Hidden Valley Country Club Lakes Course – Par-3 6th
Dual meaning title. It could mean I’m positively anticipating 2015, or that I’m taking a look ahead at 2015. I suppose this post is a little bit of both.
Coming into 2014 I did a similar post. Some of the ideas and goals I had for 2014 I did manage to achieve and implement. Some I either forgot or consciously ignored. Without getting too nitpicky about it, one of the primary things I plan to do in 2015 is continue to produce original, informative and entertaining content which I find interesting. I’ll leave most of the PGA Tour news and “what’s in this week’s winner’s bag” nonsense to those who have shown their superior abilities to regurgitate the same useless drivel week after week.
Now that this golf blog has been around for over 10 years, there’s not much I haven’t seen or written about in the world of golf. Whatever I post about will be unfiltered, opinionated, unbleeped, and I will not bite my tongue. I will write when I feel like writing, and not post useless drivel to fill up space or keep up a “schedule.” In my mind the absence of bad is good.
That’s the plan. Much of my motivation comes from playing the game. I’m hoping for the snow to melt to help that motivation out a wee bit.
Time to shame a content stealing asshole into removing my content. The website GolfLands dot net is reposting content from here and from the HOG sister site and golf newswire, HOGWire.biz. All of the posts you can see in the “recent posts” list to the right in the screen capture below are from HOG or HOGWire, and obviously the main post you can see is HOG content. That’s one of the reasons I often mention “Hooked On Golf Blog” in my posts, so when dicks like this copy my content it shows up on their site. I also love to post these because often times these sites which are stealing the content auto-post them. So for a time you might see this post appear on their site.
Why Do I Care?
Whenever I make these content stealing awareness posts invariably some bonehead asks me what the big deal is, citing that it is “free publicity” for me and all that. NO. First, there are no links back to the content owner, me.
Second, this is duplicated content which confuses Google’s search results and rankings. It does nothing but hurt the original site which produced the content.
Third, I was raised to believe that stealing is wrong. Yeah, crazy huh?
What’s next is I’ll use that site’s contact page to send them a not-so friendly note to remove my content. Oddly that side has a contact page. Most sites like this don’t. I doubt there will be a response, but if there is, it will be a phony naive response like “I thought it helped you” or “I installed an autoblog plugin and it did it automatically” kind of bullshit. Another favorite is, “a friend posted it.”
The best way to tell what golf accessory I liked the most in 2014 is based on the one I used the most. That is hands down the GolfBuddy VS4 Mini Talking GPS. This thing is so small that it easily fits in my pocket and is not in the way.
GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS
I can even push the button through my shorts (I don’t wear pants, hehe) and hear it speak my yardages to me.
I have about 20 golf GPS units, but the VS4 is the one I keep going back to and therefore wins the 2014 Hooked On Golf Blog Product of the Year award for Golf Accessories.
For the full review, visit the Hooked On Golf Blog GolfBuddy VS4 Golf GPS Review.
Serenity… click to read full review of Shepherd’s Hollow
Factors which go into my decision include course architecture, playing conditions, amenities, vibe, location, staff. In short, the overall experience from when one arrives to the time he/she finishes up the last frosty beverage at the 19th hole.
Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club
The two finalists came down to New Mexico’s Paako Ridge and Michigan’s Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club. Both are amazing tracts of land, and both courses have NO homes on the course; not the center of real estate developments. That scores big points with me. Both courses had fantastic conditions when I played. Based on the serenity, the amazing amenities, clubhouse, and the fact that they offer 27 holes, Shepherd’s edges out Paako Ridge for the Hooked On Golf Blog 2015 Best Golf Course Award.
Shepherd’s Hollow is northwest of Detroit about a 45 minute drive, and well worth it. Tip o’ the hat to Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club for winning this distinguished award. Can’t wait to get back there.