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Gull Lakeview Golf Resort – Six Courses That Offer a Little Bit of Everything

When golfers think of Augusta, their first thought in all likelihood is The Masters and Augusta National on a bright sunny day in April. I doubt it’s that small town in Michigan, midway between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. But maybe it should be because Augusta, Michigan is home to one of the largest golf resorts in the country: Gull Lake View Golf Resort. There are 108 holes within a 12-mile radius of Augusta, Mich., and offers more holes than Bandon Dunes, PGA National, or Pebble Beach Resorts. It is among the five largest golf resorts in the country. Five of the six courses have been certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries since 1995.

Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort has been owned and operated by the Scott family for over 50 years. Every day, four generations of Scotts go to work at the resort in one capacity or another. There were no big-name golf course architects called in to build the golf courses; no Tom Fazio, no Pete Dye, no Ron Garl. Gull Lake View is a did-it-themselves golf resort. Except for Bedford Valley – which was purchased by the Scott family in 1988 and with a little help from Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design on Stoatin Brae – the golf courses were designed and built by the Scotts. Renaissance helped out with the bunkering and greens on Stoating Brae, as well as doing some of the labor. The shaping and contouring of the golf course were done by the Scotts.

Darl and Letha are the matriarch and patriarch of the Scott family and were the first generation of Scotts to be involved with the property. Darl used to be the superintendent at nearby Gull Lake Country Club and the couple also owned the Gull Lake Motel. The Scotts sold the motel to get the funds to build their first course, Gull Lake View West, which opened in 1965.

Darl and Letha began work on the first of Gull Lake View’s golf courses in 1962 and three years later, Gull Lake View West was opened for public play. Gull Lake View West plays through fields and valleys, up and down hills, and around woods and ponds. You’ll encounter several blind tee shots, so course knowledge is at a premium. The back nine plays much harder than the front with considerably more elevation changes. It’s not often that a par 3 is the #1 handicapped hole on a golf course but that’s the case with Number 6. From the Back Tees, the hole plays 192 yards. The small green is protected by bunkers on either side. Your best bet is to hit your tee shot short and right of the pin as balls tend to bounce hard left. Gull Lake view will have you hitting every club in your bag at least once.

The success of their first course gave the Scotts a vision of how lucrative a Michigan golf resort could be. Knowing that they need more than one golf course to be a successful golf resort, they purchased the land across the street, and Darl and his son Charles started on their second course. Ten years later Gull Lake View East opened and has consistently earned high praise from golfers and raters alike; it has been ranked as high as Michigan’s 10th best course. At only 6,032 yards (68.9/124) from the back tees, Gull Lake View East isn’t going to overwhelm many players. Length isn’t the big factor out here, in fact, on at least 5 or 6 holes you’ll likely hit something less than driver off the tee. It’s all about playing for position and leaving yourself a clear shot and a manageable distance into the green. Number 8 is a good example. From an elevated tee box, you’re playing downhill to a small landing area. The water on the left comes into play at about 235 yards with trees on the right. Water comes into play again, guarding the front of the green. It may be one of the shortest par 4s out here but it’s also a good test of golf. Director of Golf, Dean Kolstad feels that number 18 is the toughest finishing hole of any of the Gull Lake Resort courses. It’s a dogleg right that plays slightly downhill off the tee then at least one club extra into the green, which is protected on the left side by a bunker. There’s nothing wrong with a par to end your round.

With two courses under their belt, the Scotts believed that their dream of a fabulous Michigan golf resort was well within reach. Now they needed a place for golfers to stay so Darl and Letha designed and constructed the Fairway Villas, located across the street from the East and West courses. These 2-bedroom, 2 bath villas boast fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, and patios overlooking the golf course. They are the perfect accommodations for groups of four to relax and enjoy everything Southwest Michigan’s finest golf resort has to offer. Since then, about 24 2-bedroom, 2-bath villas have been added which has increased the number of lodging options to 67 units.

At this point, there is no stopping the Scotts! Their next course would be located about three miles down the highway from the original two courses. Stonehedge South was built by Darl’s son Charles and opened in 1988. Stonehedge South has been included in Golf Digest’s list of the top 75 most affordable courses in the United States. There are several tight tree-lined holes to keep you honest off the tee and thinking about your next shot. The greens are well-undulated and worthy of a look from more than one angle. Although it’s ranked as one of the easier holes on the course, Number 17 has a lot of character. It’s a 478-yard par 5 double dogleg right with a fairway bunker on the left side off the tee. Woods and out of bounds on the right. A good drive down the left side past the bunker will give you the green light to go for the green in two. You’ll need to hit it high as a large tree sits about 100 yards from the green. There’s a very deep bunker that guards the front of the green, which is long and well sloped. Hit it over the green and par becomes difficult. Like all the courses at the resort, the South is well-maintained and staffed by truly friendly people. It’s part of what makes this family-owned resort so popular.

Bedford Valley was the fourth Gull Lake View course and is the only course not on the Augusta property. It’s located about 20 minutes away in Battle Creek and was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell. Bedford Valley was purchased by the Scott Family in 1988 and is known for its fairways lined with majestic oak trees, oversized bunkers, and large, sweeping greens. Since purchasing the property, the Scott family has added a complete practice facility with a full-length driving range and large putting green.

I’ve spoken with several golf pros who are familiar with Bedford Valley, and they all seem to agree that Number 13 is the hole that can make or break a round. In most cases, at least for them, it was break! From the back tees, the hole plays 496 yards; 456 from the White Tees. With water on the left and a large tree on the right, most players will not be able to hit a driver. Longball hitters may have a chance but it’s about a 275 carry over the water from the White tees. To complicate matters, the fairway is only about 10 yards wide where the trees meet the water in the landing area. A “safe” tee shot will leave about 250 yards to the green, which is guarded by a large, deep bunker about 30 tards short of the green as well as another trap front left and a third trap back right. The green slopes left to right so play your approach shot accordingly. Play smart and par or better is a possibility.

Gull Lake View’s fifth course, Stonehedge North, was designed by Charles and Jon Scott and opened in 1995. If you like golf courses with a lot of trees and dramatic elevation changes, you will fall in love with Stonehedge North. The course is made up of six par threes, six par fours, and six par fives and is wide open compared to the South Course. The front nine is relatively open and flat, while the back nine is wooded with significant elevation changes. The greens tend to be on the large side and can leave some long putts on poorly hit approach shots. The course ends with an interesting par 5; a 527-yard dogleg left. Calling it a dogleg is an understatement; the hole turns 90 degrees to the left at the top of the hill. The fairway bunker on the left side is about 200 yards off the tee, so if you can carry it off the tee, you can shave some yardage off. Fairway bunkers also come into play on your layup shot on either side of the fairway. Navigate them successfully and you’ll leave a short pitch into a green. A back-left pin position may pose a problem as you’ll have a large tree and bunker to contend with. Par is a great way to end your round.

