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A Look Back At 2010 – HOG

Part two of my look back at 2010.  This one is from the HOG (Hooked On Golf Blog) perspective.  What big events and happenings happened to, with or by HOG this last year?  Check out part one, A Look Back At 2010 – The Golf World.

January

In January 2010 I was able to nail down sponsors for the year’s fantasy golf.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get Rife Putters to come through with a prize at the end of the season after my contact left the company.

Of course, the buzz was the Tiger Woods scandal and I blogged about it a lot.

I started a new gig, working as national sales manager for Sumi-G.  Over the course of the year I’d build up a rep force in the USA for the company, as well as work on many media related items like the company web site etc.  That gig ended (on good terms so no worries) in October.

January saw me traveling to the PGA Merchandise show with Sumi-G and experiencing a perspective to the PGA Show which I hadn’t seen before.  That was one of working very hard for 15 hour days on and in the booth, meeting and talking with potential customers.

February

February I continued to blog and review gear.

Tried to tune in to Pebble Beach but couldn’t stand all the hack “stars” like George Lopez.

March

March was huge.  On March 1st I found a letter from Augusta National, letting me know that I had tickets to the Tuesday practice round at the Masters!  My life would forever be changed.

Sand Hollow Golf Course

On March 3rd I posted a review of Sand Hollow Golf Course, one of the coolest courses I’ve EVER played.

On March 12 I was in Puerto Rico, covering the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.  On my first night there I got to hang out with one of the coolest cats ever in golf, Chi Chi Rodriguez.  The next night I met Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe.  What a gig.  During the off hours of  tournament I hung out in the casino with Rocco Mediate and Rory Sabbatini for about an hour.

While in Puerto Rico, I shot a two part series of videos, interviews and photos of The Golf Channel.  It was a very cool “behind the scenes” look at a live broadcast by TGC and the people who make it happen.  Months later, I was contacted and asked to pull it because nobody had “permission.”  Party poopers if you ask me.

 

Tiger Woods Masters

April

In April I started the first ever “HOG Putter Week” where I reviewed putters like the Nike Method, Heavy Putter Mid Weight K4-M, Double Duty Divot Repair Putter, Bob Burns Roll-In Putter, Bettinardi BB32 Putter,

On April 7 my “Dream Foursome” attended the Tuesday Masters Tournament practice round at Augusta National Golf Club.  I’ll never be the same and it was SO cool to have my best friend, my son and my dad there with me!  Man that was cool.

May

We saw the birth of the new category “How Not To.”

May 22 I married the most awesome lady in the universe! The day before I won my own tournament, the Non Annual Korologos Wedding Invitational Golf Tournament.

Started playing with the new Bridgestone B330-RX and B330-RXS golf balls.  One of my favorites now.

June

Speaking of Bridgestone, I had my first Bridgestone ball fitting on June 6th.

Tiger Woods divorce and scandal was still the big talk.  Divorce wasn’t confirmed yet, but rumors were flying that Elin was going to get $750 million.  That estimate was a little off.

On June 21st, my pop and I won the club’s annual Father’s Day tournament.

Graeme McDowell won the US OPEN.

In possibly my best work ever, I posted the Potty Putter Review.

For the first time in 10 years plus, I finished in the money in the Salt Lake City Amateur golf tournament, despite finishing bogey double-bogey on the 35th and 36th holes.

July

Summer heat, the altitude of Salt Lake, and no moisture in the air added up to the longest shots of the year.   350 yard drives, 205 yard 7-irons, 150 yard gap wedges…

I post my lowest round of the year on my home course on July 11th, a 69 from the black tees (tips).

My friend and St. Andrews caddy John Boyne posts an awesome three part guide to St. Andrews for the British Open.

 

August

Hooked On Golf Blog gets a new logo.  I like skulls.

HOG moves to a new, faster, bigger dedicated server because the site is getting so much traffic the old server was melting down!

Played in a great charity tournament for Homes For Our Troops, an organization which builds homes for disabled veterans.

September

In a move which rarely happens, I put a new putter in the bag.  My Dornoch Putter by Grant Mackay is the best putter EVER.

I shoot my best score ever at Wingpointe Golf Course, an Arthur Hills design.  That 70 topped my previous lowest round of the year because it was -2 for 18 while my 69 at River Oaks as -1 (par 70).  Needless to say, my opponents were hurting pretty bad that day.

I review the fanciest golf shoes I’ve ever worn, Royal Albatross’ hand made Italian leather Black Jack Nero Golf Shoes.

Vdara Las Vegas

October

I travel to Colonial Williamsburg to review the two great courses there, Golden Horseshoe Green Course and Gold Course.  I also do a review on the Historic Area in Colonial Williamsburg.

After six years, I retire as president of my local men’s club at the final tournament of the year, Hell Day.

I reviewed the Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas.

I started a new food and drink web site called MegaChomp.

Posted a bunch of Ryder Cup blogs.

In October my working relationship with Sumi-G ended, but my golfing relationship continues!

November

On November 16th my YouTube golf channel topped 3,000,000 views.

Posted the annual HOG Turkey Awards, featuring the year’s biggest boneheads in the golf world.

On November 30th, I posted my 3000th golf blog.

I travel to Notre Dame University to watch my Utah Utes football team.  Despite the Utes terrible performance on the field, visiting Notre Dame with my best friends and my dad was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.

