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Ave Maria Crusader Cigar Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 8th, 2014
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I was thankful to be playing golf yesterday. First because my back had gone out and I miraculously recovered in time to play. Second, it is December here in northern Utah and it is not uncommon for the courses to be closed and under a couple feet of snow.

To celebrate the day and the unseasonably warm weather I busted out a Ave Maria Crusader Cigar courtesy of my BFF’s at Cigars City.

Ave Maria Crusader Cigar

This Nicaraguan made cigar has Honduran/Nicaraguan filler and an Equador Habano wrapper.  It is a medium-full strength cigar, so not quite for newbs or those looking for a light flavor.

I liked the body and flavor of this cigar.  Very enjoyable.  Not too much for my slightly-above-newb level.  It had just enough of a kick to it.

Game Improvement Cigar

I fired up this cigar on the 13th hole and it obviously helped my game: par, par, par, birdie, birdie, bogey.   I was five over par for the holes without the cigar and one under par with cigar.  Could be my new secret weapon.


New Photo Gallery: Fairmont Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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I’ll be posting a full review of the Fairmont Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland soon. In preparation for that review, I’ve processed a gallery of Fairmont Hotel Scotland photos and posted in the Hooked On Golf Blog photo gallery. Click the photo below to see the full gallery.

Fairmont Hotel - St. Andrews, Scotland

Fairmont Hotel – St. Andrews, Scotland – As seen from the Torrance Course – click to see full gallery

The Fairmont is quite a place. Very large. The rooms are so much bigger at the Fairmont than the tiny rooms at the hotels close to the Old Course. In fact, I’d guess that my room at the Ardgowan last time was the same square footage as the bathroom in my suite at the Fairmont.

Stay tuned for my Fairmont Hotel St. Andrews review coming soon.


Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 24th, 2014
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This is one of my quicker review turnaround times.  I haven’t had the Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater for more than a few weeks, but after wearing it nearly every day since the temperatures dropped, I’ve logged more than enough miles to post my review.  I wanted to be sure to get this review done before Thanksgiving and all the hubbub with Black Friday later this week.  This is without a doubt the nicest, most comfortable, best looking sweater I’ve ever worn.  No comparison.  If you’re shopping for a golf sweater for yourself or for the golfer on your Christmas list, your search ends here.

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Highlights

  • Retail Price: $225.00
  • 100% Baby Alpaca
  • 12 gauge cable rib detail
  • Suede piping at front zip placket closure
  • 1×1 rib at neck, cuff and bottom trims
  • Super soft baby alpaca hand feel

Style

The cable rib pattern and charcoal color of this sweater exude style and class.  The suede piping around the front zipper is very sharp.  The fit, cut, and ribs on the trim are so sharp.

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Bobby Jones Baby Alpaca 1/4 Zip Sweater

Comfort

The baby alpaca fur is so soft.  I want an entire outfit, down to the undies, made from baby alpaca fur.  I want my bed sheets and comforter made from baby alpaca fur.  There is NO itching like one might expect from a wool sweater.  The sweater is mega-soft and the fit is perfect.

Performance

This is not a super-heavy sweater.  I’d recommend it for fall and spring.  Very cold temperatures in the winter might be too much for this piece, unless wearing a jacket or outer layer.

The smooth fur and great fit of this piece do not bind, stretch, or restrict the golf swing.  I can swing in full comfort.

Conclusion

No, the $225 price tag for this Bobby Jones Apparel piece is not cheap.  Neither is a Mercedes.


CarveOn Leather Golf Yardage Book Cover

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
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CarveOn is a company based in County Kildare Ireland which makes handcrafted personalized leather goods like wallets, books, purses, keychains, and more. CarveOn also makes a few golf related leather goods. Today we are looking at their yardage book cover, which can also double as a golf scorecard holder.

Carve On Yardage Book Cover

Carve On Yardage Book Cover

With its fine leather and combination of old school and modern construction, the CarveOn yardage book exudes class. Add the Hooked On Golf Blog skull logo and it goes beyond classy to a realm beyond imagination.

