SETTLERS HILL SETTLING BACK INTO GOLF

MISTWOOD HONEY SMALL SIZE (L) or IN THE LARGE BOTTLES (R)-CAN BE FOUND AT MCWETHY’S TAVERN at the Mistwood Golf Club on Renwick Road in Romeoville-McwethysTavern.com or call (815)-254-7001. Just in time for the holidays.

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.

Settler’s Hill in Batavia-now open for business.

ON THE HILL!

Settlers Hill is open for business again, and the Greg Martin renovation is over.

But unfortunately not everything is open for business. Because the outstanding looking new practice range looks great.

But, the range was not able to open in early August because range balls that were ordered months ago. Have not yet arrived. So as the old saying goes-wait until next year.

The new Settler’s Hill driving range is in mint condition, as the wait for the new range balls continues.

But the wait until next year, became this year, as the course that closed in October of 2020 reopened in 2022.

With the golf course located on a landfill, there are regulations which must be followed-when working on the cap of dirt that seals the top.

But in-spite of a few restrictions, architect Greg Martin took the moving parts the project had to offer, and moved them around just enough, to produce one of the best public courses in Chicago’s western suburbs. Granted, like any golf course that has just reopened from renovation there are some grow-in spots, firm greens, and soft bunkers. But the course with the views created by Martin, will leave golfers with looks not found in the Chicago area.

The new par-3 sixth hole at Settler’s Hill. 153 yards from the back tees.

The first thing that will look different, will be the first hole.

Because the new first hole, used to be the the second hole. As the routing Martin created, slides the rotation up one hole.

The new first, was the second, the former third hole, is now the second hole. The 18th hole was the former first hole and so-forth. So the routing allows golfers to start their round, next to where the new clubhouse is being built. Which is between the new range and new tee’s for 1 and 10. But the new clubhouse’s opening is TBD. 2023 is not likely, 2024 is a maybe.

The 130 yard par-3 third hole. The new bridge in the fore-front.

So for the meantime, the old barn clubhouse that has some improvements, will remain the clubhouse.

Across the parking lot from the big barn, next to the real old building, is the new four-hole short course. None of the holes are over a 100 yards, and are fun to play. They also make a great warm up before tackling 18 holes on the big course. Junior golfers will have fun playing all four holes.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR the interview with Settler’s Hill Operations Manager Dominic Navigato. (recorded prior to the course closing for 2022).

The newly elevated tee shot on the Par 5, 548 yard-16th hole.

The changes on the 18 hole course, include two new par-3 holes. Martin really created something special by taking out the brush to the right of the old tee box on the former seventh hole.

The new par-3 sixth hole plays to a green over the creek surrounded by a wooded area. This is a hole that just fits the landscape. The other new par-3 is the 15th, 160 yards with a deceptive green hidden behind a front bunker.

Martin added some elevation, in fact a lot of elevation on the par-5 16th hole. Moving the tee boxes up top on the hill, creates some adventure as golfers circle around the pond that guards the right side of the fairway.

Settler’s Hill is open and much improved, but not finished. So to learn more see Settlershill.com or call (630)-232-1636.

CHERRY HILLS FINISHES TOM DOAK RESTORATION

MISTWOOD HONEY now on sale in McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club on Renwick Road in Romeoville (815)-254-7001. Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook is open for winter golf. Book your hitting bay at Mistwoodgolfdome.com (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.

Cherry Hills Country Club greens around Little Dry Creek.

CHERRY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB in Denver Colorado, a long time championship venue, and site of Arnold Palmer’s lone U.S. Open win in 1960, has finished a major renovation by Renaissance Golf and Architect Tom Doak.

So the decade long project of the William Flynn designed golf course is now ready for the 2023 U.S. Amateur, which will be the third U.S. Amateur held at the club (1990-2012), that has also held the U.S. Senior Amateur (1976) and the U.S. Mid-Amateur (1983). This will be the clubs 10th hosting of a United States Golf Association (USGA) championship.

Cherry Hills Country Club-home of the 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship.

During the restoration process the golf course underwent work to help the playability of the golf course.

But the course was lengthened to keep it championship ready for years going forward.

Renaissance Golf associate Eric Iverson led the direction of the project.

The main issue was putting Little Dry Creek back in position last spring.

