Hedonistic Escape – Mind, spirit and body come together at The Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania, in a stunning nature-rich setting close to New Jersey and New York. It’s luxury all the way from the spa, fitness facilities and soaking pools to the Tree restaurant and Woodlock Springs Golf Course. Hike, fish, swim, golf, T’ai Chi — go for it.
Posture Perfect – Serious business. Shoulders back. Discrete. Tight. Are those your muscles working or the IntelliSkin? Wear to gym, to the golf club. Who doesn’t want to look more fit, taller? It’s the posture workout you wear. Your secret. No one will ever know that under your faded circa 70s polo lies power. $95
Spa Caviar – Pearls and caviar? Why not? Caviar extracts and pearl powder are known to improve skin elasticity and suppleness, reduce fine lines and wrinkles by improving cell metabolism and increasing firming action. Available in treatments many spas including Suddenly Slimmer Day Spa, Phoenix and Beau Rivage Resort Spa, Biloxi, Ms. (No it’s not Beluga).
Ultimate Dress Watch – No vague uncertainly about the time with the L.U.C. Quattro by Chopard. You will get you to your tee time on the nose. Your Chopard is Swiss-made after all. Shockingly simple with classic round face, 39 jewels, 18-carat rose qold case, water-resistant and hand-stitched alligator strap. $25,000 (maybe less, maybe more).
Electric Golf Cart – Speaking of fun. The Hummer H2 Golf Cart based on the military’s HMMWV, or Humvee at $19,999 and licensed by GM, is a very smart way to go. It has polished chrome wheels, cooler, seat storage, head and brake lights and classic boxy style — dare we say “cute.” You’ll love it in red and at 20 mph, no speeding tickets.
Walkies – It’s a fact: walking 18 holes carrying a bag is equal to a five-mile walk or a 4-mile run. Using Sun Mountain’s KG:2 SuperLight stand bag can make the whole process like a walk in the park. With the E-Z Fit Dual Strap System, it’s a breeze to carry but if the heat gets to you, it has a friendly cart-friendly bottom (just like you).
Soul Searching – Linksoul is not just a golf shirt. It’s you dancing in the rain; feeling good; being you. It’s fireflies on a dark night; early sun catching dew on the green. From John Ashworth (who we all know) they say it’s more of a philosophy than a brand. Designs are thought provoking and look very au courant under a jacket.
Round with Dimples – The Nike 20XI could just be the most expensive ball on the market sending you clamoring down gulches to retrieve it after errant shots. Why may you ask? A dozen could set you back $55-$60 per dozen or $5 per ball. But then it promises to give you more distance off the tee and better control around the greens — it’s all about its low core technology.
Let it Rain – It won’t make you look crisp like a piece of toast. Who wants to look like a piece of toast anyway in this age of on-the-move-tech style? Relaxed, confident, cool, dry. Now we’re talking. It’s the Hoy Lake Jacket by ZeroRestriction at $395. GORETEX, breathable, flexible and waterproof even in a howling British gale. Pair with pants at $235-$295.
Spa Sounds – Tune into Zen Sound Therapy at Vermont’s Stowe MountainLodge with its Sacred Healing Treatment. Sitting on a carbon-fiber chair while experiencing your rituals allows you to hear and feel the music as tones resonate through the water in your body. Attain a relaxed, balanced, center state as Reiki rituals do their magic. (80 minutes/$225).
Face Off – Pure and bubbly on your face? Sure. Just choose the Champagne Facial at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. It gives you protection against free radicals, invigorates your skin and softens fine lines. ($150) Or skip the facial and go for a bottle of Dom Perignon in the Lobby Lounge with your best squeeze.
Tee-Terrific – Ladies, no way you’ll be taken for a shrinking violet with Kate Lord’s printed 3/4 sleeve specialty cotton tees. They’re bold, fun with tropical yet contemporary golf designs, perfect on and off the courses. With a bit of spandex stretch, did we mention sexy? ($76).
Camouflage your Habits – Carrying your iPad around in a Prada Camo Saffiano Case will surely impress your pals with its green camouflage-print calf leather cover and silver hardware. And really good news, besides being made in Italy, if you get lost in enemy territory in the jungle, your iPod will be really hard to see in this case. ($595).
Golf Bag – This one will only bite your wallet. Custom-made alligator golf bags by Dann come in five colors. Available for women too including pink and purple. Who knew there were pink alligators? Purple maybe.
Putter Envy – You’ll be getting the shaft and loving it with Barth & Sons’ First Lady Special Edition custom made in Germany. The shaft is 24 caret gold, the leather grip is pink, and the head is inlaid with diamonds. This bit of bling costs $150,000.
Putters for Real Men – Ben Curtis was using a Studio Select Newport 2 when he won this year’s Valero Texas Open, Brad Faxon works a Laguna 2.5 ”Fax- Day” and Rory McILroy uses a GSS Newport Prototype — all Scotty Cameron putters. Need we say more? Scotty Cameron putters like the new sleek Select putters are right up there with clear starry nights and California surfing.
Group Squeeze – You will not find a better place for your favorite peeps to play and stay than in Milligan Manor. an eight-bedroom cabin at Fairmont’s Jasper Park Lodge, BC Canada. Your gang will have all the privacy they need in Jasper’s luxury log digs with a lofty wildlife-themed great room overlooking a Stanley Thompson classic track and a probably a roaming elk or two.
Club Power – Leave it to the golf-crazed Japanese to come up with the pricey Maruman Majesty Prestigio Golden Premium Series. The driver’s polished titanium head is ion-plated to pure gold. Also go for gold with the Majesty Prestigio Gold Premium irons. The price? Don’t ask. Think thousands.
Big Puff – Cigar-speak is much like wine-speak with terms like “aging, year, full-bodied, spicy, hearty and soil composition.” One of the rarest of them all the Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas is a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco with a 10-year old Cameroon wrapper. And oh yes, women smoke cigars too. (about $350 for a box of 20).
Top of Myrtle’s Bucket List – Out of all the 100 plus courses in Myrtle Beach, one must-play is Caledonia Golf & Fish Club on Pawley’s Island. From the time you drive in along the live-oak-lined road, you are in for an exceptional day of golf. It’s the most expensive public course in the area but spring for it. Savor it.
Belt it Out – Brad Faxon wears The White Belt so do many other tour players. Interchangeable buckles are hand-crafted, leather color straps are in exotic bright colors and designs are way sharp. The belts are so cool it’s hard to remember they have a practical side to them.
Puma Power – Getting in the groove with crossover golf footwear, Puma’s new golf shoes can swing from green to boardroom with grace. Worn by Rickie Fowler where the vibrant oranges, limes and and other brilliant colors complement his flamboyant persona, take a peek at his Limited Edition Super Cell Ice Fusion shoe. ($250).
Sack & Pillage – There is treasure in your future. Add sparkle to your game with Kate Lord’s Crystal Hat Clips in glittery designs. Reveal the inner you with motifs like martini glasses, cards, wine glasses, and a Scottie dog.