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The Eagles Golf Club: Tampa Bay’s Premier Public Golf Facility

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The Eagles Golf Club in Odessa Florida is located about 20 minutes north of the Tampa International airport and is one of the best public access golf courses in the area. The Eagles Golf Club features two 18-hole championship golf courses, both located with the gated Eagles master-planned community. The community was growing by leaps and bounds when I lived there in 2001 and to this day, new homes are still going up.

Over the years these two courses have received numerous accolades including 3 1/2 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. Back in 2007 when the Tampa Bay Times put together a collection of the Best 18 Holes in Tampa Bay, two of the Eagle’s 36 holes were selected.

Between the two courses, there are over 30 ponds, lakes, and canals as well as an abundance of majestic oaks all creating two golf courses that are as much fun to look at as they are to play. The Eagles Golf Club has long been recognized for its well-manicured playing conditions on both courses.

The Lakes Course was designed first and opened for play in 1970. The Forest Course followed 25 years later in 1995. The Lakes Course dates back to 1970 and plays 7,005 yards from the Black Tees. I found that the White Tees (6,188/69.8/129) provided an ample challenge. With five sets of tees, there is a suitable distance for any level of golfer; just be sure to choose the one that best fits your game. Of the two courses, The Lakes plays more like what you’d expect from a Florida course.

As you can imagine with any course that is over 50 years old, The Lakes Course features massive mature oak trees that can come into play at various times as you make your way around the layout. Although there are only 39 bunkers, they seem to be strategically placed. As the name implies, water comes into play all but one hole with water framing the boundary on several fairways.

On the Lakes course, the stretch from Number 13 to 15 can make or break a good round. Thirteen is a 350-yard picturesque par 4 that requires a tee shot over water that travels not much further than the 150-yard marker, Anything short, too far left, or too far right can leave an approach shot that is blocked out by trees. Success off the tee will leave an open approach shot into a large, elevated green with no bunkers around it.

Handicapped as the most difficult hole on the inward nine, Number 14 is a long par 4 that plays 436 yards from the Blue Tees. It’s a straight, narrow hole with trees and out of bounds on either side. Even your best drive will leave a long approach shot into a green that slopes left to right and is protected by sand on the right. Make a par and consider this hole a success!

The back nine’s toughest hole is followed by the second toughest. The 377-yard par 4 15th is a dogleg left that is best played with a draw off the tee. Hit it through the fairway and you may well be wet. Once again, a good drive will leave a medium-length approach shot into another large green.

Number 18 is a par 5 that plays 496 yards. A slight draw off the tee that avoids the fairway bunker on the left. Because of the pond that sits about 150 yards out from the green, this is a 3-shot hole for most players. You’ll need to decide to either layup or go over the pond with your second shot. Your approach shot is to a slightly elevated green protected on either side by sand. This is one of the area’s best finishing holes.

The Forest Course was built in 1995 with NBC Golf commentator Gary Koch designing the front none and legendary Florida golf course architect Ron Garl designing the inward nine. My guess is that since it opened, the nines have been switched. That’s the only way to explain why the Ron Garl signature island green is on Number 6. The Forest underwent a renovation in 2012 and the Champion Dwarf Bermuda greens ad 419 Bermuda fairways are as good as any in the area. It plays 6,604 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 73.4 and a slope of 134. At 6,159 yards, the Blue Tees (70.2/129) will give most golfers all they can handle and still let them leave with a little dignity intact.

The two courses are completely different. While the Lakes Course plays over 400 yards longer, Forest is more of a shotmaker’s course, with wooded fairways and smaller greens. Unlike the Lakes, it requires accuracy and control off the tee to properly navigate the contoured fairways and seemingly overprotected greens. Many of the green fronts are open and give way to a bump-and-run shot when approaches are hit short. Although its name implies woods and trees, water figures into play on at least 14 holes.

The Forest Course has several interesting holes starting with the risk/reward 3rd hole. Played as a two-shot par 4, this 283-yard par 4 requires a hybrid or long-iron over water off the tee and left of the fairway bunker to set up a short approach shot into a green surrounded by bunkers. Should you decide to go for the green off the tee, it requires about a 220 yard carry over the water. You must hit it high enough to carry the bunkers in front short and right yet lands softly and stops before going in the bunkers behind. Good scores can be had here as can bad ones!

The signature hole out here is the island green on the par 3 6th hole. The green on this 139-yard par 3 is surrounded by water on 3 sides, providing a small bailout area for the faint of heart. Check the wind and the yardage, choose the right club, and play to the center of the green. That’s all it takes.

Number 10 is another risk/reward hole. It’s a 448-yard par 5 with a 90-degree dogleg. Playing your tee shot up the right side at the fairway bunkers with a slight draw will allow you to go for the green in two or layup short of the fairway bunkers on the right. Whatever you decide keep your approach shot right as a small pond and bunker guard the left side.

Inside the clubhouse, the food is fantastic. The Eagles Golf Club makes one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever had on or off a golf course.  Start with your choice of bread, a bagel, or an English muffin and add either one or two eggs, cooked enough that they won’t be messy. Throw in your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage and cheese, and you’ve got a sandwich that’s a meal. After your round, you can’t go wrong with some of the best chicken wings in the area, available in a variety of sauces. Their burgers are delicious and the homemade meatball sandwich covered with marinara sauce and provolone cheese has to be tried by at least one person in the foursome. The Eagles Golf Club also has a full liquor bar and several domestic and craft beers on tap.

The clubhouse at the Eagles is also a great place for a wedding or other special event. Their talented and professional staff can help with everything from a small intimate affair to a banquet for 200 guests. Menu planning is one of their specialties.

The Eagles Golf Club offers several membership programs including their Golden Eagle Golf Membership. This includes unlimited golf with the payment of a member cart fee year-round, limited golf instruction, and complimentary range balls just to name a few. You can get the complete rundown of what’s included on their website under the Membership tab. For more information or to book your next round, give them a call at (813) 920-6681 or visit them online at www.eaglesgolf.com.

Under Armour Golf Apparel – Look Ahead At Some Great Styles!

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Under Amour has been cladding golfers in stylish golf apparel for years and their Women’s UA Links Ankle Pant has been some of their best apparel to date. Maybe the reason for this is that it’s plain and simple. It’s sewn from a flexible, lightweight fabric that stretches with you on every swing and keeps you comfortable and playing your best. Better yet, this fabric wicks sweat away from the body and dries quickly. The waistband is stretch engineered for superior mobility and incredible comfort. The two front pockets are zipped, and the back pocket is hidden. The matte finish is a nice touch. The UA Links Ankle Pant is available in sizes 0 – 16 and in Lichen Blue/Enamel Blue or Black/Black/Black.

