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As golfers far and wide are preparing for the excitement of 2014's first Major at Augusta, Georgia, IJP Design is launching 'The Azalea Jacket' limited edition putter cover. The first in the 2014 series of four limited edition putter covers, this cover has been specially designed to mark one of golf's most legendary places, Augusta.
Akin to the brand new IJP Design Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which launched in February this putter head cover, along with the rest in the series, represents Ian Poulter's iconic style with striking designs and eye-catching colours. The cover embodies the natural splendour of Augusta, which comes alive in the spring with colour from hundreds of different Azaleas. Just 500 limited edition putter heads have been produced, including blade and mallet styles.
The limited edition cover will include an IJP Design ball marker and its own protective, lined tote bag, which can be used for holding spare golf balls, tees and other accessories. Golfers wishing to pre-order a limited edition cover can do so from April 2014 at £39.95 from www.ijpdesign.com for delivery in time for the tournament.
Siobhan Kos, E-Commerce Manager from IJP Design, said, "The Azaleas at Augusta are iconic and this cover encapsulates the striking colours of not only the flowers but also the characteristic bold colours and style that are synonymous with Ian. Last year's series was incredibly popular and we hope to replicate the success in 2014 by giving golfers the opportunity to express their individuality with a flash of colour and striking design in their golf bags."
The luxury lotion maker Lotil has launched another new product that is, in my opinion, an essential addition to every golfer's post-round clubhouse changing bag.
It's an amazing foot cream that has a rich and hydrating formula, which incorporates Rosemary extract, a highly effective natural anti-oxidant that both softens and moisturises the skin. The addition of Aloe Vera helps soothe dry cracked, skin - perfect for soothing those aching, tired feet post round.
The Lotil foot cream costs just £5.49 and can be bought from independent pharmacies.
Abacus Sportswear, the Swedish technical golf clothing brand, has introduced a new windwear range for ladies called 'Glade'.
The Glade range comprises two-tone combinations, fusing classic outerwear design with a sporty style. The garments are all windproof and water repellent and feature abacus's patented WindVent technology, designed to keep you protected against wind and cool air, while allowing the inner environment of the garment to remain at a comfortable temperature.
The Glade Jacket is highly breathable and water repellent, resisting light rain and staining, as well as extremely lightweight, allowing the jacket to be packed into a small pocket-sized bag.
The Glade Reversible Vest (pictured, priced at £69.99) even has a reversible polka dot lining.
Both are available in sizes XS-XXL and available in a choice of colours - Lipstick, Lemonade, Blue Iris, Emerald or Black.
Visit www.abacussportswear.com for more information.
The Grove, London's Country Estate and one of Europe's finest golfing destinations, has launched a number of great value Stay & Play packages, making it easier than ever for golf lovers to enjoy its luxurious surroundings.
Avid golfers can secure a one night bed and breakfast stay and one round of golf, with complementary use of buggies until 17th April, from only £160pp based on two sharing.
Those looking to find respite from the relentless pace of city life with a leisurely retreat in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside can discover The Grove Experience by making their booking at www.thegrove.co.uk
Situated only 18 miles from Central London, minutes from Heathrow Airport and in close proximity to Exit 19 of the M25, The Grove's location is the envy of many and it has positioned itself as the capital's leading venue for world-class golf.
With an emphasis on outstanding service and hospitality, benefiting from sumptuous surroundings, boasting a golfing layout of widespread critical acclaim and being the only English venue to have hosted a World Golf Championships event, The Grove is a resort unlike any other.
Such is the quality of the resort's championship course, which is set in 300 acres of stunning Hertfordshire countryside, golfers enjoy peak playing conditions and full greens all year round, despite many other courses in the region falling foul of winter conditions.
Kyle Phillips' distinguished design follows a majestic route through rolling landscape and combines the great traditions of British golf course architecture with a careful consideration of modern game strategies. Quite simply, the world-renowned course designer's creation is beyond compare.
The Grove's lovingly-restored five-star hotel, the former ancestral home of the Earls of Clarendon, overlooks a magnificent estate, which is also home to a wealth of first-rate facilities, with the Dave Pelz Golf School, full-length driving range, recently improved short game area and putting green offering the ideal opportunity for a pre-round warm-up.
Despite its position as one of England's most exclusive venues for golf, there are absolutely no restrictions on visitors taking advantage of The Grove's peerless service and opulent hospitality. Those seeking a round of golf that is as exciting as it is unforgettable are more than welcome to while away the hours against the charming Home County backdrop, and return on as many occasions as their heart desires.
Further encouragement to visit The Grove is currently being offered in the provision of a special Winter Warmer rate, which represents incredible value and extends until April 5, 2014. Entitling golfers to a breakfast bap with tea or coffee on arrival, full use of the practice facilities and 18 holes on the championship course, followed by lunch in The Stables Bar for only £105pp, there is no better time to discover The Grove Experience.
Information on golf bookings and the array of first-class facilities at The Grove can be found at www.thegrove.co.uk
Yes, I know what you are thinking, golf in the Oman, really? It certainly wouldn't be a destination I would ever associate with great golf courses but it's recently been brought to my attention and I have to say the look of the courses in this little-known part of the world for golf is exceptional.
Golfers can stay in the luxurious Chedi Muscat hotel ( www.ghmhotels.com/en/chedi-muscat-oman ), which has partnered with two internationally renowned golf courses located within 15 minutes drive - the Almouj Golf (www.almoujgolf.com) and Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club (www.muscathillsgolf.com) - to offer exclusive packages to guests of The Chedi Muscat.
Pioneered by Greg Norman, winner of two Open Championships, this 18 hole, par 72 championship course at Almouj Golf has been created in such a way that it can be played by all levels of golfers.
Guests of The Chedi Muscat may indulge in all-inclusive two-night golf
package offering two rounds of golf on the Almouj Golf course as well as two exclusive Balinese spa treatments at The Chedi Muscat's 800 square-metre Spa - the largest spa in the country.
This package starts from £607 and is available until 23 November 2014.
The Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club is the first grass golf course to ever be built in Oman. Designed by internationally-acclaimed golf course designer Paul Thomas the 18 hole, par 72 course has been created naturally by wadis, also known as dry river beds, that run parallel to a number of holes.
Guests may now enjoy a two-night golf package, featuring two rounds of golf followed by two spa treatments at The Chedi Muscat Spa. This package starts from £874 and is available until 23 December 2014.
To make a reservation for either of the Chedi Muscat's golf packages please contact: The Chedi Muscat at +968 2452 4400 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org . Or for more information, please visit http://www.chedimuscat.com
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