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Kicking around in Kansai – Japan

Kansai Region – Mie, Hyogo and Shiga

Despite the cool autumnal feel about December, the warm welcome is ever present from the people of Japan as I landed into Kansai Osaka airport.

The quick and ever efficient train journey with my final destination being Shiga Prefecture.

This is my third time to Japan, and I’m delighted to be seeing more on offer from this beautiful unassuming country located in the Pacific Ocean to the East of South Korea sitting just 587 miles away.   Landing in the morning gives me time to play 9 holes, and that exactly what I did at Ryuo (pronounced R-euro).  Playing with the humble card marker of the club, now I say card marker, but I get the impression he’s a bit more than that and pretty much helps the club tick along with ease and is certainly part of the furniture.  He was a delight as we played the front nine of this 6600 yard (5076 off the front tees) parkland course.

Ryuo golf course is part of the Prince Chain of hotels and golf courses, and is the sister to the better known Seta Golf Club.  With easy access to the main highway it is a great stop off point or to be incorporated as part of trip around Japan.  Beguiling its relative early establishment of 1982, the course has water and trees aplenty, the condition of the course was brilliant, especially as the season was late Autumn/early winter and the fact that the course had been played all summer long.  I particularly liked the two greens.  It makes sense when weather is a contributing factor as it is with most golf courses to have two greens, one in play and one ‘resting’  As a visitor it isn’t always obvious which one to play especially when the yardage is needed, so a simply yet effective solution at Ryuo golf course is to have two sets of yardage markers on the course too, one on the left for the left green and one on the right for the right green.   Japan never ceases to amaze me with its simple ideas that just make ones life better, whether on the golf course or off.  Greens weren’t as pitted as I expected and have experienced previously, in fact they were pretty good, and rolled well too.  Being part of the Prince group, it is also easy to get on here to play. 

A 40 minute transfer takes me to the hotel for a few days, the Biwako Otsu Prince Hotel.

Situated on the Biwa Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Japan, and the view from this imposing tower was extraordinary across the water to mountains as you scan the landscape laid out in front of you.

Thinking an early night was in order I was easily talked out of that silly idea and tantalised out for the night to the Matsukiya Omi beef restaurant.  Now we’ve all heard about the beef from japan, the lavish attention adorned on the precious commodity in the form of a cow.  The piece of beef on offer on tonights menu was valued at $2,000, so savour it I did.

Using this number one Wagu beef, the matsukiya style of dining is similar to that of a fondue, the beef is finely sliced and added to vegetables to be cooked as you like in a wide pot over an open flame, adding soy sauce, sugar beet and water as needed to savour, (not flavour !) this delicious meat.

After a day of meetings and discussions, the following day I was back on the golf course.  This time playing the better known course of the area and also a Prince Resort, Seta.  A 36 hole complex I had the opportunity to play the West course.  Despite its better known cousins the West course still offered a good test for the golfer.  A relatively flat field the 12 lakes came into play at every opportunity with 9 and 18 both having a lake in the way of the shot to the green.  Playing late autumn is a nice time the day, in fact the weather was cold but perfect playing conditions especially with the mirror blue ponds perfectly reflecting the changing colour trees.  Weirdly the fairways are green surrounded by yellow rough.  Due to the grass used in the rough it goes dormant during the winter months but remains in play and also remains thick and challenging too!  Couple these contrasting colours with the blue sky and the mountainous backdrop, and you’ve got a picture postcard to bash a little white ball around.  I hope to return one day and play the North and East courses for a true comparison.

Before leaving Shiga prefecture, another first for me in Japan was just around the corner in the shape of a tram, not just any tram but the longest cable railway in the country called the Sakamoto cable railway which first opened in 1927.  Taking 11 mins to complete this wonder journey through the hillside under the hillside, surrounded by tall imposing trees to the top where Mount Hiei awaits to show the vista views and offer the UNESCO Enryakuji Temple, a ‘training ‘ temple for other Buddhists and the place of many influential visitors enjoying the elevated views overlooking beautiful Lake Biwa.

Moving away from Shiga and into Hyogo (he-yo-go) prefecture via the incredibly interesting Takenaka tool museum and home to some of the worlds best and most intricate wood screens I have ever seen.  The museum takes you through the historical tasks the carpenters performed in an attempt to preserve the history of this unique wooden metropolis in Japan.

Basing ourselves at the ANA Park Hotel for a few nights meant we were within easy reach of Kobe, a dinner cruise on the Lake on board Concerto, a large commercial boat cruising the lake offering a luxury experience with live music and great food and with the sake flowing, it was a great night to experience.

Whilst not entirely unfamiliar with auctions a live fish auction is another experience altogether. Managed by the cooperative the fish is sold fresh off the boat without a catalogue as per other auctions. From slippery octopus making a bid for freedom, escaping the plastic bucket prison to fish of all sorts of sizes and colours was one thing, but trying to identify who bought the fish and for how much was beyond my novice auction experiences.

What better thing to do after a live fish auction that to visit one the of best sushi restaurants in the region. Freshly prepared in front of your eyes, you can but marvel at the dexterity of these chef craftsmen at work producing the coloured sushi whose taste blows anything else out of the water.

