Feb 15, 2018

The Landings Club Poised To Host Web.com Tour - The Savannah Golf Championship

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  2/15/2018 07:52:00 AM   No comments
I've heard nothing but good things about the golf courses at The Landings Club and look forward to seeing them host an upcoming Web.com Tour event in March. Will have to plan to get down there and play looks amazing.





The Savannah Golf Championship
The Official Web.com Tour Played at The Landings Club

The Landings Club’s Deer Creek golf course is the home of the new Savannah Golf Championship. This Web.com Tour is an official part of the path to the PGA TOUR and is the first of it’s kind to visit The Landings Club in Savannah, Georgia March 29-April 1, 2018.

“The Savannah Golf Championship will be a great experience for all golf fans in the Lowcountry,” said The Landings Club Executive Director Steven Freund. “This tournament will test the skills of the rising stars in the professional ranks and expose many others to the remarkable golf experience at The Landings Club.”

The Landings Club will host the Savannah Golf Championship from 2018 to 2022. With 50 tour cards available, 25 are reserved for the leading money winners at the end of the 22-event regular season. The next big PGA Tour stars will be playing on Deer Creek golf course—one of the six championship golf courses available to members of The Landings Club. It was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in the summer of 1991.

The Landings Club truly offers something for everyone. This private, residential Club offers six golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills and William Byrd, 32 Har-Tru tennis courts, five unique dining options, five swimming pools, two deep-water marinas and one innovative fitness and wellness center. Offering a variety of clubs, activities and a robust youth program, The Landings Club provides activities for families of all ages.

The Landings Club began a $25 million capital reinvestment plan in January 2018. The plan will bring a brand new, 23,500 sq. ft. clubhouse, upgrades to the sports complex to include a new 4,500 sq. ft. casual dining facility, both with resort style pool complexes, and a redesign and add-on to the Wellness Center. This plan was voted on and approved by members in order to create a pleasant lifestyle for multi-generations.

The Landings Club is only twenty minutes from historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is a charming city gives you a dose of history and ecotourism too. Located in the Georgia Lowcountry, this romantic city is surrounded by the abundant natural beauty of marshes, nature trails and Spanish moss. To learn more about the Championship’s hostess city, click here.

The Savannah Golf Championship brings together the high level of professional golf associated with the Web.com Tour and the easiness and tranquility of The Landings Club.















Feb 12, 2018

Galvin Green Launches Interface-1™ Hybrid Jacket Range

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  2/12/2018 06:52:00 PM   No comments
It's that time of the year here in Canada where all the crazy golf fanatics are starting to think of their next round. Whether it's going to be someplace sunny on March Break (North Carolina for me in a couple weeks) or it's when their local courses begin to open; which varies but can be as early as the middle of April here in Ottawa.

While it's generally not too balmy the first few rounds of the season most of us will be layered up as temperatures can certainly vary. I'm definitely intrigued by Galvin Green's latest jacket offering, the Interface-1™ Hybrid Jacket Range.  New for 2018,  the Interface-1 features exceptional levels of comfort and protection for serious golfers. Stay tuned as I'll be testing one out this March Break in North Carolina. See below for the press release.
















Press Release

Leading-Edge Fabric Technology Offers Ultralight Weather Protection, Sharp Designs

(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of high-performance and functional golf apparel and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX® – announces the launch of its Interface-1™ hybrid jacket range boasting exceptional levels of comfort and protection for serious golfers to perform their best throughout the season.

Part of Galvin Green’s shell layer category, the Interface-1 is exceptionally soft and incorporates stretch elements to move freely with the body for ultimate range of motion. Utilizing innovative fabric technologies, Interface-1 jackets are completely windproof, water repellant and extremely breathable.

“The mission was to create a group of products that could be worn by golfers in 95 of 100 rounds they play, so they can enjoy playing the game more often in different weather conditions,” says Christian Nilsson, CEO of Galvin Green. “We set out to find new fabrics and design quality garments that will act as genuine performance-enhancing equipment when called upon out on the course and the latest Interface-1 jackets are in a class of their own when it comes to regular playing conditions.”

