The Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour is currently in Paradise Valley, Arizona, a few minutes from downtown Phoenix. Current stop on the tour is the wonderful Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain.
The suites here are very open and airy, quite a nice vibe. The property is very nice, with all the amenities, services, and great food one might need when looking for… a sanctuary.
I’ll be posting a full golf travel review of Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain soon, but for now you can click the photos or this link to the Sanctuary photo gallery.
The Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour and yours truly are heading for Scottsdale, Arizona today. I’ve been tasked by Hyundai Motors to come down and test out the new Genesis, their luxury sedan. They want to know what a die hard golfer thinks of the car. I certainly qualify and it sounds like a fun gig.
Naturally I can’t truly evaluate the vehicle as a golfer if I don’t actually use it as a means to carry myself and my sticks to and from the golf course and the 19th hole following the round. So a round at the famous Troon North Pinnacle course in Scottsdale is on the docket for tomorrow. Stoked. To top it off, I’ll be playing with none other than the Golf Blogger himself. John, you’re going down. Bring cash.
A couple of months ago I went through the whole shopping and buying process for a luxury vehicle. I ended up with a quite nice 2014 German-made vehicle. I have quite a high bar to compare the Genesis to as a result. I’m anxious to check it out.
Next blog post from Arizona. For more live and up to date content of this trip and the HOG World Tour, be sure to follow my two twitter feeds: @thegolfspace and @hoggolfblog. Also follow the hashtag #nextgenesis for mine and other media tweets about the Genesis.
Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater
Since 2001 Dunning Golf has been a maker of very high quality, high performance golf apparel. Ralph Dunning uses proprietary performance fabrics and combines them with very classy styles and designs. The end result is the most comfortable, best looking, and highest performance golf apparel I’ve reviewed. Today’s review of the new Tour Edition Players Sweater is no different. Let us take a look.
The Tour Edition Players Sweater is made from 100% Australian merino wool. Before you start thinking you’d be too hot and too itchy, let me tell you that this type of wool is so soft and smooth you might mistake it for silk.
The wool seems to regulate the body temperature. It breathes well and provides insulation and warmth when needed, but does not get too hot.
Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater – Click to zoom…
“It’s slimming…” That’s what the lady said to me the first time I put on the TEPS (Tour Edition Players Sweater). Based on that comment alone I’m sold! I’m not exactly on the radar for modeling in the next men’s apparel magazine or anything…
The style of this sweater is all class, great to wear on or off the course.
No need for a myriad of colors. Two is plenty, “Halo” (blue, pictured) and Charcoal gray.
Sizes range from small to double extra-large.
On The Course / Performance
I’m wearing a sweater on the course because I need a little bit of insulation to stay warm and keep the back loose. Often times wearing these types of layers means a compromise in comfort and movement. Those compromises mean bad golf swings. Not the case with the TEPS. The freedom of movement in the golf swing with this sweater is fantastic.
No restrictions. No binding. No stretching anywhere. Swing freely.
Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater – Charcoal
I was surprised to see the pricing on this sweater was only $125 retail. I had it pegged for $199-$249 based on the quality, materials, and style.
When judging golf apparel there four criteria I use, in this order: performance, comfort, style, convenience. The Dunning Golf Tour Edition Players Sweater earns the highest marks across the board. That comes as no surprise. That’s what I would expect from Dunning.
Cross Golf Pro Jacket – click to zoom
Finally winter is fading away and spring is coming. The snow has melted, for now, and I’m able to get back out on the course here. I’ve had quite a backlog of golf reviews to do, products which have been patiently waiting for the snow to melt and the courses to open. Time to get on it.
Cross Golf Pro Jacket
I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying a fabulous golf outerwear item from Cross Golf. Cross Golf is an industry leader in Sweden. The jacket I’ve been testing is called the “Pro Jacket.” I guess since I’m wearing it, I can now call myself a “pro.” Lets take a look at the Cross Golf Pro Jacket.
There are several layers in the Pro Jacket. The outer layer or shell is made of 100% polyester. An inner “membrane” for insulation is made of 100% polyurethane. The inner lining is 100% polyester. Pockets and crucial parts of the inner area of the jacket are lined with fleece for comfort and warmth.
There are several well thought out and well implemented functions in the Pro Jacket. Obviously the jacket is great in terms of being weatherproof and wind resistant.
The collar is adjustable, great for times when it is raining or windy. Just tighten up the collar and keep the elements out. Keeping the neck warm and dry is very important. See photo:
Pro Jacket collar adjustment
The same adjustability applies to the bottom of the jacket. Keeping out the elements is easy when cinching down the bottom.
Velcro straps allow the wearer to seal out the elements from finding their way in through the end of the sleeves.
The front zipper has a coating on it which keeps the wind from blowing through the front of the garment as well as keeping water out.
The pockets, as mentioned, are fleece lined which is great for warming up the hands and protecting personal items.
There is also a “security” pocket in the inside chest area which is practically hidden and not easily seen. The security pocket is vertically aligned with the zipper. Photo:
Secret security pocket…
The Swedes know their style and the Cross Golf Pro Jacket has plenty of it. This is a very classy and stylish jacket with a great cut and stylish design. Even my not- so-girlish figure is complemented by the Pro Jacket.
The comfort of this jacket is amazing. The inner lining is extremely soft and smooth. The sleeves are very comfortable.
The jacket is luxurious and moves freely through the entire golf swing without binding or restricting any movement.
The Pro Jacket is available in six colors: Scarlet Red (pictured), Dazzling Blue, Black, Flare Blue, Patriot Blue, Light Gray Melange.
Sizes range from small to triple extra-large.
At $285, this is not an inexpensive golf jacket. Many say “you get what you pay for” and nothing could be more true in the case of the Cross Golf Pro Jacket. The style, fit, performance, weatherproofing, and comfort are all best in class. The comfort level is so high with this garment, I wear it whenever I can, not just on the golf course.
Two days ago I had intended to write a great blog post and course review featuring Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland. At that point in time writing a single word became as difficult as this legendary golf links is to play. Where would I start? How could I possibly convey how special of place it is? I felt like my limited blogging/writing skills could not do justice to this golf course which is known by many as the toughest test of golf in the world, a place which has hosted seven Open Championships, a senior Open Championship, the British Amateur Championship, and Women’s British Open.
Carnoustie Golf Links – click for larger image
I’ve decided to do two articles about Carnoustie. One will be a standard course review and one, this one, a recollection of what it was like for me to play the course and what my thoughts and impressions were. (more…)