May 27, 2020

Covid 19 Musings - Family, mental health, golf

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  5/27/2020 07:52:00 AM   No comments
Some days it seems like a blur. The last few months a rollercoaster. When Covid 19 changed our lives and set our paths in a different direction. Who would have thought the term “social distancing” would enter into our lives so drastically.

My full time job as a mail carrier with Canada Post was deemed essential so I’ve been working during these changed times. My wife works from home now, my oldest just completed her first year university at Trent at home and my other two continue their schooling the best they can through online learning.

Quarantine mentality

There’s good days and some rough days. Some days it’s hard to keep it together

From a golf perspective:

  • I’ve managed to purchase online a rather limited edition expensive Putter Head cover from Bettinardi Putters and I don’t even own a Bettinardi Putter
  • I also purchased online a set of older Titleist AP1s that I had as a rental set in Costa Rica in January.
  • Borrowed a couple of pins/flags/cups from Rideau View for a nice chipping area in my backyard.
  • Golf Courses have open up for business across Ontario and Ive started working back at Rideau View Golf Course (my 7th season)




Apr 2, 2020

Pebble Beach, Pinehurst Closure Updates - COVID-19 Pandemic

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  4/02/2020 10:06:00 AM   No comments
Our friends at Golf Trip Junkie have given us an update as far as two of the worlds biggest golf resorts goes —Pebble Beach Resorts and Pinehurst Resort.

For most golf travel is not first on our minds yet I feel it's a must still to be connected to the golf community. To remain focused on a variety of things in our lives. So with the COVID-19 pandemic putting the majority of the travel industry on temporary shut down here's an update.



Press Releases
Pebble Beach Resort Temporary Closure & Trip Cancellations Through Golf Trip Junkie
By Golf Trip Junkie
With the current COVID-19 pandemic putting the majority of the travel industry on temporary shut down, one of the worlds biggest golf resorts—Pebble Beach Resorts—has extended their operational shut down, currently rescheduled to reopen on May 18, 2020. As the COVID-19 and the affects of it are a fluid situation, this date could change and extended further.
In the meantime, in terms of cancellation policies, it is business as usual for groups traveling to Pebble Beach after May 18, 2020. The cancellation policy remains at a full refund if cancelled prior to 14 days from day of arrival. Once inside that window, there are no changes or refunds. However, if flights continue to be grounded or there continues to be orders of no travel, Pebble Beach Resorts will look at it on a case by case basis, with the possibility of rescheduling within a certain period of time, with no refunds.
For groups that are scheduled to travel to Pebble Beach Resorts before May 18, there is the option of a full refund OR credit on file with the option to reschedule within one year.
When rescheduling, it is important to keep in mind that Pebble Beach Resorts and the Golf Travel Specialists at Golf Trip Junkie will experience an influx of reservations for future dates, therefore availability will be limited much earlier than normal. Prepare to play at least 10 months in advance for peak periods at Pebble Beach.

Pinehurst Resort Temporary Closure & Trip Cancellations Through Golf Trip Junkie
By Golf Trip Junkie
Pinehurst Resort, one the worlds leading golf resorts, has followed suit with many other golf properties by temporarily shutting down lodging and some dining options (those that are open are take-out only), while keeping their golf courses open for members and public play, of course, practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.During the closure, booking tee times on the most popular courses at Pinehurst Resort—Pinehurst No. 2, No. 4 and The Cradle Course—are open to non-resort guests 24 hours prior to day of play, while the other remaining golf courses are 5 days prior to day of play.
Pinehurst Resort temporarily closed on March 24, 2020 with the expectation to reopen on May 1, 2020.Leading up to the closure, Pinehurst relaxed their cancellation policy from 30 days prior to day of arrival to 48 hours prior to day of arrival. Inside of 48 hours from day of arrival refunds were issued minus the $300 per golfer deposit OR the full payments kept on file as a credit and rescheduled within one year. For groups scheduled during the temporary closure the option of full refunds were given or, if interested, rescheduled within one year.
Once the resort is reopened, it is expected that it will be business as usual for all groups booked directly through Pinehurst Resort or with Golf Trip Junkie.

Mar 26, 2020

Sun Mountain Bolsters H2NO Golf Bags

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  3/26/2020 08:14:00 PM   No comments
In these uncertain time it's sometimes good to take a step back literally and get away from your comfort zone. Maybe do something you might not normally do. As far as this blog goes I receive so many press releases daily that being a one man band I can usually just pick and choose.

Most that I choose I either have a working rapport with the company or it's a smaller company that just peaks my interest and I want to give them some exposure. The "little guy/girl" you might say.

Sun Mountain is certainly not a little company but their golf bags have always intrigue me. Whenever you see Sun Mountain golf bags whether it be in Golf Town or your local golf retailer. I find I radiate towards them; the colours, the style, the construction, the extras, the technology. The thing that makes me go "ahhh!" is the damn price.