Another day of sightseeing takes me to Himeji Castle a World Cultural Heritage Site and an imposing white 6 floor building atop a hill.  Hime means princess and ji means street. The original layout of the castle, where original walls are now streets now carry sways of visitors, is that of a series of walls spiralling around the castle, but as you get closer to the Castle this become more obvious and remains just as dominating as yesteryear.

Moats and strategic ponds were dug for protection during battle but once penetrated the building simply shines with architectural designs from the various gates and doors to the roof tiles themselves being mini pieces of art.  With one large supporting column, a tree, with as wide a girth are ever, dissects each floor with its imposing strength and strategic placement.

After a few hours wandering around this unique piece of history, an easy ride by Shinkansen back to Kobe bought another experience not to missed whilst in Japan.  Japan is always on time, not the trains, people or buses, simply Japan, there is enormous respect for time and time keeping without it being rigid and unfriendly .  The Shinkansen is no different quietly gliding into the station to quickly whisk us back to Kobe and dinner at the Plasir Kobe restaurant.  Kobe beef, the marbled beef simply cooked enhancing its flavour and intensifying the taste delivered in true Japanese style was the icing on the cake for this amazing day.  This is some of the best beef I have had whilst visiting Japan.

Nine holes of golf the next day bought me to Hanayashiki (hannah-ya-she-key) playing the Yokawa golf course.  What a treat it was to play a members club, the fairways meander their way around the course again providing reflective ponds in the early winter sky.  A good test for all golfers the course is a lovely mix of gentle fairways swaying around the natural landscape, large receptive greens and the ever present yellow tough rough.  I really enjoyed playing this course and especially so as it is home of the Studio Alice Open, on the LPGA circuit.  The clubhouse is a futuristic looking ‘war of the worlds’ style over various floors giving the best views of the course and surrounding countryside as you went about your leisurely lunch in this relaxed atmosphere.

Hashi and Masu might not mean a lot to us, but to the Japanese these are essential with Hashi being the chop sticks and Masu being the wood bowl for Sake.  I got to have a go at making the Masu – it has to be said that the glue of sticky rice wasn’t enough to help my poor workmanship to contain the precious liquid, so I may revert back to the ornate glass option!

A new hotel that night was the NESTA Resort in Kobe a large family orientated resort with everything the family might want from hotel rooms to time-share type apartments on offer but that night was another first and special treat for dinner.   Irori restaurant, seated on low stools up to a special long table this bbq style of dining is a lovely way to socialise.  In the middle of the table, small whole fish were unceremoniously staked on wooden skewers tilting towards the white hot sticks for cooking and a mesh grid to place the raw food upon to cook for yourself. Dressed in western clothing but being given wooded clogs with no toe posts was interesting to walk on as you rock back and forth to propel forward.  Just collect your shoes on your way back out – easy, simple and such a lovely experience.  A great atmosphere and of course great food as my friend took up the challenge of being chef for the two of us.

One final game of golf awaited before my departure and this time at Tokyu Grand Oak Golf Club, a great 18 holes where I got the chance to play with two Japanese business men and my playing partner, a fellow Brit.  A friendly game and good time followed as our last chance to play in Hyogo prefecture as a stunning day evolved and the sun shone to give us 15 degrees heat. Perfect weather, but this was about the only time I could use the word perfect as my game was quite off.  Gently undulating winding fairways with the, again, yellow thick rough offsetting the vibrant green fairways and greens and bright blue sky.  The whole course was in good condition and I once again marvelled at the time of the year, having had a whole year of golfers go through, this and all the other golf course I played we in amazing condition.  Tokyu Grand Oak is another must play for golfing visitors.

Finals night bought traditional celebrations of great food and a traditional martial arts Kendo demonstration using swords followed by a lively display from high school children playing the taiko drums.  A fantastic night to end a fantastic trip.

This trip was focussed on the Hyogo and Shiga prefectures, but it would be remiss of me to not mention Mie prefecture which I visited the month before.  All three prefectures, Hyogo, Shiga and Mie are in the Kansai region of Japan

Mie is the traditional place of food production for the Japanese Emperor it became known as the ‘miketsukuni’ (land of imperial repasts) this is the possibly the best way to describe Mie, a rich fertile prefecture with history of its own.

Take the Ama, female divers who still dive daily for their fish to sell at market.  Fresh fish is caught daily and now served in the Ama hut cooked over the open fires you can get anything from lobster to abalone to various fish served with sticky rice and other accompaniments for a true authentic experience.  The Ama ladies are a dying breed, with some still diving well into their 80’s but as it stands today they are tight knit community of caring and sharing women, just wanting to please you as they serve their catch of the day with a smile.

Golf in Mie offers another dimension to golf in Japan.  Tsu (Sue) Country Club being 18 holes of golf set amidst the most beautiful backdrops of the hills, as it meanders around the countryside bringing into play the deep bunkers and narrow entrances to the greens to large target greens and thought provoking holes.  I love the thought taken when building this course, the surrounding country side is not flat by any means and you can find yourself playing fairways with nothing else around you. The on site Katada Lodge accommodation is a mix of a few simple hotel room styles to the two bedroom villa which seamlessly and gently blends into the background yet having a foreground view to die for down the 18th hole.  A members club the clubhouse and restaurant are welcoming and offer the most amazing food as you take a break from your golf after nine holes of golf.  If you have time the display of cooking over the hot Teppan metal plates where the food is grilled, boiled or panfried a process called Yaki, culminate in the whole experience of Teppan-yaki. Providing endless entertainment with honest earthy tasting food, is a welcome addition to your visit to Tsu.  Be mindful the food is so good it is difficult to get up and play the back nine after that feast.  But getting onto the back nine at Tsu is definitely worth it as the course sets off down the 10th with a slightly elevated tee taking you right then left to a well guarded green before sweeping you off away from the clubhouse to reemerge on the 18th.

