Adventurous day one of the current HOG World Tour stop in Puerto Rico at the Dorado Beach Resort & Club. Getting here from Salt Lake took about 12 hours, then I spent another 12 hours lost on this gigantic property in my own personal golf cart (comes with the suite, pictured below) in the dark looking for the restaurant! Fortunately I found it, and had the pleasure of sitting down with none other than Chi Chi Rodriguez. During the flights here, I read David Feherty’s 2005 book, An Idiot For All Seasons. First time I’ve sat down and read a book from start to finish. I guess fart humor is the way to keep me glued to the pages…
Left to right: Jay Flemma, Chi Chi Rodriguez, yours truly (Tony Korologos)
Man how cool it was to sit and talk to Chi Chi for over an hour and listen to the amazing stories. I even mentioned a shot I saw him hit live in the Jeremy Ranch Shootout decades ago which he REMEMBERED! He told me the club, distance and how close to the hole the shot was! 220 out, uphill, in the face of a bunker, 4-wood, 12 inches, birdie. So many other Chi Chi stories…
The resort room here is fantastic. Here’s a shot of my amazing 3 bedroom suite. My clubs have their own room, closet, bathroom and fridge.
The kitchen and living room of my suite here at Dorado Beach – click for more
I’ve gotta call it a night. Tomorrow morning we tee off on the famed East Course here at Dorado Beach for the grand re-opening. You think I’ll shoot some pictures tomorrow?
I’ve automated this post so that I will publish in the event that I can’t get connected to the golf interwebs. Today is a HOG World Tour travel day. Tough duty, airports and airplanes all day.
Why the long trip to Puerto Rico besides the calm beaches, warm weather, palm trees, rum and of course the little frog Coquí? I’m in town for the grand re-opening of the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed East Course at the Dorado Beach Resort & Club.
Dorado Beach East Course Hole #4 - click to enlarge
The course has been renovated by the junior version of RTJ, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. What work has he done to the course? I’m about to find out. Here’s their version:
“…original panoramic site lines of the Atlantic Ocean have been restored on 15 of 18 holes through an aggressive tree management program. Native Puerto Rican sand harvested from surrounding beaches highlights the newly renovated and contoured bunker complexes….A course layout that now stretches over 7200 yards, is as formidable from the championship tees as it is forgiving from the forward tee.”
The East Course, by the way, is one of FOUR courses at the resort.
A HOG In The Park
Attending the grand re-opening, playing the course and talking to the RTJ2 design team is enough to make any golf blogger’s head explode but that’s not all. I’ll be joining forces with my long time buddy and interweb golf writer Jay Flemma from the acclaimed golf blog A Walk In The Park and Cybergolf. Jay and I will once again be
terrorizing blogging from a world class golf destination as we have many times before. This quote from Jay below sums it up well:
So get psyched, the most badass double-team in sports writing is back to beguile and bedevil, bewitch and bemuse, way more than Beyonce and Beiber. I’ll take my ugly shirt and lure you in like a bullfighter, Tony will HOG-tie you, and we’ll all share pina coladas with Bruce Charlton, Jones, Simon Landon and the rest of the crew.
So for next weekend, I’m rock, Tony’s roll, and you get to live vicariously. So when you’re done cleaning up the leaves, putting out the Halloween candy, and sewing the kids’ costumes (I hear Hobbits are in this year) tune in for the fun here and at Hooked on Golf Blog. We’re back and we’re on tour once again! And I promise, next pic, I’ll be the one wearing black:)
Ways To Tune In
Of course, I’ll be posting photos and whatever possible here on HOG during this HOG World Tour stop. For more up to date images and live commentary go golf social at my Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/TheGolfSpace and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HookedOnGolfBlog pages.
I’ll be posting photos as I can to the new HOG Dorado Beach Image Gallery. Check there often starting tonight (Thursday) and through the next several days.
An interesting story I mentioned on the HOG Twitter a few days ago is making the rounds with the bigger news outlets like Reuters and Fox. Years ago a flood washed a bunch of 8-10 foot “man eating” bull sharks into a lake at the 14th hole of Carbrook Golf club in Brisbane, Australia. The water receded, leaving the sharks stranded in the lake. With plenty of fish in the lake to feed on, the sharks have thrived and even reproduced.
Golfers can see the fins of the sharks sticking up out of the water as they pass by and some even throw meat into the water to entice the sharks to the surface.
So the question is, would you reach into this lake to retrieve that expensive ProV1 golf ball?
Video Below – courtesy Fox News
HOG World Tour update! Had a fantastic day today at Moab Golf Club in Moab, Utah. Yes there’s more to do here than just hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, ATV-ing, going to several nearby national parks or shopping in this quaint tourist town. There’s a very fun golf course here.
Moab Golf Club - click to see more
I was quite blown away at the elevation changes and course layout, starting on #2. Very, very fun track. (more…)
This week on the European Tour is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews. The tournament is played on three St. Andrews area courses, the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Having played two of the three (Old Course and Kingsbarns) it is very enjoyable to watch the play and reminisce about my rounds there.
The ocean side holes at Kingsbarns are fabulous! Click to see more
I strongly recommend watching the final round if you can. The Old Course is the track for round four and unfortunately if you missed the previous rounds, you won’t see Carnoustie or Kingsbarns. Kingsbarns (pictured above) is one hell of a track that could give Pebble or any ocean side links a run for its money.
Next time I visit, Carnoustie will be on the play list.