So Little Dry Creek was repositioned around several greens and fairways on both nines. But the project helped reduce course flooding, and help restore strategic shot values that Flynn originally created.

The creek had movement on the back-nine around holes 14-16. But with water now in play the approach shots on these par 4’s will make them among the most difficult par-4s in the country.

Because of a tree management program added to the project, several holes including five, nine, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16 were lengthened. The original Flynn routing saw the front nine weave like a “figure eight” on the inside of the property. With the back-nine running counter-clockwise around the outside of the property.

Flynn’s work also included clubs like Shinnecock Hills, The Country Club, and the Kittansett Club. But Flynn also made contributions at Merion and Pine Valley.

Past championships at Cherry Hills included the 1938-1960 and 1978 U.S. Opens. The 1941 and 1985 PGA Championship. The 1950 Women’s Western Open, the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open, the Palmer Cup in 2009 and the BMW Championship in 2014.

But for more information please visit CHCC.com.

GOLF AT MISTWOOD FARMS-IT’S AS SWEET AS HONEY

THE HONEY IS HERE at Mistwood Golf Club home of McWethy’s Tavern. So grab a bottle or two before the holidays arrive. Mistwoodgc.com or see Mcwethystavern.com Bee Keeper and Mistwood Farms expert Angelica Carmen at Mistwood Golf Club (R).

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 Bees are here at Mistwood Golf Club or Mistwood Farms.

MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB

OR SO YOU THOUGHT !

So does Mistwood Farms have a good ring to it. Because now when you play golf at Mistwood, the course has some signs and traits of being a farm.

Angelina Carmen is the club’s or farms bee keeper. But her role has expanded since leaving Cog Hill and joining Mistwood. None the less-the honey is good, so she is now helping Mistwood grow you might say in other ways.

Between holes 2 & 6 food products are being grown.

But just to the left of the second tee box, is a food growing area. So you need to keep your drives from being pulled low and left. Because you should be aiming for the pot-bunkers closer to the second green anyway.

Carmen’s work has expanded beyond the honey, and here is one place that it is really evident.

Have you seen the Green-House at Mistwood. The new shell on the grounds isn’t as green as superintendents Ben Kelnhofer’s greens on the course. But things are happening in the greenhouse.

IF YOUR WONDERING what is that new place off to the right of the 8th fairway, or behind the 9th tee box.

Well it’s Carmen’s office on the course, and as her role expands at Mistwood, it will be interesting to see all that happens in the new greenhouse.

Mistwood Golf Course has won it’s share of awards, celebrating architect Ray Hearn’s handy work over the clubs 18 holes and practice areas.

But the farm side of Mistwood is now a winner too. Because it has received a $9,000.00 grant from the Fairways Foundation for the work at Mistwood to grow biodynamically, meaning all organic inputs with no chemicals. IPM methods, crop rotation and companion planting. The Farm is Mistwood’s new chapter in a commitment to environmental social responsibility in golf course maintenance, food growth and food service.

Carmen prepared the extensive application to be reviewed by the Fairways Foundation to receive the grant, that only 12 applicants in the world were awarded. See more about the Fairways Foundation at www.thefairwaysfoundation.com.

The solar powered greenhouse (pictured above) is used to transition seedlings to the farm. The farm seen near the second hole tee box, is 8,000 square feet. But inn it’s first year alone, is has grown over 100 varieties of plants. These include edible flowers, herbs, vegetables.

Mistwood Honey-sweeten up your holiday season.

THE BEE HIVES and the honey is part of a project with Bee All About it located in Villa Park. The company brought 10 bee hives to Mistwood, which are now located between the maintenance shed and the bush-line down the right side of the 10th hole.

Bee All About It manages the hives on property at Mistwood, which are producing more than 500 pounds of honey a year. Now for sale in McWethy’s Tavern-but for now NOT at McWethy’s Sports Bar in the dome.

Carmen’s awards include the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2021. She was a runner-up in the Conservation Award category by the GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America).

CLICK HERE to hear the full interview with Mistwood Farms specialist Angelica Carmen

So all this winter Mistwood Tavern at Mistwood Golf Club is open. Because if you need a holiday gift, don’t forget a bottle or two of honey from Mistwood Farms. Mistwood is located on Renwick Road in Romeoville. Just west of Weber Road. You can learn more at Mistwoodgc.com or McwethysTavern.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-THE PGA SHOW IS BACK

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is your home for indoor golf all winter long. But the dome is home to McWethy’s Sports Bar where you can see all the game action, while enjoying some good food & the cold/warm beverage of your choice.

