HOG World Tour
Most people think of Utah as a ski destination and for good reason. The snow here is regarded by many as the “greatest snow on earth.” Golf has a huge impact on the state as well. The size of that impact was not really known until a 2012 study done by independent research company SRI, commissioned by Golf 20/20. I was stunned at the impact and the numbers found in this study. Golf isn’t just a game here in Utah, it is an industry. It is an efficient industry which produces more dollars per acre than other big local industries yet has a fraction of the ecological impact. All of this while providing a fantastic outdoor activity, green space, scenic beauty, and providing jobs.
The 2012 golf industry in Utah generated $806.6 million in economic impact.
The number of golf patrons exceeds the number of ski patrons.
The golf industry in Utah accounts for over 9,600 JOBS.
Those jobs the golf industry creates in Utah produce $250.1 million dollars in wages.
Golf in Utah produces $16,035 per irrigated acre. The nearest competing industry is alfalfa farming at $774 per acre.
Golf brings in $5,529 per acre-ft of water. The nearest competing industry is once again alfalfa farming at $365 per acre-ft of water.
For all of you who think golf courses take up too much space or use too much water, golf in Utah represents only 3.8% of the state’s turfgrass and only consumes 0.65% of the diverted water.
Golf in Utah produced over $11 million in charitable giving.
Governor’s Golf Month Proclamation
In light of these amazing findings, which I merely highlighted a few big ones, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a proclamation yesterday at the state capitol declaring May in Utah as the month of golf. I was happy to be in attendance along with many of the biggest players in Utah’s golf industry.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert Signs Utah Golf Proclamation
I had a chance to speak with the Governor for a few minutes and he is very excited about these findings, and helping the game to flourish and grow in the future. “The continued health and growth of the golf industry has a direct bearing on future jobs, commerce, economic development, and tax revenues for a large number of Utah’s communities and industries.”
I let the Governor know of my independent work as a golf blogger and builder of golf websites, including the Utah Golf Guru site. I joked that the study numbers and the $805.6 million are a little low since they didn’t account for any revenue created by Utah golf bloggers. Make that $805,600,001.
Today the Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stopped yet again at one of my favorite places on this planet, Sand Hollow Resort in southern Utah. I logged a solid round with my dad, who had never seen the course before. I had a blast showing pops around one of my all time best courses.
One of the day’s highlights was a large drive I hit right up the gut between the hill and the bunker short of the par-4 13th, pictured below. Mind you, not between the hill and the bunker you can see. The bunker I’m talking about is not visible from this angle. I hit small lob wedge to about 10 feet and made a satisfying birdie putt.
Sand Hollow 13th Hole – May 2014 – click for larger version
My photo library must have over 1,000 images of Sand Hollow Resort’s Championship Course, along with more of the Links Course, the practice areas, and clubhouse. Despite having all those images, I can’t help but shoot more every time I’m there. The scenery in contrast with the green grass and natural red sand is fantastic.
Sand Hollow Championship Course Review
Sand Hollow Links Course Review
Sand Hollow Championship Course image gallery
Sand Hollow Links Course image gallery
Sand Hollow Championship Course Aerial Photos
The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour is back on the road in about two hours. Next stops: Mesquite, NV and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tomorrow I’ll be doing a course review at Rhodes Ranch Golf Course in Las Vegas.
Stay tuned here and especially the HOG Twitter @hoggolfblog and my personal twitter @thegolfspace.
Gear I’m bringing: Cameras, golf clubs, DRONE.
See you on the road.
Troon North Pinnacle Course – Click for more images
I’ve finally processed a gallery of photos from the recent Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop in Scottsdale, Arizona. Part of that tour stop was a round at the famous Troon North Pinnacle Course, regarded by many as the #1 course in Arizona.
I’ll be posting a course review down the fairway a bit, but for now click the photo above or the following link to the Troon North Pinnace Course.
Today is the par-3 tournament day at the Masters Tournament. This tournament has been going since 1960. The par-3 is a fun tournament where players interact closely with fans. Some players who are not in the Masters Tournament are allowed to play the par-3 tournament. Prior to the par-3 tournament there used to be a driving contest.
Augusta National Golf Club – Par-3 Course – Click for more images
The par-3 tournament takes place at Augusta National’s par-3 course, possibly the most beautiful par-3 course in the world, though the folks at Three Tops located at Treetops Resort might argue that point. As you will likely hear, no player who has won the par-3 contest has gone on to win the Masters Tournament.
Tiny greens… Augusta National Par-3 Course
I walked every hole of Augusta National’s par-3 course a couple of years ago and shot a ton of photos. For one shot I even snuck onto a little boat I found in the lake. The skies were a little gray the day I shot them but they still look great. I put together a gallery of 77 images of the course, the largest and most complete online photo gallery of the course that I’m aware of. All for you HOG “patrons.” Click the photos or the link below to view the gallery.
Augusta National Par-3 Course Photo Gallery