Aug 27, 2015

Golf And Spa - A Perfect Match At Cobble Beach

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/27/2015 03:42:00 PM   No comments
Great golf isn't the only thing available at Cobble Beach 

This past week I had the pleasure of staying a couple of nights at Cobble Beach Resort just a few minutes drive north of Owen Sound. It was a perfect setting for my wife and I to get away for a couple of days and relax. I won't talk here about the great golf course Doug Carrick built on a beautiful piece of property in the Georgian Bluffs Township, I'll leave that for another post.  What I will talk about here is my fabulous experience at using the spa at Cobble Beach which is located on the lower level of the Clubhouse.

My wife loves a spa and on most of my golf getaways she has a spa treatment. At Highlands Links in Nova Scotia and closer to home at Smugglers Glen my wife gives rave reviews to these type of places where she can relax and enjoying a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or whatever spa treatment. I have never indulged until this past week at Cobble Beach.



After two days of golfing I decided to have a facial and a massage on our last day before our trek home to Ottawa. The massage was a perfect way to relax those tired golf muscles and I highly recommend one for all golfers. The facial was simple amazing and if more people had facials I think the world would be a happier place. Allison did a great job with my massage and facial and was attentive for answering any questions I had. After my great experience at Cobble Beach I will now search out spa treatments when I book any golf getaways. I may even beat my wife to booking a spa treatment next time.


Cobble Beach Spa is equipped with the following:
  • Couples massage room
  • Steam room and Jacuzzi for use pre or post-treatment
  • Fitness and exercise room
  • Private treatment rooms
  • Manicure and pedicure stations
  • Product display
  • Relaxation room
  • Body treatments with Vichy shower

Check out there brochure for spa options

Aug 18, 2015

Sunice Staff Player Brooke Henderson Captures First LPGA Title

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/18/2015 07:53:00 AM   No comments
Montreal, Quebec -- Sunice Staff Player Brooke Henderson secured her first LPGA title in resounding fashion at the Cambia Portland Classic. In winning by eight strokes over her nearest competitor, Henderson also set a new 72-hole scoring record for the event.



With the win Henderson became the third player in LPGA history to win before her 18th birthday. She finished the tournament with a 72-hole score of 267, 21 strokes under par. Henderson also qualified for the Evian Championship with the win.

"We are extremely proud to have Brooke Henderson wearing Sunice apparel," said Conrad Tappert, President of Sunice. "She played sensational golf in Portland and has a very bright future ahead of her. Brooke has a tremendous amount of poise for her age and that was reflected in her first LPGA victory."

About Sunice


Sunice is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of outerwear, apparel and accessories for golf and snow activities. Through advanced technologies, lightweight and quiet fabrics, advanced manufacturing methods, Sunice delivers 'Freedom of Movement' into every product and has become the brand of choice by uncompromising professional golfers and ski enthusiasts around the world.

Aug 17, 2015

Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils 2015 Fall Golf Packages

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/17/2015 09:42:00 PM   No comments
A few months ago I posted an article on what you're golf bucket list might look like. With it's plethora of world class golf courses, beautiful topography, amazing weather and easy access. Hilton Head Island has to be on many golfers bucket list. Some amazing deals on golf this Fall Hilton Head might be in the works for this Canadian golfer.

 Group Getaways Available at Multiple Leading On-Island Golf Facilities

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – a collection of premier resorts and courses in one of the world’s greatest golf destinations – announces numerous golf group packages for the fall.

Exclusive offers, exceptional values and awe-inspiring Lowcountry scenery are all available for groups through these golf packages. Two national publications recently recognized HHGI with prestigious honors. Golf Digest ranked HHGI in the top 10 in seven categories including “Best Courses” and “Best Weather,” and GOLF.com’s inaugural “Golfers’ Choice Awards” tabbed it a Top 10 Most Dreamed About U.S. Golf Destination.

A sampling of packages offered at www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com:

The Heritage Golf Collection “Fore” Golf Package – Golfers stay four nights in villa accommodations and select four rounds from Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Oyster Reef with complimentary range balls, all starting at $155 per person/per night (based on quad occupancy). The package also includes a welcome tee gift, breakfast at the golf clubs, a Heritage Golf Collection VIP discount card, and all taxes and fees. Available Sept. 8 – Nov. 7, the package is not valid on previous purchases, and availability and pricing are subject to change.



