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Golfer’s Treats Kingdom samples luxury gifts for the spring season

WH I S KE Y S H AV I N G KIT Some might say a tipple before an early morning meeting isn’t great advice but this shaving kit can have you looking sharp as well as adding a touch of rustic elegance to your morning routine. Handcrafted from reclaimed whiskey barrel wood, the stand, brush and razor handle combines the classic style and elegance of wet shaving with modern blade technology. The shave brush is crafted of pure badger bristle, relied on for hundreds of years for its ability to soak up water, lather and transfer softly to your face. Razor accepts easy-to-find Mach 3 blades and the brush handle can be personalized with initials, for a proprietary touch.  heritage-handcrafted.com

G LE N M O R A N G I E CO M PA NTA In 2012 we recommended the Artein, last year we praised the Eelanta, both are sold out and have become highly collectable. This year the clever folks at Glenmorangie launched their 5th private edition named Companta, Scots Gaelic for friendship. The whisky is rich and full bodied but carries a luscious, luxurious berry-like flavor that comes from Glenmorangie’s master distiller, Dr. Bill Lumsden finishing the whisky in French casks from the renowned Clos de Tart and Rasteau vineyards. The marriage of Scotch and French is a Jacobean alliance that even this English writer can appreciate.  glenmorangie.com

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CH R I STI A N M ACLEO D A world of luxury, elegance and innovation, Christian MacLeod presents unique and inimitable leather accessories that capture the extraordinary iconic signature vision. With timeless strength, Christian MacLeod belts are presented in SETH, BRYA and CZAJA leathers with the brilliantly embellished CM initials. Every belt resonates with a rare aesthetic showcasing exceptional finishes of intricate detail and refined quality, for the ultimate in timeless luxury. Visit the world of Christian MacLeod.  christianmacleod.com

G R E E N G LO RY This is a unique volume among the many works that have been published about golf and the courses upon which the game is played. Featured here are the game’s preeminent battlefields, where the best players are tested against the wiles of both nature and the foremost course designers. Through the paintings of artist Linda Hartough and the photographic images of Patrick Drickey (whose glorious photos are often used in Kingdom), the reader is taken on a visual tour of venues forever linked to the names of athletes, past and present, whose skills have been tested in golf’s supreme events. Green Glory is a “must-have” for players and fans everywhere, particularly as a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to support the work of The First Tee.  stonehousegolf.com

R X PUT TE RS BY V E R ITA S When the RX Putter line debuted at this year’s PGA Merchandise show, it was swiftly declared the “Belle of the Ball,” being named by PGA.com among the best new products. Since then, it’s been put in the hands of pros and amateurs alike—to great success. Co-invented by former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, who made his living on the course as a great putter and off the course as a great innovator, the RX1 and RX2 are completely customizable and have enormous sweet spots. Personalize the lie angle, the weighting and even shaft length with just the turn of a few screws. A cure for putting woes, we say try them for yourselves and join the RX revolution.  cureputters.com

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STITCH G O LF Founded in 2012 by sportswear designer Steve Pena and PGA professional Charlie Burgwyn, Stitch Golf has swiftly become a preferred supplier of highquality golf accessories to more than 600 country clubs and resorts across the United States. Stitch products are also available internationally, and are especially popular in Japan, Korea, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Canada. All Stitch Golf products— predominantly head covers and shoe bags—are made by hand in North Carolina using the finest leather and detailed, state-of-the-art construction techniques.  stitchgolf.com

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C A LL AWAY SU N G L A SS ES

The new Big Bertha Driver from Callaway Golf is so revolutionary, it deserves to carry the most legendary name in golf. It’s faster to swing and more robust, and benefits from Callaway Golf’s new adjustable perimeter weighting for maximum distance from a total performance driver. This new club has already found its way into the bag of multi-Major champion Gary Player. And when it comes to propelling the ball from the tee with to-die-for hang time, what’s good enough for the Black Knight should be good enough for most of us.  callawaygolf.com/big-bertha

The Callaway Tour Series features Transitions Adaptive Lenses, high-grade Magnesium/Aluminum alloy frames and spring-hinge temples. Using technology specifically designed for golfers and other sports enthusiasts, the popular photochromic lenses adjust automatically to the slightest changes in light conditions to provide optimum clarity and depth perception. The lightweight carbon-fiber frame is ultra strong and crafted in a sophisticated aviator design. Its woven texture and spring-hinge temple pieces ensure a secure, comfortable, non-slip fit.  callawayfootwear.com

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KITCH E N A I D B LE N D E R The KitchenAid Diamond Blender, with its exclusive diamond blending system, provides the ultimate blending performance to stir, chop, mix, puree and liquefy. With Pulse 1-5 settings that give you plenty of speed and power options, there is also a crush ice mode. A robust motor, unique one-piece, BPA-free diamond pitcher, stainless steel blades and electronic controls combine to create a powerful vortex that is fast and thorough for exceptional blending results. Additionally, Intelli-Speed Motor Control senses contents and maintains optimal speed to power through all ingredients.  kitchenaid.com