Seems they have a new line of waterproof bags out, your thoughts? Keep safe.





Press Release

Sun Mountain Expands Waterproof Golf Bag Collection

Missoula, Montana – In 2007, after playing one too many tournaments in the rain, the innovators at SunMountain applied their rainwear expertise to building a waterproof golf bag. For 2020, that H2NO collection of waterproof golf bags includes a cart bag and two carry bags, each constructed with waterproof fabric, taped seams, and waterproof zippers. The full collection of H2NO golf bags is in stores now with retail prices from $289 - $329. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.
Sun Mountain’s waterproof golf carry bag options include the H2NO Lite 14-way and the H2NO Superlight. H2NO Lite 14-way offers a 10.5” diameter top with 14 individual club dividers, the E-Z Lite Dual Strap System shoulder straps and six pockets including a hydration sleeve, velour-lined valuables pocket, and full-length clothing pocket. Retail price is $299.

H2NO Superlight offers a 9” diameter top with four club divisions and six pockets and weighs less than 5 pounds. Among the six pockets are a hydration sleeve, full-length apparel pocket and multiple accessory pockets. H2NO Superlight incorporates the X-Strap System for easy-on, easy-off and it works well as a single strap for short carries. Retail is $289.

H2NO Staff Cart bag features a 9.5” diameter top with individual club dividers plus a putter tube and includes eight pockets offering a velour-lined valuables pocket, two full-length apparel pockets, range finder pocket, and cooler pocket. A cart strap pass-through runs behind the rangefinder pocket allowing unhindered access to all pockets and zippers when the bag is strapped to a cart.

For 30 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain's many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, SunMountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof, and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart ® golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products. Sun Mountain's "Ahead of Time Design" motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment. For the SunMountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

Mar 22, 2020

Discover the Hidden Side of Hilton Head Golf

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  3/22/2020 12:13:00 PM   hilton head golf No comments
While the PGA TOUR goes on a (hopefully) brief hiatus, we’re left with enough collective time to plan our next golf trip. And if jumping on an airplane doesn’t sound all that appealing right now, we’ve got good news: 80 percent of all South Carolina visitors arrive by car. 

Even from Canada, believe it or not, travel bans notwithstanding. 

That also pertains to the Palmetto State’s storied Lowcountry region, including Hilton Head, also known as “Golf Island.” While the RBC Heritage was cancelled along with all of April and most of May’s PGA TOUR events, Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort still await traveling golfers from points north and south.  

From exclusive private courses and high-end resorts to must-play mid-tier daily fee layouts, the region is rife with golf options. It’s easy to unearth the wildly popular tracks, like Harbour Town and the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes. 

But dig a little deeper, call in a few favors or even pony up for a membership to go private, and golfers will discover a hidden side of Hilton Head golf to be fully explored and treasured.

May River Golf Club, Montage Palmetto Bluff

Located just off the island in idyllic Bluffton and originally opened in 2004, May River Golf Club has developed a reputation as of one of Jack Nicklaus’ finest designs. The Golden Bear returned in 2017 to restore the Signature layout to its first-class form. 

Nicklaus’ deft delineation between formal and native bunkers adds a unique design element architecture aficionados will appreciate. The layout meanders around the May River and coastal wetlands of Palmetto Bluff, and caddies educate golfers on optimal angles and club selection. 

Golfers can bed-down at the Montage Palmetto Bluff set within 20,000 acres of Palmetto Bluff’s maritime forest and surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront. The boutique features three pools, eight restaurants, a spa and a seemingly endless array of activities. 

The Club Course, Sea Pines Country Club

Sea Pines Country Club’s Club Course is a pure example of Lowcountry golf course design, with its narrow, tree-lined fairways, doglegs, subtle green complexes and languid lagoons. There’s a since of intrigue on every tee box of this Arnold Palmer-designed layout as to what style of hole comes next.

A private, invitation only club situated in Sea Pines Plantation, members are not required to live inside the gates to join. The club sets up perfectly for those relocating to Hilton Head or east Bluffton who want freedom of residential choice. As the saying goes, every Hilton Head visitor is a future resident, and every resident a future golfer. 

The Club Course, updated by Clyde Johnston in 2001, has even been referred to as “Little Harbour Town” due to its similarities to the Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus masterpiece just a sand wedge to the south. Apropos, given that original architect Palmer won the inaugural RBC Heritage in 1969 and incorporated many of Harbour Town’s design elements.



Old South Golf Links, Bluffton

Also designed by Johnston, Old South Golf Links is the only area public course playing along the Intracoastal Waterway. The front and back nine views, with McKay’s Creek and the Calibogue Sound in the distance, are among the best in the region, public and private venues considered. 

