Thursday, March 22, 2012

snow golf

This morning, March 22nd, Portland is covered in a blanket of snow.   I've golfed on frozen fairways and greens, putted thru a half inch of temporary hail, but never fully golfed in the snow.  I might manage to sneak out of the office and tee off today, but it won't quite resemble the event I found in Megeve, France.  The Vacheron Constantin "Snow Golf Cup" is a lovely affair sponsored by Rolls Royce, held in the French Alps.

get out your orange and yellow low compression balls
crisp mountain air
groomers take the guesswork out of putting

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Etsy for vintage golf pants

vintage wool plaid 
When people think of plaid or houndstooth pattern golf pants, they tend to think of the outrageous designs by Loudmouth Golf or similar companies who target the "look at me!" market.  The colors are bold, the patterns are extreme, and the look is designed to make a statement.  That statement is basically "Let's party!"  I love those kinds of people.  I love to party.  I appreciate those who are willing to throw sensibility out the window and shine as beacons of tomfoolery.

But I will call attention to the fact that plaid and houndstooth pants have not always been exclusively silly.  These patterns were once used in legitimate grown-up attire, worn by even the most sartorially conservative. is an excellent source for vintage golf trousers, designed with muted tones, sensible contrast levels, and generally handsome patterns, allowing you to make the statement "I am so golfing right now" without adding "I am one wild and crazy guy".  And they are very affordable, even in high quality wool.  Anyone can buy a new pair of $150 Travis Matthews pants at Dick's, but finding a pair of true vintage, high quality wool pants that are timeless and relevant (for $40) says much more about your love for the game.  One note, though:  you may need to re-tailor the pant legs, as some may have an undesirable flare at the bottom.

these are loud enough without the vans

ladies, too
elegant black and white houndstooth

loud, but not so loud
earth tones, houndstooth
handsome, conservative, vintage
red plaid, but under control

Bob Hope on golf