MISTWOOD GOLF DOME IS NOW OPEN for your winter business. So do you need to keep your game sharp, practice your game in the dome and use the Toptracer golfwear to keep track of your numbers. Lessons, club fittings, play Top 100 golf courses, or just practice. Did you get new clubs-try them out. or (630)-739-7600

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

The Callaway Golf Solana TRX v2

The holiday season is here. So start shopping for the 2023 golf season now. Because December 25th will be here before you know it.

CALLAWAY-so you thought they just made golf clubs. Not exactly.

The Callaway Solana TRX v2 is a front runner in lightweight, waterproof golf shoes. This style of shoe is built with an Opti-Dri waterproof microfiber leather upper. But add the outsole which utilizes the Fast Twist 3.0 removable cleat to improve power and enhance your swing stability. A 5mm PLUSFoam insole works with the arch of your foot to give a natural and comfortable walk around the golf course. Solana TRX v2 comes with a 2-year water proof warranty. Retail is $99.95.

The Callaway Coronado v2 SL

CALLAWAY has also created the Women’s Coronado v2 SL.

Because this shoe is a combination of comfort with a technology mix, the end result being a sporty, spikeless waterproof golf shoe.

This microfiber leather upper has Opti-Dri protection, for when you play those early morning rounds, or are first-out after the rain showers have a gone away.

A 5mm PlusFoam insole adds comfort in every step you take, and Coronado v2 SL comes with a 2-year waterproof warranty. But with a retail price of only $89.95. So for more information see


NEW Balance Men’s Fresh Foam Contend

THE NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM CONTEND is a top level walking shoe. But it’s Fresh Foam midsole provides a strong medial arch & heel support to deliver a proper alignment & stability while walking the course. The data-driven concave geometric shapes on the lateral side of the shoe for a soft, cushioned feel.

But the Fresh-Foam Contend upper combines waterproof microfiber leather and mesh with a welded forefoot water guard. The spikeless golf shoe features a rubber outsole that incorporates pressure mapping colors, highlighting the key performance zones.

Fresh Foam Contend retails at $99.95 and has a 2-year waterproof warranty.

NEW BALANCE GOLF SHOES-with 2-year water proof warranty.


NEW BALANCE has created the Fresh Foam LinksSL v2 for women.

The new high performance golf shoe for women, utilizes the softness of Fresh Foam in a spikeless golf shoe.

The new technology builds a softness into the midsole.

The Fresh Foam LinksSL v2 retail price is set at $89.95 and backed by a 2-year waterproof warranty. So learn more at

Welcome to Sand Valley Golf in Nekoosa Wisconsin.


RIGHT NOW save %25 percent, on any online order over $175.00.

But you must use the promo code.

Sand Valley continues to evolve not just as a golf resort. But now as community, as the options of what you can do increase over the next few years.

There is more golf coming online in the next two years, See for more information.

Spencer Hadelman with a Talon Golf hoodie-one of the most comfortable hoodies on the market.


A rising star in the golf market with variety of products, is currently running a 50% site-wide sale.

Talon Golf has one of the most comfortable hoodies you will find, and the T-shirts feel pretty good as well.

Talon Golf has a line of golf products including hats, gloves and more.

So learn more about Talon Golf at So keep warm this winter in a Talon Golf hoodie.

The Bloodline Golf NEW putting matt.

BLOODLINE GOLF has introduced a new putting mat, which is designed help you improve your putting.

This is done by having a series of targeting drills.

Bloodline which has partnered with Big Moss, a golf industry leader in putting surfaces.

The new bloodline putting mat is 8-feet long and 12-inches wide. But the mat comes with a standard cup, so golfers get feedback like they would on the golf course.

“One of the things we do here at Bloodline is help golfers make more putts,” said Brad V. Adams, Bloodline CEO. Bloodline Putting Mat is normally $159.00. But now there is a holiday special through December 31st, the mat is only $119.00 Enter Code Giftguide40 at checkout for the deal.

