Tomorrow is going to be one of the most insane days in the history of the Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour, a.k.a. HOG World Tour. I’ve been invited as a player and to cover as media the “Solstice Golfathon.”
I’m about to hit the road but I’ve done a quick preview of the event. Check this out…
Solstice Golfathon Overview
Tomorrow is summer solstice, the day of the year with the longest exposure to daylight. The sun rises the earliest and sets the latest. This means the most amount of light, and thus the most available time to play golf!
A group of crazy golfers and businessmen came up with the idea of playing as much golf as possible on summer solstice, but decided that just playing all day at one course wasn’t quite the ticket. They decided to play 18 holes of golf in FOUR states in ONE day. I really wish I’d have thought of that.
And no, the golf isn’t played in the four corners area. There aren’t any golf courses there. The Solstice Golfathon will take place in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. I’ll be tweeting live on my twitter feed from the event, and posting on Hooked On Golf Blog between courses and whenever I have a few free seconds. But when you are playing golf in four states in one day, there won’t be many.
Course 1: Primm Valley, California
At 4:15am or so tomorrow, the first ball will take flight from one of the two Tom Fazio designed courses in Primm, California. As press time, it is unknown which course we will be playing. I’ve played both the Desert and lakes courses they’re both great tracks. Check out my Primm Valley Desert Course review and my Primm Valley Lakes Course review.
Course 2: Casablanca Golf Club, Nevada
Following Primm we’ll jump in our vehicle and fly as fast as we can up I-15 to Mesquite, Nevada and the Casablana Golf Club. Casablanca is a fun track with many hazards and challenging tee shots. “Casa” is also one of the home courses to the tournament I played in a few weeks ago, the Mesquite, Amateur.
Course 3: Palms, Arizona
Down I-15 a few miles from the Casablanca and across the state line in Arizona is the Palms Golf Course. The Palms is a fairly wide open track, lined by palm trees. The Palms is a tale of two nines, the front being more flat and open and the back having some impressive elevation changes.
Course 4: Coral Canyon, Utah
About an hour north of the Palms on I-15 in Hurricane, Utah is the wonderful Coral Canyon Golf Course. Coral Canyon is one of the most scenic tracks in the red rock country of southern Utah. CC is like a target course on Mars with all the red rock and sand surrounding the green grass.
The crazy players in this group are a diverse group of people ranging from district court judges to college associate athletic directors to insurance guys to golf bloggers (me). Ages range from 43 to 58. Handicaps range from 4 to unknown.
I’m excited that there’s a district court judge in the group. I’ve played with judges before and it is always fun and corny to say “your honor, your Honor.”
Travel Day Today – Golfathon Tomorrow
I’m jumping in the HOG VanWagon shortly. Next stop Cedar City to hook up with my Golfathon pals. Then we’ll be rolling into Primm, Nevada tonight. Once again, check my twitter feed for live updates tomorrow.
Awesome, Tony. Man I wish I was doing this with you guys! Have fun!
about 15 years ago in the Wash D.C. Md metro area there was a day of golf starting at daybreak and ending with cigarette lighters being used to putt out , it was a contest for the most holes played and the lowest medal score .I think it was sponsored by a now defunct local golf magizine. You could sign up to play at one of many courses and you played all your rounds at that one place.Lots of fun.