Skechers Go Golf ReviewNot too sure which golf shoes to buy? Take a look at this video where I trial not one, but two styles of the Skechers Go Golf Shoes, the Max and Elite 2, in real time under real golf conditions. Women's Go Golf shoes are comfortable but would I buy them?
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Magical MoroccoMy golf travel takes me to Magical Morocco. Playing golf in Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes and Ifrane means you can join me on my quick tour around Morocco for the sights and sounds of North Africa as seen through the eyes of the Travelling Lady Golfer. Play Robert Trent Jones, RTJ, courses to Jack Nicklaus signature course at Michlifen in the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy sculptures on the course and of course traditional tagine to tantalise your tastebuds.
But would I go back?
Take a look and then you decide if Morocco is the place for you
Travel date October 2019
Putting Arc ReviewI have been doing golf clothing and product reviews for a number of years, but now with the Travelling Lady Golfer channel, I can now show you them as well as write the report - win win.
The Putting Arc MS - 3D and The Putting Arc T3 and T4 have been reviewed on this clip.
More information can be found on theputtingarc.com
I hope you like the review and can see an improvement in your putting when using this device
Go Golf Shoes
- Max RRP £50
- Elite 2 RRP £80
- Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA FLIGHT™ midsole cushioning
- Synthetic and mesh fabric upper
- Durable grip TPU outsole
- Skechers GOGA Max® technology insole for high-rebound cushioning
- Water-resistant protection with Dri-Lex® moisture management interior2
- Smooth synthetic upper with textured mesh fabric panels
- Side stitching and overlay detail trim
- Mesh side and collar panels with geometric pattern fabric underlay
- Lace up front
- Soft fabric shoe lining
- Cushioned comfort insole based on GOwalk Max walking shoe design
Being sent 2 pair of golf shoes to trial from Skechers, I was able to do a comparison and be able to identify the best situations one shoe might work over the other. I started playing golf again straight after lock down one. I did not wear the Max in walking around the house days and nights before wearing them, I took them straight out onto the golf course day 1. Now that might not sound a big thing, but broken toes and big feet for a women aren’t all that conducive for comfort and in truth I do struggle with footwear.So being able to wear the max golf shoes straight away was a massive positiveFast forward 6 months and I feel in a good position to say how they have faired up during my golf season of 2020. Being in lockdown but still being able to play golf, my travel has been somewhat curtailed so I have finally benefitted from my annual membership at my own golf club and played a lot more than previously, 3 and occasionally 4 times a week, so the trial has been a real one, lets say!I also did the sprinkler test, as you will see on you tube, link below – I got soaked, my socks didn’t, even though these are only badged as shower proof, I have not got wet feet at all wearing them, but I haven’t worn them in heavy rain/or really wet grass.
I think they are perfect for travelling, especially if you are going somewhere warm, they are so light weight and easy to pack.
I did notice some wear and tear on them, whether this is my boney feet or the accepted norm, I don’t know, but the inside of the heels did wear away on both feet. The other thing I notice was a permanent crease across the fold of the toes – I don’t think this is abnormal, so I wasn’t unhappy with this. And even the wearing on the back of the heels wasn’t detrimental to the comfort. The Max did not stretch over time and were true to the size for fitting
I would definitely buy Skechers Go Golf Max.
- Waterproof woven jacquard textured fabric upper
- Outdry® patented waterproof protection creates a waterproof, breathable barrier
- Outdry® is a registered trademark of OutDry Technologies Corp.
- Lightweight, responsive 5GEN® cushioning
- High-performance Resamax® cushioned insole
- Durable TPU grip outsole for added traction
- Weight: 8.75 oz. per shoe in a women’s size 7
- Smooth waterproof textured jacquard fabric upper
- Woven-in two tone spectator design
- Visually appealing pattern detailing
- Side S logo
- Lace up front
- Padded collar and tongue
- Translucent spikeless TPU traction outsole
Moving into the Autumn, and the wetter colder conditions, I switched to Sketchers Go Golf Elite 2 – again I didn’t have to wear them in, strap my feet up with plasters and blister plasters or do any preparation of my feet for the Elite 2, they fitted like a glove immediately and have remained the same, so far.
Heavier in weight, they could also be used for travelling, especially if you’re looking for a classic good looking shoe and the weather at your destination might be a bit unknown. Spikeless winter shoes I haven’t slipped over during autumn and eagerly await my winter golf (when I say eagerly!)
Again the most comfortable shoe, true to its size and a good looking shoe.
Being waterproof, they too passed the sprinkler test, but importantly they have also stood up to the riggers of golf in a wet autumn mud and leaves.
