Jul 3, 2018

RBC scores ‘A HOLE IN ONE’ with 2019 PGA TOUR Schedule Change

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/03/2018 09:17:00 PM   No comments
Dustin Johnson revealed yesterday what the Press Release today confirmed. RBC Canadian Open gets a date change.

Critical date change will enrich golf in Canada and the RBC Canadian Open for years to come
TORONTO, July 3, 2018 —  RBC, Golf Canada and the PGA TOUR today announced that the 2019 RBC Canadian Open will be moving to a premier spot on the PGA TOUR schedule starting in 2019, one week before the U.S. Open. The 110th RBC Canadian Open, to be played at the historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club with new dates, June 3-9, 2019, is expected to attract an even better field for Canada’s National Championship.

The 2018 RBC Canadian Open will be played as scheduled, July 23-29, at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.

“The RBC Canadian Open is one of the oldest and most-prestigious golf events in the world and we’re thrilled to start a new chapter in 2019,” said Mary DePaoli, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, RBC. “As the only Canadian stop on the Tour, the June tournament date will help enrich the experience for fans, players and all Canadians.”

In addition to the new spot on the PGA TOUR schedule, the 2019 RBC Canadian Open will also feature an increased purse, set at USD $7.6-million.

“The PGA TOUR, RBC and Golf Canada have collaborated to ensure this new date is the right fit for players and fans of the RBC Canadian Open,” said Andy Pazder, chief tournaments & competitions officer, PGA TOUR. “As title sponsor of both the RBC Canadian Open and the RBC Heritage, RBC has been a tremendous partner of the PGA TOUR, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to move one of golf’s most important and historic tournaments to a new date for the event starting in 2019.”
With even stronger fields and competition anticipated with the new date, the RBC Canadian Open is expected to:

Increase global awareness for golf in Canada and the RBC Canadian Open tournament
Drive deeper interest and participation in golf in Canada
Positively impact the regional economy with increased ticket sales, hospitality and tourism

“Golf Canada is beyond thrilled by RBC’s overall support for the Canadian Open. Together with the PGA TOUR, the new 2019 date change is a clear demonstration of our combined commitment to the game and Canada’s National Open Championship,” said Laurence Applebaum, chief executive officer, Golf Canada. “This exciting change will inject tremendous energy into the RBC Canadian Open and make Canadian golf better.”

For ticket, volunteering, sponsorship and corporate hospitality information on the 2018 RBC Canadian Open, details are available online at www.rbccanadianopen.com.
About RBCGolf Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 81,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com.‎

We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-sustainability.

About Golf CanadaGolf Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 319,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast.

For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit: www.golfcanada.ca.

By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide. The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members of the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 25 countries (85 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion.

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Galvin Green Launches 2018 Ventil8™ Plus Range

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/03/2018 09:12:00 PM   No comments
Galvin Green one of my favourite apparel brands has announced the launch of its 2018 Spring/Summer Ventil8 Plus apparel. Galvin Green just has that great mix of style, technology and performance within their apparel. Once again this years offering looks amazing.

Ventil8™ Plus embodies ‘fashion meets function’ with no compromise on quality. The line features modern, eye-catching designs made of exceptionally comfortable, lightweight and breathable fabric that won’t stick to skin or interrupt your swing. As always, the entire Ventil8™ collection provides UV protection 20+

Modern Designs, Extremely Breathable Material Designed for Warm Weather Conditions
(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of high-performance and functional golf clothing for serious players and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX® – has announced the launch of new apparel offerings for their 2018 Spring/Summer Ventil8 Plus collection.

The Ventil8 Plus functional men’s and women’s golf shirts, shorts, pants and skorts are designed to keep golfers cool and comfortable in the summer heat while sustaining top-level performance on the course. Each item is constructed with highly technical, lightweight and breathable materials to help regulate body temperature and transport moisture and heat away from the skin twice as fast as a traditional polyester golf shirt.

“With advances in modern fabric technology, today’s performance apparel brands are held to the highest competitive standards,” says Jonathan Wong, President of Galvin Green Canada. “Our team knows firsthand what it takes to exceed expectations and has developed a quality line of lightweight attire guaranteed to keep golfers cool and composed in high temperatures.”

Function meets fashion in the men’s polo range highlighted by the Mayer with horizontal stripe design and the Marty solid shirt available in eight colorways and in an exclusive Tour Edition. Completing the ensemble are the all-purpose Noah and Nash pants and Parker shorts.

