With Halloween falling on a weekend this year, it’s the perfect time to fit in a round of golf before getting into the costumes and candy. And with much of the country experiencing near-record warmth, you may not even need to break out the outerwear yet. Here’s a roundup of some scary good offerings from a few of our favorite brands and golf courses.
TRUE linkswear Dead Golfer Collection
This eerie but cool skeleton-themed line from True Linkswear is perfect for golfers looking to make a scary statement. The Dead Golfer collection features a skeleton taking his best (only?) swing, symbolic of the everlasting pursuit of par. Dead Golfer gear sells out quick, but here’s what’s currently available at www.truelinkswear.com:
Shoes: True Linkswear’s marquee golf shoe, the Lux Knit, has a waterproof construction and breathable feel. The outsole is a transparent design with the Dead Golfer logo “buried” below. The black and white upper adds an upscale look to the athletic-feeling shoe for an almost tuxedo-like design.
The True OG Feel, another popular golf shoe style for the brand, has the skeleton logo at the heel of the black leather and suede saddle that sits atop the knit upper. The saddle connects to the brand’s lacing system that provides a secure and customizable fit around the foot.
Accessories: Available in black or white, the Dead Golfer Towel has a repeating skeleton pattern on the waffle-textured microfiber material. This tour towel has a loop and club slot to attach to a golf bag and a non-abrasive, antimicrobial finish. And one of two t-shirts in the collection, the 6’ Under shirt features a skeletal swing sequence that’s a fun fit anytime of year.
OnCore Halloween Themed Golf Balls
What better way to bewitch your playing partners than with a dozen OnCore Custom Halloween golf balls? These limited-edition balls from this upstart Buffalo, N.Y. brand are available in three logos, Skull, Pumpkin and Vulture, and all three OnCore high-performance, premium golf balls: AVANT 55, ELIXR and VERO X1.
In the event you’d also like to be scary long (and straight) off the tee over the Halloween weekend and beyond, the VERO X1 just topped Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x in independent testing by noted equipment testing service Golf EQ. “Ghoul for the green” and shop now at www.oncoregolf.com.
Radmor Golf Fall Collection
There’s nothing scary about saving the planet one piece of golf apparel at a time. But that’s just what Radmor Golf has set out to do. The Seattle-based apparel company is the only brand in the golf industry to eliminate the use of “virgin” polyester at the garment level.
Moreover, Radmor has also reduced the amount of recycled ocean polyester and recycled nylon to just 10%, almost unheard of in the apparel business. Instead, founders Scott Morrison and Bob Conrad rely primarily on BCI organic and extra-long staple Pima cotton.
While you won’t find any skeleton, grim reaper or pumpkin logos in Radmor’s new fall collection, you will find a curated assortment of high-performance, refreshingly casual polo shirts, corduroy and knit pants and t-shirts in fall colors like sage and blue graphite. Check out the collection at www.radmorgolf.com.
Scary Good Island Green – Olde Cypress No. 12
Pete Dye gets most the recognition for his island green designs at TPC Sawgrass and PGA West, but Dye’s youngest son P.B. Dye, has also designed a couple noteworthy golf atolls that are just as intimidating as dad’s originals. The most visually-stunning and photogenic of them might just be the par-3 12th hole at The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples, Fla.
The 120-yard one-shotter, dubbed “Oasis,” features a massive green complex fronted by behemoth boulders that were excavated from the site. The putting surface features several severe undulations that yield more three-putt bogeys than birdies. Those who are fortunate enough to card a “two” on the hole can ring the “Birdie Bell” as they walk off the green.