Bayonet and Black Horse
While California’s Monterey Peninsula holds no shortage of tempting tees, the latest and greatest on the bend comes in the form of two renovated classics teeming with history. The Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses, named for the United States Army’s 7th infantry division and the 11th Calvary Regiment respectively, recently completed a $13 million renovation while retaining the charm and character instilled in the establishments. Bayonet first opened in 1954 while Black Horse came later in 1967. The courses are set to become part of what will likely be one of the last oceanfront luxury resort developments in the peninsula region (plans for a Fairmont hotel, luxury condos and ocean-view estate lots are currently in the works). www.bayonetblackhorse.com.
Eye of the Tiger
Set to begin construction in the early months of 2009, Punta Brava, located south of Ensenada, Mexico, is already slated as a must play for diehard golf devotees. That’s because Punta Brava, situated on a secluded Pacific peninsula, will serve as home to Tiger Woods’s first oceanfront course. In true Tiger fashion, intense shot values and dramatic features will highlight the venue’s already stellar scenery. Case in point, 17 tees or greens will entertain ocean-hugging locales and eight shots play over the ocean. Bring your scuba gear. www.puntabrava.com.
Miura, the makers of the world’s highest-quality forged irons, releases two new additions designed for 2009, but with 1957 in mind. Having begun his journey in club making back in 1957, Katsuhiro Miura, the company’s founder, introduces the “Series 1957” putter line which encompasses two styles; the KM 350 (a blade putter) and the MP 005 and 006 that offer the traditional lines of classic putter design. Following the same forging process as Miura irons, each putter promotes a truer roll by reducing skid after impact. $390. www.miuragolf.com.
Don’t let low temperatures infringe on your low score. When the weather turns less than favorable for golf conditions, combat the storm with the 2009 Hurricane Collection from Sunice. Featuring sleek, contemporary lines and the trusted impenetrability of the well-known Gore-Tex technology, the Alton Gore-Tex jacket ($375) and pants ($285) serve as dependable cover in any climate. www.sunice.com.
The Sip of Champions
Ever wonder what Annika Sorenstam drinks to unwind at the end of the day? In a few months time, it might very well be her namesake wine brand, Annika. Partnering with Livermore, Calif.-based Wente Vineyards, a family-owned winery, Sorenstam’s signature Syrah will make its debut this spring. $75 per bottle. www.wentevineyards.com.