CLICK HERE to hear the latest on Mistwood Golf Club & The Mistwood Golf Dome in our recent interview with Mistwood Director of Golf Andy Mickelson (A-R). #Simulators

The new Willow Hill Golf Dome in Northbrook, is now inflated-But not yet open.

YOU CAN TELL IT’S DOME SEASON, because just a few of them are popping up around town.

BU THEN AGAIN it seems like the home of the golf simulators are really starting to pop-up as well.

I don’t think one can drive it more then 10 miles around the Chicago area without finding a place that has golf simulators, with a bar and grill attached.

EVEN THE PREMIER Golf Dome in town-the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook, is getting ready to add maybe 3 simulators. But with the prospect of maybe playing the Mistwood Golf Club on them. So stay tuned.

OUR VERY OWN LEN ZIEHM of LEN ZIEHM ON GOLF had a wild week at the ING (International Network of Golf) Winter summit in Sebring Florida. It started with Len in a pro-am for a Mini-Tour event. His pro partner opened the round with his first shot of the day by making an ace. Then another pro-partner holed his final shot of the day from the fairway to tie for lead after Round 1.

LEN ZIEHM ON GOLF photographer Joy Sarver joined the ace club, when she hit a 7-Wood 110 yards into the jar for a hole-in-one (her first). Congrats Joy.

BROADCASTING word is that NBC is replacing Roger Maltbie and Gary Koch, with two new members of the their golf broadcast team. Brad Faxon and Smylie Kauffman are rumored to be the new members of NBC Golf. At least NBC didn’t hire yet another UK type, now if they could get rid of Dan Hicks.

CBS replaced retiring Nick Faldo with South African Trevor Immelman, the weak link of CBS golf. Trevor the timid-one won’t come close to filling the pair Sqairz Golf Shoes that Faldo wore in recent years.

TIGER CAN’T WALK which meant he Withdrew from the Hero Outing. Tiger in an outing named Hero-what’s wrong with this picture. Well Mr. December was replaced with Sepp Straka, who actually is a competitive player and was T-1 after the first round. Woods also spent time calling the removal of Greg Norman from the LIV Tour. Maybe Woods should look in the mirror and call for the removal of PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. DITTO TO: RORY MCILROY on the same topic. Norman has since fired back at Woods and McIlroy and good for him.

THE PGA SHOW IS BACK January 24-27 in Orlando Florida. Or at least most of it is. 10 major equipment companies are back, so far only TaylorMade Golf and Tour Edge are not returning. I have reached out to Tim Clarke at Wilson Golf to confirm or deny a return to the show-but Clarke has been out of the country and not as of yet responded.

Front Office Executives from companies like Callaway-Topgolf, Titleist-FootJoy, and Cobra-Puma all issued statements about returning to the show. Several major apparel brands are also making a return to Orlando, like Ashworth and Peter Millar. Chicago based woman’s golf apparel leader Golftini announced a return to the show.

I AM VERY curious what this years attendance will end up being. Much better than last year-that’s for sure. But not likely as many as 2020-right before Covid struck.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

THE SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

MCWETHY’S TAVERN on the golf course. MCWETHY’S SPORTSBAR in the dome. So either way, your at Mistwood your at McWethy’s. Both locations are open all winter. But just not the outdoor golf course at Mistwood Golf Club. So settle in for the winter ahead, with good food & your beverage of choice. Mistwoodgolfdome.com Rt. 53 Bolingbrook.

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.

Book a hitting bay on line at Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600.

ARE YOU READY TO Head to the U-P of Michigan.

So how about the island Resort and Casino, with two golf courses and 36 holes.

The new wing of the hotel is open. So there are more rooms available.

But golf packages do go quickly, this past year, there was 2300 rounds booked by the middle of February. But by April it was closer to 23,000 rounds were scheduled. So don’t miss out- Islandresortgolf.com and some top Michigan courses are not that far away, like Greywalls and Timberstone.

The Preserve at Oak Meadows Clubhouse in Addison.

ITS TIME TO DINE-IN.

The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison is open for dining, from Noon to 8 Pm Thursday through Saturday only.

Chef Mike Riley’s menu has been updated for the winter.

