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Bonneville Golf Course Aerial Imagery

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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Before Sunday’s morning round at Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course the skies were blue and there was very little wind. That meant an opportunity to get the drone out and do a quick flight before hitting the first tee.

It was a quick seven minute flight without much setup or analysis of lighting etc. I caught a couple of cool aerial photos (click photo below to see them) along with a decent video flyover of the 18th green (above). I’m building a big rig which will carry a much bigger and higher quality camera, so the videos and photos will soon be even better.

Bonneville Golf Course

Bonneville Golf Course – Left to right: driving range, hole #1, hole #18, hole #10


New “Old Pavilion” Opens at Old Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 12th, 2014
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The new “Old Pavilion” is open at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

“The Old Pavilion will give room for the golfer to wait in comfort, use the toilets and be offered light refreshments.”

After over 1400 years, there’s finally somewhere a golfer can go to use the bathroom when waiting for a tee time on the Old Course!  For those who have yet to enjoy the experience of “gowf” at the Old Course, the only facilities nearby could be found inside of clubs and pubs like the Dunvegan.  And going in the Dunvegan meant consuming a “wee pint,” which then created the need to use the facilities.  Sort of a vicious cycle…

Old Course – Old Pavilion – click for more photos of the Old Course

Can’t wait to experience the new Old Pavilion and see the new Caddie Pavilion as well, when I return in the summer of 2015.

FORE!

Check out the St. Andrews Links Trust Blog (one of my top reads) for more on the Old Pavilion and the Caddie Pavilion.


HOG World Tour Visits Rhodes Ranch Golf Club in Southwest Las Vegas

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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This past Friday the Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour made a stop at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, a short drive southwest of the Las Vegas strip.  I’d been to the property before, but had not had a chance to play it until this visit.  While there I visited my friend Jeff Bricker, assistant pro and former Utah local.

Rhodes Ranch - Par-3 3rd Hole

Rhodes Ranch – Par-3 3rd Hole

Naturally I shot a ton of photos and I will be posting a course review soon.  First impressions are that the course conditions are so good I’d compare them with Augusta National.  Seriously!  The fairway grass was so perfect and precisely cut, I actually took a photo of it:

Augusta National? Nope. Rhodes Ranch!

enjoyed my round playing on such a finely cared for golf course and the layout was very fun.  If not for two doubles on the card, I would have been close to even par on the day.  I need redemption!

Following the round I powered up my UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and did some photos and video of the course from above.  I prefer to use the term UAV because “drone” has gotten a bad name.  It isn’t an invasion of privacy and it isn’t going to blow you up.  It is just taking pictures of the golf course!

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club - Aerial view of clubhouse and holes

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club – Aerial view of clubhouse and holes – click for more

Rhodes Ranch Photo Gallery

I’m very happy to have gotten some new pictures of Rhodes Ranch. I had some very poor quality, dark images in the Hooked On Golf Blog Rhodes Ranch Gallery, presumably back in the (literal) dark ages when I didn’t know how to take a photo.

I’ve now deleted all the old crappy photos, and put a few new ones up. I’m still processing some of the images, so check back for more later.


HOG World Tour Visits Sand Hollow Resort Championship Course – Yes… AGAIN!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, May 4th, 2014
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Today the Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stopped yet again at one of my favorite places on this planet, Sand Hollow Resort in southern Utah. I logged a solid round with my dad, who had never seen the course before. I had a blast showing pops around one of my all time best courses.

One of the day’s highlights was a large drive I hit right up the gut between the hill and the bunker short of the par-4 13th, pictured below. Mind you, not between the hill and the bunker you can see.  The bunker I’m talking about is not visible from this angle.  I hit small lob wedge to about 10 feet and made a satisfying birdie putt.

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Sand Hollow 13th Hole – May 2014 – click for larger version

My photo library must have over 1,000 images of Sand Hollow Resort’s Championship Course, along with more of the Links Course, the practice areas, and clubhouse. Despite having all those images, I can’t help but shoot more every time I’m there. The scenery in contrast with the green grass and natural red sand is fantastic.

Related Links

Sand Hollow Championship Course Review

Sand Hollow Links Course Review

Sand Hollow Championship Course image gallery

Sand Hollow Links Course image gallery

Sand Hollow Championship Course Aerial Photos


Golf Book: The Greatest Golf Courses in North America

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 26th, 2014
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This Saturday morning coffee read is a new book I just received for review titled The Greatest Golf Courses and How They Are Played: North America (Greatest Courses).  The book “gives you a unique insight into the most spectacular and important golf clubs on the continent.”

Greatest Courses of North America

Before I open it I’m thinking what courses had “better” be in there or else.  So what was the first course I saw when I opened the cover? Black Mesa Golf Club, the one course that they could not miss and expect a decent review from me.  I can tell I’m going to enjoy the rest of this one.  Stay tuned for a full review down the fairway a bit.

Black Mesa Golf Club – Inside Cover


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