THE BLOODLINE VALE PUTTER normally $299.00 is now on sale for $239.00 through December 31st. Enter the promo code Giftguide60 But learn more at

DALLAS BASED TOPGOLF has announced that it’s first venue in the State of Idaho will open tomorrow November 28th. Topgolf will open in the Boise area-10miles from the downtown area. The new venue will bring more jobs to the area. But you can learn all the details at

EDISON GOLF WEDGES has announced a $40.00 off sale on all wedges through Midnight November 28th. So get the details from

SKYGOLF has announced a year-end sale on Skycaddie ranger finder devices. So right now save $50.00 on rangefinder devices that also includes Skygolf watches. So learn more at

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-Returns tomorrow. RS


MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is open for the winter golf season. The Dome is Home to McWethy’s Sports Bar and the NFL Ticket every week. So bring your clubs and your appetite. Book a hitting bay online at or call (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 and Facebook

Cassy Tully with her 2022 BMW Championship poster at Wilmington Country Club in DEL.

WHEN IT COMES TO an industry leader in golf art, look no further than Florida based Cassy Tully.

Because Tully not only does art work for the Western Golf Association (WGA), the PGA of America, Kohler Company, she creates the art work that both public and private clubs are looking for, when increasing the style and look of their clubhouses.

Tully started her golf art years ago while creating art work for the American Club in Kohler Wisconsin, with her first championship being the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run.

So now as the holidays approach does your favorite golfer need a poster from the 2022 BMW Championship or art from other golf courses. But if your looking for holiday ornaments or ideas, see

When you visit the website, you will find promo codes for discounts. See to see the designs that golfers and private clubs and resorts are raving about. Golf art by Cassy Tully, a national leader in golf art and golf design. or visit


THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is open for the winter golf season. So is McWethy’s Sportsbar in the dome. So bring your clubs and your appetite and enjoy all the sports before and after golf. The wait staff will bring your food and drink right to your hitting bay. Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, is where the golf season never ends. or call (630)-739-7600. #AwardWinningChickenWings

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 Mistwood Golf Club pro shop-home of todays Black Friday Sale. Doors open at 7 Am, Andy Mickelson and Frank Hohenadel will be there to greet you.


Holding it’s annual Black Friday sale. There is plenty of up to % % % % % % % off on items.

Yes, golf clubs, golf shirts, golf shoes, golf gloves and more.

THIS IS the blowout sale you golfers have been looking for.

So head over to the Mistwood Golf Club pro shop-NOT the dome to find all the deals you have been looking for.

MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB is located on Renwick Road in Romeoville. (815)-254-3333.

BUT RIGHT NOW BUY $100 dollars in gift cards and get a 6 OZ. bottle of Honey-FREE at Mistwood Golf-Mistwood Farms. McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club.

Club Champion in Willowbrook.

RIGHT NOW GOLFERS can enjoy the best fitting deal of the year from Club Champion, the nations leader in club fittings, with more locations across America than any other fitter.

Because normally a full bag fitting can run for almost $400.00, now you can for short time get that fitting rate for only $100.00 with the purchase of a club. So do you need a driver, fairway woods, Hybrids, Irons, Wedges or a new putter. So get yourself fitted with several Chicago area locations including Willowbrook and Schaumburg. But don’t waste time, this offer won’t last for long.

Welcome to Settlers Hill in Batavia, now reopened from renovation.

THE SETTLERS HILL 2023 memberships are now up for sale, or you can now get the 10-Play Pass.

Settlers Hill which reopened back in early August, is a rare Chicago area course with spectacular elevation change.

The new driving range will open in 2023, the short course area is already and fun and quick to play.

But Golfvisions Player Pass is on sale now as Black Friday Sale. So purchase by this Sunday, and the price drops 50%.

CALLAWAY GOLF-special prices on the Rogue ST drivers, woods and hybrids. But even more are the sales for Callaway Golf Apparel.

SQAIRZ GOLF SHOES-the best shoe on the market has a Black Friday sale. You can learn more at

Bettinardi Putters and the Queen B line.

Bettinardi is having a Black Friday Black release.

But now underway the Black Hive release features plenty of black finish items.

Bettinardi is the Chicago area leader in putter design and one of the top putter design companies in the country.

So learn more about the Tinley Park based putter company.

The Gog Blog Returns tomorrow. RS


THE HONEY IS READY at Mistwood’s McWethy’s Tavern-The Mistwood Golf Dome is open for the indoor golf season. Plenty of sports to view in McWethy’s Sports Bar in the dome in Bolingbrook.

The Mistwood Golf Course is closed for the 2022 season. But McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club on Renwick Road is open all winter.

