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.
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.
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
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.
From Scotland to French Lick to Spanish Fork, Utah. The HOG World Tour’s latest course visit was the extremely fun Spanish Oaks golf course at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon, about an hour south of Salt Lake City.
Fall is most definitely here, and we had been getting rain for roughly two days straight. Right as my lads and I reached the first tee the rain stopped, the temps rose, and we loved it. The combination of the lush green grasses with the low clouds on the mountains, with the leaves turning colors… wow.
Spanish Oaks is a very fun course. It’s not long, but it gets quite tight as it progresses. There are some short, risk-reward par-4’s which can reward well executed aggressive shots. I wish I wasn’t so far from this course or I would play it much more often. The greens were great, even after being soaked for two days in the rain.
Somehow I managed to shoot an even par round. Three birdies, three bogeys and the rest pars. What a fun day.
For years I’ve been known as “Tony no pants.” Not by the ladies, but my golf buddies. Even in the coldest winter conditions I wear shorts. I have many reasons for wearing shorts. The primary ones are that I tend to get very hot in long pants. I often find long pants to be uncomfortable because I have thick, short legs. Heat, comfort, fit… Good reasons to avoid long pants. This summer I had to get my hands on some golf pants because a couple of the clubs I was going to play in Scotland required “trousers.” “Trousers” is UK speak for pants.
For a pant to work for me I figured it would need to have an athletic fit but be very flexible. Plus it would need to be NOT cotton. I’m not a cotton fan. It would need to be a polyester or spandex. Or perhaps a “poly-span” combo. Enter the Puma Tech pants. Just what the apparel scripter ordered.
My waist is a moving target depending on the time of year, and depending on how many people bring free donuts to the break room at work. I was happy to find the fit on the Puma Tech pants is flexible. A comfortable waist is a must and even with the ups and downs of the summer waistline the Tech Pants are always comfortable. The spandex/poly fabric stretches and moves with me, instead of resisting.
Sporting the black Tech pants at Panmure in Carnoustie, Scotland
Speaking of spandex/polyester… The fabric on the Tech pants is 97% polyester and 3% spandex. The Puma formulation results in very light and comfortable pants which don’t get me too hot. As mentioned, heat and heat management is a real issue for me when it comes to pants. I’ve been more comfortable in these pants than any other long pants I’ve ever worn.
One reason for that comfort and coolness is the airflow created by the Puma 3D Cell fabric. If you look closely at the fabric, you can see each individual little cell, with gaps between them.
dryCELL technology in the pants wicks moisture away from the wearer. I need this.
Naturally Puma is on the hip end of the style spectrum. I know I’m sporting the latest in style and design with the Tech Pants. But at the same time these classic and classy looking. They work well on the course or at the office. And sometimes those two are the same thing.
On the Course or at the Office
When I have to wear long pants at the office these are a big help between the comfort and heat management. On the course, when I need to dress up a bit, I’m still comfortable.
I’ve got a black pair and a silver pair. I really love the silver pair. The color is great and the versatility is tremendous. Really with the black or silver I can wear nearly any color shirts or tops.
I don’t like to wear long pants. But when must wear long pants the Puma Golf Tech Golf Pants are my gamers.
Triumphant story to share today, and it involves the Macanudo Cru Royale cigar.
On the 10th hole in the weekly money game I gave my opponents the typical courtesy warning I always do when lighting up. It goes something like this:
“I’d like to kindly inform you that I’m about to light up a cigar. Before I light it I’m giving you the opportunity to surrender.”
They looked at me and chuckled it off a little bit. Then I hit a 330 yard drive. I hadn’t hit a good drive all day. Following two straight pars I came to the long par-3 of about 225 yards. I striped a 4-iron to the center of the green, then drained a 30 footer for a birdie two. Game on. Puff puff.
The rest of the back nine I was in the zone. For the seven holes I was smoking the Cru Royale I had six pars and a birdie. One under par. I made my first and only bogey on the back nine on the last hole. No cigar. But by then the match was over. My partner and I dominated.
What makes the Cru Royale so good? Here’s the description from my friends at Famous Smoke Shop, which has a large selection of macanudo cigars.
Macanudo Cru Royale cigars are a medium-bodied, full-flavored selection from one of the cigar world’s most highly-acclaimed brands. Crafted under the direction of the legendary Benji Menendez, each cigar has a core of Nicaraguan & Dominican Viso longfiller with Brazilian Mata Fina, plus a proprietary Dominican La Vega Especiale binder rolled in an Ecuadorian Habano seed wrapper. Expect a well-balanced, aromatic smoke brimming with rich, complex flavors on a savory finish.
Macanudo Cru Royale Toro
- Strength: Medium
- Size: 6 x 54
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper Color: Natural
- Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
- Wrapper Leaf Type: Habano
- Price: $7.49 per cigar
The numbers don’t lie. I may have to be smoking a Cru Royale on every golf hole I play for the rest of my life.
Bonneville 12th Green
It was my first “senior” tournament this past Saturday. I still don’t understand how I’m a senior golfer but don’t get senior discounts at burger places… Anyway..
I get to the range and start pumping balls over the fence at the back of the range. I’m killing it. I get to #1 tee and hook the ^&$@ out of my tee shot. Somehow I make birdie anyway. On the 2nd hole I hook the @#$%* out of it again and hit an OB fence, bouncing back in play 60 yards. I still make a triple-bogey 7. I haven’t made a triple in a tournament since, well maybe 3-4 years ago.
Later in the round I’m putting for eagle on the par-5 5th and I feel an itch on my shoulder. I itch it and feel a bump under my shirt. It’s a wasp. He stings me. I try to get him out of my shirt and he stings me again. I rip my Dunning shirt off and run around while my players watch me wondering WTF I’m doing. I make birdie.
The rest of the round I had a hard time hitting any kind of drive. I hit such a horrid drive on the par-4 7th that I put a sky mark in my driver. Never done that before, ever. It went about 200 feet straight up and forward about 30 yards. When the ball was at its apex, a guy in my group said, “oh my God.” All I could do was laugh.
I shoot 79 and can barely keep a driver in play the whole round. Strange because my driving has been fantastic all year. I’ll chalk it up to being a senior and try to forget about it.