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Sandy Utah’s Hidden Valley Country Club Tweaking the Par-5 Valley 5th

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 30th, 2016
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Rather than doing a whole course redesign, it seems that my local country club here in Sandy is doing a wee bit at a time.  Today I saw some work in progress of the Valley Nine’s par-5 5th hole.  Recently they took out the two trademark pines at the corner of the fairway and put in a short right fairway bunker (photo below, right side of fairway) and long left bunkers.

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HOG World Tour Visits Salt Lake Country Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
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The latest terrific course visited in the HOG World Tour is The Country Club (of Salt Lake City).  The Country Club is an 18-hole private golf and country club located in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley.  SLCC is known for its great location, course architecture, tons of bunkers (ugh), and very high quality and conditioned golf holes.

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The hole above is the beautiful and very tough par-4 11th. It looks very Augusta-esque, hints of the 13th at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Above is a panoramic shot showing one of the many incredible views of the “Wasatch Front” mountains, which are seen from most of the holes.

And speaking of great views, here’s a drone shot I captured of the course a couple of years ago.

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I had a great time and struck the ball well. One problem I had was testing out new wedges in rain compacted sand. That was a score wrecker. On non-bunker holes I was even-par on the day. Bunker holes, 7-over. Boo.


HOG World Tour Visits Spanish Oaks Golf Course – Spanish Fork, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, September 25th, 2016
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From Scotland to French Lick to Spanish Fork, Utah. The HOG World Tour’s latest course visit was the extremely fun Spanish Oaks golf course at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon, about an hour south of Salt Lake City.

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Fall is most definitely here, and we had been getting rain for roughly two days straight. Right as my lads and I reached the first tee the rain stopped, the temps rose, and we loved it. The combination of the lush green grasses with the low clouds on the mountains, with the leaves turning colors… wow.
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Spanish Oaks is a very fun course. It’s not long, but it gets quite tight as it progresses. There are some short, risk-reward par-4’s which can reward well executed aggressive shots. I wish I wasn’t so far from this course or I would play it much more often. The greens were great, even after being soaked for two days in the rain.

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Somehow I managed to shoot an even par round. Three birdies, three bogeys and the rest pars. What a fun day.


St Andrews New Course Yard Sale Bunker

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
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St Andrews Old Course has many famous bunkers.  There’s Shell Bunker, Hell Bunker… and of course the most famous bunker in all of golf, the Road Hole Bunker.  But on the St Andrews NEW Course (1895), did you know about the Yard Sale Bunker?

While playing on the New Course a few weeks ago a gust of wind (known as a “wee breeze” in Scotland) blew my lad Todd’s trolley (known as a push cart in the USA) into a bunker. I caught it before the wheel stopped spinning.

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Wee Breeze at Scotland’s Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, September 18th, 2016
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Video highlight from the back nine at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in northeastern Scotland.  No, the beauty swing you see isn’t mine.  It’s my lad Shanego.  Nice little windmill serves as a backdrop.


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