So drop by and enjoy some great food, or a draft from one of the DuPage County brewers. The golf course might not be open. But the restaurant is. See DuPageGolf.com for a short-term 20% off discount when you make a reservation.

TOPGOLF is opening more venues in the weeks and months ahead. Vineyard Utah, which is located about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. But in Kansas near Wichita the states second venue will open on December 2nd. Details at Topgolf.com.

The Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines NC.

Toptracer arrives in Southern Pines.

The Talamore-Mid South Golf Resort has announced addition of Toptracer to it’s practice range at Talamore.

Talamore which has recently redone it’s main clubhouse and grill, with a new halfway house continues to get better each year.

Golf packages are available for anytime of year, and the Mid-South and Talamore Villas are as good as it gets anywhere. Talamoregolfresort.com.

The Callaway Golf Rogue ST-Fairway woods-now on sale.

ARE YOU READY TO UPGRADE

Because Callaway Golf is giving you that opportunity.

So right now you can upgrade to Callaway Rogue ST fairway woods, at a great year-end price.

So visit Callawaygolf.com and do your shopping, or better yet, go get fitted and make sure the right clubs for you end up in your golf bag.

BUT NOW THERE IS MORE from Callaway Golf. Because you can pre-order the new Callaway Great Big Bertha’s. So why now check out both Big Bertha and Rogue ST, for when you need new woods in the bag. Callawaygolf.com.

The Club at Lac LaBelle in Oconomowoc

THE CLUB at LAC LABELLE has a special holiday offer for you.

So right now if you purchase a gift card for a round of golf, prior to December 24th, you will receive a free hat.

But there is more. Because tomorrow there is a year-end holiday sale from 9a to 1p in the pro shop.

There is up to 60% off on some items. Details at clubatlaclabelle.com then stick around to watch the NFL on Sunday.

The Stewart Golf Trolley

THE WORLDS BEST TROLLEY-STEWART GOLF

Do you need a trolley ? Well if you like walk when you play golf-Yes you do.

Golfers on Golf tested the Stewart Trolley during an 18-hole round at Cantigny Golf. 5 STARS.

Because this push-pull or runs on remote cart, is the way to enjoy your golf, while walking.

So if you buy one now-you can get a second Pushcart valued at $299.00 for Free.

The Q-Follow trolley, comes with a remote control option, that allows you to to just walk while your clubs just follow you down the fairways. The remote distance covers 55 yards. But once your round is over, they can be folded up into a compact position. The Q-Follow comes with 18 & 36 models and enough power to cover the golfer even on hilly golf courses. Q-Follow caddies start at $2,699.00, but there are remote models (non-follow) from $2,199.00

BUT THE STEWART GOLF X10 also comes with a Follow/Remote. X10 remote works up to 55 yards. X10 starts at $1,999.00

CLICK HERE to hear the full interview with Stewart Golf CEO Mark Stewart.

The Stewart Golf electric caddies are made in Britain and are a world leader in the best walking cart on the market. The free pushcart is the R1-S that sells for $299.00. But you must make your purchase in 2022. Details at stewartgolfusa.com.

DOES YOUR PRACTICE FACILITY need something new from it’s tee line. Because maybe it is time to use the POWER TEE. Endorsed by company shareholder U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk used the Power Tee, though much of his practice, away from tournament venues. So get consistent tee heights and more by using the Power Tee. See Powertee.com.

Metedeconk 18-home of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Magnit Championship August 17-20-renovation by Ray Hearn.

THE KORN FERRY TOUR

HAS ANNOUNCED WITH JACKSON TOWNSHIP NJ.

A brand new Korn Ferry Tournament that be played August 17-20, at the Metedeconk National Golf Club.

The course now in it’s 35th year, has undergone a recent renovation by famed golf architect Ray Hearn.

MAGNIT which is a new company name (formerly PRO Unlimited) is a global leader in workforce management. Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin said,” We are thrilled to partner with Magnit to bring the Korn Ferry Tour to the Tri-State area.”

The 156-player event will be the 22nd tournament, on the 26 tournament schedule in 2023. So for more information visit MagnitChampionship.com.

TITLEIST GOLF has announced that the new 2023 version of PRO V1 and PRO V1x golf balls, are now on tour and being used by handful of Team Titleist Staff Tour players. For more information see Titleist.com No date has been announced for the release date of the PRO-V’s to the general public.

