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Golftini Spring 2020 – Happy Hour Keeps the Ladies Looking Good

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Golftini does a lot of things right. Whether it’s making high quality women’s golf skorts, tops or outerwear, creating high performance technical fabrics, or using eye-popping colors and patterns, you can always count on their products to be outstanding.

My wife will tell you that she loves her Golftini skorts. The company makes them from a variety of fabrics including cotton and polyester. A classic example is their new for 2020 Sangria Skort which is sewn from a 95% Poly/5% Spandex with loose-fitting matching undershorts. The Sangria Skort features a pull-on design and a 3” contour stretch waistband which flatters your figure. There’s a hidden tee pocket in front and a large scorecard pocket in the back. The lightweight, moisture-wicking, four-way stretch features a “snowflake-like” geometric print with a contrasting black and white border along the trim. The print is Lavender, Black and White, so it will pair with a wide variety of tops and it’s available in sizes XXS – XXL. The Sangria Skort oozes comfort!

If you’re looking for something really cute and unique, Golftini’s Bottoms Up Performance Skort features scalloped edges and a 4-color White, Lavender, Navy & Hot Pink print highlights the scallop pattern. The side zipper makes this skort easy to get on and off and the side slits give added ventilation. The 86% polyester/14% spandex fabric has lots of stretch to get you through your golf swing, and the loose-fitting undershorts are made from the same fabric. There are 2 deep side pockets and one back pocket to hold all of your golf paraphernalia. There’s also Golftini’s signature grosgrain trim detail in White and is available in sizes 00 – 16.

For ladies who prefer cotton – and many do – The Rosé Flat Front Stretch Cotton Skort is quickly becoming a favorite. The Side Zipper makes it easy to get on and off and it comes with loose fitting undershorts made from the same fabric. The two front and two back pockets are deep and the front pockets have been accented with soft pink and gold button detailing and blend in nicely with the overall pink floral pattern. The Rose Stretch Cotton Skort is available in sizes 00- 16. Pair it with something with a pop of hot pink and you’ll be the talk of the night!

When the weather heats up, you look for garments that keep you cool and Golftini’s Sleeveless Zip Tech Polo is one of their best sellers because it’s as functional as it is stylish. The moisture-wicking material keeps you dry and the 3/4 -zip placket supports a flattering v-neckline. There’s UPF 30 sun protection sewn into the fabric and the Princess seams provide added durability, allowing you to get a lot of wear out of this sleeveless polo. The Sleeveless Zip Tech Polo is available in sizes XS – XXL and in several colors: White, Light Pink, Hot Pink, Lavender, Orange, Light Blue, Blue, Navy, Dusty Blue, Grey, Heathered Grey, Black, Red, and Green. This polo makes a great base layer on cooler mornings, before the heat of the afternoon, when you’ll enjoy it most.

For more protection from the sun, check out the Long Sleeve Zip Tech Polo. It has the same properties as the sleeveless model. For added femininity, a 2″ ruching has been added to the outside of the sleeve cuff. It also doubles as a great layering piece on windy days. It’s available in sizes XS – XXL and in White, Hot Pink, and Black.

Cool summer mornings call for layering and the new, crisp V-Neck cut makes the task easy. The 80% rayon/20% nylon fabric is not only cozy and warm, it’s stretchy and lightweight making it the perfect choice for both on and off the course. It’s as flattering as a long sleeve sweater can be and the light pink Martini logo identifies the brand. The Long Sleeve V-Neck Sweater is available in sizes S – XL and in Hot Pink White, Light Pink, Dusty Blue, Navy, and Black.

If you’re a gal who loves to have options when it comes to your golf wardrobe, Golftini’s Sport Tech Tie Top offers a two-for-one look by simply adding a tie. The Sleeveless design features a scooped body and is sewn from their 95% Poly/5% Spandex fabric that has a little extra stretch as well as UPF 30 sun protection woven into the fabric. As for the options, you can wear it open in the back or tie it for a more casual, trendy look. This new Golftini shape is available in sizes XS – XXL and in 4 colors: White, Navy, Black and Hot Pink.

The Funnel Neck Pullover Top will certainly outshine all of your other outer layer pieces.  Not only could it easily become your new BFS (best favorite sweatshirt) with its refined ruffle details, but this boxy pullover easily slips over your Golftini polos or wears perfectly on its own. It’s available in sizes XS – XXL and in white.

For ladies who prefer a good fitting golf pant over skorts or shorts, Golftini’s Stretch Pull-On Trophy Pant maybe the perfect choice. The 3″ waistband and stretch ribbon accents along the sides create a slimming effect, and the solid print provides you with an elegant look. The five-pocket design gives you more storage space than you’ll need and include a hidden front tee pocket. Not only do these pants allow you to look your best on the golf course you’ll feel great too! The Stretch Pull-On Trophy Pant is available in sizes XXS – XXL and in White/Black Ribbon, Grey/Light Pink and Black.

Golftini has done it again with their latest collection for Spring 2020. Check all of the new designs on their website: www.golftiniwear.com

Antigua Golf Apparel – Great for Both Men and Women!

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Antigua has really upped their game when it comes to functional eye-popping golf apparel. Looking at the color palette for the Spring 2020 season it’s easy to say that was once referred to as your grandfather’s golf apparel no longer claims that title.

A great outerwear piece for the ladies this season is Paradox, a long sleeve pullover sewn from Antigua’s Desert Dry moisture wicking jersey fabric with a brushed back and heather contrasting self-fabric inset side panels with extra stretch and a pop of color. Paradox boasts a self-fabric stand-up collar with zip placket and an “A” logo at bottom hem. This sporty ladies’ outerwear piece is available in sizes M – XL and in a number of color combinations.

Antigua’s Backspin Leggings feature a self-fabric waistband for uncompromised comfort and the stretch jersey ankle-length leg fits snugly to the skin. The Backspin Leggings are available in sizes S – L and in  Black or Heathered Gray. The contrasting stitching really shows on the Heathered Gray and actually looks great.

