Today’s round was a perfect situation to put my Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip layer into play. The temperatures were only in the 60’s with a steady wind about 10-15 miles per hour. Not warm enough to go without some kind of protection, but not exactly winter golf. That’s spring golf in Utah, or a round of golf just about anytime at Pebble Beach.
Dunning Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip
Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip Features
This outer layer is made up of 94% polyester and 6% spandex. No cotton and no problem for me. I love what is being done with these fabrics over the last few years. They’re durable, machine washable, wrinkle resistant, and very sharp looking. The fabric insulates the body well, but also helps it breath.
The sleeves are slimming, meaning they’ll stay out of the way in the golf swing. There’s nothing worse than bad swings caused by irritating apparel issues.
Today I used the included drawstring around the bottom. Once I tightened it a bit those cold drafts no longer crept up from below.
This piece comes in small, medium, large, extra-large, and double extra-large. I sport a large and the fit is great.
Mine (pictured) is the black/silver stripe version. The other color combinations are Dusk/Hastings (light bluish with yellow stripe), Halo/Dusk (dark blue with light blue stripe), Sequence/Light Grey (lighter blue with grey stripe).
On The Course
I need an outer layer to take the edge off of the wind and slight chill, but not too heavy. My black Stretch Thermal is perfect in that situation, and soaks up some of the sun’s heat to help keep my back warm. The garment doesn’t bind or pull during the swing, allowing me to swing freely and crack some massive drives. It also does not impede my putting. I bend over quite a bit and some poorer fitted outer layers can snag the putter grip. That’s a quick way to miss putts.
True to Dunning’s reputation the comfort level is as good as it gets. Style wise? When I wear Dunning I know I’m at the top of the golf apparel food chain.
I’ve dealt with dozens of apparel companies and reviewed countless products over the last 10+ years. Every Dunning product I’ve tested, the $105 Stretch Thermal Striped 1/4 Zip included, features the highest of quality, style, comfort, and performance.
I’m almost more excited for today’s golf short apparel script than I am for the day’s golf round. Today I’ll be putting these Dunning Golf Stretch Performance Bottoms.
Dunning Stretch Performance Bottoms (Golf Shorts)
I’ll be testing these for a few rounds on the course and around town, then posting my final review. I’m confident I will not be disappointed. Dunning Golf makes some of the best golf apparel I’ve ever experienced.
Below are links to a few of my previous Dunning Golf apparel reviews. Check them out:
Dunning Stretch Pique Multi Stripe Polo
Dunning 1/4 Zip Outer Layer
Jersey Button Down Polo
Player’s Edition Sweater
This is getting tough. Once I started posting some cigar reviews, cigar submissions and requests for reviews have increased. I’m up to the task. Look for HookedOnCigarBlog.com coming soon perhaps!
Today’s golf cigar review is the Perdomo 20th SG Epicure, courtesy of the Famous Smoke Shop. I’ve enjoyed the Perdomo 20th SG Epicure on the course and during “cigar holes” I’m actually even par! I’ll do anything to play good golf (barring practice of course). The lampshade thing didn’t work but if all it takes is puffing on a Perdomo, I’m in.
Perdomo 20th SG Epicure Overview
- Strength: Full
- Size: 6 x 56
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper Color: Natural
- Wrapper Origin: Nicaraguan
- Wrapper Leaf Type: Sun Grown
- Price: $8.50 per cigar
The 20th SG Epicure is a full flavored smoke, not for beginners in my opinion. Give it a good 40-60 minutes to enjoy as at that strength enjoying too fast could be a little bit of an issue. I’ll start this one up around the 6th hole, and it carries to the first hole or so on the back nine. I enjoyed the flavor, right down to the end. Some cigars get a little nasty at the end, but not this one.
Not far from the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland is a fabulous, authentic, old-world links course in the town of Crail called Balcomie Links. Balcomie Links is one of two courses on the property. The other course is Craighead Links which opened in 1998. Craighead Links was designed by Gil Hanse, one of today’s most popular golf architects, and the architect of the 2016 Rio Olympics golf course.
Old Tom Morris is the architect of Balcomie Links. Old Tom finished up Balcomie the same year he finished up the “New Course” in St Andrews, 1895. The course plays to a par of 69, and a total yardage of 5,861. If you are a yardage snob you’ll have to adjust a wee bit. Once you do, you’ll truly appreciate the splendor of this course and the overall par and length will matter not.
Fantastic Balcomie Golf Links in Crail, Scotland
The personality of Balcomie Links is fantastically understated. The pro shop has to be the coolest shops I’ve ever seen. I imagine golfers sitting on this bench as children, learning to golf from mom and dad. They grow up sitting on this bench. They grow old sitting on this bench, and life is good for them. I’m envious.
Coolest Pro Shop in the World!
Located a 20-30 minute drive from St Andrews, Balcomie Links is located on an unbelievable stretch of land which borders the North Sea. I can’t think of more than one or two holes which don’t have a view of the North Sea, and most of the holes are right on the water. If this course was in California it would give Pebble Beach a run for its money.
In fact, the whole time we played the course my group of pals kept playfully looking around and saying “Pebble who?”
Tee shots at Balcomie Links are so enjoyable and fun. Tom Morris was quite creative with the layout, and there are tee boxes in some very interesting places. Some tee boxes are by old buildings (below), while others cross holes. Some are by mortar and rock OB walls that must be hundreds of years old.
Par-5 2nd Tee – “Ower The Knowe”
The fairways at Balcomie links welcome golf shots and don’t provide too much penalty if they’re not perfect. The wide fairways provide an enjoyable walk, but on rare occasions present challenging angles and blind shots if the ball finds the wrong resting place.
Fairway approach to the double green on the 11th
Some fairways, in old Scottish links golf style, cross each other. Keep a keen eye open for other players and rest assured the locals who know the course will do the same for you.
Due to typical high winds, the greens at Balcomie Links only run between a seven to a nine on the stimpmeter. In other words fairly slow. American golfers may be used to faster greens, so it takes a few strokes to get used to whacking putts that hard.
Forced carry to an elevated green with the North Sea in the background. Fabulous!
The greens are not severe, but are tastefully protected via bunkering and other hazards, like the North Sea! A few holes feature some strong elevation change approaching the green.
Crail Golfing Society
The town of Crail is the home of Crail Golfing Society, the 7th oldest golf club in the world. The clubhouse overlooks the links, with the beautiful blue water in the background. Crail Golfing Society was kind enough to allow us to enjoy their fine food and a wee pint following our round. One of the best meals I had on my last Scotland trip was accompanied by one of the best views, as seen below.
Room With A View – Crail Golfing Society – click for more
When trying to come up with words to describe the experience at Balcomie Links the first two which came to mind were “authentic” and “true.” Golf here is authentic, as are the people. There’s nothing gaudy or commercial here. Balcomie Links is about TRUE and traditional Scottish links golf and is uninfluenced by the outside world.
Boy is it a world I’d love to live in.
See the whole gallery of Balcomie Golf Links images!
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Kingsbarns Golf Links Review
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Fairmont Hotel St Andrews Review
Here’s the first look at the soon-to-be-reviewed Greg Norman Collection Long Sleeve Polo. The fabric in this polo is amazingly soft and it is super sharp looking.
- 3 button placket
- V hem
- Tailored Collar
- Brand logo right cuff
- 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex
I’ll be doing my rigorous testing battery soon, as in wearing it and playing golf. Yeah it’s tough duty. Stay tuned for the full review.