG IT’S 3’S

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has closed it’s golf course for the 2021 season. But the three simulators on the lower level of the clubhouse are open. So don’t put the clubs away, and bring your appetite with Chandlers Chophouse right upstairs. You can pick up the phone and order from upstairs while you golf. Schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin.

THE SHORT COURSE CRAZE IS GROWING IN WISCONSIN.

When your not up for a full 18 holes, maybe a smaller dose of golf is just fine. Because if that’s all you need, Wisconsin has the short courses for you.

It started a few years ago at the Sand Valley Resort in Nekoosa Wisconsin, when Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw created the “Sandbox”. A 17 hole par 3 course that sits in between the resorts two 18-hole golf courses.

Which will be come three golf courses when “The Lido” gets open for play in 2023.

But short courses or par-3 golf courses continue to pop-up in the Dairyland, and golfers are loving it.

While the Drumlin at Erin Hills is a 63,000 square foot plus putting green. It does offer plenty of options for speed golf. Plus it’s a way to get in some speed golf before a round on the U.S. Open course at Erin Hills. Reservations for next year already are being excepted, see ErinHills.com.

The 9th hole at “The Baths” at Blackwolf Run in Kohler Wisconsin.

AT BLACKWOLF RUN in Kohler Wisconsin, the 10 hole par-3 course called “The Baths” has opened.

If your wondering about the name, it comes from Kohler CEO Herb Kohler and sticks with the company’s product line.

But Yes! you can swim in the Baths during private events. The Bath’s opened with a massive new putting green alongside. The facility is in between the River and Meadow Valley Courses at Blackwolf Run on a patch of 22 acres. The 10 par 3-holes add a new and fun option for golf while enjoying Destination Kohler.

12 North at Trappers Turn in the Dells-This hole is co-designer and 2-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North’s favorite hole. Look close, someone almost made an ace.

IN THE DELLS!

12 North is the latest addition to Trappers Turn, and it’s a good one. But in the opening season of 2021, tee shots came off mats.

In 2022, it’s called hit it from where you want. Because the tee boxes will be a little more grown-in and golfers can walk around the tee, and pick their spot.

The addition of the 12 par-3 holes, and a new massive putting green with lights makes Trappers Turn the top golf destination in the Wisconsin Dells.

I will fully breakdown in more depth the par-3 courses as the week moves on. But if you missed it, see Sunday’s story on the Drumlin at Erin Hills.

GREAT NEWS FROM DUPAGE GOLF the holiday gift card is back again this year through December 20th. Because if you buy $100.00 or more worth of gift cards, you get a holiday bonus. Learn more at Dupagegolf.com.

MORE GREAT NEWS from the golf equipment industry. Honma Golf is a hot growing equipment company in America. So hot that sales jumped over 40% in the last year. Learn more at Honmagolf.com.

BUT THERE IS SAD NEWS as golf lost a true gentleman and great golfer, with the passing of Lee Elder. Elder was the first African American to tee it up in the Masters. Elder had been having respiratory issues, he was 87.

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has joined us as winter sponsor to Golfersongolf.com. It’s one of the best area locations to enjoy simulator golf all winter. RS

SHORT GOLF TAKES OFF IN WISCONSIN-BANG ON THE DRUMLIN

UPPER DECK-LOWER DECK same experience at the Mistwood Golf Dome for the winter ahead. Several new upgrades have been installed. So bring your clubs and bring your appetite enjoy the food & beverage at McWethy’s sports bar. Mistwooddome.com    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. At the Drumlin putting Course at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Photo by Rich Tock.

IT’S ONE OF THE NEW HOT THINGS TO DO IN GOLF.

Along with par-3 courses, short courses, its that massive putting green, that’s now at some clubs or destination properties.

Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin is no stranger to championship golf. They have hosted three USGA championships (including the 2017 U.S. Open won by Brooks Koepka), and will host two more, including the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open.

But the latest addition to Erin Hills other than some really neat beverages, is the Drumlin putting green.

The drumlin is a big putting green in fact it’s over 63,000 square feet. So big that tee boxes on the first hole were moved, to give the Drumlin all the space required.

But while the Drumlin is a putting green, it’s really more than that. It’s a green that allows golfers to have games between one another. The Drumlin is not a par-3 course. But plenty of golf can be played when you have a need for speed.