Tsu Country Club was where I was based for my few days in Mie, sleeping in the villa with its own hot bath overlooking the 18th fairway, knowing that despite your nudity, you were completely secluded.  The morning bought a special treat as I pulled back the paper shutters with light wood frame and wandered out of the villa down to the 18th green barefoot just enjoying the grass between my toes waiting for another exciting day ahead and knowing I would be coming back to the comfort of the villa.

Forgiving the name of the next course, OGG Excellent Club is another one to visit whilst in Mie, a large cafe style clubhouse overlooks a golf course which is simply stunning.  It always struck me that the facilities don’t match the course as you play round this thoughtfully designed course crossing over wooded bridges to reach your green over a large expanse of water giving the illusion of the club house floating.  Some interesting holes take in the afternoon reflections as I played on my arrival day, slightly jaded but ready for some fresh air.  Always a great start to one of my trips to Mie and really set the bar high

Mikimoto Pearl island is also worth noting when visiting Mie prefecture.  In 1893 Kokichi Mikimoto devised a way to ‘grow’ pearls or the cultured pearl as we now know it.  You can shuck for oysters or watch the female divers demonstrate their prowess as they dive for oyster to open for food and maybe, just maybe a pearl will be inside.  Whilst their unique whistle lets you understand their refined breathing technique whilst diving.  Bring your wallet as the pearls are displayed in large glass shops to purchase on your way out in a no pressure sell environment, but a lovely way to take home an authentic piece of Japan

Another great golf course of note in Mie is Nemu. 18 holes of golf that takes in recently redesigned undulations and as you go about your business of playing golf.  Some redesigns have been deliberate yet with consideration for its original layout, so you must take a moment to look around as you approach the half way hut which has the best views from any toilet I have ever witnessed!  Overlooking the Ago Bay into the Aegean Sea it is simply breathtaking with the blue green sea and the dotted lush green islands sprouting up.  You don’t need to go to the bathroom to experience these views of course, you can see them from a few holes on the golf course as the holes nip and tuck around this beautiful natural part of Japan.   Despite it being on the coast, it plays more like a parkland than a links course, just with amazing views of the sea.

Moving onto Oyado The Earth, a hotel set on the peninsular totally out of the way, I wasn’t really too sure what to expect.  As I arrived at the hotel, check in wasn’t as you would normally experience; leave your shoes at the lower step and you are whisked away to your room wearing nothing but your slippers.  I’ve got to honest, I think I had the best room in the house, and what a room it was!!  Overlooking the ocean, the peace and tranquility I felt as I entered the room was nothing compared to the ‘back garden’ in which was private Onsen and pleasant seated area with views over the garden to the sea in the not too far distance.  Oyodo The Earth even has an observatory where you can star gaze or just enjoy the vast ocean views from the raised platform.  Get up early enough and you may just catch the Ama ladies of the region fishing.  Breakfast and dinner were in the main restaurant, a big display of everything colourful, carefully matched yet bizarrely unmatched gave its appeal as each dish was deliberately placed in front of you.  And if you were still hungry after a huge dinner you’re given a bowl of rice to take to your room after dinner.  Eating dinner was done wearing a yukata, provided by the hotel, a simple unlined gown with a belt making for a comfortable dinner and expanding enough to take infall that delicious food!

An afternoon cruise around Toba Bay is an interesting experience as you pass the far and wide flung fishing nets dotted along the coast line in symmetrical lines with only the boards to walk as the fishermen check their catch.   Cruising around the bay to Meoto Iwa, a pair of rocks connected by a thick ornamental straw rope that represent Japan’s creation deities, Izanami and Izanagi.  The meaning of these two rocks bound together with rope ‘wedded rocks’ and long regarded as husband and wife.  The couples rock is regarded as a torii  (an entrance gate or shrine) for worshipping the Japanese goddess of the sun.  It would be something to see these natural stones at sunset as they are bound to each other weathering all the odds, as in marriage.

Golf in Japan is more than just golf, when visiting a country with such diverse cultural differences, one has to make time to do many things more than golf, that said with in excess of 2300 golf courses, you will also be spoilt for choice in this regard too!

I’m looking forward to visiting Japan, getting to know this beautiful understated country and sharing with you more golf, gastronomy and lifestyle experiences.  But if you want to experience them for yourself, just drop me an email and I will point you in the right direction.

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Birdie London knitwear

Birdie London knitwear

Wool jumpers, snood and cotton polo shirt

Birdie London

Various

  1. 100% fine merino wool (knitwear)
  2. 95% cotton 5% Elastane (polo shirt)
  1. Machine wash on hand wash setting (knitwear)
  2. Made in the UK
  3. 2 types of fit: female or box fit
  4. Variety of colour choices
  5. Contrasting colours are very well thought through
  6. Complete with matching items
  7. Machine wash (polo shirt)
  8. More than jumpers available!