Stoatin Brae is not only the newest course at Gull Lake View but also their crowning jewel. The course was built by the Scott family with a little input and help from Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Company. Translated from Gaelic, Stoatin Brae means Grand Hill and since the course sits on the highest point in Kalamazoo County, it just makes sense! The course can be described in 4 words: fast, firm, and wide open (and doesn’t count)! When the wind is up, you’ll have a good idea of what it’s like to play golf in Scotland. The course plays 6,667 yards from the tips with a course rating of 71.5 and a slope of 122. You’ll have to shoot a 71 if you want to play par golf here. And it’s priced right too. It’s probably one of the best golf values in the country. There are no water hazards at Stoatin’ Brae. But what it lacks in water, it makes up for in strategically placed bunkers and challenging green complexes. And if the wind’s blowing, you’ll forget all about the lack of water. At 336 yards, the 10th hole is relatively short however as you stand on the tee, you can’t help but wonder where is the best place to hit your tee shot? As it turns out, a long drive down the left side and over the hill provides the best angle into the green. If you can see your tee shot when it lands, you’ll probably have a tougher approach shot. Several rugged bunkers guard the green.

Although the majority of Gull Lake View’s guests come from Detroit, Chicago, and Toledo, it’s not uncommon to meet golfers from Cincinnati, and Wisconsin, and Canada while you’re there. Golfers may come out to just play Stoatin Brae but once they get a feel for one of the other courses, they’re hooked! And at Gull Lake View, there is something for everyone. For more information or to book your next golf outing or vacation at Gull Lake View Golf Resort, visit them online at www.gulllakeview.com.

Tee It Up in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Area With Plenty of Options for Daily Fee Golfers

For many, the mere mention of Greater Fort Lauderdale conjures up images of the beach, sandy shores, and spring break. And rightfully so; after all, there are 24 miles of beach with sparkling turquoise water, sun-kissed white sand, and tall palm trees waving gently in the ocean breeze.

Golf enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is also packed with a plethora of golf courses that are accessible to the public. Deer Creek Golf Club in Deerfield Beach is one such course. Deer Creek is an upscale public golf facility with an 18-hole championship course designed by Arthur Hills. Deer Creek is known for its undulation and rolling landscape and the consistently fast and smooth TifEagle putting surfaces. The course opened in 1971 and has hosted many prestigious professional and amateur golf tournaments including the 2003 USGA Senior Open Championship, 2002 USGA Amateur Championship, and the LPGA Tour’s Mazda Classic from 1979-1984. Other accolades include “Best Golf Course in Broward” (South Florida Sun Sentinel), “Four Stars” (Golf Digest Magazine), “Top Two Golf Courses in South Florida” (Golf Magazine), and “Top 100 Courses for Women” by Golf for Women Magazine.

In addition to a challenging golf course, Deer Creek has one of the best practice facilities in the area with a full-length driving range, putting green, sand traps, and chipping areas. Deer Creek offers several challenging holes, but nothing can make or break a round quicker than the last two. Number 17 is a short par 4 that plays 335 yards from the White tees and features a large pot bunker in the middle of the landing area off the tee. If you can fly it, by all means do so but don’t push your tee shot right, or you’ll be faced with a small cluster of palm trees about 120 yards out. Your approach shot is to a small angled and elevated green guarded in front by a bunker. A back-left pin position can be tricky because the green is tough to hold and slopes to the back left. Anything long will be a tough up and down.

Number 18 is a great finishing hole and if you can hit a draw off the tee, now’s a good time to do it. From the White tees, the hole plays 388 yards. There’s a lake that guards the front of the green about 85 yards out, so choose your approach club wisely. There’s a couple of sand traps left of the green as well as water and more sand right and long. Par is a great way to finish your round.

Ever since its opening in 1971, Colony West in Tamarachas been one of the most popular public access golf facilities in South Florida. Originally designed by Devlin and Von Hagge, the Championship Course opened for the Jackie Gleason Classic – since renamed the Honda Classic – as a monstrous 7,553-yard, par-72 track. Colony West has been rated by Golf Digest to be among the 50 top courses in the United States. Shortly after the tournament’s completion, Jack Nicklaus and the Tournament Committee said the course was too tough, so the maintenance crew set about removing 52 of the 137 bunkers. The course was shortened, the nines were flipped, and the Championship Course became a 6,648-yard, par 70. In 2018, Colony West underwent some big changes including renovation of all 18 greens on the Championship Course and the practice green, as well as the renovation of all greenside bunkers.

Strategically placed bunkers protect small, well-manicured greens, requiring players to think their way around the course to take advantage of scoring opportunities. The difference between the Blue Tees and Gold Tees is almost 1,000 yards but even from the shorter distance (5,462 yards) you just can’t bomb away. Water and sand hazards force you to think about your shot or pay the penalty.

Off course renovations continue. The Clubhouse has been torn down and replaced with a 107 room Fairfield Inn and Suites that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. The old cart barn has been replaced with an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art clubhouse with banquet and meeting facilities for 250 people. The new restaurant – The View at Colony West – is open to the public, golfers, and hotel guests alike. The new pro shop recently opened and has all of your favorite logoed apparel and everything else you need for a great round of golf.

In 2013, the city of Pompano Beach brought in renowned PGA TOUR superstar turned golf course architect Greg Norman to do a renovation of the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course. The Greg Norman Signature Pines Course – which borders the Pompano Beach Air Park – was originally a Bruce Devlin/Robert von Hagge design. Norman did a great job and made the course very playable and enjoyable. The course currently features Celebration Bermuda grass fairways and Platinum Paspalum putting greens. The city has been grappling with the prospects of re-grassing the Pines course and has been experimenting with several types of Paspalum turf. So far, the leader is Platinum Paspalum which can be seen on the greens and the 18th fairway from about 100 yards into the green. Look closely and you can see where the Bermuda ends and the Paspalum begins. The city is also involved with The Capillary Concrete Company in the development of a sub-surface irrigation system for greens. The city has already utilized this company’s technology in other areas of the golf course and has been pleasantly surprised. If everything goes according to schedule the city plans on using the Capillary Concrete program for the Pines bunkers during the re-grassing project. Once the city completes the re-grassing project for the Pines, they will turn their attention to the Palms course.

Galuppi’s Restaurant – located at the clubhouse of the Pompano Beach Golf Club – is destined to become not only one of the area’s best eateries but also one of the most popular entertainment venues. The vision of proprietor Grant Galuppi is to create a space where visitors and people within the community can eat, meet, and mingle and enjoy some live entertainment. There’s live music just about every night and everything we ordered off the menu was delicious. Once everything is completed – sometime in probably 2025 – the Pompano Beach Golf complex will rival any other public golf facility in the state. Get out early and do a before and after and see for yourself!

Oceanic at Pompano Beach Pier is dedicated to capturing the energy of the Pompano Beach revitalization. Oceanic is owned by LM Restaurants who also own the Beach House next door. Oceanic offers indoor and outdoor seating and the ocean liner-inspired design provides an open interior with expansive and uninterrupted ocean views. Oceanic offers superior steak and seafood dishes. Their Brussels Sprouts appetizer with a horseradish and maple sauce is a must-try. After your main course, be sure to try one of Oceanic’s fabulous desserts including Key Lime Crème Brulee or Fat Elvis Pie, an interesting selection that combines all of the King’s favorites: peanut butter (ganache), banana (cream filling), and chocolate, all on a graham cracker crust.

Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani now has his own restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Riviera by Fabio Viviani is located in Hotel Maren on A1A and is part of Hilton’s Curio Hotel Collection. The food is considered coastal Italian cuisine; to me, it was simply delicious, probably the best meal I have ever had in almost 20 years of writing about golf travel. The signature meatball appetizer (Polpetti Di Fabio) was incredible, the Salt Spring Mussels were plump and delectable and my wife’s Mishima Reserve Wagyu Steak was the best I’ve ever tasted. I’m surprised she let me have a bite! If you’re there for Sunday brunch be sure to try their new Tootsie Roll drink. It’s the perfect breakfast drink.

While in the area, you’ll need a place to lay your head at night. I strongly suggest Cottages By The Ocean on SE 3rd St. in Pompano Beach. Not only are they centrally located to several public-accessible golf courses, but they’re also a block and a half from the beach and all kinds of restaurants and nightlife. These 1940s-era cottages and one-bedroom bungalows offer full kitchens with range, refrigerator, and microwave, a complete living room, and a king-size bed. They’ve also got you covered if you’re headed to the beach with beach chairs, wakeboards, and beach toys. Owner Elaine Fitzgerald likes to greet each guest personally and when you see her ask her for some restaurant recommendations. She’s been in the area a long time and is well-connected. She has several similar properties in the area so if the Cottages By The Ocean are booked, check out her other locations.

For more information on golf in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, go to www.visitlauderdale.com. You’ll find enough courses to keep you busy for your entire vacation and well into the next!

Mizuno ST-G 220 Driver

Three tracks, two sliding weights and an adjustable hosel put the Mizuno ST-G 220 driver at the head of the list when it comes to modifying the stock club to the needs of a particular player’s swing.

Fast Facts Mizuno ST-G 220 Driver
Players category driver
Multi-thickness forged beta-Ti alloy face
Carbon crown
Two lateral weight tracks, one rear weight track
Two sliding weights
Sole slot behind face
Hosel adjustable +/- 2 degrees
Stock shaft: PRJX6.0
Stock grip: Golf Pride MCC Plus 4
Available October 2021
$500

WYNTK
If one sliding weight is good, isn’t two better and why not an adjustable hosel?

That’s the approach Mizuno’s latest entry into the hypercompetitive driver market uses and the reasoning makes sense. The two tracks running from front to back are angled to the face increasing the tendency for producing a draw, fade, or straight ball flight. Add the rear track perpendicular to the face which promotes a higher or lower trajectory depending on the presence or absence of a weight and there are lots of customization possibilities.

For example, those looking to hit the ball higher without increasing the driver’s loft should place one or both weights in the rear track or to get the maximum slice-fighting configuration both weights go in the lower lateral track towards the heel. Conversely a fade is easier to achieve with one or both weights in the lateral track closer to the toe.

And if that wasn’t enough Mizuno added a hosel with a total of 4 degrees adjustability that effects loft, lie and face angle.

In the announcement to the media Chris Voshall, a golf club engineer at Mizuno was quoted, “Having that little bit of extra adjustability is especially useful out on tour – where we can fine-tune a player’s flight.  Or make an adjustment for a particular tournament when the player doesn’t want the feel of a completely new driver. The ST-G 220 has so much more effective movement of weight along both the X and the Z axis. We can set it to be very low spin, a more playable mid spin, heavily fade or draw biased and just about anything in-between.”

X-GOLF AMERICA PARTNERS WITH V1 SPORTS

LEADING GOLF TECHNOLOGY BRANDS UNITE TO BRING EXCEPTIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCES

Top brand in state-of-the-art indoor golf entertainment venues, X-Golf America (X-Golf) announces a partnership with V1 Sports (V1) the leader in video analysis software and mobile apps, revolutionizing the way coaches and athletes improve to elevate the client and golf teaching experience at X-Golf locations across the United States. Combining X-Golf’s state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator experiences with V1’s cutting edge video analysis and ground pressure technology gives X-Golf expert teaching pros best-in-class game improvement solutions for their growing student clientele.

“X-Golf has taken the indoor golf entertainment experience to unprecedented levels of interactivity, fun, and engagement for golfers and potential golfers of all ages. We’re thrilled to have been chosen to partner with one of the most creative and innovative consumer-facing brands in golf,” says V1 Sports CEO Bryan Finnerty. “Golf is riding a wave that involves more people coming into the game and wanting to play better and enjoy the game more.”

V1 Pro Studio software and cameras will be installed at all new and under-construction X-Golf facilities across the United States. With a powerful combination of high-definition, high-frame-rate video capture for expert swing analysis and lesson creation, V1 Pro Studio software pairs alongside X-Golf America’s proprietary simulator system. In addition, the V1 Pressure Mat, the industry-leading portable solution to measure pressure, velocity, and dynamic force throughout the golf swing, integrates seamlessly with V1 Pro Studio and will be utilized by X-Golf teaching professionals at select locations. X-Golf America’s teaching professionals have the opportunity to efficiently increase their lesson volume with these industry-leading tools.

Locations already using V1 Pro Studio software and cameras include: X-Golf Leawood (KS), X-Golf South Charlotte (NC, SC), X-Golf Lehigh Valley (PA), X-Golf Libertyville (IL), X-Golf Carmel (IN), Michigan locations X-Golf Woodhaven, X-Golf Kalamazoo and X-Golf Grand Rapids, and Wisconsin locations X-Golf Madison, X-Golf Mequon and X-Golf Brookfield. When it opens, X-Golf of South Carolina in Hilton Head will open with V1 Pro Studio pre-installed in its cutting-edge hitting bays.

“After careful research and consideration, it was clear that V1 is best-in-class and mirrored our standard of excellence in the technology space,” said CEO and President of X-Golf America Ryan D’Arcy. “The integration into our systems will provide an exceptional learning experience for players that train at an X-Golf, helping to elevate their game to the next level and give our golf instructors the most advanced tools in the industry to teach with.”

X-Golf began developing simulators in Korea in 2005, first launching its American franchise operations in 2016. Since then, they have branched nationally to multiple states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The company has successfully opened and maintained more than 30 franchisees across the country, with 100 percent growth planned for 2021.

In addition, X-Golf America will be launching a new connected platform in late 2021, integrating its technology and capabilities to all existing venues, personalizing the experience for X-Golf players and allowing them to track their data, develop their game and compete to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes.

X-Golf America has official brand ambassador partnerships with Max Homa, the PGA TOUR 2019 Wells Fargo Championship and 2021 Genesis Invitational winner, as well as Paige Spiranac, one of golf’s most recognized digital media influencers.

Hot Launch 522 Series from Tour Edge

Building on last year’s success of the Hot Launch family Tour Edge Golf has announced the sixth iteration of the Hot Launch series, the of game-improvement C522 series and super game-improvement E522 series clubs.