The Flagstaff Skort is a favorite among the ladies. The Desert Dry fabric wick moisture away from the skin keeping you cool and dry. The two front pockets provide ample storage and a zippered back pocket will hold most scorecards. The stretch jersey knit dyed-to-match waistband adds comfort. the stretch knit undershorts add modesty and the herringbone pattern on this solid woven skort adds a touch of style. The Flagstaff Skort is available in sizes S -2XL and in nine vibrant colors.

The Payson Sleeveless Polo is a multi-color space dye jersey sleeveless polo with a mandarin collar and zippered placket. The Desert Dry moisture wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry throughout your round and the A” logo on the bottom hem lets other know your favorite brand.  The Payson Sleeveless Polo is available in sizes XS – 2XL and in several colors. It pairs well with the Flagstaff Skort.

Another great ladies’ outerwear piece is the Luna ¼ Zip. This long sleeve pullover features a self-collar and zip placket. It’s sewn from a 95% polyester/5% spandex space dye stripe jacquard knit with a brushed back lower body. The irregular heather pattern adds a nice touch and there’s an Antigua “A” logo on the right sleeve. Luna is available in sizes S – 2XL and in eight different colors.

The Opal Polo is sure to turn some heads. This short sleeve polo is sewn from a Desert Dry moisture wicking jersey knit fabric and features a self-collar, button placket, and open cuff. What sets this polo apart is the allover sublimation print in three colors. The Opal Polo is available in sizes XS – 2XL and in 6 multi-colored print. Antigua’s “A” logo adorns the right sleeve.

The Women’s’ Tribute Long Sleeve Polo features a self-collar, two-button “Y” placket, open cuff and princess seams. The interlock knit fabric with Desert Dry moisture wicking keeps you cool and dry and there’s an Antigua triangle patch on the right sleeve. The Tribute is available in sizes S – 2XL and in 8 brilliant colors.

Another favorite Skort from Antigua is the Cinch Skort featuring Desert Dry Xtra-Lite D²XL moisture wicking and stretch knit undershorts. This jersey knit skort has an elastic tie detail at front with cinching capability to create your own look. The self-fabric waistband with shirring is comfortable and looks great. The Cinch Skort is available in sizes S – XL and 11 different colors and prints.

Much like the ladies’ Flagstaff Skort, the men’s Flagstaff Short is a stretch woven heather mini herringbone jacquard short with front hip pockets, two on-seam back zip pockets and five belt loops at waistband. Deseret Dry moisture wicking keeps you cool and dry. The Flagstaff Short is available in sizes 32 – 42 and in Black Navy Heather and Smoke Heather.

The Men’s Payson Polo is sewn from a space dye jersey knit fabric with Desert Dry moisture wicking. The Payson Polo features a self-collar and narrow 3-button placket. Open cuffs on the sleeves and side slits hep provide added ventilation. There’s an Antigua “A” logo at right sleeve. It’s available in sizes M – 2XL and in Black Multi, Cinder Multi, Plum Multi, and Denim Multi

Antigua’s Atlantic Vest is a lightweight woven full zip vest with horizontal quilted in the front and back panels. Zippered hand pockets provide plenty of secure storage and the Antigua “A” logo on the back neck identifies the brand. I’m not partial to vests, but this one is truly lightweight, comfortable and warm. The Atlantic Vest is available in Smoke, Black, White, and  Navy in sizes M – 2XL.

The Men’s Flash Polo is a mini box pattern closed knit mesh, short sleeve polo with sublimation print on the front panel. The self-collar and 3-button placket is a classic golf look. The separation between the front panel, sleeves and back panel creates a subtle look that is sure to turn a few heads. The Flash Polo is available in sizes S – 2XL and in Black Multi, Dark Pine Multi, Navy Multi, Dark Royal Multi, Steel Multi and Mango Multi. There’s an Antigua “A” logo on the right cuff.

Like Stripes? Antigua’s Relay Polo is a 2-color engineered tonal stripe interlock knit polo with short sleeves, a self-collar and 3-button placket. The striped front panel is done in a striking gradient-like design with solid color sleeves and back panel.  There’s an Antigua “A” logo on the right cuff. The Relay Polo is available in sizes S – 2XL and in Navy, Dark Royal and Mango.

This is a small sample of what Antigua has available for men and women for the Spring 2020 golf season. To see more, visit their website at www.shop.antigua.com.

PUMA Spring 2020 Golf Apparel – The Year of the Cat

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Leave it to PUMA to brighten your day with a new collection of golf apparel for Spring 2020. Ladies will fall in love with the PWRSHAPE Solid Woven Skirt. It’s their basic skirt for the season and looks great whether you paired with a solid or patterned top. For 2020, it’s woven instead of knit and features a curved waistband to give ladies a more flattering and functional fit and the gripper tape helps keep everything in place. The front and back pockets will hold all of the golf paraphernalia you’ve got, and the attached inner briefs add confidence. Better yet, there’s still a Cat logo on the left hem. The PWRSHAPE Solid Woven Skirt is available in 16″ and 18″ and in 9 great colors. Sizes range from 2XS – 2XL.

Golf clubs can be picky when it comes to appropriate attire, so don’t be surprised when PUMA’s new Flirt Mesh Tanktop turns some heads, and not for the reason you may be hoping.  It is lightweight and moisture-wicking with a Cat logo on the left hip. It comes in 5 great colors including Rose Water, Rapture Rose, Dark Denim, Bright White and is perfect for the range or running errands around town.  The Flirt Mesh Tanktop is available in sizes XS – 2XL.

PUMA’s Ombre Sleeveless Polo is double knit, lightweight, comfortable, and with DRYCELL technology, it wicks moisture away from your body quickly and effectively. It features a traditional ombre print with a stripe pattern, contrasting collar and a Cat logo on the left hip. It’s available in 9 versatile colors and can be paired with many different outfits. The Ombre Sleeveless Polo is available in sizes XS – 2XL.