Headlining the colorful ladies’ line is the Megan shirt with contrast color detailing, the May skort and the Miriam jumpsuit, a lightweight, eye-catching piece with extreme breathability designed to minimize restriction when swinging. In addition to providing UV protection 20+, all Ventil8 Plus garments are easy to care for and contain hygienic anti-bacterial elements.

Galvin Green is also the Official Team Supplier of Weatherwear for the 2018 European Ryder Cup Team. Through this partnership, the company will provide its premium outerwear garments to the captains, vice captains, team members and their caddies during the matches at Le Golf National. Part of the brand’s esteemed Multi-Layer system, the outfit includes a GORE-TEX® fabric shell layer and an Interface-1™ hybrid jacket.

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 with #staycool #stayahead.

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.

Jun 29, 2018

10 Ways to Play Golf Without Breaking the Bank

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/29/2018 09:40:00 AM   No comments

Golf has long had the reputation of being the rich man’s game. It’s hardly surprising when you consider that green fees alone can run into hundreds of dollars on select courses. Once you start to add on all the little extras, such as equipment, attire, and food, the cost can seem steep even for those with deep pockets.
To make sure you’re never in a position where you have to consider hanging up your clubs due to cost, we’ve compiled a list of ten money-saving steps you can start taking today.
1) Learn to Re-Grip Your Clubs
Golfers who play most weekends usually get their clubs regripped once every 12 months. While the cost of getting this done at a golf club is only around $2-3 per club, it can quickly add up if you’re playing with an average set of 14 different clubs.
The workaround for this issue is to learn how to re-grip clubs by yourself. Double-sided tape and a new replacement grip are arguably the only essential tools you need to get the job done.
2) Try Pre-Owned Clubs

Source: Max Pixel
There’s no shame in looking around local garage sales or browsing online auction sites to try and find a decent set of second-hand clubs. A lot of the time, these clubs will only have minor cosmetic imperfections that won’t affect your game in any way.
3) Sell any Unused or Unwanted Kit
It’s common for regular players to acquire a number of different clubs over the course of their playing career. Rather than banishing old clubs to the garage or attic, sell them online for some extra money.
4) Play Later in the Day
Most golf courses offer discounted rates to those willing play later in the afternoon. Of course, playing in a fading light isn’t ideal, but with no waiting around for groups in front of you, it does have its additional benefits. 
5) Steer Clear of Weekends
Basic economics of scale tells us that the more demand there is for something, the higher the price is likelier to be. People want to play golf with their friends and family on the weekends. Therefore, if you’re flexible enough to be able to play during the week, you should be able to bag yourself a cheaper rate.

6) Ball Hunt in the Winter
With little to no foliage around during the winter months, it’s easily the best time of the year to fill up your shag bag in preparation for the summer sun.
7) Bring Your Own Food When You Play
It doesn’t take much time or effort to prepare a packed lunch and it could end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year.
8) Book Online and in Advance
Don’t ring up a course and attempt to arrange a booking at short notice. That’s one sure-fire way of getting the worse possible rate.
Instead, try to book a tee time online around a week in advance. Doing so could well save you around $10 bucks each time – enough for an extra bottle of wine on the weekly shop.
9) Only use Recycled Balls
The performance difference between a premium and recycled balls is minimal – particularly for amateur golfers who struggle replicate the same swing.
10) Don’t Hire a Cart

Hiring a cart isn’t necessary to enjoy a round of golf (no matter how fun they’re to drive). Besides, walking is good exercise, and who doesn’t need some of that?

Jun 24, 2018

Golf Sunglass Review: Electric Tech One Pro Sunglasses

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/24/2018 07:45:00 PM   No comments
Over the years I've worn sunglasses on and off the golf course but lately my eye health took a back seat and I haven't been wearing sunglasses.

Luckily some things happened recently that will hopefully help my long term eye health.

1) Finally went for my annual eye exam
2)  I found out I have sun damage on my eyes but no cataracts.
3) Got progressive lenses instead of using Costco reading glasses.
4) Got contacted by Electric a Sunglass company out of California to do a sunglass review (The first one ever on my blog).
5) Those sunglasses are Electric's Tech One Pro Sunglasses with Ohm Grey Lens.

Details as per Electric's website:

FRAME: 8 base mold injected Grilamid frame in feather weight construction with performance grip nose bridge and temple tips. Innovative double action hinge system.

