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KINONA – Shaping the Future of Women’s Golf Apparel

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In Hawaiian, the word KINONA means shape, and that’s what these products do: enhance a female golfers’ shape.

If you’re a female golfer who loves fashion, KINONA may be a brand you are not aware of but should be. KINONA is made for women golfers, by women golfers. The company was founded in 2017 by Dianne Celuch and Tami Fujii, two friends and corporate executives-turned-entrepreneurs. They are committed to making golf fashion more accessible and enjoyable for all women by bringing chic, contemporary, and functional fashion to the fairway. After all, looking good is just as important as playing well, isn’t it?

What sets KINONA’s apparel apart is its fabric. KINONA’s Italian fabric is what sets them apart from other apparel companies. It’s a combination of ECONYL – high-quality regenerated nylon and lycra. This results in superior fit, feel, and performance regardless of body type. The collections also feature apparel that stretches, compresses, and conceals in just the right places to flatter all figures. The fabric also has great moisture-wicking, sun protection, and antimicrobial properties. Shaping details such as higher waistbands, princess seam lines, etc. are built into all their shorts, dresses, and jackets. KINONA has added several innovative features such as tee holders and back pockets. They cater to women who are 30+ years of age, not exactly supermodel material, yet are comfortable in their own skin. That said, their apparel looks good on just about any body type.

KINONA seems to be at the forefront of popularizing the resurgence of the golf dress. Their Kick Pleat Chic Sleeveless Golf Dress is a sleeveless dress with a band collar a flattering high V-neck collar, and princess seaming in all the right places. The Italian fabric drapes beautifully, creating a flattering silhouette. The sassy front kick pleat adds both function and fashion as you stroll down the fairway. The mesh shorties help provide added coverage when you’re on the green. The Kick Pleat Chic Sleeveless Golf Dress is available in sizes XS – XXL and in Navy Blue/Foulard and Watermelon Red.

KINONA’s Swing and Swish Sleeveless Golf Dress is the perfect dress for just about anything; a day on the course, drinks at the 19th hole, or whatever else the club has to offer! It’s flattering, fun, and flirty. The Swing and Swish Sleeveless Dress features UPF 50+ sun protection and a 4-way stretch to get you completely through your golf swing without any pinching or binding. The zippered placket lets you decide how much sun you get. The dress comes with mesh undershorts with leg grippers, two on-seam pockets to help keep your golf balls and markers in place, as well as built-in tee holders. The Swing and Swish Sleeveless Golf Dress is available in Navy Blue, while the Swing and Swish Skort is available in the Mediterranean Floral print as well.

An innovative design is KINONA’s Rouched and Ready Sleeveless Golf Dress. With a 1/4 zip neckline that can be worn opened or closed and the “rouching” at the bottom also allows you to adjust the length of your dress, you can change your look as you choose. KINONA’s signature mesh undershorts are also included. It’s one of the most flattering and comfortable dresses you will find. The Rouched and Ready Sleeveless Golf Dress is available in Navy Blue and Foulard.

While it may not conform to your country club’s apparel regulations, the Tee it Up Shortsleeve Women’s Golf Shirt is the perfect basic tee when you just want to wear a cute skort to the grocery store. Or for a round of golf! It’s sewn from KINONA’s 4-way stretch Italian fabric and may quickly become your go-to tees both on and off the golf course. It’s available in White. Navy Blue, and Black.

The Tailored and Trim Golf Shorts are perfect for ladies who like to feel a bit more buttoned up. The pull-on design and wide waistband create a slimming silhouette and the 8″ inseam creates the look of a classic fly-front short. The seam down the front creates a lasting impression and the slits on the legs give added breathability and freedom of movement. The Tailored and Trim Golf Shorts are available in several solid colors and prints including the Foulard Print, Sand, Black, and Navy/Blue.

When the weather cools down you want to stay warm without sacrificing style and looks. KINONA has a couple of pieces that will help you do just that. Their Layer Up Golf Jacket is perfect for keeping the cool weather out on those early morning tee times, or for an early morning stroll around the neighborhood. It’s sewn from KINONA’s Italian fabric with plenty of stretch to launch your drive down the fairway. The Raglan sleeves help to make mobility a non-issue and the zippered pockets keep all your valuables in place. The Layer Up Golf Jacket fits easily over any of KINONA’s tops and is available in Navy, Blue and White.

KINONA’s Apres 18 Hoodie was meant to be worn to and from the golf course. Or when you’re warming up on the range. Or out doing the grocery shopping. Or binge-watching your favorite show. Get the picture? The cozy fabric, great quality, and attention to detail are everything you would expect from KINONA. The thumbhole in the cuffs helps keep the sleeves in place for added warmth and comfort and the pockets in the front are big enough to carry whatever you need. The Apres 18 Hoodie is available in either Watermelon Red or Navy Blue.

For more information on these or any of the apparel KINONA has to offer, visit them at www.kinonasport.com.

Vineyard Vines – Luxury Apparel for On and Off the Golf Course

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Ever since I saw Jason Duffner walking off the course at the 2015 Memorial Golf Tournament in Ohio in 2015, I was intrigued by the brand. After doing some research and finding out how the company got its start, I became a fan. Once I started wearing their apparel, I was hooked!

Each year, the company seems to not only come out with new products but also continually expand on existing product lines. For example, their On-The-Go Pants may look – and feel – like your favorite pair of khakis from yesteryear, but these pants are packed with performance. The 55% cotton/32% nylon/13% Spandex fabric has a soft cotton-like hand feel and added stretch that moves with you through your golf swing. The stretchy interior waistband means you can make that extra run through the buffet line and your pants will forgive you. The hidden zipper and media pocket give you extra security while you’re on the move and the water-resistant fabric protects against unsuspecting spills. These pants fit straight through the thigh and slightly taper to the ankle. The On-The-Go Pants are available in waist sizes 24 – 42 and in 7 colors: Stone, Khaki, Harbor, Jetty Red, Blue Blazer, Tide Blue, and Sage Olive.