There’s not anything feminine looking when it comes to rain gear. That is until you see PUMA’s new Zephyr Jacket; it is perfect for those windy, drizzly days on course.  This woven jacket features WINDCELL technology that helps protect against windy conditions and keep you dry and warm. It’s full of feminine elements such as cute, gathered pockets with contrasting colors and a contrasting zipper track. There’s also a hoodie trimmed with the same contrasting color and a snap on the back to secure the hood to the jacket. With its great looks, the Zephyr Jacket can quickly become a staple in your golf bag. It’s available in sizes XS- 2XL and in Pale Pink, PUMA Black, Rosewater, and Peacoat.

There’s no argument that Puma’s Jackpot 5 Pocket Pant is their best pant yet. The 5 Pocket was created with technical fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin to help keep you dry and comfortable during your entire round. But this year, there’s even more, such as a new, lighter mesh stretch waistband with silicone gripper tape that will keep your shirt tucked in. The floral print on the pocketbags is a nice added touch as well and the 5-pocket construction is in a class all its own. The Jackpot 5 Pocket Pant is available in waist sizes 28 – 40 and in 9 colors. Better get more than one!

The Grandview Crew has become my favorite sweatshirt, whether I’m playing golf or not. This stylish and comfortable pullover is perfect for the office, the golf course, or anywhere in between. The Grandview has a classic crew silhouette with camo print details on the collar and the elbow patches. This pullover a soft French terry fleece fabric and features a ribbed hem and cuff, and a left-chest pocket. There’s a Cat logo on the back of the neck. The Grandview Golf Crew is available in sizes S – 3XL and in several colors including Deep Lichen Green, Dark Denim and High Rise.

Although the Bahamas is better known for its beaches and sea life, it’s also home to the PGA TOUR’s Hero World Challenge.  The new Slow Play Polo is part of PUMA’s new Saltwater Collection and features a fun, repeating golfing turtle pattern that is sure to turn some heads on the tee. It’s sewn from PUMA’s Fusion Yarn Flex fabric, a blend of performance and natural fibers that offers the perfect mix of all-day comfort and on-course performance. Moisture-wicking keeps you dry and the Cat logo on the left sleeve identifies your brand. The Slow Play Polo is available in sizes S – 3XL and in either Blue Bell or Bright White. I wear it just to get a reaction!

The ALTERKNIT fabric is a textured fabric that showcases PUMA’s expressive style through functionally breathable elements. Their Digi Camo Polo is sewn from ALTERKNIT and also features DRYCELL technology that draws sweat away from your skin to help keep you dry and comfortable. The polo’s unique geometric camo pattern is in vogue and the comfort of this new textured fabric will amaze you. The Digi Camo Polo is available in sizes S – 3XL and in Dark Denim, Quiet Shade, and Bright White

Another great looking, high-performance polo from PUMA is the Palms Shirt which is part of the Island Time Collection and features an all-over palm leaves print.  The moisture-wicking fabric keeps you comfortable, cool and dry through all 18. The full-button-up design was designed to be worn untucked, and the four-way stretch fabric lets you glide through your golf swing. The Palms Shirt is available in sizes S – 3XL. PUMA offers a wide variety of solid color shorts that will pair well with anything from the Island Times Collection.

This is just a small sample of what PUMA has for guys and gals this golf season. To see more, visit their website at www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/.

The Breakers Palm Beach – A Whole New Rees Jones Golfing Experience

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The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida has a history that dates back to the late 1890s. As industry tycoons and wealthy socialites began flocking to the pristine shores of Palm Beach Henry M. Flagler, one of America’s great industrialists and founder of The Breakers saw the opportunity to purchase land and build grand estate hotels. He first built The Royal Poinciana, followed two years later by The Breakers. Twice the latter was destroyed by fire – in 1903 and 1925 – only to reemerge more luxurious each time.

The Breakers reopened in 1926 after the second fire and was modeled after the magnificent Villa Medici in Rome. Building it required that 74 artisans be brought in from Italy to complete the intricate paintings, detailed across the ceilings of the 200-foot-long main lobby and first-floor public rooms, both of which remain on display today.

Each successive year word spread and the resort’s reputation grew, ushering in aristocrats and glitterati to Palm Beach year-round. At any given time you could find the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan, not to mention US presidents and European nobility.

Much of the Breakers remains the same now as it was then, at least architecturally. You’ll still find unbridled luxury, the glamour, and aroma of the ocean out back and service that is second to none. In a world that is so interconnected, it’s nice to visit a hotel that lets you step back and takes care of your every want and desire. All with a price, of course.

As you enter the front door of the hotel after valeting your car, you’re quickly struck with the charm and opulence of the lobby. Look up at the ceilings as you tour the main floor and you can’t help but be in awe of the paintings and adornments you see.

Check into your room and let the enchantment begin. The Breakers offers guest rooms and suites that are all well-appointed. We were treated to a Junior Suite with an Oceanfront view. In the room was a large king-size bed, a couch with coffee tables and two balconies overlooking the water. The rooms are tastefully decorated and leave you wanting for nothing; simply pick up the phone and dial “0” if you can think of something you need and don’t have.

Dining is a special event all its own. On the property, there are eight dining venues; nine if you count Flagler Steakhouse across the street in the golf clubhouse. For my money, it’s the best restaurant on the property. After ordering a round of cocktails, start your meal off with a Seafood Tower, a collection of shrimp, crab claws, oysters and crab legs. Then it’s on to the main course; you can’t go wrong with any of their signature steaks, including the Bone-in Filet Mignon. For accompaniments, try something different, like Gorgonzola Potato Tots or Caramelized Brussels Sprouts. Top it off with an after-dinner drink and a piece of their award-winning Key Lime Pie and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven, albeit a few pounds heavier!

