Luxury golf wear on a working man’s budget? Look and see!

Carnoustie Sportswear – Look Like a Million Bucks Without Spending It

David Theoret-Carnoustie-sportswearI recently received some golf apparel from Carnoustie; they asked me to look it over and write down what I thought about it. Here goes.

Let’s start with a little history of the company as they are a new brand to me.  Turns out they’ve been around for over 20 years and are located in Irvine, CA, far removed from the Scottish town that sits at the mouth of the Barry Burn on the North Sea.

Carnoustie makes really high quality golf apparel for both men and women. Although it’s a little late in the season, I received some of their Fall 2015 apparel to review. And, living in Florida, now is the time I start wearing long sleeves – for about a week.

Carnoustie is all about quality, it’s what sets them apart from their competition according to their CEO, Marshall Mancilas. During the good times and the bad, their sources have never changed, regardless of the costs; this has allowed their quality to continue and remain consistent.

Another thing that sets them apart is the ease they offer the consumer of putting together a well-coordinated outfit. In fact, multiple pieces (tops/bottoms) can be put together and offer style unmatched by the competition.

Most men and women will find that Carnoustie offers a more “athletic” fit – their 100% cotton garments are less baggy but nothing that pinches and binds. They have recently entered the age of “technical” fabrics – that special blend of polyester and Spandex that provides UV protection, moisture-wicking and keeps you smelling just good enough that your wife will let you in the door when you get home.

David Theoret-Carnoustie-sportswear-2The Performance Polo I received is a work of art. The pointed self-collar holds its shape through myriads of washes and the double stitching around the arms and 3-button placket insure the garment’s durability. As advertised, it is not baggy in the least and I seem to smell fresher, although I had to use the back door. But that’s not the shirt’s fault.

The other day, the temperature dipped down into the 50’s and I had the opportunity to wear the Cotton Suede Pullover Carnoustie sent me – talk about a good looking garment. The look and feel of this pullover make it hard to believe that it’s 100% cotton – it feels as soft as cashmere.  The meticulous double stitching around the zipper and collar shows that Carnoustie’s employees take pride in the finished product they produce. The collar is a contrasting color on the inside which adds a nice touch when it is folded over and unzipped. The outerwear was a little baggier which is what I want when playing in colder weather of 50°or so. Plus, it makes it easy to get off when the thermometer hits 65.

All in all, I am quite impressed with my introduction to Carnoustie Sportswear. These are the garment you are more likely to find in the pro shops of private country clubs and high-end resorts. Their pricing however does not reflect it – $80 for the polo and $150 for the pullover is at the low end of the price spectrum of luxury golf wear. And believe me, Carnoustie fits the bill. And The Golfin’ Guy!

For more information on Carnoustie Golf Apparel, where you can find it near you or to purchase it on their site, visit www.carnoustiesportswear.com.

David TheoretDavid Theoret writes about all things golf. Read more of him at thegolfinguy

Ron Garl Golf Design Fills the Bill

Players and course owners benefit from Garl’s innovative designs

The LPGA tour started their 2016 American season at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala Florida. The layout, designed by international golf Ron Garl Design-Ron Garlcourse architect Ron Garl, was the first course in the world to feature tribute (inspired) holes. In fact, a few of these holes had many of the ladies talking because they were holes they had not yet – or might not ever – have the chance to play.

Lydia Ko was especially fond of numbers 6, 11 and 12 at Golden Ocala; three holes that pay homage to Augusta, (16th, 12th and 13th respectively), a course she has never played. Garl also pays tribute to several other famous holes on famous tracks including the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon (#4 at Golden Ocala) and The Road Hole and #18 The Valley of Sin from St. Andrews Old Course.

Garl was the first architect to ever include tribute (inspired) holes into one of his layouts, back in 1986 when he designed Golden Ocala.

Many of Garl’s courses have hosted big name (and money) tournaments. In 1983, the Las Vegas Invitational was held at the Las Vegas Golf and Country Club and was the first PGA tournament with a $1 million purse. Since then, a total of 36 PGA, LPGA, European Tour and Senior PGA Tour events have been played on Ron Garl-designed courses with such Ron Garl Design-winners as Ballesteros, Zoeller, Woods, Furyk, Norman and Nancy Lopez.