The Printed Sankaty Polo was named for the Sankaty Head Golf Club and Sankaty Lighthouse on the eastern end of Nantucket. By their admission, it is one of the best polos Vineyard Vines has ever made. It’s one of the softest performance polos on the market with a classic, relaxed fit, built-in stretch for comfort and movement, wrinkle-resistance for a clean look, and UPF 30+ for sun protection. The collar stand and 3-button placket give the Sankaty Polo a classic golf look and the whale logo on the chest identifies the brand. It’s available in sizes XS – XXL and in several colors including Flats Blue, Sliders Ocean Breeze, Jake Blue Tejeda, or Passion Fruit.

Our Garment-Dyed Shep Shoulder Sweater combines chunky, rugged cotton with their signature Shep Shirt styling. It’s a mix of classic cable stitches and contrast woven detailing at shoulders with a zipper placket and a washed/faded vintage look. The result is a warm layer that can easily be dressed up for drinks at the club or a day on the course. It’s available in sizes XS – XXL and only in Tide Blue.

The first pair of shorts Vineyard Vines brought to market was their Breaker Shorts and they’ve been making them better ever since. The 98% cotton/2% spandex fabric is super soft with just the right amount of stretch. These shorts are comfy, strong, and breathable. The slash pockets in front and button-through besom back pockets provide ample storage for all of your golf needs. These 9 Inch Breaker Shorts are available in sizes 28 -46 and in an embroidered design in Moonshine with embroidered fish heads. They look a lot better than they sound!

9 Inch Printed On-The-Go Shorts are sewn from the company’s lightweight, stretchy, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying On-The-Go fabric. The flexible waistband creates unsurpassed comfort and the DWR “Durable Water-Repellent” coating repels water. A hidden media pocket is great for stashing gadgets. These Printed On-The-Go Shorts are available in sizes 28 – 46 and in Basket Bora. The non-printed design is available in 11 vibrant colors.

Soft, broken-in slub cotton lends its name to Vineyard Vines’ Island Garment-Dyed Long-Sleeve Slub Crewneck. It’s garment-dyed and washed down for a lived-in look and makes for a great three-season lightweight layer. It’s 100% cotton and keeps its shape after numerous washes. The Slub is available in sizes XS – XXL and in several colors including Sharkskin, Jetty Red, Sunny, Moonshine, Vineyard Blue, Andros Blue, or Bright Peach.

For lounging around the house in total comfort I highly recommend the Whale Logo Long-Sleeve Harbor Performance Tee. These long-sleeve performance tee shorts are an essential addition to any active guy’s wardrobe. The 94% polyester/6% spandex fabric is a performance blend with added stretch and UPF 30 sun protection. It’s also moisture-wicking and quick-drying. The giant whale graphic gives the brand away. The Whale Logo Long-Sleeve Harbor Performance Tee is available in sizes XS – XXL and in White Cap, Medium Gray Heather, Bora Blue, Green Gecko, or Vineyard Navy.

The Bloom Sankaty Margo Shirt Dress is sewn from Vineyard Vines’ signature Sankaty fabric with UPF 50+ sun protection. The fabric is lightweight and airy and looks amazing with its elbow-length sleeves, collar, and button-front placket. The Bloom Sankaty Margo Shirt Dress is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in Deep Bay/Marlin.

The 17 Inch (Seersucker) Scallop Skort is a preppy performer. The performance fit has added stretch for mobility and the moisture-wicking twill skirt keeps you dry and cool. The undershorts have gripper tape at the short hem to keep things where they should be. The two back pockets have seam zippers, and the scallop hem and pocket details add a feminine touch. There’s a whale embroidered above the back pocket to help you remember the brand! It’s perfect for the course or the clubhouse. The 17 Inch (Seersucker) Scallop Skort is available in sizes 00 – 16 and only in Cornflower. It will pair well with your favorite polo. It’s also available in a 17 Inch, 88% polyester/12% spandex fabric in the same sizes and several colors including Stone, Deep Bay, and White Cap.

Vineyard Vines’ Solid Pique Polo offers timeless style in a soft moisture-wicking pique fabric to help keep you cool and comfortable all day long. The jacquard styled collar has open sleeves and an open hem and a buttoned front placket to keep you cool. It’s available in sizes XXS – XL and in White Cap. There’s also a whale logo embroidered on the chest.

For lounging around the house, the Vintage Whale Long-Sleeve Pocket Tee could easily become your go-to tee!  The 100% cotton fabric is soft and breathable, and the signature Vineyard Vines text down the left sleeve and whale graphic on the chest and back leave no doubt that this is indeed your favorite brand. It’s available in sizes XXS – XL and in several colors including Lady Slipper Fuchsia, Papaya Punch, or Clearwater.

The Dreamcloth Striped Relaxed Shep Shirt is designed for a relaxed fit and typically runs big, so you may want to consider sizing down. The super-soft 48% rayon/48% acrylic/4% spandex fabric has a luxurious hand feel and there’s a logo box on the chest and at the back of the neck. This garment is available in sizes XXS – XXXL and in Jet Black Stripe.

The Sun-Washed Fisherman Sweater was inspired by vintage fisherman sweaters and features several performance updates. It’s 100% cotton, fits true to size, and is designed for a relaxed fit. The gorgeous all-over mix stitching and crewneck with a ribbed collar, hem, and cuffs create a classic fisherman look. The sun-washed colors make this the perfect sweater for spring golf! The Sun-Washed Fisherman Sweater is available in XXS – XL and in either Andros Blue or Cloud Blue

Another great spring weather sweater is the Striped Heritage Cotton V-Neck Sweater. It too is 100% heritage cotton with a relaxed fit and a soft hand feel. In true classic golf sweater fashion, the collar, hemline, and sleeve openings are ribbed and the whale logo on the chest completes the look. The Heritage Cotton V-Neck Sweater is available in sizes XXS – XXXL and in White Cap/Deep Bay. It is truly a Vineyard Vines classic

The Island Fisherman Super Luxe Crewneck Sweater is the perfect layer for chilly days on the course. The 57% Merino wool/25% cashmere/18% nylon fabric fits true to size and is designed for a regular fit. The super plush cashmere blend fabric is super soft with a luxe hand feel and the crewneck and full-length sleeves pair well with the Mango Shirt Dress. It’s available in sizes XXS – XL and in Camel.

