The Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour and yours truly are heading for Scottsdale, Arizona today. I’ve been tasked by Hyundai Motors to come down and test out the new Genesis, their luxury sedan. They want to know what a die hard golfer thinks of the car. I certainly qualify and it sounds like a fun gig.
Naturally I can’t truly evaluate the vehicle as a golfer if I don’t actually use it as a means to carry myself and my sticks to and from the golf course and the 19th hole following the round. So a round at the famous Troon North Pinnacle course in Scottsdale is on the docket for tomorrow. Stoked. To top it off, I’ll be playing with none other than the Golf Blogger himself. John, you’re going down. Bring cash.
A couple of months ago I went through the whole shopping and buying process for a luxury vehicle. I ended up with a quite nice 2014 German-made vehicle. I have quite a high bar to compare the Genesis to as a result. I’m anxious to check it out.
Next blog post from Arizona. For more live and up to date content of this trip and the HOG World Tour, be sure to follow my two twitter feeds: @thegolfspace and @hoggolfblog. Also follow the hashtag #nextgenesis for mine and other media tweets about the Genesis.
99% of my golf blog posts are related to golf in some way or another. This is one of the 1% I suppose. Golfers like me do travel without their sticks sometimes, albeit not very often.
This past weekend I spent four extremely painful days in Washington DC. I pulled my back out badly, so bad that my lovely bride had to put my shoes on for me a couple of days in a row. Not too dignified. It is quite hard to walk miles from one monument to the next when each step feels like Hannibal Lectar is cutting out part of your spinal column to make a gourmet pate out of it, but I did it.
Lincoln Memorial – click for more
Washington DC is such a great place to visit for the history, art, and science. The museums and monuments are all FREE of charge. It was a thrill to enter the National Gallery of Art and see paintings by my two favorite painters, Picasso and Van Gogh.
My golf aerial photo/video setup is improving very well. Since shooting this clip below I’ve put a lot of work into it to make it even better. Still, this is awesome. This is the 15th hole at the Sand Hollow Championship Course in Hurricane, Utah. This is an awesome par-3 about 195 yards.
Two days ago I had intended to write a great blog post and course review featuring Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. At that point in time writing a single word became as difficult as this legendary golf links is to play. Where would I start? How could I possibly convey how special of place it is? I felt like my limited blogging/writing skills could not do justice to this golf course which is known by many as the toughest test of golf in the world, a place which has hosted seven Open Championships, a senior Open Championship, the British Amateur Championship, and Women’s British Open.
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for larger image
I’ve decided to do two articles about Carnoustie. One will be a standard course review and one, this one, a recollection of what it was like for me to play the course and what my thoughts and impressions were. (more…)