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The other day I stumbled on an article entitled “18 things about Arnold Palmer.”  His wife penned the piece to let the world know what little it didn’t already know about The King.  The idea, I guess, was to give the world an idea of what kind of guy Arnold really is.

Me and my best friends.

Me and my best friends.

That got me to thinking.   Assuming I’m not around, what 18 things would give my kids an idea of what kind of guy I really was.   Well:

  1. I don’t like — and almost never drink — beer.
  2. I wear ties — usually bow ties — whenever the occasion even arguably warrants.  Reason: I think most people phone it in when it comes to their appearance, and I don’t want to be like that.
  3. I don’t care to spend my money on fancy, contemporary cuisine; I’m basically an anti-foodie.  Oh, and I don’t get the wine thing.
  4. I rarely drive faster than 65 mph.  And I try not to drive long distances at night.
  5. I believe in the death penalty.  I think death penalty executions should be frequent and televised.
  6. I’m hopeless on anything with wheels.
  7. Speaking of “hopeless,” I’m hopelessly addicted to Dr. Pepper.
  8. I’ve never drank and drove.  Ever.
  9. I don’t want a funeral.  Reason:  too many people would be too “busy” to make it.  I’d prefer not to be remembered as the guy who had the sparsely-attended funeral.
  10. I’m about as handy around the house as a frozen banana.
  11. I believe ghosts, bigfoots and magalodons all exist.
  12. I have many friends but I consider my kids to be my best friends.
  13. I prefer a night at home with my family to a night out — 99 nights out of 100.
  14. I used to be a big sports fan, but the only professional sports I follow now are football and golf.
  15. I love Scrabble and jigsaw puzzles.
  16. I haven’t written in cursive since I was a teen.
  17. I couldn’t care less about many popular entities — namely, March Madness, the Academy Awards and the NBA.  The Masters, on the other hand …
  18. I used to be a political junkie.  Now I care about politics about as much as I care about March Madness (read: not at all).

POSTSCRIPT: Turns out I’ve already done one of these

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It’s no secret to either of my readers — I’m a big fan of Seattle-based Alial Fital.  The almost three-year old company makes polo shirts and sundry other bits of apparel, all of which is manufactured in the US of A.   It outfits Bo Van Pelt on the PGA Tour.  I’ve blogged bundles on AF — most recently to suggest Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson look its way.

AF shirts, in particular, have caught my fancy, so much so that my collection is now close to two dozen.  When Santa Claus comes to the Jenkins household in a few months it will number 27.  And because I love lists, I thought it was about time to do my own AF top ten, all of which I own:

10. BVP Sunday Ardmore Polo.   “Ardmore” refers to Ardmore, PA, the site of the 2013 U.S. Open, which I attended … Van Pelt missed the cut at Merion, so this polo never saw the light of day on the Sunday that Justin Rose won his first major … Santa Claus picked this one up for me recently along with two others, one of which, the Dancepak Revolution polo, was my no. 11 … Goes into my closet with very little in the way of pink shirt competition.

BVP Ardmore Sunday polo

9. Chief Sealth Golf Polo.  Wore this one out to the 2012 Greenspan Cup Boys Day Out at Chambers Bay … Pics from that day speak for themselves — striking (the clothes, that is). Chief Sealth

8.  The Standard Golf Polo.  Classic AF … Picked this one up earlier this year within hours of its appearance on AFPolos.com … Looks great with dark blue or white, shorts or pants.

standard

7. Official BVP Jetsetter Long-Sleeve Polo.  The only long-sleever in my top 10 and one of only two I own … Probably wear it more than any other AF, almost exclusively off the course.

jetsetter

6. Rocco’s Polo.  A classic case of “how have I lived without THAT?” … A perfect summer shirt on or off the course … To my great surprise the rest of the world hasn’t felt that way, and it’s now on sale for $45.

Roccos Polo

5. Beau Nash Golf Polo.  A neutral piece that works well with stone, gray or black pants on or off the course … Like most of my AF favorites, it’s simple — the placket and collar match … Would probably have this one listed a bit higher but it’s made of a heavier poly blend that AF has since discontinued.

Beau Nash

4. Knight Away Golf Polo.  Picked this one up this summer soon after it showed up on the site … Wore it at the 2013 Sahalee Member-Guest … Very high on the “wow” factor … Thought it would fly off the site but it’s still there after three-plus months and is now on sale for $60 — shows what I know.

knight away golf polos

3. 2012 US Open Golf Polo.  This one flew off the Alial Fital site quick … Ended up buying a pre-worn one on Ebay … If we do an “America Day” on our next Europe trip, this one will get the call.