This is a brief glimpse of what Vineyard Vines has in store for golfers this spring. For more information or to see all of their wonderful golf and non-golf apparel, visit www.vineyardvines.com.

Gadsden Country Club – Casual Southern Elegance

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Gadsden may not be well known to people outside of Alabama, but this small town of about 36,000 not only played an important role in the Civil War, but it was an integral part of Alabama’s rise as a southern industrial power, being home to steel, textile, and other manufacturing facilities. From the late 19th century through the 1980s, companies such as the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Republic Steel called Gadsden home. As the economy changed, these companies moved out, taking a lot of jobs with them, but one business that has survived is The Gadsden Country Club.

The Gadsden Country Club was founded in 1919 on what was originally a peach orchard adjacent to the Noccalula Falls. The original club which included a 9-hole course was built on 50 acres of land, with an option of 50 more acres for 9 more holes at a future date.  As it turned out, the other nine wasn’t built until 1942.

Gadsden Country Club sits nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The clubhouse is situated at the peak of 110 rolling acres in an elegant residential area and is known for its spectacular view. Inside you’ll find a fine dining restaurant and some of the best banquet facilities in northeast Alabama. There’s a full tennis complex and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The pool is a popular family gathering place from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Members and guests enjoy exceptional service while experiencing the ambiance one would expect from a casually elegant southern club.

Gadsden’s CC’s tennis facilities include 8 Har-Tru soft courts, four hard courts, a fully stocked Tennis Pro Shop with racquet restringing capabilities, re-gripping, diagnostics, and the latest demos to try when it’s time for a new weapon on the court. Certified Tennis Professional Paul Robin coordinates all tennis operations such as private or group tennis lessons and a junior tennis program for all ages.   Weather permitting, the tennis facilities are available year-round.

The centerpiece of Gadsden Country Club is the 18-hole championship golf course. Since its original creation in 1919 by Scotsman George Black, there have been numerous changes; holes have been rerouted and the nines have been flipped. It is unknown who designed the second nine; some have attributed it to the infamous A.W Tillinghast who had visited the area years earlier and was thoroughly impressed. In 1997 world-renowned golf course architect Bill Bergin was brought in to weave his magic and reimagine the golf course.

Gadsden Country Club offers members and their guests five sets of tees with yardages ranging from 6,657 yards from the Gold Tees (course rating 72.3/slope 130) to the Red Tees for Ladies and Seniors which plays 4,884 (65.7/121). At 6,101 yards (69.5/128), the Blue Tees offer a good challenge and still let you leave with a little bit of dignity.

There are a lot of fun and challenging holes at Gadsden Country Club but none as memorable as the run from Number 15 through the 18th green. Make it around these four holes with a number around or below par, and you’ve probably had a pretty good round. Number 15 is the club’s signature hole, a picturesque par 3 over water that plays 157 yards from the Blue Tees. It’s one of only a few holes that doesn’t have a profound elevation change. It’s a 140-yard carry over the water with a small pot bunker in the back. Find the bunker and your sand shot can be intimidating with the water looming beyond the pin. Par is a good score here.

Sixteen is a 352-yard par 4 that has one of the most intimidating and challenging tee shots on the golf course. The lake you see between you and the green is only about 230 yards away and when the fairways are hard, there is a lot of roll. If you’re hitting your driver well, take dead aim over the trees on the right side, up the narrow sliver of the fairway that leads to the green. Laying up short of the water will leave an approach shot of about 125 yards into a fairly level green. Another hole where a par is a good score.

Number 17 is a dogleg left that plays 359 yards from the Blue Tees. The large pine tree in front of you screams “drive the ball over me,” and if you do so successfully, you’ll have about a 100 – 110-yard pitch shot slightly uphill.

The closing hole is the toughest on the inward nine and one that will surely test your mettle, Ideally, you want to play down the left side and find the fairway left of the fairway bunker on the right. Hit your drive right off the tee and the fairway falls off by the trees and cart path, leaving an extraordinarily hard second shot.  Trees dot the landscape along the left side too and anything left of those trees will be tough as well. A good drive will leave a mid-iron into a small green protected by a bunker front right and a large overhanging oak tree front left. Once again, par is a good score here.

Gadsden Country Club has some pretty impressive practice facilities including a full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag, a separate chipping area, and two practice putting greens. The course is open year-round, weather permitting, but bad weather isn’t necessarily a game-changer. You can move your game indoors and play or practice on the club’s TrackMan system.

After your round, head inside the clubhouse for your favorite beverage and a bite to eat. When it comes to dining and good food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything better than what is offered at Gadsden Country Club. The dining facilities include a Gentleman’s and Mixed Grill, Casual Dining Room, Main Bar, and several private dining rooms that are used for banquet and private events.

If you’re serious about your golf game and want to take it to the next level, PGA resident pro Matt Ganshaw can help. Using the Trackman launch monitor and indoor simulator, he can help fix any of your swing woes. The pro shop is fully stocked with logoed apparel from all of your favorite manufacturers as well as tees, balls, and other golf necessities.

Gadsden Country Club is accepting new members and has a membership plan that will meet just about everyone’s needs and budget. Best of all, you don’t have to live in Gadsden to become a member, If you enjoy the social aspects of the club as well as the dining options and recreational opportunities they have, then this is the club for you. Gadsden Country Club offers several Membership categories including Resident, Non-Resident, Junior, Social, ad Corporate. There is typically a small initiation fee and quarterly F&B minimums but the low monthly membership dues will more than compensate. If you’re not quite sure about becoming a member, Gadsden offers a Trial Membership. For a $1,000 trial fee, you will receive 90 days of total access to the club including ALL of the amenities. Should you decide to join at the end of the trial period, your $1,000 fee will be credited o whichever program you choose.

For more information on Gadsden Country Club or becoming a member, you can call them at (256) 546-0451 or visit them online at www.thegadsdencountryclub.com.

Vineyard Vines Jim Nantz Collection – Simply Luxurious Golf Apparel

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Jim Nantz is probably best known as the CBS voice of the Masters Golf Tournament, but did you know that he has lent his name to Vineyard Vines for a line of luxurious golf apparel? Sorry ladies, only men’s apparel is available!