OPTICS: 8 base OHM Polycarbonate lens. 100% UV protection. Up to 98% Blue Light protection.

GREY TINT: VLT 10% . Optimal lens for daily use. Increased clarity and depth perception while providing visual comfort.

MEASURMENT:46h - 144w - 161l

WEIGHT: 27 grams

California Design. Hand Crafted In Italy.

The Tech One Pro sunglasses were awesome for keeping down the glare on my eyes on and off the golf course. This was the thing I noticed the most about wearing them over the last few months.

Tech One Pros first taste of golf at Bald Head Island Club. Performed beautifully in cool, winding, sunny conditions  at Bald Head Island Club in North Carolina.

So although this Electric sunglasses aren't going to reverse any damage I've caused already I wanted to see how they would perform with my busy lifestyle both on and off the golf course.

The Tech Zone Pro sunglasses have a very light frame made from Grilamid high-performance polyamide. They fit perfectly and were so lightweight. This was one criteria that was important to me for sunglasses or glasses especially if I was going to wear them everyday.


The Tech One Pro offers a full 8-base wrap, that became one of the most comfortable fit of any sunglasses I've tried over the years. The Melanin enhanced rimless peripheral vision.

These are an amazing high performance sunglass. Electric has expanded their most popular 8-base sunglass style to add the protection, clarity, and comfort features users desire in a high performance sunglass.

The Ohm Grey Lens was great for all round wear not only on the golf course. I did find them a bit too dark during early morning rounds and later evening rounds. For driving they were more then capable with giving my eyes rest and clarity, a real bonus considering how much I drive.

 The following list are the highlights of these lens:

Acts like SPF 140 for your eyes
Prolongs retinal health
Helps to prevent crow’s-feet

With increased protection come less strain and a relaxed, soothing feeling for your eyes.

Not to be confused with a “color enhancing tint”, our standard issue OHM lenses provide vibrant images with clarity, contrast, and depth.

With so many options out there for sunglasses. Electric California Sunglasses has come to the forefront for me when it comes to the Tech One Pro with Ohm Lens. A perfect balance of performance and style. Lightweight yet durable for on or off the golf course. With my busy lifestyle this was the perfect combo. I'm going to order some lens specifically for golf in the near future so stay tuned. In the mean time Electric Sunglasses can be ordered on Electric's website. They range from about $120USD and up depending on lens(The ones I review the Tech One Pro with Ohm Lens $140) and can also be found at various golf courses near you. Like Bigwin Island, London Hunt Club and Port Carling Golf Club to name just a few here in Ontario.

Jun 13, 2018

U.S. Open Equals Fast Greens - Shinnecock 2018 Doesn't Disappoint Video

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  6/13/2018 09:15:00 PM   No comments
What would a US Open be like without some fast greens well this weeks 118th US Open looks no different as Posted by Jeff Smith otherwise known as Radar Golf Pro things are shaping up for the World's best to putt on Shinnecock's greens. I love this kind of stuff because working at a golf course you can appreciate it more all the time and effort the grounds crew takes to make the setup tough for the US Open. Let's just hope it doesn't get away from them like what happened in 2004. Check it out.

May 28, 2018

Golf Apparel Review: Galvin Green Lennox Interface-1 Hybrid Jacket

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/28/2018 10:14:00 PM   No comments
Had the pleasure of testing out and reviewing some more Galvin Green apparel. Their Lennox Interface-1 Half Zip Hybrid Jacket.

I tested it out on the golf course this Spring down in North Carolina and now back here in Canada this Spring as well. I've also worn it off the golf course as well as using when working at Rideau View Golf Course 4 mornings a week.

Here's my findings:

The Galvin Green Lennox Jacket performed amazing in the cool and windy conditions during my round in the Spring at Bald Head Island.  The half-zip is jacket is easy to take on or off and found it functional in many weather conditions.

Amazing feel of the Lennox has a lot to due with the 3-layer fabric construction with a moisture transporting backer. The jacket is very stylish and loved the Black/Iron Grey/White colour combination. Really like the subtle Galvin Green logo on the right shoulder and at back neck.

The Lennox Jacket can be worn on or off the golf course.

The snug fitting Lennox jacket is perfect for cool and windy conditions like I experienced in Bald Head Island North Carolina. Kept you warm and dry but you never feel constrained when swinging or putting.