Fast Facts Hot Launch E522 Metalwoods
Super game-improvement
Houdini Sole pushes weight low and deep in head
Diamond Face 2.0-Cup Face 42 internal “minitrampoline” diamond shapes
Anti-slice heel weighting, large offset
High MOI heads with shorter shafts
Stock shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki HL graphite
Available Oct. 1, 2021
Driver $250, fairway woods $160, hybrids $140

Hot Launch E522 Irons
Super game-improvement
Iron-wood heads
Hollow body, perimeter weighting
Houdini sole with low turf drag
Forged cup face
Anti-slice heel weighting
Lofts: 5-iron 26°, pitching wedge 44°
Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Fubuki HL, KBS MAX 80
Available Oct.1, 2021
Price $100 each, wedges $90 each

Hot Launch C522 Metalwoods
Game-improvement
Diamond Face 2.0-Cup Face 42 internal “minitrampoline” diamond shapes
Sole back weight low in trailing edge
Reengineered acoustic resonance channels
Sole channel behind face
Stock shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki HL graphite
Available Oct. 1, 2021
Driver $250, fairway woods $160, hybrids $140

Hot Launch C522 Irons
Game-improvement
Cavity back 431 stainless steel heads
Vibrcor foam TPU in cavity
Cavity undercut 360°
Wide sole – toe weighted increased forgiveness
Lofts: 5-iron 25°, pitching wedge 44°
Stock shafts: Mitsubishi Fubuki HL, KBS MAX 80
Available Oct.1, 2021
Price $80 each, wedges $90 each

WYNTK:
Tour Edge continues its rapid sales growth following the successful business plan of targeting better players with their Exotics line of clubs and ordinary golfers with the Hot Launch family at golfer-friendly prices.

The Hot Launch 522 series are the latest and sixth version of clubs for regular golfers and include the E522 metal woods with iron-wood style irons in a super game-improvement design such as extreme slice-fighting weighting plus large offset with shallow depth faces and shorter shaft lengths. In the game-improvement category the C522s have a more familiar shape featuring lots of forgiveness from the built-in high resistance to twisting.

The tag line Tour Edge uses to describe the 522s is “The Easiest Clubs You’ll Ever Hit.”

“This approach that we first launched with Hot Launch 521 has led us to be one of the market leaders in game-improvement clubs,” said David Glod, company founder and president. “The unbelievable demand and success of the 521 Series let us know that we are headed down the correct path in catering to the two player preferences in the ever-growing G.I. and S.G.I. segment of the market.”

“This is a running upgrade over the 521 series,” said Glod. “We’re bringing as much technology to this line up from Exotics that we can to extend performance benefits to every golfer type, all while satisfying the huge demand for Game-Improvement clubs in the marketplace.”

Kentwool New Seasonal Colors for 2021

A pair of Kentwool’s new limited-edition Fall/Winter Collection Merino wool socks is the perfect addition to any stylish, cool-weather wardrobe. Renowned for their superior comfort, temperature-regulating abilities, and impressive fit and durability, the latest limited-edition models from Kentwool come in exciting and unique colorways that are certain to jazz up anyone’s seasonal look.

Available for both men and women, Kentwool’s Fall/Winter Collection features four new, earthy colors: Fir, Pecan, Rouge, and Turmeric. All are offered in the Classic Ankle style, with the additional option of the low-cut fit in Pecan and Rouge. All four colorways reflect the beauty of the time of the year—the golden hues of changing leaves and the warmth of a blazing fire.

Kentwool’s Merino wool sock design showcases the brand’s signature cushioned footbed, as well as all the luxurious features of the ultra-premium materials. Merino wool is the ultimate choice for active people as it is naturally softer, more absorbent, odor-resistant, and breathable than synthetics or cotton. Perfect for a round of golf, a morning hike, or a backyard family gathering, Kentwool socks are ideal for just about any outdoor activity and especially golf.

“Fall and winter are seasons where we crave all things cozy and comfortable,” said Kim Kent, Kentwool’s CEO. “The comfort and quality of Kentwool socks are unmatched, and the new color offerings are perfectly suited to the changing of the seasons. When considering a luxuriously comfortable addition to this year’s holiday gift lists, you won’t go wrong with Kentwool socks!”

For more information or to purchase a pair of Kentwool’s limited-edition Fall/Winter Collection, please visit Kentwool.com or a Kentwool retailer near you. As always, Kentwool socks are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Adidas ZG21 Motion BOA

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Designed for power and precision, the adidas ZG21 Motion BOA creates the ultimate connection between athlete and shoe. The mid-cut upper features a PerformFit Wrap powered by the BOA Fit System, delivering a secure fit over the instep while maintaining flexibility and freedom in the toe box. Combined with a BOOST and LIGHTSTRIKE hybrid midsole and ThinTech Golf Cleat outer sole, the adidas ZG21 Motion BOA ensures golfers high energy levels and confident play in all conditions.

“After studying golfers’ movements extensively in the Performance Fit Lab, we applied our learnings to the design of the PerformFit Wrap featured in the adidas ZG21 Motion BOA. The configuration enables more explosive action and unparalleled accuracy,” states Dan Feeney, PhD, Manager of Biomechanics Research,BOA Technology Inc.

Other features include the L6 Dial which provides micro-adjustable fit and quick release, with quality and durability guaranteed, along with the TX4 Lace which is a flexible and low-friction textile lace exactly configured for ultimate performance. Form TX guides are low friction to ensure a smooth fit every time.

The shoes come in three different color variations: Black/Screaming Green/White(hero); Non Dyed/ Halo Mint; & Crew Navy/ Silver Metallic/White and come in men’s sizes 7-15. They are available in September 2021 with a SRP of $230.

More Information:
https://www.boafit.com/en-us/products/adidas-golf-zg21-motion-boa/1889.html

7 Awesome Tips for Your Golf Vacation

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So, you’re a golf fanatic who has booked – or is thinking about booking – your dream golf holiday? Perfect, you’ve come to the right spot.

Make no doubt about it; there aren’t many events more exciting in life than a golf holiday. Whether you’re going with friends, family, or by yourself, you’re destined to have a great time. In fact, you’ll probably struggle to pack your luggage at the end because you desperately don’t want to go home!

However, you can’t just book a golf holiday, show up, and expect everything to go swimmingly. Instead, you need to conduct careful planning and be smart with your decision-making.

With that said, here are seven awesome tips for your golf holiday.

1.    Keep yourself entertained on the journey there

Depending on your chosen location, you might be traveling a long distance to get there – especially if you’re heading overseas.

Long journeys via car or plane are always boring. So, you need to make sure you’re entertained during the journey! There are lots of ways you can do this, but your best option is to play online casino games.

Have you ever played online casino games on your smartphone before? Sheesh. They’re insanely fun. You can even play casino games during the middle of a golf round when you’re stuck behind other people.

To get started, check out Buffalo King Megaways slots, which is one of the best slots games around.

2.    Choose the best possible location

There are so many amazing golf holiday locations around the world; it’s ridiculous.

Here are some of the most popular choices:

  • The Scottish Highlands
  • Antalya, Turkey
  • Costa Brava, Spain

These locations come with amazing courses and scenery that are a real-life dream for golf fans.

