One of my long time best golf and cigar buddies was in town from Vegas yesterday. He was here enjoying the cooler, 100 degree temperatures. Naturally I suggested we hit the links and I brought some “little friends” (said in the voice of Al Pacino). Those friends, a.k.a. golf cigars were the La La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal courtesy of Holt’s Cigar Company.
This sampler includes the following:
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Robusto (5.25 X 54)
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso (5.5 X 54)
- 1 – La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo (5.5 X 54)
- 1 – San Cristobal Monumento (7.25 X 49)
- 1 – San Cristobal Revelation Legend (6.25 X 52)
These brands are blended by renowned cigar maker Jose “Pepin” Garcia, in Estelí, Nicaragua. This sampler rates in the 92-95 range.
On The Course
On the 11th tee dark clouds and rain hit us. Not heavy rain, but there was some lightning activity. We took shelter to wait it out and that’s when we said hello to our little friends. I chose the dark lady in the middle, the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo while my buddy chose the San Cristobal Revelation Legend.
The La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo I found to be very smooth and slightly above medium bodied, for me at least. My golf buddy loved the San Cristobal Revelation Legend. He finished the 11th with a fine par and when he was fully into his stick he made a tremendous birdie on the par-5 12th. My game was supercharged too. In the cigar holes 11-13 I went par-par-birdie.
The numbers don’t lie. We were cumulatively -2 for the cigar holes. Next round I’ll be putting more of this cigar sampler into play. I enjoyed mine right down to the (not bitter) end. Some cigars I can’t go that far with, but my Reserva Maximo provided “maximo” smooth and consistent taste all the way.
The forecast for this afternoon is 98F and sunny. I’ll be doing my best to stay hydrated and keep my concentration and energy level up with the help of some Swing Oil.
In my group “swing oil” or “swing lube” is normally in reference to another liquid refreshment.
I’ll be testing Swing Oil out over the next month or two and posting my full review soon. I’m playing so bad now that I’m tempted to not only drink this stuff but soak my clubs and golf balls in it as well. Hell, I might even pour some on my brain.
I’ve found a new gamer ball, one that fits my game perfectly:
The Emoji Poop ball above matches my Emoji Poop driver cover, which reviewed about a week ago.
Below is the Paige Spirinac ball:
These are part of the Emoji half-dozen pack which can be found on Amazon here.
When my golf partners watch me chip this is the ball that represents their reactions:
These would be a fun Father’s Day golf gift, though it may be too late to order these for Father’s Day unless you are on Amazon Prime.
Red alert! You have exactly one week before Father’s Day. Stay calm. I’ve got some great golf related Father’s Day gift ideas for you, most of which you can get shipped in time, or find in your local golf shop. I’ll cover a range of under $15 to about $500 so now matter how much you “love” dad, I’ve got you covered. Each item will have a photo and a link to the HOG review.
At $14.99 the Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder is a great gift. It holds cigars of varying sizes and clamps via velcro or strong magnets.
Between $65-$75 is a Snell Golf Father’s Day gift pack. The packs come with two dozen killer golf balls, an awesome hat, and two casino chip style Snell Golf ball markers. Snell Golf balls are designed by the engineer behind the ProV1 and many other high end “tour” golf balls.
These flip flops are incredibly comfortable. The padding under the feet provides a wonderful foot massage with every step. The joy dad will get for a mere $30 investment is huge.
I love my Emoji Poop head cover. It’s a friendly reminder of how good my golf game really is. Dad’s golf buddies will be envious. Under $30.
Fantastic golf shorts with an attitude featuring roughly 200 skulls. Dad will love wearing these at the stuffy old club. Under $60.
Class dad up with a high end golf polo from Devereux. Incredible fabric, performance and fit. $85 well spent.
Indoors or in the yard these are great practice balls. They fly a fraction of the distance normal golf balls do, and won’t break the neighbor’s window when you blade a flop shot in the front yard.
There are no better socks on the planet. I will not wear any other socks than Kentwool. They’re not cheap. They last forever. Their new game day version features colors of your favorite pro or college sports teams.
My current game bag is this one. It’s super light and very cool looking with no outlandish logos or marketing on it. Ouul is a new brand making some very cool golf bags.
Do you REALLY love dad? Then you can pony up the $500 it will take to get him the best golf laser rangefinder on the market, the Bushnell Pro X2. This is my gamer and I love it.
The best things in life are free. Point dad to the new Hooked on Golf Blog mobile app, available for both major mobile platforms. To find it, search for “Hooked on Golf Blog” in either app store.
I’m happy to announce the release of the world’s first golf blog Android app! Hooked on Golf Blog is now available as an Android app, free in the Google Play Store here. HOG blazed the golf blogging trail when it began in 2004, and continues to blaze new trails in the world of golf media.
The HOG Android app was designed to be easy to use. Reading the latest posts takes one finger tap. Getting a list of posts in a single category, like equipment reviews is one tap. Now HOG patrons can enjoy the brilliant, well written, entertaining, enlightening content here anywhere, on their mobile device. Read HOG in line at the DMV or waiting to get drilled at the dentist!
If you are an iOS user, the app is also available on the Apple App Store here.