Golf: Living Above Par
It's fun, it's social, it's stylish - what's not to love about golf? Whether you're a new student of the game or a seasoned pro, there's no denying the pleasure of escaping to a pristine course and leaving everything else behind. Synonymous with prestige and luxury, golf has developed into much more than a game: it's a lifestyle. But with all the chic designer golf collections and cutting edge gadgets it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends. Here are a few of our favorite golf-lover indulgences to help keep you in vogue when hitting the links this season.
If you're going to play a few holes you might as well look good while doing it. The Loro Piana Golf Polo sports a timeless look with modern technology. Its cotton piqué material is treated with an exclusive water repellant, stain resistant finish to ensure you're always looking fresh. Masterfully designed to increase mobility and breathability the Golf Polo will keep you confident and comfortable, regardless of your score.
GPS technology has changed the golf game, allowing you to know the exact distance to the hole on every shot (and believe it or not, it's not "cheating"). The Callaway idTech Rangefinder is the gold standard. Featuring Nikon optics to zoom in on your target, the Rangefinder includes a built-in external LCD that displays range in addition to angle and compensation yardage. The only downside is now there are no excuses when your ball goes in the pond.
When it comes to golf bags it's all about fashion and function. This Louis Vuitton Golf Bag, custom designed for luxury sporting goods boutique DJ Bennett, is a must-have when teeing off this golf season. The gorgeous, monogrammed canvas bag with cowhide trim has an abundance of space for a full set of clubs and will make you the envy of the clubhouse to boot!
Enjoy the beauty of the game even when not on the course with 18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes, the quintessential coffee table book for any golfer featuring stunning photography and interviews with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Rory McIlroy, and Greg Norman, to name a few. Only 5,000 copies were produced, each one hand-finished and individually numbered. A truly special collectible, this work of art belongs in every golfer's living room.
Struggling to shave a few strokes off your handicap? The award winning Pinehurst Golf Academy offers world class training on eight immaculate courses. Led by Eric Alpenfels, one of "America's Top 100 Teachers" according to Golf Magazine, the team provides hands-on instruction, video analysis and personal club fitting. For those who want to mix business with pleasure, the corporate program makes for the ultimate team building exercises. Oh, and the Pinehurst Spa isn't too shabby either!
New to the golf world, Italian luxury brand Treccani Milano will keep your feet happy on the green with a new line of artisanal golf shoes. Handcrafted in Milan, the footwear is custom-made, designed to your exact specifications and feature a rubber sole with soft spikes so you're always light on your feet. Lined with beige calf-skin, these special shoes offer performance and a chic and sophisticated appearance.
Finally, the hovercraft you've been waiting for! Yep, it's true - Oakley recently partnered with the creative team at Thinkmodo to construct the world's first golf cart hovercraft. The revolutionary golf cart, known as the BW1, allows you to effortlessly glide over sand traps and water hazards or pull right up on the green without causing any damage to the course. To say the least, we think it might draw a few stares from the clubhouse. Originally a marketing ploy, rumor has it that a limited number of hovercrafts will be available for purchase in the near future.
Now that you've got the inside scoop on the game's latest trends, it's time to get out there and enjoy golf's finest luxuries!