 

  1. Wool jumpers

I was lucky to be sent a variety of jumpers to trial, but the reality is, I found it so hard to chose a few as they all looked so nice in the catalogue.  The design is ‘preppy’ – it is also clean looking and looked smart in all the pictures I’d seen prior to ordering.

When the package arrived with a lovely note from Theresa and Justine – the owners of Birdie London, I was so pleased with the feel of the jumpers.  All are 100% fine merino wool and so soft to the touch – always something I’m aware of as wool can be scratchy – I have worn the jumpers on various occasions, on and off the golf course, for travelling and for pretty much everything.  I have washed them multiple times and despite hubby putting one on the wrong wash, it didn’t go horribly out of shape – not that I’d endorse not washing as per the instructions!

The contrasting colour band is a trade mark of Birdie London, it does make it distinctive and easy to wear with multiple outfits.  I loved that the stitched wording ‘Birdie’ is not in your face but subtly matched to the background colour material – no need to shout about this quality, it shouts for itself.

I can honestly say, everyone who has asked me about the jumpers absolute love them.

2. Cotton polo shirt

To be honest, I wasn’t sure about the polo shirt when I saw it, as it didn’t look like anything special.  It actually took me a while to find the right occasion to wear it, but once I’d worn it that first time, I loved it’s soft feel against my skin.  It is a slightly heavier material and therefore not so great in the height of summer but perfect for the shoulder seasons or cooler summer days.  Again with the distinctive contrasting band across the chest, it is flattering in its design.

3. Snood/Headband

It has to be said I have a lot of hair, and having a head band to keep it off my face is a great idea, especially for putting!  But the best thing it is really a snood, so in effect two uses for the one item.

The snood sits beautifully on the neck giving enough space without cold air penetrating in.

I loved the fact that mine matched one of my jumpers, and when I wear one, I usually wear the other as a complete outfit.

Birdie London say their clothing is ‘cocktail sportswear’ a strange combination of occasions but actually I can see how that works.  If you want to be the best and warmest dressed on the course this winter, check out : https://birdie.london

I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, I’m not, even one year later of using these jumpers – testimony to their lasting quality and freshness.

 

A resounding Yes.  I love my Birdie London knitwear, and with the company evolving and producing new and exciting colours and designs each season, it’s one to watch out for in the future

Galvin Green Women’s Golf Clothing

GALVIN GREEN WOMENS GOLF CLOTHING

Galvin Green

Various

  1. Skintight thermal base layer -Thermal technology, breathable, moisture transportation properties
  1. Maureen shirt – Moves moisture away with their Ventil8 plus technology UV 20SPF protection
  1. Neely Shorts – Lightweight technical fabric, moisture wicking with UV up to 20 spf
  1. Maggie Shirt – Breathable Ventil8 lightweight fabric
  1. Nina Skort – Ventil8 technical fabric with style details
  1. Dominique Jacket – Insula fabric which is very breathable, soft and lightweight yet has a thermal lining
  1. Skintight thermal base layer – Warm but not too thick, collarless for extra fashion options
  1. Maureen shirt -Lightweight breathable material, easy to wash even when my chosen colour was white with navy blue trim there was no colour run it is also easy and light to wear
  2. Neely Shorts – Smart navy shorts with white detailing down the outside of the legs adding extra class to the items.  They stretched and moved as the golfer needs
  3. Maggie Shirt – This navy blue shirt is so lightweight you barley notice you are wearing it
  4. Nina Skort – On opening this skort I was so excited to get a white albeit totally impracticable colour, thinking the white would soon dis-colour in the wash or attract every particle of dirt as soon as I put it on – not the case, it is still fresh to this day, although does occasionally need ironing, this means it isn’t easy to travel with.  A quick fix would be to make it a pattern rather than a solid block colour?
  5. Dominique Jacket – A pocketless insula jacket in pink and white tones – what else can any red-head want – I love it!
  1. Skintight thermal base layer -The Emily crew neck thermal underlay was a surprise.  Yes I have used under garments before, but they have tended to be quite thick material and whilst this does pull the tummy in, one has to be able to breathe too!  The Emily crew neck is comfortable and doesn’t need any extra care to keep it looking and feeling warm – one for the serious golfer!
  2. Maureen shirt – It isn’t often you can get a white shirt and it reman good and fresh for a number of washes.  The Maureen shirt I had was white with a navy blue trim and is still just as fresh with no colour run even now, as it was when I got it months ago, and it has been worn many times!
  3. Neely Shorts – I must say I don’t usually wear shorts for golf, but having owned and worn the Neely shorts from Galvin Green, I would definitely get another pair.  They were so comfortable, even on ‘fat days’ they didn’t ride up and remained stylish throughout the day.
  4. Maggie Shirt – love wearing this shirt, I had mine in nave blue with  a knit white collar line trim, it looks classy and feels great to wear, even on hot days the dark colour didn’t make me feel any warmer due to its wicking technology. A must for the wardrobe and is my go-to shirt of choice.
  5. Nina Skort  – A block colour short with dart detailing at the bottom of each side seam, this did make it look like it was flying a bit but the style and fit were fantastic, although a bit big which is great on really hot days.  That said, I did think this style might suit smaller sizes better with its block colour choices?
  6. Dominique Jacket – Its pink!  OK I didn’t ever think I’d wear pink, but this jacket is so warm and cosy 

Absolutely, Galvin Green has successfully moved away from being known as the water proof jacket and trouser people to the carefully thought through designer items we golfers know and love today, the fabric is such good quality on each garment, it is worth the extra money.  

