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Holiday Golf Gift Guide

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, November 25th, 2016
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Custom Golf Belt from NXT18

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One of the coolest gifts ever, a custom milled belt buckle from NXT golf. Put your company logo, favorite team, or custom graphic on the aluminum buckle.

Product Review | Buy via special discount link

Kentwool Socks

Such a great color...

Destined to be in every golf Christmas gift guide I ever write is Kentwool socks. Kentwool are the best socks on the planet. Period.

Product Review | Visit Kentwool.com and use the code “Utes” for a discount

Bushnell Neo iON Golf GPS Rangefinder Watch

Bushnell Neo iON GPS Rangefinder Watch Father's Day Golf Gift
With this golf GPS watch, the golfer on your shopping list will always have solid yardages to the front, center, and back of the green.

Product Review | Buy One

Vegas Golf VIP Edition

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This is a very fun game for your golf group. Chips in the set represent events like birdies, bunkers and such. Collect the good ones and try not to collect the bad ones!

Product Review | Buy Now

myCharge HubMax Portable Charger

HubMax in action, charging my phone and a Golf Buddy GPS

This is a fantastic portable charger to help the golfer on your Christmas list keep his GPS, phone, and other devices charged up while on the go.

Product Review | Buy One

Puma D Vent Golf Polo

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This is a very stylish and extremely comfortable golf polo from Puma.

Product Review | Buy One

Bobby Jones Donegal Cable Mock Sweater

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90% merino wool and 10% cashmere. 100% comfort and 100% style.  Yes, that equals 300%.  Fantastic sweater.

Product Review | Website

 


HOG World Tour Visits Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Categories: GolfGolf Course ArchitectureGolf CoursesGolf For WomenGolf LifestyleHOG World TourTravel
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I’m still traveling and I had a small problem with my brand new MacBook Pro. The power cable plug broke. That and non-existent or extremely slow internet access has made it tough for me to post from the tour. I’ll be catching up for a while.

The HOG World Tour made it’s first golf stop in the African continent at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco.

Royal Golf Dar Essalam Rabat, Morocco

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam
Rabat, Morocco

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design. “RTJ” is one of the all-time greats of golf architecture.
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Above are rocks which could be found in places on the course.  They had some kind of crazy erosion, producing perfect holes.
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Below is a map to show you just were Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is.  Stay tuned for a more in-depth review and more photos!
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Best Place to Stay in St Andrews: Albany Apartments

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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albany_apartments_05I’ve now been to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, on three separate occasions.  I plan to return in 2018 and I know where my group will be staying, Albany Apartments.  It’s the best combination of price, convenience, location, and quality of the many places I’ve stayed in the “Auld Grey Toon.”  Let’s take a look:

Location Location Location

Albany Apartments is located on the famous North Street in St Andrews.  North Street intersects with Golf Place, the primary access road to the Old Course.  I would guess the total yardage from Albany Apartments to the Old Course is length of a short par-4.  A long iron to Golf Place, then a 9-iron to the 18th green.  It’s all of maybe a 90 second walk.  Albany is a 45 second walk from the most famous pub in Scotland, the Dunvegan.

If one heads the opposite direction of the Old Course, the center of St Andrews is a 3-5 minute walk.  Shops, restaurants, golf shops, golf shops, pubs, golf shops, pubs, are all very close by. Did I mention golf shops and pubs?

One minor drawback to Albany’s great location is that it could be “too close” to the pubs, if you know what I mean.  On a warm summer night with the windows open one might be subjected to the horrendous and embarrassing sound of 10 drunk americans singing “Bye Bye Miss American Pie” at 2:00 a.m. like I was.

Amenities

Albany features three bedrooms, located on the 3rd floor of the structure (see outside photo).  They’re accessed via a rather fun spiral staircase, as is the 2nd floor from the street level.  The bedrooms upstairs are spacious and feature a bathrooms with showers.

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Bedroom

On the main level, one level up from the street, is a kitchen, spacious reading/sitting/TV room, restroom with bath, and a back deck which is located in a secluded garden (first image).  The kitchen is fully appointed with a dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, microwave, and washer/dryer. There are even some staples in the cupboards.

