Fila Trento Polo - Gray - click to zoom
I really like where the materials and technology in golf apparel have gone the past few years. I can’t stand cotton polos, the wrinkling, shrinking fading. Glad to have spandex and polyester these days. Those materials last forever and hardly wrinkle. Case in point, the new Fila Golf Trento Polo.
The Trento Polo has a couple of different makeups in its construction, in the body and the panels. The body is 90% Polyester and 10% Spandex, while the panels are 91% recycled Polyester and 9% Lycra.
In English we have a shirt which is going to be easy to clean, won’t shrink and won’t fade. It hardly requires ironing either. Perfect for travel.
There is an anti-bacterial finish in the fabric, which helps prevent odors and increases the durability.
Tech-Dry fabric wicks moisture and helps keep you dry. The moisture is transferred to the outer layer of the polo, where it can evaporate. Quite amazing.
The Polyester in the fabric is made from 100% soda pop bottles! Nice. You can have a great shirt and go green. (more…)
FJ Merino Tour Golf Socks - click for more
Where would you say the biggest advances in technology the last 1-2 years in the golf world have been? Adjustable drivers? Golf balls? Maybe. But I’d vote for golf sock technology. I’ve seen some very cool advances in the sock world from the materials to the way they are constructed with ventilation zones, support zones, moisture wicking etc.
FootJoy Merino Tour
FootJoy has joined the wool golf sock craze with their own line called “Merino Tour.” The FJ Merino Tour golf socks are made from fine, natural merino yarns. Specifically the sock is 64% Merino Wool, 34% Nylon and 2% Spandex.
The construction of these socks provides “moisture management” as well as special extra cushioning in high impact areas.
The socks are made with anatomically shaped left and right foot beds. In other words, each sock is specifically designed and shaped for the left and right feet.
- The wool of the sock regulates temperature and moisture, keeping the feet comfortable and dry
- Mesh inserts in key areas give the sock ventilation
- A special “comfort seam” toe enclosure provides a comfortable and smooth fit
- Heels are double reinforced, providing extra durability
- Individually constructed for right and left feet
- Targeted cushioning in the balls and heel of the feet for comfort and less impact
On The Course
I’ve just finished a test round with my pair of the Sport version (pictured below on my footsies) including 18 holes, a range session and a very sweaty workout at the gym after. The feel and fit is great. After so much physical activity in one day, my feet feel great. No stress or aches. After the sweaty gym session, my feet felt comfortable and noticeably dryer than standard cotton socks.
The longer crew version of the FJ Merino Tour is available in black or charcoal color.
The ankle high sport version is available in black or natural color. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago I was down in southern Utah to visit the spectacular Sand Hollow 27 hole facility and the Oasis Palmer Course in Mesquite, Nevada. During my travels I found a new course, “Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf.”
Entrance to Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf. Love the desert landscape.
Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf is located in the desert of southern Utah, a few miles northeast of Sand Hollow Resort in the town of Hurricane (pronounced “her-uh-kn” by the locals). The course is part of the Comfort Inn facility, located in the desert behind the motel.
The desert area around the course provides great scenery, as well as presenting a challenge to the player if his ball finds the native areas outside the hole boundaries. I recommend playing the course in the early morning like I did. The lighting can be fantastic.
I was unable to get much information on the course designer. No name available. The only other course I’ve played in which I couldn’t get a designer’s name was the Old Course in St. Andrews.
Certain missing qualities in the layout do tell me that this isn’t a Tom Fazio design. There are a few elements of Robert Trent Jones II, Tom Doak and Olympic designer Gil Hanse, but those are overshadowed by traits more similar to a Coore/Crenshaw layout. With many holes lined by bricks, one might think this is a Pete Dye design (bricks instead of railroad ties).
Regardless of who designed Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf, the architect did a fine job utilizing the existing landscape and shapes in the terrain to route a challenging and aesthetically pleasing 18 hole layout.
