Heading to the Home of Golf AGAIN!
Wow I’m a little buggered. Tearful goodbyes with the lovely lass and the wee baby Seve this morning.
Greetings from the lounge in the Salt Lake City International Airport. I’m awaiting my flight to Philadelphia, the first leg of two in my trip to Scotland. I’m pretty jacked up right now, not from the XXL latte but from pure golf adrenaline. In about 16 hours I’ll be landing in Glasgow with my best friend, and another 2.5 hours from then arriving in St. Andrews. HOPEFULLY a few hours after that we’ll be teeing off on the Old Course.
Stay tuned all this week for photos and updates from the Home of Golf.
I’ve got a new poll up and running here and I’d love for you to vote!
What is the Best Airline for Golf Travel?
The poll module is in the left column here.
This is a companion poll to the previous reader poll, “What is the WORST Airline for Golf Travel?”
The Pundits Have Spoken…
I needed to use my professional tripod yesterday to shoot some golf photos and video. I hadn’t used this particular tripod since my recent trip to Bogota, Colombia a couple of months ago. Unfortunately I found out that my tripod joined the list of my property that had been damaged or destroyed by Delta Airlines. The clamp which extends the top section of the tripod was broken off. Add this to the list of three golf bags, two golf travel bags, broken head covers and trashed luggage courtesy of Delta. Hell, on one trip, they trashed two separate bags! Fortunately that time they paid for the damage.
I’ve had a poll buried in the bottom of the HOG pages here, slowly gathering some votes. Based on my latest item trashed by an airline, I thought it a good time to post these poll results:
What is the WORST airline for golf travel?
- British Airways (7%)
- United Airlines (10%)
- US Airways (13%)
- Southwest Airlines(12%)
- Continental Airlines(8%)
- JetBlue Airways (9%)
- American Airlines (14%)
- Delta Airlines (27%)
The pundits have spoken. Delta Airlines is the worst airline for golf travelers according to HOG readers and I’d have to agree. I can’t believe they actually charge me extra money in the form of baggage fees to trash my gear too! Such a privilege. What’s even more crazy is that I pay that money just so I can rack up frequent flyer miles so I can presumably have my bags trashed for free on my next skymile redemption…
Next poll: What is the BEST airline for golf travel? Vote in the left column!
Muisca’s Golden Raft – click for full size
My golf travels have brought me to see some of the coolest places on this planet, from St. Andrews to Seattle. Recently I traveled to Bogota, Colombia on a recent HOG World Tour stop. Of course I sampled the local golf offerings in the fantastic La Cima Club de Golf and Country Club de Bogota.
Poporo Quimbaya – click to enlarge
Museo Del Oro – Museum Of Gold
While in Bogota I did manage to check out some non-golf related attractions in the area. I visited “Museo Del Oro” or the “Gold Museum.” Inside the museum are over 50,000 pieces from indigenous cultures in Bogota’s pre-Hispanic era, before any contact with Europe. This is the biggest collection of its kind in the world.
The artifacts in the museum are stunning. I strongly recommend adding Museo Del Oro to your life bucket list.
The famous “Golden Raft” is an unbelievable artifact. As part of the El Dorado ceremony, the heir to the chieftaincy offered this piece to the gods. It is said that when the Spanish discovered this piece, the first of many thousands, they began to believe in a lost city of gold.
I could go on about the history, but honestly I’m not an expert on it. I was there a short time and absorbed as much as my limited cranium could hold. Be sure to add this magnificent display of art and gold to your must-see list. For now, enjoy the HOG Gold Museum Photo Gallery.
Gold Museum Website
Museo Del Oro Images
La Cima Club de Golf Review
Country Club de Bogota Review
In my previous life I made my living as a drummer in a rock and roll band. I played 1000’s of shows all over the place. I’ve picked up the tour gig with Hooked On Golf Blog. For almost 10 years now I’ve been doing the “HOG World Tour,” the coolest golf tour anywhere. From St. Andrews to TPC Sawgrass to Augusta, I’ve been there. I can’t say how fun it has been.
I jumped at the chance to log the first HOG World Tour stop in South America. I spent a whole week in Bogota, Colombia in concert with the Web.com Tour’s Colombia Championship. While there I played two fine golf tracks: La Cima Club de Golf in the Andes Mountains, and Country Club de Bogota. Today’s review is of the gem that is Country Club de Bogota.
Country Club De Bogota – click to see more
Country Club de Bogota Overview
Country Club de Bogota is located in the heart of Bogota, a large city of 8,000,000 people. The course is a 36 hole private club with great supporting facilities, restaurants, swimming pool etc. The course is the home of the Web.com Tour’s Colombia Championship.
The layout of the course is what I’d call a traditional treelined parkland track. The course is TIGHT. A shot-maker’s course for sure.
Despite the tightness of the track, there is plenty of distance to go around. The course sits between 8,600-9,000 feet above sea level. The ball really flies. If you struggle with your distance and want to see what it feels like to hit it really far, come to Bogota and play. You’ll gain 1-2 clubs in distance.
Tee shots are tight! Click tozoom…
Tee shots are extremely important on this course. As I found out in my round, driver is not necessarily the correct play off the tee on all the par-4’s and par-5’s. The doglegs can be sharp and if one can’t work the tee shot a driver can go through the fairway. This happened to me a couple of times. Unless you are deadly accurate with the driver, a more strategic approach of irons, hybrids or fairway woods off many of the tees is likely the best plan.
The Andes Mountains overlook the course. Click to zoom
If you’ve placed your tee shot in the fairway, a fairly tough task, the approaches aren’t extremely difficult. There is no elevation change on the course to speak of, barring a couple of feet from tee to fairway or fairway to green.
There are many places where the overhanging trees on the fairway can force one to have to hit a curveball around them, or a punch shot under them. Once again, a shot-maker’s course.
Greens at Country Club de Bogota are smooth and fast. click to zoom
The greens at Country Club de Bogota are tour quality. They hold shots perfectly, yet roll fast and true. If you have any control over your approach shots, keep them below the hole. Downhill putts on this track are very difficult.
The undulations of the greens are not extreme though there are a few with double tiers. The speed of the greens makes two-putting difficult if putting from one tier to another.
I had a blast putting on these great surfaces. I made four birdies once I got used to the speed.
There’s a large practice facility a short walk from the 1st tee.
The clubhouse is very large and spacious with two restaurants, a swimming pool, locker rooms and banquet/tournament facilities.
Bogota, Colombia may not be the first place that comes to one’s mind when thinking of golf travel. Perhaps that should change. Golf in this region of the world is a blast. With the temperate conditions and tons of rainfall each year, the courses are plush and healthy. The altitude makes playing a blast.
10 Tee – click for more pictures
The conditioning of Country Club de Bogota is fantastic and the course is a very good test of one’s complete golf game, from tee to green.
Review: La Cima Club de Golf, Colombia
Country Club de Bogota website
Country Club de Bogota photo gallery