Jun 21, 2016

Peak Performance Apparel Review: Men's Golf Piqué

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/21/2016 09:25:00 PM   No comments

 

Peak Performance has done well with the classic cotton golf polo. Their cotton mix piqué shirt comes in a variety of colors and the one I got to review was white so I was I was pleasantly surprised how much of my golf wardrobe it went with, not only the Peak Performance Howick shorts.

 

Peak Performance piqué shirt stood up well out on the golf course both in hot and cooler temperatures. Although it's still a cotton mix the piqué shirt is still quite breathable. Very comfortable to wear and quite soft,vthe added 5% elastane gives the shirt a nice stretchy feel.

 

Make sure you check out Peak Performance's fitting guide for the right size.

 

At $50 it's very comparable to other golf shirts of this style but with just that little extra attention to detail and quality.

Peak Performance's Men's Golf Piqué Shirt is perfect for your next round of golf. A classic style and fit it will compliments most golfers wardrobe this Summer.

 

Jun 14, 2016

Tuesday Twitter Tidbits - 2016 U.S. Open From Oakmont

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/14/2016 09:37:00 PM   No comments

Just because some of can't be there here's some U.S. Open morsels to wet our appetite.

https://twitter.com/beneverill/status/742783826146041857

 

Jason Day had an eventful day

 

Bubba Watson practising some Bubba short game, sporting some @GFore hightops.

 

Workin on my short game #usopen #sportscenter #sctop10 https://t.co/VLExxYAhiv

http://twitter.com/bubbawatson/status/742837202376232960

 

 

Graeme McDowell using periscope to give us a view of #7 at Oakmont

LIVE on #Periscope: Let's play the 7th hole here at Oakmont CC @usopengolf https://t.co/R4KWy5pQdh

 

 

A nice view of the putting green at Oakmont from SeeMore Putters

#18 Oakmont - Grandstand view usopengolf - spectacular course!! #rooEffect https://t.co/JpKPprqtZB

 

 

Jun 13, 2016

Arizona Golf The Choice For Sun Seeking Golfers

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/13/2016 08:13:00 PM   No comments
The last few days here in Ottawa has been unsettling cool considering our relatively mild and dry spring so far. Canada is all about extremes when it comes to weather especially in the winter and that’s when most of the die-hard golfers are looking to book their trips to sunny destinations to get the chance to swing their clubs in some warm air.

In recent times more golfers are choosing the hot desert climate of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area to get away from Canada’s blustery winter. When its bitter cold in February you can head to Phoenix and experience average temperature highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. With endless sunshine the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is a Mecca for heat seeking golfers. With a plethora of public and resort courses to choose from there’s something for everyone’s taste.

For me I still haven’t had the chance to go to the area but with so many contacts in the area it will happen soon enough. Here are a couple of courses I have on my list to play.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Located outside of the city on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, We-Ko-Pa’s 36 hole desert golf experience with mountain vistas is pretty much what I imagine when I dream of someday golfing in the area. No big city elements to impede my desert golf experience in the Sonoran Desert.




Troon North Golf Club
Troon boasts two 18-hole courses that are carved through the beautiful foothills and natural ravines of Arizona's Sonoran Desert. The Monument and Pinnacle courses are definitely on my Phoenix/Scottsdale golf list, best in State.



When you’ve finally made the decision to golf in the area and get away from Canada’s crazy winter. Look no further than Phoenix Scottsdale Golf for the best Arizona Golf Packages.

They’re specialists when it comes to helping you plan and design you’re desert golf vacation. Whether it’s what courses to play or where to stay they’ll beat any quote. They’ve got various golf packages that will suit all price ranges and include the above golf courses plus many more.

Take the guess work out of planning a golf vacation. Contact Phoenix Scottsdale Golf because these guys live and golf in the area so they know the ins and outs of planning a golf package so you can enjoy the area’s unique and dramatic golf experience set in a stunning desert landscape.

Jun 6, 2016

Golf Apparel Review: Peak Performance Howick Golf Shorts

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/06/2016 07:53:00 AM   No comments
I tend to wear shorts when golfing most of the season. I don't no whether it's because in Canada we're so glad that Winter is over we want to expose our white legs to the sun right away or it's just with any sign of warmer weather we just want to shed some layers. Regardless I think I'm a pretty good expert when it comes to shorts especially golf shorts.

Peak Performance has a pretty extensive golf apparel line and the Howick shorts I've been wearing this Spring our part of their 2016 Golf Line.




The first few times wearing the Howick shorts took a bit of getting use to, I found them eventually so comfortable to wear and the fabric was stretchy and breathable. They are a narrow fit so I went up a size when ordering.

The Howick shorts are made from 100% polyester with a 3XDRY® finish. This material is great for hot weather days, very breathable and quick drying.






The Howick shorts have some nice features including the pop orange accents on the zippered leg pocket and the velt back pocket. These shorts go perfect with the Howick Polo. At $120 CDN for these shorts the quality and styling shines through. These shorts will soon be your favorite hands down.




