There is nothing, and I mean nothing like and ice cold beer during a round of golf during a sweltering hot day. The only problem is, because it is so stinking hot, how do we keep that beer, water or soft drink refreshingly chilled.
Traditional kozzies do just fine, but if you really want to step up your game, I highly recommend the can sleeves from 22Below. From the time I picked it up, I could tell it was drastically different that the standard koozie just in the weight and feel of the product. A majority of the koozies you will run into today and either paper thin or awkwardly constructed. The 22Below looks and feels built for the task ahead.
To properly test the product, I waited till my spring recent golf trip with the boys to see how 22Below did. The weather was not as hot as I would have liked it but I still could tell the the 22Below can sleeve did it’s job in keeping my refresher plenty cold! I really look forward to using it more as the hot weather golf season heats up.
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This is not my first go round reviewing a product from myCharge. They are a regular part of my electronics gear. My job requires that I have power no matter where my busy schedule takes me.
The latest unit from myCharge up for review is called Adventure, a multi- port charger that can handle whatever you throw at it. I mean that literally. One of my first impressions of myCharge products was how solid they are constructed. this is a charger that can take a beating and last a long time. The Adventure has a rugged rubber body that can take the spills and thrills of ones daily routines. It’s splash and drop resistant.
On a recent trip to the Florida Keys, my wife and I drove and explored the entire way south. The multi-port capabilities came in very handy to keep all of our electronics powered up! And there is one thing you need to know about my wife. When her phone or tablet are at 50%, she NEEDS to power up. Much like when the gas gauge 1/2 full, she see’s it as half EMPTY!
I would recommend this product for anyone who needs a tough and reliable charger.
On the course, it a solid addition to your golf bag.
Wheeling, West Virginia is home to a fascinating resort that offers plenty of great golf among their many amenities. Olgebay Resort & Conference Center has three distinct golf courses but what I remember most about my stay there was my return to nature. You see, Olgebay is stretched out over nearly 1800 acres with abundant wildlife, walking trails and gardens at every turn. This picturesque property in Wheeling Park is the backdrop for this wonderful resort and golf destination.
You must go back over 100 years to trace the tradition of hospitality that was started by Earl W. Olgebay. He eventually willed his property including his estate and mansion to the people of Wheeling. His only request was that they “shall operate it for public recreation.” The city of Wheeling has stayed committed to his stipulation as Olgebay has provided year-round recreational activities and exceptional overnight accommodations for generations of families and groups.
Golf arrived at Olgebay Resort on July 4, 1930, with the opening of the front nine of the Crispin Golf Course, and is one of the focal points of the Crispin Center. A second nine and golf shop were added in 1938 as construction continued through the depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Crispin Course is a perfect compliment to the other golf choices that are available at Olgebay Resort. The picturesque Par 3 and Driving Range Clubhouse on the north side of the park became a reality in 1962. The driving range doubles as a ski slope in the winter months. If there was one key event in the history of the Olgebay Resort, it would most likely be the opening of the Wilson Lodge in 1957. That turning point transformed the property into a year-round destination. Consequently, the two championship golf courses that were added, the Jones in 1970 and the Palmer in 2000, moved Olgebay into the golf resort category. Both outstanding tracks form the Speidel Golf Club and round out the golfing menu of sixty-three sporting holes at Olgebay.
This 5.670- yard par 71 Crispin Golf Course is very playable and rolls over hills and valleys quite naturally. The actual greens were roughed in by the same builders of the iconic Oakmont Country Club and this golfer found the putting surfaces quite interesting. Talk about having a story to tell, Arnold Palmer played the course for the first time in an exhibition match in 1963 and walked off with a 9-under course record. Play the terrific set of par 3’s along with some reachable par 5’s and you will understand why the Crispin Course has been a regional favorite for over 80 years.
I tend to agree with the consensus that the course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr is the most challenging that you will find during your stay at Olgebay. The multiple tee placements allow the course to play from 7,000 yards at the tips to 4,659 yards from the forward set. It was the first public course undertaken by Jones, who described his layout as “a fair test of golf” but one that would lead to an “easy bogie, tough par.” The so-called “Monster on the Hill” was home to the West Virginia LPGA Classic from 1974 till 1984, so you know it packs a punch.
The Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course is a modern marvel that was added due to the demand golfers were placing on the other two courses. It quickly became the favorite of the lot for it’s playability and clever modern design features that include six par-three holes, seven par-four holes and five par-five holes. There are plenty of scoring opportunities and signature moments during a round on the Palmer track which like the Jones has quite a few dramatic elevation changes to awe at. It’s a must play on your stay at Olgebay. Take note of the horticulture found on all the golf courses which come directly from the 16-acre Bissonnette Gardens located within the resort. There are beautiful hanging baskets on every tee!
