Golf Courses

St. Andrews Eden Course Gallery Added

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesHOG World Tour

I’ve added the new St. Andrews Eden Course gallery to the Hooked On Golf Blog photo gallery.  The Eden Course is a few minutes walk from the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The Eden Course is a nice track with some beautiful holes lining the Eden Estuary

The Eden Course is a nice track with some beatiful holes lining the Eden Estuary

While on the Eden, it was very nice to see families and groups of young teenagers playing (pic below).

St. Andrews Eden Course

Foursome of Scottish lads on the par-3 5th at the Eden Course – click for more

Kingsbarns Golf Links Photo Gallery

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourSite News

Here’s another new Hooked On Golf Blog image gallery from my recent trip to Scotland. This one is of the amazing track Kingsbarns Golf Links, along the North Sea a few minutes outside of St. Andrews. Pebble who?

Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland

Pebble Who? Kingsbarns Golf Links – Click for more images

Kingsbarns is annually a co-host of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links – click for more images

Royal St. George’s Gallery

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Categories: (British) Open ChampionshipEuropean TourGolf CoursesPGA TourPro GolfSite News

I’ve added about 50 photos of this week’s Open Championship course, Royal St. George’s, to the HOG Image Gallery.

Royal St. George's

2011 Open Championship venue, Royal St. George's - Click image for more

Click the link in the first line or either image to go there and check them out.

2011 Open Championship venue, Royal St. George's - Click image for more

St. Andrews Castle Course Image Gallery Added

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Categories: GolfGolf CoursesHOG World TourSite News

I’ve just uploaded about 120 photos from the Castle Course in St. Andrews, Scotland to the Hooked On Golf Blog Castle Course Image Gallery.

St. Andrews Castle Course

Bandon Dunes in Scotland? Click for more images of the St. Andrews Castle Course

The Castle Course is stunning with its links dunes, holes by the North Sea and views of the old town of St. Andrews in the background.  Playing this course the two times I did last week was truly a golf life changing experience.  I strongly recommend playing the Castle Course if you make the pilgrimage to St. Andrews some day.

I leave tomorrow for St. Andrews, Scotland

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Categories: Golf CoursesGolf LifeHOG World TourLifeSite News

I'll be crossing this bridge in a few days!

As some of you may know, Wednesday this week I take off on a lifetime dream HOG World Tour adventure with three super cool cats including my best friend.  This will without a doubt be the biggest and most amazing golf experience I’ve ever had, and possibly the best I’ll ever have in my lifetime. One week from now I absolutely know in my heart I’ll be a changed man–a different person.  I will have played golf in St. Andrews.


Yes I’m making my pilgrimage to the home of golf.  I leave tomorrow with a one day stop in Philadelphia to join up with my best friend Al.  Al and I may get a practice round under our belts Thursday at his club, then we will fly on a red eye directly to Edinburgh, Scotland.  The flight to Edinburgh lands early enough that we will be able to make it to St. Andrews by lunch time.  It is quite possible, hopefully LIKELY that we’ll be teeing off on The Old Course Friday afternoon.  Did I just type that?  Not sure I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

Brain Not Working

I’ve been tied up in knots since two nights ago when I realized that I had two days home before I leave for this incredible trip.  Two days to figure out exactly what to bring, what clubs to trust my score to, what golf balls, how much rain gear to bring and how many memory cards for my two Nikons and one Canon camera.

I’ve had quite a hard time concentrating on writing any kind of blog post about golf gear, golf courses, the PGA Tour or anything really.  Apparently the only thing I’m able to write about right now, is the fact that I can’t concentrate as a result of knowing that over a year of planning is about to culminate at the birthplace of golf, and I’m going to share that with my best friend in the world.

Can’t Wait

I can’t wait to stand on that first tee, where all the greats in golf have stood, like Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer.  Will I be able to hit a decent tee shot on the first?  The gallery will be watching.

Can’t wait to putt on the huge double greens.  Can I putt as well on those big slow greens as I do at the fast USA courses I’m accustomed to?

Can’t wait to play the Road Hole.  Which part of the “Old Course Hotel” letters do I hit my driver over?  How will I be feeling at that point?  Can I hit a fade on demand at that point or will I be just hoping to get the ball airborne?

Can’t wait to finally meet my long time friend and Old Course caddy John Boyne.  Can’t wait to trust my friend John and do my best to hit the shots where and how he suggests I do.

Can’t wait to see Hell Bunker, up close.  If my ball goes in it, fine.  I’ll take my lumps.

Can’t wait to lose a ball in the gorse or better yet, see if I can extricate myself from the gorse if I find it.

Can’t wait to have a pint at a pub in the “Auld Gray Toon.”

Can’t wait to stand on the Swilken Bridge and pose for a photo opp like Jack Nicklaus did at his last Open in 2005.

Can’t wait to meet Sid.

Can’t wait to entertain the gallery around the 18th green with either a fine golf shot or perhaps hear them snicker, reacting to a not-so-fine golf shot.

Can’t wait to share the memories with my friends who will be there.

Can’t wait to shoot about a million photos.

Better Pack

I’d better quit writing this post and start packing…

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