HOG World Tour
Greetings from my fantastic suite in the Pechanga Casino/Resort in Temecula, CA. Loving the service and comfort level here at this resort.
Pechanga Hotel Left – Golf Clubhouse Right
The suite is very large and warm. The lovely bride and little guy are enjoying it.
Just finished having a very nice breakfast outside on the patio of the amazing clubhouse here (photo below), watching players tee off. Not a bad morning at all.
Pechanga clubhouse patio – looks like I want to be here this evening…
Tomorrow and the next day I’ll be having my own Journey at Pechanga as it is called. That’s golf on the well respected golf course here. More to come.
I took a stroll through the amazing clubhouse this morning as well. You could hit a full lob wedge in there, but with the rockwork on the walls it could be a little risky. 🙂
Pechanga Golf Clubhouse
Sadly, an Arthur Hills “links” style course here in Salt Lake looks to be closing at the end of this season. I could go into the politics of why this is happening, and talk about mismanagement and all that, but I’ll just say that we have a lot of new bike trails in town now.
View of Salt Lake City from Wingpointe’s 4th tee – click to see more
I played Wingpointe a few days ago and the greens were as good as ever. Unfortunately the fairways are not that great and the only good lie a player is guaranteed is on the tee. But that’s the nature of the beast when you are on soil full of salt from the Great Salt Lake.
Wingpointe Golf Course
That round a few days ago might be my last there. As much as I love the design and the greens, the whole experience is tainted by the poor fairways.
I have many great memories at Wingpointe, like the time I shot 31-41 for a very irritating 72. Won a tournament there too a couple of years ago.
Sad to see this course closing. It won’t be the last golf course closure here in Salt Lake I’m afraid.
The gear I bring to golf courses lately doesn’t seem to include golf clubs or a ball. I’ve been bringing one or more of my multi-rotor copters from my golf aerial photography/video fleet. Below is a shot I captured last weekend at Soldier Hollow, home of two great courses.
Aerial Photo: Soldier Hollow Golf Courses – click for more
In the photo above the closer holes are the “Silver” course, and the farther away holes on the side of the mountain are the “Gold” Course.
Below is a shot looking back the opposite direction, including the fantastic clubhouse on the right.
Soldier Hollow Golf Course and Clubhouse – Click for more
Greetings from 35,000 feet. As I write this I am on Delta flight D11 from London to Minneapolis. I’m coming home from the longest vacation I’ve had in years. For the last 15 days I’ve been experiencing Greece and a a few days in one of the world’s greatest cities, London. The longest break I’ve probably ever taken from blogging is 2-3 days so this was quite a departure for me. I did post three quick blogs but just small check-ins. Contrary to what I felt in many years of running this golf blog, the world did not come to an end if I took a break. The lights are still on. Golf is still there. My brain didn’t explode.
I hope this break not only refreshes my excitement and interest in writing about golf, but refreshes my interest in playing the game as well. I’d been playing quite a bit and getting a little burned out and frustrated with my lack of improvement. In parallel I’ve had the same bit of frustration and burn out with golf blogging. I’ve never lost the love for reviewing courses, gear and so forth, but my exposure to too much golf social media and the piles of manure (can you say “hot tour wives and girlfriends?”) out there have hardened my attitude a bit. That can be both good and bad.
I plan to continue my journey in the golf blogosphere and hope to change and morph as times and my perspective change. I’d like to shake some things up. Not sure how I will do that right now but figuring that out is part of the fun.
I’m home safe and sound after a fantastic time away.
Now back to our regularly scheduled blogram.
The big HOG World Tour vacation is currently in London. I did not bring my sticks on this trip, just my cameras. Enjoy this one…
Big Ben front right
My trip is coming to an end and I’m sad about that, but happy to be heading home in a couple of days and getting back to golf blogging!