2012 US Open

2.  In the Hunt For Greatness Golf Polo.  If I could design a golf polo, this just might be it … Sort of a green version of the aforementioned 2012 US Open polo.

In the hunt for Greatness

1. Top of the Hill Polo. The perfect polo shirt on or off the course … Literally my favorite shirt — and if you’ve ever seen my closet, that’s really saying something.

blueplaidcollar1

AF releases roughly 5-6 new shirts every month and, although not every shirt is a home run, a good many of them are at least extra base hits.  Just a guess, but this list will look quite different in October 2014.

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With the 2012 PGA Tour season coming to an end, I thought it high time to do another “best dressed players on the PGA Tour” list. (My 2010 and all-time lists.) The list wasn’t particularly easy to compile: most players on Tour are sorely lacking in on-course style. In fact most of the household names on this “best-dressed” list display none of it whatsoever. A few guys, however, do:

1. Adam Scott. Always perfectly-tailored in Aquascutum and never seems to have an off-day.

2. Graeme McDowell. The 2010 U.S. Open champ’s Kartel line is some of the most stylish stuff out there (wish I could afford it) and his Open Championship script might have been Script of the Year on Tour.

3. Luke Donald. Like I said back in ’10, “(n)othing spectacular from the Polo guy, but he just has a certain je ne sais qua that most players don’t.”

4. Jonathan Byrd. Always stylish, I criticized him back in ’10 for his lack of pizazz. No longer a problem (see here).

5. Geoff Ogilvy. Mike McAllister at Chapeau Noir Golf said it better than I can.

6. Webb Simpson. Like Scott, never seems to have an off-day. Might be a bit higher but his very-preppy looks lacks a little in pzazz.

7. Ian Poulter. Has dropped a bit since ’10 because his ensembles never seem to change.

8. Bo Van Pelt. According to BVP, Alial Fital‘s Gibran Hamdan coordinates his outfits from head to toe. He’s doing a great job. BVP is one of maybe four guys on Tour (Scott, McDowell, Byrd) whose presence on the leaderboard will get me to tune in — just to see what they’re wearing.

9. Kyle Stanley. Not overly flashy, but his Dunning gear always looks perfect.

10. Ryan Moore. Don’t love his style, but at least he has it, and the best of Quagmire’s Arnie Wear line is some of the best stuff out there.

Honorable mention goes to Justin Rose (liking him in Ashworth apparel but the footwear could use work); Jesper Parnevik (would be a top fiver but not really “on Tour” anymore); and Ryo Ishikawa (non-stop pzazz would be in my top ten if he toned it down on occasion).

Dishonorable mention — well, just about everyone on this list. As one commenter noted, just wearing expensive clothes supplied by a sponsor does not make one “well dressed.”

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Hitting my second tee ball at Cruden Bay, my favorite course in the world.

Last year, in a post of interest to virtually no one other than me, I listed my twenty-five favorite courses in the world. (Check it out.)  Now that I’ve played thirteen courses in Scotland (a few photos), I’m updating it:

1. Cruden Bay (Cruden Bay, Scotland). If there’s a more fun course on the planet I’d love to know what it is.
2. North Berwick (West)(North Berwick, Scotland). Back nine is the most enjoyable nine holes I’ve ever played.
T3. Royal Dornoch (Dornoch, Scotland.). Other-worldly.
T3. Prestwick (Prestwick, Scotland.) Very eccentric and about as historic as it gets.
5. Muirfield (East Lothian, Scotland) Probably the strongest course I’ve ever played.
6. Turnberry (Ayshire, Scotland.) Has the beauty and course quality, but lacks Cruden Bay and North Berwick’s fun factor.
7. Bandon Dunes (Bandon, OR). Probably not as great as its Pacific Dunes sibling, but considerably more enjoyable.
8. St. Andrews (Old)(St. Andrews, Scotland.) Makes my top ten because it is the Old Course, but truth be told its true greatness escaped me.
9. Chambers Bay (Tacoma, WA). Too bad I can only afford to play it once a year max.
10. Los Angeles CC (North) (Los Angeles, CA). Only played LACC once (in 1993), but I remember it to be incredible.
11. Pacific Dunes (Bandon, OR). The best course I’d ever played until I went to Scotland.
12. Royal Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Scotland.) Not as memorable as many of the other Scottish courses, but I remember it enough to know it was outstanding.
13. Royal Oaks CC (Vancouver, WA). Put the Oaks near a major East Coast city and it’s a top 100 in the U.S. for sure.
14. Musashigaoka (near Tokyo, Japan). Click here to see pics of me, Sharkey and Norman there in ’04.
15. Victoria CC (Victoria, BC). Holes 7-10 are among the best stretch around.
16. Bandon Trails (Bandon, OR). Would be 4-5 places higher on this list but for the fun factor.
17. Old MacDonald (Bandon, OR). Top 100 in the world, I’m sure Old Mac will wear on me in the years ahead.
18. Predator Ridge (Predator)(Kelowna, BC). Oft-times host of the Canadian Skins Game, Predator would have a much greater reputation but for its location.
19. Kingsbarns (Kingsbarns, Scotland.) Would rank it higher but it lacks the intangible vibe required of Scottish courses.
20. Gold Mountain (Olympic) (Bremerton, WA). Has to be one of the top 25 muni’s in the country.
21. Lancaster CC (Lancaster, PA). Site of the 2015 Women’s U.S. Open, I last played here in 1994 with my buddy and LCC member Tom Ix. As traditional as layouts get.
22. Bandon Crossings (Bandon, OR). Underrated because of its distant cousins at Bandon Dunes, Crossings is a far better track than, say, Oregon’s nationally-acclaimed Crosswater.
23. Bear Mountain GC (Victoria, BC). Unwalkable, but tee to green with a cart BM is pretty solid. Seventeenth hole is one of the best risk-reward par fours I’ve played.
24. Suncadia (Prospector) (Roslyn, WA.) Site of my 5&4 win over Tim O’Brien in 2009, one of the best rounds I’ve ever played.
25. Mauna Kea (Kohala Coast, HI). As a nationally-renowned course this should be considerably higher on my list, but I just don’t remember it very well.

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My buddy Carl Hicks’ post on Facebook last night in re: his top ten favorite movies of all time has, of course, prompted me to make my own similar list. I did thirty — there are just too many good movies out there to cut the list off at ten.

Note that these are my favorite movies ever. I do not suggest that they are objectively the best movies ever — no doubt, for example, Gone With The Wind (not on my list) was a better work of filmmaking than, say, 28 Days Later (my number 14). Nor do I include movies like Ken Burns’s The Civil War or The War — while these were undoubtedly “movies,” they were never released at the box office and thus aren’t typically thought of as movies as much as they are documentary films.

That said, my list is as follows:

1. Schindler’s List (1993). IMHO the best movie ever made by a fair margin.
2. Inglorious Basterds (2009). True justice … could have watched it again and again.
3. Shawshank Redemption (1994). Probably in most peoples’ top 30 — and for good reason.
4. Midnight Express (1978). Best argument against smuggling drugs out of Turkey I’ve ever seen.
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998). Best opening scene in movie history.
6. Platoon (1986). I remember leaving the theater after I saw this one in 1986 and seroiusly wanting to kill someone.
7. Glory (1989). Denzell at his best.
8. The Reader (2008). Kate Winslet at her best.
9. Defiance (2008). You can see I like movies where the Nazis get their asses kicked.
10. Apocalypse Now (2009). Saw this with my grandparents in 1978; grandma walked out when the cow met an unceremonious ceremonial end.
11. The English Patient (1996). Elaine got it wrong on this one.
12. Downfall (2004). Bruno Ganz’s performance as Hitler was one of the best acting performances ever — and he didn’t even get nominated.
13. Full Metal Jacket (1987). The drill sargeant deserved better.
14. 28 Days Later (2002). I’ve probably seen this movie more than any other movie ever made. I have to be approaching twenty-eight times.
15. Unforegiven (1992). This probably should be higher on the list, but I haven’t seen it in a while.
16. Forrest Gump (1994). You either loved it or hated it. I loved it.
17. The Holiday (2006). If that’s what England’s like, why did The Beatles leave?
18. Love Actually (2003). As good as romantic comedies get.
19. Jaws (1975). Quint’s tale of the Indianapolis prompted me to read no fewer than three books on the subject.
20. The Sixth Sense (1999). Has anyone ever met anyone who didn’t like The Sixth Sense?
21. Mississippi Burning (1988). I guess I also like flicks where the bad guys end up hanging.
22. Passion of the Christ (2004). Caviezel should have won Best Actor for this — and Best Supporting Actor for Thin Red Line. But I digress.
23. Lost in Translation (2003). Approaching double-digit views of this one, I think.
24. Avatar (2009). One of those rare movies where I thought “man, I just saw something really exceptional.”
25. The Others (2001.) One of the best plot twists ever.
26. Amelie (2001). For feel good points this one’s off the charts.
27. Planet of the Apes (1968). “Get your dirty paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” Used that one with the ladies from time to time.
28. As Good As It Gets (2003). Jack Nicholson’s character is among the best ever. Of course, maybe it’s just Jack Nicholson.
29. A Few Good Men (1992). See what I said about As Good As It Gets.
30. Cloverfield (2008). I might be losing some credibility with this one (assuming I have any left after 28 Days Later), but I quite enjoyed it.

