If there’s one country that should know how to deal with the cold, it is Scotland. You could trust that an apparel company established in Scotland would have unparalleled expertise in warmth, especially a company which has been around since about 20 years before St. Andrews’ New Course (1895) and the Jubilee Course (1897). Lyle & Scott would be that company.
Today’s featured item from Lyle & Scott is their Crew Neck Pullover “Jumper.” Here in the USA we could call the same thing a sweater.
This jumper, ahem, features a cable knit. Cable knit is a pattern woven into the fabric which has a look like many cables or ropes aligned vertically. The jumper is made from 80% lambswool and 20% nylon. The cuffs on the sleeves and the waistband are a ribbed knit.
This jumper is extremely sharp looking. The fit for me, a USA XL, is perfect, unlike many “euro” sized apparel items. Not too tight, but not like wearing a weather balloon.
I dread trying on wool. I can almost feel the itching before I even put on the garment. Not the case with this beauty. The lamb’s wool/nylon combo is not abrasive or itchy at all.
On The Course
We’ve had an indian summer here in northern Utah. Fall has been warm but finally the temperatures have been dropping to the point of needing to wear a sweater…I mean jumper. During the round yesterday the cold late in the day gave me quite a chill but as soon as I put on the Crew Neck Pullover the cold was gone and I felt nice and toasty.
Despite having a nice thick wool insulation layer, I was still able to move freely and the garment did not impede the swing or my comfort level at all.
I have a new favorite jumper and sweater all in one. The Crew Neck Pullover is perfectly comfortable, plush, and fits naturally.
This is not a sweater for the faint of wallet. Pricing on this jumper is around $175 USD. That said, this one is worth the price of admission and will surely pay itself off in the form of many warm and comfortable years of enjoyment.
On the last HOG World Tour stop in the Bahamas at Sandals Resorts on the island of Exuma, I had a small window of time to do some aerial shots of Greg Norman’s golf course there. Emerald Reef is the name of the course and the back nine has some very scenic holes as you will see in the video. Unfortunately the weather was rainy and cloudy and my only window of time was late in the day. As a result the lighting is a bit dark. That said, the shots are still stunning. What a piece of property! Enjoy.
The cigar of the month is the Rocky Patel Connecticut series courtesy of my new best friends at Cigars City. The Connecticut is a medium to low priced cigar around $6-$7 each, which comes in four different sizes listed below. His cigar is primarily Honduran, with a very mild and mellow taste, good for inexperienced cigar smokers or those who don’t want too much of a kick.
Churchill (pictured above) – smoke time 60-90 minutes
Robusto – smoke time 45-60 minutes
Toro – smoke time 45-60 minutes
Torpedo – smoke time 45-60 minutes
Wrapper: Equador Connecticut
While on vacation in the Bahamas last week we enjoyed some Connecticuts of varying sizes while on the beach and on our patio overlooking the caribbean. As you can see in the photo below, the lovely lady is digging this mellow stick.
Wine, music, robe, caribbean, cigar, discussing a day of snorkeling… Can’t get any better than this!
Sure while we were there we could have plunked down some substantial cash for some Cuban cigars, but we were perfectly content with the smooth and mellow sticks we brought with us.
Galvin Green is a Swedish apparel company with some very stylish and high technology offerings.
Case in point is today’s review, the Millard Polo. This piece is the iPhone 6 of golf polos, but you don’t have to wait in line overnight to get one or sign a two year contract to wear it.
The Millard polo uses “body-mapping” technology. The brainiacs at Galvin Green know all the crucial areas on the body which need ventilation and have increased ventilation in those areas to help the player remain comfortable and dry, even in extreme conditions.
The fabrics/fibers used to construct the Millard Polo wick the moisture away from the player’s body and disperse that moisture over a large area, where it evaporates. The fabric is very high strength and will not wash out or wear out. The fabric in the polo provides valuable UV protection to protect the wearer from the sun, and it also features antibacterial properties to keep the shirt, and its wearer fresh and odorless.
The looks and style of this polo are as groundbreaking as its technology. I like the fact that the colored panels promote a fit and sporty look, even with my square torso.
Today’s shirt script…
During rounds of golf the polo flows with the golf swing. No binding, pulling or uncomfortable spots (see critiques below however).
I played a round of golf in 94 degree temperatures a few days ago. The sweat on my upper body was wicked away and I felt quite cool and try compared to the ambient temperature.
I do have issues with the sizing. Many swedes may be skinny and like tight fitting clothes but in the USA we are a little bigger. I happen to dislike tight fitting apparel. I normally wear an extra-large but due to the swedish sizing I had to go with a double-extra-large.
Sizing for the Millard runs from small to double-extra-large. I’d recommend one size above what you normally wear.
There are four colors available: orange, white, gray, blue.
My Millard Polo is a gamer in a closet which has at least 50 competing polos. I love the looks, style, and performance. The maintenance (machine wash) is very convenient.
The Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour spent most of the week last week at the fabulous Sandals Resorts Emerald Bay property on the island of Exuma in the Bahamas. I’ve now added a large batch of photos of the resort and its many offerings, even some photos from my drone (see picture below).
Sandals Emerald Bay From Above – click for more
There is no way I could capture photographically everything Sandals Emerald Bay offers, but the gallery should give you a good idea if you are planning a caribbean trip, or a Bahamas trip. There are even photos of the awesome caribbean drinks!
Sandals Emerald Bay Mail Pool at Night – click for more
Enjoy the Sandals Emerald Bay photos for now, and stay tuned for my full review soon.