Golf For Women
I’m truly thankful for the opportunities my hard work on this blog has produced. Case in point today is a course review I’ve been hoping to be able to do for a long, long time. Teeth of the Dog is a Pete Dye design, considered by most to be his masterpiece. That means it beats out other amazing courses Pete Dye designed like TPC Sawgrass (home of THE PLAYERS Championship), Harbour Town Golf Links, Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, Dye Course at French Lick Resort, Straits Course at Whistling Straits, and Southern Hills Plantation Course. Let’s take a look.
Teeth of the Dog Par-3 5th Hole
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A masterpiece has to start with a great canvas, and boy does this one. The canvas is the southeast shores of the Dominican Republic at the Casa de Campo Resort and Villas. What a place. Casa de Campo is a tropical paradise with tremendous weather, unmatched ocean views, and stunning topography.
Getting there is fairly easy. The Punta Cana International airport is a mere 45 minute drive away. Punta Cana International is a destination most major airlines service, only a few hour flight from the east coast of the USA.
Teeth of the Dog Overview
Ranked #43 in the world and #1 in the Caribbean many times, Teeth of the Dog is 18 salivating inducing holes of great golf, with seven holes right on the water like the par-3 fifth hole pictured above. The course rating from the tips is 76.4 with a slope of 137. That rating means the course is very tough. Thus the “teeth” part. The course features six sets of men’s tees and two sets of women’s tees. Total yardage from the tips is 7,471. I didn’t play the tips. With the high humidity and sea level, that 7,471 would probably play more like 8,500 for Mr. high altitude desert golfer.
Tee shot after tee shot I found myself humbled and amazed and the scenery and course architecture. Pete doesn’t use as much deception off the tee as I thought he would. It isn’t necessary. The golfer can choose to be aggressive or take the conservative route. Executing either strategy properly produces great rewards while poor execution of either strategy comes with the proper level of punishment.
The tee shots on the first few holes aren’t tremendously difficult unless one plays particularly poor shots. Upon reaching the 5th hole that changes. On the par-3 5th there’s no bail-out. Nowhere to miss. It’s either on the green or in the bunker surrounding it and anything worse is watery Caribbean grave.
Tee shots for the next three holes run by the water. Conservative players aim well away while those who want to take a bite off can give it a shot and hope they have enough power to carry their intended line. Holes 9-14 are inland holes the golfer can play more aggressively off the tee. 15-17 require very good tee shots to avoid ocean hazards, a good example is the par-3 16th below.
Teeth of the Dog Hole 16
I found the fairways at TOD to be less sloped and narrow than I thought they would be. If one is able to find the fairway, a good lie is highly likely with very few shots blocked by trees.
Caddies wait in the fairway
The fairways are fairly wide. Missing a fairway will often mean finding the Dye-esque super-long waste bunkers, or the Caribbean.
Here I am below, happy to be on the green!
Putter? I don’t need a putter!
Having played a few of the more “extreme” Pete Dye courses like the Dye Course at French Lick, I found the greens at Teeth of the Dog to be quite manageable. Putting them was enjoyable. Breaks were as they looked like they should be. Not too extreme.
I found the green complexes to be challenging and creative. Strategic bunkering was in play on most approaches to the greens.
Par-5 3rd Green Complex
Perhaps the best part of the the greens for me as that Pete Dye gives the golfer numerous options. The golfer could choose to hit a high shot with a lofted club, or like me, play a more Scottish approach with a putter or bump-and-run type shot.
Golf is best experienced with a great caddie who can support your golf game, gives valuable course management advice, helps with green reading, and provides friendship. I had a great caddie named Soni Pache, who came highly recommended by a friend.
Soni and I are ready to take on Teeth of the Dog!
Soni was fantastic. He helped me keep in in play, gave me great reads on the greens, and clubbed me very well. WHEN you play Teeth of the Dog, get Soni on your bag and give him a real big tip.
The amenities available at Teeth of the Dog and Casa de Campo are endless. The course boasts a great clubhouse, restaurant, locker room, practice facilities and more for the golfer. At about 90 degrees and 90% humidity, I was so thrilled to find showers in the locker room to clean up before going on with my day.
Once the golf is over, there are so many other fantastic ways to enjoy the Caribbean like spending time at the private Casa de Campo beach area (below), exploring the resort, boating, fishing, hiking, working out, shopping and more.
Casa de Campo Private Beach
Teeth of the Dog is a golf bucket list item without a doubt. Make it a point to get to the Dominican Republic and play this stellar golf course. I suggest turning it into a golf buddy trip or a golf getaway with the significant other. The Dominican boasts a ton of great golf courses other than Teeth of the Dog, many are Dye designs.
