I had the pleasure of playing Coyote Springs Golf Club (formerly The Chase) in mid 2011. Many thanks to the staff there, especially assistant pro Rob Sanders and pro Todd Michaelsen. Since my first trip to Coyote Springs I’ve been salivating at the chance to get back down there and test my game out a 2nd time. I had the chance to to play a 2nd round there around July, but unfortunately I had to cut a HOG World Tour trip short due to a family emergency. The emergency ended up okay, no worries, except for the heartbreak of missing out on an opportunity to play this fantastic track again.
Coyote Springs – Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course – Coyote Springs, Nevada – Click for more images
Location Location Location?
Coyote Springs is located in the Nevada desert. If you are a golfer looking to get away from it all, this would be the place. The course is about an hour drive northeast of Las Vegas and about a 45 minute drive southwest of Mesquite. The road in to the course is very hilly and full of curves. Make sure you’re awake and sober for that one.
The area the course is situated is big. BIG. I can’t think of any other word to describe it. The sky is big, the landscape is big and the number of miles you can see is big. The views from any vantage point on the course reach for miles, with mountains framing the landscape. The contrast of the green grass and blue water features with the gray desert landscape is striking.
As a rock & roll musician and metal head, I love skulls and general blackness. I’ve tried to cross a little of that rock & roll vibe from my music world to golf blogging. That’s how the Hooked On Golf Blog logo ended up being a golf skull. I was thrilled to find that my buddies at Tattoo Golf, who also love skulls, created a solid pewter golf belt buckle with a golf ball skull. What a match! As they say in Scotland, “brilliant!”
So here’s a picture of what I’m calling the world’s coolest golf belt buckle, the Tattoo Golf OB Skull and Crossed Clubs design:
A skull golf ball belt buckle made of solid pewter? Sign me up! - Click to expand
I’m wearing the golf skull belt buckle with a Tattoo Golf belt in the image above, but the buckle can be purchased separately for $24.99 and works with any belt with snaps. The buckle is designed to work with 1 1/2″ belts.
It is a perfect time right now to talk about the new Kentucky Royalty Surino Golf Socks. Kentucky Royalty is a company founded by Shawn and Lori Malloy. They’re based out of, well, Kentucky.
I’m fascinated by alpacas. Very odd creatures. They look like a three way cross between sheep, giraffes and camels.
Kentucky Royalty Surino Golf Socks - click to zoom
The Surino golf socks are made from rare Suri Alpaca, fine Merino wool. The alpaca fleece comes from USA farms and is spun in American mills. So if you want to go “made in the USA” with your golf socks here you go.
The best side of the sock, the inside, is lined with soft Suri alpaca wool. Very soft and comfortable. The thick wool provides high comfort and temperature control, while also controlling moisture.
The bottom of the sock is covered in skid resistant nylon to prevent slipping and blisters.
PING Scottsdale ZB S Putter - cilck to magnify
Welcome to the 3rd installment of my 2011 PING Scottsdale putter review series. To date I’ve covered the PING Scottsdale Shea and the Scottsdale Senita putters, as well as the related iPING putter App. Today’s putter is the new PING Scottsdale ZB S Putter.
PING Scottsdale ZB S Putter Overview
The new ZB S is a conventional blade putter with a simple and clean design. The putter has a dark matte finish on the top and a black shiny chrome finish on the bottom, as do the other Scottsdale putter models. The look is very sharp and the matte finish prevents glare. (more…)
Welcome to my second in a three part review series of PING Scottsdale putters, each which is designed for a specific arc type. The first was my review of the PING Scottsdale Senita putter, which is most suited for a straight putting arc. Today’s subject is the Shea putter, best suited for a slight arc. Hey, that’s my arc type!
PING Scottsdale Shea Putter Overview
The Scottsdale Shea putter is a heel-toe balanced (mid-hang) mallet putter. It is a bit of a cross between a heel-toe blade and a small rounded mallet. Like the other Scottsdale putters, the top of the head is a darker matte finish. This helps prevent glare and is easy on the eye. The bottom of the club is a gloss finish. Gotta love glossy bottoms.
Shea Face – Thermoplastic Elastomer Insert – click to zoom
The Scottsdale line employs a few standard technologies.
The face of the Shea Scottsdale contains a “thermoplastic elastomer” insert. The plastic/rubber insert provides a great soft feel and helps with distance control.