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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.


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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Soldier Hollow Golf Course

Aerial Photo: Soldier Hollow Golf Courses – click for more

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.


Second First Look – Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
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At the end of the 2016 golf season here in northern Utah I received the Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition for a review.  I posted a quick first look article right when it came in.

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

Because of my golfer’s elbow I couldn’t hit it until I changed the grip.  By the time I got the grip changed I had thrown out my back very badly and it took four weeks for me to recover.  By then the courses were closed and winter had come.  So I’ve been staring at this beautiful club all winter and spring.  The snow finally melted and my back is cooperating. It was hard to even consider hitting this beauty.  I thought it might be better to just put it on the wall as a show piece.  But I’ve now put it into play.

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

I’ve got a few rounds in the books with this hybrid and I think it is fantastic.  My full review of the CB Pro U Hybrid will be coming soon.  If it comes close to my Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 3-wood, the 2014 HOG Product of the Year, I’ll be thrilled.


First Drink: BODYARMOR Sports Drink

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 29th, 2016
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My game is not at its best right now and I have my first real tournament of the year tomorrow, 8:10 a.m. No worries though. I’m going to put BodyArmor Sports Drink into play for the first time. I’m confident I’ll play well as a result!

BodyArmor Sports Drink

BodyArmor Sports Drink

This will be my first taste and performance testing of this new sports drink. Why do we need another sports drink? This one has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no artificial sweeteners. BodyArmor provides electrolytes, coconut water*, vitamins, and nothing artificial.

*I don’t like coconuts so this could be interesting.

I’ll be drinking BodyArmor for a few rounds, then reporting back with my full review. Stay tuned.


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