13th hole at Sand Hollow. Click to zoom.
Most regular HookedOnGolfBlog.com readers have likely read my reviews of the Sand Hollow Championship Course and Sand Hollow Links Course. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check them out and look at the photos of this fantastic golf resort which is located 300 miles south of HOG World Headquarters in Hurricane, Utah. Hurricane is about a 15 minute drive northeast of St. George. And you guessed it, I don’t recommend booking any times for a course in a place named “Hurricane” if the forecast is for wind. Trust me.
Sand Hollow is a special place, like no other golf course I’ve ever seen. The scenery of the area along with the deep red colored sand is only topped by the fantastic design/layout of the 27 golf holes. I’m not the only one who holds this course in such high regard either. Recently Sand Hollow was ranked #1 golf course in Utah by Golf Magazine AND Golf Digest.
One problem Sand Hollow had for years was the lack of facilities. The “clubhouse” was a trailer. The cart barn a temporary shelter. Restaurant/food facilities had no seating, no view and nothing much more than hotdogs.
Pro shop’s view of the brilliant surroundings. Click to zoom.
Recently the new clubhouse at Sand Hollow was completed, filling in the final puzzle piece to a world class golf experience. The new clubhouse not gaudy big and not too small. The outer walls which face the course are all glass, providing nearly 180 degrees of spectacular views. The pro shop is fantastic, showcasing great gear, logo items and a view like no other. What an office for the staff to work in. The food, which I heartily enjoyed last week, is finally beyond hotdog level. There’s a real kitchen now, with a real menu. (more…)
Big news this week in the golf world with the announcement that Gil Hanse (Hanse Golf Course Design) was chosen to design the golf course for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. The average Joe hasn’t heard of Hanse and he probably doesn’t care much. I was racking my brain trying to access some old files from my cranium on Hanse. I knew there was something. Once the cranial search algorithm finished I remembered that I’ve actually played a Hanse design, his home course in fact.
Applebrook Golf Club
I’ve played Hanse’s home course, Applebrook Golf Club, a few times. Many thanks to my best friend Al, who is a member there. The course is located in Malvern, Pennsylvania. I have a hard time describing what style Applebrook is because it is a combination of many styles depending on what terrain and vegetation exists on a particular hole.
10th hole at Gil Hanse designed Applebrook Golf Club – click to zoom
There’s a definite minimalist links flavor to the course with very links-style routing. There are also some holes which are tree lined and have a more parkland flavor, like the first hole. The contours of the greens extend to the areas around them, allowing for many links-style shot making options. (more…)
I’ve made the trip south with two of my best golf buddies to get out of the frozen tundra at home. Today we stopped by Green Spring in Washington Utah to loosen up the joints and try to remember how to hit a golf ball again. Later in the evening when the sun was setting, I managed to catch this snap of the 17th hole, a great par-3.
17th at Green Spring in Washington Utah - Par-3 - Click to see more
I was so excited to write this review about Kingsbarns Golf Links, a modern links course located seven miles southeast of St. Andrews, Scotland. When I started though, I ran into a mental brick wall. The mental block was simply due to the massive amount of information, photos and thoughts I have on this brilliant course. I didn’t know where to start. So much to say. Words can’t adequately convey how great the golf experience at Kingsbarns is. That being said, I’ll take my best shot.
Kingsbarns Golf Links – click for more images
Location Location Location
As I mentioned, Kingsbarns is about seven miles southeast of the “Auld Grey Toon” (old gray town) of St. Andrews, Scotland. The road from St. Andrews to Kingsbarns is tight, windy and scenic, in typical Scottish fashion. Driving on such roads can be a “wee bit” frightening for an American, as the cars are driven on the “wrong side” of the road. Of course anyone from the UK would say that us Americans drive on the wrong side…
Kingsbarns sits on the coast of the North Sea, many of the holes featuring fantastic views. There is a two mile stretch of the course comprised of six holes, which are entirely on the shoreline. Several times during my round with my good friends this past summer at Kingsbarns, we looked around at the holes adjacent to the North Sea saying, “Pebble who?” (more…)
Since the PGA Tour is in Torrey Pines this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, I was going to find some of my shots in the HOG Gallery of Torrey Pines. It was at that point that I realized I had yet to upload them. Dug back into my archive and found a few. They’re up now.
So click the image below or this link to the Hooked On Golf Blog Torry Pines Image Gallery.
Torrey Pines - love the para-gliders everywhere - click to see more
I wasn’t there to golf, though I could have easily gotten on. Next time I’m bringing the clubs.