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Review: Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Shelton, Washington

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 24th, 2012
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On my recent Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop in Washington (state) and Vancouver, Canada, I had the chance to play a new course called Salish Cliffs. Salish Cliffs is located in Shelton, Washington, about 1.5 hours southwest of Seattle. The course opened in September 2011 as part of the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino/Resort. I’ll be posting my golf travel review of Little Creek’s resort soon.

Salish Cliffs Golf Club

Salish Cliffs Golf Club #2 Tee – click for more

Salish Cliffs Golf Club Overview

Gene Bates is the course architect for Salish Cliffs.  I’ve played many Bates designs, and I can honestly say this is the best one I’ve played so far.  The previous Bates designs I’ve experienced don’t have the dense forest and interesting terrain that Salish does.  Bates did a fantastic job utilizing the terrain to make a fun, challenging and beautiful track. (more…)


Golf Travel Review: Otsego Club & Resort – Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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Otsego Club

Otsego Club & Resort, Gaylord, Michigan – click to zoom

Welcome to the final in a long series of reviews from my recent HOG World Tour stop to northern Michigan and the golf mecca town of Gaylord.  Today’s piece is a quick review covering Otsego Club & Resort, a resort which I stayed in for a couple of days during my trip, and which has one course I posted a review on yesterday, the very fun Otsego Tribute course.

Otseto Club & Resort Overview

Otsego Club & Resort is a facility which features many winter and summer activities including two golf courses, skiing and snowboarding, dining, swimming, bar, meetings, weddings and more.

Lodging

The resort has 117 guest rooms on site, in various buildings and condos, some dating back to the mid-1800’s.   But don’t make a mistake about the rooms, they’re clean and modernized inside without losing that rustic flare.

Lodges at Otsego include the Tyrol Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, Blue Spruce Lodge, Loft Lodge, White Birch Lodge and the Chalets.  Prices for the lodges and condos varies from $69 for the most basic lodge to $529 for a Chalet. (more…)


Review: Otsego Tribute Course, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
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The Michigan golf posts just keep rolling in.  This is the last course review on the list from my trip to northern Michigan last month.  For links to all related reviews from my recent Michigan Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop, see the related heading at the end of this article.

Otsego Tribute Course

Elevation changes are a key feature at Otsego Tribute. Click to zoom.

Today I’m reviewing the Otsego “Tribute” course.  I have to make a confession on this review though.  I only played the back nine.  Unfortunately my schedule didn’t quite allow for me to get the entire 18 in before heading to the airport to head home.  I DID however, tour every hole of the front as well as capture images of the entire course.  Having seen the front, I truly regret not being able to play it.  What a fun track! (more…)


Golf Travel Review: Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 17th, 2012
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Alright.  I’ve finally completed my reviews of the courses I played at Treetops in northern Michigan. Links to each of the reviews is at the end of this article under the “related” heading.  Now it is time to talk about where to stay when traveling to the quaint town of Gaylord, Michigan, home of Treetops golf courses and the Treetops Resort.

Treetops Resort

Treetops Resort Lodge – click to zoom

Lodging

My focus for this review is the Treetops Lodge (pictured above), where I stayed for part of my time in Michigan a few weeks ago. (more…)


Review: Treetops Signature Course, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 17th, 2012
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Treetops Signature Course Michigan

Treetops Signature – click to zoom

As I go through each of the hundreds of photos I shot on my recent trip to northern Michigan I relive the fun and enjoyment of each shot on each golf hole.  Today I’m reviewing the “Signature” course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.  Treetops is a fantastic golf/ski resort in northern Michigan which is home to five courses.  For links to the other courses I’ve reviewed at Treetops, see the “related links” section at the end of this review.

Treetops Signature Overview

The Signature course at Treetops was designed by Rick Smith and opened in 1993.  You may remember Rick as the first Big Break co-host and more recently as one of Phil Mickelson’s coaches.  Rick is one of the top golf instructors on the planet.

The course is a par-70 track which measures out at 6,653 from the back (Black) tees.  The Black tees are one of five sets.  The course is not long by modern standards, but that does not in any way mean this course is not challenging or enjoyable to play.  In fact, it just might be my favorite course at Treetops.  Slope from the tips is 136 with a course rating of 72.6. (more…)


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