I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new golf course photo gallery here in the massive Hooked On Golf Blog Gallery. I’ve added the tremendous Carnoustie Golf Links course.
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for more images
Carnoustie is a historic Scotland course, regarded by many as the most difficult course in the world. Seven (British) Open Championships have been held there, including the famous 1953 Open in which Ben Hogan came out victorious.
Hogan’s Alley Ben Hogan Plaque – Carnousite Golf Links – click to zoom
I had a bit of a triumphant round at Carnoustie last week. I started out par, birdie, par, par, bogey. Even par going into the 6th hole, “Hogan’s Alley.” That’s a tough par-5. Unfortunately my tee shot went OB left. My 3rd shot from the tee was solid. My 5th shot missed the green left and I had a crazy S-shaped putt off the green for bogey, which I somehow made. Birdie on the 2nd ball. That’s probably the best bogey I’ve ever had.
I managed to play the entire round at Carnousite in high winds with one golf ball. Final score, with a triple on one hole, was an 82.
Some “friends” bet that I couldn’t break 100 at Carnoustie. Time to pay up chaps.
A quick check-in. I’m just out the door to head up to the “world’s most difficult golf course” Carnoustie. Over under on my score as a 3.1 handicap?
In the mean time, here’s a picture of the Old Course at St. Andrews I shot last night at close to sunset. Beautiful.
18th Hole, Old Course – click to zoom
It is the week of the PGA Tour’s PLAYERS Championship. Remember to always write “PLAYERS” in all caps. It’s what they do.
This is the unofficial “5th major” on the PGA Tour. I just hope the Tour doesn’t get any bright ideas like the LPGA did and actually make it a 5th major, because it isn’t a major. That’s a discussion for another day.
I’m teeing off on the very fun #10 at TPC Sawgrass. Nice draw, shaped with the layout of the hole! – Click for more Sawgrass photos
For now, here’s a link to my TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course review which I posted back in May of 2011. What a fun track. If I had one word to describe the course it would be “big.” It is a big course.
Since it is Masters Wednesday it is time for a post related to the Par-3 Tournament. At last year’s Masters Tuesday I took a couple of hours to walk the par-3 course at Augusta National with my Nikon and my Canon. What fun. I was literally the only person there for much of my walk. I captured some fantastic shots of this very beautiful par-3 track, though there was some cloud cover which produced gray skies. I think it set the mood even better.
Augusta National Golf Club – Par-3 Course – Click for more images
Oddly enough while walking around I ran into none other than Johnny Miller, who was playing the course. I said hello and he was cordial.
Click photo for more Augusta National Par-3 images
Augusta National Par-3 Course Photo Gallery
In my previous life I made my living as a drummer in a rock and roll band. I played 1000’s of shows all over the place. I’ve picked up the tour gig with Hooked On Golf Blog. For almost 10 years now I’ve been doing the “HOG World Tour,” the coolest golf tour anywhere. From St. Andrews to TPC Sawgrass to Augusta, I’ve been there. I can’t say how fun it has been.
I jumped at the chance to log the first HOG World Tour stop in South America. I spent a whole week in Bogota, Colombia in concert with the Web.com Tour’s Colombia Championship. While there I played two fine golf tracks: La Cima Club de Golf in the Andes Mountains, and Country Club de Bogota. Today’s review is of the gem that is Country Club de Bogota.
Country Club De Bogota – click to see more
Country Club de Bogota Overview
Country Club de Bogota is located in the heart of Bogota, a large city of 8,000,000 people. The course is a 36 hole private club with great supporting facilities, restaurants, swimming pool etc. The course is the home of the Web.com Tour’s Colombia Championship.
The layout of the course is what I’d call a traditional treelined parkland track. The course is TIGHT. A shot-maker’s course for sure.
Despite the tightness of the track, there is plenty of distance to go around. The course sits between 8,600-9,000 feet above sea level. The ball really flies. If you struggle with your distance and want to see what it feels like to hit it really far, come to Bogota and play. You’ll gain 1-2 clubs in distance.
Tee shots are tight! Click tozoom…
Tee shots are extremely important on this course. As I found out in my round, driver is not necessarily the correct play off the tee on all the par-4’s and par-5’s. The doglegs can be sharp and if one can’t work the tee shot a driver can go through the fairway. This happened to me a couple of times. Unless you are deadly accurate with the driver, a more strategic approach of irons, hybrids or fairway woods off many of the tees is likely the best plan.
The Andes Mountains overlook the course. Click to zoom
If you’ve placed your tee shot in the fairway, a fairly tough task, the approaches aren’t extremely difficult. There is no elevation change on the course to speak of, barring a couple of feet from tee to fairway or fairway to green.
There are many places where the overhanging trees on the fairway can force one to have to hit a curveball around them, or a punch shot under them. Once again, a shot-maker’s course.
Greens at Country Club de Bogota are smooth and fast. click to zoom
The greens at Country Club de Bogota are tour quality. They hold shots perfectly, yet roll fast and true. If you have any control over your approach shots, keep them below the hole. Downhill putts on this track are very difficult.
The undulations of the greens are not extreme though there are a few with double tiers. The speed of the greens makes two-putting difficult if putting from one tier to another.
I had a blast putting on these great surfaces. I made four birdies once I got used to the speed.
There’s a large practice facility a short walk from the 1st tee.
The clubhouse is very large and spacious with two restaurants, a swimming pool, locker rooms and banquet/tournament facilities.
Bogota, Colombia may not be the first place that comes to one’s mind when thinking of golf travel. Perhaps that should change. Golf in this region of the world is a blast. With the temperate conditions and tons of rainfall each year, the courses are plush and healthy. The altitude makes playing a blast.
10 Tee – click for more pictures
The conditioning of Country Club de Bogota is fantastic and the course is a very good test of one’s complete golf game, from tee to green.
Review: La Cima Club de Golf, Colombia
Country Club de Bogota website
Country Club de Bogota photo gallery