If seafood is more to your liking, you have to try the Seafood Bar. The bar itself is a giant aquarium, with the Atlantic Ocean serving as a backdrop. For drinks, they offer a wide variety of house-crafted beverages like a Pineapple-Infused Martini or a Flirtini. For appetizers you can’t beat their New England Clam Chowder or Blue Crab Nachos and the Broccoli and Kale Salad is outstanding.  When it comes to the main course, Pecan Crusted Grouper is one of their specialties and the Blue Crab Fried Rice and Lobster Cole Slaw are truly delicious and unique. If you didn’t try the Key Lime Pie at Flagler’s you have a second chance at The Seafood Bar.

The Circle is a wonderful dining experience and home to what is probably the most extravagant breakfast buffet in the area. The room itself is quite impressive with soaring 30-foot frescoed ceilings and eight oval murals depicting Renaissance landscapes. As for breakfast, The Circle offers an artfully crafted buffet of hot and cold selections including fresh fruit and pastries to made-to-order crepes and omelets. If you’re not all that hungry, you can order off of their à la carte menu which features traditional favorites.  I haven’t experienced it but I hear the Sunday Brunch is a culinary experience not to be missed.

There’s plenty to do at the Breakers once your food has settled. There are four pools and of course the beach, but there is also a world-class fitness center, spa, tennis, and shopping. Oh, and did I mention the two Rees Jones-designed golf courses: Breakers West, about 20 minutes to the property and the newly redesigned Ocean Course, right there at the hotel.

The Ocean Course at the Breakers as arguably the oldest golf course in Florida and was originally designed by Alexander Findlay in 1897. After closing for several months in 2018, the course reopened late in the year, fresh off a facelift from world-renowned architect Rees Jones. His makeover got its inspiration from The Breakers’ philosophy of balancing preservation and modernization. The renovation included a lot of reimaging and reshaping of fairways and greens the addition and maturation of several water hazards and the implementation of a new salt-tolerant grass, something that is sorely needed given the course’s proximity to saltwater. According to Jones, “Every hole has a different little twist and a different set of details.” At only 5,778 yards from the back tees, a course rating of 67.8 and a slope of 126, it’s certainly not going to overwhelm better golfers but as tight as it is, it’s certainly going to test your mettle. Four sets of tees produce yardages that anyone can handle.

The Breakers Rees Jones Course is located about 10 miles – west – of the main resort and can best be described as a massive land of green grass dotted with blue ponds. It is the more modern of the two courses and is the antithesis of The Ocean Course. From the back tees, the Rees Jones Course plays 7,104 yards (74.8/146); about 2 par 5s and a par 3 shorter than its sister course. Large fairways give way to some long water carries and well-undulated TifEagle Bermuda greens creating a memorable and challenging golf experience. Shaping the ball is a necessity out here if you want to score well. The 9th hole is particularly memorable. It’s a long dogleg left with water all down the left side tee to green. It requires a long carry over water to a small landing area with a deep menacing fairway bunker on the right. From there you’ll play your approach shot over the same lake into a green surrounded with sand and water and a lot of undulation in it. Although it’s handicapped number 5, it will test your accuracy and shotmaking ability.

There’s obviously a lot to do at The Breakers in Palm Beach. For more information or to book your next Breakers vacation, visit them online at www.thebreakers.com.

Bald Head Island – An Island Golf Experience Second to None

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Bald Head Island is by no means an easy place to get to; it’s not something you’re going to stumble across by accident, yet it is a special place for a variety of reasons. It’s not far from Wilmington, NC – about a 20-minute ferry ride from Southport, NC actually – so it’s rather secluded. Cars are prohibited on the island, you’ll see yours again when you return via ferry.

Once you get to the island the Island Tram will take you and your possessions to your destination, usually a vacation rental. Everything is dog and cat friendly, so long as they are on a leash or in a crate.

The majority of visitors are here for vacation, usually in one of the privately-owned vacation rentals. Many are here for the beaches; Bald Head Island boasts 14 miles of beaches, which I’ll bet is pretty much the circumference of the island! Then there’s Bald Head Lighthouse, the oldest one still standing in North Carolina. You may recognize it from the movie Weekend at Bernie’s. A visit to the Smith Island (the island’s original name) Museum will fill you in on the history of the island, dating back to the Revolutionary War. Some, like me, are here for the golf course at the Bald Head Island Club; guest membership is included in some rentals. Word of warning: If you are renting a home and plan on playing golf, be sure that a guest golf membership is included. It’s the only way that you will get on the course short of begging a lonely member!

The golf course is an incredible work of art and to me is one of George Cobb’s best works; a pretty bold statement considering he is the designer of the Par 3 Course at Augusta National as well as several other prominent properties. The golf course at Bald Head Island Club opened in 1974 and underwent a major renovation under the direction of Tim Cate in 2010. Cate made the course a lot more natural-looking and more of a challenge by transforming almost 35 acres of rough into new sandy areas with native grasses. He also converted the greens to Miniverde Bermuda grass complete with a new irrigation system. Long-time members will tell you that it is now a completely different course.

From the Black tees, Bald Head Island Golf Club measures 6,832 yards with a course rating of 73.9 and a slope of 142. This alone should tell you how tough the course plays. Move up two sets to the White tees and you’ll find a more manageable distance of 6,032 yards (70.3/131) which will let you enjoy the course a lot more. For ladies, the Teal Tees measure 4,785 yards (68.9/118). Choose the tees that best match your game and you’ll have a good time.

Bald Head Island is one of the most beautiful courses I have played in the state, and that’s saying a lot! The course winds its way through a maritime forest and out onto a dune ridge that offers spectacular views of the ocean on the final few holes.

One of my most memorable holes is Number 7, a par 5 that plays 480 yards from the White Tees. As you stand on the tee you can see a flag in the distance as Robin Williams once said, “To give you hope!” Between you and that flag is a lot of sand and water. The green is significantly elevated with a deep massive bunker directly in front. Although I hit a good drive and the green was within striking distance, I opted for the safer path and left it short of the bunker and hit a solid wedge shot up on the green, leaving a good – yet unsuccessful – putt for birdie.