Never compromise is a great and appropriate slogan for Galvin Green.

Galvin Green Women’s Pac Lite Waterproofs

GALVIN GREEN WOMENS GOLF CLOTHING

Galvin Green

Various

  • Gore tex technology 
  • Breathable
  • Outer fabric repels water
  • Inner lining
  • Paclite technology
  • Variety of colours to choose from
  • Trouser and jackets match or can contrast
  • Matching waterproof caps to fit
  • Trousers have a slight stretch to them
  • Comfortable neck lining
  • Lower leg release
  • Female fit

I was trialling Alexandra trousers, Angel Jacket and Axiom hat, all in matching navy blue.  Gore-tex has been round for many years with Galvin Green being the market leaders.  The material is coated with a waterproof membrane to stop water seeping through, even at the seams.  Their ability to pack small makes them ideal for travelling yet they don’t come out crumpled and messy looking, in fact they are smart enough to pop over a top in the evening if it starts to drizzle or a little wind protection is needed.  The first time the waterproofs came out was whilst travelling, they were being used to pack the clubs and were, to be honest worked around the clubs int the travel bag.  No sooner had I pulled them out of the bag than they were good enough to be worn.  I was keen to wear my Galvins and have been ever since.  One year later, I know that the clothing is still waterproof and still love wearing them, feeling dry and smart.They are my go to waterproofs.  The accompanying hat is a great idea and works especially well for people with long hair with the hole at the back of the cap.  The finishing item for the outerwear was the Divine snood, in a few shades lighter than the Pac lites, the snood is a must have item for golfers.  No dangling of the scarf whilst your swinging your club, instead a neat, warm and cosy fitting snood to keep your neck warm and to stop those annoying dribbles down the back of the neck from the rain as you bend over to take your shot!

Absolutely

Never compromise is a great and appropriate slogan for Galvin Green

Andermatt, Switzerland by the Travelling Lady Golfer

Golf in the Swiss Alps?
With an easy flight to Zurich then just under a 2 hour transfer to Andermatt, it is quite achievable for a few days away

Arriving at the Radisson Blu I was greeted and led to my apartment, rarely do I get the opportunity to be let loose on an apartment, but this one was stunning. The apartments are, in the main, privately owned but sub-let back to the Andermatt Swiss Alps property company, who were my hosts for the duration my stay. My modern one bedroom apartment had everything, just drop your bags and make yourself at home.

A coolish damp day started with breakfast in the Restaurant Biselli, where I met fellow journalist from the UK, from the start a friendship was formed, in short they were a laugh!

This new part of Andermatt, is a collection of alternatively designed buildings whose architecture had been the product of many, creating an alps village with a subtle nod to tradition; some may have window shutters, quirky building shapes, or hazard looking zig-zag decorations, altogether quite new, quiet eclectic and quite refreshing.

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Skechers Go Golf Womens Golf Shoes

GO GOLF BIRDIE WOMENS GOLF SHOES

SKECHERS

RRP £60.00

  • SKECHERS® H2GO SHIELD WATERPROOF PROTECTION
  • SMOOTH LIGHTWEIGHT SYNTHETIC UPPER
    DURABLE GRIP TPU BOTTOM PLATE
  • GOGA MATRIX® OUTSOLE PROVIDES SUPPORT AND TRACTION FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, RESPONSIVE 5GEN® CUSHIONING
  • SKECHERS GOGA MAX® CUSHIONED COMFORT INSOLE
  • GUSSETED TONGUE PROVIDES ADDED PROTECTION
  • REPLACEABLE SOFTSPIKES® FOR MAXIMUM GRIP
  • SPIKES ARE REPLACEABLE USING SOFTSPIKES® STEALTH PIN SYSTEM*

*SOFTSPIKES® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF SOFTSPIKES LLC

  • SMOOTH SOFT SYNTHETIC UPPER IS DURABLE AND EASY CARE
  • SIDE STITCHING AND OVERLAY DETAIL TRIM
    CONTRAST COLOURED SOLE TRIM
  • LACE UP FRONT
  • SOFT FABRIC SHOE LINING
  • CUSHIONED COMFORT INSOLE

IT IS RARE THAT I CAN PUT ON A PAIR OF GOLF SHOES AND THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE STRAIGHT AWAY. COUPLE THIS WITH MY FEET BEING SLIGHTLY BIGGER THAN MOST WOMEN IT IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO FIND A SHOE THAT FITS WELL. SKECHERS HAVE OVERCOME THIS LARGER SIZE PREJUDICE AND PROVIDE A GOOD ARRAY OF SHOES AND SIZES TO CHOSE FROM FOR THE FEMALE GOLFER.