It’s of little surprise that Olgebay has groups and families returning year after year with the wonderful array of lodging options that are available. The newly renovated Wilson Lodge has 330 rooms and suites, but the larger golf groups normally choose one of the 54 cottages that are on the property including three with eight bedrooms. All have oversized kitchens and social areas with fire places. These cottages I believe make the perfect accommodations for buddy golf trips. Four estate houses are also available for a more executive-type retreat were all the bedrooms have their own private baths. Golf packages include an awesome spread each morning called the Mountaineer Breakfast Buffet in the Ihlenfeld Dining Room, which also serves dinner nightly. The Wilson Lodge also is home to the GlassWorks Grill for more casual dining and tasty libations for some rounds after your rounds.
The list of other amenities which may not just be for the golfers include the West Spa at Olgebay, featuring Swedish and Deep Tissue massages. The three-acre Schenk Lake has paddle boats and kayaks, and you can even do a little fishing because the lake is stocked with bass, trout and catfish. There’s indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis center, horseback riding and skiing and snow tubing. Speaking of the cold weather, the Winter Festival of Lights is a seasonal attraction that delights guests across a three-mile frolic through the resort. Olgebay Resort is also home to several other attractions unique to most regional destinations. This writer has been to many resorts but none with its own zoo. The 35-acre Good Zoo has over 50 species of animals, including endangered species like red pandas, cheetahs and even an albino alligator. These animals certainly must feel right at home considering all the wildlife that surrounds them. I encountered deer and fox each day during my stay. The founder’s estate home is now the Mansion Museum which houses artifacts and depicts the history of the area. I was fascinated by the pieces found in the Carriage House Glass and Glass Museum, which honor West Virginia’s glass industry. It’s worth a visit to both.
As a golfer, you can find everything your little golf ball desires at Olgebay. I guess what surprised me on my journey there was the hospitality and family atmosphere that abound. It made me understand why this resort is not one exclusive for golfers with all there is to do for the rest of the clan. So, let’s talk logistics. If you reside in the Baltimore-Washington metro area, it’s a comfortable 4 ½ hour drive. It’s just a bit farther from Philadelphia across the turnpike. From the steel city, just 60 minutes. The tariff is quite affordable for a 3 day/2-night stay, and as you would expect, you can build a package on-line to your specifics whether you are staying at the lodge or renting a cottage. If you are looking for golf resort that doesn’t take nearly all day to get drive to and one that won’t break the bank on anybody’s budget, you’d might want to venture to the natural encampment known as Olgebay Resort & Conference Center.
S’well, creator of the original fashion hydration accessory, and PGA of America, one of the world’s largest sports organizations, have created a first-of-its-kind collector’s bottle commemorating the 2019 PGA Championship, which will be played at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., May 13-19, 2019. The partnership originated in an effort to further PGA’s sustainability initiatives and reach new audiences.
The PGA of America is putting significant emphasis on its corporate social responsibility efforts, speaking to the growing social consciousness of the golf community. The partnership with S’well is a positive step toward creating a more sustainable community.
“S’well offers an array of products, all of which provide the consumer with a myriad of choices to reflect their chosen lifestyle,” said Luke Reissman, PGA of America Senior Director of Partnerships. “At the PGA of America, we’re excited to align with our friends at S’well because the game of golf and their bottles are not only compatible, but they are both sustainable, technologically advanced and personal in nature.”
Debuting as the first textured S’well product, the 2019 PGA Championship Golf Bottle features a dimpled outer shell and lustrous sheen – just like a golf ball. Its unique, uniform finish creates an elevated look. Featuring triple-walled, high-grade stainless steel, the 2019 PGA Championship Golf Bottle keeps beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12, while maintaining a condensation-free exterior.
“The bottle design embodies the beauty of this sport – tradition, appeal and reach,” said Rachel Ivey, VP, Creative Director, S’well. “Because of the innovative design and a textured finish, reminiscent of a golf ball, we knew the PGA would be the perfect partner to bring this design to market.” Furthering excitement and support of the partnership, S’well is working with the PGA of America to create an extended run of the collection customized with logos for select courses across the country. These other products will debut over the coming weeks.
The 2019 PGA Championship Golf Bottle is now available for purchase on shop.pga.com for $45.
Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup
Premier Destination Golf Course Features New Greens and Bunkers
Panama City Beach, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2019) – Bay Point Golf Club at Sheraton Bay Point Resort and KemperSports announce The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point will re-open for public play on March 1, 2019, following extensive cleanup and repairs from Hurricane Michael. As the only Nicklaus Design in Northwest Florida and one of the premier destination golf experiences in the Florida Panhandle, the course presents newly renovated greens and bunkers.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the work our team has put in at Bay Point to get The Nicklaus Course back into playing shape,” said golf general manager, Ryan Mulvey. “It has been a very difficult time for our community since the storm hit in October, but this golf course has been a real rallying point for our team and the work we’ve done has helped provide a sense of normalcy for all of us.”
Hurricane Michael hit Panama City and the eastern tip of Panama City Beach where Bay Point is located as a Category 4 storm. Cleanup of the Nicklaus Course included the removal of trees, extensive debris removal and repairs to the clubhouse and cart storage facility. Clean-up and debris removal continue at the almost 50-year-old Meadows Course.
Prior to the storm, the overhaul of The Nicklaus Course, which began June 25, 2018, included the conversion of all 18 greens from Tif-Dwarf Bermuda grass to Ultra-Dwarf Tif-Eagle Bermuda, creating more consistent putting surfaces with a better tolerance for lower mowing heights and faster green speeds year-round. Twenty-three renovated green-side bunkers complement the greens and include sand and drainage throughout, promoting a better playing experience from around the greens
Originally designed by Bruce Devlin in 1986 (as Lagoon Legends) and renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2005, Bay Point Golf Club is the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida. The par-72 Nicklaus Design championship layout stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with a challenging course rating of 74.3 and slope of 143. The course has hosted numerous regional and local events, including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016. Bay Point Golf Club is also a home course of the Florida State University Women’s Golf Team.
Bay Point Golf Club is owned by Torchlight Investments, LLC and managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports.
I’ll be the first to admit the back of my SUV is normally a mess after a round of golf. Grass clipping everywhere that was transferred there via my clubs and shoes. The CGear Personal Mat now allows me to keep things in a much cleaner fashion. Now I can shed my shoes without leaving remnants of my golf game scattered throughout the truck. I simply lay the mat down in the back of my car and the fabric lets sand and dirt fall through the top of the mat while blocking any particles on the ground from passing through the bottom of the mat. I can think of many uses for the mat in the future. I’m still a beach bum so any trip there will include the mat. It’s an easy product to store or tote around for your next event.
This is not my first review of the CEP compression socks, just my latest. I have been wearing the lo-cut short and mid-cut styles of socks for quite some time but wanted to complete the review by trying out the short and mid-cut styles with the fall golf season fast approaching. The CEP compression short sock is one style I wish they came out with years ago. The additional sock length protecting the ankle fully really is a game changer and was a benefit for this 60-year old on the back nine. As a neuropathy sufferer, I’ve seen and felt the benefits personally of using compression socks help. Simply put, they promote maximum blood circulation. We are talking pumping blood here people. That is a very healthy activity for the human body and an even better asset for you walking on the golf course for hours. The mid-cut style looks to be ideal to wear under my colorful golf slacks once cooler weather arrives. Yes, you will pay a bit extra for the CEP compression sock, but the benefits you’ll receive are priceless.
I really don’t know why I would every buy another normal “run-of-the-mill” golf sock again. I’ve reviewed several wonderful products for the feet and here’s another winner. Swiftwick Sock’s are some of the most comfortable I’ve ever worn. In fact, I’m wearing a pair right now as I stand at my computer writing this. I wanted to see if the boasts Swiftwick makes about their products were true. Pretty damn sure it’s one super compression sock made 100% in the good ole’ USA. The Maxus, Performance and Pursuit Zero styles will fit anyone’s game. A combination of merino wool and a synthetic fiber called olefin (the only fiber to actually won a Nobel Prize) gives Swiftwick socks all performance you require while on the links. A really soft cushion gives comfort while not taking away from the moisture wicking qualities we all strive for on those hots days. Now about those boasts. Swiftwick backs their product with “The best you will ever wear” guarantee. I think I’ll let your feet be the judge!
