Sigh. This has been a very tough review. It has taken a lot of work on the course and in a few select locations to get the testing environment setup and working well. I have overcome. The tests are complete, but I will continue followup tests of course. Let’s look at the Stage V Clinger cigar holder.
Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder, in action!
First, I dig this shade of red. It’s a college sports thing. I gave the blue unit away. Solid.
The holder has several sizes in the opening to accommodate different sizes of smokes. It can also be bent a tiny bit to adjust more. I had to do this because my humidor was working too well, and some of my cigars have been a little too soft.
The holder comes with a velcro strap to mount it onto just about anything. But the best mount feature is the two strong Neodymium magnets. Neodymium magnets are extremely powerful. From my old rock & roll and recording days I have microphones with those magnets in them… Anyway, as you can see in the photo above, any metal surface can be turned into a convenient cigar holder.
When not in use, the very light and small Stage V Clinger stows away in my golf bag. Super convenient.
Here’s a shot of the retail packaging:
The Stage V Clinger cigar holder is solid and works great. Definitely made it to the gamer bag.
On my recent trip to Morocco I had the opportunity to stay at some truly special and unique places, and I’m excited to share those places and experiences. Today’s review/share is of the Villa Mandarine, in Rabat Morocco.
Before I cover the Villa itself, let’s get some geography information. Rabat is the capitol of Morocco. It is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, about one hour northeast of Casablanca.
The city’s population is roughly 580,000. I’ll cover nearby attractions and activities later.
Villa Mandarine Overview
Villa Mandarine is a small, secluded oasis minutes from all the action in Rabat. It’s practically in a residential area, hidden behind a wall around the edge of the property, which is traditional in much Moroccan architecture.
Inside the grounds is a practical rain forest of vegetation, immaculately maintained. The three-acre estate features 700 orange trees and tons of flowers.
Small trails wind around and lead to sitting areas, sculptures, activities, and of course the villas themselves.
There are 31 villas and 5 suites at Villa Mandarine. Each villa has a large main room, entry, large bathroom and fantastic terrace overlooking the grounds.
The quarters are very warm and welcoming, as are the hotel lobby, restaurants, and bar. The luxury rooms are so inviting and relaxing, it’s hard to decide whether to stay in or venture out to the terrace, or the grounds to soak in the mellow vibe.
If you can’t relax here, there’s probably no hope for you.
Along with the beautiful and serene gardens, guests can lounge at the swimming pool and hot tub.
If you fancy a game of ping pong, you’re covered. I had a great match with fellow golf blogger and golf buddy John Duval, from IntoTheGrain.com.
Food & Beverage
The restaurant at Villa Mandarine is fantastic. I enjoyed several meals there, featuring traditional moroccan dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are selections for every possible palette, including a kids menu. Lunch out on the terrace was particularly great, between the excellent food and the fabulous environment.
Villa Mandarine’s bar/lounge is great. Every possible drink is served and the atmosphere is very warm and inviting. I could kick myself… well I have actually been kicking myself, for not enjoying some of the Cuban cigars there.
Nearby Attractions and Activities
There is some fantastic golf nearby, at Dar Es Salaam Golf Club. Dar Es Salaam is an award winning Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, lined with mature trees and featuring some tremendous golf holes.
In the city of Rabat one can find fantastic shopping and dining at the Medina. Be sure to rock the Kasbah. For sightseeing I recommend visiting the historic Hasaan Tower, and the Mausoleum of Mohammad V. Don’t forget to visit the Royal Palace.
Mausoleum of Mohammad V, Rabat Morocco
Last but not least, Rabat is on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the beaches and you’ll see why Morocco is a well known secret haven for surfing huge waves.
A visit to Morocco should be on everyone’s bucket list. The sights, tastes, sounds, golf, and experiences will be remembered and cherished for a lifetime. Villa Mandarine fits right into that formula, providing a tremendous, welcoming, and comfortable home base.
Even before I received a box of Salted Nut Rolls for review, the product has been one of my go-to snacks on the course and elsewhere. I don’t like peanuts either. Though I can’t stand peanuts somehow when they’re in a Salted Nut Roll I like them. The only other time that happens is with my aunt’s greek honey-nut triangles. This is but one of the many bizarre culinary facts about this golf blogger I’m sure people are dying to read about.
So fine. I have a box of Salted Nut Rolls to review. Hard work. Golf and eat one. Golf and eat one. They provide a great boost on the course and some needed salt. I’ve been saved several times by having one in the bag when my energy is lacking and I need a pick-me-up.
But perhaps the best save by a SNR happened not on the golf course, but skiing a couple of weeks ago. My cousin came into town in the morning on a Friday and we headed up to the resort, about 30 min from HOG World Headquarters. My cuz wanted to get a ski lesson and the timing of our arrival and the lesson meant we were going to miss lunch. The problem is that skiing all day, and having a lesson in some very tough terrain, was a calorie burner. Fortunately I threw a couple of Salted Nut Rolls in my pockets, just in case. Boy was that a good choice.