Number 14 is a 365-yard par 4, dogleg right that looks a lot tougher from the tee box than it really is. In reality, it’s one of the widest fairways on the course and once you find it off the tee, you’ll have a good look at the green. The green is slightly uphill and is protected on either side by bunkers, so be sure to take enough club and hit it straight.

The par 3 16th hole is considered by many to be Bald Head Island Club’s signature hole. From the back tees, you’re at one of the highest elevation points of the golf course – if not the island – with a wonderful panoramic view of the golf course and the sea. There’s water in front of the green as well as up the entire right side, so be sure to take the right club and hit it crisp!

At 404 yards from the White Tees, Number 18 is the longest par 4 on the course and a challenging finishing hole. The fairway is flanked on either side by lagoons and even though the landing area is wide, the prevailing winds can wreak havoc on an otherwise good drive. Many players will be hitting a long iron on metal into the green which is surrounded by sand and natural areas. The green slopes significantly to the right, so you may only see the front part of the green. Par is a great way to finish.

As you can imagine, both the island and the Club are well-sought venues for weddings and special events. Whether you’re looking to put together an elegant, sophisticated event, complete with a four-course catered dinner or a fun, romantic party with a twist, Bald Head Island Club’s experienced culinary team will put together a customized menu, and their dedicated staff will ensure that you and your guests have a memorable event.

Bald Head Island Club offers three categories of full-time membership: Golf, Sports, and Social. There are a limited number of new memberships available in each category but are only available with the purchase of new property or new construction. Alternatively, a membership may be available when purchasing a resale property from a current Club member who is selling their membership with the sale of their home. All Memberships are subject to application and approval.

All in all, Bald Head Island and Bald Head Island Club are worthy of consideration for your upcoming vacation. You can visit The Club online at www.bhiclub.net.

NiVO and Sligo Golf Apparel – Light Up the Course

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NiVO apparel is designed with active women in mind; women who deserve the best in style and function. It’s high quality, easy to care for activewear that can be worn from the golf course to the dinner table, spring through fall. NiVO meets the needs and demands of female golfers focusing on details such as body mapping and uses luminous colors and modern prints that come together in timeless European designs with a modern Montreal twist.

The new Gabi Polo is part of NiVO’s Gelato collection and is sewn from a 50% polyester/50% Coolmax fabric which offers moisture-wicking and UPF 40+ sun protection. The design in the knit collar blends nicely with the graphic striped print on the fabric and the contrasting colored buttons on the 3-button placket adds a nice touch. This reflective logo on this sporty short-sleeved polo identifies the brand. The Gabi Polo is available in sizes XS – XS in White and pairs well with Mandy Short.

The Mandy Short in Key Lime is the perfect pair of long shorts. The 4-way stretch fabric moves with you through your entire golf swing and the breathable fabric helps keep you cool. The quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabric and contour waistband combines style and comfort all in one protection woven into the fabric keeps the sun’s harmful rays at bay while the UV. The two front pockets are deep enough for all of your golf gadgets while the back pockets will accommodate just about any scorecard. The ribbon logo on the back right pocket lets everyone know the brand you’re wearing.

NiVO is at the forefront of the golf dress resurrection and their new Ginny Golf Dress offers fun and charm in a dress/shorts combo. The meshed fabric keeps you fresh and cool and features a UPF 30+ finish with great moisture-wicking capabilities and dries quickly. The mock collar, zippered front, sleeveless design, and an all-over print make this a must-have for any lady golfer’s wardrobe. The matching jersey shorts add an extra degree of modesty. The Ginny dress is available in sizes XS-XL and in White.

The NOA Mock is a chic, practical piece that lets ladies hit the golf course with style and flair. The 50% polyester/50% Coolmax fabric has a UPF 40+ finish that dries quickly and wicks moisture away from the body effectively, helping to keep you cool on those hot summer days. The mock neck and zippered placket let you choose your tan line. The NOA Mock is available in sizes XS – 2XL and offers ladies a great look in a mock neck polo.

Looking to accessorize? NiVO’s Ibiza Hat is 56% polyester and 44% paper and offers ladies UV sun protection with a moisture-wicking sweatband. It will definitely add style and pizzazz to any golfing outfit.

Want something long sleeve, for a little more sun protection? NiVO has a couple of great tops for the gals. The Lefty Mock merges style and comfort with a mesmerizing design. The mock neck and zipped placket make it easy to get on and off and the mesh inserts and moisture-wicking properties of the fabric aid in airflow and moisture evaporation, keeping you cool and dry all round long. The design – especially in Sunny Yellow – could have you flashing back to your youth. Lefty is available in sizes XS – 2XL and in either Sunny Yellow/Black or Black/White. The Lia Long Sleeve Mock is sewn from the same fabric as the Lefty with much the same design and functionality. The difference is the print. The Lia print is beautiful with shapes like something I might have created with my Spirograph years ago. It’s available in Navy and Red and sizes XS – 2XL.

Sligo men’s golf apparel and accessories are dedicated to style, comfort, and outstanding wearability. Their clothing incorporates the latest in breathability to keep you comfortable and on top of your game no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Sligo’s stylish, modern collections optimize comfort and versatility and are designed to keep you looking and feeling great on and off the golf course.

Sligo continues to run the gamut when it comes to stylish colorful golf apparel for men and their new Spike Short is no exception. The 90% polyester/10% Elastane fabric provides all the stretch a man needs to get through his golf swing and the 11” inseam provides added skin coverage. It wicks moisture away from the body quickly and it’s extra breathable, meaning you’ll stay cool and comfortable all day. The front and back pockets provide ample storage for all of your golf paraphernalia and the vast array of colors is sure to turn some heads. The Spike Short is available in waist sizes 30 – 42.