I WAS SENT THE GO GOLF BIRDIE SHOES IN BLUE WITH A PINK TRIM, SUFFICIENTLY GIRLIE ENOUGH YET PRACTICAL IN THE COLOUR CHOICE. THE GO GOLF BIRDIE SHOES ARE WATERPROOF, SO THEY WERE NOT WORN MUCH OVER THE DRY PERIODS OF THE SUMMER MONTHS, INSTEAD FAVOURING THEM FOR THE WETTER DAYS. THEY ARE ENTIRELY WATERPROOF AND HAVE SEEN ME THROUGH A YEARS WORTH OF GOLF, ALBEIT SPORADIC DUE TO SEASONAL USAGE.

I POSTED ON INSTAGRAM THAT THE SHOES WERE DUE FOR A REVIEW AND HAD MIXED COMMENTS BACK, MOST WERE POSITIVE ON THE LOOKS. I HAVE ALSO HAD LADIES ASK ME ABOUT THEM WHEN I HAVE BEEN WEARING THEM, THE RESPONSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN POSITIVE. ONE COMMENT ON INSTA WAS THAT THEY SPIKES DID NOT LAST, BUT TO BE HONEST I HAVE NOT HAD THIS ISSUE, MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT USED CONSTANTLY, ONLY IN WET OR WET UNDERFOOT WEATHER CONDITIONS?
WHILST NEGATIVE COMMENTS WERE MINIMAL ANOTHER ONE WAS THAT THEY LOOKED PLASTIC. THIS ‘NEWNESS’ WORE OFF AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME THOUGH.

HAVING BEEN WEARING THE SHOES FOR JUST OVER A YEAR, WITH THEM BEING MY GO-TO SHOE FOR WET GOLF, I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THAT THEY HAD SPLIT ACROSS THE TOP OF THE TOE, WHERE THE TOES BEND AS ONE WALKS NATURALLY.

I DO NOT REVIEW GOLF PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY, AS A REGULAR LADY GOLFER, I REVIEW THEM AFTER A PERIOD OF USAGE AND THIS IS THE REASON WHY. IS IT REASONABLE TO EXPECT MORE THAN JUST OVER A YEARS USAGE OUT OF A SHOE THAT AVERAGES OUT TO BE MAXIMUM USAGE OF ONCE PER WEEK?

NATURALLY I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THIS HAPPEN, BUT HOPE THAT THIS IS A ONE OFF INCIDENT AS SKECHERS DESERVE TO BE MARKET LEADERS IN WOMEN’S GOLF SHOES FO THE PRICE, THE VARIETY OF STYLES AND LOOK AND OF COURSE THE SIZE RANGES.

AFTER WRITING THIS REPORT, SKECHERS HAVE ADVISED THAT THE SHOES WOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITHOUT QUESTION AND THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN RAISED.

A NEW PAIR OF SKECHERS SHOES WERE OFFERED AS A REPLACEMENT.

UP UNTIL THEY SPLIT, YES, AFTER THEY SPLIT, I WILL AWAIT THE RESPONSE TO THIS CONCERN RAISED, IT WAS POSITIVE, SO YES FOR THEIR IMMEDIATE COMFORT, DEFINITELY YES

VOLVIK GOLF BALLS

VOLVIK VIVID LITE

VOLVIK

PRO SHOP/DISTRIBUTOR

GOOD PRO SHOPS

RRP ~£27.00/DOZ

  • SOFT FEEL
  • MATTE COATING
  • VIVID TECHNICOLOUR
  • 55-85 SWING SPEED
  • MILD SOFT FEEL
  • HIGH TRAJECTORY
  • LIGHTER SOFTER CORE
  • VOLVIK DIMPLE DESIGN
  • CONFORMS TO USGA AD R&A RULES

GIVEN THE TIME TO REVIEW THE BALLS, I HANDED THEN OUT TO TWO LADIES OF A MID 20 HANDICAP AND WE PROCEEDED TO PLAY 9 HOLES TOGETHER, EACH OF US HAVING A DIFFERENT COLOUR.

THE COLOUR RANGE WAS POSITIVELY REMARKED UPON BUT CONCERNS WERE RAISED BY THE LIGHT BLUE AS A BALL TO SEE IN THE SKY? THE PINK AND YELLOW WERE EASIEST COLOURS TO SEE ON A COLD MARCH MORNING
FIRST THOUGHTS WAS IT LOOKED RUBBERY BUT PLAYED FINE, GOOD WITH THE SHORT GAME BUT FROM A GOLFER WHO IS A GOOD SHORT GAME PLAYER, IT WAS NOTED THAT THEY DIDN’T PLAY ANY DIFFERENTLY TO AFFECT HER STRENGTH IN THE GAME.

A GOOD PUTTING BALL. I LENT MY PLAYING PARTNERS MY PUTTER TO SEE IF MY EXPERIENCE OF THE BALL BEING SOFT OFF THE FACE WAS PECULIAR TO MY PUTTER, IT WAS FELT THAT THE SOFTNESS OF THE BALL WORKED IN ITS FAVOUR, THIS WAS NOTICED FOR PUTTING PARTICULARLY.

BEING MID 20 HANDICAPPERS, THE OTHER LADIES FELT THE BALLS RESPONDED PROPERLY FOR THEIR PLAYING ABILITY.

THE BALLS WERE QUITE DIFFICULT TO CLEAN IN THEIR MATT COLOUR, HOWEVER, IT APPEARED THAT THEY DIDN’T CUT OR SCUFF AS EASILY.

