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Welcome to Utah where the mormon church is “involved in negotiations of state laws”

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
Categories: LifeMiscellaneous

It is well known that the liquor laws here in my (some day former) home state are f’d up. There have been laws making it illegal to set your drink down. They tried to make the sale of cold beer illegal. You can’t buy beer after 1:00AM.  Heaven knows that if you buy beer at 12:59AM you’ll drink responsibly but if you buy it at 1:00:01AM you won’t drink responsibly.  My local course can’t sell beer on the 4th hole and the first half of the 5th hole, because those holes are within different city boundaries and they can’t get a permit for the 2nd city.

The state has a monopoly on liquor sales, forcing all sales of booze to be through state owned liquor stores, and is profiting $220,000 PER DAY by jacking up the rates 87%. I pay about $10 for a bottle of wine which I can find in any other state for $5.

Recently I personally experienced a law at a restaurant which blew my mind. This law didn’t allow a waitress who was under 21 years of age to hand me a freaking wine list. Yes a person under 21 couldn’t hand me a piece of paper with letters from the English alphabet printed on it.  Those letters actually formed words which can be found in the English language. It is a good thing she wasn’t allowed to even handle that piece of paper.  It may have saved her life and many others. Being under 21, this person may have inadvertently read words from the English language which talked about wine. She would have then obviously lost control of herself and all of her personal judgement.  She would have obviously then gone on an uncontrollable drunken rampage, killing several people and several small animals… or something like that.

One terribly stupid law, which has made us look like idiots to all who travel here is the “private club” law. To serve hard booze, a bar has to be a “private club.” To enter such a club, you must be a card carrying (paying) member of the club. So some business traveler who is in town for 48 hours has to buy a membership to a club just to enter and have a drink at the end of the day. Wisely, when the world was in town for the 2002 Olympics, lawmakers temporarily suspended this law. If a law isn’t suitable or reasonable 24/7/365, why have it in the first place?

Why all the stupid liquor laws?

It is pretty clear that the LDS (mormon) church is to blame for all of these idiotic laws. They use their immense local power to force down the throats legislate their religious beliefs on all who live and travel here.  I was blown away to see this quote brazenly displayed in a local news story:

The liquor reform package was hammered out during weeks of intense negotiations with (Governor) Huntsman’s staff, legislators, and representatives of the hospitality and restaurant industries and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“…and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”????!!!!  WTF? Are you freaking kidding me?  Separation of church and state isn’t even a thought here and the lack of such is proudly written in news stories without so much as a blink.

Step upto the bar, Mr. Young

How about this not so humorous story.  Guess who owns the most liquor licenses in Provo, Utah?  No idea?  Mormon Church owned Brigham Young University.  It seems that there are a fixed number of liquor licenses per capita available, and when bars sell them, lose them or go out of business, BYU snatches them up.  One day there will be NO bars in Provo (or what some of us like to call “Provostan”).

I could go on ranting about this, but I need to run and buy some warm beer and some overpriced wine.  I’ll be back soon, unless I get arrested for putting my drink down on a table.

Malibu Gourmet Toffee

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, March 7th, 2009
Categories: Golf LifestyleMiscellaneousReviews

malibu toffeeThanks to my friends at Malibu Gourmet Toffee for sending in some samples for me to review.  Golf and toffee.  I see the connection.   The stuff just showed up in my mail box one day.  One day it is martini shaped golf tees, the next day it is toffee.   Unfortunately Malibu Toffee didn’t contact me in advance to find out that I don’t like nuts.

As much as I wanted to eat some of this beautiful looking hand made toffee, I had to give that tough assignment to my 11 year old daughter.  She gladly took on this tough gig and gobbled it all up.  I’m not really sure she even chewed it.  She may have just inhaled it.

I asked her to tell me what her opinion was of the toffee so I could post her comments and she gave a single word reply:  “Elegant.”

I have a few more pics of the toffee here.

Perhaps GolfNow.com should change their name to MaybeGolfSometimePossiblyIfWeGetAroundToIt.com

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
Categories: Golf MediaMiscellaneous

A blogger friend of mine was telling me back in January that he was having some decent revenue results as a result of joining the GolfNow.com program. He suggested I sign up. Since this site takes a pretty penny out of my personal pocket to keep it running I thought I’d give their program a shot. I can use whatever revenue I can get in this economy and with the expenses I have.

On February 2nd I signed up for the GolfNow.com program. I didn’t receive anything from them for a while. No email confirmation, nothing. So around February 10th I sent in an email to a contact email I found on the site. I didn’t get a response to that email for until the 13th. The response was an email saying that the person I’d emailed was no longer with the company and to contact someone at another email. Ok fine.

On the 16th I got a response from a human! It only took 14 days. Nobody is perfect I guess. That person told me I’d missed the monthly deadline. They’d try and approve it sooner, but if not I’d have to wait until the 1st of March to be approved. My comment at that time was “I guess GolfNow isn’t in a big hurry to make money with new affiliates!” That was a bit of a jab to let them know in a fun sort of way that they were dragging their feet.

It is now March 4th and I’ve received nothing. No email. No contact. Maybe if someone there happens to read this blog they’ll kick it in the ass for me. Or maybe they’re just plain not interested in signing up one of the top golf blogs in our solar system.

Perhaps GolfNow.com should change their name to MaybeGolfSometimePossiblyIfWeGetAroundToIt.com. I know that would be a bit of a long URL but you know, it has a ring to it. I did some checking and surprisingly that URL is available!

Fantasy Golf 2009 – Weeks 7-8 Results And Standings

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
Categories: Fantasy Golf

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Full results for weeks 7-8 and total standings below…

The Golf Space hits 4000 member milestone

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Categories: Golf MediaMiscellaneousSite News

It has been a while since I did an update on HOG’s sister site, The Golf Space. The Golf Space is a social networking site built specifically for golfers and golf related business.

The Golf Space - Golf Networking

The Golf Space is golf’s version of Facebook and MySpace all wrapped up into one, minus all the spam. “TGS” is completely free and provides networking tools for everything from finding golf connections to tracking rounds and golf stats.

TGS Statistics – 03.03.09 10:41am

Articles: 2902
Member submitted Web Links: 505
Member Blog Posts: 2447
Golf rounds tracked: 2544
Blog Comments: 3370
Forum Posts: 5798
Visitors: 4,690,310


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Now Online: 56
Members: 31 / Guests: 25

Stop by The Golf Space and set up your own golf profile, meet friends and become a part of golf’s #1 online community!

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