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My Utah Golf Courses Android App is Now Available

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, March 31st, 2017
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Big announcement! I’ve release my first-ever mobile app! To increase my skills in the day job area of web development I tasked myself with learning a complex programming framework which lends itself to creating “device agnostic” applications.  Part of that learning, and my winter project, was to make a mobile golf app.  So I took my website Utah Golf Guru and created an app based on the same data.  Utah Golf Courses is NOW AVAILABLE for free at the Android Play Store.  I’ve submitted the IOS version to the Apple App Store also, but it is awaiting approval.

Utah Golf Courses mobile app

Utah Golf Courses mobile app

About Utah Golf Courses App

Utah Golf Courses works on any Android or IOS device.  The app provides a listing of every golf course in Utah.  The user can search for courses based on keywords.  The user can also filter courses based on the type of course (public, private, resort, military), and geographic location.  So the user could filter the list to show public courses in the southwest region of the state.

Course Details

Each course has a ton of details when the user taps the course to view it, like yardage, slope, rating.  One can even find the types of grass on the fairways and greens.  I also offer playing tips and commentary on many of the courses, including the range ball quality.

Utah Golf Courses mobile app

Tablet view of a course

The majority of the course photos were shot by me with many by drone.

Why?

There are many reasons behind making the app.  The first two listed above were learning new coding skills and learning how to make an app.  The other reason behind this one is that I’ve often found myself and my buddies looking for courses to book tee times, and not knowing their numbers.  In just two taps of the user’s finger, the user can find the course and dial the course from the app.

Links (pun intended)

Utah Golf Courses for Android

Utah Golf Courses for IOS (coming soon)

Utah Golf Guru Website


New Feature: HOG World Tour Interactive MAP!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, March 26th, 2017
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The HOG World Tour has been a “thing” now for 10+ years. I’ve traveled to many cool places and experienced golf around the world in some tremendous locations. I thought it would be cool to document all of the places I’ve played golf somehow. Being a web developer by day, I thought of coding an interactive map with markers on it to show all the courses. At this point I have entered 172 points on the map and I’m fairly sure I’ve forgotten a bunch. Check out the map here: https://www.hookedongolfblog.com/hog-world-tour.

Down the road (so to speak) I may be able to put other things on the map, like resorts or cool places, represented by different icons.

I’ll be adding some new features and items to the map soon so stay tuned.


Hooked on Golf Blog 2016 Awards – Best Golf Course: Cruden Bay, Scotland

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, December 29th, 2016
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Each year my hard work on this golf blog provides me with the opportunity to visit many great golf courses all around the world.  2016 was a tremendous year for playing courses which I had not previously played, from the USA to Scotland to Morocco.  To qualify for the Best Golf Course Award for the year, the course has to be one I had not played previously.  I narrowed the finalists down to a eight stellar courses played this year:

Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort, Indiana
Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, Indiana
Panmure Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland
Cruden Bay Golf Links in Cruden Bay, Scotland
Mazagan Golf Club at Mazagan Resort, Morocco
Royal Palm Golf Club in Marrakech, Morocco
Journey at Pechanga in Temecula, California

Those are some fantastic courses to say the least, in some fabulous locations.  As great as they all are, one course stood out and not by just a wee bit either.  Scotland’s Cruden Bay left me absolutely stunned.  Here are a few picturesque reasons why.

Cruden Bay – ©2016 by Tony Korologos

The dunes above. What a view. Absolutely stunning.

How about the view below, from the 9th tee. It was a hell of a walk from the 8th green up to this point and despite nearly having a heart attack, the view was well worth it!

The golf at Cruden Bay is stellar. But it has a fun and very quirky personaly as well.  Just ring the bell or push the button on the electric post to let the group behind you know it is okay to hit their approach shot.

And because I want to see another money shot, here you go below.  This one from late in the day as the sun was setting and the shadows began to really accentuate the terrain.

In the photo above you can see a plateau in the background.  That’s where the shots I mentioned from the 9th tee were.

Conclusion

I’m in love.  Cruden Bay is one of the top courses I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Awarding Cruden Bay the 2016 Best Golf Course Award was a no-brainer, and it was up against Golf Digest Top 100 USA courses on my list.  I will be back as soon as possible.  What a fantastic course, design, location and the town of Cruden Bay is quite fun as well.


HOG World Tour Visits Morocco’s Assoufid Golf Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
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The fourth and final golf course on the HOG World Tour trip to Morocco was the #1 course in Morocco (World Golf Awards), Assoufid Golf Club. Assoufid is a desert style course with some great elevation changes and creative architecture.

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

Target golf, anyone?

Assoufid is located a short drive southwest of Marrakesh, a city of about 1.5 million (map below).

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

If you’ve played golf in Palm Springs, you’ll feel at home at Assoufid. There are distinct takeoff and landing areas, with desert between. Holes are lined with palm trees and olive trees.

Assoufid Golf Club, Morocco

Unfortunately our group’s round there was rained out, hard. We got as far as the approach shot on the 10th hole when it was too heavy to plod on. Sorry to my Scottish friends about that.

I even left my golf ball in the fairway on #10. I need to go back and find it soon.

Stay tuned for a full review of Assoufid, and more posts on Morocco.


Video Highlights: Mazagan Golf Club in Morocco

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, November 28th, 2016
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A couple of posts ago I mentioned the HOG World Tour stop to Mazagan Golf Club in Morocco, a Gary Player design right on the shoreline.  Beautiful.  Below are some video highlights.


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