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Review: Black Forest Golf Course At Wilderness Valley, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf CoursesHOG World TourReviews

Any regular visitor to this golf web site knows I’m a big Tom Doak fan.  If you don’t know, Tom Doak is a leading golf course architect who has designed many great tracks.  I’ve had the pleasure of playing several and really enjoy them.  When I had the opportunity to play a Doak design in northern Michigan I jumped at the chance.  A wise jump, no doubt.

Black Forest

Black Forest Golf Course – Gaylord, Michigan – Tom Doak Design

Black Forest Golf Course Overview

Black Forest is located in Gaylord, Michigan.  The Gaylord area in northern Michigan is a golf mecca.  The terrain, deep and dense forest and climate make for fantastic quality golf.

The course opened back in 1992 and was the first for Doak.  Hell of a start I’d say.  This par-73 (yes you read that right) course occupies roughly 400 acres.  For reference, Augusta National (home of the Masters) occupies about 360.  Total yardage from the Black tees (the tips) is 7,044.  Black Forest is not long by modern standards, but this course is not all about length.  Rating from the tips is 74.3 with a slope of 147.  Don’t let the tough rating scare you from playing the track though.  There are five sets of tees for players of all ability levels.

Since its opening Black Forest has earned many awards like “Top New Public Courses in America” by Golf Digest and “Best Public Course in Northern Michigan” by Detroit News. (more…)


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

Click either image here to see more Chambers Bay photos


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…)


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