Cool weather calls for warm clothing and Under Armour’s Meridian Boot Cut fill the bill nicely. The specially engineered fabric delivers a unique type of softness, yet wicks sweat with the best of them, and the anti-odor technology prevents odor-causing microbes. The high-rise waist delivers optimal coverage & support with built-in pocket on the left side. They are available in sizes XS – XXL and in Black.

Under Armour has also introduced a couple of new tops for the ladies. The UA Zinger Long Sleeve Polo is so comfortable it’s bound to become your go to top. The extra-stretchy fabric moves with you, not against you, so you never feel held back on the course. The anti-pick, anti-pill fabric is soft to the touch and extremely breathable & lightweight. With all of its technology it’ll keep you cool, dry and odor-free and the UPF 30 sun protection keeps the sun’s harmful rays at bay. The Zinger Long Sleeve Polo is available in sizes S – XL and in Seaglass Blue/Lichen Blue.

The ladies’ Rival Polo is sewn from a textured fabric that’s soft, light & breathable. It wicks moisture away quickly keeping you cool and dry and smelling fresh. The mesh insets on sleeves cuffs for added breathability and the elongated pocket is perfect for all of your golf valuables. The dropped scoop hem gives added coverage. The Rival Polo is available in sizes XS – 3XL and in Carolina Blue, Tropic Pink, and Steeltown Gold.

Most guys don’t consider a shirt that buttons down the front a golf shirt and I must say I agree with them. And although you’re not likely to wear it on the golf course, Under Armour’s Tide Chaser 2.0 Long Sleeve shirt is about as comfortable as you can find. It has all the technology found in their best-selling golf polos – moisture wicking, anti-odor, and UPF 30 sun protection as well as a couple of added features. The stretch mesh panels provide added ventilation, a roll-up sleeve loop and button give added ventilation. Then there’s the secure chest pocket and hidden snap-down collar. The fabric has a stain release property that keeps blood, dirt from and grime from soaking in. This wonderful garment is available in sizes, S – 3XL and in 8 colors.

The UA Men’s Braided Belt 2.0 is built with a totally adjustable, quick-and-easy clasp, that gives you a perfect fit every time. Even though it was designed for flexibility on the golf course, it’ll probably end up as a daily favorite. The leather end pieces convey an elevated style, and the metal buckle features a debossed UA wordmark. The Braided Belt is available in sizes 30 – 42 and in Black, White, Pitch Gray, or Academy.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a long sleeve polo that delivers as much comfort as Under Armour’s 2.0 Long Sleeve Polo. The 4-way stretch construction moves with you in every direction and the soft anti-pick, anti-pill fabric has a clean, snag-free finish. The fabric quickly wicks moisture away keeping you cool and dry, while keeping you smelling your best. The UPF 30 sun protection keeps your skin safe. The UA Playoff 2.0 Polo is available in sizes S – 3XL and in White, Black, or Academy

I’ve always been a big fan of the company’s shorts and the Men’s UA Showdown Golf Shorts don’t disappoint. These ultra-comfortable shorts are built with a high-performance, mobile fabric, a stretch waistband, and a new streamlined fit to reduce drag on every swing. They move with you no matter where you go or what you do. They have a flat front with a 4-pocket design. The Showdown Golf Shorts are available in sizes 30 – 46 and in 8 different colors.

Leggings have gained a lot of popularity lately, especially among women. And what better place to show off your new attire than on the golf course? UA’s Women’s Meridian Leggings are engineered from a specialty fabric that is soft and supple to the touch yet wicks away moisture with the best of them. Fitted:  They feature a streamlined fit that’s neither too tight nor too loose, thanks to the added support in the fabric. The 4-way stretch in the fabric lets you move easily in any direction. The high-rise waist band stretches as you put it on, and stays put. There’s also a built-in pocket on the left side of the waistband. The anti-microbial finish keeps you smelling fresh. The Meridian Leggings are available in 18 different sizes (Short/Medium/Long; XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL) and in 6 vibrant colors.

This is just a small sample of what Under Armour has available for men and women golfers this year. For more information or to see all of the new line, visit them online at www.underarmour.com.

Playing A Few Rounds on the Coast of Mississippi

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Although Biloxi, MS is best known for its beaches and casinos, its appeal to golfers and golf travelers is growing quickly. Coastal Mississippi has some amazing and stunning golf courses, with plenty of courses for the public to play, numerous restaurants to eat at, and the opportunity to win big at one of the many casinos.  It’s a chance for a hole-in-one and a million-dollar jackpot all in the same day! There are 12 courses immediately in the Biloxi area; several more if you don’t mind putting a few miles on the rental car. Here’s my take on a few of them.

A few of the courses are owned by casinos. Fallen Oak is by far the crown jewel of golf in the Coastal Mississippi area. The course is owned by MGM Resorts International and is available exclusively to guests of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Designed by legendary course architect Tom Fazio, Fallen Oak has consistently ranked as the best course in Mississippi by Golf Digest and Golfweek and since its opening in 2007 has held the No. 2 position on Golfweek’s Best Casino Course list, trailing only its sister MGM Resorts International course Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.  Fallen Oak is enjoyable regardless of your golf capabilities. Beginners will marvel at the playability of the course while seasoned golfers will enjoy the challenge. Both will be consumed by the aesthetic beauty of the course as you make your way around. Stay and Play golf packages start at $180/pp, double occupancy.

The Preserve Golf Club is owned and operated by the Palace Casino Resort and was designed by U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate and covers 245 acres of pristine land surrounded by an 1800-acre nature preserve. Pate did a masterful job of incorporating all of the natural beauty the land has to offer including pitcher plant bogs, cypress swamps, longleaf pines, live oak groves, and native prairie grasses into the design of the 18-hole, par-71 layout. The Preserve recently invested in the Visage GPS, which offers touch screen capabilities as well as commentary from experts on how to play a particular hole. Uncharacteristically, the #1 handicapped hole on the course is Number 16 which is a par 3 which plays 225 yards. Depending on pin placement you may have to shape your tee shot on this long par 3!

