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Best of the Best–Club Sox Head Covers Offer Complete Coverage

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When I run across a golf product that is unique, or I think I’d like to buy, it has to pass the test of functionality. It has to work, for me, on the course. I don’t have a list of “product testability functions” that are tested in a lab. The ultimate criteria for a product fitting LocalGolfer.com’s “Best of the Best” designation is does the product work for me,would I put it in my bag, and would I recommend it to our readers? In my view ClubSox club covers fit the requirements nicely.

Bentley and his pal
Bentley and his pal

I don’t know about you, but I get a kick out of the myriad club covers I see out on the golf course. I think I’ve seen it all in the 30 plus years I’ve been golfing. Golfers have a profound proclivity toward dressing up their bag to fit their personalities. I’ve seen club covers of every animal from dogs and cats, to mice and gophers, horses heads and horses rear-ends, too. No, I’m not talking about golfers themselves. Although, one time there was this one golfer. . . . But, I digress. I must admit, I have even been a victim of the club cover identity purchase when I found a driver cover that looked like my dog, Bentley.

DSCF5141_cropClub covers are tedious. Generally, I end up losing them. They fall off the clubs and never get turned in. They are bulky, difficult to put on, and take time away from moving to my next shot. If I leave them in the basket during my round, I end up leaving them in the basket after the round . . . gone.

Club covers are necessary. They come with the club for a reason–to protect it. Head covers were originally designed to protect the heads and shafts of your woods from damage caused by the clubs jostling around in your bag, especially ones with graphite shafts. And according to one factory rep I met at a golf show, they’re also meant to produce an “identity factor” of their own.

Recently, I ran across a set of club covers that fit LocalGolfer’s “Best of the Best” requirements and more–ClubSox. My first impression of the head covers was positive simplyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA because of their look. Their slim design gives them a tight look in the bag, and they are aesthetically keen. Another plus to the slim design is they don’t interfere with taking out and replacing other clubs.

Another positive is the personability factor. On the ClubSox site, I could choose from a variety of colors and styles. I chose the green and gold “squiggles” design. I liked how the stripes on the sleeves show the number of the fairway woods.

Functionally, all my clubs are graphite, and I liked that the sleeve was long enough to protect the shafts from rubbing on my golf bag’s section separators. I was also impressed with the easy-on/stay-on factor, during my round.

If you are looking for club covers with smart design in form, aesthetics and functionality, ClubSox head covers make the grade. They are a welcome addition to my bag, and certainly earn LocalGolfer’s “Best of the Best” designation.
Visit www.golfclubsox.com to learn more.

 

 

Robert Trent Jones II Unveils New Work on Four Continents

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From South America to Asia, Storied Design Firm Focuses on Water Conservation and Environmental Responsibility

Passport pages are quickly filling up at the golf architecture firm of Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) as principals in the company travel across the globe to keep up with new work. The heart of this activity is occurring in South America, where two exciting projects are drawing golfers’ attention to the region.

In Argentina, RTJ II has begun construction of the new 18-hole Rio Hondo Golf Club, part of a government-sponsored project to create a high-end touristic zone for discriminating travelers. The sandy site, featuring wetlands and lagoons adjacent to the Hondo River, makes for a very naturalistic golf layout that flows with the land. In Colombia, the firm has completed the second nine holes of the Mesa de Yeguas Country Club, near Anapoima, which will officially open as a 27-hole layout in December. The course offers great drama and stunning views; it is situated along the huge valley of the Bogota River with many holes playing along high cliff-top plateaus.

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Nearing completion, Poppy Hills Golf Course in grow-in phase.

Closer to home, in Pebble Beach, California, Robert Trent Jones II is just completing the construction phase of a complete rebuilding of renowned Poppy Hills Golf Course, a must-play venue on the Monterey Peninsula. RTJ II, in partnership with the Northern California Golf Association, greatly reduced the amount of irrigated turf to conserve water and introduced transitional zones of sandy areas between turf and forest, lending the course a rugged, more natural feel and more width for greatly enhanced playability. It is an example of Jones’s leadership in the area of water conservation and environmental responsibility.

The company has also finished grassing the Sentry World Golf Course in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. A winner of Golf Digest’s “Best New Course” award when it opened in 1987, the layout has undergone extensive upgrading to drainage and irrigation to bring it up to modern standards. The RTJ II team created four entirely new holes, enhanced the parkland experience by thinning overgrowth, and re-strategized options from the tees while offering more opportunities to play shots along the ground near the greens.