Not only is Jim Nance the voice of the Masters, but he also had a voice in the design and production of this exclusive clothing line. The Heathered Friar’s Head Stripe Polo is sewn from a 52% Pima cotton/44% polyester/4% spandex fabric which is incredibly soft to the touch. This soft-knit jersey performance fabric is quick-drying and moisture-wicking with added stretch and small side vents for comfort and movement. The reinforced collar stand creates a clean look and the detailing on the inner collar and back neck adds a unique touch. The whale dot on back neck yoke helps identify the brand. The Heathered Friar’s Head Stripe Polo is available in sizes S – XXL and in Barracuda Heather, Purple Heather, or White Cap/Bayside.

Another great top from the Jim Nantz Collection is the Performance Jersey Polo. The 92% polyester/8% spandex fabric has some added stretch for a classic, relaxed fit. In addition to the quick drying and moisture wicking technology, there’s a UPF 30+ finish on the fabric for added protection from the sun. The 3-buttin placket and collar stand give this Jim Nantz Polo a classic golf look as does the all over print. The Performance Jersey Polo is available in sizes S – XXL and in either Chipin Geo White Cap, Capri Blue Palms, or White Cap Palms.

On those cool spring mornings, you need a garment that you can rely n to keep you warm and with the Grant ½ Zip Sweater from the Jim Nantz Collection, you can look good and keep warm. Made from 100% Merino wool, this exquisite ½ Zip Sweater features ribbed cuffs, hem and collar and a faux leather zipper puller. The wrinkle resistant fabric wicks moisture away from your body, keeping you cool and dry. It’s one of the softest sweaters you’ll ever put on. The Grant ½ Zip is available in sizes XS – XXL and in 4 great colors: Blue Blazer, Condor, Wipeout, and Taupe. It’s also available in a full-zip design in the Blue Blazer color.

Victoria Hills Golf Club – Possibly Ron Garl’s Best Design

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Deland, FL is located about 30 miles north of Orlando, on your way to Daytona Beach along I-4. To many, it’s recognized as the home of Stetson University although golfers may recognize it as the home of one of golf course architect Ron Garl’s best designs.

Victoria Hills opened in 2002 and has been delighting golfers of all abilities ever since. Over the years, the course has been awarded its fair share of accolades including a 4 1/2-star rating from Golf Digest Places to Play as well as several others including the 7th Best Public Access course in Florida (Golfweek 2004/05), and #41 in the Top 50 Public Courses you can play in the US by Golf World Magazine in 2010. It’s a perennial Florida favorite and has been consistently ranked in the top 12 courses in Florida, thanks to Ron Garl’s creativity. Victoria Hills is also enrolled in Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses to ensure that the course helps to protect our local environment, conserve natural resources, and provide wildlife habitats.

The course sits on over 150 acres of gently rolling terrain that is typically not found in Florida. The land features lots of contouring and elevation, something not often seen in these parts of the state. Many golfers once considered Victoria Hills the best course in Central Florida with its rolling hills, lush vegetation, and finely manicured course conditions. Victoria Hills is surrounded by hundreds of oak hammocks and Augusta pines, and the course is delicately carved from a sandy terrain with pristine lakes and flowering green foliage throughout.

The naturally rolling terrain and pine tree-lined fairways are more reminiscent of Pinehurst, North Carolina than Florida. Trees line the fairways of many landing areas although there are ample landing areas off the tees. However, on a few holes, clusters of bunkers on either side seemingly shrink the landing area. Around the greens, you’ll find a variety of swales, collection areas, and deep bunkers guarding many of the elevated putting surfaces. Straight putts are a rarity at Victoria Hills. The majority of greens have a good deal of slope and undulation to them.

Florida golf courses are often defined by water, palm trees, and sand. That isn’t the case at Victoria Hills in Deland, FL, except for the sand. There are over 100 bunkers on Victoria Hills in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many of them are quite penal with thick, well-trimmed bunches of sawgrasses framing many of them. Clusters of bunkers dot the landing areas off of most tees, sometimes on both sides of the fairway. Water is basically non-existent and only comes into play on 5 holes.

This beautiful 18-hole, par-72 golf course offers golfers five sets of tee boxes. The Champion(back) tees play 7149 yards with a course rating of 74.7 and a slope of 134. If you’re good enough to play from these tees you’ll face some formidable carries over the few water hazards that do exist, as well as ravines and sandy waste areas. Move up to the Challenge (Blue) tees (5967 yards/69.3/124) and most of these hazards are either not in play or out on the peripheries. Nonetheless, the course still offers a challenge for all who visit. The views are magnificent, and you’ll be tested with each shot you take!

Like most Ron Garl courses, Victoria Hills has many holes that will stick in your memory for a while. Number 4 is a slight dogleg left that plays 361 yards from the Challenge Tees. By hitting your tee shot past the fairway bunkers on the right, not only will you take the lake on the left out of play, but you’ll also have an unimpeded shot into a well-undulated green.

Number 5 is a long straight par 5 that, if I were naming holes, it would simply be called “Bunkers.” There are no less than nine bunkers in the landing area and from the Challenge Tees, this demanding par 5 plays 520 yards. Even though it’s about as straight as a hole can be, it’s going to take three well-executed shots to reach the green, which is surrounded by bunkers on all four sides. If you can make a par or better, take it and be happy.

The 8th hole is another picturesque hole with a landing area squeezed in by bunkers on either side. From the Challenge Tees, it plays 347 yards and from the tee box, it looks as if there is no landing area past the traps on the left. A good drive that finds the fairway is going to leave a short pitch shot into an elevated green with a false front. Bunkers protect either side and the one on the left is rather deep.

Number 15 is an interesting dogleg left par 5 that plays 477 yards from the Challenge Tees. What makes this hole so interesting is the group of large oak trees on the left side of the fairway that comes into play with your tee shot. Long ball hitters that can guide their tee shot between the water on the left and the oak trees, can shorten the hole and have a go for the green in two. Higher handicappers that play down the right side the entire way take the water out of play. It’s a fun golf hole.

Before your round, warm it up with a bucket of balls on Victoria Hills’ driving range. The practice facilities are pretty comprehensive and include a double-ended grass range with multiple targets, 2 short game areas with sand bunkers, and a large putting green.