THE BLACK FRIDAY SALE in the Mistwood Pro Shop starts early tomorrow. So head out to Mistwood Golf Club early tomorrow to get the best deals. Questions call the pro shop at (815)-254-3333 or visit

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is open normal hours tomorrow, so brings the clubs and bring your appetite. The games will be on in McWethy’s Sports Bar. The dome is located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600.

L-R Ed Stevenson-Len Ziehm-Bill Berger and Rory Spears.


From all of us at Golfers on Golf.

Ed Stevenson, Len Ziehm, Bill Berger and Rory Spears.

We wish everyone who supports our work a great holiday season.

Ziehm and Spears will podcast before the end of the year.

So do stay tuned or clicked in for details.

Rory will be at the Mistwood Golf Dome next week testing clubs and working on even more stories. There is plenty to put out before 2022 ends. Enjoy the news.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE and enjoy the holiday season. It’s underway, Black Friday is here tomorrow. Think golf. RS


THE MISTWOOD HONEY is back. Just in time for the holidays. So pick up your bottle at McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville-Black Friday Sale is back in the pro shop at Mistwood Golf Club-not the dome. or (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 on LinkedIn and Facebook.

The dome is getting ready to be inflated.


The Willow Hill golf complex in Northbrook, is about to become a year round golf destination.

Currently the dome is down, and not yet up and inflated.

But there is hope that within ten days it will be up and running. Golfers in the Northshore area sure hope it will be.

The cables are ready to be put in place (L) while the front door is up and ready to get pressurized.

Stay tuned for more news as the Willow Hill Golf Dome gets ready to open. But in the meantime, enjoy the holiday light show that is currently set up on the hill and opens daily at 5 Pm. The outdoor golf course and driving range are now closed for the 2022 golf season.


THE NEW STONEDRIFT SPA at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena is NOW OPEN. So find out everything the spa has to offer by visiting or call (815)-777-5000.

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.

Golf professional Mike Mandakas is the Founder of Elevation Golf-now in Burr Ridge IL. and Carmel Indiana.


Because if you are, it might be time to visit Elevation Golf now located in Burr Ridge Illinois after a move from nearby Willowbrook.

Mandakas and Elevation Golf are part of a facility in Carmel Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. Located close to the famed Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Mandakas speaking at a recent grand opening event at his Burr Ridge facility said,” we needed more space and wanted to offer our customers more than we could at the other location.”

Golfers tee it up at Elevation Golf.

Mandakas has installed six simulators in Elevation Golf, but number seven is on the way. The seventh simulator will be added to the fitness area.

Elevation Golf offers not just golf instruction, but golf club fitting, golf fitness, and golf preparation to go through a recruitment process for high school players looking to play golf in college.

NEED MORE-how about golf simulator leagues or just golfing against a top golf course in America or outside the country. Elevation Golf makes a perfect setting for special events, or corporate parties.

Mandakas who spent time working at Olympia Fields and some other clubs before moving into his own venue, is not afraid to keep adding things to Elevation Golf that will help the customers who come through the door.

CLICK HERE to hear the full interview with Elevation Golf Owner Mike Mandakas

The indoor putting green at Elevation Golf

But while simulators can be great for learning information about your longer clubs, how much they add to your putting game is another story.

But great news for those who want to work on their putting, the indoor putting area is perfect for that. Because it’s large enough to practice any length of putts you want to work on.

Elevation Golf has a great fitness area for those who want to work out before or after golf. But if it is a massage or an adjustment you need, there are both massage therapists and a chiropractor who work with Elevation Golf. You can do your session right there in a private room.

Do you need club repair or adjustment, both options can be done while you practice or workout. Elevation Golf is located at 810 Village Center Drive in Burr Ridge, and surrounded by shopping and dining options. Learn more at


THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is now open for winter golf and home to McWethy’s Sportsbar. So book your hitting bay online or by calling the dome at (630)-739-7600. See to check out Chicago’s premier indoor home for winter golf.

RORY SPEARS, in the Mistwood Golf Dome, with the Callaway Rogue ST Driver and Sqairz Golf Shoes. Photo by Bonny Brown.

IT’S NICE THAT THE temperatures have moved back closer to 50 degrees, but it’s too late to reopen many of the area’s golf courses, that shut down for the year last week.

So it’s time to take our game indoors and see where we all stand as the year comes to a close.