Windance Country Club is owned by Island View Casino Resort and is one of the area’s top resort courses. They’ve recently installed a state-of-the-art irrigation system to help keep the course green year-round. Windance was designed by Mark McCumber and plays over 6,600 yards from the back tees. As you traverse the layout you’ll find rolling terrain on top of very tight fairways and average size greens with less undulation than most. GolfWeek Magazine voted Windance one of America’s “Best Courses You Can Play” for five years in a row and Golf Digest has awarded it 4 stars.

Grand Bear was designed by – you guessed it – Jack Nicklaus. I think he’s designed the majority of courses that have “Bear” in the name! Grand Bear is built on more than 650 acres of rolling land within the DeSoto National Forest with pine trees that come into play on several holes and lots of pine straw to hit out of. You’ll also be challenged as you wind your way through natural cypress wetlands towards championship TifEagle greens protected by deep bunkers. Grand Bear is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular courses in the South. It also has the longest driveway of any course I’ve ever encountered – 6 miles into the forest. No two holes parallel another and you won’t find any homes, roads, or other common distractions; it’s just you, Grand Bear, and that little white ball!

Diamondhead Country Club is one of those courses that take a little longer to get to but is well worth the trip. Diamondhead has 36 holes of challenging golf. The Pine Course is skillfully carved into rolling terrain that is rarely seen this close to the coast. It features strategically placed bunkers and water comes into play on a number of holes. Diamondhead’s Cardinal Course is more wooded, with less undulation in the terrain. You’ll find no parallel fairways and several extra-long sand bunkers that seem to appear from nowhere. If you’re looking for scenic beauty and some of the best greens on the gulf coast, come on down! Diamondhead also has the only indoor/outdoor Golf Academy along The Secret Coast.

Shell Landing Golf Club was built by renowned PGA TOUR professional Davis Love III and features five sets of tees that range in length from 5,047 – 7,024 yards making it playable – and enjoyable – for any golfer. Shell Landing Golf Club features both a beautiful natural waterfront setting and some diverse topography. Water comes into play on eight holes and plays a role on most scorecards. Generous tree-lined fairways meander through the pine savannah, which is adorned with seasonal flowers. These well-sculpted fairways give way to large undulating greens that roll true and fast. You’ll find conditioning like many of the high-priced casino courses in the area at a fraction of the cost. As you make your way around the layout, you’ll have the opportunity to commune with nature; it’s not uncommon during a round to see deer, alligators, rabbits, foxes, and a variety of birds. Its signature hole is also a par 3 that plays over 200 yards from the back tees.

The Oaks Golf Club is one of the most memorable rounds of golf you’ll play on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The course weaves its way through native wetlands and majestic timberlands and over the years has challenged some of the best players in the game as host of the former Nike/Buy.com Tour in 1999 and 2000. The course bore the brunt of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and over 3,000 trees were lost, although unless you knew better, you’d hardly notice. As you make your way around this par-72 championship layout you’ll find lush fairways with strategically place bunkers off the tee and around the green, dramatic green complexes, creating a serene and peaceful golf experience. The course is not owned by a casino and is open to everyone.

When it comes to dining options, you can’t go wrong with what each of the casinos has to offer:  incredible buffets as well as high-end steakhouses. Get outside the casinos and head into the towns of Ocean Springs and Biloxi and I have a couple of suggestions. Patio 44 in Biloxi is known for its fresh take on classic Creole-style dishes that incorporate the freshest ingredients available from the Delta and Gulf Coast regions, dishes like shrimp and grits, fried catfish tacos, and seafood gumbo.  The Buckhead Certified Angus Beef they serve is aged for a minimum of 21 days. Patio 44 also offers one of the most unique – and delicious – appetizers I’ve ever had. Their Debris Fries are a “southern take” on Canadian poutine. Perfectly cooked French fries with braised beef trimmings, brown gravy, and melted cheese, garnished with green onions. It’s a must!

Maison de Lu is Ocean Springs is another great choice. New Jersey native Luann Ellis left the snow and headed for Gulf Coast over 20 years ago and now calls Ocean Springs home. Maison De Lu is located in the heart of downtown Ocean Springs and serves some interesting creations. The Goat Cheese Torte is delicious; layered with sundried tomatoes and pesto and served with warm pita chips. The New Zealand Rack of Lamb is sliced into chops and served with the sauce du jour. The side dishes are amazing; Roasted Red Beets, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions, and a great alternative to potatoes, Twice Baked Cauliflower.

This is just a brief glimpse into everything Coastal Mississippi has to offer golfers. From great drives on the course to short drives to everything you want to do off the course, The Secret Coast has got you covered. For more information, visit them online at www.coastalmississippi.com

World Golf Village – Arguably Florida’s Best Golf Destination

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Millions of golfers each year flock to the Sunshine State to play golf. From Destin in the Panhandle to Key West, the year-round warm weather makes Florida a golfer’s paradise. While there are great courses to be found all over the state, the Orlando area seems to be the most popular among golf travelers. In addition to some fantastic golf courses, there’s a lot to do off of the golf course.

One of the areas that seem to be overlooked is St. Augustine, which in my opinion has the most to offer golfers: World Golf Village. World Golf Village is to golfers what peanut butter is to jelly. They just naturally go together. Within World Golf Village is The PGA TOUR Golf Academy at World Golf Village, the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Renaissance World Golf Village Hotel, several eateries, and two championship golf courses: The King & Bear and The Slammer & Squire.

Whether you’re new to golf or just fine-tune your game, the PGA TOUR Golf Academy at World Golf Village can set you on the right path. They specialize in providing clinics, group exercises, as well as one-on-one teaching for all levels of golfers. The academy also offers group activities such as team-building exercises, night golf, and challenges. They can help with every facet of your game, from the driver to the putter using the latest technology: TrackMan and the SAM PuttLab.

If you’re a golf junkie like me, you can easily spend a couple of days at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Next year (2022), four new members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame including Tiger Woods, Tim Finchem, Marion Hollins, and Susie Maxwell Bering. Exhibits include the Member’s Locker Room, containing personal items from each member, Tales From the Collection, Tributes to Nancy Lopez and African American Golfers, THE PLAYERS Experience, built around the PGA tournament in nearby Ponte Vedra, and The Challenge Hole – a 132-yard island green reminiscent of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

The Renaissance World Golf Village Hotel is located in the middle of WGV and puts you in walking distance of the Hall of Fame, PGA TOUR Academy, Bill Murray’s Caddyshack Restaurant, and The Slammer & Squire Golf Course. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, offering everything you’ll need to relax after a round of golf or touring the grounds. The Villagio Restaurant is located on the first floor and serves a great breakfast buffet during non-COVID 19 times as well as sumptuous dinners.