After your round stop by for some delicious food and drink at Sparrow’s Grille. They offer a diverse menu, friendly service, and there are several dining venues available for different occasions. Sparrow’s main dining room is elegantly appointed and hosts some of the area’s most beautiful wedding receptions. Sparrow’s is open every morning for lunch at 11 AM and offers dinner Wednesday – Saturday nights. There’s also a Sunday brunch. Sparrow’s isn’t limited to your regular clubhouse food. For lunch try something different like the Soy-Chili Glazed Pork Riblets or the Egg Salad BLT. For dinner, there’s the Blue Cheese-Crusted Filet Mignon. It doesn’t matter what you choose, it’s all delicious!

What you’ll find at Victoria Hills is a course with a lot of character. The rolling terrain the course is built on has a lot to do with that; it is anything but a flat, boring Florida golf course. Although there is ample room for error on many holes, a good short game is necessary if you want to score well. The course has been under new ownership since the beginning of 2020 and numerous changes have been made to maintain and continually improve the overall aesthetics and course conditioning for both members and guests. I spoke with several golfers who play the course regularly and they are excited about the continuous work and effort being done on a daily basis.

If Victoria Hills is a course you like to play over and over, why not consider membership? There are several benefits to becoming a member including unlimited greens fees and tee times up to 14 days in advance. You’ll also receive discounts in the pro shop and restaurant. Fill out the form on their website for more information. www.victoriahillsgolf.com.

Tanglewood Golf Course – Mountain-Style Golf in the Hills of Kentucky

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Tanglewood Golf Course is an eighteen-hole golf course in Taylorsville, Kentucky that isn’t easy to find. Unless you’re looking for it, you probably wouldn’t know it’s there but trust me, it’s worth the drive. And I’m not the only one that thinks so. According to General Manager Matt Puckett, year in and year out, groups come to Tanglewood from the surrounding states and the club’s 12 condos and 12 motel rooms start getting booked up for the year by the middle of April.

Tanglewood is located a mere seventeen miles from Louisville, Kentucky, and I-265 (the Gene Snyder Freeway), The course is set on over 200 acres of “rolling terrain,” and I use that term loosely. It’s probably as close to mountain golf as you can get to in this area. It was designed by Buck Blankenship and opened for play in 1994. From the White Tees, Tanglewood plays 6,202 yards; With a course rating of 70.9 and a slope of 129. There’s one par 5 on the front side, making it a par 35, and three par 5’s on the back for a par of 37. Ladies typically play from the Red Tees (4,802/66.8/117) with a par of 73.

While there may not be a lot of bunkers on the course, the elevation changes and slope in the fairways and greens more than compensates. Narrow tree-lined ryegrass fairways that play along sloped hillsides produce those dreaded uneven lies and ultimately lead to fast, well-manicured Bentgrass greens. You’ll encounter numerous blind shots, so course knowledge is at a premium.

Tanglewood is full of memorable holes. If you can get off to a good start on the first hole, you’ll probably have a good round. It’s long – 431 yards – from the White tees, with a blind tee shot and a semi-blind approach shot. Other than that, it’s a breeze!

Number 4 is an interesting par 4. It’s only 324 yards but requires a tee shot from an elevated tee box, over a deep valley with a pond at the bottom to another left to right sloping fairway. It’s about a 200-yard carry from the tee to the top of the hill. Success off the tee will leave a short chip shot into a shallow green.

Number 6 is Tanglewood’s signature hole and rightfully so. At 494 yards, it’s a 3-shot par 5 for just about everyone. If I were naming holes, this one would be called “Layup,” because it’s all about the second shot. There’s a lake that sits about 140 yards in front of the green and forces the majority of players to hit a good layup shot which will leave anywhere from 130 – 150 yards into an elevated green that slopes back to front.

Number 8 is a good risk/reward par 4 that plays 287 yards from the White tees. The green isn’t visible from the tees and those large trees you see directly ahead of you are in the middle of the fairway. Anything hit off the tee that goes past the 150-yard markers will make it difficult to get your approach shot up and over the trees. The other option is to go past them but hitting a driver is a big risk.

Number 10 is a short par 4 (269 yards) is a risk/reward hole that begs long ball hitters to go for it off the tee. If there’s any doubt about reaching the green. Hit an iron off the tee. Everything slopes hard left to right, and if you hit it right, pars can be tough to come by! The green slopes back right to front left.

Holes 11, 12, and 13 define Tanglewood. Play these three holes at par or better and you’ll likely post a good score when all is said and done. You’ve probably played here before too! Number 11 is a 396-yard par 4 that is the course’s #1 handicap. It’s a very slight dogleg left, and the green is not the one you see in the distance; it sits below the second hill and behind the pond. A good drive will still leave a blind mid-iron shot into a green fronted by a small pond. The right side provides a bailout area and leaves a slightly uphill chip shot. The green slopes left to right and can make for some interesting putts.

Number 12 is the longest par 3 at Tanglewood and because it plays uphill, it’s slightly longer than the stated yardage of 215. Anything that comes up short is going to leave an uphill pitch shot. The green slopes back to front, so anything over the green can leave a tricky up and down.

I found Number 13 to be the most intimidating tee shot on the course. Off the tee, there appears to be little, if any, landing area. The fairway slopes dramatically left to right. If you’re a longball hitter, consider hitting your tee shot left and playing down the adjacent fairway. It’s not traditional but it worked for me! Find the fairway off the tee and you’ll need to play your layup shot to the left, again, to compensate for the sloping fairway. That will leave a short, slightly downhill chip shot into a large green that slopes modestly from back to front. Miss the green on your approach. Hard to believe it’s handicapped #7.

Number 18 is a fun finishing hole and a good chance to get a stroke back on the last hole. It’s an uphill dogleg left that plays 278 yards from the White tees, over a pond. A good drive will leave a short pitch into a small green and a chance to at birdie with a good chip shot.

Tanglewood taught me how to deal with blind shots, especially approaches into the green. What I discovered is that when in doubt, hit less club. There isn’t a lot of water to deal with and most of the “trouble is on the peripheries and behind the greens. Coming up short isn’t a bad thing; you’ll keep the same ball in play. I’m sure I would feel differently if I played the course regularly.

Tanglewood is centrally located and within two hours of three major metropolitan cities: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Nashville. They offer tremendous stay and play packages with lodging overlooking the #10 fairway and either hotel-style or condo accommodations. Packages start at $220 for a hotel-style room and include 3 days of unlimited golf with a cart and 2 nights stay. Condos start at $250. Tanglewood offers all guests a $10 breakfast buffet as well as buffet-style meal plans that feed groups for $10 per night. Small appetizers are available in the full-liquor bar.

Tanglewood also offers some incredible membership rates. For example, you can play 7 days a week with a golf cart for $1400/year. If you average 10 rounds a month for 9 months, that’s a little over $15.00/round. For more information, visit their website at www.golftanglewood.com.

Bright Leaf Golf Resort – Come For the Golf, Leave With New Friendships.

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The Bright Leaf Golf Resort in Harrodsburg, KY is a family-owned golf resort where the emphasis isn’t as much on golf as it is on having fun. Helen King, better known around Bright Leaf as Ree, is 93 years old. She can be found working in the pro shop in the mornings and then driving around the grounds on her lawnmower in the afternoon, helping keep things neat and tidy. Ree’s father, C.R. “Buck” Blankenship, bought the land where the resort is located and originally intended to farm it. After a few years, he decided that there was no money in farming and built the golf course. He had worked on a golf course while living in Los Angeles and building a course had always been a dream.

The entire King family lives on the property around the golf course. Tia King Taylor – the granddaughter of Ree – does a little bit of everything at the resort, but for the most part, you’ll find her behind the front desk when you check in. Tia’s mother and father live right next door and in the event you see an airplane taking off or landing near the golf course during your round, don’t be alarmed. That’s just her dad, Cary. In all. 8 of King families live on or around the golf course and on any given day you can find four generations of Kings at the golf course.

Bright Leaf originally opened as a 9-hole golf course and driving range on Memorial Day, 1963 and the tee sheet was totally filled. Currently, there are 27 holes of championship golf as well as a lighted par 3. Although the driving range is gone, many players will arrive early and play the 9-hole par 3 course. At a total distance of 649 yards, it’s a great way to hone your iron skills before playing the big course. The short course is lit and can be enjoyed when the sun goes down.

The original 9-hole course is still there. The first tee is directly behind the restaurant and you can bet there will be several people watching your tee shot! Although it plays less than 3,000 yards to a par of 36, don’t let the short distance lull you into a false sense of security. The holes are much tighter, there’s a lot more slope, and the greens a lot smaller, putting a premium on shot placement and accuracy.

The championship 18-hole golf course at Bright Leaf is unique. The entire layout is pretty wide open with gently rolling terrain providing the dreaded uneven lie. The fairways and rough are sewn in beautiful Kentucky Bluegrass and the greens are Bentgrass and large for the most part. Water comes into play on at least 5 holes – more if you spray it – and the pace of play is good.  At slightly over 6,400 yards from the back tees, Bright Leaf isn’t going to overwhelm many players, but then again, you’re not here to set course records, you’re here for fun and fellowship.

On the front side, you get the par 3 and par 5 holes out of the way fairly quickly. Number 1 and Number 2 are both par 3s, something you don’t see every day. While I would much rather start the round off with a couple of par 4s or a par 4 and a par 5, Bright Leaf tests your mettle right off the bat! The 3rd hole is a challenging par 4 that is handicapped the toughest hole on the front side. It is long, playing 390 yards. That is followed by two par 5s that play 446 yards and 450 yards. The good news is that both par 5s are reachable with a good drive. Number 5 is a pretty par 5 with a white fence down the left side as well as trees. The fairway slopes left to right with a small lake at the bottom of the fairway that is reachable off the tee. The slope in the fairway isn’t steep enough to carry the ball down to the water.

Number 9 is a good par 4 that plays 362 yards with a lake to carry off the tee. The hole plays uphill the entire way and the fairway has a fair amount of slope in it. The back nine also starts you off with a par 3 that plays 162 yards from an elevated tee box over water to an elevated green. There is a deep bunker on the left which can be tough to hit.

Number 11 is another reachable par 5 at 419 yards from the White tees. This hole is all about your approach shot. The green is elevated and runs away on either side. If you don’t hit it and hold it, an up and down from below the green can be a tough ask!

The stretch of holes from 12 thru 14 has the 3 toughest holes on the back nine in succession. The 12th hole at Bright Leaf has a couple of distinctions. First of all, it is the #1 handicapped hole on the golf course. It plays 371 yards from the White tees with a barbed wire fence and out of bounds running all down the left side. The green is well-elevated and usually requires an extra club. Hitting your ball over the barbed wire fence doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get it back. Every 100 feet or so along the fence are ladders over the fence. Be advised, the grass is long and there are a lot of cows in the pasture. Your ball may not be the only thing hiding in the grass!

Number 13 is a legitimate par 5 that plays 533 yards from the White tees and is a three-shot hole for most players. Number 14 is a short, 319-yard par 4 with a blind tee shot and then an approach into one of the course’s smallest greens. Number 15 is the only dogleg on the golf course, a dogleg left into a green that sits below the fairway. It happens to run parallel to the prettiest hole on the 9-hole course, Number 5, a 395-yard dogleg left par 5 with a green that sits even further below the fairway. Standing in the fairway on Number 15 and looking back and down the adjoining fairway is one of the prettiest views on the golf course. Number 16 is a 150-yard par 3 over water to an elevated green and can be fairly intimidating if you don’t like the water!

As far as hazards go, there is only a handful of bunkers on the entire course that you will need to avoid and two of them are on the first hole. You are more likely to be impeded by water than sand.

Bright Leaf Resort sells a lot of golf packages, in fact on my visit I didn’t speak with anyone that wasn’t there as part of a group. What I found was that most of the clientele is there for a good time, there just happens to be a golf course there and oh, by the way, golf and drinking just naturally go together. Bright Leaf Resort doesn’t have a liquor license and the majority of golfers know this; they simply BTOB (Bring Their Own Booze). I will say that for as much drinking and partying that was going on, the hotel was incredibly quiet after 9 pm. The people staying there are just plain friendly and courteous.