The yardage book cover has several customizable areas. First you can see on the front cover of the first image that there is the HOG logo, plus at the bottom you can see my name. On the inside top of the cover (image below) you can see more custom text.

yardage book inside

Carve On Yardage Book Cover Inside

I wondered how the HOG logo would translate to this unit and I’m very impressed. The logo and customization look to be laser etched from the leather with very high precision and superb quality.

The leather itself is very plush and soft. I pet it occasionally…

The packaging CarveOn put into this is quite amazing as well (image below).

Carve On Product Box

Carve On Product Box

The outside of the box is also laser etched, and the inside sports some very cool protective and artistic layers. The packaging along with the actual product would make this a fantastic holiday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthday, or Christmas gift.

Conclusion

This is not an everyday inexpensive yardage book cover.  At about $125 USD (79 pounds) the CarveOn is no for everyone’s budget.  If you have the dough to spend for yourself or as a golf gift, and want the highest quality and classiest yardage book cover you can get, this is the one for you.  Customization makes it even better.

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Hooked On Golf Blog CarveOn Image Gallery


MGM Grand Detroit Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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This past summer the Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour was in fabulous Michigan for some amazing golf.  Michigan has become a golf home away from home.  The courses there are fantastic.  I’d much rather play there than Florida or Arizona, though there are some great choices there as well.  I lean toward more elevation change, more interesting terrain, and love the trees.

For this past summer’s Michigan golf trip, the temporary world headquarters for the HWT was the MGM Grand in Detroit.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Detroit?!?”

I’ve not spent any time in Detroit until this year.  It is certainly an area which has seen better days, but there are still great reasons to visit, top notch lodging, and dining to be had, like at the MGM Detroit.

mgm-detroitMGM Grand Detroit Overview

MGM Grand Detroit is an Art Deco style design featuring 401 rooms/suites.  This luxury resort opened in 2007 and is one of a small number of casinos in the Detroit metro area.

The gaming space is very large, clocking in at 100,000 square feet.  All of the possible gambling games one might want to participate in are there, including 4,000 machines and almost 100 table games.  Having been a very heavy gambler back in the day, it was quite something for me to spend 4-5 days there and not even wager a nickel.

Location

The hotel/casino is located in the heart of Detroit, walking distance from many downtown attractions and restaurants.   Tiger Stadium, the home of the Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers, is a short walk from the hotel.  I was able to catch a Detroit Tigers game.  Kansas City came to town and thumped the Tigers.  Despite the loss, Tigers Stadium was really a great baseball stadium and the atmosphere was fantastic.

Rooms/Suites

The rooms/suites at the resort are very spacious and well appointed.  The service level of the rooms is great, with turndown service and a nice robe with slippers prepared every evening.

MGM Grand Detroit Rooms

MGM Grand Detroit Rooms

The shower and bathroom is very large and nicely constructed with slate tile floors and a cool flare to the design.  There’s even a screen built into the mirror in the bathroom (see image below).

Spacous bath/shower

Amenities

There are many restaurants and bars in the resort, including Wolfgang Puck Cucina and Wolfgang Puck Steak.  I had the pleasure of enjoying both and they’re as good as you’ve heard.

Also located inside the resort is a great sports bar called TAP, which is packed on a nightly basis.  TAP serves great food, stiff drinks, and provides viewing of dozens of sporting events via countless screens.

TAP Sports Bar MGM Grand Detroit

TAP Sports Bar MGM Grand Detroit

The resort is home to large 30,000 square foot meeting/event space as well as multiple lounges and entertainment venues.

Finally for those like me who like to relax, there’s an on-site spa, pool, fitness area, steam rooms, and private jacuzzis.

Conclusion

MGM Grand Detroit is an upscale, high quality, clean, classy, safe hotel in the heart of Detroit.  Whether in the area for business or some of the great golf in Michigan, MGM Grand Detroit is a great choice for accommodations.

Related Links

MGM Grand Detroit Photos

Ford Museum Photos

University of Michigan Golf Course Review

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club Review


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