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Salt Lake City Golf Division is Giving the Shaft to Bonneville Golf Course Patrons

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsGolfGolf CoursesMiscellaneous
Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos

Bonneville Golf Course

I’ve never written a “letter to the editor” of a local paper.  Tonight will be the first, a submission to the Salt Lake Tribune.  Below is my take, and below that the text which will be a shorter version for the letter.

If you paid for a six pack of your favorite beverage and only received five cans, would you be a satisfied customer?

If you went to the movies and the movie theater cut out 15 minutes of the movie, would you be a satisfied customer?

If you paid for a 60 minute massage and the masseuse cut it off at 49 minutes, would you be a satisfied customer?

Salt Lake City Golf Division is doing this same thing to patrons of Bonneville Golf Course.  We patrons are paying full retail for 18 full holes of golf, but not getting what we paid for.  The course is in the midst of an install of an automatic sprinkling system which has been decades overdue.  That’s great.  While the course is torn up the players are asked to skip large portions of the course, like the 500 yard par-5 first hole today.  In exchange for skipping those parts of the course a temporary hole is setup somewhere else.  This temporary hole is obviously a pale excuse for Salt Lake City Golf Division to charge full price since the player is playing 18 holes.

In the spirit of the game it would be good customer service to offer a discount, a free bucket of range balls, or some kind of bounceback rate due to the conditions.  Instead, Salt Lake City expects golfers to pay full rack rate, and that’s not sitting well with many.  Trust me on that one.

When I mentioned the lack of a discount to the staff in the pro shop (who will remain unnamed to protect their anonymity) they informed me that the asked the city about it.  No dice.

When discussing this lack of consideration for the players, one player on the course today told me “they’re doing it because they can.”  That is true.  While I could choose to go elsewhere, I’m still patronizing Bonneville.  I’ve been playing there for decades.  But I can’t help these feelings of resentment which have been building over the last several full retail rounds I’ve paid for, getting only 17 holes of golf.

Other courses in this area are very considerate of their players during adverse course conditions. River Oaks posts a discount for roughly one month when they aerate their greens.  That’s a course who cares about their customers.  Apparently that’s not the case with Salt Lake City Golf Division.

The Letter To The Editor (shorter version in hopes they run it)

If you paid for a six pack of your favorite beverage and only received five cans, would you be a satisfied customer?

As a patron of Bonneville Golf Course for decades–who has paid tens of thousands of dollars in green fees in my lifetime–I can’t help feeling like I’m getting the shaft when paying full retail for a course that is torn up and offering essentially 17 holes worth of golf.

Salt Lake City Golf Division should offer a discount, a free bucket of balls, or a bounceback rate to show their customers that they appreciate their business during installation of their new sprinkler system.  Granted the sprinkler system is much needed and decades overdue, but charging full retail for an incomplete product is a shank out of bounds and not in the spirit of the game.

End of rant.


Sandy Utah’s Hidden Valley Country Club Mountain Nine Changes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Categories: Golf Course ArchitectureGolf Courses

At the end of last season my dad and I played the Mountain nine at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy, Utah for the last time the 9th hole would be in its old iteration. The club is in the process of putting in a swimming pool and the par-3 hole would have to be moved and altered.  It was cool to play the hole the last time it was open.

Today was the debut of the new hole and we were there for that as well, which is kind of neat.  The new version is much different.  The elevation change is less and the angle different.  The green almost seems to slant away from the tee although the shot is slightly uphill.  I airmailed the green having kept the old elevation change in my mind, but did manage a solid up and down for par.  I’m even on the new version in my career of one time playing it.

New Mountain Nine par-3 9th hole design, May 2015

There were a couple of other changes to the Mountain nine.  The two front-left greenside bunkers on the par-3 4th where changed to one bigger bunker.  Photo below.

Par-3 4th bunker change, Mountain nine May 2015

The bunkers short right of the par-4 5th were changed to one bigger bunker and made visible from the fairway below. Previously the old bunkers were not visible.  Photo below:

New, bigger single bunker on the par-4 5th, Mountain Nine.

I’m not necessarily one who believes the player needs to see everything, but aesthetically that change looks “nice.”  The new bunker is much flatter and less deep, with hardly any lip.  The old ones were very deep and penal.  Very tough.

Lightning Strikes Golf Flag and Scorches Putting Green at Local Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesGolf For WomenMiscellaneous

Yesterday we had some extreme weather conditions with massive rain and hail that was bad enough that I had to pull my car over and park under a tree to keep my car from getting dented.

About a five minute drive from where I’m sitting right now is a 27 hole course designed by Johnny Miller called Stonebridge. The bad weather hit them too. A bolt of lightning hit a flagstick at the course, frying the flag and burning a crazy scorched pattern into the putting green.  See photos below, courtesy of Stonebridge.

Lightning burned putting surface - click for more Stonebridge photos

Lightning burned putting surface – click for more Stonebridge photos

Lightning burned golf flag… click to enlarge

Now think for just a second the next time you consider playing golf when you see lighting. That 5-iron is a lightning rod.

HOG World Tour Visits Sunbrook GC in St. George, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourTravel

While on vacation hiking and exploring southern Utah’s beautiful red rock country I stopped by with my aerial photo copter and caught a couple of pics of Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George, Utah.

Sunbrook Golf Course, St. George, Utah

Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George, Utah – click for more photos

Sunbrook is a great 27-hole municipal course. Each nine has its own unique style, including a nine which goes through lava rock.

For more, click the photo above or the following link to the HOG Sunbrook Golf Club photo gallery.

Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Club Looks Like a War Zone

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 15th, 2015
Categories: Golf CoursesMiscellaneous

One of my three (yes I have three) home courses is finally getting an automated irrigation system. Bonneville Golf Club, Utah’s most popular municipal course and one of my top favorites, has been hand watered since it opened in 1929. The course is a bit of a war zone right now. It really does look like this hole pictured below, the par-5 16th, has been hit by some bombs.

Bonneville’s Par-5 15th Hole Irrigation

If you’re looking to play Bonneville the next few weeks (May/June 2015) keep this work under consideration. Some holes are cut short or skipped. In lame fashion they’re still charging full price, so buyer beware.

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