You’ll find that most of the golfers at Bright Leaf are there on some sort of golf package. Bright Leaf offers full on-site accommodations, consisting of 95 hotel rooms and 10 villa suites each equipped with 51″ flat-panel televisions and full kitchens. Amenities include a full-service dining room, snack bar, fully equipped health club, and swimming pool. The goal at Bright Leaf is to show their warm, southern hospitality!

Start your morning off at Bright Leaf with their breakfast buffet at the 19th Hole Restaurant, featuring all of your breakfast favorites including made from scratch biscuits and gravy. After your round, there’s a southern-style dinner buffet with special themed nights. Friday night is Seafood Night with Fried Catfish while the Saturday Night Buffet features fried chicken and ribs. The 19th Hole also offers a complete menu.

For more information on Bright Leaf Resort’s Stay and Play Packages, visit them online at www.brightleafresort.com.

Edison Wedges – Revolutionizing the Way You Think Your Wedge Game

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Terry Koehler has been around the game of golf for most of his life. Back in the day, he was the marketing genius behind the Ben Hogan brand, which was founded in 1953, a brand that he resurrected in 2014.

He sold the Ben Hogan brand and went back to his bread and butter: designing wedges. Terry has been designing wedges for over 30 years. I first met him around 2003 when he had Eidolon Wedges, but his history with wedges goes back a lot farther than that.

In addition to Eidolon and now Edison, Koehler has owned a couple of other wedge companies. His Reid Lockhart wedges introduced a thicker upper face section that improved spin and shot dispersion in 1995. In 2003, his Eidolon Wedges were also the first to incorporate 100% CNC-milled faces and grooves. Then in 2011, he introduced progressive weighting throughout the “scoring clubs” with his wedge company SCOR. The TK 15 wedges he created at Ben Hogan continued down this path. Suffice it to say with each iteration he was years ahead of the competition. Terry Koehler claims that the Edison Forged wedges are his best work yet and after playing them, I have to agree.

Edison Golf began building and shipping wedges in April 2020; not exactly the ideal time to get a company off the ground. Nevertheless, the company is gaining notoriety and sales are climbing.

Several design concepts make Edison wedges superior to anything else on the market. The first is the redistribution of mass. Unlike popular “tour design” forged wedges where the majority of the mass is in the bottom 1/3 of the clubhead, Edison has distributed the mass more evenly across the back of the clubhead – both top-to-bottom and heel-to-toe – which delivers a more efficient impact on those shots missed high on the face or toward the toe. They’ve added just the right amount of perimeter weighting too.

Another design that separates Edison from the competition is the sole. Edison is Koehler’s latest iteration of his patented Koehler sole. First of all, forget about everything you learned about bounce. Edison wedges have a V-shaped sole; the rear portion of the sole has a low bounce for tight lies, firm turf, and shallow swing paths. The leading portion of the sole has a high bounce, allowing one wedge to also handle softer lies and steeper swings.

All of these design concepts come together to help create incredible spin that is easy to control. No one knows groove geometries and face treatments better than Terry. The faces of the Edison wedges are fly-cut to perfect flatness and then progressive grooves are CNC-milled into it: width, depth, spacing, and wall angle are all optimized for each range of lofts.

They’ve also found a way to increase the durability of your wedge so you can get far more than the 50 or so rounds your investment is usually good for. Their Durable Chrome plating is twice as thick as the competition’s and although it costs a little more, it significantly increases the effective life of the club.

Every great clubhead deserves a great shaft and grip. Edison Golf has partnered with KBS to offer three premium shafts as their standard offering: KBS Tour and KBS Tour 105 in either stiff or regular flexes, and the KBS Tour Graphite 80 in stiff, regular, and ‘A’ flex.  Topping it off (literally) is a Golf Pride MCC +4 grip which has become the most popular grip in golf.

Edison Forged wedges are custom-built for each golfer. The easiest way to do it is to go on their website and click Edison WedgeFit at the top of the page and answer some questions. Hit submit and within a day, you’ll be contacted by a representative to go over your information and put together your order.

I’ve been playing my Edison wedges for about 6 months now and they have found a permanent place in my bag. They are my go-to clubs from about 130 yards in. They are easy to swing and perform extremely well, even with a poor swing. They are easy to control both the distance and the spin. Stopping the ball on the green has never been so easy!

Edison Forged wedges are available in odd-numbered lofts from 45 to 63. The retail price is $179 with steel shafts; $194 with graphite. There is no charge for adjustments to loft, length, lie, and swing weight.  They back every wedge with an unprecedented Performance Guarantee.  You can play your Edison Forged wedges for up to 30 days and see for yourself how they improve your game. If you don’t agree, simply return them and Edison Golf will replace them with any other wedges on the market you think you would like better. They’ll even send you back the change if your replacement wedges cost less than the Edison wedges. For more information or to begin the process, visit www.edisonwedges.com.

Swing Control Ladies Golf Apparel for Spring 2021

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Swing Control, the Canadian Women’s golf apparel company that is best known for their slimming tummy control exceptional quality, styling, and fit has introduced several new products across their entire spectrum for the 2021 Spring golf season. Nothing flashy, simply good looking, high quality apparel that makes a lady look and feel her best.

Women across the US and Canada have been enjoying Swing Control’s golf apparel for years. All of their garments feature Swing Control’s 3” Tummy Control Waistband for a great slimming effect. One of the newest additions to this spring’s lineup is The Stripe Masters Crop Pant are sewn from Swing Control’s Jacquard stretch techno fabric that provides a little extra stretch and the 24” inseam is the perfect crop pant length. Two front and two back pockets provide ample storage and the striped fabric and cuffs at the bottom add a classy touch. They are available in sizes 00 – 16 and in either Black/White or Green/White.

For that “formal” look on the golf course, check out Swing Control’s Tuxeudo Masters Ankle Pant. Not only do these pants have all the technology you’d come to expect from Swing Control, but the solid stretch techno fabric also moves with you through your entire golf swing and the 4 pockets provide ample storage. But what creates the formal look is the tuxedo stripe on the side. The Tuxeudo Master Ankle Pant is available in sizes 00 – 16 and in Black with a White Stripe.

