I recently stayed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on a leg of the famous Hooked On Golf Blog (HOG) World Tour. I hadn’t stayed there since I was a kid, about eight years old. We stayed there on a family trip. I fondly remember that trip because it was the first time I saw a g-string. Ah the memories.
One of the EIGHT pools at Caesars Palace in Vegs
Of course being the golf travel expert and golf photography geek that I am, I shot a lot of photos of the resort including the Forum Tower room, casino and of course the EIGHT pools. I’ll post a review of the resort soon, but for now you can check out the photos if you are thinking of some golf in Las Vegas and/or staying at Caesars in Las Vegas during your next vacation. I hope the photos help you make a good choice.
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13th hole at Sand Hollow. Click to zoom.
Most regular HookedOnGolfBlog.com readers have likely read my reviews of the Sand Hollow Championship Course and Sand Hollow Links Course. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check them out and look at the photos of this fantastic golf resort which is located 300 miles south of HOG World Headquarters in Hurricane, Utah. Hurricane is about a 15 minute drive northeast of St. George. And you guessed it, I don’t recommend booking any times for a course in a place named “Hurricane” if the forecast is for wind. Trust me.
Sand Hollow is a special place, like no other golf course I’ve ever seen. The scenery of the area along with the deep red colored sand is only topped by the fantastic design/layout of the 27 golf holes. I’m not the only one who holds this course in such high regard either. Recently Sand Hollow was ranked #1 golf course in Utah by Golf Magazine AND Golf Digest.
One problem Sand Hollow had for years was the lack of facilities. The “clubhouse” was a trailer. The cart barn a temporary shelter. Restaurant/food facilities had no seating, no view and nothing much more than hotdogs.
Pro shop’s view of the brilliant surroundings. Click to zoom.
Recently the new clubhouse at Sand Hollow was completed, filling in the final puzzle piece to a world class golf experience. The new clubhouse not gaudy big and not too small. The outer walls which face the course are all glass, providing nearly 180 degrees of spectacular views. The pro shop is fantastic, showcasing great gear, logo items and a view like no other. What an office for the staff to work in. The food, which I heartily enjoyed last week, is finally beyond hotdog level. There’s a real kitchen now, with a real menu. (more…)
I was so excited to write this review about Kingsbarns Golf Links, a modern links course located seven miles southeast of St. Andrews, Scotland. When I started though, I ran into a mental brick wall. The mental block was simply due to the massive amount of information, photos and thoughts I have on this brilliant course. I didn’t know where to start. So much to say. Words can’t adequately convey how great the golf experience at Kingsbarns is. That being said, I’ll take my best shot.
Kingsbarns Golf Links – click for more images
Location Location Location
As I mentioned, Kingsbarns is about seven miles southeast of the “Auld Grey Toon” (old gray town) of St. Andrews, Scotland. The road from St. Andrews to Kingsbarns is tight, windy and scenic, in typical Scottish fashion. Driving on such roads can be a “wee bit” frightening for an American, as the cars are driven on the “wrong side” of the road. Of course anyone from the UK would say that us Americans drive on the wrong side…
Kingsbarns sits on the coast of the North Sea, many of the holes featuring fantastic views. There is a two mile stretch of the course comprised of six holes, which are entirely on the shoreline. Several times during my round with my good friends this past summer at Kingsbarns, we looked around at the holes adjacent to the North Sea saying, “Pebble who?” (more…)
I had the pleasure of playing Coyote Springs Golf Club (formerly The Chase) in mid 2011. Many thanks to the staff there, especially assistant pro Rob Sanders and pro Todd Michaelsen. Since my first trip to Coyote Springs I’ve been salivating at the chance to get back down there and test my game out a 2nd time. I had the chance to to play a 2nd round there around July, but unfortunately I had to cut a HOG World Tour trip short due to a family emergency. The emergency ended up okay, no worries, except for the heartbreak of missing out on an opportunity to play this fantastic track again.
Coyote Springs – Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course – Coyote Springs, Nevada – Click for more images
Location Location Location?
Coyote Springs is located in the Nevada desert. If you are a golfer looking to get away from it all, this would be the place. The course is about an hour drive northeast of Las Vegas and about a 45 minute drive southwest of Mesquite. The road in to the course is very hilly and full of curves. Make sure you’re awake and sober for that one.
The area the course is situated is big. BIG. I can’t think of any other word to describe it. The sky is big, the landscape is big and the number of miles you can see is big. The views from any vantage point on the course reach for miles, with mountains framing the landscape. The contrast of the green grass and blue water features with the gray desert landscape is striking.
Heard from a golf buddy the other day, the story of a group of his friends who just got back from a fabulous golf trip to Bulgaria. “Bulgaria?” I asked? My pal sent me the YouTube video below of Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort. I was instantly intrigued.
Gary Player Designed Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa Resort, Bulgaria – click for more images
Gary Player designed the golf course at Thracian Cliffs. The course sits on the west coast of the Black Sea. Every hole has a view of the Black Sea and most of the holes are right on the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea.