Pack these items for your next golf trip to maximize play and score style points.
By Suzanne S. Brown
If golf gets you hot-headed—and not just out of frustration—the Aussie Chiller is for you. For 20 years, this Australian company has been manufacturing hats that can be soaked in cold water before you put them on your head, keeping you cool for hours. Made of UPF 50 fabric, the hats also offer great sun protection, are packable and come in colors that don’t fade and can be adjusted for wind resistance. The company offers several styles, including the Bushie Perforated, selling for $59. aussiechiller.com
IN THE SWING
Callaway’s “Swing Tech” polos are made of a stretch polyester fabric that allows for unrestricted range of motion and a roomy fit with slightly longer sleeves. The material appears in a variety of solid, patterned and print designs. An update for fall is the marled blue jacquard fabric, which adds the sophisticated look enjoyed by such players as Callaway-sponsored PGA pro Talor Gooch, $75. callawayapparel.com
IN THE BAG
Weighing only four pounds, the SL2 bag from Stitch is great for traveling as well as for walking the course. It is made of a proprietary fabric with the strength of leather but weight of a feather. Plus, it’s water-resistant and durable. The bag has a stand, a rain hood, four-way top divider and pockets for apparel and golf balls, as well as a felt-lined compartment for valuables and an insulated sleeve to hold beverages. The two-shoulder harness system lets you carry the bag with either a single or double strap, $328. stitchgolf.com
PATTERNS OF EVENT
The watercolor print is a signature of EPNY Golf apparel, and for the fall season, the company is using it boldly in a dress design in a multicolored print bordered in leopard. The polyester/spandex moisture-wicking fabric guarantees performance, while such details as the rose gold zipper pull, mock collar and curved on-seam pockets add style points, $119. epnygolf.com
Golfers who value comfort in their footwear but don’t want to sacrifice performance features like waterproofing have a new option in Adidas Golf’s Tour360 XT Primeknit. The shoe has a soft knit upper, woven from yarn that repels water while keeping the foot dry. The shoe also incorporates the company’s forging technology that provides stability in the midfoot, a traction outsole and midsole that adds comfort and energy return. Primeknit is available in gray, black and teal, $180. adidas.com
Pete the Penguin has decorated golf shirts for more than six decades. Popularized by the likes of Bing Crosby, Arnold Palmer and Clint Eastwood, the Original Penguin Golf brand continues to appeal to seasoned golfers while finding a new audience. Young guys like its whimsical print shirts and offbeat plaid pants, as worn by Aussie Cameron Smith, one of the pros the company sponsors. Smith wears the hiking print polo with striped collar in a polyester blend, $89; and glen plaid pants, $99. originalpenguin.com
COASTING THE COURSE
Claude Pope III launched Bald Head Blues to combine his twin interests in the links and the coastal lifestyle his family has long enjoyed at Bald Head Island, N.C., where the locals load their golf cars—the island’s main form of transportation—with everything from surf gear to golf clubs. Among BHB’s fall offerings, the Dogwood Quarter zip vest, $115, is a layering piece in a polyester and spandex blend that wicks away moisture, weighs next to nothing and has four-way stretch. Wear it over the short-sleeved Ace polo with gingham trim, made using the brand’s ComfortFlex Technology, which blends pima cotton and spandex to provide extra stretch, $88. The Boardwalk shorts come in a cotton and spandex twill, $78. baldheadblues.com
READY TO TRAVEL
With a background in golf apparel design, Kate Boyer kept the performance elements of clothing in mind when creating her own brand, Anatomie. Elevating the design and focusing on fashion in her sportswear collections, Boyer caters to customers who travel and want fabrics that don’t wrinkle and styles that go from the airport concourse to the resort golf course and beyond. The versatile pieces include Claudia relaxed-fit Bermuda shorts with a mid-rise waistband, made of the company’s signature breathable stretch fabric. Additional features consist of side and back pockets as well as belt loops, $198. Here, the shorts are topped with the Charlotte V-Neck travel tee in wrinkle-free jersey with a mesh neckline and back panel, $168. anatomie.com
This article appeared in the 2019 Fall Issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.
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