Jun 2, 2016

Golf Course Review: Oak Bay Golf & Country Club

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/02/2016 09:13:00 PM   No comments

Oak Bay Golf & Country Club is located on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay an area I tend to visit a few times a year. I was finally lucky enough to finally play the course which I've been meaning to do since it opened in the Fall of 2010.

 

When you're travelling North up Highway 400 you actually enter Muskoka County before you get off at the Oak Bay exit. With Oak Bay's picturesque terrain you defintely get the Muskoka feel.

Oak Bay's clubhouse just recently opened and when talking to Jason Bennett the Director of Golf at Oak Bay he was extatic about the opening and the putting green practise area that will be built soon in front of the clubhouse facing #10 and #18.

 

 

The staff is very friendly and helpful at Oak Bay. Jack, the starter gave us some insight into the course which was very helpful. Gus had to get a picture with Laurel the cart girl. She was driving an awesome John Deere Gator converted to the perfect cart for beverage/snack dispensing.

 

The Bermuda greens and fairways were in great condition and from working at a golf course you can tell the maintenance staff take great pride and care when it comes to the aesthetics of the course.

 

The greens are definitely firm but that's not unusual for such a new course so most of the time its best to be short of the hole for best birdie results.

 

With four sets of tees Oak Bay can be played from whatever length you're accustomed too. My suggestion is if you're playing for the first time play one tee forward. Oak Bay is a challenging course to play and playing a little closer will give you a better initial experience. My son Gus really enjoyed teeing off a lot closer on each hole especially the Par 3s.

 

Hole #15 is Oak Bay's signature hole. A very difficult par 3 that has a huge carry over a marsh land. It's to bad there isn't a bail out area on this hole. If you're short or long you're dead in the water. A hole you'll either be smiling or frowning afterwards.

 

Oak Bay has many fun and challenging par 4s including above, the short par 4 #14. You can read my other article on Oak Bay about my favourite holes here.

 

The strengths of Oak Bay:

 

  • Course conditions
  • Scenic and tough par 3s
  • Knowledgable and friendly staff
  • Scenery and terrain of the area

 

 

To play Oak Bay it will cost you between $44-$60 Monday to Thursday during high season which is June 5th to September 11th, $48-$69 from Friday to Sunday(Holidays). That doesn't include cart which is extra.

Very reasonably priced considering the quality of golf and now the updated services.

 

 

May 30, 2016

Golf Apparel Review: Peak Performance Howick Polo

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/30/2016 09:24:00 PM   No comments

 

With all the hot weather we've been having lately in the Ottawa area I was thankful for the Peak Performance Howick Polo. Having done so many reviews on different golf polos before I can honestly say the Howick is the best polo in hot and humid conditions.

 

First of all I've never had a golf polo with holes in the back of the shirt before. They're subtle as you can see from the picture. These laser-cut holes are used for ventilation and keep you cool providing you with maximum air flow as you're out playing on the golf course. Side mesh on the Howick polo also helps with air flow and cooling factor.

 

 

The Howick Polo does fit like most regular polos although I needed an XL and I normally take a Large. So defintely consult Peak Performance's fitting guide.

 

I really like the fact Peak Perforance uses what they call Clevercare when it comes to this golf shirt. You don't have to wash this shirt after every time you wear it. Just hang it up and air it out. If there's a stain manually remove it. Peak Performance is all about reducing your carbon footprint, move companies should look at this with their products.


 

The Howick Polo retails for $120 CDN which is on the high end of prices for a golf polo. That being said the quality and technology in this shirt is top notch. So for the price the Howick is reasonable, you get what you pay for.

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2016

Favourite Holes At Oak Bay Golf & Country Club

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/25/2016 09:31:00 PM   No comments

Had the pleasure of finally playing Oak Bay Golf & Country Club this past long weekend. My son Gus tagged along for the day and we had a blast playing the course and taking in the beautiful weather and amazing scenery. Golfing on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay has to be an early highlight of my golf year so far.

 

Here are the three holes that stood out for me playing Oak Bay for the first time.

 

Hole #12
Normally I'm not a big lover of dogleg holes but #12 is special. A tight driving hole and very intimidating from the tee anything left is going to be trouble. Just a real pretty hole well designed and fun to play.
 

 

Love the natural beauty of the Canadian Shield near the green on this hole and so did Gus. Defintely play left of this rock formation.

 

 

Hole #14

 

Short par 4, definite thumbs up from me.

Who doesn't like a good drivable par 4 especially one that's has such a fun risk and reward outcome. Hole #14 at Oak Bay delivers. Beautiful backdrop.

 

Fairway narrows before green and with a large bunker down the left side you have to be accurate with your drive or layup, but that's the easy route right?

 

 

Hole #17

A tricky par 3 playing with beautiful views of Oak Bay. With the variations in winds and wind direction this is a hole that tests your skill at picking the "right" club. Hazards abound on this hole so it really makes you think. A long green with a few undulations once you're on it's not easy going with the putter.

 

 

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