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Bobby Jones XH20 Aero Golf Polo Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
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My all time favorite golfer?  Not Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus (though Jack is a close 2nd place).  That distinction belongs to Bobby Jones.  Mr. Jones was quite possibly the best golfer ever.  Since he retired from golf at age 28, we will never know how many major championships he would have won.  When he retired at 28, Jones had 13 majors.  Compare that to Tiger who at age 38 has 14.  Do the math.  Jack and Tiger might have had another dozen to catch Mr. Jones.

Bobby Jones was not only a great golfer, he dressed the part.  Decades after Mr. Jones passed away the Bobby Jones apparel line continues the classy tradition.  The line is celebrating its 25th year in business.

Bobby Jones Apparel

XH20 Aero Polo by Bobby Jones – click to zoom

Today’s subject is the new Bobby Jones XH20 Aero Polo.  Lets take a look.

Materials

This polo is made from a proprietary polyester and lycra blend. These are two great fabrics for sport/golf performance in my book. They provide high moisture wicking, no shrinking, durability, comfort, and most of all easy care. Not much needed in terms of ironing and maintenance. Wash it and lay it down flat to dry.

Photobombed by Bobby Jones!

Style

I really dig the Bobby Jones polo line up. The XH20 Aero Polo is very classy. The color scheme is fantastic. The black/green is such a great combination. I just realized this is almost the exact same scheme as the HOG logo and website theme. No wonder I like it so much.

Along with the great scheme, there’s the knitted collar. Inside the 3-button placket is a little embroidered Bobby Jones figure. Nice.

On The Course/At The Office

The comfort level of this polo is fantastic on the course or in the cube.

The look is very sharp.  During the golf swing the polo does not bind or pull anywhere.  I’m free to swing in comfort with no distractions.

Conclusion

The Bobby Jones XH20 Aero Polo at $85 is a mid-range priced high performance polo with style to spare.

More Soon

I have a few other Bobby Jones apparel items to review so stay tuned.


Perfecto Cigar Holder Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 16th, 2014
Categories: CigarsGolf AccessoriesGolf GearGolf LifeGolf LifestyleMiscellaneousReviews

I’ve been working very hard on this review.  I’ve had many deep research sessions.  In those sessions I’ve tested every configuration and environment possible to bring you, my loyal patrons, an in-depth and educational review of the highest quality.  It has been tough work.  Despite how hard the research has been it was an enjoyable and rewarding experience doing it.

Today’s review subject is the Perfecto Cigar Holder.  This accessory crosses over between the golf and lifestyle worlds.  This cigar holder has two core features which make it great, on or off the golf course.

Perfecto Cigar Holder in Action!

Clamp

As you can see in the image above, the Perfecto Cigar Holder features a clamp which allows the unit to be mounted to many random items like golf carts, tables, or perhaps even your opponent’s putter.

Holder/Ash Tray

The holder for the cigar is capable of holding cigars of many sizes.  There is an ash collection area which keeps ashes from falling and making a mess.

Critiques

The clamp is great, but one missing feature I found myself wanting on the golf course was the ability to rotate the clamp and holder.  I really wanted to clamp the unit on the pole for the roof of the golf cart.  In that case, rotating the unit 90 degrees would have been the ticket.  So for future development, I’d say the ability to rotate the clamp would be a great addition.

Conclusion

The Perfecto Cigar Holder allows the user to keep the cigar mounted, close by, and catches ashes.   This would make a great Father’s Day gift for the cigar smoker (golfer or not) on your list.

Though this article marks the completion of my official review process of the Perfecto Cigar Holder, further personal research and testing will continue indefinitely.


Devereux Apparel Welch Polo Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 9th, 2014
Categories: Golf ApparelGolf GearGolf LifeGolf LifestyleReviews

Today’s Apparel Script – Devereux Welch Polo

I’m really liking the direction golf apparel is headed with regards to styles and especially fabrics. Technology is playing a big part, allowing for apparel which is very comfortable yet performs well on and off the course.

A new player in the golf apparel industry is Devereux. Devereux’s inspiration comes from greats like Hogan and Palmer, with influences from many years old fashion styles from their era. The line is men-only.

Today’s featured garment from Devereux is the $85 Welch Polo. I’m wearing it even as I write this review… (heads to restroom to take selfie in mirror). See first photo.  The pricing puts this garment at the top of the middle tier for golf polos.

Over the years my tastes have gone to 100% polyesters because they’re easy to manage, don’t wrinkle, and don’t shrink. This polo is made from 65% Pima Cotton and 35% polyester.  This blend brings those conveniences together with the comfort of plush high-end cotton.

Style wise the shirt is very simple and clean looking, with a sharp button-down collar and unique pocket.  Button-down golf polos are quite popular these days.  The back of the collar features a small logo while the underside of the collar has the orange accent which matches the pocket.

