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HOG World Tour Plays Golf on Mars – Conestoga in Mesquite, Nevada

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesGolf For WomenHOG World Tour

The HOG World Tour is in Mesquite, Nevada this week for a Ryder Cup style golf buddy trip which visits three courses.  Today’s course, Conestoga, also known as the Red Planet, Mars.

It has been a while since I played Conestoga. I forgot how fun the course is.  Bring your target game here.

There are a few funky holes, like the 4th (below).  The fairway ends and a 40 foot cliff happens.  Good thing there’s a fence.

Review: Michigan’s Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, March 19th, 2018
Categories: Golf For WomenGolf LifeGolf LifestyleReviewsTravel

Michigan is home to over 800 golf courses and I’m doing my best to experience as many as possible by traveling there about once per year.  It might take a while to finish off the task, but it will be worth it.  Michigan golf is tremendous, especially in the north.

Now that I’ve convinced you to plan a golf trip to Michigan, you’re going to need a great place to stay.  Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has you covered.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is located just outside of Traverse City in Williamsburg, Michigan. There are endless nearby attractions for golfers and non golfers alike.  The resort is close to the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. It’s a beautiful area.


On property are three very fun golf courses which boast widely different architectural styles, the Resort Course by William Newcomb, the Gary Player Wolverine Course, and the Jack Nicklaus Bear Course.  I had the pleasure of playing The Bear and The Wolverine during my stay.

The Wolverine Course (Gary Player Design)


Grand Traverse offers various rooms in their tower and hotel as well as condos and suites.  I stayed in the tower and my room was very spacious, warm, roomy, and comfortable.  Plus I could watch the golf courses from an eagle’s vantage point (image below).

Room With a View (of the golf course!)


Other than golf the resort offers WiFi, HDTV’s, two indoor and outdoor pools, three outdoor and one indoor hot tub, indoor water playground, private beach club, spa, salon, large fitness center, tennis courts, day care, nearby gaming/casino, business center, watercraft rental.


I did some shopping in the Marketplace during my stay.  There are numerous shops offering all sorts of great gifts, apparel and more.



There are five restaurants and lounges at Grand Traverse.  I enjoyed a couple of meals at The Grille, which is conveniently located near the golf, the place I need it.  The foot there was very well prepared, with generous portions and a great selection.

On the fancy night out I enjoyed the 5-star Aerie Restaurant and Lounge, which is one of the highest rated in Michigan.  Fantastic steak.


I found all of the staff to be very friendly, helpful, and professional.  No matter what I needed or where I was, the staff was well prepared and able to provide a great customer service experience.

Final Thoughts

You MUST plan on Michigan for your next golf getaway or a golf buddy trip.  Aside from the on property courses at Grand Traverse, there are dozens of amazing courses you can play. Check out the other Michigan golf course reviews here at Hooked on Golf Blog.  Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is a great choice for a home base on your Michigan golf trip.


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Gallery

The Bear – Jack Nicklaus Course

The Wolverine – Gary Player Course

First Listen – Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf Gear

I’m my previous life I was a professional rock & roll drummer and recording studio owner.  I know just a tiny bit about audio.  I don’t get to “mix” that world and the golf world often (did you catch that one?), so I find it a fun opportunity to review Trekz Titanium “Bone Conduction” headphones.   Bone conduction, you ask?  Yeah.  That’s what I asked too.

You’ll notice in the photo of my beautiful ear above that the headphones are not over my ear canal.  No that’s not because I need to keep it open for the creatures living in my head to have a pathway. The phones actually conduct the audio through the bones in the jaw/skull.

I’ve been listening to these phones each day while writing code at work.  Can these phones unseat my Sony MDR-7506’s as my go-to cans?  Stay tuned for the full Hooked on Golf Blog review soon.

Random Stuff You Find on the Golf Course – Snow Shovel in Tree Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, March 12th, 2018
Categories: BoneheadsMiscellaneous

When I started this blog in 2004 there were only 3-4 other golf blogs. Top five baby. I’ve been at it for well over a decade. Nowadays there are more golf blogs than John Daly has ex-wives. The key to this blog’s amazing success is to separate itself from the other golf blogs; deliver an informative, entertaining, and unique product.  One of the most unique and entertaining categories I love to write here is “Random Stuff You Find on the Golf Course.”  This can be anything from soiled underwear to toothbrushes to porno videos.  Let’s look at today’s feature:

While playing yesterday I found this tree between the 17th green and 18th fairway of one of the more, um “blue collar” courses here in town.  The tree looked a wee bit odd from a distance. Upon further examination I discovered there was a snow shovel lodged in the tree.  Yes, a tree in the middle of a golf course with a snow shovel in it.

This concludes today’s episode of Random Stuff You Find on the Golf Course.


World Premiere – First Hooked on Golf Blog Golf Trick Shot Video

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Categories: Boneheads

Golf trick shot videos are very popular on social networks right now. You know, those videos where some golfer juggles a golf ball with his wedge while standing on the shoulders of his buddy who is blindfolded, then passes the ball to his buddy who then hits his driver over a football stadium into a tiny plastic cup. Then they all jump around like they just won the Masters.  I’ll admit, I’ve made fun of them.

I’ve come around on the trick shot videos though. I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and make my own golf trick shot video.  Since there are so many people doing them these days, I wanted my video to be unique. Stand out.  I decided to do something that I’ve never seen any other golf trick shot video artist do.  To make it even more unique, I vowed to do the shot on the first take and with no video editing. Raw. Unedited. No CGI graphics. The one thing I did decide to do like the other trick shot videos is shoot it in portrait mode, not landscape mode. This has previously been very annoying to me, as most screens are landscape oriented and the video looks dumb. But I understand that this is how video is shot these days.

So here it is, the first HOG trick shot video.  Enjoy.

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