Swing Control is more than a great looking and functional shorts and skirts. Their Ruffle Wrap Skort is sewn for their solid stretch techno fabric with cotton undershorts sewn into them and 4 pockets that provide ample storage. What separates this skort from others is the ruffle detail on the front. Swing Control’s Ruffle Wrap Skort is available in sizes 00 – 16 and in ether Hawaiian Surf or Lime.

The Cube Masters Shorts are sewn from the company’s printed stretch techno fabric and feature a 10” inseam with four pockets for all of your golf necessities. But it’s the Black and White cubed print that sets these shorts apart and creates a real eye-catching design. They are available in sizes 00 – 16.

The Eyelet Masters Shorts have a 13” inseam and are sewn from a stretch techno fabric that moves with you through your golf swing and the two front and two back pockets provide ample storage for all of your golf necessities. The eyelet and lacing detail on the legs add a nice feminine touch. These shorts are available in sizes 00 – 16 and in several colors including Black, White, Stone, New Red, and Marina.

This is just a small sample of what Swing Control has instore for the ladies this spring. You can see their entire lineup at www.swingcontrol.com.

GGBlue Spring 2021 Women’s Golf Apparel Collection

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For Spring 2021, GGBlue has introduced several new golf apparel collections for the ladies. Their Katy Polo, Ivan Long Sleeve Polo, Angel Skort, and Jocelin Jacket are all part of their Exotic Collection. The Katy Polo is a classic sleeveless golf polo sewn from a Polyester/Spandex fabric with an anti-microbial and moisture-wicking finish to keep you cool, dry, and odor-free. There’s also a UPF 50+ finish to keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay. The 8″ zippered placket and self-collar complete this classic look. The Katy Polo is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in several colors including Copper.

If you’re looking for more sun protection, look to the Ivan Long Sleeve Polo. Sewn from the same material as the Katy Polo, it too has anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool, fresh and dry as well as an 8″ zipper placket and a UPF 30+ finish for sun protection. This long-sleeve mock collar top meets the 1.5″ country club minimum. The Ivan Long Sleeve Polo is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in several eye-catching prints.

The Angel Skort is a lightweight woven skort with accordion pleat detail on the skirt with right front and back slit pockets. The knit waistband with mesh insert delivers added comfort and support and the knit undershorts add an extra degree of modesty. The anti-microbial and moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool and dry and smelling fresh throughout your round and UPF 50+ finish keeps the sun’s harmful rays at bay. The Angel Skort is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in several colors and prints including Copper

Also part of the Exotic Collection is the Jocelin Jacket. This medium-weight quilted outerwear piece features a knit panel on the sides and sleeves for freedom of movement. The two zippered front pockets keep your golf valuables safe and secure. It’s water-resistant, anti-microbial, and moisture-wicking to keep you cool, dry, and smelling your best. The Jocelin Jacket is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in Egret, Black, and Basic White.

The Porta Collection also has its fair share of intriguing ladies’ golf apparel. The Tess Mock Neck Top is sewn from a soft, lightweight, and easy to wear fabric with moisture-wicking to keep you cool and dry and an anti-microbial finish that keeps odor-causing bacteria at bay. It’s also quick drying for ease of care and great for travel. The 9 ” metal zippered placket and mock neck add a sultry look. The Tess Mock Neck Top is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in seven patterns and prints including Sand Dollar.

The Harper Polo with its short flutter sleeves is a top for ladies who like to have fun on the golf course. It’s sewn from a Polyester/Spandex fabric with UPF 30+ sun protection, and anti-microbial and moisture-wicking finishes to keep you cool, dry, and fresh as a daisy. The four-button placket adds to the golf look. The Harper Polo is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in several solid colors including Sky.

The Georgia ICE Long Sleeve Polo is sewn from GGBlue’s body cooling fabric which cools your body’s temperature by up to 3 degrees. The fabric is soft to the touch and the anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties keep you cool, dry, and smelling fresh. The 8″ zipper placket and mock collar meet the 1.5: country Club minimum. The UPF 50+ finish provides terrific sun protection. The Georgia ICE Long Sleeve Polo is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in several solids and prints.

The Pota Collection also features a quality medium-weight quilted vest. The Evee Vest features an insulated quilted chest, back and collar, and knit inserts on the side. The two front zippered keep your valuables safe and secure. Did I mention the Evee Vest is water-resistant? It’s also available in sizes XS – XXXL and in 4 brilliant colors including Sky.

The Sanna Skort features a pull-on design with a playful flare sweep on the skirt. The 85% Polyester/15% Spandex fabric provides some added stretch and moves with you through your entire swing. The anti-microbial and moisture-wicking fabric helps keep you cool and dry and the UPF 50+ finish keeps the sun’s harmful rays away. Two front zip pockets and a right-hand back zip pocket provide more than enough storage for your golf goodies. The Sanna Skort is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in several colors and prints including Sky.

  • GGBlue’s Jesse Polo is part of their Passport Collection. Jesse features short sleeves and a mock neck collar and a 7″ zipper placket. The 92% Poly/8% Spandex fabric has some extra stretch, and the anti-microbial and moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool, dry, and fresh. The UPF 50+ finish keeps your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays. The Jesse Polo is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in White with Black and Copper with Egret.

Perhaps GGBlue’s best outerwear piece is the Risa Sweater. The company has put their focus on the performance of their clothing whether you’re enjoying the course or the clubhouse. The RISA Sweater is sewn from a 50% Rayon/30% Nylon/20% Polyester giving it a soft, supple feel. The crew neckline and neutral color blocking design give this go-to sweater a classic golf look. The Risa Sweater is available in sizes XS – XXXL and in three color combinations of White, Blake, and Smoke (Gray). It’s one sharp-looking sweater.

The Korrine Polo is part of GGBlue’s Essentials Collection and could very well become your go-to polo top. This classic sleeveless golf polo is sewn from the company’s Polyester/ Spandex fabric with added stretch and features a snap placket. The anti-microbial and moisture-wicking finishes keep you cool, dry, and fresh and the UPF 50+ finish provides added sun protection.

These are just a few of the highlights of GGBlue’s 2021 Spring golf apparel offerings. To see everything they have available, visit their website at www.ggblue.com.