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Golf Travel Review: Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 17th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesGolf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourReviewsTravel

Alright.  I’ve finally completed my reviews of the courses I played at Treetops in northern Michigan. Links to each of the reviews is at the end of this article under the “related” heading.  Now it is time to talk about where to stay when traveling to the quaint town of Gaylord, Michigan, home of Treetops golf courses and the Treetops Resort.

Treetops Resort

Treetops Resort Lodge – click to zoom

Lodging

My focus for this review is the Treetops Lodge (pictured above), where I stayed for part of my time in Michigan a few weeks ago. (more…)


Review: Treetops Signature Course, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 17th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolfGolf CoursesGolf LifeGolf LifestyleHOG World TourReviewsTravel
Treetops Signature Course Michigan

Treetops Signature – click to zoom

As I go through each of the hundreds of photos I shot on my recent trip to northern Michigan I relive the fun and enjoyment of each shot on each golf hole.  Today I’m reviewing the “Signature” course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.  Treetops is a fantastic golf/ski resort in northern Michigan which is home to five courses.  For links to the other courses I’ve reviewed at Treetops, see the “related links” section at the end of this review.

Treetops Signature Overview

The Signature course at Treetops was designed by Rick Smith and opened in 1993.  You may remember Rick as the first Big Break co-host and more recently as one of Phil Mickelson’s coaches.  Rick is one of the top golf instructors on the planet.

The course is a par-70 track which measures out at 6,653 from the back (Black) tees.  The Black tees are one of five sets.  The course is not long by modern standards, but that does not in any way mean this course is not challenging or enjoyable to play.  In fact, it just might be my favorite course at Treetops.  Slope from the tips is 136 with a course rating of 72.6. (more…)


Review: Black Forest Golf Course At Wilderness Valley, Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf CoursesHOG World TourReviews

Any regular visitor to this golf web site knows I’m a big Tom Doak fan.  If you don’t know, Tom Doak is a leading golf course architect who has designed many great tracks.  I’ve had the pleasure of playing several and really enjoy them.  When I had the opportunity to play a Doak design in northern Michigan I jumped at the chance.  A wise jump, no doubt.

Black Forest

Black Forest Golf Course – Gaylord, Michigan – Tom Doak Design

Black Forest Golf Course Overview

Black Forest is located in Gaylord, Michigan.  The Gaylord area in northern Michigan is a golf mecca.  The terrain, deep and dense forest and climate make for fantastic quality golf.

The course opened back in 1992 and was the first for Doak.  Hell of a start I’d say.  This par-73 (yes you read that right) course occupies roughly 400 acres.  For reference, Augusta National (home of the Masters) occupies about 360.  Total yardage from the Black tees (the tips) is 7,044.  Black Forest is not long by modern standards, but this course is not all about length.  Rating from the tips is 74.3 with a slope of 147.  Don’t let the tough rating scare you from playing the track though.  There are five sets of tees for players of all ability levels.

Since its opening Black Forest has earned many awards like “Top New Public Courses in America” by Golf Digest and “Best Public Course in Northern Michigan” by Detroit News. (more…)


Image Gallery Updated: Salish Cliffs Golf Course, Shelton, Washington

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 10th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourSite News

I’ve finished uploading a few photos from the recent Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop at Salish Cliffs in Shelton, Washington.  Below in the shot of the 18th green can you see my ball?  I made that putt for birdie!

Salish Cliffs Golf

Salish Cliffs Golf Club – click to see more

The course is a tree lined Gene Bates design, about 1.5 hours southwest of Seattle.

Salish Cliffs Golf

Salish Cliffs Golf Club – click to see more

I’m working on my review of Salish Cliffs, but for now click either image above or the link below to enjoy some of the photos in the gallery.

Related

Salish Cliffs Image Gallery


HOG World Tour Visits Chambers Bay, Site Of The 2015 U.S. Open

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourSite News

Greetings from Vancouver, BC.  I’m just getting ready to hit the town but thought I’d upload a couple of photos from yesterday’s HOG World Tour stop at Chambers Bay.  Chambers Bay is about 30-45 minutes south of Seattle and home of the 2015 U.S. Open.  The track looks very fun, but unfortunately my schedule did not allow for me to play it this time around.

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Click for more Chambers Bay images

The course is nice and brown, though my photos have been hot-rodded a bit to make them look a little more aesthetically pleasing.  Stay tuned for when I upload the rest of the images next week.

Chambers Bay Golf

Click either image here to see more Chambers Bay photos


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