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HOG World Tour Journeys at Pechanga Golf Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
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Today I had the pleasure of whacking the white spheroid around the Pechanga Golf Course here at the Pechanga Resort/Casino in Temecula, CA.
Pechanga Golf Course
Above you can see my shot on the scenic par-3 17th hole. I hit a 9-iron past the flag left and it came back down the hill, nearly dropping for an ace. That was one of the highlight shots of today’s round.

Pechanga Par-3 15th

Pechanga Par-3 15th

Now that I’ve made my way around the course for the first time I’m looking forward to taking another shot, or journey at Pechanga, tomorrow. I’ll know better where to hit shots, and not where to hit them. That doesn’t mean I can control where they go, however.

 


HOG World Tour Visits Salt Lake City’s Soon to be Closed Wingpointe Golf Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
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Sadly, an Arthur Hills “links” style course here in Salt Lake looks to be closing at the end of this season.  I could go into the politics of why this is happening, and talk about mismanagement and all that, but I’ll just say that we have a lot of new bike trails in town now.

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View of Salt Lake City from Wingpointe’s 4th tee – click to see more

I played Wingpointe a few days ago and the greens were as good as ever.  Unfortunately the fairways are not that great and the only good lie a player is guaranteed is on the tee.  But that’s the nature of the beast when you are on soil full of salt from the Great Salt Lake.

Wingpointe Golf Course

Wingpointe Golf Course

That round a few days ago might be my last there.  As much as I love the design and the greens, the whole experience is tainted by the poor fairways.

I have many great memories at Wingpointe, like the time I shot 31-41 for a very irritating 72.  Won a tournament there too a couple of years ago.

Sad to see this course closing.  It won’t be the last golf course closure here in Salt Lake I’m afraid.

Bye wingy.


Aerial Photos: Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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The gear I bring to golf courses lately doesn’t seem to include golf clubs or a ball. I’ve been bringing one or more of my multi-rotor copters from my golf aerial photography/video fleet. Below is a shot I captured last weekend at Soldier Hollow, home of two great courses.

Soldier Hollow Golf Course

Aerial Photo: Soldier Hollow Golf Courses – click for more

In the photo above the closer holes are the “Silver” course, and the farther away holes on the side of the mountain are the “Gold” Course.

Below is a shot looking back the opposite direction, including the fantastic clubhouse on the right.

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Soldier Hollow Golf Course and Clubhouse – Click for more


Old Course Caddie Walks Us Through Holes 13-18

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, July 20th, 2015
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This is a repost of a 2010 feature by my friend and Old Course caddie John Boyne, part three of three.  Part one is here and two here. This piece covers the final six holes of The Old Course, and how a professional golfer should fare. Many thanks to Boynie for this great resource.  ~Tony Korologos

13th, Hole O’ Cross (In), 465 yards, Par4

Now the golf course begins. This magnificent par four plays as the second most difficult hole on the course after the 17th Road Hole not only during the Championship but also day to day.

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Old Course Caddie Walks Us Through Holes 1-6

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, July 16th, 2015
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Note: This is a repost of a 3-part walk through of The Old Course at St. Andrews by my good friend and Old Course caddie John Boyne (Boynie) of Caddie Golf Tours.  I asked John to give us these hole by hole descriptions for the 2010 (British) Open Championship and he kindly obliged because, well, he’s a hell of a good guy. Watch for the next two posts covering holes 7-12 and holes 13-18 respectively. Many thanks to Boynie for doing this special piece just for Hooked On Golf Blog ~Tony Korologos

The descriptions for the holes that I summarise on the Old Course at St. Andrews will be as if the golfer has found the perfect day for golf on the links – no wind!

1st, Burn, 376 yards, Par4

Should be a relatively straight forward par 4 with the tee shot heading down the widest fairway in golf – 143 yds across the walkway Granny Clarks Wynd – No excuses for missing it really!

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