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Interesting Minor Change to the Par-5 1st Hole at Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, March 20th, 2016
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Last week I was happy to play my first round of 2016 at one of my home courses and favorites, Bonneville Golf Course.  Bonneville is the most popular golf course in the state, home of some of the best greens around.

Last season they switched from manual/hand watering and installed a controversial automated irrigation system.  That’s all done now and a byproduct of said irrigation system is a change on the first hole.  The first is a very reachable par-5.  I’m usually approaching this green with anything from 9-iron to a 5-iron depending on conditions.  Just short of the green is a very steep slope which historically has had very deep grass. That deep grass typically ate balls up, keeping them from bouncing up to the green.  It also made chipping a challenge.

Shot taken with my phone, so not the best quality. This is the slope which is now cut short.

Shot taken with my phone, so not the best quality. This is the slope which is now cut short.

That long grass is gone now.  Apparently one of the reasons for the long grass was a watering issue.  Now that there is a better irrigation system, that grass can be, and is cut short like the fairway.  I’m not sure how this will play out yet.  It could mean many more 2nd shots will bounce up onto the green. It could also mean that short shots and bad chips which don’t make the green may roll back anywhere from 10-30 yards.

It’s going to be interesting to track the scoring and analyze my approaches on #1 this coming season and see how what seems to be a minor change affects the outcome.


This May Be The World’s Best Golf Accessory

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
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I’ve finally put a TaylorMade driver into play. No it isn’t the TaylorMade M1, or M2 or M5 (wait, that was Star Trek)… It’s a Tour Preferred 8.5 degree midsize System2 driver. This thing is a beast. Nope, it’s not adjustable. Can’t tweak the loft or the lie or adjust the compass on the bottom to north. All this driver does is open beer bottles and boy does it do a fantastic job.  I’ve really tested this golf driver head bottle opener hard.
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One can’t be too safe when it comes to golf accessories this important. A solid backup is a must. That’s why I have the Wilson Patty Berg Autograph persimmon driver, below.

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This great use of old golf clubs is courtesy of a long time friend of the blog named Scott Jesse.  Scott is a veteran and former golf pro who has a history of making some neat golf accessories.

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These bottle openers can be purchased for a mere $15 plus shipping through the Elmjay Antiques and Up Cycle Facebook page.  That beats the hell out of buying a $500 driver that will be obsolete and $24.99 in the used bin at the golf store before you reach the top of your backswing.

Think of Father’s Day, Christmas, birthdays for golfers… So many great applications.  How about these being the default openers at your golf club?


GolfBuddy CT2 Micro Golf GPS Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, March 11th, 2016
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GolfBuddy_CT2_GPS_03I’m thrilled that the snow has melted and I’m back in the swing of playing golf and testing out/reviewing the latest and greatest golf products.  It has been a long winter with the courses closed some 4-5 months here.

Today’s review is the great new GolfBuddy CT2 Micro Golf GPS.  Mico and watch GPS units are the rage in golf right now and for very good reasons.  The golfer has a very small, convenient, and light unit which provides accurate yardages and other nice features.  Let’s take a closer look at them all.

CT2 Features

  • Portable size for pocket or mounting on a towel, belt, golf bag
  • 40,000 courses in memory
  • 17 hour battery life.  Play several rounds on one charge.
  • Automatic hole distances to front, back and center of the green
  • Digital scorekeeper
  • Dynamic green view from the golfer’s perspective
  • Distances to hazards and other relevant course features for layup shots
  • GPS odometer
  • Displays time
  • Waterproof up to 10 meters (for the time you decide to go after that premium golf ball in the lake on the 4th hole)

Screen Shots

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On The Course

I love how quickly this GPS unit grabs onto the course I’m playing.  Some GPS units can seriously take 1-2 holes before they “gain consciousness.”  The yardages are fast and accurate.  I’ve run this GPS side by side with others and cross referenced with laser rangefinders and the numbers are right on.