In addition to this, you can also stay at golf resorts with amazing hotels and on-sight entertainment options. Vale Do Loba is a great example. It’s a famous golf resort in the Algarve, Portugal consisting of 18 holes. On this course, you’re surrounded by insane views and mountains, which is why thousands of golf players flock to stay there every year. Remember, though, that standards there will be high, so it’s worth practicing your swing at home with this golf simulator before you go! This way, you’ll be able to impress and keep up with everyone else.

3.    Take plenty of golf attire with you

As with every holiday, you can never pack too much. With golf, this is especially true.

Golf attire is important. Golf clubs usually have strict attire guidelines, so there’s no harm in packing backup outfits in case you need them. If not, you’ll have to buy attire when you’re out there, which could end up burning a hole in your wallet!

4.    Try to avoid peak times on the course

It’s best to check with the course owners in advance to find out the peak times for playing. This way, you can avoid any congestion and frustrating waiting times.

5.    Schedule around the weather

Fingers crossed, the weather will be nice on your golf getaway. But if it isn’t, you’ll have to plan around it. Make sure to check the weather every day so that you’ll have a good idea of which playing times to avoid.

6.    Check out the club policies

Golf clubs are strict with rules and policies, so read them carefully in advance.

7.    Lastly, have fun!

Golf holidays should be cherished, as they don’t come around too often. Have fun and take lots of photos and videos along the way!

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging Rock Golf Club – The Roanoke Area’s Best Public Course

Hanging Rock Golf Club is a challenging and fun golf course located in Salem, Virginia, about 10 minutes from downtown Roanoke and eight minutes from the Roanoke Regional Airport. The course was designed by Russell Breeden and overlooks the beautiful Roanoke Valley of Virginia. It’s surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and guarantees golf enthusiasts of all skill levels a pleasant and exciting round.

Over the years, Hanging Rock has earned numerous Roanoke golf and national accolades, including a 3 1/2-star rating by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” and one of the top 100 Must Play Courses in the Mid-Atlantic by Washington Golf Monthly magazine. Seventeen of the last 21 years, Hanging Rock has been voted “Best Golf Course in the Roanoke Valley” by readers of The Roanoke Magazine.

Hanging Rock plays 6,602 yards from the Black tees with a course rating of 72 and a slope of 137. In all, there are 4 sets of tees: White (6,007/69.7/124), Gold (5,425/66.8/118) and Red (4,519/66.6/109). Everyone, regardless of skill can find a suitable yardage and have a good time.

A lot of the fairways at Hanging Rock are tree lined, forcing either control off the tee or a good recovery game. There are five par 3s and five par 5’s which can help you gain some strokes as a couple of the par 5s are reachable.

Most Memorable Hole: Number 14, Par 4, 369 yards (upper green). This is the most unique golf hole I’ve ever played. Before teeing off players choose which green to play to. The original hole is a straight par 4, that plays longer than the 369 yards stated on the card. Tee off from an elevated tee box over a creek. There’s water on the right and if the hill on the left doesn’t bring your ball back into the fairway, it will leave an interesting lie. Your approach shot is blind and straight uphill to a triangular two-tiered green that slopes back to front and is protected back right by sand. Option 2 involves the aforementioned water on the right. Hit the same tee shot, but instead of going up the hill, the green sits on a peninsula surrounded by that water. The kidney shaped green is a lot deeper than it is wide. It’s a significantly shorter approach shot to the lower green – 100 – 120 yards – if you aren’t afraid of the water. Most of the members I spoke with prefer the original green for two reasons: they’re afraid of the water and they’re afraid of snakes. I looked and couldn’t find any.

Favorite Par 3: Number 9, 179 yards. An interesting par 3 that plays 2 or 3 clubs less because of the elevation drop. Come up short off the tee and you could easily find the creek; anything right could easily find one of two bunkers. Your best bet is to just hit it on the green, which could also win you the side.

Favorite Par 4: Number 17, 291 yards. This risk/reward hole could be your opportunity to get back in the game or put your opponents away once and for all. If you’ve got the length to go for the green off the tee, hit into the mounds just to the right of the green. Beware, there is out of bounds lurking on the left and right side. Find yourself OB and all your opponent needs to do is lay back off the tee and leave a full wedge into the fairly flat green. This is a great place for you – or your opponent – to make a birdie.

Favorite Par 5: Number 18, 466 yards. An interesting double dogleg par 5 with a blind tee shot, although there is a lot more room in the landing area than you think. Favoring the right side of the fairway is the preferred line off the tee; just not too far or you’ll never see that ball again. The lone pine tree in the distance is a good line. From there, you’ll need to decide how long of an approach shot you want to hit and play your layup shot accordingly. The green is wide and shallow and slopes from back to front. It’s protected by bunkers front right and back left. A great finishing hole.

Before your round, spend some time on Hanging Rock’s full length driving range. You can hit every club in the bag, which is good because you’ll be using them all on the course. There’s also a practice bunker and chipping is allowed on the practice green. It’s a popular place with locals to hit balls. After your round, stick around for some great clubhouse grub from the grill. They make tasty burgers and sandwiches and have all of your favorite post-golf libations.

With such stunning views of the mountains, it’s hard to believe that Hanging Rock is so convenient to Roanoke. There are a good variety of holes; each one of the five par 5s is unique and there is a good deal of elevation change. Hills on the sides of a few holes can make for some unordinary lies meaning you may need a certain amount of creativity on these shots.

A bevy of weekly golf specials make Hanging Rock affordable for anyone. “Super” Tuesdays are a 2 for 1 day; just $44 for a twosome, including cart after 11 AM. Juniors, age 17 and under are free with paying parent on Saturdays after 12:00PM and if both parents play, the second is half price. Sundays are Jack and Jill Sundays. couples play for $44.00 for 18 holes, including cart after 11:00 a.m. After 3:00PM the rate drops to $30.00 per couple. And every day is Senior Day, where seniors 55 and older receive a $3.00 discount off Hanging Rock’s normal green fee and cart rate until 12:00PM. They also receive a 15% discount on fountain drinks and prepared food in the grill.

Hanging Rock has some great membership options that will let you take advantage of this great course as often as you like. The Hanging Rock Player’s Card gets you reduced green fees throughout the year as well as ½ off on range balls and more! The Hanging Rock Play Pass gets you unlimited complimentary green fees all year, reduced cart fees and unlimited complimentary range balls. For younger players, Hanging Rock’s Junior Play Pass gives juniors age 17 and under the same benefits as the adult’s Play Pass. A Couples Play Pass is also available. Just call the pro shop and they can give you all the details.

Hanging Rock Golf Club prides themselves on a high quality golf course that is magnificently maintained, superb amenities and outstanding service. Their goal is to be recognized as the region’s premier golf experiences. From your first drive to your last putt, you’ll enjoy great golf conditions and fantastic views at Hanging Rock Golf Club. To find out more about the course, lessons and camps, the pro shop staff or how to have your next business or personal Roanoke golf outing at Hanging Rock, visit them online at www.hangingrockgolf.com.