There is the same wear and tear inside the heel, so maybe it is me!!
But their overall appearance is classic
A good all-round golf shoe that can do everything.
Yes to both pairs, based on comfort, they are the best
Being at the Masters is a dream come true to any golf fan. After all it is the holy grounds of golf and for some even more so than St. Andrews. For some strange reason Augusta National manages to keep the myth of the tournament and the course alive and it simply never gets boring. Of no other place you would hear a golf star like Rory McIlroy or Rickie Fowler say that they still get goosebumps every single time they get to drive down the road heading towards the clubhouse. Or can you imagine any other place where Tiger Woods would start to choke up on when talking about a victory? With all their rules and little quirks Augusta National is simply a perfect place. There is no other way to put it. So back in February I finally got the question that every (golf) girl has ever dreamed of: do you want to go to the masters this year?
Guess what? I said ‚ Yes‘! I actually had a hard time not welling up while my mind started racing. What would be the first thing I want to do when I arrive? It was so bad that I couldn’t sleep for three days straight and this stupid grin on my face stayed on all the way till March 12th. That was the day I went to go to Berlin to get my journalist visa for the US. It was also the day when the United States government decided to close borders for every European Country due to Corona. But being my usual self I stayed positive and continued my journey. At this point I was hoping there might be exceptions for work trips or that maybe in a month time, when the Masters was supposed to be played in April, borders would be opened again. A month is a long time to go right? Well, we all know how that worked out.
Fast forward to November. No Patrons are allowed on ground, only limited media were permitted and I was sitting in my apartment in Hamburg trying to fathom the fact that this is how the year turned out to be. For a short time I was thinking about actually flying to the US despite the fact I wasn’t going to be able to access the course. Simply because it was such a special Masters and I had an apartment five minutes away for the course already booked and paid for. But I decided to pass up the opportunity.
Having been an accredited journalist at this years Masters did come with a couple of nice perks though. One of them being granted access to the first ever online Patron Shop. Thats how they called the all too expensive but equally awesome online store that they had created for Patrons who were lucky enough to have tickets for the event and give them the chance to at least buy some merchandise stuff. Trust me, I did. And I got my bank account to prove it, too. From hats to cups and windbreakers to an ugly Christmas-sweater, I bought it all. At least that gave me the feeling I was part of something special. Plus, Christmas is arriving and poor me didn’t get to go to the Masters. Like in golf – you’re only as good as your excuses!
Heading into the week I told all my friends and family that I was going to watch every second of this years masters. Can you imagine how many apologetic texts I got? It’s funny how when a person admits to being sad or not feeling well, how it throws other people off. It is almost like people forget how to function when someone doesn’t answer‚ I’m doing good’ when they are asked how they feel. So I quickly stopped and went to just sending pictures of me on my couch with a cup in my hand and made a joke about a really sucky week.
Another question I received over and over again is how do you cover the Masters from your couch? Not a lot of people will understand that but I personally find it easier to cover a tournament when you are not actually there. Why? Well, simply because you don’t miss as much. Think about it this way – when you are at a tournament you want to go out and see the course but you also want to see your personal favourites and you definitely don’t want to miss any on-course action. So you have to decide wether you follow a certain group or if you just stay at a strategically good place on the course to watch. Either way I can guarantee you that you will miss a lot of things going on at the tournament. As working press you always have the media centre as a go to point. But that adds to the problem. Which post round interview do you not want to miss? Which player might be hot right now and you need to be following on the course? Is there a local player that you want to follow around because that is what people want to know about? What if someone makes a hole-in-one but you don’t know because you have been following another group? The easy answer to all those questions just stay at the media centre and watch the live feed on TV. You won’t miss anything. But you will also not get any feeling of the atmosphere or for the course, so you could have stayed home!
As I mentioned before, here I was on my couch telling me it’s not that bad and listening to Tiger Woods live press conference reliving his win in 2019. This is where I snapped out of it and got back to simply being a crazy golf fan. Not because of Tiger, but because the minute I saw footage of Magnolia Lane and heard the first notes of the Masters tune I forgot about all the worries. I was happy that I had the opportunity to access the press conferences remotely and I just wanted to see how this years Masters was going to play out. Like every year I texted back and forth with all my golf friends about the newest developments on the leaderboard, I got stoked about great shots and mad about others. And even though we are in a lockdown right now, I got someone to watch the coverage with me for three out of the four days. Usually we would have been a big group of people but even just having this small circle of people around me gave me the comfort I needed to have a great Masters tournament. One I will definitely remember for the rest of my life and one that will always be my first Masters that I almost got to go to.