From the tee the course can be intimidating and visually menacing. It is hard to stay focused on the target and not the hazards which penalize bad shots. The hole shapes and routing force the player to work the ball both directions from the tee, with a few holes requiring the hardest shot in golf, the straight ball.
From the first tee (pictured above) to the last, Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf is very challenging. I love how the designer brings the natural desert vegetation into play (left of tee).
The fairways at Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf are extremely tight. Landing areas average only about 3-4 feet in width. Tee shots which don’t find the fairway will find the native desert area. Snakes, bunnies, cacti, sagebrush, tumbleweeds and random wind-blown trash will make recovery shots difficult. Missing the fairway at Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf is a quick way to make bogey or worse.
The most notable fairway is the quadruple dogleg 6th, pictured below.
Hard to keep it in the fairway on the quadruple-dogleg 6th hole. As you can see, my conservative tee shot did make the fairway, but the next shot is extremely challenging.
The greens at Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf are perhaps the greatest challenge. Many obstacles and slopes require the utmost in concentration and putting skill. Two-putting is more than acceptable and one-putts will gain many strokes on the field.
Don’t let this short hole and easy looking green deceive you. This is a tough hole.
Perhaps the best part of playing Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf is the price. Unlike many resort courses which can range anywhere from $150-$500 per round, Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf runs $2.00.
Caddies are available upon request.
This course is a hidden gem in the Utah desert. Not a long drive from Sand Hollow or Coral Canyon, Free High Speed Wireless Internet Mini Golf will give all aspects of a player’s game a fine test. Combine that with the fantastic scenery of the area and the very reasonable price and the result is a winner.
I’ve already posted a Kentwool Tour sock review previously. This is a quick supplemental lightning review, covering a few new colors to my wardrobe.
Four great colors of Kentwools... click to zoom
New to the wardrobe are the four hot colors above. As apparel challenged as I am, I’m was struggling with finding matching threads in my wardrobe. I finally decided that if I were to wear a color like the pink above, it doesn’t really matter if it matches. It takes a set of golf balls to wear pink anyway so who cares? One fun idea I had is to mix the sock colors, courtesy of the workout lady at the gym I see every day who wears two different sock colors. All of the colors above mix and match well. My golf buddies might make fun of me, but if they’re not wearing Kentwools I guarantee they’re not as comfortable as I am.
Speaking of the gym, these socks are not only great for golf but for working out, walking or running. The cushion the Kentwools provide on higher impact activities like running or hiking is fantastic.
When talking to Kentwool at the PGA Show this year, I was interested to hear that they don’t necessarily recommend washing the socks after every wearing. They say the socks are best washed after several uses. Keep that in mind.
I was so excited to write this review about Kingsbarns Golf Links, a modern links course located seven miles southeast of St. Andrews, Scotland. When I started though, I ran into a mental brick wall. The mental block was simply due to the massive amount of information, photos and thoughts I have on this brilliant course. I didn’t know where to start. So much to say. Words can’t adequately convey how great the golf experience at Kingsbarns is. That being said, I’ll take my best shot.
Kingsbarns Golf Links – click for more images
Location Location Location
As I mentioned, Kingsbarns is about seven miles southeast of the “Auld Grey Toon” (old gray town) of St. Andrews, Scotland. The road from St. Andrews to Kingsbarns is tight, windy and scenic, in typical Scottish fashion. Driving on such roads can be a “wee bit” frightening for an American, as the cars are driven on the “wrong side” of the road. Of course anyone from the UK would say that us Americans drive on the wrong side…
Kingsbarns sits on the coast of the North Sea, many of the holes featuring fantastic views. There is a two mile stretch of the course comprised of six holes, which are entirely on the shoreline. Several times during my round with my good friends this past summer at Kingsbarns, we looked around at the holes adjacent to the North Sea saying, “Pebble who?” (more…)