This Shane Pant is the most comfortable pair of golf pants I have ever worn and are a must-have for any guys golf wardrobe. The stretch fabric lets you glide easily through your golf swing and the added UV protection, moisture-wicking and breathability help keep you cool while looking great. The front and back pockets provide ample storage. The Shane Pant is available in waist sizes 30 – 42 and in a variety of bright sporty colors.

Sligo offers several great looking polos for men too. The Lawson Polo offers a 3-button placket and self-collar and the technical fabric has UPF 40+ sun protection and great moisture-wicking properties. It has a sharp-looking graphic chest print in Yellow, White, and Black on the front and the Sligo logo on the back. The Lawson Polo is available in sizes S – 3XL and in Black.

The Bentley Polo is the perfect choice for just about any outdoor sports activity, from the golf course to leisurely strolls. It’s made a stretchy, quick-drying fabric that will provide unparalleled comfort no matter what you’re up to. It features a self-collar, 3-button logo and the Sligo logo on the back. It’s available in sizes S – 3XL and comes in Navy/White/Red. It’s the perfect companion to the Shane Pant.

The Beacon Polo is sewn from the company’s 97% polyester/3% Elastane knit fabric, so it has that little bit of extra stretch to it. UPF 30+ sun protection keeps you safe and the fabric wicks moisture away you’re your body quickly and effectively keeping you cool and dry all day long. What sets this polo apart is the allover playful print with turtles, sailboats, palm trees and a lot more. Hopefully, you can play as good as you look with the new Beacon Polo. It’s available in sizes S – 3XL.

Guys, if you’re looking to top off your Sligo outfit, check out the Preston Cap. This adjustable cap is very breathable and dries fast and the pre-curved visor fits the bill. It’s available in either White or Light Grey and two sizes: S/M and L/XL.

This is just a small sample of golf apparel available from NiVO and Sligo for spring 2020. You can see the entire lineup at www.nivosligo.com.

Under Armour Golf Apparel For Spring 2020 – Great Looks Inspire a Great Game

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Under Armour steps up their game for ladies fashionable golf apparel with their new Links Printed Skort. Technically, this garment doesn’t get any better. The light and durable stretch-woven fabric is super-comfortable. It wicks sweat away from the body quickly and dries fast and the fabric’s 4-way stretch helps you move better in every direction. The soft knit encased elastic waistband provides a comfortable and flattering fit and the built-in knit compression shorts provide added support and modesty. The front open hand pockets are trimmed in white and provide plenty of room for your golf paraphernalia. It’s available in a couple of eye-catching prints including White and Lipstick/Beta and in sizes XS – XL.

The UA Zinger Blocked Polo is the perfect complement to the Links Printed Skort; it has the same Lipstick/Beta print. The soft anti-pick, anti-pill fabric is extremely breathable and lightweight and the 4-way stretch construction let you move better in any direction. The moisture wicking material keeps you cool and dry and the UPF 30 sun protection sewn into the fabric keeps the sun’s harmful rays at bay. There’s also an anti-odor technology agent that prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes. The V-neck construction and shaped hem add a feminine touch. The Zinger Blocked Polo is available in sizes XS – XL and in three color combinations/prints: White/ Lipstick, White/Blue Frost, and Blue Frost/Blue Ink

Golfers who want to get the most out of their season tend to start playing early and look to play late; stretch it out as much as possible. To do so,  they need a variety of garments that will keep them warm/cool as the temperature dictates. Under Armour’s Soft Shell Vest is perfect for those cool mornings when a jacket is too much. The stretchy softshell provides the ultimate in warmth and comfort without sacrificing durability and functionality. With the 4-way stretch construction you’ll move easier meaning zero distractions when you swing and the zipped hand pockets provide security for all of you golf essentials. The Soft Shell Vest is available in sizes XS – XL and in three color/combinations: White/Lipstick, Blue Frost/Blue Ink, or Black.

UA’s got you covered from top to bottom. The soft cotton fabric  produces a comfortable, broken-in feel and the pre-curved visor and unstructured front practically molds to your head for a sleek, low profile fit. UA’s Siro sweatband provides better stretch and recovery with an ultra-soft feel. It’s available in either Lipstick or Mod Gray.

Don’t want to miss out playing on those chilly mornings?  The Women’s UA Links Leggings are the perfect choice!  Lightweight and breathable; they add just enough warmth to keep you warm and cozy.  Wear them alone with a polo or under a skort for a little extra coverage.  Either way, they are a must have rolled up in your golf bag for whenever you might need them!

Guys will have a much better look on the course too. Or off the course, because this is some versatile apparel. The UA Performance 2.0 Colorblock Polo has a looser fit for greater comfort. The smooth, soft anti-pick, anti-pill fabric has 4-way stretch construction and wicks sweat away quickly and effectively while the anti-odor properties help keep you smelling fresh. The flat knit collar and 2-button placket look classic. This great looking polo is available in both Regular (S – 3XL) and Tall (LGT – 3XLT) and in 5 colorblock combinations.

The new Enduro Pant features Storm technology which repels water without sacrificing breathability and the ultra-durable ripstop fabric is tough enough to put up with anything as you search the field and forest for that errant tee shot. The stretch-engineered waistband allows for superior mobility and insane comfort. Open front and back pockets have a low-profile yet provide security; there’s also a zip pocket on the right leg. And by the way, the belt loops are offset for proper holster placement. The Enduro Pant is available in sizes 30 – 44 and in 6 colors: Black, Bayou, Marine Green, Navy Blue, Coyote Brown, and Graphite.

On those hot summer days, it always seems that the temperature is higher on the golf course. With Under Armour’s Iso Chill technology you’ll feel cool the instant you put it on. Here’s how it works: its ribbon-shaped nylon fibers disperse heat, while titanium dioxide—the stuff in sunscreen—pulls away heat. The4-way stretch construction lets you move better while properties of the fabric keep you cool, dry and fresh. The Iso-Chill Graphic Polo has a looser cut for a more comfortable fit, a low profile, micro collar in a contrasting color and a placket with hidden buttons with a real pro golf look. The Iso-Chill Graphic Polo is available in sizes S – 3XL and in 3 startling color combinations: White/Halo Grey, Peach Frost/Calla, and Aqua Float/Radial Turquoise. On those hot summer day, you’ll feel like you’ve got an ice pack built right in so you will feel cooler and can play longer!

