A Visit To Sand Hollow Resort’s New Clubhouse. Final Piece Of The Puzzle.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, March 12th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesGolf LifestyleHOG World TourTravel
Sand Hollow Golf Course

13th hole at Sand Hollow. Click to zoom.

Most regular HookedOnGolfBlog.com readers have likely read my reviews of the Sand Hollow Championship Course and Sand Hollow Links Course.  If you haven’t yet, be sure to check them out and look at the photos of this fantastic golf resort which is located 300 miles south of HOG World Headquarters in Hurricane, Utah. Hurricane is about a 15 minute drive northeast of St. George.  And you guessed it, I don’t recommend booking any times for a course in a place named “Hurricane” if the forecast is for wind.  Trust me.

Sand Hollow is a special place, like no other golf course I’ve ever seen. The scenery of the area along with the deep red colored sand is only topped by the fantastic design/layout of the 27 golf holes.  I’m not the only one who holds this course in such high regard either.  Recently Sand Hollow was ranked #1 golf course in Utah by Golf Magazine AND Golf Digest.

One problem Sand Hollow had for years was the lack of facilities.  The “clubhouse” was a trailer.  The cart barn a temporary shelter.  Restaurant/food facilities had no seating, no view and nothing much more than hotdogs.

Sand Hollow Golf Clubhouse

Pro shop’s view of the brilliant surroundings. Click to zoom.

Recently the new clubhouse at Sand Hollow was completed, filling in the final puzzle piece to a world class golf experience.  The new clubhouse not gaudy big and not too small.  The outer walls which face the course are all glass, providing nearly 180 degrees of spectacular views.  The pro shop is fantastic, showcasing great gear, logo items and a view like no other.  What an office for the staff to work in.  The food, which I heartily enjoyed last week, is finally beyond hotdog level.  There’s a real kitchen now, with a real menu. (more…)

Tiger Woods withdraws from final round of WGC Cadillac Championship after 11 holes. Slow speed blimp/car chase ensues.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, March 11th, 2012
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

The final round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral is getting bizarre.  A few minutes ago Tiger Woods changed shoes at the turn.  After another hole or two Tiger then withdrew from the tournament, citing a left leg injury.  He didn’t talk to the press.  At that point in time he was +3 on the round and 10 shots off the lead.

Slow Speed Blimp Chase

In true golf TV media fashion, the blimp left tournament play and flew over Tiger’s car.   Tiger got in the driver’s seat and his caddie in the passenger seat.  Later a medical cart came up to Tiger’s parked vehicle and brought up ice packs.  A minute or two later Tiger’s Mercedes (ironic since this is the Cadillac Championship) headed out.  The blimp took chase, covering it above much like the OJ Simpson slow speed white blazer chase.  An odd sequence of events without a doubt.

Nobody really knows what sort of injury it is or how severe.  I’d bet we will be seeing Tiger at the Masters.  In the meantime the golf media will be on suicide watch.

UPDATE: Tiger has reported the issue is with his left Achilles and he will be having it evaluated later this week.


What do I know about Gil Hanse, architect for the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio? A little.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, March 9th, 2012
Categories: Golf Course ArchitectureGolf CoursesHOG World TourOlympic Golf

Rio Olympics 2016Big news this week in the golf world with the announcement that Gil Hanse (Hanse Golf Course Design) was chosen to design the golf course for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.  The average Joe hasn’t heard of Hanse and he probably doesn’t care much.  I was racking my brain trying to access some old files from my cranium on Hanse. I knew there was something.  Once the cranial search algorithm finished I remembered that I’ve actually played a Hanse design, his home course in fact.

Applebrook Golf Club

I’ve played Hanse’s home course, Applebrook Golf Club, a few times. Many thanks to my best friend Al, who is a member there.  The course is located in Malvern, Pennsylvania.  I have a hard time describing what style Applebrook is because it is a combination of many styles depending on what terrain and vegetation exists on a particular hole.

10th hole Applebrook

10th hole at Gil Hanse designed Applebrook Golf Club – click to zoom

There’s a definite minimalist links flavor to the course with very links-style routing.  There are also some holes which are tree lined and have a more parkland flavor, like the first hole.  The contours of the greens extend to the areas around them, allowing for many links-style shot making options. (more…)

2012 Fantasy Golf – Week #5 Winner

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Categories: Fantasy GolfSite News

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Week #5 (Honda) winner: Tulsa Tees

Weekly prizes will be provided by Champ (Flix divot tools), but product won’t ship until late March. I do have some schwag from Sun Mountain too, some very cool waterproof golf hats or a beanie. Contact me to let me know if you want to wait for the Flix Divot tool from Champ or want to claim a hat/beanie from Sun Mountain.

PRIZE BREAKDOWN (prizes still in process)

  • 1st Place: Nike Golf VR_S Irons (forged or cast), value up to $1200
  • 2nd Place: FootJoy complete golf apparel makeover including shoes, pants/shorts, shirt
  • 3rd Place: Sun Mountain Club Glider Journey Golf Travel Bag
  • 4th-10th Place: To be announced
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  • Weekly Prizes: Champ Spikes Flix switchblade divot repair tool

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WGC Cadillac Championship – Set Your DVR – Woods, McIlroy, Westwood, Mickelson In Action

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods

World Golf ChampionshipsDVR Alert

There is going to be some fantastic golf to watch this week at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship.  The venue is the famous TPC Blue Monster at Doral.  The greens have just been resurfaced, so we will see how confused the players are, especially Tiger Woods with his putting situation.

WGC Cadillac TV Schedule

THU: 1-6PM ET – Golf Channel
FRI: 1-6PM ET – Golf Channel
SAT: 12-2PM ET – Golf Channel
SUN: 1-3PM ET – Golf Channel

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