Fox U.S. Open Drone Coverage is Cool

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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Fox Sports is taking a beating for its golf broadcasts from many out there who think they can do better or know better.  Hat’s off to Fox Sports for introducing drone coverage to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.  As a “drone pilot” and builder of several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) myself, I’m stoked to see some new looks.

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I’m miffed that Fox Sports didn’t hire me to do this gig though.  I have to be the world’s best combination golf/drone authority.


Masters Tournament Drone Coverage is Great

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, April 12th, 2015
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My Bigger Drone for Aerial Golf Photos/Video

My Bigger Drone for Aerial Golf Photos/Video

Over the last couple of years now I’ve gotten deep into aerial photos and videos via unmanned aerial vehicles, known by most as drones.  I’ve build some aerial video/photo “ships” and am loving the angles and views I can capture of golf courses.

To me a drone is a large unmanned killing vehicle used in war.  Unfortunately people who don’t know much call the little copters equate them with the bigger drones.  Small copters like the ones I have have a bad wrap and there are some true boneheads doing dumb things with them.  These “drones” can provide so many great functions otherwise not available. One such great one is the aerial flyovers of the holes at the Masters Tournament.

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Augusta National – Masters Tournament 16th hole as seen by a drone

You may have not realized, but when the TV or online coverage does their hole tours, the flyover videos are shot by an aerial drone similar to what I use. Here’s a screen cap of a drone shot of the 16th hole above.  The dramatic views and videos are absolutely awesome.  Love them.

There’s an especially cool shot which starts in a bunker and rises up to show the hole.  Another one the camera starts by some trees and rises straight up over them.  Very cool.

The aerial coverage and how close the camera can get to the tree lines makes the great Masters broadcast even better.


Golf Aerials – Hidden Valley Country Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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I’m really making great progress on my golf aerials photo/video rig.  If you need aerial photos or video, contact me.  Yesterday’s shoot at Hidden Valley Country Club here in Sandy, Utah, produced some fantastic shots.  It was quite windy, so I’m not sure the videos I captured will turn out, but the photos are fantastic.

Hidden Valley Country Club Lakes Course - Par-3 6th

Hidden Valley Country Club Lakes Course – Par-3 6th – click for more HVCC photos

Hidden Valley Country Club

Left: Lakes Course 9th green – Right: Mountain Course 9th green – Clubhouse behind – click to see more

I’ve enjoyed the challenge of building a setup to capture these images, and the challenge of flying it. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this type of media.


Low Flyover: River Oaks Golf Club Hole #7 in Sandy, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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Here’s a low flyover of the par-4 7th hole at one of my home courses, River Oaks in Sandy, Utah. This is a dogleg right with obvious trouble right (left too).