Greetings from the small town of Española, New Mexico. I’m staying in the Santa Claran Hotel, just a few minutes from Black Mesa Golf Club.
Today was mostly a travel day, but I managed to squeeze 18 holes in on one of my favorite courses in the world. I made a new friend, John Ehle, a writer from Wisconsin. We blazed through the course and had a fantastic time. It is very fun to take someone around the course who has not seen it before. I sort of rediscover each hole myself.
I was happy with how I played the course today. After getting up at 4 a.m. and flying to Albuquerque, then driving nearly 100 miles to the course I can’t complain. The start was shaky, bogey-double. I sucked it up and made 11 straight pars from hole #5 to hole #16. Played my best ever on the par-3’s, even par. Hole #8 is a BUGGER, playing at 239 yards. Solid 3-wood to 10 feet.
Children have Disney. I have Black Mesa Golf Club in La Mesilla, New Mexico.
Black Mesa Golf Club - Click for more images
This is an auto post I’m happily writing to publish while I’m on my flight from HOG World Headquarters to my remote office for the week, Black Mesa. I’ll be playing the course, seeing my good friends on the Black Mesa staff, eating the best breakfast burritos in the world and experiencing Taos New Mexico and Taos Country Club.
Stay tuned for live posts as well as many live Facebook and Twitter updates this week.
I’d say this is the 5th best week of the year, THE PLAYERS Championship week. Remember that whenever you use the words THE PLAYERS they need to be in all caps. At least that’s what the Tour does…
The 17th Island Green At TPC Sawgrass - click for more
I have a few previous articles related to THE PLAYERS that I’d like to refer HOG readers to. First is my TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course review, which I posted back in May of 2009. That piece is one of my longest course reviews ever, clocking in at over 3,000 words. I tried to convey the whole experience of playing there from the locker room to the pro shop to gagging a sleeve of brand new Titleist ProV1’s into the drink on the island green at #17.
I also have quite a large TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course photo gallery. Every hole is there along with the clubhouse and practice facilities. Roughly 120 photos.
Thanks to my good friend and golf pal “Shanego” for sending me this set of fun photos from a golf course in El Salvador Central America called Las Veraneras. I’m happy to add these photos to the HOG Photo Gallery, courtesy of Shanego with full photo credits.
Las Veraneras Golf, El Salvador - click for more
El Salvador is south of Guatemala and north of Nicaragua, west of Honduras on the west coast of Central America. My buddy is down there for some work, but managed to slip out to Las Veraneras for a round of golf during Masters week.
Las Veraneras TPC style island green! - click to zoom
Thanks to Shanego and keep ’em coming buddy! Many people will enjoy the photos and perhaps we can bring some awareness to golf in that region of the world!
Full Las Veraneras HOG Image Gallery
After the Masters practice rounds last week the HOG World Tour took a drive up to Canton, Georgia to play a round of golf at Woodmont Golf and Country Club. Woodmont is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design which is a very fun track. I’ve added my photos of Woodmont to the new HOG Woodmont Image Gallery.
Woodmont Golf and Country Club
I had a terrific time and played quite well at Woodmont, shooting a 76 from the blue tees. That good round was primarily due to the fact that I hit 13 of 14 fairways. In fact, it wasn’t until the last hole that I realized I’d hit 13 fairways in a row. Then of course the gag reflex kicked in and I missed the 14th fairway. Oh well. (more…)