NEMACOLIN RESORT (PA.) NEWS

KAYLA KIPP of the Nemacolin Resort grounds staff has is now the firs GCSAA’s first woman to earn certification as an equipment manager. Because only 15 people in the world hold this certification, with Kipp being the first woman.

Nemacolin memberships are now available.

NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT located in Southwest PA., has announced it’s NEW Woodlands Club membership.

This membership plan allows it’s members to enjoy unprecedented services and amenities.

The membership comes in three different levels. So learn more at Nemacolin.com/membership.

Galway Bay all weather jacket.

GALWAY BAY

HAS RELEASED IT’S NEW 2023 RAINWEAR COLLECTION.

Galway Bay’s award winning rainwear, is back with more lightweight technology, that will keep golfers warm and dry.

But new options for 2023 include, the reversible jacket, a rain jacket, quarter zip pullover, and tailored rain pants.

The reversible long sleeve jacket, includes the Hydro-Flex 32 fabric-known as the most breathable, waterproof technology on the market. Colors include slate blue-black and a tartan gray-tone.

The Hydro-Flex 32 fabric, allows golfers to play golf, without a restricted swing on days where the weather is not at it’s best. So if it’s the reversible jacket, the Quarter-Zip pullover, the All-Weather Pants, check out GalwayBayGolf.com Galway Bay apparel is sold in selected golf shops and online.

Reggie Bush joins Cleveland/Srixon as golf ambassador.

FORMER COLLEGE and NFL STAR Reggie Bush has joined Cleveland/Srixon Golf as the companies newest golf ambassador.

Bush is now working for Fox Sports and the program “Big Noon Kickoff”, and has over 5.2 million social media followers.

When not inn the TV booth, Bush spends plenty of time on the golf course.

The clubs he will be using include: Srixon ZX 9.5 Driver and a ZX 18 degree fairway. Srixon 20 degree Utility. Srixon ZX5 4-PW Irons. Cleveland RTX Full face Black Satin wedges 50-54-58. Cleveland Golf Prototype Putter. Z-Star Xv Divide golf ball. For more information see Clevelandgolf.com/SrixonGolf.com.

THE NEW CLEVELAND SOFT MILLED PUTTER LINE- Now available. “The HB Soft Milled putter delivers milled precision at a remarkable value,” said Haley Wian, Business Planning Manager at Cleveland Golf. “With a variety of head shapes, alignment options and a fitting system to match any putting stroke, there is a HB Soft Milled putter to help upgrade your putting performance.”

The putter is cast in molten steel before the face and back are precision milled for performance purposes. This new Soft Milled putter, comes with (SOFT) Speed Optimized Face Technology. The shaft a UST-Mamiya All-in shaft is new, the shaft is 26% stiffer profile. There are 10 different tour-proven shapes to pick from. Pricing starts at $199.99-$249.99 with the UST Mamiya All-in Shaft. See more at Clevelandgolf.com.

LEN ZIEHM ON GOLF has posted on the recent ING Golf conference in Sebring Florida, learn more at LenZiehmongolf.com.

THE CDGA has announced it’s players of the year for 2022. Chadd Slutzky of Deer Park/Royal Fox as player of the year. Tim Sheppard of East Peoria/ Pekin CC earned CDGA Senior Player of the Year. So for more information see CDGA.org.

The Sun-Mountain Mid-Stripe Stand Bag from $369.99.

NEW FROM SUN MOUNTAIN.

The Mid-Stripe Stand Bag is viewed by Sun Mountain as a mix from a ‘Window Back in Time” now merged with modern features.

Mid-Stripe offers classic looks of the vinyl bag, but now paired with a bag-top, and built-in handle, with dual shoulder straps.

The Mid-Stripe comes in a variety of different colors, each with the creative design.

To find the nearest retailer near you please visit Sunmountain.com or call (800)-227-9224.

Sun Mountain Director of Design, Seth Enes says,” The Mid-Stripe is a fresh life-style collection with a twist from the past. It is a throwback to 1981 when our brand was first created. It is a casual style with a sporty look.”

NICK JONAS sporting his PXG x NJ Capsule collection.

PXG’s BOB and RENEE PARSON’s have announced the release of their first-apparel collection with popstar Nick Jonas.

The new PXG x NJ Capsule Collection is now available.

The collection is available at both Chicago area stores, located in Northbrook and Oak Brook Terrace.