I never take my Lennox Jacket out of my golf bag as it's a practical jacket for year round golf. Keeps you dry during a rain shower, warm during the Spring and Fall. Perfect addition to the golfer in your life especially any hard to buy for Dads with Fathers Day coming up. Sells online anywhere from $200 USD and up.

Will be excited to see the European Ryder Cup Team this September decked out with some technical performance outerwear as Galvin Green is their official supplier.

Apr 24, 2018

Top 6 North American Golf Destinations

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/24/2018 07:21:00 PM   No comments
The vast wilderness across North America provides some of the most scenic golf courses in the world. If you’ve recently watched the epic Masters Tournament and finished your golf course at one of America’s leading golf schools, it may be time to pack your bags and set course for one of these excellent golf destinations:

1. Bandon Dunes, Oregon

Thousands of avid golf players descend on this pristine resort every year. It’s been described as a little bit of Scotland and a little bit of Ireland right here in America. Old Macdonald, the resort’s latest golf course, has had some stunning reviews in recent years. Staying a night is likely to cost you $250, but for enthusiasts and professional players it’s money well-spent.

2. Cabot Links Lodge, Inverness, Nova Scotia

Located on Canada’s prime golf destination - Cape Breton Island - Cabot Links is a phenomenal golf course for players who love playing with a fantastic view. Five of the holes on this golf course hug the beach tightly, while all the rest look out on the Gulf of St.Lawrence.

 16th Hole At Cabot Cliffs From My 2016 Trip

3. Fairmont Banff Springs Alberta

Banff in Alberta is a prime vacation destination even if you aren’t into golfing. Fairmont has two gorgeous properties here that are worth a visit - Jasper Park Lodge and Banff Springs. While Jasper is more rustic, Banff seems like a massive castle devoted to golfers. Even the drive up to the hotels across Icefields Parkway is breathtaking.

4. Pinehurst, North Carolina

Pinehurst is perhaps the oldest and most prominent golf resort in America. It’s been around since the late-19th century, and is now considered the birthplace of modern golf on the continent. There are pine trees and sandhills across the property which features nine separate golf courses. Special tennis courts and spas can keep the non-golfers busy while avid players make the most of these beautiful landscapes.

5. Pebble Beach, California

As with most other things in Cali, golf is an expensive endeavor. A round of golf with a cart on Pebble Beach is likely to cost more than $450. Meanwhile, the room rate per night is upwards of $615. Those jaw-dropping prices, however, give you access to a golf course that is widely considered to be the best public golf course in America. It’s a high-end experience for golf players who enjoy the lap of luxury. Alternatively, you could head out to the excellent yet affordable Bird Golf Academy not too far from the Santa Barbara coast.

6. American Club, Destination Kohler

The American Club is the perfect destination for golfers with a massive budget. The resort, golf courses, and amenities go beyond simple luxury, they’re widely considered to be ultra-high-end. In fact, the resort is such a sought after destination that the 2015 PGA Championship was hosted here.

If you plan a short golf getaway anywhere in North America, you’re probably spoiled for choice. The immense wilderness of Canada and the opulence of high-end golf resorts across America are worth the experience even if you’re not a passionate golfer.

Apr 21, 2018

Spring Golf at Rideau View Just Around The Corner

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/21/2018 09:31:00 AM   No comments
Things lately were looking bleak for golf in the Ottawa area, especially early in the week as wet snow blanketed the area. With most locals chomping at the bit to get out onto their local golf course, the weather looks like it might be looking up and courses can start to think about opening up.

Yesterday I stopped into Rideau View Golf Club to talk to my boss Course Superintendent Gord MacMillan. Gord was excited that they were finally getting out and cutting some greens for the first time. Considering he brought in staff the first week in March and had 11 greens cleared of straw, bubble wrap and tarps and it was looking like maybe an early April opening. Then mother nature took over with 30cm of snow and his staff got lots done "inside".

Gord has never seen anything like this before in his 30 years at Rideau View, "With some greens not being cleared until a month after the first ones were done".

Greens look great at Rideau View after the first cut considering our cold Spring here in the Ottawa area.

What is Gord looking forward to this season, well considering 2017 was the wettest in memory and 2016 was the driest. Gord would like, "Something in between and rain every 4th night".

Challenges for Gord and his staff, "Foresee what mother nature has around the corner".

Gord hopes from how the course is progressing and how others are looking in the Ottawa Valley. We'll be able to open, "Summer Rules" at Rideau View.

All great news for golfers at Rideau View and the Ottawa Valley.

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