By ED TRAVIS
Many of us play year-round but in parts of our state this means being prepared for cool if not downright cold temperatures and staying dry when California sunshine becomes the liquid variety.
Cold and rain can be a tough combination to endure but Tour players know that layering is the secret to staying warm when the temperature is cold as well as fighting off excessive moisture should that be your misfortune.
Here are some ideas from top golf apparel and footwear makers worth looking at to resolve that warm and dry desire.
A.Putnam Santosa Ladies Crew
A modern take on the classic crew features a princess-seamed neckline, slightly dropped back tail, and tulip detailing on each sleeve making it a multi-function piece and a staple for any wardrobe. The fabric is 53% polyester, 39% Modal with 8% Spandex and an Eco-Elite Teflon coating so it’s moisture wicking, water resistant and breathable. Four choices Silver Birch, Cream Debossed Crane, Black, Periwinkle $145 each. https://aputnam.com/products/santosa-crew-holiday
Duca Del Cosma Fancesca Winter Golf Shoe
A women’s golf shoe specifically for cold weather…what a great idea! Duca Del Cosma’s Francesca golf boot is designed for hot rounds when the temperature isn’t. Made from high quality Italian Nappa leather with faux fur cuff they are warm, waterproof, and breathable with a spikeless outsole that provides traction in most any weather condition whether walking or swinging. $259 a pair Navy or Dark Brown.. https://ducadelcosma.us/products/francesca-navy-women-winter-golf-shoes
Kaenon Avalon Sunglasses
These frames made of flexible TR-90 material, are perfect for all day wear on or off the course. At just 29 grams they are lightweight and come in either matte or gloss finish plus Kaenon’s SR-01 Polarized lens are great for combating glare from the winter sun. Wearers also will like the corrosion resistant hinges and the hypoallergenic nose pads. Designed in California Avalon offers nine color frames at $125 a pair. https://kaenon.com/products/avalon-polarized-sunglasses?variant=40199182745713
Linksoul Driver Quarter Zip Men’s Jacket
Linksoul created this chilly-morning pullover jacket from their popular Driver Hoodie fabric and by leaving off the hood and kangaroo pocket it becomes a practical golf jacket plus its good-looking and stylish. Polyester (91%) and environmentally friending Tencel (9%) means it’s easy to care for and the ribbed cuffs and bottom hem mean a comfortable fit. Several colors are available for the Driver Quarter Zip at $130 each. https://linksoul.com/collections/mens-sweaters
OluKai’s Wai‘alae Men’s Golf Shoe
This wonderful looking golf shoe is made from waterproof full grain leather that’s stain resistant and the Wai‘alae’s construction will keep its shape round after round. Traction was given every consideration with the spikeless pattern sole offering stability and grip in most any turf condition. The footbed is contoured and cushioned to deliver all day comfort plus it is removable and washable. Four color choices at $160 per pair. https://olukai.com/collections/waialae-mens-golf-shoes
Swing Control Houndstooth Pointe Women’s Pants
Chilly days call for a full-length pair of pants and the slim fit Houndstooth Point from Swing Control are a great choice. They have lots of attractive features such as an elasticized waist with a bit of built-in tummy control and especially handy on the course, discrete pockets–two angled on the side and two back welt pockets. The flexible material is stretchable for comfort and breathable as well. Price per pair $138.
Vessel x Melin Coronado Hydro Hat
Vessel has partnered with headwear maker Melin to make a performance hat for wear at the beach or on the course and anywhere in between. The lining is breathable, moisture wicking and antimicrobial plus the Coranado Hydro floats. The fit is shallower and the crushable front panel with flap allows for a more relaxed look. Quality features include an easy-to-use snapback closure and besom pocket. Four colors $75 each. https://vesselgolf.com/products/vessel-x-melin-coronado-hydro-hat