My golf aerial photo/video setup is improving very well. Since shooting this clip below I’ve put a lot of work into it to make it even better. Still, this is awesome. This is the 15th hole at the Sand Hollow Championship Course in Hurricane, Utah. This is an awesome par-3 about 195 yards.
Two days ago I had intended to write a great blog post and course review featuring Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. At that point in time writing a single word became as difficult as this legendary golf links is to play. Where would I start? How could I possibly convey how special of place it is? I felt like my limited blogging/writing skills could not do justice to this golf course which is known by many as the toughest test of golf in the world, a place which has hosted seven Open Championships, a senior Open Championship, the British Amateur Championship, and Women’s British Open.
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for larger image
I’ve decided to do two articles about Carnoustie. One will be a standard course review and one, this one, a recollection of what it was like for me to play the course and what my thoughts and impressions were. (more…)
The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stopped back one one of my favorite places this past weekend, Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, Utah. Sand Hollow Resort has three courses, a links course, par-3 course and their Championship Course. This facility is one of the best on the planet and the golf is out of this world due to the unique terrain.
While on the course for a couple of days I launched the HOG drone, a camera equipped mini helicopter I’ve built for shooting photos and videos of golf courses (and anything else I can fly over). Though it is winter and the course isn’t as green as it would be in the spring and summer, this video is still quite stunning. This is not bad for my first attempt at putting together video flyover highlights of a golf course.
How fun is this? I’m looking forward to my next trip down later in the season when the course is more green and I will have more time to work on the shots. This time around was quite educational and I will only get better.
If you’d like to hire me to shoot your golf course, event, or location with this setup feel free to contact me.
Here’s a note from Bandon Dunes Founder Mike Keiser on a new project called Sand Valley. Anything which is a “cross between Pine Valley and Sand Hills” is good in my book.
January 9, 2014 – Nekoosa, Wisconsin
From: Mike Keiser – Founder, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
I have purchased the land and The Founders and I have decided to build the first of four golf courses at Sand Valley. The first course will be designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Bandon Trails, Cabot Cliffs). Design work will begin as soon as the snow melts and we plan to be open for play in Spring 2016.
With Cabot Cliffs (Inverness, Nova Scotia) underway and Gil Hanse and I working on Bandon Links (Bandon, OR), I really tried to resist this project, but within 30 minutes of being on site, I was hooked. It is a thrilling dunescape – a cross between Pine Valley and Sand Hills.
This is great. Arguably the best golf developer of the last 50 years writes a 4 sentence press release about a project which will likely be right up there with Bandon Dunes. Love it.
Welcome to part dos of the 2013 Hooked On Golf Blog Year in Review. The 2nd half of this great year started off in golf mecca…
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for more images
On July 1, 2013 I played the Old Course in St. Andrews with my best friend in the world, and the best Old Course caddie John “Boynie” Boyne of Caddie Golf Tours. I made a tactical error by reducing the loft of my driver one degree because it was so bloody windy. That made my driving accuracy awful as I had more sidespin. Consequently the Old Lady ate my lunch and crushed my confidence! I gained new respect for the Old Course.
Through the first week of July my Scotland golf trip continued. I played the absolutely fabulous Kingsbarns Golf Links in mega-wind. I hit a downhill 4-iron 128 yards and a crushed hybrid 132 yards! Solid!
I played Carnoustie, considered the toughest golf course in the world. I was even par after passing through Hogan’s Alley! I was -1 through 4. Solid 82.
Played two rounds on the Castle Course, another on the Old Course, and a round on the Torrance Course.
The final round of the Scotland trip was special, and the first round I broke 80. We played the wonderful Balcomie Golf Links in Crail. That round changed my perspective with regards to what I’d like to do the next time I’m golfing in Scotland. The next trip will be a tour of the coastline, playing every course which comes along the way.
Two weeks after I got back from Scotland my heart was aching to be back in Scotland as I watched Phil Mickelson win the Scottish Open, then the Open Championship a week later.
Continuing on with possibly the best July on record for me, I did a media trip to Cabo San Lucas and played the #1 (Diamante Dunes) and #2 (Cabo Del Sol) courses in Mexico. So in a one month period I played 4-5 of the top 50 courses in the WORLD.
Jason Dufner won the PGA Championship in boring fashion. Then, the most exciting part of the week was when he grabbed his wife’s ass on the 18th green in front of about 20 billion people. Nicely played.
Sadly, the new club president at my men’s association ran the club into the ground. Only six people showed up for the championship.