“Bob and I are around the game almost every day of our lives. We love how it brings us together with others who share our passion. Someone who is big golf nut like Bob and I, is our friend Nick Jonas. So we decided to collaborate on a golf apparel collection. This true style with true performance,” said Renee Parson’s. Executive Creative Director for PXG. But for more information visit PXG.com.

THE ZERO FRICTION B-52 Bomber Ball.

JUST LIKE THE PLANE

GOLFERS CAN NOW BOMB IT with the B-52 golf ball.

So if your lacking the distance you want or need for your game, try the B-52 Bomber Ball.

The Bomber Ball was created with a 392-dimple pattern, which creates less spin than the more traditional of late-496 dimple ball.

So as a result the 20% reduction in dimples, allows for better velocity and reduces spin, which results in longer drives.

“The goal was to build a high-quality distance ball in a value pack, so we made this 15-ball package,” said Zero Friction Founder and CEO John Iacono. “To sum things up-its more distance and more balls for a reasonable price.” To order see Zerofriction.com or visit your local PGA Tour Store.

CABOT CITRUS FARMS-(Formerly World of Woods) in Brooksville Florida, has released a statement that work on the golf courses is starting to progress. Some of the courses have from 6 to 9 holes roughed in already. More details as they become available. Cabotcitrusfarms.com

HOLIDAY SPECIAL from LAB GOLF-free shipping on all orders over $500.00 through the end of 2022. LABgolf.com. The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

BGT-ZNE WEDGE SHAFTS & GOLFLOGIX 3D HOLIDAY IDEAS

DOME TIME the winter golf season is here. Are you still hitting the golf ball. Well now you can at the Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. Plus don’t forget you can enjoy the food in McWethy’s SportsBar-home of the award winning chicken wings. So get a lesson, a club fitting, or play Toptracer. Mistwoodgolfdome.com (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.

ZNE Wedge Shafts-BGT Golf

COMING OFF THE SUCCESS of stability putter shafts, and the Brava driver shafts adding length to your game, BGT has introduced the new ZNE wedge shafts.

So do you need stability, need help with being fully square at impact. The ZNE Wedge Shafts will work any brand, and testing shows that the ZNE Wedge Shaft redirects energy more efficiently over steel shafts.

AS A RESULT: 92% of golfers using ZNE shafts had better distance control. OVER 90% had tighter dispersion. 100% of golfers tested said the feel was better than steel. The shafts were tested and proven to withstand all types of turf conditions, and players with different swing speeds. SRP is $179.99. See BGTgolf.com

GolfLogix and the 3D Flyover.

THE 3D FLYOVER by GOLFLOGIX

GolfLogix that is among the world leaders in appĀ  technology for golfers, is once more setting the standard with two new boundaries and features.

3D Flyovers, which allows the player to see the shape and elevation changes of every hole from tee to green.

The GPS Distances with slope that takes the elevation data for accurate slope distance to any place on the golf course.

Because the drone-like 3D Flyover offers golfers the option to strategize how they want to approach any hole, based on their ability level.

The 3D drone-like approach allows golfers to have a view of what lies ahead ,before they even address the golf ball. But you can learn more at Golflogix.com.

BUILD YOUR GAME FROM THE “UNDER” GROUND UP

BOMB IT ALL WINTER LONG IN THE Mistwood Golf Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, or take a lesson from LPGA & Mistwood Golf Professional Nicole Jeray (R). Reserve your hitting bay up to 1 week ahead of time at Mistwoodgolfdome.com THE GOLF DOME is home to McWethy’s Sports Bar Open early tomorrow morning for USA SOCCER. Stop in and catch all the action before you golf. For details 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 and Facebook

Former Geneva Country Club professional Pat Lenski operates Golf Underground in Geneva.

IT’S BEEN SAID that you “Build things from the Ground-Up.”

So why not take things a step further and build your golf game from the “Underground-Up”.

Longtime Illinois PGA Professional Pat Lenski can show you how, when you stop by Golf Underground-located in the Geneva Commons Plaza-In Geneva.

Lenski has been running his golf studio out of Geneva Commons for four years. But it seems longer than that, because the Golf Underground has a feel that takes you back in history, all through the academy.

Relax with comfort in between shots at Golf UnderGround.

Lenski wanted his place of business to feel like it has all the comforts of home, and it has just that.