Oh, and before we end this on a happy note – I am still waiting for my package to arrive with my merchandise from the Patrons store. Well, maybe I will be ready for next years Masters in April.
Ann is a professional journalist who has provided us with this insightful piece about the life of the ‘remote’ journalist
Golf Guru Group – I too have often wondered why so many journalists stay in the media tent the whole time during a major tournament, why aren’t they out on the course, why aren’t they talking to the crowds and soaking up the atmosphere – now we know why and having experienced this myself, watching golf from multiple screens dotted around the media tent, showing live footage of different players at different stages of their game, its a good place to be to give you the complete story
Zipping up Zanzibar
Getting used to the heat was a good reason to play only nine holes, but standing on tee one with sweat, sorry gentle perspiration!! dripping down soon gave way to lush tropics as we ventured further into the golf course. The day before we arrived, there had been rain, rain is such a polite way to say it bucketed it down, leaving in its wake washed out roads, tracks and the golf course to have standing water in play, especially on hole one where a gently stream had turned into a torrent of water ready to capture the unsuspecting golfers golf ball to go trundling downstream never to be seen again. Applying sensible golf, we simply tee’d up the golf ball to save any mud splashes and damaging the course and further. The blades of grass were each thick and crept along the ground to matted together to form a green covering, easy enough to play from whilst on the fairway, but the rough was a challenge of its own, in fact if the ball went into the deep rough, even if you saw its exact entry point, finding it was another story. Tropical golf does throw up alternative challenges of their own; greens are often baked and difficult to hit without it running for miles, so having that rain made them much more receptive. Relatively flat greens, with the odd one being tiered or sloping welcomed us. The golf course had picture postcard qualities, of par 3’s, 4’s and 5’s with water in play, bougainvillea dotted its splash of colour amongst the varying shades of green. A clear blue sky with puff balls of cloud breaking made the postcard complete.
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Duca del Cosma
Duca del Cosma
- Fitted with aqua stop; a water repellent breathable membrane between the upper material and the lining
- Taped seams
- Waterproof microfibre system
- Open cell foam (moisture absorbent and anti bacterial) high density (anti fatigue) to keep your feet well ventilated and dry
- Ergonomic handcrafted Italian golf shoes
- Thermoplastic synthetic material stabilising sole
- Calf skin or cow hide
- Waterproof guarantee
- Multiple colour ways and designs to suit all wardrobes
- For on and off the golf course
- High quality, high workmanship
I saw Duca Del Cosma shoes at the PGA Merchandise Show two years ago, or rather should I say I saw their staff and representatives walking into the show and what an impressive sight they made in their matching eye pleasing shoes of Italian flag colours.
After chatting to them and their PR company, Sports Impact, I was sent a pair of Pink Kubana shoes to trial. It has to be said, I don’t have little dainty feet, Im 5’ 10” but was delighted when they sent a pair that fitted – and they weren’t dowdy mens colours!
Purposely choosing pink, I didn’t want a colour that simply faded into the background, I wanted one that would stand out, and the pink kubana do just that!! Wearing a high colour also encourages people to ask, and on the back of this have instigated sales.
I even liked the two choices for laces, they are the flat type, as opposed to the tubular ones, and don’t slip when they are tied up, playing 18 holes of golf without having to re-tie your shoelaces is great.
The thing that I like most about the Duca del Cosma shoes is their versatility. They can be used at home but when I travel I often take them as they can be played in any weather condition, they don’t make your feet hot in warm weather and they don’t leak and make your feet wet in colder drier conditions, yet they always look clean and fresh. For me a perfect all round golf shoe with style to be worn on or off the golf course
Yes, I love the colour choices too
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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- More than jumpers available!
- 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.
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 WOMENS GOLF CLOTHING
- Skintight thermal base layer -Thermal technology, breathable, moisture transportation properties
- Maureen shirt – Moves moisture away with their Ventil8 plus technology UV 20SPF protection
- Neely Shorts – Lightweight technical fabric, moisture wicking with UV up to 20 spf
- Maggie Shirt – Breathable Ventil8 lightweight fabric
- Nina Skort – Ventil8 technical fabric with style details
- Dominique Jacket – Insula fabric which is very breathable, soft and lightweight yet has a thermal lining
- Skintight thermal base layer – Warm but not too thick, collarless for extra fashion options
- 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
- 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
- Maggie Shirt – This navy blue shirt is so lightweight you barley notice you are wearing it
- 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?
- Dominique Jacket – A pocketless insula jacket in pink and white tones – what else can any red-head want – I love it!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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 WOMENS GOLF CLOTHING
- Gore tex technology
- 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!
Never compromise is a great and appropriate slogan for Galvin Green
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!