All this leads us to the golf courses, The Slammer & Squire, and The King & Bear. The Slammer & Squire course was designed by Hall of Fame members Sam “The Slammer” Snead and Gene “The Squire” Sarazen with the help of well-known golf course architect Bobby Weed. The three of them shared a desire to design and build a golf course that rewards good shot-making while maintaining the natural beauty of the Florida property. They have created a layout that showcases the naturally wooded areas and wetlands. This resort course is wide open, with only a few water hazards and some well-undulated greens. Just like the two legends that helped create the course, the layout places a premium on the short game, which requires several finesse shots. The Hall of Fame is visible from just about anywhere on the course.

After your round at the Slammer & Squire, head over to The Legends Restaurant and Grille located inside the clubhouse. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning views of the golf course and the surrounding area. The restaurant is all Florida with warm colors and unusual ceiling fans. Enjoy your favorite post-round libations and try some unique golf club food including Smokey Shrimp Tacos, Cauliflower and Field Pea Paninis, and a variety of leafy green salads.

The King & Bear is the coup de gras of the two courses. It’s located a couple of miles away but is definitely worth the trip. You’ve probably figured out by now the designers behind it, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Not only were these two champions part of the inaugural Hall of Fame class, but their collaboration on this course is also amazing. Of the two courses, King & Bear is much more of a “players” course although, with seven different yardages on the scorecard, there’s an appropriate distance regardless of ability.

The King & Bear can best be described as a tale of two nines. The front nine is more of a links-style course, open and airy with lots of native grasses. The back nine is where the fun begins. In true Florida golf fashion, many of the holes are lined with tall, loblolly pines and ancient oak trees, waste areas created with crushed coquina shells, and several water hazards. Since both Palmer and Nicklaus excelled off the tee, good driving is at a premium, especially on the two signature holes designed by each player. They are handicapped as the two most difficult holes on the inward nine. Number 15 is Arnie’s, a risk/reward,311-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg right. Most players will opt for a two-shot approach into a green surrounded by water. Number 16 is Jack’s hole, a 416-yard dogleg right par 4. A long drive down the middle goes a long way in succeeding on this hole. Trees line the right side and anything long and left off the tee is not likely to be found. Most players will be left with a long iron or hybrid approach shot into a large, elevated green protected front and right by a large, deep greenside bunker. Par these two holes and you’ve most likely shot a good round!

The clubhouse at the King & Bear was recently remodeled and is spectacular, especially their brand new restaurant, AJ’s Kitchen & Cocktails. World Golf Village’s newest dining venue recently won a Golden Fork Award, placing second in Best New Amenity 2021. AJ’s specializes in specialty drinks, beer samplers, and a wine wall as well as some uncommon comfort food with a local twist including Grilled Jerk Spiced Wings, Braised Short Rib Quesadilla, and Hatch Pepper Spiced Grouper. Whether you’re looking for something light or a multi-course meal, AJ’s has something for everyone.

Both courses have comprehensive practice facilities with full-length driving ranges, short game areas with bunkers, and large practice greens. Many players that don’t have time for a round will spend a couple of hours at one of the two practice facilities.

World Golf Village is currently accepting new members so if you can’t get enough of these courses, here’s your chance! WGV is managed by Troon Golf, the #1 golf course management company in the country. As a member of a Troon-managed property, you’ll have access to other Troon private and daily fees across the country and around the world. And with Troon’s recent acquisition of Indigo Golf Partners, that list has grown significantly! For more information or to book your St. Augustine golf vacation, visit the World Golf Village website, www.golfwgv.com.

Terri Pines – Alabama’s Best Kept Golf Secret

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I recently had the opportunity to visit Terri Pines and play the course with Barry McGriff, whose family built and owns the course. As we played our way around the course, Barry gave me some of the history of the course and shared some interesting stories.

It was Barry’s father Bert McGriff, who originally bought the land and built the course back in the early 1980s. I had the opportunity to meet Bert and he struck me as a man who doesn’t half-do things. With Barry, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the family tree, and owning and managing a golf course wasn’t going to be any different.

Back in the 1980s, the nearby Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail had just opened and Bert decided to contact Jones about building his new course. Unfortunately, RTJ wanted an unseemly amount of money just to sit down and discuss the matter and Bert would not bite. Instead, he was put in contact with Tom Jackson who had spent his early years in golf design under the tutelage of Robert Trent Jones. A deal was struck with Jackson and Carter Golf Construction – builders of many of the RTJ Trail courses – was contracted to do the actual shaping and construction. Seeing the finished product for myself, I can honestly say that Jackson and Carter have created a masterpiece!

Terri Pines is named after one of Bert’s daughters. As Barry tells it, they were in a hurry to get a name for the course for registration purposes. With all of the pine trees on the property, it was pretty much a given that “Pine” would be in the name. In an effort to give the course a sense of family, Bert thought using one of the kids’ names might be a good idea. As Barry tells it “Barry Pines just didn’t have the right ring to it, nor did Jeff Pines (Barry’s brother). Cherri –Barry’s other sister – was an option but they opted for Terri Pines.”

Pines is the operative word on the golf course as pine trees are scattered throughout the property and come into play on just about every hole. The club sits perched atop the highest point in the county, providing beautiful vistas along with some of Alabama’s best golf. Terri Pin is known for its meticulously-maintained fairways and bent grass greens with many elevation changes that will challenge every level of golfer.

Terri Pines is located in Cullman, AL, a mere 45-minute drive from either Birmingham or Huntsville. It’s the best-kept golf secret in Cullman County and definitely worth the drive. Whether you are just learning or live for the game, Terri Pines is a course that can be enjoyed by all. From the back tees, the course plays 6,451 yards with a course rating of 70.6 and a slope of 134. This may sound long for many golfers but for a club that is trying to gain attention and attract some minor pro tournaments, 6.451 comes up just a tad short. To host a pro tournament, the course must play closer to 6,500 yards.  Terri Pines was determined to reach that 6,500-yard mark so a couple of holes were lengthened, most notably the 18th. Under the direction of McGriff, then Director of Golf John Hunt, and Golf Course Superintendent Benny Bohanon, a manmade island and bridge were built in the pond behind the 18th tee box, stretching the finishing hole from 503 to 544 yards. These alterations go a long way in making the hole more challenging, not that it was a pushover before by any stretch of the imagination. This new tee box brings the water that crosses the fairway into play for a lot more players. Longball hitters will need to be careful of the tee while the rest of us need to be cautious with our layups. Unless you plan to get on the green in two, you’ll be facing a steep uphill approach shot to a fairly small green. Par is a respectable score to end your round.

