Private Golf: Course Requirements
If it is true, as the golfing adage contends, that you "drive for show" (and "putt for dough"), then each of
the clubs pictured here presents the ideal combination off the tee, promising to
add not only yards to your game, but cachet to your bag. The Honma Beres MG712 4-Star driver ($1,700, www.honmagolf.com) features a titanium-crowned head
that conforms to USGA standards yet, according to its Japanese manufacturer,
propels the ball farther than most nonconforming clubs do. The driver’s
performance owes more to its titanium and carbon-fiber construction than to the
24-karat-gold embellishments on the head and shaft…. Also from Japan—and also
accented with gold—is the Maruman
Majesty Prestigio ($2,500,
www.maruman.co.jp/english). Made with titanium that is only a few grades
below diamond strength, the club’s ultrathin face keeps head weight to a minimum
without sacrificing distance…. Porsche may be associated more with speed than
with distance, but the new Porsche
Design Reax 55 ($1,250, www.porsche-design.com) provides ample length off the tee. Styled by Porsche
and built by TaylorMade, the club features movable weight technology that can be
adjusted to your swing.
Fit to a Tee
In addition to gold-laced drivers, our top picks from the pro
shop range from a slope-seeking range finder to a sweater suitable for a
Shark. (Click image to enlarge)
While perhaps not as prestigious as the TaylorMade-built Porsche driver,
the Burner is every bit the performer, with a bullet-shaped head that helps
increase launch height and distance. ($360) www.taylormadegolf.com.
Louis Vuitton Golf Glove
lambskin glove includes a stretch-textile insert and a cowhide Louis Vuitton
patch. ($300) www.louisvuitton.com.
Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 Slope +/- Edition
Popular among tour pros, this range finder incorporates slope technology
to provide compensated distance based on the degree of incline or decline.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas
Made to the same standards as Louis Vuitton handbags, this canvas carrier
provides an ideal showcase for your clubs. ($8,250) www.louisvuitton.com.
Yamaha "The Drive" Golf
The Drive is available in seven different colors, with a gas or electric
engine, and with more than a dozen other options, including chrome wheel covers
and tinted windshields. (starting at $5,140) www.discoverthedrive.com.
Otabo Two Tone Embellished Cap
Toe Golf Shoe
This Cognac-colored ostrich and navy leather shoe is one of six
styles—each with more than 50 options for outer material and lining—available
from the Florida-based company. ($790) www.otabo.com.
Fairway & Greene Tropical
Trousers Made from Super 120 wool, these pants are light enough to be worn on the
course year-round. ($140) www.fairwayandgreene.com.
This limited-edition timepiece features an unobtrusive stainless steel
case that will not interfere with your swing. ($8,750) www.girard-perregaux.com.
Ultimate Greg Norman Wool
Sweater Part of Greg Norman’s Signature Series, this argyle sweater is machine
washable and antibacterial. ($120) www.shopatshark.com.
Fairway & Greene Nevis
Stripe Self Collar Lisle Shirt
This shirt owes its sheen to Fairway & Greene’s lisle
fabric, which the company produces from pima cotton. ($82) www.fairwayandgreene.com.
Mizuno/Bettinardi Blade, C-Series
Designed by putter manufacturer Bettinardi Golf, this blade-head model is
milled from a solid block of soft carbon steel. ($250) www.bettinardi.com.