Holderness & Bourne 2017 Fairway Collection Apparel Review

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With classic styling and a modern fit, the Holderness & Bourne 2017 collection allows you to perform at your best while looking sharp on or off the course.

Introduction

It’s been just over a year since we brought a new brand, Holderness & Bourne, to the attention of PIG readers.  In 2016, Holderness & Bourne offered three shirt designs in their Fairway Collection, and those same styles have been freshened up for 2017.  Two additional shirt styles have been added, and the collection was expanded to include sweaters, vests and belts.  All the styles are designed to be “perfectly appropriate from the 1st tee to the 19th hole and beyond.”

Performance

One of the changes for 2017 is the addition of ‘stretch’ to the shirt fabrics.  Knowing stretch isn’t a legitimate term for a fiber material, I put on a full investigational assault and learned its true identity – spandex.   Spandex gave the 92% polyester Sutton (Juno) and 94% cotton Herron (Monterery & White) shirts actual stretch, which was great for accommodating golf movements.  Just like the Maxwell last year, the Sutton performed admirably at moving perspiration from my body.  Although it doesn’t dry as quickly in high humidity conditions, the Herron’s interlock knit is lightweight and airy and feels oh so nice against your skin.

The Robbins vest is destined to become my go to layer when temperatures drop this fall.  The blend of cotton and performance fibers provides stretch and breathability for your core, accompanied by complete freedom in the arms.

Style & Fit

All the pieces in the Holderness & Bourne 2017 Fairway Collection have a classic style with a modern fit.  No screaming graphics or bicep bursting sleeves, just a clean, tailored style.  The modern, athletic fit hasn’t changed, and you can feel safe ordering your typical size – a medium for me.  Also note that small and medium sizes are a slimmer cut, but larger sizes “offer a more accommodative fit”.  Sleeves start right on top of your shoulder and just cover your bicep.  The shirt tails are long enough to stay tucked in but not so long that you can’t go untucked.

A key feature of the style of the Holderness & Bourne shirts is the structured collars.  Much like the popular styling of modern dress shirts, these golf shirts have pointed spread collars.  Those crisp points are maintained by sewn-in collar stays.  Adding to the luxurious style of the shirts, the buttons are made of genuine natural trocas shell.  Button placement has been well thought out with three on the performance shirts and two on the cotton.

The fit of the Robbins vest is tailored to stay out of the way of your swing.  The polished chrome zipper with laser engraved pull is a very distinctive detail.  You’ll have to try one on for yourself to fully appreciate the comfort, but for me it feels like my favorite old sweatshirt.

Conclusion

The expanded range of the Holderness & Bourne 2017 Fairway Collection offers up shirts in new colorways and stripe patterns while adding complimenting outerwear to help complete your wardrobe.  The Maxwell shirt from last year has been a favorite for on and off the course, and I have no doubt that these new pieces are going to be vying for preferential standing.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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