BECAUSE IF your in good shape, your either really good or really lucky. But the winter months are a great time to get a lesson, practice in a dome or a simulator the weak parts of your game. But you can just finally say, my clubs need to get upgraded. Then go buy yourself something that doesn’t say 2008 technology. So even if your current technology is 2017, it still might be time for an upgrade. No matter how new your equipment is, there might be a better option for you.

RORY WHAT WHERE YOU THINKING ? Rory McIlroy is one of the best speakers in the golf world. But he gets the two shot penalty for suggesting it’s time for Greg Norman to go from the LIV Golf operation. For all Rory does so well, he needs to look in the mirror and please come out for the removal of Jay Monahan as commissioner of the PGA Tour. The guy who started the current mess in the golf world, needs to take the blame.

KUDO’S TO JON RAHM. World #5 has suggested that the World Golf Rankings (OWGR) have become laughable, and he is correct. IF OWGR and it’s board members, who have several Conflicts of Interest with the LIV Tour and it’s players, can’t get it done. Then they should resign. SO IF NOT-then the OWGR becomes insignificant in the world of golf.

MR. DECEMBER well if it’s December, it must be Tiger time. Because as the Father & Son or Daughter scrambles start getting held. The Silly-Season tee’s off and Tiger’s name starts popping up. Because the reality is, is that-that’s what Tiger is these days. Plus kudo’s to Pat Perez on having a say on old TW, during a podcast this week.

MIKE MANDAKAS the owner of Elevation Golf in Burr Ridge. Now has a second location in Carmel Indiana near the famed Pete Dye designed Crooked Stick Golf Club. I spoke with Mandakas and will have a feature with him coming soon.

CONGRATULATIONS to three Illinois PGA assistant professionals Paul Schlimm Jr., Chris French and Kevin Flack on making the cut. Plus a few bucks at the National PGA Assistants championship. All three of you make your clubs and the IPGA Section proud in your great play at the PGA Golf Club in Florida.

I HOPE EVERYONE had a chance to get up to the Twin Orchard Country Club for the year end golf sale this past weekend. I’m glad to have some new golf slacks for the 2023 season. Stacy Larson and her team from Twin Orchard did a great job getting the show back-on-track after a two year break because of Covid.

SPEAKING OF SHOWS-Word is that the Chicago Golf Show is back after a two year break. The Donald Stephens convention center in Rosemont will again be the host. The show will run on the last weekend of February 2023.

ARCHITECT and EVANS SCHOLAR (MSU) Ray Hearn (Mistwood-Flossmoor-Midlothian) has announced today he will begin work at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club in Champaign IL.. Hearn tells me that there is announcement coming with another Chicago area club before too long.

CME GROUP CEO TERRY DUFFY rips leadership on the LPGA, after zero players showed up for the championship dinner. Good for him, the LPGA has it’s issues and they start at the top with new commissioner Molly Macoux Samaan. IF PLAYERS can’t show up for a free dinner with major sponsors, then they to re-examine what their goals are in professional golf. Attending a dinner early in the week shouldn’t interfere with anybody’s pre-tournament routine.

I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR THE FOLKS at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena. Because the Stonedrift Spa that was supposed to open in Mid-July, is now finally opened. Supply chain issues pushed the opening back over 100 days. See more on this beautiful new addition to the resort at

IF A LANGUAGE barrier makes one nervous. Then maybe before one comes here to play, they should spend some time working on their English. RS


THE YEAR END GOLF SHOW at Twin Orchard Country Club wraps up today 9-5 Pm. The Mistwood Golf Dome is open for golf. NFL ticket tomorrow. So bring your clubs and  your appetite. But book your hitting bay at or (630)-739-7600.

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

Paul Schlimm Jr. PGA Associate at the Chicago Highlands Golf Club is T-22 at the PGA Assistants Championship. Picture by Nick Novelli.

The 46th National PGA Assistants is underway at the PGA National Golf Club in Port St. Lucie Florida.

The Illinois PGA Section has three players in this weeks field.

Paul Schlimm Jr. from the Chicago Highlands Golf Club in Westchester is at 5 over par, but tied for 22nd place now after 54 holes.

But Schlimm is 12 shots off the lead. But all three IPGA players made the cut, even while they fell back on the leaderboard in Round 2.

Kevin Flack from the Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club in Rockford, is T-26 heading into the final round at +6. Chris French from the Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford is T-48 after 54 holes.