RTJ II has also completed its multi-phase renovation of The Wisley near London, England. This project presents an example of how a thorough master plan can allow courses to accomplish complex goals within set budgets while still remaining open for play. Jones’s work at The Wisley delivered firmer, faster, more easily-maintained turf by sand-slitting the fairways, brought the nearby River Wey into play, and otherwise improved conditions on three nines over several years. Robert Trent Jones, Jr. says of the project, “Our work at The Wisley shows what a forward-thinking facility can accomplish through a well-crafted master plan created in consultation with highly-experienced golf course architects. Members never lost a day of golf while we improved conditions and brought their golf holes into the modern era.”

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Changbaishan photo courtesy of Patrick Lim

In other news from Robert Trent Jones II, founder and master architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. delivered the keynote speech to the Club Managers Association of China as the company’s second course at Changbaishan, north of Beijing, Jilin

Province, nears completion. Jones’s 36 holes there complement a resort and religious pilgrimage site in mountainous terrain separating China from North Korea.

This quarter also saw Robert Trent Jones, Jr. recognized by the University of Washington with a scholarship fund named in his honor. And Jones was named by Links Magazine as one of the top 25 architects of all time, in the recent issue that also featured a story about the firm’s Chambers Bay Golf Course, in Pierce County, Washington, which will host the U.S. Open Championship in 2015.

About Robert Trent Jones II
With headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide, having created more than 270 courses in over 40 countries on six continents. Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project. For additional information contact the firm at +1 650-475-0329 or www.rtj2.com.

 

One Golfer’s Opinion:Fall and Winter Are Upon Us

Ahh, that first smell of fall and winter has arrived.  We all know the smell, that first smell of the really cold air and the faint smell of snow in the background. It’s not062 snowing – yet – but here comes fall and winter right around the corner.  For those of us who in the northern states, we’re already loading up our golf bags with stocking caps, winter golf gloves, and hand warmers.

However, don’t pack it in and put the clubs away for the year when it turns cold this season.  Fall and winter can be a great time of the year to enjoy golf even when the playing opportunities shrink down a bit.  There are always great things to enjoy during the fall and winter season of golf.

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There are great deals to be had on courses throughout the country.  Check out deals on the internet, advertisements in magazines and newspapers, or cruise the state and region pages on LocalGolfer.com.

Fewer Golfers

The courses become less crowded and there is a lot more opportunity to practice and play your own game in quieter conditions and really enjoy your time on the course.

Practice Time

Fall and winter can also provide you an opportunity to tune-up your game using indoor launch monitors and indoor practice facilities.  You can become the best indoor putter on the planet if you setup your own indoor putting range or buy aCBRA1030-BLK june 2013 w clubs putting green or putting mat to practice on.  These putting greens and putting mats drop to some of their lowest prices of the season during this time of year. How cool would it be to emerge from the “off season” as a more sound and polished golfer with a better putting stroke and all-around game?

Equipment Check–OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGet your clubs, bag, and shoes in shape.

  • Take a good look at your clubs – do they need to be re-gripped, cleaned, or replaced?
  • Your golf bag – when is the last time you cleaned it out and waterproofed it with Camp Dry® or other same type product to protect it from the elements? Or, maybe even bought a new one?
  • Your shoes – is it time for new pair, throwing away an old pair(s), a good cleaning, new spikes, or adidas-porsche-golf-shoes-xlwaterproofing?

Catch Up On Your Reading

Learn about the game and its history.  Fall and winter provide a great time to review and learn about the game through golf magazines, publications, and books.  Some of my favorites include:

Down The Fairway, by Robert T. Jones, Jr. and O.B. Keeler

Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, by Ben Hogan with Herbert Warren Wind

Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect, by Dr. Bob Rotella with Bob Cullen

And Then Jack Said to Arnie”, & “And then Arnie told Chi Chi”.  A series of books and a collection of true golf stories by Don Wade.

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime in Golf, by Harvey Penick with Bud Shrake

Golf By Design, By Robert Trent Jones III

Instead of putting those clubs up for the season, think about taking advantage of this year’s change in the weather and really enjoy the game of golf year round.

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumnus living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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