HOG Aerial World Tour – Coral Canyon, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, December 12th, 2021
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Last weekend I was thrilled to make the road trip from northern Utah to Vegas to see my Utah Utes WIN the Pac-12 football championship, 38-10 over #10 Oregon. Since I always bring multiple drones with me when I travel, I made a stop by Coral Canyon to take a break from driving and catch a few drone photos.

Coral Canyon is a very fun course; desert target style with wide open landing areas.

There are many fun risk-reward scenarios and fun launching pads from the tops of dunes to fairways far below the tee box.

 


John Fought to Design Six-Hole Golf Course in Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 26th, 2021
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I usually put press releases on my newswire site HOGWire.biz, but this time I’m posting here as this one hits close to home, literally.  Cedar Hills is about 40 minutes from my house.  I’m a fan of John Fought’s course designs, specifically Sand Hollow.  Looks like they’re going to build a six hole course.

PRESS RELEASE BELOW:

John Fought to Design Six-Hole Golf Course in Utah

City of Cedar Hills taps BYU Hall of Famer for new short loop

 

CEDAR HILLS, Utah (Oct. 26, 2021) — John Fought, who starred as a collegiate golfer for Brigham Young University and is the architect of Utah’s top-ranked golf course, Sand Hollow, will be returning to the state to design a new six-hole short course in Cedar Hills.

Located 16 miles from Provo and 33 miles from Salt Lake City, the city is home to the Cedar Hills Golf Club, an 18-hole layout nestled at the mouth of the picturesque American Fork Canyon. The new par-three walking loop—with holes ranging in length from 60 to 115 yards—will be built adjacent to the 18th hole of the existing city-owned course and replace the driving range, which had become a safety hazard due to limited space.

Fought also will renovate the club’s putting and warm-up areas. The project is tentatively scheduled for completion by May 31, 2022, and ready for play next summer.

“We are excited for the development of the short course at Cedar Hills Golf Club and the opportunities it will provide to those who wish to learn the game of golf, as well as to those who are looking to improve their short game,” said Chandler Goodwin, City Manager for Cedar Hills. “The improvements to the putting and warm-up areas will add much-needed features to the course and will help with our goal of making Cedar Hills Golf Club one of the finest course experiences in our area.”

Duininck Golf, which has worked with Fought on a series of award-winning courses across the country, was recently selected by the city as project contractor.

“I’m thrilled to return to Utah and look forward to working with Chandler, the City of Cedar Hills, and Duininck Golf as this will be a very fun project,” Fought said. “Short courses have many advantages and they are especially ideal for those with a shorter time window—a round can be completed in about 45 minutes.”

Fought designed Sand Hollow Resort’s Championship Course, located in Hurricane in southwestern Utah. Sand Hollow opened in 2008 and has been recognized as the state’s No. 1-ranked course by numerous golf publications. As an architect for more than 30 years, Fought has designed many other award-winning layouts throughout the United States, and is currently the club architect for Alpine Country Club, which sits in close proximity to Cedar Hills GC.

Fought enjoyed a celebrated four-year collegiate golf career at BYU. Following his graduation in 1976, he went on to capture the U.S. Amateur Championship the following year. He was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1995.

For more information on John Fought Design, visit his website.


HOG Aerial World Tour – Moab Golf Course – Moab, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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Man is there a better location for golf photography than Moab, Utah? Red rock landscape, blue sky and the green of the golf course. Stunning.

Moab Golf Course

Moab Golf Course Aerial Photo ©2020 by Tony Korologos

I’ve played Moab Golf Course a few times and it is a very fun experience between the great scenery, some fun elevation changes, and some interesting architectural features.

The area is most known for the nearby national parks like Arches National Park and Canyonlands, but if you’re a golfer be sure to bring your clubs when you visit Moab!


HOG Aerial World Tour – Riverbend Golf Course – Riverton, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
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I’ve been flying drones over golf courses and other objectives since around 2013. These days I’ve got so many great birds for capturing media and I’m making a concerted effort to do much more flying and capturing of photos and videos.  So rather than just calling a post a “HOG World Tour” post I’m trying to come up with something similar but which includes the aerial component… Best so far is HOG Aerial World Tour.

Riverbend

Riverbend Golf Course is about a 10 minute drive from HOG World Headquarters.  The course has some interesting holes and some not-so interesting holes.  When the lighting is right and the photos are from the sky, even the not-so interesting holes become interesting.  Below are a few of the more interesting shots.

This intersection of holes is intriguing:

Riverbend Golf Course

Riverbend Golf Course – © 2020 by Tony Korologos, All rights reserved

Dueling Greens:

Riverbend Golf Course – © 2020 by Tony Korologos, All rights reserved

Par-3 15th (I think)

Riverbend Golf Course – © 2020 by Tony Korologos, All rights reserved

Golf Course Drone Photography and Videos

Aren’t these shots cool? Sure everyone and their dog has a drone these days, but if you’d like to have someone with photography skills and an eye for golf aesthetics shoot your course, contact me.


New Golf Course in Utah: Copper Rock

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 10th, 2020
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The downturn in the golf industry the past several years has taken a toll on Utah golf courses.  We have been shrinking here.  Fortunately there’s some good news on that front.  A new course called Copper Rock opened this past February. Copper Rock is located in Hurricane, Utah.  Hurricane is the home of one of Utah’s best golf courses, Sand Hollow.  Also located in Hurricane is one of Utah’s best municipal courses, Sky Mountain.

The Course

I have yet to play Copper Rock.  In fact I didn’t even know about it until I heard some discussion on my trip to Sand Hollow.

The course plays to a par of 72 (36/36) with a maximum yardage of 6,823 yards.  Not long for a new golf course.  The course rating is 72.9 with a slope of 134.  Translation: it can be a challenge but won’t beat you to death.

The course architect is Dale Beddo.

It’s a Real Estate Play

I saw the master plan. This is a real estate play.  There are dozens and dozens of lots for homes lining most of the holes.  Play it now while it is still mostly a natural setting.  In a few years that won’t be the case.

HOG World Tour Visit Soon, Hopefully

I hope to bring the HOG World Tour down there and check out Copper Rock Golf Course soon.  A couple of buddies of mine have played it and said they liked it.


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