The variety of Lowcountry terrain is also fascinating – oak forest, pastures and tidal marshes are all on display, and in play. The finishing stretch, holes 16 through 18, is vintage Lowcountry with target fairways and greens requiring carries over marshland. Golf packages are offered with other area courses. 

One round at Old South and golfers will appreciate Johnston’s brilliant routing and subtle approach to Lowcountry golf course design. 




Atlantic Dunes, The Sea Pines Resort

Having opened in 2016, Atlantic Dunes is the newest course at The Sea Pines Resort, wrought from what was once the oldest course on Hilton Head Island. Originally the Ocean Course, Davis Love III, brother Mark and lead architect Scot Sherman completely overhauled the layout to present a pure coastal aesthetic.

Love Golf Design removed hundreds of aging trees (all environmentally approved), restored natural dune lines and added coquina shells and native seaside grasses. The par-3 15th hole is one of just two holes on the island with an unencumbered view of the Atlantic Ocean.




Oyster Reef

When Oyster Reef Golf Club on Hilton Head Island opened in 1982, it was recognized by many golf experts as one of the best new courses in the U.S., because of its fortunate location, a marquee designer in Rees Jones and a strategically compelling layout.

Playing to more than 7,000 yards with a 139-slope rating from the tips, Oyster Reef continues to be a place where golfers go to look for a challenge, as well as one of the most visually appealing courses in the entire region.

Getting There


Hilton Head is within a half-day’s drive of major Southeastern cities like Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh, and just over eight hours from Washington D.C. Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio — all popular golfer origins, are six to 12-hour drives. Golfers have two airport options, Savannah Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), or Hilton Head Airport (HHH) on the north end of the island. Service was once limited to HHH, but has been exponentially expanded with direct flights on Delta, American and United from nine major cities

By Shane Sharp

Feb 28, 2020

Come on Nike Send Some Air Jordan 5 Low Golf Shoes My Way

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  2/28/2020 07:55:00 AM   No comments


So the Air Jordan 5 Low golf shoe comes out today. I know the likes of Pat Perez, Harold Varner III and Keegan Bradley wear them religiously but damn I'd like to test out a pair.

You never see anyone up here in Canada rockin' these beauties. Saw first hand last year at the 2019 RBC Canadian Open Harold and Keegan wearing Air Jordans around Hamilton G&CC. Yet I feel we need a real live 51 year old Dad former basketball player turned golf writer to test out a pair of Air Jordans up here in Canada. So come on Nike.


The Air Jordan Lows, which commemorate the Air Jordan 5‘s 30th Anniversary, also feature a translucent outsole, a reflective tongue, and a black midsole. These would look sweet on my feet.






Guys like Harold Varner III rock Air Jordan golf shoes, why not me Nike? Ok he's in the background, get out of the way Brooks.



The Nike Jordan 5 Low golf shoe contains a primarily white and ‘fire red’ colour scheme, with black and translucent accents. Sweet!


The shoes contain a lace lock system and feature the Jordan brand’s iconic Jumpman logo on the heel, outsole and tongue of the shoe. 


Price : $220 usd- available from Nike.com on February 28. Although nothing is live from what I can tell on Nike Website. 

Always pricey that's why Nike you need to send me some to test out.





Feb 16, 2020

Golf Travel Products Take Center Stage at 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  2/16/2020 02:56:00 PM   No comments
For Canadians this is the time of the year most will be heading somewhere South. It's not because we don’t love our Country we just need a break from yes, “Winter”. Whether you live in Moosejaw Saskatchewan or St. John's  Newfoundland we as Canadians just need some sun and heat.

Take me for instance in January my wife and I and one of our 3 kids had a brilliant adventure in Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.

For some that involves traveling too sunny Florida to take in the annual PGA Golf Show. Although I haven’t attended ever, I follow adamantly on my various social media channels during the event (most times I’m on a golf trip/family trip).

One of my colleagues Shane took a great snapshot of what golf travel products from the PGA Show might just peak our interest. Especially for those of us traveling South this winter to golf and enjoy some sun and heat. Enjoy.



The travel industry is riding the tailwinds of a solid economy, and golf-travel is reaping the benefits. At the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, the once niche category was well-represented among the behemoth golf club and ball manufacturers. 

It does help, however, that golf-travel” spans hard and soft goods, as well as other related accessories and gear. In other words, whatever golfers can reasonably throw in the back of their vehicle or stuff in a travel cover is fair game. 

After walking the show floor for three straight days (60,000 steps, for those of you scoring at home), we sourced a stable of golf-travel products we can’t do without in 2020.