Number 7 is another interesting hole and the course’s #1 handicap. It plays 350 yards and for most players, takes driver out of your hand off the tee. That’s because there’s a large hill – aka falloff, aka cliff – about 220 yards out, just past the dogleg left. Hit it too far and you’ll either not find your ball or be in the water, which is essentially losing a ball! Trees on either side of the fairway place a premium on accuracy. A good tee shot will leave a mid to long iron downhill into a wide, shallow green with a large pond in front. Finish the hole with the same ball and you’ve probably scored well!.

Terrie Pines has some of the best practice facilities around, in fact, it’s not unusual to see several players on the range doing nothing but practicing. TP’s practice facilities include a 25 bay full-length driving range, a practice putting green, and a chipping green. You can work on all facets of your game.

Once you’ve worked up a good appetite on the course, stop by The Grille or relax on the patio with your favorite refreshments and enjoy some delicious home cooking. The Grille doesn’t serve up your typical clubhouse food. While they do serve up some of the best burgers and sandwiches in Cullman County, they also have some unique dishes like Bert’s Shrimp, spicy, batter-dipped shrimp served over a bed of Asian salad. At 5 pm the Dinner Menu kicks in on Thursday and Friday nights, and changes often so you’ll want to keep coming back. Whatever menu item you choose, you’re sure to be satisfied and not leave hungry. The friendly and highly competent staff will see to it!

Terri Pines’ Golf Shop is a great place to stock up on some logoed golf apparel, hats, and golf balls as well as any accessories you’ll need such as gloves, shoes, and balls. They offer a full line of current merchandise and supplies as well as club cleaning and club repair. Lockers are available for a small annual fee. Whether you’re new to the game or looking to fine-tune it, clinics and private lessons are available year-round and can be scheduled by calling the pro shop.

Becoming a member of a club means different things to different people. For some members, it’s a round of golf for casual or business purposes, for others it’s a swim in the pool or a set of tennis. Regardless of what your preferences are, Terri Pines has something for everyone, young and old, singles and families. Regular Club members are entitled to everything Terri Pines has to offer with no greens fees – just a nominal cart fee. Social members have access to everything, with a one-round a month limit on golf. Junior I and Junior II memberships afford Juniors 21 – 29 (I) and 30 – 35 (II) all the same privileges of a Regular Membership, as do senior members age 65 – 75 and their spouses. If you’re at least 76 years of age and still playing golf, you not only deserve my highest praise, Terri Pines will give you a special membership rate! As a Club House Member, you have full use of the Club’s dining area and the 19th hole.

You don’t have to live in Cullman County to be a member of the Terri Pines. As a Non-Resident or Out of State Member, you’ll have full access to all Club amenities. All dues are billed annually and all memberships require a small initiation fee. As a member of Terri Pines, you’re automatically a member of the County Club Network, allowing you to play at five other private clubs once per month with no green fees. Terri Pines members are also eligible to play in the club’s full schedule of tournaments and outings, whether it’s for the fun of it or the thrill of competition.

If you’re considering a membership at Terri Pines, stop by for a tour and a FREE round of golf. You can call General Manager Mat Livengood at 256-739-0720 or visit them online at www.tpcountryclub.com. Be sure to ask about their current promotion.

The Virtues Golf Club – Ohio’s Best Public Golf Course

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Arthur Hills left nothing on the drawing board when he designed The Virtues Golf Club in Newark, Ohio a mere 40 miles from downtown Columbus. Up until 2016, The Virtues was known as the Longaberger Golf Club; on your way odds are you’ll drive by the abandoned basket shape office building that was once home to the world-renowned basket company. The Virtues Golf Club is the top-ranked public course in Ohio and #73 in Golf Digest’s 2019-20 list of America’s Greatest Public Courses. In 1999 Virtues hosted Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf featuring Dottie Pepper and Karrie Webb; they also hosted the 2004 PGA Club Professional Championship.

The Virtues Golf Club offers golfers 5 sets of tees. The back tees play 7,243 yards with a course rating of 75.2 and a slope of 139. The average golfer will have a lot more fun from the White (6,180/70.2/127) or Gold (5,641/67.4/122) Tees. Ladies typically play from the Green Tee (4,985/67.9/115). Don’t bite off more than you can chew yardage wise and you’ll have a great time.

As you make your way around this magnificent layout, you’ll encounter a variety of holes. Many consider The Virtues a parkland layout, but I think it incorporates several styles. Holes lined with tall, thick fescue grasses are reminiscent of a link-style course while rising and dropping fairways coupled with blind shots are more like something you’d encounter in the mountains. You’ll play through meadows and rolling countryside, around tree-covered hills. The hitting surfaces are incredible: well-manicured Bentgrass tee boxes give way to Bentgrass fairways which lead to Bentgrass greens. The Virtues Golf Club is not without its share of hazards – there are over seventy strategically placed bunkers and water comes into play on 8 holes. Odds are that they will figure into your score by the end of the day. There isn’t a lot of level terrain out here and because of that and the elevation changes, The Virtues Golf club isn’t the kind of course you’ll enjoy walking unless you’re part mountain goat.

Virtues Golf Club is one memorable hole after another. Number 4 is a par 5 that plays 563 yards and is memorable not only because of its challenge but also for the views it provides.  There’s a significant change in elevation from the tee to the green and from the elevated tee box, you can see for miles. It also gives long ball hitters a chance to get home in two. Although the awaiting fairway is generous, finding the green can be an arduous task as it is narrow and angles back and to the right, bringing the water into play that much more. Shot selection on your layup shot is important as the water can come into play if you hit it too far. Big numbers are as easy to make as birdies!

Number 8, Par 4, 444 yards. There are two ways to play this downhill dogleg left par 4. As you look over your tee shot, you’ll see a large group of trees straight ahead with fairway on either side. Therein lies your decision: Do you play left or right of the trees? Playing left shortens the hole and if you can carry your tee shot at least 225, by all means, have a shot at it; you’ll be left with a short pitch shot into the green. A good drive right of the tree will leave a somewhat longer approach shot from a fairway that slopes right to left and can leave some awkward stances. Your approach shot plays downhill into a peninsular green with a large trap behind it. No matter which way you play it, par is a good score here.