Honorable mention: Notting Hill (1999), First Blood (1982), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Silence of the Lambs (1991), Breakfast Club (1985), Something’s Gotta Give (1997), Swingers (1996), and Alien (1979). NOTE: 28 Weeks Later would have made my honorable mention list, but the last fifteen minutes are just too dark (like literally, too dark).

Up next: favorite TV shows.

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The Man in the Black Hat’s recent shot at an all-time best-dressed golfers list has me in the golf fashion mood. Actually I’ve been in it for a few weeks now (1I2I3I4)

10. Tiger Woods. Tough for me to put The Cheetah in the dime slot given that I have so many of his contempories listed ahead of him on my modern-day players list, put he gets big points for making it cool to wear shirts that fit … One of a handful of guys I’ll watch just to see what he’s wearing.

I actually own this shirt (circa 2004 or so) -- but mine's black.

9. Gary Player. With tight shirts to show off bulging biceps, the young Gary looked like a bolt stud … Did the all-black thing better than anyone … Lost points in later years with too many pleats and even more belts around the belly button.
8. Greg Norman. I was never a huge fan of his hats, but from the neck down he was the best-dressed player on Tour from the mid-eighties to -nineties … His Greg Norman Collection is among the best stuff out there today IMHO.

7. Jesper Parnevik. High points for cutting-edge style … When guys you’re currently playing against are emulating you (Ryan Moore), that’s a very good sign … Like fellow wild-hitter and not BFF Tiger, one of a handful of guys I’ll tune in to see just to see what they’re wearing. (Some examples.)

Jesper in a fedora -- my favorite look ever.

6. Darren Clarke. With apologies to Ian Poulter, who’s trying awfully hard, Clarke is the best-dressed European player ever.
5. Adam Scott. Gets the nod over Clarke as the highest-rated active player because his duds fit him slightly better than Clarkey, notwithstanding that the latter gets everything custom made.

Pretty sharp.

4. Payne Stewart. Iconic like no one since, he gets the edge over the likes of Scott and Clarke on pzzazz points.

Somehow I don't look nearly as sharp in my knickers ...

as Payne Stewart did in his.

3. Ben Hogan. Never had the pleasure of seeing him in action, but from what I see in pics and read in Mark Frost’s The Match, the Wee Ice Man was impeccably dressed.
2. Jimmy Demaret. Way before my time — I’ll defer to what Golf Digest had to say.
1. Walter Hagen. Again, I only know from pictures, but from what I can tell this guy was the Original Golfing Clotheshorse. (More.)

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I’m in the golf apparel mood right now. I’m buying it like the stores were closing (1I2I3) and I’m writing about it like I actually had readers — first the best-dressed players on the PGA Tour, then the worst, then a full-fledged How To guide just for Phil Mickelson. Today’s a rainy Monday and I don’t feel like paying bills or visiting the crumbling buildings of my empire. Thus I give my two readers my list of the best golf apparel brands of 2010.

A words on what I mean here. “Best” covers, in no particular order: quality; availability; innovation; design; brand; and price, with the last being first, second and maybe even third among equals. “Golf apparel” includes shirts, pants, sweaters, vests and hats — but not outwear and shoes. And I’m only focused on stuff for fellas. There’s lots of great gear out there for gals, but when the kids go to bed I’m not on the ‘net searching for great new skirts.

A word, too, on what it took to qualify for consideration on this, uh, elite list. The brand has to be fairly available in America. Thus, brands like Gabicci (Graeme McDowell) and Aquascutum (Adam Scott [more]) don’t qualify. And it has to have, at the very least, some focus on golf. Thus, Polo qualified for consideration but Burberry and Land’s End — both of which have great stuff that looks good on a golf course but have neither golf divisions nor golf-only lines — did not.