But home comes with a touch of history, not just by what Lenski has hung on the walls, but with style that fills his place of golf.

Because if you look on the walls, you will find some historic golf posters, and some of the famous Sports Illustrated magazines from the glory days of sports. Not just in golf, but other issues with covers that Chicago sports fans would enjoy.

When you need help on the putting green, Lenski can provide that all winter long.

IF YOUR ONE who enjoys some music with your golf game, that is something you can enjoy at Golf Underground.

Whether you connect it into your phone, or just listen through the speakers, you can enjoy the vinyl-yes vinyl coming from Lenski’s 1960 Zenith Stereo and record player.

But when it comes to golf, Lenski can help even more. Lessons, club fittings, simulator league and organize special events. But teaching golf is something that Lenski loves to do, and if you enjoy the sound of getting better at golf, Lenski would enjoy working with you on some game improvements.

The winter season is the perfect time to change either your swing or your clubs. Maybe it’s time to play a different golf ball, even of it’s not the same brand as your golf clubs.

One of the six simulators at the Golf UnderGround.

So if your junior golfer is at a time when they need to play better. Whether it’s to be more competitive in high school, or trying to make a run at a college golf scholarship.

Lenski has several students now playing Division 1 golf in college.

Now is great time to build up that golf game, not just from the “ground-up” but from the “UnderGround-Up”

While you are working on your game, or being part of a simulator competition, you can relax in style in the comfortable chairs that surround the academy, like bunkers around the greens on the golf course.

CLICK HERE to hear the full interview with Pat Lenski PGA of the Golf Underground located in Geneva Illinois.

The Golf Underground is located in Geneva. But see everything the academy has to offer by visiting Golfunderground.net or call Pat Lenski at (630)-201-2880. Because now is the time to start building your game from “The Underground-Up.”

BETTINARDI GOLF OPENS THE HIVE-QUEEN B & WEDGES FLY OUT

MISTWOOD GOLF DOME and MCWETHY’S SPORTS BAR are now rolling with both golf and football for the indoor season. YOU CAN book your hitting bay online or stop by for food and drink to watch the big game-like Packers & Bears this Sunday. So why not bring your appetite and your clubs to enjoy it all in the Mistwood Golf Dome. Which is located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook. Call (630)-739-7600 online 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 and Facebook.

Bettinardi Queen B Putters are here.

The 2023-24 line of Queen B putters is here from Tinley Park Illinois based Bettinardi Golf.

You can pre-order the Queen B’s now.

But better yet, is that Bettinardi has introduced a line of new wedges (back to wedges in a bit), in addition to the NEW Studio B Reserve, and a special 100th win edition putter.

So much to pick from-so little time with the holidays approaching.

Bettinardi Studio B Reserve

WELCOME TO STUDIO B RESERVE

The Studio B Reserve is a special production of a collection of putters taken to a higher level.

The group off putters will be released by Bettinardi in small batches. There will be altered face millings, finishes, necks, colors schemes and more.

Bettinardi calls it’s INOVAI 6.5 the headliner of the group that has flown the hive. Visit the website and see Long Neck BB1, a soft carbon QB8, and SS28 with a Flymill face milling.

HAPPY 100-Fred Couple won the SAS Championship on the PGA Tour Champions recently giving Bettinari it’s 100th win on tour.

The special edition 100th win putter.

WITH FRED COUPLES winning the SAS, it gave Bettinardi it’s 100th win.

So Bettinardi responded with a special edition small release (available now) batch of SS28 putters, done in a Gold Flame Finish.

The SS28 has a Welded Flow neck and a Floating FIT over Flymill face.

This special release also includes a commemorative blade headcover, that features 100-T-Hives stitched in golf thread on midnight black leather.

The 100th win custom head cover.

THE QUEEN B is ready to fly the hive.

Bettinardi calls the new Queen B Series something that pushes the boundaries in both beauty and craftsmanship. saying the companies most popular line of putters is continuing to evolve.

But the line is favored by golfers who want a fantastic finish, sharp contours, and heavier head weight.

The timeless 303 Stainless Steel line includes four models that have an all-new Caramel Copper PVD finish and a Mini-Honeycomb face milling. The 2023 Queen B line is Queen B 6-Queen B 11-Queen B 14- Queen B 15. But you can learn more at Bettinardi.com.