Palmetto Dunes “President’s Cup Group Golf Package” – Valid daily through Dec. 31 for groups of 12 or more, guests enjoy four days/three nights accommodations and three rounds of golf on the resort’s championship courses: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Starting at $138 per golfer/per night, the promotion includes team shirts, an on-site group golf coordinator, breakfast prior to each round, two hours of tennis or Pickleball court time at the Tennis Center and other discounts and inclusions. Subject to availability, some restrictions may apply. The offer is not valid on existing reservations and may not be combined with any other offer.



The Sea Pines Resort “Pete Dye Signature Group Golf Package” – Starting at $225 per golfer/per night, this getaway features deluxe villa accommodations for three nights and three rounds of Pete Dye golf, including at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. The offer also includes a complimentary gift card and the group organizer plays for free. Other restrictions may apply.



“Coming off our successful summer golf promotions, the fall packages offer great opportunities for golf groups to experience Hilton Head Golf Island at incredible rates,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “Pristine conditions, mild temperatures and exceptional incentives – the fall is an ideal time of year for golf in the Lowcountry.”



For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote: www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com, 800.523.3373.



About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

Review: Imperial Headwear -The Faroe - Keeping Cool On The Links

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/17/2015 09:25:00 PM   No comments
I believe this is the first time for a hat review on this blog. Over the years I've done many reviews but have never done a review on a golf hat.

A good hat is so important when golfing and I know many golfers that have there favorites. When I was given a chance to review The Faroe Hat by Imperial Headwear, I really had no idea about the Imperial company even though they've been around since 1916. Which definitely says a lot about the Imperial brand.

The thing that interested me the most about this hat is that it was powered by Coolcore a patented chemical free fabric that actually makes the hat cooler. Now I'm one to golf in all sorts of weather and when it's hot most of the time I don't even wear a hat (Yes I lather up my head with sunscreen). The reason being I actually find wearing a hat makes me feel hotter. Now I've tried many types of hats conventional and lightweight golf hats but most of the time I go without a hat.

Here's what I found out about this hat by Imperial Headwear after giving it a thorough testing period:

1) It actually was quite pleasant wearing this hat golfing and I did find it much cooler than any hat I've worn golfing over the years.

2) Spraying the hat with some water actually made the hat cooler. Coolcore fabric actually works.



3) An all white hat isn't a bad thing. I've always shied away from white hats but the style of the Faroe and the cooling proprieties of Coolcore gives this hat top marks.



 The Specs:
100% poly pique mesh fabric
Soft structured profile with a micro-velcro elastic loop closure
Fabric cools up to 30% cooler than skin temperature when wet
Wicks and transports moisture, then regulates evaporation for cooling effect


The Faroe hat comes in five differents colors and retails for $35USd which is very reasonable for a golf hat that keeps you cool. Imperial has other styles of golf hats with Coolcore including The Lundey, a trucker style hat and the Kaldur Visor.

Now I still golf most of the time without a hat but when I do the Faroe by Imperial is my first choice. I dare you to get it wet!

Check out Imperial Headwear's Twitter feed  and Instagram for all things Imperial.


Imperial Powered by Coolcore


About Imperial Headwear

Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium quality headwear for the golf market. Imperial is committed to style, functionality and perfection in fit and comfort. It is this commitment that has allowed the creation of a wide variety of headwear with quality that is second to none. Renowned for its superior customer service and art customization capabilities, Imperial offers its products using the most innovative digital design, logo and embroidery technologies. For further information please visit imperialsports.com or call 800-950-1916

About Coolcore

Coolcore, the global leader in chemical-free cooling fabrics, has partnerships to develop fabrics for consumer brands throughout the world. The patented, chemical-free Coolcore materials deliver three distinct functions - wicking, moisture circulation and regulated evaporation - going far ­beyond traditional moisture-management textiles by reducing surface fabric temperature up to 30 percent. Coolcore fabric formulations have earned the prestigious "Innovative Technology" recognition from the Hohenstein Institute, a first for a U.S. company, and the only company globally to be awarded this recognition for "Cooling Power".

