Luxury Golf Gear
The hottest names in drivers, accessories, and more
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Snow piling up outside my window. School cancellation notices filling up my in-box. Temperatures dropping down to the low teens. Lips cracked and bleeding. Skin dry and peeling. Water pipes freezing. Fingers without feeling.
These are all unmistakable signs that golf season is just around the corner!
Ok, I realize it’s only February right now, and my enthusiasm for the upcoming golf season may be somewhat premature. But at this time of year, when we look outside and no longer see a winter wonderland, but rather wonder just how much longer will it be before winter ends, having something to look forward to can help keep our heads above the snow banks, and stop us from spiraling down into the polar vortex of depression.
Rather than attempt to write an exciting piece about the hottest new golf equipment from the biggest names in golf, that nobody can even use for the next three months, I thought I would instead explore the more esoteric, ultra-luxurious and unusual goods that the golf world has to offer.
It may not be the most realistic list of must-haves for every, or even any golf enthusiast, but decent enough, perhaps, as fodder for our golf fantasies, and fuel for a little enthusiasm to help power us through the winter doldrums. (And who knows, maybe a set of $75,000 irons is exactly what you need to finally fix that slice!)
The obvious place to start is with the big dogs, albeit, big dogs that come from not so obvious places.
If you are still on the fence about driving home that red Ferrari, why not ease into the whole Italian sports thing, by bringing home a red Ferrari driver. Designed and developed as a collaboration between Cobra Golf and Ferrari Engineering, the driver is made of a lightweight titanium alloy with a carbon fiber sole, and fitted with a Premium Fujikura Motore Speeder shaft. The club costs around $2,000. Oh, and for the folks who already have a Ferrari parked in the garage, the driver also comes in black, so why not buy two…
If the red Ferrari is a little flashy for your tastes, then you might prefer the more understated Maruman Majesty Prestigio Gold driver. Used by a number of Tour Pros, the Maruman features a Fullerene Titanium head, triple tungsten weighting system, and is also priced around $2,000. If you like the way the Maruman driver looks in your bag, you can surround it with a set of Prestigio Gold Irons for around $8,000 more…
Moving on from the extravagant to the outrageous, how about a set of Japanese manufacturer Honma's 5 Star Series golf clubs? The set consists of a full 14 clubs, each one of them made to order by over one hundred golf “artisans” with materials including Platinum and 24-karat gold. This particular set costs $75,000, which also includes a really nice golf bag, so at least you got that going for you. Not a set of clubs you would take out to dominate the the local par three muni certainly, but if you are ever invited to make up a foursome with Donald Trump, Jack Nicholson and Marc Anthony, then these are definitely the sticks to bring.
Williams Formula One Racing has also thrown its hat, and its racing technology into the luxury golf game, with the release of their Williams Sport Series of golf clubs. The aerodynamics and physics based design come courtesy of the Williams F1 racing engineers and the clubs are constructed using Densinet, which, apparently, is the second heaviest metal in the world, and used by Williams in their FW32 cars to bring them up to minimum race weight. The top of the line set will set you back about $50,000, but you’ll definitely be ready, set, go for the season!