The size of this unit means carrying it on my person is no problem.  I’ll either keep it in a pocket or attach it to my belt or clamp it to my pocket via the very strong clip. Another place I’ll put it is in the pencil holder of my golf bag (first picture).  With this GPS unit on my person at all times I always know my numbers.  No searching for markers or sprinkler heads and then walking off the numbers.

The unit also serves as an electronic scorecard. I’m more into the old school pencil and paper scorecard personally.

Video

Below is a short video showing the unit and it’s features.



In The Box

Golf Buddy CT2 Mini Golf GPS

Golf Buddy CT2 Mini Golf GPS

Critiques

My only critique with the CT2 is the charging cable. It is a proprietary cable you’ll never find at a regular store. If you lose or damage the cable, or forget it on a golf trip, you can’t simply use a standard USB cable to charge the unit.

Conclusion

The CT2 is a fantastic micro/portable golf GPS that easily fits in the golfer’s pocket. Of all the golf GPS units I’ve tested to date, the CT2 has the longest battery life by far. The yardages are fast and accurate and the unit finds the right course quickly and easily.


First Bonneville Golf Course Round of 2016

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, March 11th, 2016
Categories: GolfHackers

One of my three home courses is Bonneville Golf Course, the most popular golf course in Utah. It’s great municipal course with tremendous greens, some nice elevation changes, and oddly, NO fairway bunkers anywhere. The only course I’ve ever seen that does not have a single fairway bunker.

Yesterday was my first round on this course for 2016. I started off nicely with a birdie on the first hole, a reachable par-5. I also made birdie on #10 and the par-5 16th. I had a bunch of bogeys and one double, not surprising since it was my first full round of 18 holes since about five months ago. All that added up to a +6 78 from the black tees. A somewhat respectable score so early in the season.

This was my first full round of on-course testing of the new Harry Taylor wedges. That’s taking some getting used to. I’m not hitting them as far as my old wedges yet. That could be due to spring rust, different grinds and/or different shafts on them. I did make a couple of very nice chips however, so that’s nice.

I’m trying to approach this season with a different attitude. Last season I let the game’s frustrations get the best of me to the point of nearly quitting. I lived and died on each shot, rather than just being out there and enjoying some fresh air and green grass. I’m sure I’ll still have frustrations but I’m going try and focus less on score and individual shots, and more on the overall experience.

We’ll see how long that lasts.

I didn’t walk the course yesterday as my playing partner always rides in a cart. I do need to walk more to get in better shape, and to get ready for the upcoming Scotland trip. Plus it will save a few bucks. By walking I could basically save enough in cart fees to play three walking rounds of golf for the cost of two riding.

Below is a photo I Tweeted from the 8th tee. Look at the fabulous green fairway in the foreground and the snow covered Mount Olympus in the background!

Somehow I managed to squeeze $12 out of my two opponents, despite giving up shots and/or a tee box. It was a nice day and nearly 70 degrees which is not normal for March here in northern Utah. I’ll take it. Bring on the global warming.


I’ve Started Stamping My Balls

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
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Sometimes it can be hard to identify your balls. It’s especially bad to get your balls mixed up with someone else’s.  To avoid problems like that I’m testing out a new ball stamper from StampYourBalls.com.   Check it out.

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On the first tee I stamped my ball with a scottish flag – lovely

Since I love Scotland so much I chose the Scottish flag as one of my stamps. I have a few others which are quite entertaining. Watch for those soon. There are currently 130 designs to choose from.

The stamp is easy to use and the imprint is very crisp on the ball. I was quite surprised. Of course the big question is how long will the imprint last. Below is a shot of the same ball after the round. The photo is a bit washed out by the sun so it looks like more of the ink came off than really did. And yes, I played the whole round with one ball.

A little bit of the ink is worn off, but quite impressive after a full round

A little bit of the ink is worn off, but quite impressive after a full round

I’ll do some more testing of all the stamps in various colors, and post my full review soon. On first impressions this is a fun product which will help keep my balls properly accounted for.


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