There was one tough thing about that day and the Nut Rolls. It was about 1 degree outside. When they’re cold Salted Nut Rolls are VERY hard to chew!
The SNR’s saved the day and helped me keep my energy level up on a high energy day when I missed lunch.
Realistically a Salted Nut Roll could save a golfer strokes. Hear me out! No energy, no lunch, ran to the tee from the parking lot, bla bla bla. A few rolls in the bag could help a golfer keep the energy level up and help prevent some weak golf, physically and mentally.
A new golf bag and golf accessory company you will be hearing more and more about is OUUL. They are out to bring to the market golf bags that are high quality, classy, well made, and not plastered with logos and branding like most bags from the big manufacturers these days. I’ve been quite impressed with my new cart bag, the OUUL Super Light Python Cart Bag. Let’s take a look.
OUUL Python Super Light Cart Bag Overview
First, with the phrase “super light” in the name, you’d expect this bag to be light. It weighs only five pounds. This is great, even for a carry bag, but this is a cart bag!
The top of the bag is 10 inches wide and has a 15-way design. This design helps keeps clubs safe and separated, even your USGA rule-breaking 15th club. Around the top are three great handles which come in very handy. Sure they’re great for carrying, moving and loading the bag. They also help protect the clubs. But I also use the handles to hang stuff on, like golf towels or carabiners for accessories like GPS’s or club brushes.
There are eight massive pockets in the OUUL Python Cart Bag. Massive. The side pockets could carry several outfits, including jackets. The ball pocket is gigantic. I’ll tell you this. If you start a round with the ball pocket full and run out of golf balls? Quit. Seriously. Maybe try bowling.
The bag features a very large accessory loop for towels, brushes, GPS’s, or whatever other golf accessories you have to hang. Plenty of room.
The umbrella clip, which I’ve used extensively in the fall rains, is spring loaded. Nice.
As mentioned, this bag is not a billboard for some big name-brand golf company. Instead, the Python design looks like the skin of a python. It’s subtle and attractive. The lines are sharp and clean.
The design is perfectly functional, making access to all pockets and clubs easy. The handle design is very, ahem, handy. The 15-way club opening with putter well makes taking out and putting back clubs super easy.
I have to mention the materials in this bag. If you get a chance to do this, reach inside the pockets of one of these bags. The material is smooth as silk. It’s unbelievable.
They really spared no expense on the inner-lining.
On The Course
I’ve used my OUUL Python in conditions ranging from 90+F to rain and practically hail. No issues.
Accessing all the pockets and the clubs is super convenient and there is an absolute ton of room on all fronts.
This isn’t the cheapest cart bag a golfer can find, at between $230-$280. If you’re a cheapo and are satisfied with crap quality, this bag isn’t for you.
If you love quality products with great materials, design, functionality and a classy look, the OUUL Python Cart Bag is the ticket.
Welcome to the golf business OUUL! Glad to have you.
I’ll admit this review is a stretch in relation to golf. It’s almost better for skiing, so maybe I should post it on my ski blog as well. Yes, I have a ski blog. It’s winter here in northern Utah, so we aren’t golfing much. We are skiing. But some crazies (like I used to be) will still play golf if the course is open, no matter what the temperature. I’ve played in single digit temps before, back in the crazy days. Even played in snow and hail storms. The first problem I would have in those conditions would be cold hands. One thin long iron shot with cold hands and it’s over.
These Volt Resistance Heated Gloves would be a great solution for keeping the hands warm between cold golf shots, or using them for more practical winter activities which we are deep in right now here, shoveling snow and skiing. Let’s take a look.
The Volt Fleece Heated Gloves are battery powered. Each glove has its own 7.4-volt 2200mAh battery which slides into a zippered compartment to shield it from the elements. On the top of the glove, over the wrist area, you can see a clear bit of plastic (photo). Through that clear part the wearer can see the battery lights, which indicate what heat level the gloves are operating at. There are four heat levels.
Heating is distributed through the hand and fingers.
The set comes with a battery charger which plugs into the way and has a “Y” connector to charge both batteries. I’m not sure how long the charge lasts. The amount of time the batteries last depends on how high the level you set. I took them skiing last weekend in brutally cold temperatures. Even without the heating the gloves were great. As the day wore on I turned on the heaters and had a whole afternoon of warm hands.
According to Volt here are the rough times the batteries will last based on heat level:
100% High – 2 hours
75% Med/High – 3 hours
50% Medium – 5 hours
25% Low – 8 hours
Their website says low is 8 hours but the packaging says they will last over 10 hours.
Check out the conditions I was in last week in the video below. Unbelievably my hands were never cold!
The gloves are very comfortable. I’m a big fleece fan so they’re great for me. They fit well and with the wrist coverage they help keep the pow pow out when I’m carving fresh tracks, or shoveling the driveway.
At a retail of $149, these gloves aren’t cheap. But warm hands can make the difference between enjoying your time outside doing whatever activity you may be doing, and being miserable. Whether walking the dog, skiing, or playing golf in the winter, warm hands are essential!