One important aspect of a Ron Garl designed golf course is that it generates revenue for the course owners. Take Fiddlesticks in Ft. Myers, FL for example. Fiddlesticks is a 36-hole, member owned facility in an exclusive community where the membership is completely sold out;Ron Garl Design-Longboat Key Club the 660 members each paid $85,000 in initiation fees.

Another case in point is the two courses at The Longboat Key Club that Garl and his Ron Garl Design-Golf D’Atalayoun Golf Academy – Morroccoteam recently renovated. These redesigns led to over 175 new members.  That’s a pretty significant influx of capital.

Garl applies his talents on a global scale too.  Some of these projects include:

  • Golf D’Atalayoun near Nador, Morocco is a world class 18-hole golf course and golf practice academy being built at the Royal Palace on the Mediterranean Sea for the King of Morocco. The project came about as part of a golf course design competition in Paris in which Ron Garl Golf Design was selected as the winner from 50 of the world’s top golf course designers.
  • Guaymaral Country Clubin Bogota, Colombia is a 36-hole private golf Ron Garl Design-Guaymaral Country Club Course 1facility. Ron Garl Golf Design completed a total course renovation to Course No. 1, which subsequently hosted the Colombian Open in 2010. The Club was so pleased with Garl’s work that they have hired them to work on Course #2. Guaymaral is one of Colombia’s most exclusive golf courses with $100,000 initiation fee– they have over 1,000 members.

Ron Garl Design-The Admirals Club at Nine Dragons Golf Resort – China

  • The Admirals Club at Nine Dragons Golf Resortnear Shanghai, China is a 27-hole oceanfront golf course and is the centerpiece of a world class resort and development. There are golf holes that run along the ocean, along the cliffs and up into the mountains. Ron Garl designed and built five holes in the ocean.  To date, the Nine Dragons Golf Resort has sold over $200 million in golf memberships. They have also received the Best Golf Course Design award in China and Course of the Year award.

 

 

 

Another area Garl and his golf design team have been focusing on is practice facilities and they have shown that there are more ways to make money at a range than just selling buckets of balls. Although many of his new projects include mega-practice facilities, the one he’s proudest of is at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort in Orlando, FL, which also includes a 9-hole executive golf course.

Marriott Golf Academy has several “revenue centers.” The facility is divided into several “sections.” The first section is reserved for members only and over 200 memberships have been sold. A second section is set up for corporate outings and events. A third section is reserved for the Marriott Golf Academy.  A fourth section is for guests and greens fee players.  All four of these sections at Marriott Golf Academy generate revenue for the property.

The bottom line when choosing a designer is that you want to hire a company that has been successful and Ron Garl Golf Design has that going for them.  From courses that the pros play to courses that generate millions of dollars in recurring revenue for course owners, Ron Garl Golf Design is a win-win, by creating value for the owner and fun for the golfer.  For more information visit www.rongarl.com

David TheoretDavid Theoret writes about all aspects of golf. See more of David at www.thegolfinguy.com

 

This Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

PGA-Euro LogoPGA Tour/European Tour (co-sanctioned): Australian Jason Day, World Golf Championships (WGC)-Dell Match Play (Austin, Texas), $1,620,000 first place prize money, Jason Day defeats Louis Oosthuizen 5 & 4.

Photo: Jason Day, PGATour.com
Photo: Jason Day, PGATour.com

PGA Tour (alternate-field event): American Tony Finau *playoff, Puerto Rico Open (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico), $540,000 first place prize money, -12 under par.

Photo: Tony Finau, PGATour.com
Photo: Tony Finau, PGATour.com

PGA Tour-Next Event: Shell Houston Open, Humble, Texas (Mar 31-Apr 3)

European Tour-Next Event: *MAJOR* The Masters Tournament, Augusta, Georgia (Apr 7-10)

LPGA.comLPGA Tour: New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, Kia Classic (Carlsbad, California), $255,000 first place prize money, -19 under par.

Photo: Lydia Ko, LPGA.com
Photo: Lydia Ko, LPGA.com

Next Event: *MAJOR* ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage, California (Mar 31-Apr 3)

PGA Tour Champions-LogoChampions Tour: *Break in Schedule*

Next Event: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Biloxi, Mississippi (April 1-3)

Featured Image: Jason Day, 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play Champion, PGATour.com

BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/contributing editor at localgolfer.com since 2013. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter: @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.