That all said, my top ten is as follows:

10. Dunning (of which I currently have one [1] piece). Nice stuff, but shirts are cut about a size too large and their standard poly fabric is way too heavy for summer wear … We did Dunning shirts for ’09 Greenspan and I’m confident not a single player reached for Dunning ever again … Reasonable price points … They just lost Zach Johnson, but word is they’re looking to become a broader-based lifestyle brand.
9. IJP Design (0). Ian Poulter’s trouser offering alone gets IJP on my list … Lacking a bit above the belt … Hat designer should be fired … High quality brings high price points to match.
8. Under Armour (2). Nice looking, reasonably priced stuff … Not the most exclusive of brands, but who cares? … Nothing earth-shattering in their golf stuff, but no big mistakes, either … The few UA golf shirts I have are among my favorites in a considerable collection.
7. Q’aja (0). London/Milan based, availability in U.S. is so limited that they arguably don’t even qualify for my list … Do custom stuff for Darren Clarke, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood, among others … Quality wise way at the top of the list, along with IJP and Peter Millar … Would be higher on my list if I lived in London.

Darren Clarke's Q'aja gear: I might have to add a piece to my bucket list.

6. iliac (1). New brand steeped in the trappings of tradition — sort of the golf equivalent of Polo by Ralph Lauren … Trouser offering is way up there in the marketplace (wish I could afford a pair of tartan plaid pants)… Aren’t going to make any money on volume right now, so whille the price points aren’t the worst on this list, they’re above my comfort zone … Oversized leather “i” shield doesn’t work well on the thinner cotton shirt sleeves … Not even a year out of the box and they’ve already landed Zach Johnson (late of Dunning) and David Duval (Nike), so unless they go completely sideways, ’11 is going to be a high-growth year.

iliac's signing of David Duval will make '11 a high-growth year.

5. Polo (1). The gold standard of preppy, country club golf … Virtually zero points for trendiness and innovation, and that oversized big pony logo has got to go.
4. Puma (5). A year ago Puma was nowhere in the American golf market. Now, there’s Rickie Fowler … High scores for trendiness and innovation, especially with their military caps, of which I own too many (pics: 1I2)… Lose a few points because much of their gear can only be worn by the under-40 set.

Rickie Fowler has single handedly launched Puma golf. Now if only he could fix his hats ...

3. Peter Millar (0). Head to toe, on and off the course, this may be the best clothing brand around … Nothing in the golf world eighteen months ago, PM now boasts no fewer than thirteen PGA Tour pros … If their Summar Comfort Mesh Classic Stripe polo isn’t the sharpest golf shirt on the market today, it’s damn close … Would be higher on this list but for its price points, which are too rich for my blood.
2. Greg Norman (2). The Greg Norman Collection is solid if not spectacular across the board with just enough double-thumbs-up pieces … Gets extra points for reasonable pricing, a function, no doubt, of volume … ’11’s collection, reportedly to be available at Macy’s, looks like it’ll be even better than ’10’s.

Greg Norman is near the top of his craft. Again.

1. Antigua (3). Close call here between Steve Stricker’s former apparel provider and the Great White Shark … Not a lot of home runs, but rock solid from top to bottom … Very reasonable prices put them ahead of higher-end, higher-quality brands like Peter Millar and Q’aja, which would be higher on my list if price wasn’t so important … The solid polo Antiguas we’ve had in Greenspans past are the most worn shirts any of us own … Underappreciated by clothies, no doubt, because of their lack of A-list Tour players, although Kevin Streelman and Billy Mayfair are solid reps … Could extend its lead by doing more in the innovation department … Longtime favorite at Greenspan Cup.

Notable but intentional ommissions:

  • Cutter & Buck (6). The Renton-based retailer has too many ugly colors and seems stuck somewhere around 2001. (Just picked up a bunch of it, however, at the factory giveaway.)
  • Nike (45-50 most pictured here). Its ’10 Tiger Collection stunk, and the rest of its golf wear is just too techie for me. Its ’11 stuff does look promising, however. (More.)
  • J. Lindeberg (0). Fine and good stuff if you have six percent body fat, but not a viable option for the rest of us. And those price points — yikes.
  • Adidas (0). I understand the need for the logo to be visible, but for Adidas the three stripes everywhere just overwhelms the clothes.
  • Ashworth (15). The Corey Pavin of golf brands: once at the top of the heap but couldn’t keep up with the new upstarts. (Not that I won’t buy it at the right price.)
  • Subjective? Yes. Open to debate? No doubt about it. Indeed, I can practically hear Jeff Benezra taking me to task for putting Puma and Polo ahead of IJP Design.

    No worries. That’s what friends — and lists — are for.

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