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HOG World Tour Visits Pete Dye Course at French Lick Indiana

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 13th, 2016
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The Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour was in French Lick, Indiana last week to experience golf and the French Lick Resort. In addition to the fabulous Donald Ross course, I had the opportunity to play the Pete Dye course at French Lick. Wowsies.
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On a difficulty scale from 1-10, the Dye Course is a 12.3. With a course rating of 80.0 and a slope of 148, I’ve not played a more difficult course. And I’ve played some of the world’s most difficult courses like TPC Sawgrass, Wolf Creek, and Carnoustie.
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I will be posting my full review of the French Lick Pete Dye course as soon as I’ve recovered from the beatdown it gave me. Stay tuned.


HOG World Tour Visits the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Indiana

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, June 12th, 2016
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This past week the HOG World Tour was in French Lick, Indiana to check out two courses from two very different and equally famous golf course architects, Pete Dye and Donald Ross. The Donald Ross Course was the first on the menu, and I loved the entree so much I went back through the buffet a 2nd and 3rd time.

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The Donald Ross Course 10th hole (left) with the practice putting green in the foreground

This was one of the more challenging Donald Ross courses I’ve played due to the large amount of elevation changes and horizontal movement of the holes. And the greens were some of the most extreme I’ve ever putted. Putting or chipping from above the hole is nearly impossible.

Par-3 4th Hole - 240 Yards

Par-3 4th Hole – 240 Yards

I was able to play this fabulous old course (1917) three times. It’s ranked 71st in Golf Digest’s Top-100. I’ll be posting my full review of the experience soon, but wanted to do a quick share and a couple of photos prior to that. Stay tuned.


HOG World Tour Arrives in French Lick Indiana

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 9th, 2016
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Greetings from the fabulous and beautiful French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana. I think I can see Larry Bird’s house from here. I’m in French Lick on a press trip to review the resort and the three golf courses here. More to come on the golf.

View from a balcony room into the dome at the West Baden Springs Hotel

View from a balcony room into the dome at the West Baden Springs Hotel

The photo above is a shot from the balcony of my terrific room here at the West Baden Springs Hotel. The hotel is circular with a huge dome in the middle. The reverberation is quite lengthy.

This is a very classy place. They obviously aren’t on to me being a blogger. They must think I’m a “journalist.” Shhhh. Don’t tell them.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Last night I had a dinner, feast rather, fit for a king. Above you can see the waiter making up my favorite dessert in the universe, Bananas Foster. Wow was that good. Great restaurants here at French Lick Resort.

Check back for some golf related posts from the Ross Course and the Pete Dye course.


Two Days of Meetings at Spring ING Conference in Heber, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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I’ve just completed two days of one-on-one meetings with golf industry professionals and media at the ING Spring Conference here in Heber, Utah.

Day 2 of 1-on-1 meetings at the ING spring conference. #INGHeberValley

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It has been quite fun and educational engaging with these interesting people and checking out their products/services. Here’s a list of organizations I’ve met with in the two days here:

Bridgestone Golf
Tour Edge Golf
Golf Mesquite Nevada
Zermatt Resort
Heber Valley Utah CVB
18 Birdies
CHASE54 Apparel
eduKaytion Golf
Golf Overnight (club shipping)
Knuth Golf
Perry Golf
PGA Golf Exibitions
SNAG Golf
SoulKix
TK International
Visit Central Florida (CVB)
Wasatch Golf

I will be following up with these companies and working with them in the future with (hopefully) great blog content for HOG readers! Stay tuned.


Hooked on Golf Blog to Attend ING Spring Conference in Heber, Utah Next Week

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 20th, 2016
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SALT LAKE CITY – May 20, 2016 – Hooked on Golf Blog will bring it’s famous “HOG World Tour” to Heber, Utah May 23-25, 2016 for the annual International Network of Golf (ING) Spring Conference.  ING is a non-profit organization with the objective to “bring golf industry executives together with members of the golf media to improve communication, introduce new products, services and destinations, and to develop and nurture relationships.”

“I’m looking forward to attending my first ING conference and especially to meeting new and old friends and associates in the golf industry.  I’m also looking forward to experiencing the great golf Heber Valley and the state of Utah have to offer, and showing some of my new and old friends around this great area.” ~Tony Korologos, Hooked on Golf Blog

At the ING Spring Conference the blog will be meeting with industry professionals media regarding equipment, travel, tourism, education, media, and social networking.  Of course, many rounds of great Utah mountain golf will be experienced.


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