Available within the 2018 Part I Collection in seven styles and eight color variations, the Interface-1 men’s range is highlighted by the LANCE full-zip jacket with a sleeve pocket made from 100% polyester stretch fabric and a PU membrane. Additionally, the LARS short-sleeve full-zip features a distinctive pattern on the sleeves and across the back. The LARRY full-zip jacket combines a soft Polyamide fabric with premium PrimaLoft® padding, matched with a water repellent finish, while the LOGAN full-zip vest with chest pocket provides excellent protection from the elements with similar PrimaLoft® padding.

Rounding out the collection are the women’s offerings featuring the LARA full-zip jacket with contrasting upper body inserts and elasticated bottom and cuffs. The LUNA vest and LEIA full-zip jacket boast stylish clean lines with contrasting collars and cuffs, plus two front pockets and drawstring adjusters at the bottom edge.

Galvin Green is also the Official Team Supplier of Outerwear for the 2018 European Ryder Cup Team. Through this partnership, the company will provide its premium waterproof garments to the captains, vice captains, team members and their caddies during the matches at Le Golf National.

Based in Sweden, Galvin Green is a pure golf brand that developed the sport’s first apparel layering system – the Multi-Layer Concept – more than a decade ago. This distinctive approach uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance.

Learn more at www.GalvinGreen.com; get social at www.Facebook.com/GalvinGreen and @GalvinGreen

About Galvin Green

Galvin Green is a family-owned business founded in 1990. A pure golf brand, its products – including premium outerwear, tops, bottoms and accessories – are available for purchase at better green grass shops and golf-specialty retail locations in more than 20 countries.

Crafted by golfers for golfers, every garment and layer has been developed to be compatible – providing exceptional comfort, freedom of movement and protection from the elements. Each detail exists because the game demands it. 

Jan 23, 2018

Golf Shoe Review - Jack Grace USA - Stylin' Customized Golf Shoes

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  1/23/2018 08:14:00 PM   No comments
Jack Grace USA wins my 2017 Golf Product of the Year. Not only are these great shoes to wear but you can customize them to your liking with interchangeable saddles.

I got to test out the Innovator 1.0 for the better part of the Fall here in Ottawa and down in Kiawah Island where I closed out my golf year with 54 holes in a day and a half.

Having reviewed many golf shoes over the years these shoes not only get top marks in the style department but they were great in all types of playing conditions.

The big draw for me is that you can swap out the saddle to match whatever ensemble you might be wearing that day on the links. I got the USA Bundle; having red/white/blue saddles make these shoes easy to mix and match into my golf apparel. On long golf trips I only have to pack one pair of golf shoes which is great as I have more room for other necessities.



Be sure and check out the Jack Grace USA Booth at this years 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Booth 6392.




Premium waterproof leather uppers









How to Swap Your Saddles




With over 1,875 stock color combinations and custom logo printing available, how can you not find a combination of Jack Grace shoes you like.



Micro-perforated leather lining



My Jack Grace Innovators 1.0 made it to South Carolina and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. The Innovator 1.0 with USA Bundle will cost you $239.20. 




One of my favourite saddles - The Canadian - Cost $40


Jack Grace was founded by a former banker, named Bart Walker, who had a dream to create a comfortable, color-changing, and cost-effective golf shoe. After developing a prototype on his kitchen table, Walker, married and the father of two, soon decided that he had found his new calling in life. He quit his banking job, cashed in his 401K and launched Jack Grace USA, a startup named after his two children, William Jack and Estella Grace. “To me, this is the pursuit of the American Dream. I cashed in my 401K and I’m going for it,’’ he said. “I just wanted to work at something I was passionate about.’’


Be sure and check out Jack Grace on Instagram and Twitter.














Jan 22, 2018

Golf Course Review - Cougar Point - Gary Player Designed

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  1/22/2018 08:34:00 PM   No comments
I was lucky enough to play the newly renovated Cougar Point Golf Course this past November. What a really fun golf course to play. The kind of course I could play over and over again and not get bored. Multiply tee decks, just the right amount of hazards, and the South Carolina winds will challenged golfers of all skills.

Having never played the course before the latest renovations that had the course closed from November 2016 to October 2017 I have nothing but positives to say for the renovations the Gary Player Design Company worked on over the year.