The River Marsh Golf Club at the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge Maryland had always been admired from afar by this writer. I would glance to my left while driving over the Choptank River-Route 50 Bridge and see the attractive complex while taking the family on our annual pilgrimage to Ocean City. This summer, I finally received the chance to take in the golf course and all the wonders that complete this beautiful distraction from the daily grind on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
As resorts golf courses go, River Marsh Golf Club holds a candle to any in the Mid-Atlantic. An immediate observation I was able to obtain on my first route over the track was that in general, every hole was fairly straight. Any slight dogleg is one that is directed by huge fairway bunkering displays that award-winning architect Keith Foster incorporates into his design. Players can choose from five sets of tees on the par 71 layout starting at 4748 from the forwards to 6800 yards from the tips. The first two holes on the front side and have inviting greens that enable you to get your round off to a good start. Behind the second green, you get a decent view of the Choptank as well as the marina at the Hyatt Regency. The par 5 third has water and marsh down the entire right side as well as crossing the fairway. The fourth hole is a long par 4 that features a two-tiered green. All the trouble on the par 5
fifth is down the left side. The next three holes at River Marsh all showcase deep greens and even though they are situated on the side of the property adjacent to a busy highway (Rt. 50) mounds and foliage are in place to buffer any diversion. Holes nine and ten are both challenging par 4’s that play parallel to one another, just in the opposite direction and into the prevailing wind. Eleven, a par 4 measuring 330 yards is best played up the left side to get the best angle to the putting surface. A series of large traps protect both the fairway and green on the par 4 twelfth. Thirteen is a lengthy par 4 where par is a keeper. Fourteen is a hole that plays radically different depending on your tee box. It’s under 300 from the whites but 412 yards from the blues. The back nine at River Marsh has the rare Par 3, 5, 3, 5 ending. The par 3 fifteenth can be seen from the entrance road on your way to the resort. Beware of back right pin placements on this green surrounded by hazards. Sixteen is the easiest par 5 on the course and big hitters have a realistic shot in getting home in two.
I was just twenty paces from accomplishing that myself. River Marsh closes with two exciting, signature holes that represent what may be the best one-two punch finisher in the entire Free State. The par 3 seventeenth will contest all comers with a dramatic tee shot over Shoal Creek. Trust your game, find dry land and make par. The par 5 eighteenth is a postcard worthy beauty that plays along the banks of the Choptank River. Oak trees left in place add luster and strategy to one great golf hole. From your first tee shot to your final putt, River Marsh epitomizes what terrific resort golf is all about golf.
Golf packages with all the goodies including club storage and cleaning, unlimited golf and a commemorative bag tag are available.
In my years of travel, most golf resorts are golf destinations with some family activities. I would describe the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay as a family resort with a golf course. I was pleasantly surprised that this was a breakaway that the whole gang could enjoy. Our 7-year old granddaughter was with us and there is no doubt that she had as much fun as her caretakers. Kids will love Camp Hyatt which offers fun youth programs to keep them occupied while you’re on the links. A wide array of swimming options is prevalent at the 342-acre recluse and my crew enjoyed each one. The all-season Winter Garden pool, the activities pool featuring a waterslide and the infinity pool provide different options for the swimmers. Other outdoor pastimes include tennis courts, beach volleyball, a 9-hole miniature golf course and frisbee golf. The Captain’s Parlor Game Room has the latest arcade escapes.
Six restaurants and lounges are positioned throughout the complex with a couple of dining stand-outs. The Blue Point Provision offers seafood specialties and spectacular water views while the Water’s Edge Grill offers outstanding regional specialties. Hey, we even raved over the food offerings at Docks Grill located in the indoor pool area. A tradition at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort is s’mores at the outdoor deck’s fireplace each evening. It’s a perfect ending to an active day.
As you’d might come to expect at a water-front resort, the 150-slip full service River Marsh Marina is one of the focal points here. Dock your boat and enjoy all the privileges that hotel guests enjoy. Blackwater Adventures has a wide choice of on or off the water excitement including jet skis, kayaks and bikes. If you are seeking a quieter comfort zone, the Sago Spa, named after the underwater grass found in the bay that provides life and nourishment to its inhabitants. The spa is inspired by its surroundings with the nautical theme throughout. An array of treatments, steam room, sauna and complete salon are just what the doctor ordered for total relaxation.
There are 400 guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency, making it an ideal for destination weddings and business pow wows. Everything you need, and more are the perfect ingredients for you to host an event to remember. There’s plenty of room with over 37,000 sq. ft of flexible space, including a 11,250-square-foot ballroom and outdoor terraces.
What a pleasant surprise the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf, Resort, Spa and Marina was! I was anticipating a golf resort, but instead I found so much more. The River Marsh Golf Club is special. A real piece on Eastern Shore golf eye candy. This is the ideal setting to work or play by the bay! It’s so convenient to the Baltimore-Washington metro as well as other points to the north like Philadelphia and New York. Do yourself a favor like the Ciattei Clan did and pull up stakes and set sail for this exodus on the eastern shore of Maryland.