Number 16, 527 yards.  Yet another risk-reward opportunity at The Virtues Golf Club.  The water down the entire right side of this dogleg right hole dares players into biting-off as much of the corner as possible. A good drive just right of the first set of fairway bunkers on the left, followed by a layup shot over the next fairway trap to the right will leave a short pitch shot into a large green that slopes down towards the water. As a rule, your approach shot plays half a club longer.

Number 18, 466 yards. If I were naming holes, this would be called “Uphill Journey.” This dogleg left par 4 plays uphill all the way and finding any of the five fairway bunkers at the corner of the dogleg makes par that much tougher. A draw shot off the tee that finds the short grass over the left side bunkers will leave a mid-iron approach shot uphill into the green. A back-right pin placement can be tricky because of the bunkering around the green. The view of the clubhouse in the background makes for a nice picture.

The Virtues also boasts some pretty impressive practice facilities. Before your round, warm up on their full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag. There is also a spacious short game area with a practice bunker and a large putting green nearby.

After your round, be sure to stop by the Overlook restaurant at The Virtues Golf Club. In addition to a wide selection of beers and a full liquor bar, the food is amazing and well presented. Appetizers include traditional clubhouse favorites such as Mozzarella Sticks, Quesadillas, and Chicken Wings. If salad is more your thing try the Nut and Berries Salad – tender baby spinach, mixed greens, spiced pecans, chevre cheese, and dried cranberry tossed in our house-made vinaigrette. They have some unique sandwiches and entrees as well such as The BBQ Meatloaf Sandwich, Lemon Broiled Salmon, and a Grilled Ribeye Steak.

Virtues Golf Club offers the best golf membership opportunity in the area, allowing you to play the State’s top-rated public course as often as you like.  They offer several different membership plans including Weekday Golf Memberships, Twilight Golf Memberships, Affiliate, and Junior Golf Memberships.  They also have flexible payment plans, with monthly payment options or you can pay it in one lump sum for an additional discount. Check out the website for more details.

Virtues Golf Club has partnered with several local hotels to create stay and play packages that allow you to play the course a few times rather than just one and done. Or, if you prefer, you can play a different course, Eaglesticks Golf Club in nearby Zanesville. Packages include overnight stays in comfortable guest rooms and access to dining and local attractions. Click on the 9 Stars of Golf icon on their website, fill out the form and they will get back to you quickly. Playing this course on back-to-back days is a golfer’s dream!

Planning a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or wedding reception? Virtue’s 60,000 square-foot clubhouse is a great location for your next golf outing or special event. In addition to the clubhouse, there are a variety of beautiful outdoor spaces including a lovely verandah that overlooks the golf course and has provided a picturesque setting for many wedding ceremonies, vow renewals, and alfresco luncheons.

Last Word: To me, this is the most beautiful and challenging Arthur Hills course I have played. Holes are routed such that wayward shots are penalized; miss the fairway off the tee and you’ll find your ball easy enough but it’s usually going to be in some tall grass or behind a tree.  With such forgiving and generous fairways off the tee, the emphasis is on approach shots into the greens. The green complexes are guarded with bunkers that are not too penal but will test your bunker play. Most greens have a lot of undulation and present some challenges; especially if you’re looking to recover from an errant approach. For more information or to book your next round, give them a call at (740) 763-1100 or visit them online at www.thevirtuesgolfclub.com.

Calvert Crossing Golf Club: A Family-Friendly Country Club Atmosphere

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Calvert Crossing Golf Club is a private golf club located in the Calvert Estates community of West Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, and is one of the best conditioned private golf courses west of Monroe. This 18-hole championship golf course was co-designed by the late Tim Zimmerebner and Jack Nicklaus protégé, John Floyd, and has been carved through the rolling hills of Calhoun. It is considered by members and visitors to offer not only a challenging round of golf but also a serene and pleasant walk in the woods.

From the back tees, Calvert Crossing plays 6.807 yards, with a course rating of 73.2 and a slope of 141. There are five sets of tees, with the Reds playing 4,856 (68.6/119). I found the Blue Tees (6,390/71.1/133) offered a great challenge and still allowed me to leave with a little bit of dignity!

The first hole at Calvert Crossing starts you off with a 548-yard par 5 which, for the average golfer, is not going to be reachable in two and for many golfers, it’s going to take driver out of your hands off the tee. There’s a reachable pond on the left side that comes out into the fairway and woods to the right, leaving only a thin sliver of the fairway past the water. If you’re playing the course for the first time as I was, you’ll find that the aforementioned pond creeps back into play in front of the green. Laying up short of the pond will leave about a 100-yard shot into a relatively flat green protected by a bunker on the right and a lot of mounding around it. Par is always a good way to start!

If you haven’t played here before, you’ll find the par 4, 4th hole rather interesting. Standing on the tee, it’s hard to tell if the hole goes right or left. I guessed right so naturally, it went left. Something less than a driver is a good idea off the tee as the hole plays only 339 yards. Find the fairway off the tee and you’ll have a short pitch shot into an elevated green protected by sand and water on the right and a lot of mounding on the left.

Stand on the 6th green and looking back towards the tee box and you’ll get a good idea of the elevation changes. The hole starts from an elevated tee box with a creek running across the fairway at the bottom of the hill. For most players, the creek won’t come into play. If it does, you may want to consult Head Golf Professional Stuart Martin in the pro shop and ask him how you can get more distance off the tee! A good drive will leave an uphill approach shot into the green protected on the left side by sand.

The back nine starts with a couple of risk/reward par 4s. Number 10 is a 342-yard  par 4 that plays considerably downhill. It’s a dogleg right and is drivable for many players and although there are woods on either side, the reward greatly outweighs the risk. General Manager and Superintendent Kevin LaFontaine’s favorite hole is Number 11, another drivable par 4 that’s a slight dogleg right with a deep gully in front of the green.

Number 12 is an interesting par 3 that plays from an elevated tee box to an elevated green. Your tee shot is over water to a long narrow green with a long narrow bunker on the left. We’ll call this hole “Long and Narrow,” it seems to fit the theme.