With the chilly weather, men golfers don’t to wear a bulky, restrictive coat. In fact, if we can find something that goes way beyond the course, even better! The new Sweater Fleece ½ Zip feels like a lightweight sweater yet UA’s Storm technology keeps the rain off like a jacket, and from the looks of it, you can it wear just about anywhere. The ½ zip front lets you get it on and off quickly for easy layering and the lightweight heathered fleece with its brushed inner layer oozes warmth. The ribbed shoulder panels provide added stretch & comfort. The new Sweater Fleece ½ Zip is available in sizes S – 3XL and in Blue Ink, Black, Pitch Gray, Academy, Escape, or Beta.

Under Armour also make some great looking and functional sunglasses specifically for golf. Their new UA Tuned Golf Octane Sunglass lenses provide contrast enhancement & help you to read the course more precisely and distortion-free vision edge-to-edge. ArmourSight lens technology defends against the sun’s harmful UVA/B/C rays, protecting your eyes against irreversible damage and the Multiflection coatings guard the lenses against scratches, smudges & intense sunlight. The Satin Black ArmourFusion frames use a high grade injected polyamide for maximum strength & durability and UA’s AutoGrip self-articulating temples conform to your head shape without the squeeze. You’ll see the ball better and find it easier to read the greens in the new UA Octane sunglasses.

You can see that Under Armour has a lot to offer golfers this year, especially from a fabric technology standpoint. When you add sunglasses and shoes to the mix, you could say they outfit you from head to toe! For more information or to see the entire collection, visit their website: www.underarmour.com.

Cobra King SPEEDZONE Driver – Sneaky Long!

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Inspiration for Cobra’s new SPEEDZONE driver comes from Formula 1 race cars. By optimizing 6 different zones on the clubhead to optimize performance, the SPEEDZONE driver lets you know what it feels like to drive at top speed!

Zone 1: CNC Milled Infinity Face. Cobra has increased the milled area on the clubface by 95%, expanding the zone where maximum ball speed is achieved.

Zone 2:  Titanium T-Bar Speed Chassis. This new feature reduces the amount of Titanium that is used and creates a stronger frame that can withstand high-speed collisions while at the same time improving feel and stability.

Zone 3: 360 Carbon Wrap Crown. SPEEDZONE’s carbon wrap crown now covers 50% of the body of the clubhead, an increase of 10 percent. This adds stiffness to the chassis and saves 25 grams of discretionary weight that can be used for other purposes high handicappers need, like increasing forgiveness.

Zone 4: Speedback Weighting. Cobra has been able to position 69 grams of mass as low as possible. This creates the most efficient transfer of energy from the clubface to the ball resulting in higher launch and lower spin.

Zone 5: Speedback Aero Shape. SPEEDZONE’s new streamlined shape with its milled perimeter leading edges generates airflow with ultimate precision and delivers maximum acceleration power.

Zone 6: High MOI Design. Just like the design of a wide-bodied car, the weight has been strategically positioned around the perimeter to improve the stability of mishits so they’ll fly longer and straighter.

As you stand at address You’ll find that the SPEEDZONE has a traditional shape, with front to back CG adjustability thanks to a movable weight. It’s the perfect driver for golfers who like to work the ball and fine-tune launch and spin without sacrificing forgiveness. Hit a few balls with your new SPEEDZONE driver and then be prepared to drive farther than usual to hit it again; this club is long and very forgiving. If you like to work the ball, it’s easy to hit a fade or draw, even with it set up in the Neutral position.

The SPEEDZONE Driver is available in two models: SPEEDZONE and SPEEDZONE EXTREME. EXTREME is geared towards higher handicaps (10 – 25) with added features such as an oversized profile, maximum forgiveness, and a mid-low spin. There’s also a 12-degree loft for those who need help getting the ball in the air off the tee. The SPPEDZONE model has an adjustable weight that lets you customize your ball flight and is geared toward 0 – 10 handicappers.

In the age of artificial intelligence invading golf club design, Cobra’s line of SPEEDZONE golf clubs features an Arccos embedded grip sensor that can be paired with the Arccos Caddie app on your mobile device. The Arccos Caddie app gives you access to golf’s richest data, helping you make smarter shotmaking decisions.

Customization is a good thing and Cobra gives you several shaft and grip options; even more if you want to spend some money. Stock shafts include the UST Helium 4, 5, MCA Tensei CK AV Blue 65, Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow (60g) and the Aldila Rogue Silver 60. All of the information you will ever need to make an informed decision on which shaft is right for you can be found on the Cobra Golf website. A Lamkin Crossline Connect Black grip is standard equipment.

Speaking of customization, the SPEEDZONE Driver is available in a couple of colorways: Matte Black/Yellow or Matte Black/White. The same goes for the EXTREME model. Both models retail for about $450.

The next time you’re at your favorite golf store or pro shop, pick up the new SPEEDZONE driver and head over to one of the hitting bays, preferably with a launch monitor. Hit a few balls and compare the distance and dispersion to what you’re currently hitting. I think you’ll be surprised.

For more information or to order the new SPEEDZONE or SPEEDZONE EXTREME, visit the Cobra website at www.cobragolf.com.

Callaway MAVRIK Driver – Discover the Difference a Few Yards Can Make!

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Apparently, Callaway has spent the past several years gathering information. Oh sure they’ve sold a ton of Epic, Epic Flash and Rogue drivers, you see them everywhere. And that’s where a lot of this new information has been gleaned.