The Bettinardi 5.0 HLX Forged Wedges.

ROBERT J. BETTINARDI has taken his line of wedges to a new level of splashing out of the sand, and getting some stoppage and lift in getting out of the rough.

THE NEW HLX 5.0 Wedges are not only here, but are ready to help the golfer succeed in any conditions.

Forged from Carbon Steel, the HLX 5.0 provides a softer feel wedge. Then add the High Helix Cut Grooves, and you have the softest forged wedge face to date.

The milling technique allows for more weight on the flange, this raises the center of gravity and helps allow for a lower trajectory flight of the ball. So this shot can improve your golf game.

Bettinardi products are of course-Made in the USA. Visit Bettinardigolf.com to learn more, and see the Bettinardi holiday gift guide. But orders need to be in by December 8th.

LIV GOLF ANNOUNCES NEW 2023 NON-USA VENUES

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME ON RT. 53 IN BOLINGBROOK is open for the winter golf season. Lessons, club fittings, play or practice on Toptracer. mcWethy’s Sports bar in the dome is your home for all the sports. So visit MistwoodgolfDome.com or call the dome at (630)-739-7600. EAGLE RIDGE owner Mark Klausner shows off the NEW StoneDrift Spa now open. See the new spa and 63 holes of golf at EagleRidge.com.

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

LIV GOLF 2023 International locations announced

THE LIV GOLF schedule for 2023 is starting to come together. But the remainder of the schedule will be out in the coming weeks.

But the first announcement came last week, with the new Australian site that from April 21-23, the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide will host the Liv Tour. The Grange Club hosted the 1976 West Lakes Classic where LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, recorded his first professional victory.

But today comes word that other scheduled stops include Mayakoba’s El Camaleon golf course will host from Feb. 24-26 in the first LIV event played in Latin America. One major golf publication calls the course one of Mexico’s finest. Golf Singapore-The Serapong at Sentosa Golf Club April 28-30. Golf Valderrama-at The Real Club in Spain June 30th to July 2.

LIV GOLF CEO and COMMISSIONER GREG NORMAN.

“LIV Golf is truly a global league dedicated to expanding the sport throughout the world, and these destinations for the league’s 2023 launch showcase our commitment to tournament play at the highest level,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman. “These venues have played host to signature moments in golf, and we’re excited to build new traditions for the sport while delivering a first-class fan experience at some of the world’s best courses.”

But you can purchase grounds passes for these events that are already on sale at LIVGolf.com. so don’t wait.

The Real Club hole 15 a Valderrama Spain.

THE SERAPONG at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

Former Singapore open champions and now current LIV Golf players, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia have won here.

THE REAL CLUB in Valderrama Spain is has been ranked as one of Europe’s top golf courses since the late 1980’s. But the Real Club’s crowning achievement was playing host to the 32nd Ryder Cup won by Europe in 1997, and hosted World Golf Championships in 1999 and 2000. Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Garcia have won at Valderrama.

But the full 2023 LIV Golf schedule will be released in a few weeks, with the 2023 teams announced early next year. The expected prize fund for 2023 in LIV Golf will be $405 million dollars.

COG HILL UPCOMING EVENTS & TEMPORARY RANGE CLOSURE

COMING SOON TO WILLOW HILL in Northbrook (L) ALREADY NOW OPEN Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook on Rt. 53-Book your hitting bay at MistwoodGolfdome.com. So practice on Toptracer, get fitted for new clubs, take a golf lesson- (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 Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Practice Center will be closing several days for some scheduled maintenance.

Welcome to the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.

COG HILL has announced it will be closing its practice range coming up in December for several days.

One of the great things about Cog Hill, is that it has always remained open year round-even in the winter.

Because Courses 1 & 3 are open for play during the winter months.

The practice area, with heaters blowing down over the hitting area’s, have kept golfers warm when the temperatures drop.

But starting December 7th, the range area will close for 9 days through December 16th for maintenance. Cog Hill will notify everyone if the range can reopen sooner than the 16th.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS include the Frosty 3-Club tournament on December 3rd is on. Additionally on the 3rd will be the holiday open house in the 2-4 building. 10-3 Pm.

THE ANNUAL ESKIMO OPEN will take place on Sunday January 9th, 2023. Sign up today at Coghillgolf.com or call Cog Hill at (866)-264-4455 Played on Courses #1-2-3.