SHORT VIDEOS AND POSTS WILL BE PLACED ON INSTAGRAM SARAH.FORREST360GOLF – GO CHECK THEM AND MORE OUT FOR ALL THINGS GOLF

SUN MOUNTAIN MERIDIAN CLUB GLIDER GOLF TRAVEL BAG

CLUB GLIDER MERIDIAN GOLF TRAVEL BAG

SUN MOUNTAIN

RRP £199.00

DIMENSIONS 52 X 14 X 12 INCHES

12 MONTHS

THE MERIDIAN GOLF TRAVEL BAG, PART OF THE CLUB GLIDER RANGE, HAS ALWAYS RAISED EYEBROWS WHEN WHEELING WITH EASE THROUGH AIRPOTS AND AT HOTELS, IT DOES BAFFLE THE ODD PORTER WHO SIMPLY CAN’T UNDERSTAND THAT THE SECOND SET OF WHEELS MAKE IT EASIER TO NAVIGATE AND INSISTS ON DRAGGING IT ALONG AS IF IT WERE A REGULAR GOLF TRAVEL BAG – TO MY CONCERN THAT IT MIGHT DAMAGE THE GOLF CLUBS OR BAG ITSELF AS IT ISN’T BEING USED AS DESIGNED, WHEN BEING DRAGGED ALONG ON THE TWO STATIC WHEELS BUT IT HASN’T DAMAGED TO DATE EITHER, SO I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THE REINFORCED STRAPS AND PADDING MAKE IT A MORE DURABLE TO ‘MIS-USE’

A SECTION OF COLOURS HELPS WITH THE DECISION MAKING – IT ISN’T A ONE SIZE FITS ALL WHEN IT COME TO COLOUR CHOICES.

BUT WHEN A PRODUCT IS SO GOOD, FIT FOR PURPOSE, EASY TO USE AND IS A HELP NOT A HINDRANCE THERE SEEMS LITTLE ELSE TO SAY ABOUT IT, EXCEPT KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, AND I WILL KEEP PROMOTING THROUGH BRAND FUSION, HERE IN THE UK.

PERFECT FOR ALL GOLF TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE.

CHECK OUT MY VIDEOS ON INSTAGRAM SARAH.FORREST360GOLF FOR FULL VISUAL REVIEWS, AND PACKING HACKS

ABSOLUTELY, AND PROMOTED AS WELL!

SUN MOUNTAIN ULTRA LITE GOLF CARRY BAG

SUN MOUNTAIN ULTRA LITE GOLF CARRY BAG

RRP £225.00

MATERIAL IS OF LIGHT WEIGHT NYLON FABRIC WITH 200MM WATERPROOF COATING

  • WATERPROOF
  • WATERPROOF TAPED ZIPS
  • BUGGY FRIENDLY BASE
  • PATENTED E-Z FIT DUAL STRAP
  • TRIANGULAR FEET
  • VARIETY OF COLOUR RANGES

12 MONTHS

2018 REVIEW
SUN MOUNTAIN GOLF BAGS JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER.

I FIRST REVIEWED A SUN MOUNTAIN BAG IN 2013, NOW 5 YEARS LATER I’M BACK FOR MORE. (2013 BELOW FOR INTEREST)

WITH SUBTLE YET FUNCTIONAL CHANGES THE GOLF BAG IS NOT ONLY AVAILABLE IN TRENDY COLOURS BUT HAS FUNCTIONALITY WHICH MAKE IT A GOOD ALL YEAR ROUND GOLF BAG TO OWN. I USE MY LITE WEIGHT CARY BAG MAINLY FOR TRAVELLING, BUT IT WOULD WORK EQUALLY WELL IF IT WAS THE ONLY GOLF BAG YOU OWNED. IT HAS BEEN USED IN BLISTERING SUNSHINE, IN COLD DAMP WEATHER AND IN FULL BLOWN RAIN STORMS WHERE THE 19TH HOLE JUST BECKONS! DURING THIS PAST YEAR, THE NEW BAG HAS BEEN BASHED AROUND THE LUGGAGE BELT, BEEN THROWN IN AND OUT OF COACHES, TAXI’S AND CARS, AND DROPPED MORE TIMES BY CARELESS BAGGAGE HANDLERS THAN I CARE TO MENTION, NATURALLY I USE A TRAVEL BAG, BUT THE CONTENTS DO GET SHAKEN UP AT TIMES!

MY FIRST MISTAKE WITH MY ORIGINAL BAG WHICH I USED FOR TRAVELING WAS TO GET A WHITE ONE – BIG MISTAKE, IT GOT FILTHY GOING ABOUT ITS EVERY DAY LIFE, MY NEW SENSIBLE HEAD HAS GONE FOR A COLOUR THIS TIME AND I LOVE THE COLOUR I HAVE CHOSEN, AQUA BLUE, NOT ONLY FOR ITS COLOUR BUT THE VERSATILITY AND DURABILITY OF THAT COLOUR TOO, EVEN ON A GREY DRIZZLY DAY THE BAG LOOKS SHARP AND READY FOR ACTION – MAYBE MORE THAN IT’S OWNER SOME DAYS!!

