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Sand Hollow Championship Course Hole 15 Flyover

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 14th, 2014
Categories: Golf CoursesGolf VideosHOG World Tour

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.

Experiencing Scotland’s Carnoustie Golf Links

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf Course ArchitectureGolf CoursesGolf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourReviewsTravel

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

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…)

Sand Hollow Championship Course in Hurricane, Utah – Aerial Video

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Categories: Golf CoursesGolf VideosHOG World TourMiscellaneous

Sand Hollow Championship Course - Hole #10The 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.

Still Images

I’ve uploaded a batch of aerial photos of Sand Hollow to the HOG image gallery.

Bandon Dunes Founder Mike Keiser’s New Project

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, January 10th, 2014
Categories: Golf Courses

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.

Sand Valley Golf Proximity

Coore – Crenshaw – Keiser

2013 Year in Review – Part Dos

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Categories: BoneheadsGolfGolf CoursesMiscellaneousSite News

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…

Carmoustie Golf Course

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.

Yeah, July did not suck.

Homestead Resort - Midway, Utah

Homestead Resort – Midway, Utah


Forgot to mention that starting at Kingsbarns in Scotland, I proceeded to play every round from the first week of July to August 8th without losing a golf ball. In total I played 199 holes of golf without losing a ball. Yeah, I couldn’t get to 200. Idiot. Choker.

In the most groundbreaking golf apparel event EVER, I posted my PGA Championship apparel script.

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.

The HOG World Tour went to Midway, Utah.

Diamante Dunes 16 Green

Diamante Dunes 16 Green


I released a new Hooked On Golf Blog site design which adapts to the screen size of the device, such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.

I did a lot of apparel reviews in September, including underwear guaranteed to shave strokes.

I posted my review of Mexico’s #1 golf course, Diamante Dunes. Fabulous.

Jack Nicklaus released his own golf balls. Ironically they were not “rolled back.”

Presidents Cup Streaker

Nice shoes…


In a yawner, the USA Team won the Presidents Cup. The International Team has only won the event once, EVER.

A skinny female streaker who wasn’t quite naked ran at the Presidents Cup because “golf is boring.”

Somehow, someone stole a 200 pound 3×3 foot golf ball. FORE!

Sadly, one of my home clubs, Hidden Valley CC, was sabotaged and many trees killed. Around the same time the club members voted down a Rees Jones redesign. Smart!

My wife bought me a gift for my birthday which changed my whole perspective on photography and video, literally. It is a remote control helicopter with camera mount.

My son Seve’s 1st birthday. What a special time.

Aerial Golf Photos!

Aerial Golf Photos!


Caught the first look at the new HOG headcovers from Ecktron Performance. Coolest head covers ever.

Started posting aerial photos of golf courses.

HOG World Tour visited Kanab, Utah and the Grand Canyon.

I reviewed the Cleveland Golf Smart Square putter.

I called out golf media for their shameless objectification of hot lady golfers like Natalie Gulbis, Anna Rawson, Blair O’Neal, and Holly Saunders.

Chi Chi Rodriguez hit himself in the chi-chis. OUCH.

In possibly my best and most in-depth review ever, I wrote about the Little Tikes golf set my 1 year old baby plays with.


Posted the 2013 Hooked On Golf Blog Turkey of the Year Awards. The winner was not Tiger Woods…

I reviewed The Ball, the Ecco Street Evo One shoes, the Cobra Baffler XL Hybrid, and the Under Armour Phenom sunglasses.

Jason Dufner won the inaugural “Most Entertaining Golfer of the Year” award.

I posted a reality check for golf inventors after finding about 50 versions of a ground breaking invention on ebay and online.

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