The main renovation was the re-grassing of the greens, tees, and fairways with Paspalum (the same highly acclaimed salt-tolerant grass that Kiawah Resort has on its other four courses). this will only enhance the golfers experience going forward.


#2 Cougar Point

Spectacular par 3 with a huge green that slopes back to front. Note the newly rebuilt bulkheads that frame this tough hole regardless of where you tee of from. Par is a great score here regardless of the pin position.



#4 Cougar Point

Holes 4 thru 6 meander along the Kiawah River and offer the golfer amazing vistas with plenty of photo opportunities. The wind will have you thinking about each and every challenging shot.



#6 Cougar Point

Another fun par 3 where short is not a bad thing and left and long isn't. Beautifully designed with again great views of the Kiawah River.



#9 Cougar Point


#11 Cougar Point

All bunkers were rebuilt at Cougar Point and are strategically placed for any wayward shots. 




#15 Cougar Point

I don't know whether its the Live Oak trees, the challenging 2nd/3rd shots on this par 5 or the beautiful picturesque green accented by the bulkhead/water but #15 just might be my favourite par 5 at Cougar Point.




#17 Cougar Point

Can you say risk reward, love this narrow par 4. Don't bite off more then you can chew on this 331 yd. par 4 that can see a golfer use many different clubs to carve out a birdie.




#18 Cougar Point

Great finishing hole that uses all aspects of the renovations (re-grassing, rebuilt bunkers/bulkheads, irrigation etc) to make any golfers round memorable. Par will seem like a birdie here.


Most will come to Kiawah Island Resort to play the Ocean Course and they should but don't forget about Cougar Point a must play if you're in the area of at the Resort. Will challenged all levels of golfers and the renovations by Gary Player Design Company will only help to improve the longevity and the playability of this course for years to come.

Be sure and check out all my pictures and videos from Cougar Point on my Instagram feed.


Cougar Point Golf Course

Holes: 18 Par: 72
Designer: Gary Player
Classification: Resort/Links
Plan Your Golf Vacation: (800) 576-1570

Dec 31, 2017

Putter Review: SeeMore Mini GIANT Deep Flange Black Stealth Putter

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/31/2017 02:15:00 PM   No comments
The SeeMore Giant line of putter evolves the classic FGP design with the Mini Giant Deep Flange. A putter I've been dying to test out since I first saw the press release. The new Mini Giant would seem perfect for those golfers looking for a high MOI putter. While size of the Mini GIANT is not as large as most of the other GIANT line this compact look in my option will appeal to a wider range of golfers.    
 
 
 
 
Nonadjustable copper weights on both ends of the head and sole increase MOI.
 
 
 Reviewed: Specs - Length: 35" Lie: 72 degrees(upright) Grip: Rosemark 1.52, Black Stealth with tone on tone RST.            Price: $395        
 
        
Found the distance control of the Mini Giant Deep Flange to be spot on on, tried it in many conditions and different types of greens including the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. In my opinion this high quality of distance control is due to the large, perimeter-weighted head which regardless of the putters stroke will help all types of golfers.

 

 

 

Like most SeeMore putters you require more of a pendulum motion putter stroke. So for those like myself that are use to this kind of stroke will be more dialled in, others will need to practice this further to groove their putting stroke.  
  
 
 
 
The “Stealth RST” features a blacked out look and a dark red RST that has a crackle effect look. Very unique and quite stylish. 
 
The 100% Milled Aluminum head weight is 350 grams a nice weight for the stroke required for this face balanced putter. Feels effortless both on long and short putts. For those requiring more weight SeeMore like always can customize your putter by adding internal weight.  
 
    
 
      The black finish which is maintenance free frames the golf ball beautifully at impact and has a slimming effect on the “Giant” models.    
 
 
        The oversize Rosemark grip is not only a perfect fit for those with larger hands but the shape and overall feel has for me made it the only grip I’ll use on a putter. The best connection between you and your putter. Be sure and check out Rosemark’s grips on their website and social media channels.    
 
     A tad smaller then the Giant M1t I reviewed last year. The Mini Giant is one sexy looking putter, bold copper weights and a striking milling pattern gives it a bold rich look.      
 