I find a picture of myself sitting on the potty, in the men’s restroom at a local golf course.

Palmilla

December

I travel to Puerto Rico, Mexico.  There I review Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, Palmilla Golf Club and the One And Only Palmilla Resort.  I also happen to enjoy the 83 degree weather while my friends back home were freezing to death.

I post my look back at the golf world in 2010.

On 12/22 I review the new Nike Sport Cart Bag.

On 12/11 the HOG Golf Photo Gallery went over the 13,000 image mark.

On 12/31/10 I vowed to blog my golf ass off in 2011!


Input needed! Your top golf stories of 2010!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 27th, 2010
Categories: Champions TourEuropean TourGolfGolf CoursesGolf EquipmentLPGA TourMiscellaneousPGA TourPro GolfRyder CupSite NewsTiger WoodsWeb.com Tour

It is time for the end of year top stories in the world of golf, both public and personal.  Help me out and post what you think the top stories of the year were in pro golf, equipment, your game etc.

Here are a few for the list.

Tiger Woods (divorce, bad play, public apology, first tweet, loses #1 ranking, losing sponsors)

Phil Mickelson wins Masters.

Young guns on tour, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson etc

Dustin Johnson (Pebble meltdown, PGA bunkergate)

Furyk wins FedEx Cup

Lorena Ochoa retires

All black drivers and all white putters are the gear rage

Europe wins Ryder Cup

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Let’s hear your input on this folks!  What are your biggest stories in your personal golf world?  Comment in.


Golf mecca of St. George, Utah hammered by flooding

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Categories: Golf CoursesGolf LifeGolf VideosMiscellaneous

This is deja vu from back in 2005 when floods hit one of my favorite Red Rock Country golf towns, St. George, Utah.  We’ve been getting a lot of snow and some rain up here the last couple of days in Salt Lake, but down in southern Utah where it is warmer, rain and some snow in higher elevations is causing some massive flooding and damage.

Below are some photos courtesy of twitter user @beautifulsuzieq.  In this first photo you can see a bridge floating down stream.  That bridge is from Southgate Golf Course.  My buddy Randy from the local Fairways Magazine tells me on facebook that Southgate’s holes 1, 2, 4 and 9 are significantly damaged.

Bridge from Southgate Golf Course floats downstream - click image for more flood pictures

Southgate green surrounded by flood water - click for more images

I’ve also gotten word that one of my favorite courses down in St. George, Sunbrook, has had some major damage.  The bridge on #1 tee of the Blackrock course is gone and there is major damage to #9 green.

St. George Flood Videos

Below are some youtube videos of some of the flooding.  In the first video you can see a bridge lodged under another bigger bridge.  I know that a bridge was lost at Southgate Golf Course and also the bridge off of #1 tee on the Sunbrook Blackrock course.  I’m trying to figure out if this bridge is one of those two.

If you don’t see the videos below, click the read more link. I don’t like putting youtube videos on my home page because they slow down the load time.
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Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club – Los Cabos, Mexico

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, December 10th, 2010
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Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club is the 2nd of my two golf course reviews from my recent HOG World Tour stop in Los Cabos, Mexico.

I had a terrific time in the warm and sunny conditions of Los Cabos, knowing my golf pals back home where staring out their windows praying for the snow to melt.

Puerto Los Cabos Overview

Puerto Los Cabos (PLC) is currently an 18 hole course, located a short drive from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  I said “currently an 18 hole course” because the plan is to expand to 36 holes.  The current nines are each one half of their respective future 18 hole tracks, and play as an 18 hole course.

Mission and Marina Nines

The front nine is called the Mission Course and is a Greg Norman signature course.  The back nine is called the Marina Course and is a Jack Nicklaus signature course. I’ll be referring to them as the Norman and Nicklaus nines.

The two nines are definitely different, as different as the games which their famous architects had in their prime.  I’ll try to spell out the differences in the “tee, fairway, approach, green” sections below.  And who wins?  Can Norman top Nicklaus?

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Palmilla Golf Club – Los Cabos, Mexico

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
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I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, and this time won’t be the last. There isn’t a better gig out there than running this golf blog. As a result I have the pleasure of reviewing some of the best golf courses and golf travel destinations in the world. Los Cabos, Mexico is home to many of those courses and is certainly in the top tier of resort destinations. My tough duty today is posting a review of the splendid time I had at the Palmilla Golf Club in Los Cabos.

Palmilla Arroyo Course, #7 Tee – Beautiful view of the fairway and the Sea of Cortez – Click for more images

Palmilla Golf Club Overview

Palmilla is a Jack Nicklaus designed, 27 hole facility comprised of the Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean nines.  The track meanders through the hilly desert terrain of Los Cabos, taking advantage of the local scenery, cacti and views of the Sea of Cortez. A large percentage of the holes have ocean views. There’s something very cool and relaxing about the contrast of the green fairways and having that cool blue background of the ocean. Contrast that with the perfectly manicured and colorful local vegetation, numerous types of cacti, and you get 27 holes of photo opps.  As a result, I shot about 120 photos during my round.

I played 18 of the 27 holes, so my review and image gallery features the Mountain and Arroyo nines.  I’ll have to return soon to review the Ocean nine.  Hint, hint.

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