Aug 16, 2015

Jason Day wins 2015 PGA Championship Whistling Straits Video

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/16/2015 10:17:00 PM   No comments
Jason Day won his first career major with this tap-in on the 18th green at Whistling Straits to conclude the 2015 PGA Championship. Overnight leader Jason Day painted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the 97th PGA Championship to claim the title at 20-under 268, a tournament and major championship record in relation to par, and three shots better than runner-up Jordan Spieth.




Aug 14, 2015

Impressive Day bounces back with Canadian Open victory

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/14/2015 07:50:00 PM   No comments
On the back of a disappointing end to his Open Championship campaign, Jason Day bounced back in style to claim the RBC Canadian Open by a single shot from Bubba Watson. The Australian had arrived at the Glen Abbey Golf Course near Toronto having narrowly missed out on competing in a play-off at the Open, leaving a critical final putt short at St Andrews and being forced to watching on as Zach Johnson went on to lift the Claret Jug for the first time. But rather than sit back and think about what could have been, Day took the positives away from recording his best finish at The Open Championship and racked up his second tournament win of the season by pipping Watson to the post in the Canadian Open.

Having started the final day behind overnight leader and local favourite David Hearn before reeling off a string of birdies on his way to a round of 68 to finish 17 below par. While Hearn's round of 72 killed off any chance of the local winner that golf fans have been desperately waiting for, those in attendance showed their appreciation for an impressive round of golf from the Australian star. If you feel like having a flutter you should first check out Bonus Canada for a list of all the latest sports betting bonuses. Hearn had started the day attempting to be the first Canadian to win the tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954, but ultimately came up short in a brave effort, finishing two shots behind Day in third place.

Despite picking up two bogies, Day's six birdies were enough to see him add a fourth PGA title to his collection. But while the 27-year old continues to prove he is one of the best in the world, that maiden major victory still eludes him, and Day would have probably swapped this title in a heartbeat for another chance at that putt in The Open. After a modest top-30 finish at Augusta, Day finished tied for ninth in the U.S. Open before his fourth place finish at St Andrews. With six top-five



by  Keith Allison 


For Bubba Watson, a run over five birdies across six holes saw him finish runner-up with a round of 69 to finish 16-under for the tournament. While the left-hander climbed to third in the official rankings in June following his Travelers Championship success, it's been something of a tough season for the two-time Masters winner. Having finished tied for 39th at Augusta in April, Watson missed the cut at the U.S. Open and then The Open, continuing his poor run of form at both events and failing to prove those doubters wrong who claim the American doesn't have the game to win any other major than the Masters.

Aug 13, 2015

Review: Devereux Golf Shirts | Stylin' On and Off the Golf Course

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/13/2015 10:32:00 PM   No comments
I've been doing this golf blog thing for awhile now and when it comes to golf apparel I've seen many companies go by the wayside. Whether it's poor marketing, bad timing or not so great product some apparel companies just don't have what it takes for that road to success.


One of those companies that seems to be doing things right including expanding their distribution in Canada is Devereux. Founded in 2013 in Los Angeles, California Devereux is truly bringing it to a different level  offering men "Proper Threads". I had a chance recently to do a Q&A with the Creative Director from Devereux, Robert Brunner and from his answers you know Devereux has a great foundation. Check it out.

I was first introduced to what Devereux had to offer when I had the chance to test out a couple of their golf polos from their “Christina O Collection” the Delphine Polo in Steel/Navy/Sage and the Argo Polo in Apricot.

 The Delphine Polo in action

The three things that stood out for me with these golf shirts

1) The style is perfect both for on and off the golf course. You'll get compliments on the first tee plus later when you're having a bourbon at the bar. Color schemes and style of the golf shirt are all original.

2) The comfort and fit is amazing. When golfing this is the shirt I want to put on, the athletic fit is ideal for that Saturday round with buddies. No problem wearing these shirts out for a nice dinner with friends and family as well.

3) I've been wearing my Devereux golf shirts for awhile now and through all the washings they still retain there great color, fabric texture and perfect collars.

Details: 

The Delphine - Steel/Navy/Sage

The Delphine is a modern shirt with a bold print across the chest, it brings the collection a modern flare via a unique, two-color contrasting print. A very playful and easy-going piece for the course or beach.



Argo - Apricot

Timeless, it's the collection's most detailed shirt. The Argo is a revamped version of the white collar polo, featuring a hidden button-down collar and self fabric piping -- for a sophisticated look. After 18 holes, you're ready to sit down at a five-course dinner in this classic shirt.