    
 
        Final Thoughts The SeeMore Mini Giant Deep Flange Black Stealth Putter is a mouth full to say but is simplistic in its design. The weight and feel make it the perfect putter setup for those struggling with direction and distance control. The look of the mini Giant DF with its simple black finish and the deep flange instills confidence for those struggling with their putter. The “Stealth RST” makes this putter even more stylish and unique. Add SeeMore’s many customization options and you have another winner from SeeMore Putters.  
 

Dec 19, 2017

Kiawah Island Resort More Than Just World Class Golf

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/19/2017 09:21:00 PM   No comments
One of the things I came away with after my two day vacation at Kiawah Island Resort was if your need a vacation to recharge your batteries. Kiawah Island Resort is the place to visit. On top of the World Class Golf courses I got to play including The Ocean Course. Kiawah Island will pamper you at every turn.

Accommodations

The Sanctuary
Located along the pristine shores of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, this exquisitely designed oceanfront hotel, just 21 miles from downtown Charleston, captures the spirit, history and charm of the beautiful south.

As soon as you walk through the front doors you'll experience a southern seaside mansion like no other. Five star service and hospitality, prepare to be spoiled at the Sanctuary.



The Sanctuary awarded the Forbes Five Star Award

#1 U.S. Resort Hotel by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.









Loved the architecture and style of the Sanctuary


View from our balcony.



Dining



Jerk Chicken Sandwich

 Loggerhead Grill- What better way to enjoy your Jerk Chicken Sandwich then outdoors with an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean. Outdoor dining by the pool, relax in the sun.




Beaches & Cream - Quick smoothie before my round at The Ocean Course, yummy!

Tomasso at Turtle Point

The first night at the Resort we had an amazing dinner at Tomasso at Turtle Point. Between the caesar salad, charcuterie, mussels, pizza and steak. We were treated to a feast for the eyes and palate.

During the day you can enjoy panoramic views of Jack Nicklaus’ newly renovated Turtle Point Golf Course from the comfort of Tomasso Restaurant.

Chef Derick Wade’s Italian inspired menu is influenced by locally sourced ingredients, featuring homemade pastas, sauces, pizzas, and breads prepared daily. Indulge in a selection from our extensive list of Italian and New World wines, from Pinot Grigios to Barolos, and complete your visit with a glass of our house-made Limoncello. Buon Appetito!




Relaxing Spa

While I didn't partake in the Spa and Salon Services that Kiawah Island Resort offers. My wife had a massage and completely enjoyed the mineral whirlpool, steam room and sauna while she waited me to return from golfing. My wife and I have been to many golf resorts that have spas. I've never seen my wife so relaxed after her day at the Spa at Kiawah Island Resort.


Shopping

My new driver headcover.




Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster


My wife and I didn't rent a car for our trip to Kiawah Island Resort but were lucky enough to be able to test drive an amazing Mercedes to check out the Island. `




Dec 14, 2017

Who Can Land The Famous Green Jacket In 2018?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/14/2017 09:55:00 PM   No comments
The US Masters at Augusta is the opening Major Championship of 2018 and the event that the majority of the world’s leading players look forward to the most on the golfing calendar. In 2017 Sergio Garcia ended his long wait without one of the four biggest prizes in the sport with a playoff victory over Justin Rose.

Given 2018 is a Ryder Cup year, there is even more incentive to perform well at Augusta as the points on offer could be the difference between making the US or European teams for the event in Paris, France in September.

Here is a look at five players who could win the Green Jacket for the first time in their careers in the 82nd edition of the tournament.

Jason Day


Australian golfer Jason Day was as high as number one in the world rankings in September 2015, however, sadly for the former US PGA Championship winner, his form has not quite been as solid over the last couple of years.



Norfolk Premier Golf via Twitter

Day has yet to taste success in the US Masters, however, his game is perfectly suited for the course at Augusta. He has had three top-10 finishes since making his debut there in 2011. The closest he has come to the Green Jacket was six years ago where he ended the weekend in a tie for second, two shots behind the winner Charl Schwartzel.

The man from Queensland had a winless season in 2017 and therefore will have put a lot of hours in during the off-season to sharpen up his game ready for 2018. He split from his caddie of 11 years Colin Swatton and has been using his friend Luke Reardon on the bag in his most recent tournaments.
Day plays Augusta as well as any of the top players on the PGA Tour, therefore, a return to Georgia may just help him rekindle his old form. The Australian is as big as +1600 to win the 2018 tournament which could be a huge price, his outsider status no doubt attractive to bettors on the lookout for a market to use one of the many free bets offered by odds comparison website Oddschecker.