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Uber Wednesday (I just made that up)… Christmas is coming in about a month and it’s time to start thinking about getting the golfer on your gift list some cool gear. I’m here to help. I’ll post a few great suggestions which will be in a fairly broad price range. Each item will be a quick writeup and photo. The title and photo will be linkable to the HOG review where you can get more information. Also be sure to check out the HOG 2017 Christmas/Holiday Golf Apparel Gift Guide.
TecTecTec VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder – $179
This is a high performance laser with slope for a very inexpensive price, rivaling other lasers that can cost over $500.
Snell My Tour Ball – $31.99
The My Tour Ball equals the performance of the highest end balls, like the ProV1. It should. It was designed by the same person who designed it!
Emoji Poop Driver Head Cover – $20
For only $20 bucks you can remind the golfer on your gift list exactly what kind of game he/she has.
Indoor-Outdoor Golf Practice Balls – $14.95
Practice makes perfect. Get some reps in inside with these soft practice balls. They won’t break the china.
Stage V Clinger – $14.99
Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder
Looking for a cigar gift? The Stage V Clinger is a great clip which magnetically attaches to metal, or attaches to anything else via velcro.
Tornado Tee – $15
These space age tees have a micro mesh crown which gives way during the compression of the ball at impact. This helps reduce spin and increase distance.
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder – $499
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder
For that golfer on your holiday gift list you really, really, reeeeaallly love… get him/her the best laser rangefinder money can buy, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2.
I try to walk as often as I can, but with a sketchy back I don’t like slinging my bag. That’s why I use push carts, also known as “trolleys” for you HOG patrons in the U.K. I’m now sporting this 4-wheel trolley from Big Max Golf, the Blade Quattro:
The Blade Quattro sports “4-wheel drive,” in a folding package that flattens to a small footprint for putting in the trunk or storing in the garage:
I need to capture some video of the folding action. The wheel’s automatically fold under when the user folds the frame. Very cool.
I’m just starting my detailed review process, which of course means a lot of on-course evaluation. Stay tuned for my full review soon, lack of snow permitting here in northern Utah.
Until then, enjoy one more shot of the Blade Quattro doing its thing.
Got some press releases from Cobra Golf yesterday with a TON of images of their new 2018 lineup and it looks intriguing. I don’t post press releases here, but I do at the HOG sister site HOGWire.biz. That’s the HOG newswire. Here’s a brief overview of the new Cobra gear, and links to the galleries and press releases here at at HOGWire. If you’re just looking to salivate over hero shots of the gear, check out the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 image gallery.
King F8 and F8+ Driver
This is super intriguing! The first ever CNC milled driver face. We’ve seen CNC milling in putters for years and even irons/wedges, but this is a new world for drivers. I’m curious what the benefit is to most amateur golfers, who usually have too much spin. Personally I don’t have a lot of side-spin, so maybe it would work for me.
To see more of this driver visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 driver press release at HOGWire.biz.
King F8 and F8+ Fairways and Hybrids
The new 2018 Cobra Golf hybrids and fairways.
To see more F8 Hybrids and Fairways visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 hybrids and fairways press release at HOGWire.biz.
King F8 and F8 One Length Irons
First look at the F8 irons, which will be available in regular and one length versions.
To see more of this driver visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 irons press release at HOGWire.biz.
First Ever Smart Set of Golf Clubs
A full set Cobra Golf clubs with Arccos 360 swing/shot tracking. Intriguing.
To read more visit the Cobra Golf Arccos press release at HOGWire.biz.
TPK Golf at www.tpkgolf.com offers some very nice leather goods and other accessories for golfers and non-golfers alike. Recently I’ve been sporting this very handsome and supple full-grain leather scorecard wallet:
The leather in this wallet is extremely soft and very classy looking. Plus it is light. I don’t like a lot of weight in my pockets when I’m golfing, especially walking. The wallet can hold scorecards and notes of many different sizes and formats and holds the card in place well.
Below is a shot with some other TPK products: card wallets on the left, bag tag and on the right is a wallet, but not just any wallet.
The wallet is called the “Back Saver Wallet,” which instantly got my attention. I have a bad back and the dumbest, smallest things can set it off. Because of that I never keep my wallet in my back pocket, especially if I’m sitting. Sitting with a thick wallet under one cheek makes your whole lower body get out of alignment, curing the lower back. Instant ache or even worse, a tweak.
The Back Saver is extremely thin and helps prevent a bad back from getting set off. Great idea. So far so good for me with my Back Saver, except for those times on the course when I win so much cash that it is too thick. Okay, that never happens.
TPK’s products are very classy and elegant. They can do custom logo or name engraving on just about everything they make too. Think about getting your name, company name, favorite college football team (Utah Utes), or pro team embossed onto a scorecard wallet or Back Saver wallet.
The holidays will be coming up before you know it. A custom TPK Golf product with your recipient’s name on it would make a fantastic Christmas gift.