Walker Trolleys Cape Model Pushcart

The engineering behind Walker Trolleys’ pushcarts is sophisticated, belying its outwardly streamlined, minimalist appearance. However, the mission is simple: make walking golf cool, again. For golfers who like to hit the open road, a convenient one-fold handle makes collapsing and unfolding the trolley easier than any other push cart on the market. A central hub enables the handle and legs to bend on two separate axes for a compact fold. Premium materials including aluminum, waxed canvas and handcrafted leather create a unique, elegant appearance that wouldn’t be out of place on the great links courses of Scotland during the time of Old and Young Tom Morris. The storage unit, made of water-resistant waxed canvas, provides an endless number of ways for golfers to customize their trolley.Walker Trolleys Cape model will be available this spring, and a limited number of push carts will be available for preorder for $399 at www.walkertrolleys.com.





Peter Millar Crown Fuse Sport Vest, Hyperlight Reflect

It would be easy for the leading men’s luxury golf apparel brand to rest on its laurels every year at the PGA Merchandise Show. Its booths are impressive(yes, booths, plural), its apparel lines timeless and its industry relationships are both deep and wide. Instead, the Raleigh, N.C.-based company has expanded its demographic to appeal and resonate with millennials, Gen-X and Baby Boomers by no means an easy feat in the apparel world.Case in point, the Crown Sport Fuse Vest.This new lightweight active piece is designed with a hybrid garment construction, combining a windproof, water-resistant stretch front with a stretch interlock knit back panel. The perforated polyester fill inside maintains warmth for weight and improved breathability.


While they aren’t golf shoes, per se, Peter Millar’s Hyperlight Glide are perfect for combo business-leisure trips. The continued evolution of our Hyperlight Glide design, the Reflect features the same technical makeup and fit as the2.0 model but with key updates like reflective detailing featured at top eyelets and logos.An engineered knit texture transitions between the eye-line, toe box and heel counter for added visual appeal.Both the Crown Fuse Sport Vest ($148) and Hyperlight Reflect sneakers ($155) will be available in July. For more details on current offerings visit www.petermillar.com/





Sun Mountain Kube Golf Travel Bag

When it comes to melding hard and soft covers into a must-have golf travel bag, Sun Mountain is the undisputed champ. Sure, Club Glove has the PGA TOUR player street credibility and its travel covers are the real dealBut Missoula, Montana-based Sun Mountain knows a thing or two about engineering products for a rugged environment. They nailed it with ClubGlider, the only golf travel bag with patented leg wheels allowing golfers to “glide” through airports with ease.And now they’ve done it again with the introduction of thesee-it-to-believe-it” Kube golf travel bag. Kube looks like an ordinary small suitcase but unbuckle it and its opens into a full-sized golf travel bag.If a golf travel bag was featured in a Mission: Impossible movie, it would be Kube. Its folded size is a mere 9” x 13” x 14.5” and weights only 6.8 pounds. Kube is available in eight colors with a retail price of $229.99. To order direct or locate a local retail partner visit www.sunmountain.com




TecTecTec ULT-G GPS Golf Watch

Exceptionally durable, stylish and comfortable, the new ULT-G GPS watch from TecTecTec provides golfers quick and accurate distances to the front, middle and back of greens, as well as hazards and doglegs. Available for a one-time purchase of $119.99 with no subscription required TecTecTec is giving users instant access to precise satellite-measured yardages at over 38,000 courses around the world. Everything you need, and nothing that you don’t all at an affordable price.For more detailsvisit www.US.TecTecTec.com





ARCCOS Caddie Rangefinder

The Arccos Caddie ecosystem is easily the most sophisticated, groundbreaking and frankly, futuristic offering on the market today. That stated, we’ll try to keep this simple and straightforward.

How it works: purchase Arccos Smart Sensors, screw then into the ends of the your gripsdownload the app, pair the sensors and boom, you’re surfing the wave of Big DataAlternatively, both PING and Cobra clubs now come with Arccos Smart Grips with the sensors embedded. The sensors measure every shot you take on the golf course with every club, ultimately gathering enough data to serve up AI-generated yardages based on individual golfer performance. New for 2020, Arccos has introduced the world’s first A.I. powered GPS Rangefinder providing users of the Arccos Caddie app with the game’s most precise yardages by delivering a number based on real-time calculation of slope, weather and altitude.So, this is more of a what you don’t need to bring with you on your next trip entry on our list the traditional, handheld range finder. In addition to precise yardages, it will provide golfers with club recommendations from Golf’s Smartest Caddie, so they can truly trust the club they pull for every shot.For more info on Arccos product and technology, visit www.arccosgolf.com




Southern Tide Intercoastal Performance Pants

Traveling light, even on extended stay golf trips, is the only way to go. For playing on and off the course, Southern Tide’s Intercoastal Performance Pant is hard to beat. The nylon-stretch fabric is breathable, flexible and moisture-wicking. And if you want to roll onto the plane and out on the course flaunting your school pride, Southern Tide has a diverse and robust line of collegiate tailgate apparel.Visit www.southerntide.com to get in touch with your inner salty dog.



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