It seems to have started back in 2016 when they launched Jailbreak Technology in the Great Big Bertha Epic driver. Callaway first introduced A.I last year when they rolled out the Epic Flash. This year they once again looked to their supercomputer to come up with the right formula for faster ball speed, forgiveness, and a better sound. Their newest line of A.I. engineered golf equipment is the MAVRIK and includes the full lineup of equipment: drivers, woods, hybrids, and irons. MAVRIK replaces the Rogue line which had a relatively short life span of two years; I’m not sure what that is in “club years!”

Callaway took all of the data they had amassed over the past few years to come up with the new shape and design of the MAVRIK line. By using A.I., Callaway was able to create a new Cyclone Aero shape that reduces drag and produces faster clubhead speeds. A.I. also helped Callaway design the all-new Flash Face SS20, which promotes faster ball speeds across more of the clubface area regardless of the model or loft. More about that in a minute.

The clubhead has been created from FS2S titanium, which is extremely strong and lighter than your everyday, run of the mill titanium. This optimizes speed, forgiveness, and spin rate. Two Jailbreak bars connect the sole to the T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown promoting faster ball speed, and a redistribution of weight for a higher MOI. It sounds great too!

There are a few shaft and grip options available for your new MAVRIK driver; quite a few actually if you don’t mind shelling out some extra cash. Standard shaft options include the UST Helium Black (40g class), Project X’s Evenflow Riptide in the 40/50/60g classes and the Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI in the 60/70g class. A gray Golf Pride 50g Tour Velvet Align grip comes standard but can be ordered with extra wraps to create a mid-size or jumbo grip. The Bronze/Black/White color scheme is eye-catching however if you prefer something different, I urge you to order your new driver from the Callaway website where you can customize the colorways.

Three models make up the new MAVRIK driver line. Within each model, Callaway produces different Flash Faces. MAVRIK is the standard model and will appeal to the majority of players. It offers mid-level spin and a moderate draw bias coupled with Callaway’s new Cyclone Aero shape which features a flatter crown and sweeping sole from front to back. This is designed to increase clubhead speed.

The MAVRIK Sub Zero model is aimed at the better player segment of the market. It’s Callaway’s lowest spinning driver, yet it still produces high MOI. The head is about 450cc compared to 460cc in the other two models. While it may have the smallest head, it has the most versatility in settings and adjustability including 14g and 2g weights to alter ball flight and spin rate.

MAVRIK Max is targeted at players who want a long, easy to launch, easy to hit driver. The draw bias also helps slicers be less so.  Its large footprint boasts the highest MOI and launch of all three models. If you’re a golfer who struggles with a consistent strike pattern and need help keeping the ball in the fairway, this may be your best bet.

I’ve now played several rounds with my new MAVRIK driver and two words quickly come to mind: LONG and FORGIVING. I think that’s exactly what the company wants to hear. I spent my first round fiddling with the settings; changing the loft and bias on almost every hole. By the second round, I was pretty sure I had it “dialed in.” By the third round, I started hitting straighter, longer drives than I had in years. The way the ball flies off the clubface is incredible; shots you didn’t think you got a hold of will surprise you when you chase them down. It’s also easy to shape shots. I have it set on the standard bias and hitting a draw or fade is effortless.

I played with a friend of mine recently, we have pretty much even in terms of distance. That was the pre-MAVRIK era. Post-MAVRIK I am easily twenty yards by him; ten if really gets a hold of it! My number of fairways hit off the tee has increased dramatically as well; that is if I don’t hit through them!

The Epic Flash driver was the bestselling driver of 2019. With a retail price of $500, it remains to be seen if MAVRIK can duplicate the feat. Stay tuned…!

Callaway Triple Track Ten Putter – Aim is Everything!

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It seems that Callaway has always realized how important putting is to the game of golf. Ever since they launched their Odyssey Two-Ball putter in 2001, the company has done everything within legal, ethical and moral limits to help make putting easier.

New for this year is Callaway’s Triple Track Technology. If you’ve played any of their new golf balls with the red, white, and blue alignment aids on them, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The new Triple Track putters are made to be used with these golf balls; line them up and see for yourself!

Callaway’s line of Odyssey putters are the #1 putter in Golf, the #1 putter on every major worldwide Tour, and #1 in worldwide putter wins. Odyssey was also the #1 putter at every major championship in 2019. They must be doing something right!

In fact, the new Odyssey Triple Track putters were developed specifically from Callaway’s popular golf ball line. Triple Track Technology uses the same visual technology used to land planes on aircraft carriers – Vernier Hyper Acuity. It’s as simple as find the right line, line the ball up along that line, line the putter up with the lines on the ball, make a good stroke and pick up the ball from the hole. That is after you do your happy dance!

The Triple Track technology is not the only new feature Callaway putters offer. Their innovative, multi-material Stroke Lab shaft is engineered to help improve the tempo and consistency in your stroke, producing performance that is nothing short of incredible. The multi-material shaft weighs 40g less than conventional putter shafts, allowing Callaway to redistribute the weight in the head and grip end. A rebalanced putter means better tempo and consistency, two facets necessary for a good putting game.

Lastly, Callaway’s new Microhinge Star Insert creates a firmer feel when connecting with the ball which in turn produces a sound that is music to your ears. The Microhinge Star Insert was inspired by Callaway’s White Hot Microhinge and provides the same roll characteristics.

I’ve only played a handful of rounds with my new Triple Track Ten putter but I must say I am impressed. Warming up on the practice green for the first time with it, I don’t think I missed anything within 10 feet. Being the great range player that I am, that needless to say did not carry over to the first green or any others for that matter. I do feel that it’s now just a matter of finding the right line and taking the putter straight back and straight through. In six rounds with the new Triple Track putter, I bet I’ve shaved off a couple of strokes each round.

The new Odyssey Triple Track putter combines all of Callaway’s impressive new technologies into one putter that offers exceptional alignment, consistency, and performance. The Triple Track alignment system is available on several models including the Marxman, Ten, Ten S, Double Wide, Double Wide Flow, and the ever-popular 2-Ball and 2-Ball Blade models.