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OUUL Super Light Python Series Golf Stand Bag Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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The 2017 PGA Merchandise Show is coming up in a couple of weeks.  One new company which will be showing there for the first time is OUUL.  OUUL is a maker of “fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories.”  I have been testing out a couple of great bags from OUUL this summer and fall.  Today’s review is the extremely light and easy to carry Super Light Stand Bag, part of the Python Series.  Let’s take a test drive.

OUUL Super Light Stand Bag Overview

The goal of this bag is to provide the golfer with a light, easy to carry, convenient, and stylish stand bag.  Goal achieved.  The Super Light clocks in at only 2.7 pounds.  Of course that is a starting weight.  Many more pounds may be necessary depending on how many golf balls one must carry to “have enough” to finish a round.

The opening (photo below) of the bag is 9.5 inches, not huge, but the engineering and design of the 5-way top makes club removal and insertion super-easy.  The 5-way top also helps with club organization.  I have my long clubs like driver and fairway in the top, long irons middle left, mid-irons middle right, wedges and putter on the bottom.

One of the best features of the bag is on top of the bag’s opening. There’s a plastic handle which goes around 3/4 of the bag, with some pretty good clearance to the top. That clearance allows for easy grabbing, carrying, controlling the bag. It also helps protect the clubs inside as well as giving the golfer a good place to hang a towel.

The Super Light features three pockets.  First is a large, bag-height pocket for clothes and larger items.  Then there’s a smaller bag toward the bottom, about 1/4-1/3 the height of the bag, and then there’s the ball pocket.  The ball pocket could hold several dozen balls.  I never carry that many but it could.  Inside the ball pocket is a 4th “pocket” they don’t mention which can hold some small items like maybe a GPS watch.  One critique, the missing soft and fuzzy valuables pocket for a camera or phone.   There’s also an insulated beverage sleeve.

I like the large ring on the side.  It has plenty of space for hanging various golf accessories like towels, GPS units, golf lasers, and club brushes.  Just below the handle is a place for a sharpie type pen.  Nice touch.

The dual shoulder strap attaches to the bag in four places and adjusts well.  It should result in a comfortable and balanced carry when set correctly.

The base of the bag is flexible and adjusts when the bag is on the ground.  Hard to explain this, but it’s a popular design of late in carry/stand bags.  The legs are very solid and the base of the bag when set down is very broad and sturdy.

The rain cover is nice and big, with easy velcro straps and four buttons to attach it.  See the “snow” photo below.

On The Course

I’ve traveled extensively with this bag in play, even all the way to Morocco.  The bag is easy to carry, light, and provides a sharp and classy look.  The pockets have plenty of space for all my rain gear and accessories.  I really like the top section’s fantastic design and especially the protective handle.

Conclusion

This bag has been a joy to use in many different conditions and environments, even the Christmas Classic (photo below).

The OUUL Super Light Python Series delivers solid quality, very sharp looks, and super smart design.

One last thing to mention is the lack of branding.  Notice how the big brand names these days are plastering their logos all over the place on their golf bags? No obnoxious branding on OUUL bags.  I dig that.


Hooked on Golf Blog 2016 Awards – Best Golf Golf Accessory: GolfBuddy CT2 Micro GPS

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, December 31st, 2016
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In the previous POY award I decided to choose the apparel item of the year based on the one I used most. I think that’s a great criteria for the 2016 golf accessory award as well.  I receive hundreds of golf accessories to review every year. Which one did I use most?  The GolfBuddy CT2 Micro GPS.

The GolfBuddy CT2 GPS quickly locks onto the course I’m playing and gives fast and accurate yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green as well as other “good to know” areas on the course like hazards.  The battery lasts several rounds.

Yes I’m mostly a laser user, but I really like having both a laser and a GPS.  Sometimes there are situations where a GPS is the only solution, like when there are trees or obstacles between me and the green.

Check out my review of the GolfBuddy GPS watch here.


Hooked on Golf Blog 2016 Awards – Best Golf Course: Cruden Bay, Scotland

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 29th, 2016
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Each year my hard work on this golf blog provides me with the opportunity to visit many great golf courses all around the world.  2016 was a tremendous year for playing courses which I had not previously played, from the USA to Scotland to Morocco.  To qualify for the Best Golf Course Award for the year, the course has to be one I had not played previously.  I narrowed the finalists down to a eight stellar courses played this year:

Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort, Indiana
Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, Indiana
Panmure Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland
Cruden Bay Golf Links in Cruden Bay, Scotland
Mazagan Golf Club at Mazagan Resort, Morocco
Royal Palm Golf Club in Marrakech, Morocco
Journey at Pechanga in Temecula, California

Those are some fantastic courses to say the least, in some fabulous locations.  As great as they all are, one course stood out and not by just a wee bit either.  Scotland’s Cruden Bay left me absolutely stunned.  Here are a few picturesque reasons why.