I initially didn't think I'd like the apricot color of the Argo shirt but it's a great fun summer color and it's now one of my favorite shirts for golfing or just going out.

The golf shirts I tested will run you about $90-$95 USD (Now on sale $58-$61) pretty reasonable for a high quality polo.

Be sure to check out "Proper Threads" Devereux's fashion and lifestyle blog on its website.

 The Proper Threads blog posts articles weekly dealing with fashion, style, travel and events, and can be found at: http://properthreads.dvrxgolf.com




Jul 30, 2015

Cobble Beach Announces Packages for Perfect Summer Getaways

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/30/2015 10:13:00 PM   1 comment
 A course I'm aiming to play this summer,  Doug Carrick's designed Cobble Beach located just outside of Owen Sound. I'll keep you posted.




Lauded Doug Carrick-Designed 18, Luxurious Spa, Comfortable Inn or Cottage Accommodations

(KEMBLE, Ontario) – Cobble Beach – Georgian Bay’s extraordinary waterfront golf resort community two hours northwest of Toronto – announces two unique packages for relaxing getaways to savor the long days of summer.

Perfect for couples, the Inn Stay-and-Play Package starts at $135 (per person, double occupancy) and features one round on Cobble Beach’s outstanding Doug Carrick-designed 18 or a luxurious spa treatment, comfortable accommodations in the Nantucket-style Inn, and “Grab and Go” breakfast for two.

Ideal for “golf buddy” groups and families, the Cottage Package starts at $144 (per person, based on quad occupancy). It features one round of golf, one night of accommodation in a private cottage as well as a “Grab and Go” breakfast, golf cart, bottled water and use of the topnotch practice facilities.

The Cottage Package may be expanded to two rounds with one night accommodation starting at $219. Two rounds and two nights’ lodging begins at $284. Use of the resort’s first-class amenities – Jacuzzi, steam room, 14km of trails, beach club, and more – is included in both packages.

“Our distinctive package offers are just the ticket to enjoy summertime in one of the most beautiful spots in Ontario,” says Rob McLeese, President of Cobble Beach. “Whether visiting as a resort guest or residing in our community as one of our home owners, the Cobble Beach lifestyle is all about living stress free and savoring the good life.”

Hailed as one of Carrick’s greatest layouts, Cobble Beach Golf Links features water views from most every hole along its 7,134-yard routing. Pure-rolling fescue greens with challenging pin locations emphasize strategically-placed approach shots. Closely mown chipping areas, small pot bunkers and hollows surrounding greens provide for the classic bump-and-run opportunities associated with links-style courses.

Enhancing a Cobble Beach stay is the chef-driven Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar. Conveniently located at the Inn, it features classical cuisine with modern innovation highlighting organic, local and seasonal ingredients for all appetites. Lunch and dinner are enjoyed in the dining room, or fireside lounge with an intimate gastropub ambiance.

For more information:  www.cobblebeach.com, 888.278.8112.

About Cobble Beach

Just outside the city of Owen Sound, two hours northwest of the Greater Toronto Area, Cobble Beach is one of Canada’s top golf destinations and most sought-after residential enclaves. The 600-acre development on Ontario’s stunning Georgian Bay opened in 2007, anchored by a thrilling, Doug Carrick-designed, links-style course with omnipresent water views.

Cobble Beach’s diverse mix of year-round and seasonal detached homes includes villas, townhomes and luxury estates linked by a pedestrian friendly network of streets and sidewalks. More than 14 kilometers of hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing trails promote symmetry between work, play, indulgence, health and wellness.

A Nantucket-style clubhouse features a five-star restaurant, bar, resort-caliber spa and fitness center, and 10 tastefully-appointed guest suites at The Inn at Cobble Beach. Guests also have access to The Cottages at Cobble Beach, each with two bedrooms, wet bars and living rooms. The Cottages offer the luxury of an all-inclusive resort with the relaxation and privacy of home.

The pedestrian-friendly, stress-free Cobble Beach environment features roof lines, site-positioning and strategically-placed windows encouraging residents to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of their home. Even the outdoor lighting follows Dark-Sky guidelines promoting privacy and stargazing. Landscaping complements the natural setting by using native plants and trees.

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