Luxury Golf Gear
The hottest names in drivers, accessories, and more
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!
There is nothing like a little quality accessorizing to boost your confidence and smarten up your golf game, I always say. So, here are a few trinkets that will make you look impressive!
The folks at Ferrari didn’t stop at expensive red sports cars and expensive red golf drivers. They also manufacture an entire line of golf clothing and accessories in a bunch of different colors. How about a golf bag made from the same Poltrona Frau leather used in their Ferrari GT cars? It can be yours for a mere $2,800. Or perhaps some full grain leather golf shoes, handcrafted in Italy and embossed on the heel with the Ferrari Prancing Horse logo. You’ll need about $600 in booty if you want to walk off wearing these booties...
Okay, so you bought the Ferrari Driver, but you still can’t quite commit to the car. No problema! You can just continue on the “Easing in to Italy” plan with the Penwick F5 luxury golf cart. This little red terror is unofficially modeled after the rare Ferrari Enzo car. There were only 400 Enzos built in total between the years 2002 and 2004 (only one was actually built in 2004 and it was donated to the Vatican).
The car has a top speed of 218 mph, and found the spotlight when it appeared in the 2003 movie Charlie’s Angels. Today the car commands an auction price of anywhere from $1.5 to $3 million. The Enzo, therefore is not covered on the “Easing in to Italy” plan. There is no easing in to the Enzo. The Penwick F5 on the other hand, with a top speed of 20 mph is 200 mph slower than the Enzo, and at $20,500 it costs about a hundred times less than it’s 12 cylinder predecessor.
Down the road somewhat from the Ferrari Factory in Maranello Italy, the Penwick F5 is manufactured in Springville Utah, along with several other golf cart models that look suspiciously familiar. Although buying a Penwick F5 will not grant you access to the Ferrari owners inner circle, it will most certainly turn a few heads.
Leaving Ferrari behind, but staying in Italy for the moment, how about a Louis Vuitton Leather golf bag for $13,000 as an amusing exercise in ostentation. Saddling your caddy with this Damier Diva at the next member/member will certainly guarantee you a first place finish for in-your-face intimidation. (Just remember, with a bag like this you can’t get away with cheap tipping!)
Moving on, the Dixon Fire is a multi-layer, eco friendly golf ball made out of recyclable material and designed for the professional golfer. But that won’t stop an amateur like me from dropping $75.00 on a dozen of them!
At $58,000 the Golf Hovercraft is the ultimate toy for the overindulgent. Powered by a 65 horsepower engine, the hovercraft rides on a cushion of air nine inches above the ground, allowing it to float across water hazards, sail over sand traps and blast though the deep rough at speeds of up to 45 mph. It can carry four passengers and two golf bags, and its fiberglass composite hull construction meets all US Coastguard standards of watercraft reliability.
I know, I know — I’m thinking the same thing — I just gotta have me one of those!
Alright, since I know it’s going to be a while before you can get out for a round on your local course, and because I’m sure that by now many of you have already gone online and ordered your new golf gear, it would not be right if I didn’t provide a couple of out of town course alternatives.
The Legend Golf and Safari Resort is situated within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg region of South Africa. Eighteen of the worlds top golf professionals each designed one of the holes on the Legend’s Signature course. The resort also boasts a hole known as The Extreme 19th which holds title as the longest par three in the world. The tee box is set high on a cliff and only accessible by helicopter, with the green sitting in a valley 1400 feet below.
If African Safari style golfing isn't for you, try La Jenny Golf course, located in Le Porge on the southwest coast of France, is the only naturist golf resort in the world. Total nudity is mandatory in many areas of the resort, and highly recommended everywhere else, including the golf course. So, if you get tired of the naked beach and don’t feel like swimming in the naked pool, you can skip on over to the naked golf course for a round of naked golf.
Here's hoping this winter weather clears up soon so golf lovers can get started on a new season!