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Supersoft, 100% organic cotton polos perfect for the clubhouse.

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Pros: Soft fabric, classic styling with just enough throwback to make it cool

Cons: Cotton...it's more or less extinct in athletic apparel for a reason.

    Austin Texas based Criquet company makes a really, really cool cotton polo that evades categorization.  It's vintage in design, but not so much so that only college kids and corner baristas would wear it.  It's classic country club, but with enough cool that you'll be really tempted to wear your dark-rinse jeans in the clubhouse.  And finally it's a golf polo, but it's designed for leisure wear, not just golf.   Disclaimer:  there's only so much you can say about a polo.  The cotton polo is as much about the guy as it is about the shirt.  Baggy or fitted, rumpled or pressed, tucked or untucked--every guy has his...
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Great blend of soft, tacky, and stable

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Pros: Great feel; tacky; will work in damp conditions

Cons: Dirty endcaps

The Lamkin REL 3GEN is a great, medium firm grip that works well in wet conditions, with or without a glove. It incorporates the best aspects of the supersoft/tacky grip technologies without feeling squishy.   I bought the REL 3GENs based mostly on reviews from this forum.  After playing with them for 2 months, I have to emphatically agree with the positive reviews here.  Simply stated, this is the best grip I've ever owned.   I think the best way to describe these grips is to lay out what I've disliked about grips I've played in the past. --Lamkin Crossline: A solid, stable, firm-feeling grip, but lots of slippage in wet conditions. --Golf Pride tour...
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Impressive Distance, Trajectory, and Spin Characteristics

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Pros: Very high ball flight; lots of spin.

First impressions. Pulling the ball out of the sleeve, two things jump out:  the ball feels sticky, and the graphics are wild.  The "sticky" feel of the cover must help the cover connect with the grooves, because this ball spins like crazy.  The graphics were a little distracting (there's a giant orange X staring up at you), but the alignment aid on the side was useful on both the tee and green.   Trajectory.  My first shot with the KickX Tour Z was a driver on a medium-length dogleg right par 4 with a stiff left-to-right wind.  Whoa--how did that happen?  So I hit another one, and WOW--what is going on here?  Just to make sure I hadn't lost...
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Hoakalei Country Club--a worthy test on a great course in the Ewa winds

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Pros: Well designed, well laid out course; great conditions; not a lot of play

Cons: Private; windy; hard; isolated on the Ewa Plain

Hoakalei Country Club is a private, members only club in Ewa Beach on Oahu, Hawaii.  The Ernie Els designed golf course measures 7400 yards from the tips--a monster challenge in the omnipresent winds of the Ewa Plain.  The course measures a much more playable 6650 yards from the "Players" tee, but still a challenge on windy days.   The course and club have been open a little over two years, but are still in infancy in terms of facilities and membership.  The downside of this is that there is no driving range, the clubhouse is a tent, and the golf course is surrounded by construction.  The upside is, of course, that due to the extremely low membership, ...
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Turtle Bay Palmer--the best on Oahu for a reason

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Pros: excellent green and fairway conditions, challenging layout, beautiful North Shore setting

Cons: somewhat remote, expensive, crowded, slow, windy

The Palmer course at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu is the best golf on Oahu.  That first sentence has so much information in it to describe this place.  It's a Palmer design, so you know it is challenging but fair and fun.  It's at the Turtle Bay Resort--one of the best in Hawaii--so the course and facility conditions are excellent.  It's on the North Shore of Oahu, where the surf legends come to play every winter, so the setting is beautiful and the location is near the best that Oahu has to offer.   Now, for the course.  The par-72 course is 7200/74.5/143 from the back, and 6800/72.5/140 from the regular men's tee.  The course...
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The Experience at Koele: mountain golf a few miles from the beach

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Pros: Four Seasons luxury, dramatic elevation changes, great greens

Cons: Expensive and remote, fairways can get nasty during the rainy season

The Greg Norman designed Experience at Koele is located at the mountain Lodge at the Four Seasons, Lanai.  This is the sister resort to the Four Seasons Manele Bay beach resort.  If you're considering traveling to Lanai, please also see my review of the Challenge at Manele Bay.   The Experience could not be more different from the Challenge at Manele Bay in terms of layout and environment, and it's mountainous terrain, northern California forest feel, and fall-like weather really make this course a unique golf Experience in the Hawaiian islands.  I rate this course very, very well, but I slightly prefer the Challenge due to the superior fairway and bunker...
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Jaw-dropping beauty and outstanding golf--the best of Hawaii

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Pros: It's a Nicklaus course at a Four Seasons resort in Hawaii--what else needs to be said?

Cons: Expensive, secluded on a remote island (which is not really a con if you're in Lanai)

The Jack Nicklaus designed Challenge at Manele Bay, located at the Four Seasons Resort on Lanai, is the kind of golf course that leaves you grinning like a six year-old at Christmas for the entire day after you play it.  With ocean views on 16 holes, ocean frontage on several of those, immaculate playing conditions (for Hawaii), and a challenging but fair Nicklaus layout, this course is my favorite I've played in the state.  I have been lucky enough to play it five times, and I'm going back in the spring!!   I'd rate this course as 5-star in conditions, layout, service, and overall--but 5-star is perfection, and nothing is perfect.  It's a solid 4 3/4-stars, with...
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Kaneohe Klipper--a wedge-player's paradise with the most ocean frontage on Oahu

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Pros: Six holes touch the ocean; cheap; very fun course

Cons: Must have military base access; tee times difficult to get

Kaneohe Klipper golf course might be the most fun round of golf you would play on Oahu, if you got the chance to play it.  It's simple, in good condition, and has six holes with ocean frontage--more than any course on Oahu.  Add that to the cheap price tag (I pay $25 to walk; civilian guests will pay about $35) and this is the course you'll be most anxious to play again.   Kaneohe Klipper, or "K-Bay" as it's known to us who play it frequently, is on the Marine Corps Base-Hawaii which sits on Kaneohe Bay on the Windward side of Oahu.  The golf-course property fronts North Beach, the only surf break on the Windward side.  Three of the holes (13-15)...
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Tight and tricky--a course to show off your skills

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Pros: Good winter conditions, great views, uncrowded

Cons: Very tight course; bring a few extra sleeves

Luana Hills is another jungle course on the Windward side of Oahu, frequently compared to Ko'olau (see my review of that course).  One word describes this course:  tight.   Luana Hills is nestled between the Ko'olau mountain range and Mount Olomana, a lush green mountain with three sharp pinnacles that is instantly recognizable from anywhere on the south Windward side of Oahu (and also happens to frame the view from my back porch).  Because it's protected on all sides by mountains, Luana Hills is one of the few Windward courses that enjoys relatively calm conditions.  Like Ko'olau, Luana Hills is laid out through the jungle which waits to...
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Jungle golf in Hawaii--a truly unique experience.

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Pros: Truly unique layout; beautiful views of mountains, jungle, and ocean; relatively uncrowded.

Cons: Always wet and usually muddy; difficult to unplayable for 15+ handicappers; bring extra balls.

Ko'olau golf club is billed as "monster jungle golf" on the Windward side of Oahu.  The course is cut out of dense jungle at the foot of the Ko'olau mountains, a lush green volcanic range which juts like a serrated knife blade 3000 feet straight up into the air.  With a mix of mountain and ocean views, and the jungle surrounding every hole, it is truly one of the most unique golf experiences you'll have.  This course is a few miles from my house and I play it frequently.   Ko'olau Golf Club was once billed as the toughest course in America, though locals say that the course has been significantly scaled back in recent years.  On the card the course is 7310...
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