Rickie Fowler

It is surely only a matter of time before Rickie Fowler finally wins a major championship. The hot-shot American will take encouragement from Garcia’s success in 2017 as the Spaniard was taking part in his 74th Major Championship when he won the Masters. Fowler is only 28 years old, with, his best years in the sport could be ahead of him.

The American has made a brilliant start to the 2017/18 campaign as he won the Hero World Challenge where he carded a score of -11 across the four days in the Bahamas. The eight-time PGA Tour winner also went close in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba but fell short by just one stroke despite solid rounds of 65-67-67-67 in the tournament won by Patton Kizzire.

Fowler is a great player to watch around Augusta as he is fearless. The former number one ranked amateur attacks every hole that he plays, therefore, he gives himself lots of opportunities to score birdies and eagles on the par fives.

Although he has yet to get over the line in one of the big four tournaments, Fowler has a top-five finish in each of the Major Championships. The closest he has come to the Green Jacket was in 2014 where he finished in a tie for fifth place. The Ryder Cup participant can now lean on his experience at Augusta and in big tournaments to help him win the biggest competition of his career.

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka had a breakthrough year on the PGA Tour in 2017 as he landed the US Open at Erin Hills in a very composed performance on the final Sunday as he showed no signs of nerves to pick up the top prize in the second Major of the year.

Koepka will now want to build on his success over the last 12 months when he tees off in 2018. The American has risen up the rankings recently and is now as high as eighth in the current standings. He looks on course to qualify for the USA team for the Ryder Cup once again but will want to add more tournaments to his name before then.

The 27-year-old has played in the last three US Masters’ and with each year he has improved his finishing position in the event. In 2017 the graduate of Florida State University just missed out on a top 10 finish as he ended the weekend in 11th place.

Koepka will look forward to tacking the par fives at Augusta once again as he is one of the longest hitters from the tee on the tour. If his short game is also just as good, like it was in the US Open back in June, he has to be considered as one of the leading contenders for the tournament next year as he has proved he is capable of converting a winning position into silverware.

Rory McIlroy


Rory McIlroy needs just the US Masters to complete the set of Major Championships in his career, therefore, the Green Jacket at Augusta will be his priority once again this season. The Northern Irishman has not been outside of the top 10 in the Masters in each of the last four years, therefore, he has been one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour to play the course in Georgia.


Golf Channel via Twitter

By his very high standards, 2017 was a disappointing year for McIlroy who will be desperate to bounce back in 2018. He recorded six top finishes but was unable to add to his trophy count during the calendar year. In that time, he has split from his caddie JP Fitzgerald and is now working with his good friend Harry Diamond.

McIlroy will be making his 10th appearance in the Masters this year so he will know the course very well when he tees off in April. The former world number one led the field in 2011 after 54 holes before shooting a final round of 37 which ruined his chances.

The bookmakers make McIlroy one of the leading contenders in the betting for the 2018 US Masters at +900 as they know that the European player is difficult to stop in any field when he is at the top of his game.

Justin Thomas

FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas will be full of confidence going into 2018 as the American has won five PGA Tour tournaments in the last 12 months, including his maiden Major Championship which came in the 2017 US PGA Championship.

Thomas has been tipped for a number of years to be one of the leading players in the USA and he has now fulfilled that potential. The 24-year-old has only had two appearances in the US Masters and has yet to record a top 20 finish, however, he should now be familiar with the course which will help his chances in 2018.

The US PGA Championship winner has one of the most solid games in the sport today. Unlike some of the elite on the PGA Tour, Thomas does not have many weaknesses. Those who have had success at Augusta over the years have known exactly when to attack and when to defend and Thomas is intelligent enough to play the right shots at the right time in the Masters.

Thomas is +18000 to win back-to-back Major Champions in April and continue to climb up the standings in the world rankings where he currently positioned at number three.


The 2018 US Masters begins on April 5 where there is expected to be 19 past champions in the field, including the resurgent Tiger Woods who recently made a return to the sport and will be bidding for his fifth Green Jacket.

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