The winner of the championship receives an exemption into the 2023 PGA Professional Championship (club professional championship). The top four finishers and ties this year, earn exemptions back into the 2023 Assistants PGA Championship.

“We are very proud of the Assistant PGA Professionals that have qualified for this event,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “So we wish all of them all the best this week.”

Schlimm Jr. won the IPGA Stroke Play at the Chicago Golf Club in July. because of his strong play, Schlimm Jr. won the IPGA 2022 Don Drasler Assistant Player of the Year award. French (T-1) won the IPGA Stroke play at North Shore Country Club. But Flack claimed the final IPGA major of the year the Players Championship at Lake Shore Shore Country Club. But was also the winner at the IPGA Assistants Championship at Biltmore Country Club.


THE YEAR END TWIN ORCHARD GOLF SALE IS UNDERWAY-today from 9 to 8 pm, tomorrow 9-5 Pm in Long Grove IL. Great deals on all forms of golf merchandise. Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook is open for the season. Book your hitting bay at or call (630)-739-7600. MGD is on Rt. 53. Home to McWethy’s Sports bar

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.

WGA CEO John Kaczkowski (L) and Vince Pellegrino SR. VP. of Tournaments (R).

THIS IS YOUR ONE CHANCE to work the BMW Championship in the Chicago area for the next several years as a volunteer. There are 2,000 volunteer positions open, and the faster you sign up, the better your chances are to work in an area that appeals to you.

The 2023 BMW Championship will be played at the Olympia Fields Country Club from August 15-20. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 BMW Championship at Olympia Fields was played with no fans in attendance.

But funds raised from the BMW Championship all benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. Last year in 2021 the Foundation sent over 300 caddies to college on full-ride scholarships.

But volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and need to work three shifts during championship week.

***DEADLINE TO APPLY*** is December 19th.


Volunteers work in a variety of positions both inside and outside of the ropes. Some of the positions include, transportation, corporate hospitality, apparel sales in the merchandise tent. But all positions are important when it comes to putting on a successful tournament. Shifts do run from 4-6 hours.

“The BMW Championship could not happen without the dedication, enthusiasm and support from volunteers who are essential to our tournament success,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “Because serving as a volunteer presents a tremendous opportunity to see the tournament from a different perspective while also helping us raise funds for our sole charity beneficiary, the Evans Scholars Foundation.”

But volunteers are required to purchase a $175.00 uniform package. But the normal value of what you receive for $175 dollars, would be $629.00 dollars.

What you receive includes Peter Millar golf shirts (2). Peter Millar outerwear piece (1). One hat or visor. A BMW Championship clear bag (1). Your volunteer credential badge, which is valid every day during championship week. Vouchers for food and beverage on the days of your shift.

The 2023 BMW Championship will be the second of the three stages of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, now with a smaller field of just 50 players. But the top 30 players after the BMW Championship advance to the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta at the East Lake Club.


OPEN FOR BUSINESS-The Mistwood Golf Dome on Route 53 in Bolingbrook is now open for the winter golf season. The dome is also home to McWethy’s Sports Bar and the award winning chicken wings. So book your hitting bay at or call (630)-739-7600. THE NEW STONEDRIFT SPA at Eagle Ridge Resort is open at it’s new location on the former site of the General Store. So learn more at

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.

Stacy Larson is the director of the year end golf show at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove.

FOR THE FIRST TIME since 2019, the Year End Golf Show is back in business at the Twin Orchard Golf Club inn Long Grove Illinois.

The clubs director of merchandising Stacy Larson is the show’s director.

The show brings together merchandise from both public and private clubs, in the Chicagoland area. but many of those clubs are located in the northern and northwest suburbs.

There are racks full with men’s clothing.

While their are racks full of men’s clothes, there are also plenty of racks full of apparel for the ladies.


The show has plenty of golf clubs, golf, golf balls, golf shoes, golf gloves, golf belts, golf bags and items like range finders, sunglasses and hand warmers from the industry lead G-Tech Apparel.

The show runs tomorrow from 9 Am to 8 Pm and on Saturday from 9 Am to 5 pm. The sale prices are great, and likely much better than you will find even on Black Friday.

Twin Orchard Country Club is located on the north side of the Village of Long Grove. It’s just west of Route 83. So from the south, east or west just drive through the downtown area of Long Grove, and north up Old McHenry Road.

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