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Hats Off to Golf Courses Who Warn Customers of Bad Conditions or Aeration!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesGolf For WomenMiscellaneous

There is nothing more irritating than getting to the first green to find punch holes the size of Volkswagen Golfs. Courses that let you book a tee time and pay full price without warning you of these kinds of conditions deserve whatever lost business their douchiness causes.

I tip my hat and tip back my California red to my home course for not being one of those douchey courses. They warn the customers far in advance, and offer a discount for those who decided to come and play.

That’s how it should be done.

Well played River Oaks in Sandy, Utah. Nice birdie.

How Many Sleeves of Balls Did I Knock in the Water at TPC Sawgrass’s 17th Island Green?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 8th, 2015
Categories: Golf CoursesPGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

While everyone is enjoying this week’s THE PLAYERS (always spell THE PLAYERS in ALL CAPS, it is what they do) Championship, I thought perhaps I’d share a quick link to my experience playing TPC Sawgrass.  The highlight of the round was making birdie on the tough 14th.  The lowlight was… well, the par-3 17th island green, which kicked my ass.

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Why do my arms feel like rubber at this moment?

Here’s my full TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course review.

Chambers Bay Photos

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Categories: Golf CoursesPGA TourPro GolfU.S. OPEN

With the 2015 Masters Tournament in the books and the U.S. Open coming up sooner than we think, tour pros and media are now in Chambers Bay mode.  Chambers Bay is the location of the 2015 U.S. Open.  Some players and caddies are now playing “recon” rounds at the course, and media are starting to post their Chambers Bay material.

That said, I thought it would be a good time to remind any HOG readers that I have a gallery of some Chambers Bay photos for those who are wondering what the course looks like.

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Chambers Bay – Click to see the HOG Chambers Bay Photo Gallery

Foolish folks are calling Chambers Bay “America’s St Andrews.” This is about as dumb a statement as I’ve ever heard or read. First, St Andrews is a town in Scotland, not a golf course. Are these pundits saying that Chambers Bay golf course is America’s version of a town in Scotland? I believe the comparison they are trying to make is between St Andrews and the OLD COURSE, which is IN St Andrews. Having spent much time on both courses I must say the two are hardly similar. In fact they’re more dissimilar than they are similar. If I had to compare Chambers Bay to a course in or near St Andrews I would compare it to the Castle Course, but even that is a stretch.

Click the photo above or the following link for more Chambers Bay pictures.  I have a bunch more I’ll try to dig up and post later.

HOG World Tour Visits Mesquite, Nevada With Some Extra Gear

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, April 20th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesGolf For WomenGolf LifeGolf VideosHOG World TourMiscellaneousTravel

The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour made a quick stop to enjoy the very warm weather of Mesquite, Nevada this past weekend. After enduring the largest snowstorm of the year in Salt Lake, it was time to get out of dodge. The golf was a side-trip though, as I was in town to attend and honor a golf buddy and disabled Iraq war veteran at a local fundraiser.

This trip there was more than golf gear in the HOG Tour Van. Along for the ride this time was the big hexacopter (drone) I built for capturing photos and videos of golf courses from above. I managed to snap some nice pictures ahead of the morning groups Saturday, as well as some nice video clips like the par-5 5th hole video below.

Below is a photo of the par-4 6th hole which goes into a very cool desert canyon bowl.

Oasis Palmer Course - Mesquite, NV

Oasis Palmer Course – Mesquite, NV

Goodbye Night Watermen – Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course Irrigation System Installation Has Begun

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesMiscellaneous

The most popular golf course in Salt Lake, perhaps even the whole state of Utah, is Bonneville Golf Course and for good reason.  This is one of my “home” courses (yes I have several) and I really have fallen in love with the layout.  The greens are always well maintenanced, and challenging.  There is a very good amount of elevation change at “Bonney.”  And one of the most unique oddities about the course is the fact that it has no fairway bunkers.  None.  Can you think of any course which has no fairway bunkers?

bonneville golf course

Left of hole #2, irrigation materials staged…

Since its beginning, Bonneville has been watered by hand.  “Night watermen” pick up big hoses and patrol the course starting at about sunset, and work until sunrise to keep the course green and playable. I’ve befriended several of the night watermen, one who is no longer with us.  A plaque sits at the base of the tree behind the par-3 17th green, dedicated to my friend Jeff.  Night watermen are a unique breed; one which is going to be out of a job very soon.  Construction on the long awaited irrigation system has begun.

Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos

Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Photo by Tony Korologos

Last year I had a fantasy idea about tagging along with the night watermen and a video camera at Bonneville to do a sort of behind-the-scenes interview/story.  I dropped the ball, favoring my beauty sleep.  Maybe I’ll still have the chance if their services are needed before the irrigation system is completed.

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