Erin Hills PGA Ambassador Rich Tock created much of what is the Drumlin, including the tee markers and cup flags.

There are plenty of humps and bumps in the Drumlin.

But the challenge for good putters, is to use a little more creativity on just how to attack every hole.

Because the holes move around, there is no regular distance for holes on any day. The scorecard comes with places to write in your score. But there are no regular score of par for any hole. Feel free to make up your own par for any routing you play.

The Drumlin putting course at Erin Hills.

The Drumlin is a big putting green, about 2 acres.

But it is a short course that allows golfers to create a short round, or fast round of golf.

So when you arrive at Erin Hills later in the day, with a tee time for the next day. The Drumlin is a great way to be ready for one of the six U.S. Open courses in the country that anyone can play. Erin Hills has created a few beverages of it’s own that are great to enjoy while playing the Drumlin. Yes it’s Wisconsin, and while in the Dairyland State, you must a have a beer.

GOOD NEWS is that’s not too early to start planning ahead for 2022, Visit ErinHills.com and schedule your visit for next year. Where you take on the Drumlin, and enjoy another quick and fun putting round of golf.

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-EARLY EDITION

ALL OPEN-McWethy’s Tavern at the Mistwood golf Club IS OPEN for the winter months. So is the Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, with a newly upgraded dome for the winter season ahead. So book a hitting bay today Mistwoodgolfdome.com. ______________________________________________________________________

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.

Salamander Spa-are you ready. Golf and gift cards, are now waiting for you.

Tis the season for Salamander Resorts and hotels.

So are you ready ?

Because it’s getting colder up north, and you need a break.

With Salamander, you have options. Florida, South Carolina, New Orleans, Virginia.

Right now gift cards have your name on them, you need to order now. Because when you do, you get a deal. $300-add $30 for you. Spend $500-add $50 for you. Give $750-$75 for you. Salamanderhotels.com Innisbrook Resort, home of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship. Plus one of the most relaxing spa’s anywhere.

LAB Putters-Lie Angle Balance, improve your putting, find it in the LAB.

So do you need a holiday saving on your new putter.

Because right now you can save $300.00 on a slightly blemished LAB putter.

You can view photo’s to see exactly what your buying in advance.

So do search Labgolfoutlet.com.

Because the sweet imperfections are ones you might not notice, even if you are looking closely.

More info on LAB golf putters, at Labgolf.com.

VOLVIK GOLF BALLS has some interesting golf ball packages for the holidays, that include logo’s balls with the Volvik connection to Marvel Comics. See more Volvik.com.

Welcome to Cog Hill in Palos Park.

KEEP IT GOING AT COG HILL.

Because golf season at Cog Hill never ends, outdoors or under the roof.

So you still want to play outside, no problem.

IT STARTS next weekend on December 4th, with the 3-Club Frosty open. This 2-person scramble starts at 9:30 on Course #3.  The Toptracer event starts on Saturday December 11th on the range. Sunday January 2nd, 2022 the first outing of the year, the Eskimo Open. Sign up now CogHillGolf.com

Club Champion expands fittings again.

CLUB CHAMPION is getting bigger.

Because now it’s 87 locations across America where you can go, and get fitted by Club Champion fitters.

So now you can add locations like Dallas Texas, Columba South Carolina, and Little Rock Arkansas to Club Champions list of locations.

So visit ClubChampionGolf.com to find out where you can fitted before and after holidays. Start 2022 with the new clubs you need to take your game to the next level. See Club Champion Golf.

SO DO YOU ENJOY WATCHING the Pebble Beach pro-am on the PGA Tour. Because it does look like fun. So would you like to go to the final round, then start your own pro-am at Pebble Beach. But there are now limited options to do this, through Garmany Golf. Your 3-day event starts the day after the AT&T ends. 54 holes to be played on Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay and Spyglass. Details at experience@garmany.golf.com each team has 1 professional and three amateurs.

BELVEDERE GOLF CLUB in CHARLEVOIX Michigan will host the 2023 Hickory Grail matches, date TBD. Currently Europe has the Cup after winning it this year at St. Andrews in Scotland. The series of these Ryder Cup style matches is tied at 6 wins for both side. For more information see Belvederegolfclub.com.

SHORT GOLF in WISCONSIN series starts tomorrow. RS