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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.


Today’s Office at Grand Solmar Land’s End, Cabo

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 17th, 2016
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Today has been a little rough. Started out having to blow up a floatie for the pool. Got a little dizzy. After recovering from the floatie thing, the rest of the day went (and has been) great. Here’s today’s office.
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Oh on a work/golf related note, they’re expanding here and building a new resort which will feature a Greg Norman course, right next to Diamante. Great area.
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Below is a little shot of my table.  I couldn’t help taking a picture.  Everything I need, water, beer, a HOG hat, sunglasses, chips, sunscreen, a towel, and amazing chile sauce which I just got the recipe for.  Chile Arbol.

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HOG World Tour Arrives at Grand Solmar Lands End Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, October 15th, 2016
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I’m thrilled to report I’m officially on hog-cation.  For the next five days I will be enjoying the luxurious Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.  My family arrived in time to spend some time at the pool.  Here’s the view tonight.

Grand Solmar Resort, Los Cabos


HOG World Tour Visits Salt Lake Country Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
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The latest terrific course visited in the HOG World Tour is The Country Club (of Salt Lake City).  The Country Club is an 18-hole private golf and country club located in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley.  SLCC is known for its great location, course architecture, tons of bunkers (ugh), and very high quality and conditioned golf holes.

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The hole above is the beautiful and very tough par-4 11th. It looks very Augusta-esque, hints of the 13th at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Above is a panoramic shot showing one of the many incredible views of the “Wasatch Front” mountains, which are seen from most of the holes.

And speaking of great views, here’s a drone shot I captured of the course a couple of years ago.

Salt Lake Country Club

Salt Lake Country Club

I had a great time and struck the ball well. One problem I had was testing out new wedges in rain compacted sand. That was a score wrecker. On non-bunker holes I was even-par on the day. Bunker holes, 7-over. Boo.


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