Launcher XL Irons from Cleveland Golf

Cleveland Golf has announced their latest game-improvement irons the Launcher XL with a high MOI hollow body in the lower lofts and cavity back short irons.

Fast Facts Cleveland Launcher XL Irons
Game-improvement category
High MOI XL head
Hollow body long irons
Cavity back short irons
Loft-specific grooves
Internal weighting
8g Counterbalance weight under grip
V-shaped sole
Lofts: 5-iron 23°, pitching wedge 13°
Stock shafts: True Temper Elevate 95, Project X Catalyst
Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Available September 17, 2021
7-piece set–steel shafts $800, graphite $900

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Filling out Cleveland’s line for next year the Launcher XL irons are targeted for those wanting some help with their game and don’t need all the benefits of a super game-improvement category such as their recently announced Launcher XL HALO model.

“The new Cleveland Launcher XL Irons provide a new XL head design with a large high MOI and confidence inspiring shape that results in more greens in regulation,” said Dustin Brekke, Director of Engineering at Cleveland Golf. “MainFrame technology faces are optimized with AI to guarantee shots all over the face maintain distance and precision, while Action Mass CB, with a counterbalance weight in the grip end, helps players get on the correct swing plane while increasing head speed for distance. All in all, Cleveland Launcher XL Irons deliver a pin seeking iron for shooting your lowest scores.”

The Launcher XL have the highest resistance to twisting at impact or MOI of any iron they have ever produced, 3081 g-cm2 in the 7-iron contrasting with the HALO model that has is reported to have 2,908 g-cm2.

Cleveland also offers an “Accuracy Build” is an option with ½-inch shorter shafts and no counterbalance weight.

Golf Town USA: Naples, Florida – Golf Capital of the World

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When a region dubs itself “The Golf Capital of the World,” you know it’s worthy of the “Golf Town USA” distinction. Idyllic Naples, perfectly placed along Florida’s Southwestern “Paradise Coast,” has long been home to a collection of resort courses and private clubs to rival (or exceed) any U.S.-based golf stronghold.

In the 80s, 90s and early 00s the mix of venues was predominantly “members only,” and uber exclusive at that. Clubs like Old Collier, Olde Florida and Calusa Pines were invitation only, and not many invites were issued. While the greater Naples area still lays claim to 60-plus country clubs, it’s also home to more than 30 public access courses ranging from upscale daily fee to affordable public access.

Timing is everything when planning a Naples golf trip. Peak season winter rates at top courses can easily exceed $250, while the summer months bring deep discounts but also a significant amount of golf course maintenance throughout the market. The early fall and late spring shoulder seasons are sneaky good times to plan a visit, with reasonable rates, fewer crowds and less thunder and lightning.

For those looking to retire or relocate to Southwest Florida, the city of Naples still retains much of the charm (and wealth) that put it on the map many decades ago. Outlying areas like North Naples, Golden Gate, Bonita Springs and Estero offer plenty of modern touches and more affordable price points.

Without further ado, here’s our breakdown of this eternally sunny Southwestern golf enclave.

Must Plays: Old Corkscrew Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in rapidly growing Estero in southern Lee County. The brawny, 7,393-yard layout sprawls over 275 acres of native, grasses, trees and wetlands marked by vast waste bunkers, pristine fairways and the Golden Bear’s signature green complexes.

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

Unique to the area, Old Corkscrew is a pure golf experience devoid of housing and other distractions. All the better for focusing on the task at hand and managing the course’s eye-popping 151 slope rating from the tips.

Further south, golfers will appreciate the one-two punch of the Gold and Black courses at Tiburon Golf Club. Both tracks were designed by Greg Norman and are home to PGA and LPGA Tour events: the QBE Shootout and CME Group Tour Championship, respectively. The combo sets up perfectly for the relatively long days of late summer and early that can still accommodate 36 holes.

Solid Second (s): The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort anchors the Naples region’s southern end, and the Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club is the property’s marquee offering. Jim Hardy and former PGA / Champions Tour player turned commentator Peter Jacobsen designed the course, which recently underwent a $4.8 million overhaul that entailed the installation of saltwater tolerant paspalum grass.

Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club

Double up with a round at sister course, The Rookery at Marco, a Joe Lee original that was touched up by Bob Cupp in 2002 and in 2014 by Hardy and Jacobsen. Both courses are private, but guests of the Marriott have access to select tee times. If the south side of Paradise coast is your target destination, this is the place to be.

Hidden Gem: The Lely Resort Golf and Country Club is quintessential Naples golf, with two resort tracks and one private course: The Mustang and Flamingo Island are open to public play, designed by Lee Trevino and Robert Trent Jones Sr., respectively. Both are typically in good to great condition, and practice junkies will appreciate its two full-service practice facilities, including a 54,000-square-foot driving range with target greens.

Preferred Private (s): Golf course aficionados will quickly note that Naples is chock-full of Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman courses. The Club at Olde Cypress, however, zigs where others clubs zag. Owned by luxury home builder Stock Development, it boasts one of only two Dye family designs in the region with an 18-hole offering from Pete Dye’s youngest son, P.B.

The Club at Olde Cypress

Like his famed father and mother, Alice, P.B. has always had a penchant for crafting courses that appeal to both men and women golfers. Olde Cypress is no exception as witnessed by the sheer number of ladies golf groups, tournaments and events. The club is the centerpiece of a highly sought-after, 450-acre gated enclave with resale homes ranging from $550,000 to over $1 million.

“Have clubs, will relocate” golfers take note: Olde Cypress is wrapping up a multi-million-dollar remastering of the golf course this fall. The expansive project entailed the resurfacing of all 18 greens, practice green and chipping area; enlarging, leveling and re-grassing tee boxes; installation of a new subsurface drainage system and new artificial turf on the driving range.

The Clubhouse at Olde Cypress

Additionally, the pro shop was reimagined with interior design upgrades ranging from color pallets, woodwork and lighting to countertops, artwork and flooring. In short, Olde Cypress is perfectly positioned for the uptick in golf participation and membership demand that’s forecast to continue into the foreseeable future.

For diehards who prefer a multi-course club setup, Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs features 54 holes of championship caliber golf. All three courses have been recently renovated by Rees Jones and provide spectacular playing conditions year-round. Shadow Wood is in the process of building a brand new 3,500-square-foot pro shop which will overlook the expansive practice facilities and feature unique retail opportunities for its members.

The North Course at Shadow Wood Country Club

Game improvement gurus will love the practice facilities, which boast a double-sided range and numerous short game practice areas. The Shadow Wood Golf Academy is located at the back of the range and offers an indoor hitting bay, club fitting studio, and all the latest technological aids to help members improve their game. After a round of golf, members sip cocktails by the firepits on the club’s Sunset Terrace or dine at one of Shadow Wood’s many venues.

The Practice Facility at Shadow Wood Country Club

Dine out: Fifth Avenue is the Naples “OG” when it comes to a night out on the town. Chic shops, decadent restaurants and vibrant bars and clubs line this famous street. Anything, and any cuisine, is possible, here with eateries ranging from traditional American to sushi and Italian. Further north in Bonita Springs, Coconut Point Shopping Center is stuffed with fast-service and sit-down restaurants, as well as the ever-popular Tommy Bahama Restaurant. For a true taste of Naples tradition, pay a visit to The Bay House along the Cocohatchee River.