H E N CKE L S B O B KR A M E R KN I V ES Akin to judging a book by its cover, from looks alone it is difficult to distinguish between a high-quality chef’s knife and a poor one because the essential characteristics are revealed only in regular use. Founded in Germany in 1731, and with offices in New York since 1883, Zwilling J.A. Henckels though is one of the sharper and more reliable names in the kitchen utensils business. Specialists in stainless steel, the company produces a wide range of highly functional scissors, gadgets and metallic cookware.  zwilling.com

B I G G R E E N EG G The authentic and the best, widely acclaimed as the original Americandesigned ceramic cooker, the Big Green Egg is derived from an ancient clay cooking device known as a “kamado”. Originally a clay vessel with a lid, today’s EGG is a modern ceramic marvel known for producing simply better culinary results. Easy to use and incredibly versatile, the egg can cook practically everything as its easily adjusted cooking temperatures range from ultra-high heat searing to low-and-slow smoking. A permanent porcelain glaze ensures the signature green will neither fade nor discolor under any outdoor conditions. Comes in a variety of sizes. Get cooking!  biggreenegg.com

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C A S I N O G O LD H RS CI GA RS From the baccarat salons of Monte Carlo, to the high stakes poker rooms of Las Vegas, to the back alley dice games of Chinatown— Casino Gold HRS Cigars are the ultimate compliment to a high-risk, high-reward, always-on-the-go lifestyle. Blended by Nestor Plasencia Sr. & Jr. in Honduras, using five distinct highquality variations of carefully grown tobacco, Casino Gold HRS Cigars are a medium bodied, flavorful smoke that can be enjoyed anywhere at any time. Whether you are in a casino, or just pretending to be, you will feel like a true High Roller when smoking a Casino Gold HRS. Designed for players.  royalgoldcigars.com

OYSTE R PE R PETUA L YACHT- M A STE R I I Introduced in 2013, this wonderfully engineered timekeeping instrument is dedicated to yachting regattas. A chronograph, the Yacht-Master II features a unique function: a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory that responds ideally to skippers’ needs for precise timing. The rotatable Ring Command bezel, a patented interface for setting the watch, enables simple access to the sophisticated watch functions. A pure example of Rolex expertise in terms of precision, functions and reliability, the new Yacht-Master II in steel is the benchmark for all those with a passion for sailing.  rolex.com

6 OZ RO U N D CO N C AV E BACK PEW TE R FL A S K This flask is the sign of an anglophile who loves his sport. Handcrafted in pewter, the flask has an engraved cap and Purdey touch marks on the face. Created using the best of British craftsmanship, the piece forms part of an excellent collection of accessories that mark the quintessential English gunmaker’s bicentenary. The CC hallmark represents those 200 years in Roman numerals, while the concave back is designed to fit neatly against the body—helpful on a shooting weekend, particularly when filled with fine Glenmorangie.  purdey.com

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ET TI N G E R LUXU RY LE ATH E R G O O DS Established in 1934 by the current CEO’s father, Gerry Ettinger, the luxury leather goods company celebrates its 8oth anniversary this year. Gerry originally worked as a film producer in Italy and Germany, during which time he was fortunate enough to work with Marlene Dietrich. He moved on from the glamour of film to create a range of luxury gifts and leather goods which have become renowned throughout the world for their quality, innovation and design distinction. When you learn that it takes a minimum of five years to fully train an Ettinger craftsperson then you know that you don’t ever have to worry about quality.  ettinger.co.uk

A LTE R A SO CKS — B E YO N D WO O L M A XWE LL SCOT T BAGS The Maxwell Scott Farini is a luxurious luggage piece that works equally well for long-haul flights or weekend trips. Made from quality vegetable-tanned leather and handcrafted in Italy, this elegant bag is backed with a lifetime guarantee. The Farini is available in chestnut tan, dark chocolate and black, and comes with sufficent storage space for a doctor on call and a zipped compartment to organise anybody’s paraphernalia. Classic with a modern twist, the holdall features a buckle to the front and an attachable shoulder strap if you want a more relaxed look.  maxwellscottbags.com

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Whether you are lining up a difficult putt on a cold day in the highlands or teeing off in the desert heat, Altera always has your back—or rather your feet. Their golf socks, made of high performance alpaca fleece grown in the USA, offer exceptional comfort for up to 5 days. Alpaca fleece, a renewable resource, has a smooth exterior that is as soft as silk but also a hollow core that wicks moisture, resulting in up to 30% greater insulation than Merino wool in either hot or cold conditions. Naturally antimicrobial, the socks are boosted with Altera’s Silver Infusion process meaning you just need to remove and invert each morning. Then, when your tour or game is over, caring for your Altera socks is easy, they are machine washable and dryer safe. Kingdom, and this writer’s wife, approve!  alteraalpaca.com

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