Racing Drone – Holes 4 & 5 at River Oaks

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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When I’m not golfing, skiing, or blogging, I’m building drones. I must have about 15 of them now, in varying sizes.  The rage these days is “racing” drones, which are moderately small and very fast/nimble.  I’ve built several, one which I used for the video below, two laps around the 4th and 5th holes at my home course, which is now closed because of the Coronavirus.

I was ripping pretty damn fast on these two racing drone laps. Hole 4 is a longish par-4 and 5 is a par-5. Just takes a few seconds to fly each hole.  Winter is coming to a close and the course hasn’t started spring growth yet, which makes some of the terrain look interesting.


River Oaks Aerial Photos – 1st and 11th Holes

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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I’ve been flying my big hexacopter some more this fall.  About two weeks ago I caught some great afternoon lighting which produced some great images.

Below is the 11th hole.   It’s a short par-4 which bombers can drive, but as you can see, if they’re not accurate the ball will be lost in a river, or in the dense forest.

Below is a shot of the 11th green from a different angle.  It’s the green on the right.  On the left side of the image is the 1st green.  The green in the upper left/center is the par-3 12th green.

I’ve had a lot of fun this summer capturing photos of River Oaks. I have a pretty massive library of shots. I have some very fun flyover videos too and plan to capture more.  Stay tuned for those.


Aerial Photos – River Oaks at Sandy City Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
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It’s not lucky. It is by design that I live next to a golf course.  I live near the 8th and 9th holes, about a five minute walk from the clubhouse and the first tee.  I have a good relationship with the course, having been a very active player there, and president of the men’s league for seven really long years.

River Oaks 10th Hole Tee View

Tonight I brought out my big hexacopter (drone with six propellers) and did some photos of a few holes.  The hexacopter is equipped with a mirror-less camera and a prime wide angle lens. It’s my gamer for photography and video from the air.

With the evening light I was able to capture a few very nice shots of some of the holes. The first photo above is the very tight and tough 10th hole.  The black tee is at the bottom of the frame and you can see that the tee shot must be extremely accurate or it is adios white spheroid.

River Oaks 10th Hole Green View

Above you can see the 10th hole from behind the green.  You pretty much can’t miss left or right on this hole, as is the case for just about every hole on this course.  Bring your tee shot A-game here.

I’ve added six nice shots to the River Oaks photo gallery here.  Enjoy.

 


HOG World Tour Visits Canyons Golf Club in Park City, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, July 29th, 2018
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Yesterday I took the HOG World Tour to play one of the few Utah golf courses I have not played, Canyons Golf Club in Park City, Utah.  Canyons Golf is part of the Canyons Ski resort.

Many of the holes are on ski runs, which reminded me of some of the golf in northern Michigan where in the winter it is skiing and the summer it’s golf.  The reverse is true of Michigan ski/golf.  The skiing in northern Michigan sucks, but the golf is fantastic.  Here at the Canyons it is the skiing which is far better than the golf.

There were a couple of decent holes, but overall I’d rate this course poorly.  There is a lot of Mickey Mouse design and crowbarring them in to fit in awkward spaces, like the 2nd hole below.

I did have a few fun shots, like the tee shot on the 4th hole, where the drop is so huge I carried my driver 355 yards.  Then there’s a par-5 on the back which is drive-able because the drop is so severe.  I’m not kidding.

I may post a full review in the winter, when it is ski season.  Otherwise if you are considering golf in Utah, Canyons would be one of the last places I’d recommend, especially for their asking price of about $100/round.

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Canyons Golf Course photo gallery


HOG World Tour Visits Jack Nicklaus Designed Red Ledges Golf Course in Heber, Utah

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
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Yesterday was a tremendous day.  I had the pleasure of taking the HOG World Tour to Utah’s Red Ledges golf club, a Jack Nicklaus signature design. Red Ledges is located in Heber, Utah.

Heber is a quiet town near to dozens of summer and winter activities.  Heber is very close to Deer Valley and Park City ski resorts, national forest land, and Jordanelle Reservoir which is a haven for boating and water sports.

My round was very fun and challenging.  I was aided by caddie John, who was very good. Whenever I executed the shot, hitting the landing area he suggested, good things happened!

It will take me a while to process all the photos and write my review.  Plus I plan to return to review their par-3 course.  So stay tuned for my full Red Ledges Golf Course review soon.


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