Golf Courses


Image Gallery Updated: Salish Cliffs Golf Course, Shelton, Washington

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 10th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourSite News

I’ve finished uploading a few photos from the recent Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop at Salish Cliffs in Shelton, Washington.  Below in the shot of the 18th green can you see my ball?  I made that putt for birdie!

Salish Cliffs Golf

Salish Cliffs Golf Club – click to see more

The course is a tree lined Gene Bates design, about 1.5 hours southwest of Seattle.

Salish Cliffs Golf

Salish Cliffs Golf Club – click to see more

I’m working on my review of Salish Cliffs, but for now click either image above or the link below to enjoy some of the photos in the gallery.

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Salish Cliffs Image Gallery


HOG World Tour Visits Chambers Bay, Site Of The 2015 U.S. Open

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourSite News

Greetings from Vancouver, BC.  I’m just getting ready to hit the town but thought I’d upload a couple of photos from yesterday’s HOG World Tour stop at Chambers Bay.  Chambers Bay is about 30-45 minutes south of Seattle and home of the 2015 U.S. Open.  The track looks very fun, but unfortunately my schedule did not allow for me to play it this time around.

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Click for more Chambers Bay images

The course is nice and brown, though my photos have been hot-rodded a bit to make them look a little more aesthetically pleasing.  Stay tuned for when I upload the rest of the images next week.

Chambers Bay Golf

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HOG World Tour Visits Salish Cliffs Golf Course, Shelton, WA

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World Tour

Greetings from beautiful Shelton, Washington.  I just finished playing the beautiful Salish Cliffs Golf Club here.  Wow what a great mountain track with some beautiful tree-lined holes and perhaps the best quality greens I’ve putted all year.

Salish Cliffs

Salish Cliffs Golf Club – click to zoom

I’m on the road for a few days so stay tuned for a full photo gallery of Salish Cliffs, and a full review within a few weeks.


Review: Treetops Fazio Premier Course – Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf CoursesHOG World TourReviewsTravel
Treetops Premier Course

Tom Fazio Designed Premier Course

Famed golf course architect Tom Fazio has one design in Michigan, the Premier Course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.  The Premier Course is one of five courses at Treetops Resort.

Premier Course Overview

The Premier Course is a 6,832 yard, par-72 layout which fully takes advantage of the very interesting northern Michigan terrain with its dense forest, large elevation changes and great views.  The course opened in 1992.  Current prices for play vary depending on the season, ranging from $65-$145.

Speaking of the season, Treetops is also a ski resort in the winter, so the course is obviously not open all year.  Generally, the course is open from April 30 to October 31.

Tee

Tom Fazio tees almost always present an aesthetically pleasing look.  Premier targets frame up nicely from the tee, typically with the dense northern Michigan forest lining each side.  There is a wide variation of hole shapes which asks the better player to be able to hit draws, fades and the ever difficult straight ball.

From the par-4 first tee the player experiences an immediate dose of the elevation changes.  Right off the bat there’s a very large drop which tempts you into swinging even harder with your driver.  No need though, a regular swing will gain extra yards due to the elevation change. (more…)


Review: Treetops Par-3 “3Tops” Course In Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 27th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf CoursesHOG World TourTravel

How many dog-track par-3 courses are in your neck of the woods? When considering par-3 courses, one doesn’t think of a top resort or golf travel destination. I used to think of “Paul’s Par-3,” a very low budget track which fetches $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends, payable through a donation envelope deposited into a slit in a steel pole by the first tee. There’s no pro shop.

Treetops 3Tops Par-3 Course

Treetops Par-3 Course, “3Tops” – Click for more…

Following my thorough examination of Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, my view of par-3s has completely changed. I had so much fun playing the par-3 course at Treetops, called “3Tops,” that I’d rather play that course over countless 18 hole par-72 tracks.

3Tops Overview

3Tops has 9 par-3 holes ranging from 90 yards to as long as 220+ yards. The elevation changes are absolutely stunning. Bring your camera. Many holes have elevation drops which can call for as many as 4 clubs worth of distance. The 220+ yard 3rd hole for instance, had a drop which I estimate to be over 100 feet. For that tee shot 7-irons were hitting pin high, after being airborne for somewhere around 22 minutes.

The course design is wonderful and fun, winding up and down large hills. Add plush green grass, white sand bunkers, and dense forest framing up the holes, and the result is a complete winner. In fact the track is widely known as the best par-3 course in America. I’ve toured the par-3 at Augusta National Golf Club and 3Tops is every bit as beautiful and surely more challenging with the massive elevation changes.

Treetops Par-3 Course - click for more

Treetops Par-3 Course – click for more

I tried my hardest to reproduce the $1,000,000+ hole-in-one Lee Trevino carded on the 140 yard 7th hole. Trevino aced it during the Par-3 Shootout on ESPN back in 2007. My gap wedge hit about 3-4 feet from the back pin. Unfortunately the ball spun back an incredible 24 yards. I was happy to make a par. No million dollar prize for me, but I did enter the Michigan lottery. You never know.  Check out the video below documenting the shot:

Conclusion – 3Tops at Treetops IS Tops!

A round of golf on 3Tops runs $50. Not cheap for a par value of 27. But in that nine holes is enough fun to cover 18 regular holes or more, plus rounds clock in at around a hour. As a bonus, the chance of making one’s own ace, whether for a million bucks or $2 worth of 50 cent skins, is increased by more than double over a standard 18 hole track.

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Treetops Website

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