Number 13 may well be the most challenging par 4 on the course. It’s a short dogleg left and everything off the tee moves to the right and into the woods. It’s a tight driving hole so you may want to consider something less than driver off the tee, just to keep the ball in play. There’s a fairway bunker about 50 yards short of the green on the left side and a deep greenside bunker on the left side. End the hole with the same ball you started with and you have accomplished something.

Before your round, warm up on Calvert Crossing’s full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag. Stroke a few putts on the practice putting green before heading to the first tee.

The Clubhouse is the center of all things social at Calvert Crossing.  Inside you’ll find a fully-stocked golf pro shop, The Gathering Place, a pub-style grill room and bar, locker rooms, and a ballroom. The clubhouse is where everyone gathers for golf tournaments, family events, and themed dinner nights.

The Gathering Place is the Calvert Crossing’s warm and inviting pub-style restaurant. Here you can enjoy a full breakfast menu as well as innovative salads, freshly prepared burgers, and sandwiches that will satisfy everyone. When things get back to “normal” members can get back to enjoying Calvert Crossing’s fabulous Sunday Southern Buffet with an incredible array of southern favorites. At The Gathering Place, you’ll find a sense of camaraderie that can’t be found anywhere else.

The scenic views, rolling hills, manicured fairways, and shimmering creeks you’ll find at Calvert Crossing Golf Club make the perfect backdrop for weddings and special events. They can accommodate up to 200 guests, but it is also perfect for smaller more intimate gatherings and is the perfect venue for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, or holiday parties. Calvert Crossing’s event team can help plan your event and select a menu that compliments your style and budget. They work with some of the best vendors in the area when it comes to flowers, wedding cakes, photography, music, and more.

As a member of Calvert Crossing, you’ll find a lot more to do than play a round on an exceptional golf experience. You’ll have access to the club’s hard surface tennis courts, the outdoor swimming facility, and unique social calendar. The Club’s swimming facility is the perfect place for a leisurely swim or spending time with the family. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, sunning deck, and changing area. The outdoor pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Calvert Crossing is managed by Honours Golf which is part of Troon Golf, the #1 golf management company in the United States. As a member of a Troon-managed facility, you’ll have access to over 250 Troon-managed private clubs, resorts, and daily fee facilities around the world. No matter where you go within the Troon network, you’ll be treated like family with access to all amenities and discounts on things like entertainment and car rental. It’s the biggest upside of joining a Troon-managed facility. Some of the facilities within driving distance include Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, MS; Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club and Craft Farms in Gulf Shores, AL, and NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Calvert Crossing’s goal is to be the premier family-oriented private club in the West Ouachita Parish of Louisiana. They offer a variety of membership plans for families, couples, singles, young executives, seniors, and local businesses. For more information or to become a member, give them a call at 318-397-0064 or visit them online at www.calvertgolfclub.com.

Seminole Lake Country Club – A Tampa Bay Favorite Since 1962

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Seminole Lake Country Club has a long and storied history. Back in 1911, William Cunningham moved his family to the St Petersburg area from Fletcher, North Carolina. The Cunninghams opened a hardware and grocery store on Central Avenue that from all indications was very successful. In the early 1930’s William’s son Howard was able to purchase a 300-acre piece of property west of St. Petersburg with some of the profits from their successful business ventures.  The property was named Pine Ridge Farm and became a working cattle ranch with all of the family members contributing to its operation. Because it was a long way from their home in the city the family members used the farm as a getaway. What’s left of that old family cabin can be seen on the property just west of the current clubhouse.

Fast forward to the 1960s. The Cunningham brothers – Gene, Book, and Doc -are approached by a local real estate developer, who convinces them to convert the cattle ranch into a housing development and country club. In 1962, Seminole Lake Country Club Estates was born and within a short period of time, the Cunningham brothers regained control of the property.

As the community flourished, the club acquired a reputation as one of the premier country clubs in Florida. Membership had a waiting list and the members had an active social events calendar. The club hosted several of the premier events in the Tampa Bay area during this time and for over four decades the club remained a successful private club. Renovations followed; the clubhouse in 2002 and the golf course in 2007, including the resurfacing of all greens, refurbishing the bunkers, and the addition of a complete practice facility. Although these improvements were well received by the members, the economic downturn in 2008 led to a severe decline in membership.

In 2009, Seminole Lake Country Club became a semi-private club and to this day remains one of the favorites of golfers throughout the Tampa Bay area. Coincidentally, membership has grown due to the course’s consistently good conditioning, playability, and service level. The club is still owned by the Cunningham family and there’s still that same friendly feel as it was when the brothers opened the club in 1962.

Seminole Lake Country Club is located on the banks of Long Bayou and Cross Bayou and is one of only a handful of courses in Florida that features SeaDwarf Seashore Paspalum grass on the tees, fairways, and greens. Paspalum is one of the most versatile turfgrasses out there, it’s tolerant to various mower heights as well as salt. Its upright growth habit allows golf balls to sit up in the rough and fairways. It also produces a firm and fast putting surface that has a lot less grain than traditional Florida Bermuda greens. If I have a choice of what turf to play on, Paspalum is the clear winner!

The length at Seminole Lake is not going to overwhelm most players.  This par 71 golf course was designed by Chic Adams, and plays 6,501 yards from the back tees, with a course rating of 72.1 and a slope of 133. Five sets of tees provide an enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities. They also have a great practice facility too, with a recently renovated driving range, a complete short game practice area with a bunker, and two large putting greens. The majority of the fairways are very wide and generous off the tee. The Paspalum greens are also large and receptive with great undulation and contouring.

The course has plenty of doglegs and like most Florida courses, plenty of water; each hole has its own unique character.  Bunkers are strategically placed throughout the course and water hazards come into play on nearly every hole. With the Gulf of Mexico nearby, birdlife is abundant and a family of bald eagles has claimed residency on the property. Look for them as you make your way around the course.

Seminole Lake has several holes that will stick in your memory for a while. My favorite par 3s are the two on the backside: Number 10 and Number 16. These two holes are very similar. They both play slightly uphill, feature a water hazard that needs to be carried off the tee, and are well protected by bunkers. They both play similar distances too – 175 and 173 yards from the Blue Tees, respectively.

My favorite par 4 is Number 6 which plays 337 yards from the White tees. It’s a tight driving hole, with water on both sides and a narrow landing area. Move back to the Black Tees (368 yards) and the tee shot is downright scary! Launch a long tee shot right and you’re most likely in the houses. Success off the tee on this dogleg right will leave a short iron or wedge into a relatively flat green, protected with sand on both sides. Take a par and run!