Cruden Bay – ©2016 by Tony Korologos

The dunes above. What a view. Absolutely stunning.

How about the view below, from the 9th tee. It was a hell of a walk from the 8th green up to this point and despite nearly having a heart attack, the view was well worth it!

The golf at Cruden Bay is stellar. But it has a fun and very quirky personaly as well.  Just ring the bell or push the button on the electric post to let the group behind you know it is okay to hit their approach shot.

And because I want to see another money shot, here you go below.  This one from late in the day as the sun was setting and the shadows began to really accentuate the terrain.

In the photo above you can see a plateau in the background.  That’s where the shots I mentioned from the 9th tee were.

Conclusion

I’m in love.  Cruden Bay is one of the top courses I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Awarding Cruden Bay the 2016 Best Golf Course Award was a no-brainer, and it was up against Golf Digest Top 100 USA courses on my list.  I will be back as soon as possible.  What a fantastic course, design, location and the town of Cruden Bay is quite fun as well.


First Look: Forté Golf Tour-Performance S Golf Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
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I can see a potential problem coming up. I’ve got some new golf balls to test out from Forté Golf. Since almost no tour level golf ball made in this modern era is “bad,” I’m fairly confident I’ll like them. If I really like them, that will be the problem since currently these balls are not available in the USA. Forté is currently focused in Australia, but does have future plans to expand its availability.

Tour-Performance S

The first of two models I have to check out is the Tour-Performance S model. This is an ultra soft cast urethane ball. Urethane is the material in the cover of the TP-S, same as in most high-end, name-brand golf balls.


This ball is a 3-layer ball which provides high ball speed off the driver but great back spin off of irons and wedges. I would expect this ball to compete well with the Titleist ProV1, TaylorMade Tour, Bridgestone B330 and other “tour” balls. “Tour” typically means urethane cover, high spin.

Review (as) Soon (as possible)

I will put this ball into play and review it as soon as I can. Keep in mind local courses are closed now though.  It is winter in northern Utah.  We are skiing now.  🙂


Review: Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
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On my recent golf trip to Morocco I had the fabulous opportunity to stay at the 5-Star Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco. Mazagan Beach & Golf is a very large resort with hotel, casino, spa, huge pool, beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and a Gary Player design golf course.

Mazagan Location

Location Location Location

What a tremendous location Mazagan Beach & Golf occupies. It’s basically and oceanside paradise lined with palm trees. The huge grounds are immaculately maintained and full of fantastic designs and creative landscapes.

The resort’s architecture reflects traditional Moroccan traditions but still has a modern and clean look and feel.

Accommodations

Below notice the open door?  That’s my room.

My room, lower right

Below is the view from inside the room, looking out to the pool area.

Nice patio

Turning around from the view out to the pool, this is the room.

The room…

Bath/Shower


Food and Beverage

My group enjoyed some traditional Moroccan food in the MORJANA Restaurant. The Lebanese/Moroccan food and Moroccan wine was fantastic.

Lamb, chicken, beef kebobs

Triangles with filo dough on the outside. Inside is either meat or cheese

The restaurant featured a musician playing a stringed instrument I’m not familiar with. Looked like a bouzouki but it wasn’t. Then after that we were treated to a belly dancer who was fantastic.

John (GolfBlogger.com) enjoys the show

John (above) enjoyed watching the belly dancer, but yours truly was the one she picked to dance. Never before have such awful dance moves (mine, not the belly dancer’s) been on display in the content of Africa. I guarantee it.

Spa

I had NO idea how many knots I had in my back.  It was a great thing that I was able to get a massage while at Mazagan.  The masseuse was incredible.  She found, and resolved knots in places I didn’t know existed.  It really helped out my endurance and flexibility for the rest of the golf trip.

While working out some knots the masseuse, who spoke nearly zero english asked, “you work on computer?”  She could tell. I responded, “world famous golf blogger. If I’m not on the golf course I’m at the computer penning Blogitzer Prize winning golf blog posts.”  Actually, I just said yes.

Casino

I did not test my luck at the casino, though I did take a quick look in. Very nice. My bank account thanked me for my self-control.

Golf

I’ll be posting a review of the Gary Player designed Mazagan Golf Club soon. The course runs along Mazagan beach. Huge breakers crash in on the shore. Huge. Now I know why some friends of mine take the trip to Morocco to surf.

The course is very fun to play, and not so difficult that it demoralizes you.

Final Thoughts

Think outside of North America.

Casablanca, Morocco is a 6.5 hour flight from JFK Airport in New York. From there it’s not a long drive to Mazagan. Rather than traveling in the USA or to Mexico for your next golf trip, you could be in fabulous Morocco enjoying a 5-Star resort, great food, beach, surfing, gaming, lodging, and golf at Mazagan.


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