Sizes/Colors

The Welch Polo is available in three color combinations:

Steel / White / Sea Green
White / Navy / Sea Green
White / Steel / Coral (pictured)

Sizes for the Welch range from small to double extra-large.

Welch Polo – click to zoom

On The Course / At The Office

Not being the skinniest person on the planet means many shirts for me don’t quite fit right.  I often opt for very large sizes as I like a loose fit for comfort.  The cut of this polo is actually slimming, yet still stays loose and comfy for me.  The wife digs the cut, which is a bonus.

On the course the polo performs great.  No binding, pulling, or restrictions in the golf swing.

Conclusion

Comfort, style, easy management, and most importantly performance; these are all areas in which the Welch Polo scores high marks.   I’m excited to see what the future holds for Devereux.  It all begins with quality and Devereux is off to a fantastic start.

Stay tuned for other Devereux apparel reviews coming down the fairway.

Related Links

Devereux Website

Hooked On Golf Blog Devereux Image Gallery


HOG World Tour Visits Rhodes Ranch Golf Club in Southwest Las Vegas

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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This past Friday the Hooked On Golf Blog World Tour made a stop at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, a short drive southwest of the Las Vegas strip.  I’d been to the property before, but had not had a chance to play it until this visit.  While there I visited my friend Jeff Bricker, assistant pro and former Utah local.

Rhodes Ranch - Par-3 3rd Hole

Rhodes Ranch – Par-3 3rd Hole

Naturally I shot a ton of photos and I will be posting a course review soon.  First impressions are that the course conditions are so good I’d compare them with Augusta National.  Seriously!  The fairway grass was so perfect and precisely cut, I actually took a photo of it:

Augusta National? Nope. Rhodes Ranch!

enjoyed my round playing on such a finely cared for golf course and the layout was very fun.  If not for two doubles on the card, I would have been close to even par on the day.  I need redemption!

Following the round I powered up my UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and did some photos and video of the course from above.  I prefer to use the term UAV because “drone” has gotten a bad name.  It isn’t an invasion of privacy and it isn’t going to blow you up.  It is just taking pictures of the golf course!

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club - Aerial view of clubhouse and holes

Rhodes Ranch Golf Club – Aerial view of clubhouse and holes – click for more

Rhodes Ranch Photo Gallery

I’m very happy to have gotten some new pictures of Rhodes Ranch. I had some very poor quality, dark images in the Hooked On Golf Blog Rhodes Ranch Gallery, presumably back in the (literal) dark ages when I didn’t know how to take a photo.

I’ve now deleted all the old crappy photos, and put a few new ones up. I’m still processing some of the images, so check back for more later.


Utah Governor Gary Herbert Signs Golf Month Proclamation and Praises Golf’s Large Economic Impact

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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Most people think of Utah as a ski destination and for good reason.  The snow here is regarded by many as the “greatest snow on earth.”  Golf has a huge impact on the state as well. The size of that impact was not really known until a 2012 study done by independent research company SRI, commissioned by Golf 20/20.  I was stunned at the impact and the numbers found in this study.  Golf isn’t just a game here in Utah, it is an industry.  It is an efficient industry which produces more dollars per acre than other big local industries yet has a fraction of the ecological impact.  All of this while providing a fantastic outdoor activity, green space,  scenic beauty, and providing jobs.

The Numbers

The 2012 golf industry in Utah generated $806.6 million in economic impact.

The number of golf patrons exceeds the number of ski patrons.

The golf industry in Utah accounts for over 9,600 JOBS.

Those jobs the golf industry creates in Utah produce $250.1 million dollars in wages.

Golf in Utah produces $16,035 per irrigated acre.  The nearest competing industry is alfalfa farming at $774 per acre.

Golf brings in $5,529 per acre-ft of water.  The nearest competing industry is once again alfalfa farming at $365 per acre-ft of water.

For all of you who think golf courses take up too much space or use too much water, golf in Utah represents only 3.8% of the state’s turfgrass and only consumes 0.65% of the diverted water.

Golf in Utah produced over $11 million in charitable giving.

Governor’s Golf Month Proclamation

In light of these amazing findings, which I merely highlighted a few big ones, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a proclamation yesterday at the state capitol declaring May in Utah as the month of golf.  I was happy to be in attendance along with many of the biggest players in Utah’s golf industry.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert Signs Utah Golf Proclamation

Utah Governor Gary Herbert Signs Utah Golf Proclamation

I had a chance to speak with the Governor for a few minutes and he is very excited about these findings, and helping the game to flourish and grow in the future. “The continued health and growth of the golf industry has a direct bearing on  future jobs, commerce, economic development, and tax revenues for a large number of Utah’s communities and industries.”

I let the Governor know of my independent work as a golf blogger and builder of golf websites, including the Utah Golf Guru site.  I joked that the study numbers and the $805.6 million are a little low since they didn’t account for any revenue created by Utah golf bloggers.  Make that $805,600,001.


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