411: Collier and Lee Counties share the Southwest Florida International Airport, and the Naples Area benefits from this optimally-sized, easy-to-access transportation hub’s location in south Lee County just minutes from Estero, Bonita Springs, and Naples. For decades, Midwesterners made their way south on I-75 or U.S. 41 to their Southwestern Florida termini in sunny Naples. Making the trek to Naples has become “a thing” again, what with many folks not ready to return to air travel just yet.

Titleist Played the Most by Winners PGA Tour Season

With two US Opens and two Masters thanks to the pandemic not to mention an almost 51-year-old winning a major championship the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season was certainly one that will long be remembered.

Patrick Cantlay had four wins including a FedExCup event and the Tour Championship while Jordan Spieth, after an agonizing dry spell, elevated his game to be in the mix many if not most weeks and took the Valero Texas Open, his first “W” since the 2017 British Open. Phil Mickelson prevailed at the PGA Championship just 24 days short of his 51st birthday becoming the oldest to have won a major and other fan favorites were multiple winners.

The sometimes-controversial Bryson DeChambeau won twice adding the 2020 US Open and Bay Hill Championship to his resume.

Equipment companies are recovering from the disastrous pandemic-induced drop in sales as the number of rounds continued to increase and retail sales set records. The largest club maker Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY) reported for the first six months of 2021 equipment sales of $401 million almost double 2020 and 37% higher than non-pandemic year 2019. They also are making gains in the ball market against the competition touting a Golf Datatech market analysis showing Callaway had their highest share of the ball business in July at over 20%. This slotted them in as an even stronger number two behind market leader Titleist, a brand of Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE: GOLF).

Titleist more than doubled club sales for the six months ending June 30 to $152.8 million compared with $72.4 million in 2020 while ball sales increased 98.1% to $202.1 million.

Keeping track of the equipment used by tournament winners an interesting exercise and has often provided information appropriate for those 19th hole debates. The following is accurate to the best of my knowledge and is not meant for deeper analysis so don’t read too much into it. The major manufacturers spend millions of dollars compensating professionals to endorse their clubs so just because your favorite linkster is promoting a particular brand don’t get carried away thinking it’s the right one for you.

With those caveats the driver count for this season’s tournament winners on the PGA Tour finished in a near dead heat among the big four makers: Titleist 14 wins, Ping 12, Callaway 11 and TaylorMade 10.

In golf balls there was no surprise either. Titleist’s Pro V1 or Pro V1x were used by 36 victors, TaylorMade and Callaway by five each, Srixon three and Bridgestone two.

As far as putters are concerned the greatest number of tournaments (18) were won by players stroking one of Titleist’s Scotty Cameron models with Odyssey, Callaway’s putter division, able to point to 12 champs. The season-long list finishes with Ping (8), TaylorMade (8), Bettinardi (2) and SIK (2).

The Essential Late Summer Golf Gear Guide

The Tour Championship is upon us. As is college football, the NFL and the final stretch of the MLB regular season. On the golf course, temps in the 90s will soon give way to 80s and 70s and autumn-colored, tree-lined fairways are only six to eight weeks away. Here’s a look at a few things we’re using on and off the golf course during the waning weeks of late summer.

OnCore Golf’s VERO X1 Top Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1X

Higher launch, lower spin, greater distance and more control around the greens are attributes long-associated with the industry’s biggest brand name golf balls. According to independent testing recently conducted by equipment review website Golf EQ, OnCore Golf’s VERO X1 has unequivocally joined the elite Tour-caliber ball category.

OnCore Vero X1
OnCore Golf’s Four-Piece Vero X1

OnCore’s game-changing four-piece balls went up against Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x and outperformed the dynamic duo in Golf EQ’s driver and iron testing. It also finished atop the composite rankings with a total Golf EQ score of 372.68 versus 362.26 for ProV1 and 350.83 for ProV1x. The VERO X1 delivered 60% less side spin, resulting in significantly straighter drives.

“The Golf EQ test results validate our primary objective with the VERO X1: to create a product that the best golfers in the world would objectively consider best-in-class,” says OnCore CEO Keith Blakely. “At $39.99 a dozen, the VERO X1 presents serious golfers with a tremendous value proposition in relation to performance.”

OnCore has carved out a formidable position in the direct-to-consumer ball category over the past decade. Its three-ball lineup includes the high-compression VERO X1, award-winning mid-compression ELIXR and low-compression AVANT 55. The VERO X1 is a technological marvel, sporting a metal-infused mantle and enhanced perimeter-weighting yielding the highest allowable velocity off the club face and increased distance for every club in the bag.

From the Golf EQ editors:

“Overall, the VERO X1’s 4-piece construction and 80-84 compression rating provide a well-balanced performance profile, especially for golfers with 95 mph and above driver club head speeds,” according to Golf EQ editors. “The VERO X1 delivered a high launch and low spin performance profile that allowed our testers to pick up distance in irons and with their drivers compared to both the ProV1 and ProV1x.”

More information visit www.oncoregolf.com.

TRUE Linkswear Releases New Women’s Collections

It’s been a busy year for Tacoma, Washington-based TRUE Linkswear. The walking-focused golf shoe brand debuted several new lines, including its wildly popular TRUE Pebble and Dead Golfer collections. Rounding into the final stretch of 2021, these Pacific Northwest pioneers are showcasing two shoes for the game’s fastest growing segment – women.

TRUE’s most popular model of all time, the True Knit II, has been re-engineered for ladies with increased flexibility, durability and the addition of a proprietary WANDERLUX super foam midsole. The breathable, one-piece upper is 90% polyester and 10% Spandex, making all-day wear a walk in the park. A brand-new open cell footbed is ideal for warm days on the course.

True Linkswear Women's True Knit II
True Linkswear Women’s True Knit II

And weighing just 9.1 ounces, the True Women’s Knit II is like walking on air. The design was even further modernized with premium suede accents and finishes to produce a refined, athleisure aesthetic that can easily be worn from the golf course to the office, meetings or out on the town.

From up-start company’s onset, it’s been keen on partnerships. True to form (no pun intended), TRUE is preparing to debut the Queen of Clubs True Knit II, its first collaboration with the women’s golf apparel brand Foray Golf. The Queen of Clubs “TKII” will come wrapped in a limited-edition bag perfect for travel or just storing the shoes at home. Foray has added several unique finishes to the shoe, which debut this fall.

The two brands were inspired to collaborate in light their differences and similarities. TRUE’s vibe is outdoorsy Pacific Northwest, while Foray’s persona is full-on NYC. But it’s a shared ethos that brought them together. Both consider themselves “challenger brands” with products made for golfers, by golfers. TRUE’s founders are PGA Tour player Ryan Moore and his brother and former caddie Jason. Foray’s founder is Megan LaMothe, a diehard golfer and women’s golf advocate.

For more information visit www.truelinkswear.com.

