I was thankful to be playing golf yesterday. First because my back had gone out and I miraculously recovered in time to play. Second, it is December here in northern Utah and it is not uncommon for the courses to be closed and under a couple feet of snow.
To celebrate the day and the unseasonably warm weather I busted out a Ave Maria Crusader Cigar courtesy of my BFF’s at Cigars City.
This Nicaraguan made cigar has Honduran/Nicaraguan filler and an Equador Habano wrapper. It is a medium-full strength cigar, so not quite for newbs or those looking for a light flavor.
I liked the body and flavor of this cigar. Very enjoyable. Not too much for my slightly-above-newb level. It had just enough of a kick to it.
Game Improvement Cigar
I fired up this cigar on the 13th hole and it obviously helped my game: par, par, par, birdie, birdie, bogey. I was five over par for the holes without the cigar and one under par with cigar. Could be my new secret weapon.
Two years ago today my life was greatly changed with the birth of baby Seve Anthony (first photo). The last two years have been quite sleep deprived and surely a test for myself and the lovely bride. Seve is growing fast. He has great sense of humor and is fun to play with. He’s formulating multiple word sentences and loves to say “well hi dad!”
Yes, the name Seve is inspired by golf legend Seve Ballesteros.
On a daily basis this great little boy blows my mind and melts my heart. I enjoy rediscovering life’s simple things with him. He enjoys digging in the dirt, throwing rocks in streams, pushing toy cars around, building with building blocks, walking around the neighborhood. Seve loves mechanical things which work together like hinges, doors, drawers, buttons, wheels. He studies them intensely to see how they work. Perhaps a mechanical engineer in the making.
From the moment he awakes (unfortunately no later than 6 a.m.) he is full of energy and wants to explore the neighborhood, dragging mom and myself around in the wee hours to visit his spots and say hello to the neighbor’s pets. He will grab my hand and take me to whatever he’s doing so that I can participate with him. If I’m sitting or laying, he will try to lift me up! Sev’s energy level is constant and high, except during nap time and once he finally falls asleep for the night.
Without my influence, he has picked up some golf clubs and whacks a ball around the house. I may adopt his pre-shot routine, circling the ball a time or two before hitting it. Check it out:
Somehow (yes, yes I know) he loves football, and loves tossing a football around the house, the backyard, and at Utah Utes football tailgating.
Seve is a bright light in my world and brings happiness to everyone he comes in contact with. I look forward to watching this little guy grow, and to experiencing all that life has to offer him. I hope to be a great example for him, as my father was (and still is) to me.
My new best friends at Cigars City asked if I’d be willing to do a product review of the Gurkha Centurian cigar. Um yeah, and when do I get the job working as a photographer for Playboy? Is that next week? “Would five be enough for your review?” they asked… Tremendous.
So welcome to my first official cigar review. Hopefully the first of many, assuming the photography gig above doesn’t pan out. Turn to the left honey. Perfect…
The Centurian is made in the Dominican Republic, considered by many as the second best place in the world to Cuba. Centurian is a mid-sized “perfecto” shaped cigar at six inches and a 60 gauge width. Perfecto shape means it is tapered at both ends. A nice feature is that the cigar is pre-cut. In newb fashion, I wasn’t quite sure which end to smoke and which one to light. Don’t tell anyone that.
The strength of this cigar is rated at medium, not overly strong which works someone like me who doesn’t smoke often. The flavor stays consistent too, right down to the end. Somc cigars can get downright nasty at about 1/3 to 1/4 remaining.
Smoke time is about 45-60 minutes for this cigar, which will run around $13.00.
On The Course
When reviewing golf equipment I always do an “on the course” section, documenting real-world performance on a real golf course.
I found the Centurian performed well off the tee, in the fairway, and on the green. The 19th hole performance is obvious.
Having a cigar on the course can truly be a stroke saver for me. I’m not kidding on this. If there was some way to track my lifetime score with and without cigar, my with cigar rounds would be lower. I find that I relax more and play a little more loose and less stressed, which leads to better scores.
The Gurkha Centurian is a nice smoke, well worth the few bucks more than one might pay for a “cheap” cigar. Great for on or off the golf course and lasts a satisfactory time.
On my recent Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour stop in Michigan I had the pleasure of playing the Arthur Hills designed Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club. Humidity was 100%. It was so humid driving there that we had to use the windshield wipers, despited it not actually “raining.” The rainy and cloudy conditions made capturing decent photos difficult. It also made capturing pars and birdies difficult.
Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club – click to view more photos
Memorial Day here in the USA is a federal holiday for remembering those who have lost their lives serving in the country’s military. I have many golf pals who are veterans of different wars like Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. I’m glad those buddies are still around. I’ve lost a few golf pals too, veterans who eventually lost their lives as a result of lasting injuries from the wars they served in, and even from chemical warfare.
Because of my close connection with these great folks, days like this have quite a deep meaning to me. Because of the service of the fine members of our armed forces, we are able to live (and golf) in freedom here.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Washington, DC
I made a trip to Washington DC with my family recently. We had the opportunity while there to visit the World War II memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. All are very humbling and inspiring places.
To those who serve or served in our armed forces I say hats off. Cheers. Thanks. You have my gratitude. Lets play some golf. Next round is on me.