Sitting Room

Sitting Room

Quality

The building was built in the late 1800’s, but renovated and modernized in roughly the mid-2000’s.  The inside is very nicely appointed with quality furniture, carpeting, fine woodwork, and lots of great golf memorabilia to enjoy.  The space is warm, clean, inviting, classy, and extremely comfortable.

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Patio

Pricing

Current pricing runs 50 pounds per person, with a four person minimum and three night minimum.  This is a very reasonable price.  Consider that a single room across the street at the Ardgowan Hotel ran me 120 pounds per night in 2012, and the rooms there are barely bigger than a sardine can.   With a group of four or more golfers the cost per golfer, especially considering all of the great offerings I mentioned above, is unmatched.  What a great value. To bring the cost down even more, a group of six could comfortably occupy the Albany Apartments.

Conclusion

Location, amenities, quality, space, price…  No hotel in St Andrews can come close in any of those categories.  If you are putting together a golf buddy trip to Scotland of four or more golfers and are looking for St Andrews hotels, look no further.

Related Links

Albany Apartments website

Ardgowan Hotel St Andrews Review

St Fairmont St Andrews Hotel Review

Kingsbarns Golf Links Review

Carnoustie Golf Links Review

Balcomie Links at Crail Review

St Andrews New Course Review


Golf Cigar Aficionado: Pete Dye Cigars

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
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For the first time in history, I spelled “aficionado” correctly without needing spell check or google… Yay me.

Today’s review is of a very unique golf and lifestyle product that not many golfers will get an opportunity to try, Pete Dye cigars. But since HOG is all about delivering unique and useful content which isn’t found elsewhere, I bring you this incredible bit of golf blogging.

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First off, one must know who Pete Dye is before going much farther into this review. For those who don’t know, Pete Dye is one of golf’s all-time greatest golf course architects. Dye is known for his “Dye-abolical” designs around the world. Some of his most notable courses include TPC Sawgrass which is home of THE PLAYERS Championship. Always write “THE PLAYERS” in ALL CAPS! It’s what they do. Other courses Dye is famous for include PGA West, Trump National LA, Harbour Town, Kiawah Island, Whistling Straits, Casa de Campo, Southern Hills.

Recently I played and reviewed a newer Dye course in Indiana at the French Lick Resort, named the “Dye Course.” I must say that was probably the toughest course I’ve ever played, and by a large margin. The picture above right is of me and Mr. Dye at French Lick.

At the conclusion of the $350 round, the Dye Course at French Lick rewards the golfer for surviving by giving him and his group a goodie box with whisky and Pete Dye cigars inside. Thus, this Pete Dye cigar review.

Pete Dye Cigars

First one might think that a course giving out cigars is going to be giving out crap quality smokes. Honestly, I expected that too. But one must realize that Dye has a lot of courses, and even a house in the Dominican Republic. Depending on who you talk to, some say Dominican cigars rival Cuban cigars. I love them both. So these cigars are no cheapos. No way. They’re actually VERY good.

Pete Dye Cigars

Pete Dye Cigars

This cigar is smooth and enjoyable.  I’d call it a medium strength smoke.   Through the life of the cigar, down to roach-clip-range, it was consistently flavorful.  It didn’t get nasty at the end like come cigars do.

During one recent round I handed out these cigars to my pals.  My golfing buddies who were with me that day enjoyed them very much.  And as I usually do, I played my best golf with the cigar in action.  I was EVEN PAR on the day.  Thanks Pete.  I can call you Pete, right?

Conclusion

I haven’t researched to find out if one can buy the Pete Dye cigars, or if so where they are available.  The only place I know to get them is by playing golf at French Lick’s Dye Course.  As good as these cigars are it just might be worth the $350/round cost to get them!


Tasting Soon: Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Wine

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
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Red wine is my evening adult beverage of choice. Tonight the lovely lady and I will be toasting the fantastic 2016 Ryder Cup with the official wine of the Ryder Cup, Mouton Cadet. Don’t let all those “unofficial” imposters fool you.

Moutan Cadet Ryder Cup Wine

Moutan Cadet Ryder Cup Wine


Yes this is the point were I have to lament the struggles and difficulties of running one of the top golf blogs in the universe. Taste testing Ryder Cup themed wine can be very difficult. Not everyone has the skills, perseverance, and mental fortitude to take on and overcome such challenges.

I do it for you, the HOG patron.

Stay tuned for my review of Moutan Cadet Official Ryder Cup wine.


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