This is an automated post, set to publish around the time I’ll be teeing off today at Black Forest Golf Club in Gaylord, Michigan. Black Forest is a Tom Doak designed track which opened clear back in 1992. The course was one of the first Doak designs to feature the rugged and retro bunker styles which are now prevalent on most new designs and redesigns. I’m looking forward to playing the courses here as they remind me of my tree-lined home tracks.
Naturally I’ll be shooting a ton of photos which I’ll post in a new gallery following the round, as well was doing a review of the course later down the road. Stay tuned for both.
If time allows, I’ll also be playing the par-3 course here at Treetops, affectionately known as “Threetops.” Same applies with photos and comments.
6:06AM Salt Lake International Airport
My alarm was set for 4:15AM, but I woke up at 3:55AM. Must have been a little excited about the next leg of the HOG World Tour. Today I’m traveling to Gaylord, Michigan to stay at the famous Treetops Resort.
I’ll be in Michigan through Thursday to play and review the following:
- Treetops Resort
- Black Forest Golf Club, a Tom Doak design. Doak is one of my favorites golf course architects.
- Treetops, Treetops Smith Course
- Premier Course, a Tom Fazio design
- Black Lake Golf Club, a Rees Jones design owned by the UAW in Onaway, Michigan
- Ostego Golf Club Tribute Course, a Robbins/Koch design
I’m waiting to board my flight which first stops in Chicago for a couple of hours, then it is off to Traverse City, Michigan. From there to Treetops. I’ll be checking in when I get to Chicago.
Ostego Golf Club
Stay tuned here and to my two Twitter feeds @hoggolfblog and @thegolfspace as well as my Facebook page for live updates.
I had the opportunity to drop by Tuhaye Golf Club last week between my coverage of the USGA’s Amateur Publinks Championship. I drove a few miles from Midway, Utah to near another town called Kamas, to the club. I didn’t get to play (working on that) the course, but did manage to get some great shots as the sun was setting and the light was brilliant.
Tuhaye Golf Club – click for more images
I really dig snapping photos of golf courses. In fact, I thought of myself as a “golf course paparazzi” last week after visiting three very high end courses simply for photos and not golf… (more…)
Yesterday I had a serious time crunch. Since I’d had a tire blow out on the freeway en route to the USGA Amateur Publinks Championship. I was left with only 30 minutes of photo shooting time on my HOG World Tour stop at Rees Jones designed Victory Ranch Club. That may have been the most breathtaking 30 minutes ever, except for that time with the groupies from my old rock band. The skies were gray and light was flat, but I still managed to get a few decent shots of the course. I intend to get back during some better light for better shots and of course, a round of golf on this stunning track.
Victory Ranch Club – click to expand
Victory Ranch Club is near Jordanelle Reservoir, about 20 minutes from Park City, Utah. From the highest point on the course, the 17th tee, you can see for miles in all directions. The shaping of these fairways, views, elevation chance and contrasts between the course and the landscape are amazing.
Victory Ranch Club, 16th green. Click to zoom.
Here is the link to the full Victory Ranch Club photo gallery.
I’m happy to have finally added a gallery of photos of Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah. Midway, Utah is about a 15-20 minute drive from Park City, and around a 45 minute drive from Salt Lake City.
Looking down on both the Gold and Silver courses from the Gold course’s highest point. Click to zoom.
Soldier Hollow is the host of this week’s 87th United States Golf Association Amateur Public Links Championship. This “mountain links” course is actually a 36 hole facility but for the USGA Public Links Championship holes from both courses are used. The courses are the “Gold” and “Silver” courses, in honor of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, part of which took place right on property at Solder Hollow Resort. From the course you can see the cross country track. (more…)