If you love golf like I do, you watch a lot of golf tournaments, take notice of on-course fashion trends and are constantly researching Players gear. Which is exactly what I found myself doing during the 2011 Masters Tournament.
Throughout the week I started to notice all of the Exotic Leather Belts that players were wearing, and with my designs set on buying a few for myself, I began to research who made these unique belts. Well, it didn't take long before found my answer; The House of Fleming.
Located in Atlanta Georgia, the House of Fleming has established itself as one of the premier manufacturers of exotic skin products in the world, and is the #1 supplier of belts to PGA Tour Professionals.
At the time, I was working as a PGA Professional not far outside of Atlanta. So I planned a visit to the HOF the following week with my sights set on purchasing a few belts for myself.
Upon arrival, my attention was immediately drawn to a beautiful display of exotic leathers located behind the counter. After browsing through many of the leathers, I began to learn about the bespoke belt process at the HOF. Bespoke is a term for made-to-order items, which means that they make every belt custom according to your specifications; you select the leather, size, width, stitch color, etc..
I then became very excited when I found the gray & white alligator skin that I had recently seen Dustin Johnson wearing during The Masters.
I quickly finalized my belt options with the staff and inquired about the price. I was then informed that my Antique Wash Gray Alligator Belt would carry a $600 price tag. GULP! In all honesty, I had no idea that a belt could cost so much, but then again this was my first bespoke experience. Needless to say, I was certainly felt out of my element and shocked by the price. Then I began to imagine the conversation that would take place later than evening between my wife if I had I just spent $600 on a belt.
Ultimately, I couldn't go through with the purchase. So I thanked the staff for their time and went home feeling both impressed at my experience at HOF, but also disappointed that I would never actually own one of their beautiful belts.
While on my way home, I began to think that it was a problem that someone would have to spend several hundred dollars for a unique belt like ones worn by Tour Players. I didn't know it at the time, but this was the moment when the Ace of Clubs was conceived.
One the next serval months, I investigated this problem further, which led me to start sourcing my own genuine cowhide leathers that were finished to look and feel like exotic animal skins, and the rest is history...
The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to U.S. Open Champion Francis Ouimet. Now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, Lowery has just made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Lowery claims that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match, and challenges Coleman to bring any two golfers of his choice to the course at 10 a.m. the next day to settle the issue. Coleman accepts the challenge and shows up with his own power team: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game's greatest living professionals, with fourteen major championships between them.
In Mark Frost's peerless hands, complete with the recollections of all the participants, the story of this immortal foursome and the game they played that day-legendarily known in golf circles as the greatest private match ever played-comes to life with powerful, emotional impact and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED is the story of Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon, who in pursuit of their passion for a game that captivated them as children, broke down rigid social barriers that made their sport accessible to everyone on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, positioning golf as one of the most widely played games in the world. Ouimet and Vardon were two men from different generations and vastly different corners of the world whose lives, unbeknownst to them at the time, bore remarkable similarities, setting them on parallel paths that led with a kind of fated inevitability to their epic battle at Brookline years in the future. This collision resulted in the big bang' that gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.
For Mark Frost, Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon represent everything that's right about sports in general and sportsmen in particular; gentlemen, champions, teachers, leaders, and each in their own quiet way, heroes. In THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, Frost attempts to create penetrating studies of both of these men, along with over dozens of the game's seminal figures, within the dramatic framework offered by the tournament when they finally met, one of the most thrilling sports events in history, the 1913 U.S. Open.
From 2004 to the spring of 2010, Hank Haney was Tiger Woods's coach, and Tiger was Haney's only client. In that period, Tiger won more than a third of the tournaments he entered and six of his fourteen major titles. Haney felt hugely honored to help Tiger with his swing, and he approached the job with intense absorption and attention to detail. Haney was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at Tiger's house up to 30 days a year--sometimes affording him more contact with Tiger than either the athlete's agent or caddy. Haney saw his student in nearly every circumstance: in the locker room; on the course; with his wife, Elin; and relaxing with friends. Haney was there through it all, observing how Tiger's public identity sometimes meshed awkwardly with the roles of husband and friend, and how the former child prodigy came to have a conflicted relationship with the game that made him famous.
This book is Palmer’s parting gift to the world -- a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers, golfers and non-golfers alike, will celebrate and cherish. No one has won more fans around the world and no player has had a bigger impact on the sport of golf than Arnold Palmer. In fact, Palmer is considered by many to be the most important professional golfer in history, an American icon.
In A Life Well Played, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. This book is for Arnie's Army and all golf fans but it is more than just a golf book; Palmer had tremendous success off the course as well and is most notable for his exemplary sportsmanship and business success, while always giving back to the fans who made it all possible. Gracious, fair, and a true gentleman, "Arnie" was the gold standard of how to conduct yourself in your career, life, and relationships. Perfect for men and women of all ages, his final book offers advice and guidance, sharing personal stories of his career on the course, success in business, and the great relationships that gave meaning to his life.
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Lets face it, everyone wants to know what it feels like to putt for $ on the final hole of the day. Which is why we decided to share a list of our favorite gambling games for your next round of golf;
In a Nassau bet, there are three separate bets in an 18 hole match; a bet for the front 9 holes, a bet for the back 9 holes and a bet for the overall 18-hole match.
Each bet can be any amount, and typically the amount of money is the same for each bet. (For example, $5 for the front 9 holes, $5 for the back 9 holes and $5 for the overall 18 hole match.) However, you can adjust the amounts as you see fit. (For example, $5 for the front 9 holes, $5 for the back 9 holes and $10 for the overall 18 hole match.)
Finally, any type of scoring can be used for your round; stroke play, match play, scramble, alternate shot, and can be played in singles or teams.
In a Skins game, you play stroke-play against any amount of players and there is a separate bet on each hole. Also, none of the holes can be won with a tie.
In the event of a tie on a hole, the value of that hole is carried over and added to the value of the following hole. When a skin that is carried over is finally won, the following hole goes back to the original value of the skin.
The amount that you choose to play for per hole can be any amount. Many times each participant will throw $5, $10, $20 into the pot and the skins are calculated after the round is over.
In a Sixes match, you team up with a different teammate for three separate 6 hole matches in which there is separate bet designated for each match.
Again, the amount that you choose to play for per hole can be any amount.
Also, these matches can be contested via stroke play, match play or with a HIGH-LOW scoring system.
In a Wolf match, a group of four golfers take turns being "The Wolf." The Wolf then chooses whether to play the hole alone, 1, or choose a partner and play it 2.
ORDER OF PLAY
You will need to set a teeing order on the 1st tee box. It doesn't matter how you decide this order, but the players will follow this order all day. The golfer who tees off first on each hole is the "Wolf" for that hole, and the person, or team with the lowest better ball score wins the point for that hole.
When the group reaches the tee box, the Wolf has to decide to "go it alone," which they must announce before anyone tees off on the hole. Or the Wolf can decide to choose a partner. However, the "wolf" must announce his decision after the player has played and before the next player has played. If the Wolf does not choose to "go it alone" or select a partner after the 2nd and 3rd players have played, then he will take automatically take the 4th player as his partner for that hole.
Any monetary value can be assigned to each point in this game. However, the point played for per hole can change depending on whether the Wolf decides to "go it alone" or has a partner for the hole.
A tie score on any hole is declared a "push" and no money changes hands.
High- Low Ball is a simple, but fun game that is designed for a foursome split into 2-person teams.
There are 2 points available per hole and and a team can earn 1 point for the better "low" and "high" scores on each hole.
Once play on each hole has concluded, the two sides compare their respective low scores, as well as their respective high scores and receive a point for each. In the event of a tie, then no points is awarded.
For example, let's say that we are betting $1 per hole;
Team 1 is made up of Golfers A and B; Team 2 is made up of Golfers C and D.
Again, any monetary value can be assigned to each point in this game.
WHAT IS CORK?
Cork is the outer bark material of the Cork Oak Tree. This material is a very unique and is used to make many products around the world today.
WHERE DOES CORK COME FROM?
The majority of the worlds Cork Oak Forests are found in Portugal, Spain, Southern France, Italy, and North Africa. The unique mediterranean climate provides the only place in the world where these forests flourish.
HOW IS IT HARVESTED?
The bark of the cork tree is carefully removed and occurs for the first time approximately 20 years after the tree was planted.
Also, after each harvest, the cork tree fully regenerates and will be ready to harvest again in approximately 10 years, making every tree a natural renewable resource.
Cork is light weight, water resistant, extremely durable and a renewable natural resource. It is for these reasons that we chose to use this unique material to craft a limited release of Golf Scorecard Holders & Yardage Book Covers and Cash Cover Wallets.
The Cork Collection is our first foray from working exclusively with leather, but a move that is is in line with our customers who appreciate unique, high-quality items at an affordable price point.
Also, our cork items can be engraved with logos and, or personalization for your golf team, groomsmen gift or tournament.
If you enjoy a great golf flick as much as I do, then mark your calendars for the long awaited movie, TOMMY’S HONOUR that is set to open in theaters across the country on April 14th.
Set against the early days of the sport and stunning landscape of Scotland, this film is based on the intimate and powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom Morris and “Young” Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf.
As their fame grew exponentially, Tom and Tommy, Scotland’s Golf Royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments as the founder of the Open Championship in 1860, his stellar playing record, and his reputation as the local caddie master, greenskeeper and club & ball maker. In contrast to his public persona, Tommy’s inner turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against both the aristocracy who gave him opportunity, led by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews chief Alexander Boothby, and against the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his girlfriend-then-wife Meg Drinnen.
Release Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Running Time: 112 minutes
* 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival – Official Selection
* 2016 BAFTA Scotland – Winner, Best Feature Film
* 2016 BAFTA Scotland – Nominated, Jack Lowden, Best Actor, Feature Film
* 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival / Opening Night Gala Film Selection
“I hope everybody embraces this film, because it is a poignant story that is so beautifully depicted”
-Ben Crenshaw, 2 Time Masters Champion, World Golf Hall of Fame"
It's a film that takes you into the soul of the game. Remarkably well done and enjoyable on every level!”
-Bill Macatee, CBS Sportscaster
It is hard to know when the first belt was invented, but it is safe to say that it has been mans primary accessory for most of time.
Throughout history belts were used to hold many different garment types close to the body, as well as to secure accessories around the waist. That is until the first pair of pants came along in 3000 B.C..
Fast forward to the early 1800's when the first modern day trousers were created. However, the first trousers were designed to be very high-waisted, so much so that the belt was no longer a viable solution. So the suspender was fashioned as a new functional solution.
As time passed, new trouser styles were designed to sit lower on the waist, which once again called for the use of a belt. However, modern history has shown that while fashion trends changed, suspenders were the preference of the aristocracy, while the belt was considered a casual accessory for the common working class.
However, all of that began to change around the turn of the 20th century when the Duke of Windsor began wearing a belt with his suit trousers. At the time, it was a radical fashion statement for a royal to make. Incorporating such as "common" accessory into his "aristocratic" wardrobe. But by this time the Duke's fashion sense was already legendary and his new "belted" look began to trickle down amongst his loyal subjects, across Europe and eventually making its way to America.
Valerie Steele of the Fashion Institute of Technology adds, “whether or not suspenders are more functional than belts is really beside the point. It really comes down to people thinking of clothing as function or fashion? The research has shown that fashion has always been about much more than function, and throughout world history people have used fashion to signal messages to other people.”
So why do we wear belts? Because the belt is the perfect combination of function and fashion.
Arnold Palmer is regarded as one of the best golfers in history. Palmer won an astonishing 95 tournaments during his professional career on the PGA Tour, and was one of the original 13 inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. However, his name lives on not only through his golfing legacy, but also through the famous drink that bears his name.
At one time or another, most of us have ordered an "Arnold Palmer" while at dinner, or on the golf course. But few know the history of the famous drink, or how it came to be.
The drink was indeed invented one unassuming afternoon while Palmer was at home having lunch with his wife. He tells the story; "My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, 'Hey babe, I've got an idea.' You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we'll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works. We mixed it up...I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, 'Boy, this is great, babe. I'm going to take it when I play golf. I'm going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.'"
The drink idea began to quickly circulate around his home club in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and at Palmer's every stop on on the PGA Tour. One day the golfer asked the waitress for an "iced tea, with about a third or a quarter of it lemonade." A woman at the next table overheard him and told her server, "I want an Arnold Palmer." From there, says Palmer, "it spread like wildfire."
In 2012, AriZona Ice Tea purchased the rights to the "Arnold Palmer" and began to mass market the drink in stores around the world. But no matter how popular the drink has gotten, nor numerous the variations, Palmer always maintained that his AP was to be made to his original specifications. "Sure, you can customize your tea-lemonade hybrid however you want, but if you want to drink it Palmer's way, go heavier on the tea, lighter on the 'ade. Oh, iced tea has the dominant side, that dominates the drink, and if it doesn't, it isn't really right."
Dave Arnold, the founder of the the Museum of Food & Drink points out that "the issue with the etymology of drinks is that they're almost always bullsh**it." Multiple stories abound about who invented which drink and when and how. But "the question isn't who did it first," adds Arnold. "The question is, why are you drinking it now? And the reason you're drinking it now is Arnold Palmer."
Sadly, Arnold Palmer passed away on September 25, 2016. But his memory will live on through his professional achievements, the countless lives he touched with his philanthropic efforts and, of course his famous drink.