The Members’ favorite Par 5 is Number 12, a 485-yard slight dogleg left. It’s another interesting driving hole, especially if you’re long off the tee! Beware of the water down the left side and the creek that crosses the fairway about 295 yards from the tee. Playing your tee shot down the right side will leave the best angle into the green and give you the best chance to get on in two. The left side is a lot tougher as you will have to shape a long approach shot around an old oak tree that sits about 180 yards out from the green and over a pond in front of the left side of the green. If you decide to layup short of the green there is a trio of palm trees in the middle of the fairway 65 yards short of the green. A single bunker guards the right side of the green. Good scores can be had here!

Holes 17 and 18 are two of the best finishing holes in the area. Seventeen is a 404-yard par 4, dogleg right and requires a pretty good drive to reach the corner of the dogleg to have a clear shot into the green. The water on the right off the tee shouldn’t be a factor. Success off the tee will leave a mid to long-iron into a large, elevated green protected on the right side with a large bunker.

The finishing hole is a straight 352-yard par 4 with all kinds of trouble on the right side. The water on the right side starts about 76 yards from the tee and stretches for about 160 yards, plus there’s a bunker in the landing area about 200 yards off the tee on the right side as well. A good tee shot that favors the left side is best and will leave a short iron or wedge into the green, which is protected front right by a bunker. Par (or better) is always a great way to finish.

Seminole Lake Country Club offers several membership options including Full Memberships which entitle you to all of the club’s amenities (golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, kayak launch, clubhouse, and member-only social functions), Golf Memberships, Tennis Memberships, Seasonal Memberships for both golf and tennis, and Social Memberships. Dues are quite reasonable.

Last Word: Pay attention to the yardages, a lot of the par 4 doglegs look longer than they are. Hitting something less than driver off the tee will prevent you from hitting it through the fairway and out of bounds and incurring penalty strokes. The course is a lot of fun to play and although the parking lot might be full when you arrive, play moves right along. We played on a Saturday afternoon in a little more than 4 hours. For more information on Seminole Lake Country Club or to book your next round, give them a call at (727) 391-6255 or visit them online at www.seminolelake.net.

New PUMA Golf Apparel To Get You Noticed On and Off the Course

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PUMA recently unveiled a new collection of golf apparel that is highlighted by their new CLOUDSPUN fabric and several new Volition pieces.

PUMA’s new CLOUDSPUN Taylor Golf Polo will help you stand out on the golf course. This trendy golf polo is designed for serious golfers that take pride in how they present themselves on the golf course. The Taylor Polo features a colorblock pattern in the midsection creating a golf spin on the traditional rugby shirt. The  CLOUDSPUN fabric has an ultra-soft feel and four-way stretch to move with you through your golf swing and its moisture-wicking properties keep you cool and dry through your entire round. You’ll find the CLOUDSPUN Taylor Golf Polo on a number of PUMA’s tour professionals. You can recognize it by the subtle “P” label on the hem and the iconic “cat” logo on the left sleeve. It’s available in sizes S – 3XL and in 11 PUMA colors.

PUMA’s Volition Allegiance 1/4 zip has an eye-catching, patriotic design with a bold stripe pattern in two patriotic colorways. This 1/4 zip will definitely keep you warm and comfortable and give you a sense of patriotism as you tee it up on course. It’s the perfect layering piece on those days where the temperature fluctuates. The Volition Allegiance 1/4 zip is part of the Volition America Golf Collection a proud supporter of the Folds of Honor Foundation. With the “cat” logo on the back of the neck, this 1/4 zip is available in sizes S – 3XL and in either Quiet Shade or the ultra-patriotic Dark Denim.

Another great CLOUDSPUN piece is PUMA’s CLOUDSPUN Crewneck which is destined to become one of your favorite golf sweaters. The circular knit, 4-way stretch,  and UV 40 SPF take golf performance apparel to the next level. It’s incredibly soft and inspires match-winning confidence in a stylish golf sweater. The cat logo on the chest identifies the brand. The CLOUDSPUN Golf Crewneck is available in sizes S – 3XL and in 7 colors. PUMA also offers a CLOUDSPUN Crew for the ladies. Their Colorblock Crew provides four-way stretch and warmth while maintaining the style and sophistication standards PUMA is known for. The Women’s CLOUDSPUN Colorblock Crew is available in XS – XXL and in Peachskin, Super Lemon, Thyme, or Peacoat. The iconic ‘Cat” logo can be found on the left hip.

Great tops deserve great bottoms; whether their shorts or pants depends on where you live. Guys will like the new PUMA Volition Pilot Short with an all-over fighter jet pattern in a red, white and blue colorway. They pair great with just about any Volition piece and let you show just how much you love this country. And golf. The Volition Pilot Short is available in waist sizes 28 – 40 and in either Dark Denim or High Rise Gray.

Ladies will quickly fall in love with PUMA’s PWRSHAPE Golf Pants. The PWRSHAPE waistband delivers a smooth silhouette and unmatched comfort. Golf Pants have never felt – or looked – so good. The DRYCELL moisture wicking technology will keep you cool and comfortable from the first tee to the 18th green. The PWRSHAPE Golf Pant is available in sizes 2XS – 2XL and in several colors: Bright White, Dark Denim, PUMA Black, and Peacoat.

This is just a small sample of PUMA’s latest golf apparel offerings. To see more, visit www.cobragol.com/pumagolf.

PUMA Pop Top Mini Bluetooth Speaker – Small Footprint. Big Sound.

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Music seems to be the latest trend in the golf industry; companies are popping up left and right with new Bluetooth speaker offerings. Not to be left out, PUMA has introduced their new Pop Top Mini Speaker, a small yet rich speaker with a few added features.

In creating the Pop Top Mini Speaker, PUMA partnered with Speaqua Sound Company. This compact, waterproof/ dustproof/ shockproof speaker also has a bottle opener and ball marker. The speaker delivers premium sound but can be set low enough that it’s only heard by your group, not the entire course. Multiple speakers can be paired together so that the entire group here’s the same music (or game). The 5-hour battery life should last long enough to get you around the course and at a mere $40, it’s a sound investment! PUMA has always been a trendsetter in the golf industry – the new Pop Top Mini Speaker just solidifies this. It’s available in either Black or White! See it on the Cobra/Puma website at https://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/poptop-mini.