Southern Tide Answers the Junior Golf Bell

Parents of junior golfers know just how frustrating shopping for junior golf apparel can be. Most brands make do with the standard issue, 100% cotton khaki kids’ shorts that simply don’t perform well on the golf course in the heat. When it comes to shorts and shirts, sizes are slim and none (and as Curtis Strange likes to say, “slim left town.”)

Greenville, S.C.-based Southern Tide just made parents’ lives easier with its Boys Channel Marker and T3 Gulf Shorts. These junior editions of the T3 Gulf Short delivers a preppy, polished look along with performance features like quick-dry fabric, four-way stretch and moisture wicking. The make-up is 52% cotton, 39% polyester and 9% stretch. The Boys Channel Market shorts retail for $49.50 and the T3 Gulf Shorts for $59.50.

Southern Tide Boys T3 Gulf Short Coastal Khaki

Up top, Southern Tide has released its Boys Ryder Geo Print Performance Polo featuring a sporty “geo pattern” that’s perfect for the sunny days of late summer and early autumn. Like the T3 Gulf Shorts, the fabric blend is moisture wicking with UV protection. Available in five sizes (XS – XL), the Boys Ryder Geo Print Performance Polo retails for $49.50

For more information visit www.southerntide.com.

DownUnder Board Flips the Script on Training Aides

Historically, training aides have focused almost entirely on the upper body, whether it’s swing plane, path or impact. The DownUnder Board, invented by renown Australian golfer and instructor Bradley Hughes, has flipped the script in creating solution for stabilizing the lower body during the golf swing. To say the “DUB” has caught on is an understatement – more than 100 Tour pros are using it, including Brendon Todd, Harold Varner III, Luke Donald and Christina Kim.

The DownUnder Board 2.0 Tour Edition
The DownUnder Board 2.0 Tour Edition

The DUB 2.0 Tour Edition was recently released featuring adjustable width for a variety of different swing types ranging from full to chipping, and even putting. It can also be rotated for golfers who prefer to flare their feet for additional rotation. Using the board is incredibly simple: just set the width and rotation, apply pressure to the board with the inside of the feet and make a golf swing. Hughes recommends taking several swings without a ball, first, to get a feel for it. The DUB 2.0 Tour Edition is available for $109 including an instructional video from Hughes.

Arccos Caddie Link Offers Users More Freedom

Data-driven golfers of all skill levels have long turned to Arccos for industry-leading, on-course shot tracking and club-by-club data. More recently, the Stamford, Conn.-based company led by mathematician and scratch golfer Sal Syed launched an A.I.-powered GPS rangefinder and groundbreaking strokes gained platform that set the industry abuzz.

Arccos Caddie Bundle with Link
Arccos Caddie Bundle with Link

The Arccos ecosystem operates via Smart Sensors screwed into the ends of club grips, or Smart Grips from Golf Pride and Lamkin with sensors built in. Users download the Arccos Caddie App, pair their clubs via Bluetooth connection, download the course they’re playing from the Arccos library and away they go. For the first iteration of Arccos’ existence, users needed to keep their phones in their front pockets to record shot data.

However, with the advent of Arccos Caddie Link, golfers can now leave their phones in their bags, golf cart or pushcart. Link is a wearable clip that attaches to a player’s belt or waistband, records shots and transfers the data via Bluetooth connection to the base smartphone. Because it frees up the phone’s microphone, golfers can listen to music, sporting events or take videos on the course.

Link has been tweaked and further enhanced for performance and connectivity over the past couple years, and retails for $129. It can also be bundled with Smart Sensors (14, one for each club including a putter sensor) for $279.99 for a 10% savings.

For more information visit www.arccosgolf.com.

Cleveland Launcher XL HALO Irons

The large hybrid-style heads of the Cleveland Golf Launcher XL HALO Irons help players needing added distance in a super game-improvement category iron with high MOI and lots of forgiveness.

Fast Facts Cleveland Launcher XL HALO Irons
Super game-improvement irons
Hybrid-style iron design high MOI
V-shape sole short irons
Sole rails long irons
Action Mass CB counterbalance grip
Stepped crown
Loft specific grooves
Lofts: 5-iron 23°, pitching wedge 44°
Graphite shafts 7-iron set $899.99
Steel shafts at retail Sept. 17, 2021 7-iron set $799.99

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Cleveland Golf recognizes the need for women, beginners, and seniors to have an easy-to-hit iron with design features that help clubhead speed in a confidence-building head size. The new Launcher XL HALO irons, an update of the Launcher Halos from 2019, fits that description nicely.

“From head to grip, Launcher XL HALO Irons just make golf easier and more fun,” said Brian Schielke, General Manager at Cleveland Golf. “Most of us don’t have much confidence standing 170 yards out with a long iron in hand and needing to carry a bunker to make the green. But with Launcher XL HALO, you’ll swing easier, feel confident, and be shocked at how forgiving they are. These irons will become your go-to clubs.”

The heads are slightly larger and have a very high MOI, for example in the 7-iron, 2,908 g-cm2, to maintain the greatest amount of ball speed possible when impact is off center. The lower lofts, the long irons, have rails on the soles to ensure smoother turf contact and the higher lofts have V-shaped soles for a solid strike to the ball. Each has an 8-gram weight in the butt end of the shaft under the grip to improve swing speed without making the club too light. Cleveland offers the option of an “Accuracy Build” without the counterbalance weight in the butt with shafts that are one-half inch shorter.

Ping i59 Irons

Ping has announced their newest irons in the better-player category, the i59 model, featuring a forged body and face, aluminum insert, milled grooves plus toe and hosel weighting.

Fast Facts Ping i59 Irons
Better-player category irons
Body forged 1025 carbon steel
Face 17-4 laser cut stainless steel
MicroMax milled grooves
AlumiCore insert
Toe weight
Hosel weight
Arccos sensor grip
Stock shafts: Project X LS, UST Recoil 760 ES
Stock grip: Arccos Golf Pride New Decade MCC White
$275 per club steel shafts, $290 per club graphite shafts

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Ping has again moved the bar higher for better player irons with the introduction of the i59s that not only look great but have some interesting features led by the use of an aluminum insert between the forged body and face.

This insert called AlumiCore Technology, unlike foam inserts used by other makers, is aerospace aluminum and being lighter than steel let Ping engineers move 30 grams of weight from the middle of the club. This weight was switched to the hosel and toe measurably raising the resistance to twisting at impact or MOI for more forgiveness, something even the best players appreciate.

“There’s been a lot of anticipation for the i59 iron since we took them out on tour a few months ago, so we’re very excited to bring them to golfers around the world,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “It’s a true forged blade on the outside, but inside it’s like nothing ever engineered in golf equipment. Our team took on the challenge of disrupting an iron category that traditionally has lacked a lot of performance innovation and they developed an iron unlike any other. The combination of the look, feel and forgiveness ‘when you need it’ sets it apart from anything else in the industry. Once golfers hit it, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by its versatility. The i59 will clearly appeal to better golfers but the combination of forgiveness and clean appearance will attract golfers of all skill levels.”

Of note is Ping’s commitment to quality. Each i59 is inspection individually at several points in the manufacturing process such as forging, face machining and sole shaping.