ANOTHER NOTICEABLE THING ABOUT THE NEWER RELEASE OF THE BAG ARE THE CARRY STRAPS, WHICH SEEM MORE PADDED, BUT HAVE A WAFFLE EFFECT TO THEM WHICH SEEMS TO STOP THEM TWISTING AS YOU THROW YOUR BAG ONTO YOU SHOULDER. WHILST I DO LIKE THE EXTRA PADDING WHEN CARRYING THE BAG, I AM NOT SO SURE ABOUT THE WAFFLE EFFECT WHICH IS A BIT SCRATCHY WHEN WEARING SLEEVELESS GOLF SHIRTS AS YOU DRAG IT UP YOUR ARM BEFORE IT COMES TO REST ON THE SHOULDERS, WHERE IT DOES SIT COMFORTABLY ONCE ON.

THE POCKETS ARE OF A GOOD SIZE AND WHILST BULGING DURING THAT IFFY SEASON OF WATERPROOFS ON WATERPROOFS OFF, THEY DO TAKE EVERYTHING A GIRL SHOULD NEED FOR GOLFING. THE POP OUT LEGS ARE STURDY AND SO LONG AS THEY ARE PROTECTED BY BEING HOOKED BACK WHEN USING THE BAG ON A CART, SHOULD LAST A LONG TIME WITH THE DURABLE MECHANISM IN PLACE.

A LITTLE VELVET LINED POCKET FOR THE BITS AND BOBS IS A NICE TOUCH BUT A BIT OF A NUISANCE WHEN YOUR HANDS ARE WET AND THE VELVET STICKS TO THEM AS YOU’RE IN AND OUT OF THE POCKET. THE BALL POCKET IS PLENTY BIG ENOUGH FOR EVEN THE MOST WAYWARD OF PLAYERS COLLECTION OF BALLS, BUT I DO THINK THAT THERE SHOULD HAVE A 2-WAY ZIP AS THE BALLS COULD FALL OUT WHEN CARRYING THE BAG IF LEFT UNOPENED. THE THREE WAY DIVIDER FOR THE CLUBS ARE OF A GOOD SIZE TO GET THE FULL SET OF CLUBS IN EASILY HOWEVER DURING WET GAMES I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO INADVERTENTLY GROUP ALL MY CLUBS TOGETHER IN ONE OF THE 3 AVAILABLE DIVIDERS FOR EASE OF ACCESS CREATING A PICK UP STICKS MOMENT AS I PULL OUT MORE THAN ONE CLUB IN A HURRY TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN – USER ERROR!

WITH THE FRONT BALL POCKET BEING BLANK ENABLES EMBROIDERY OF YOUR COMPANY NAME, ALWAYS A GOOD BRANDING EXERCISE AND ONE I AM GLAD SUN MOUNTAIN HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT IN ADVANCE TO OFFER THEIR CUSTOMERS MORE REASONS TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THE WATERPROOF FEATURE ONLY WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HOOD – MIGHT BE A SILLY STATEMENT TO MAKE, BUT I HAVE SEEN OTHERS PLAYING GOLF IN THE RAIN WITHOUT THE HOOD THEN COMPLAINING THAT THEIR CLUBS ARE WET!

HAVING A CARRY BAG IS ONE OF THE MOST USEFUL PIECES OF FLEXIBLE EQUIPMENT A GOLFER COULD OWN AS IT LENDS ITSELF TO PLAYING LOCALLY AS WELL TRAVELLING, WITHOUT COMPROMISE. THE SUN MOUNTAIN CARRY BAG IS NO EXCEPTION TO THIS, COMBINING STYLE AND PRACTICALITY

IN SHORT I LOVE THE SUN MOUNTAIN H2NO ULTRA LITE CARRY BAG AND WOULDN’T HESITATE RECOMMENDING IT TO GOLFERS.

Amateur Ladies Golf Tournament 2018

International Ladies Golf Tournament- How to get involved

We have 16 in-country partners selling this unique event, each partner has been carefully chosen to represent us in selling golf to the ladies around the world.
The ILGT is open to all club handicap ladies, if you don’t see your country listed but would like to come, please don’t let this put you off, just email me on sarah@golfgurugroup.com

Countries and agents selling:
United Kingdom – Paul – email pgreenhill@dpandl.co.uk
Italy – Paola – email paola.ferro@greenvelvet.it
Ireland – Patrick – email patrick.aiken@thegolfpa.com
Ireland – Fintan – email fintan.ward@golfvoyager.com
Spain – Paula – email paularojas@ladygolfer.es
Poland – Paula – email paula@travelandaction.pl
Australia – Steve – steven@cgegolf.com.au
Canada – TJ – email tj@golfawaytours.com
Hungary – Krisztina – email kbatta@golfutazasok.hu
South Africa – Allison – email allison@louis57travel.com
India – Arif Ansari – email  arif@alcgolf.com
France – Cyril – cyril.prigent@teetravel.com
Tunisia – Abdelkader – email directionevt@gmail.com
Portugal – Jose -email jose.valente@ingolf.pt
Norway – Kristin – email kristin.moe.krohn@gmail.com
United States of America – Ann-Sophie – email Ann-Sofie@elitegolfexperiences.com
Austria – Maria – maria@elitegolfexperiences.com

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