Golf News – April 11, 2024

Toulon Golf Announces Latest Small Batch Release — Carbonetti Meadow Club

VISTA, CA – Toulon Golf, the maker of the most exquisite milled putters in the world, today officially announces our latest Small Batch putter — the Carbonetti Meadow Club.

The Club, The Course, and The Tree.
A little more than 100 years ago, famed golf course architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie stepped on the Bon Tempe Meadow just north of San Francisco to create his first golf course in America — a tucked away gem known as Meadow Club. Dr. MacKenzie would famously go on to design other masterpieces including Augusta National and Cypress Point.

But Meadow Club is where it all began. The golf course opened ten years prior to the Golden Gate Bridge, which meant to reach Meadow Club all those years ago required a ferry ride followed by a journey on horseback. Over 100 years ago a special type of tree — a madrone — had sprouted on the southwest slopes of a hill just adjacent to what would become Meadow Club’s fourth tee. The madrone is a unique tree. It grows only along the coastal areas of Northern California and Oregon. Its wood is extremely hard, with a beautiful reddish grain. It is almost impossible to transplant. It was prized by the coastal Native Americans for its berries, and by many species of birds as their preferred nesting place.

This special tree was deemed an environmental hazard in late 2022. When we heard the tree would need to be removed, we were saddened at the loss but intrigued on how it could be memorialized. Meadow Club is particularly special to our family, as both Tony and Joe Toulon played many rounds there while playing on the University of San Francisco Golf Team. It is at Meadow Club that the two learned about Dr. MacKenzie and forged a love for golf course design.

Through a special friendship between Tony and his close friend, master luthier and musician Jimmy Carbonetti, we began working with the Club to acquire the fallen madrone. If successful, the plan would be to ship the wood to New York and Jimmy would begin to work his craft — fashioning the madrone not only into handmade works of art that would become the putter’s sole plate, but also into a guitar from the same tree.

With that as the goal, Jimmy and Tony set off to Meadow Club to meet with the club. A few days later, with the help of the club and the membership, the tree was on its way to the mill.

Hours were spent fabricating the wood and finishing the madrone to its final shape. The madrone that stood for a century at Dr. MacKenzie’s first golf course in North America will live in perpetuity in the sole plates of the Small Batch Carbonetti Meadow Club, and in the guitar handcrafted by Jimmy.

The Putter
The putter head was designed by Sean and Tony Toulon — inspired by some of the mallet shaped putters that Dr. MacKenzie used; he very famously believed that if a hole was designed properly it could be played with only a putter. This ear shaped mallet design features a sweeping front to back shoulder design that creates a generous cavity — making the Meadow Club putter exceedingly playable. The gentle and elegant flowing neck literally melts into the slightly rounded top line. The topline features a unique alignment aid — the famous stylized logo from the club itself.

The head is slow milled and then individually hand polished using 904L Stainless Steel. Once complete,
we apply a deep and lustrous Black PVD to create the Piano Black finish.

The face pattern is a Super Fine Double Fly with Big Tuna mill pattern — designed to create a satisfying click at impact – and yielding a feel that is incredibly pure. The joy of great feel is something we strive to create in every putter we design, and this creation delivers in spades. To complete the face milling process we added an artistic touch with a very fine overmill to create the special face pattern.

But the real star of the show is the sole plate, hand made by Jimmy Carbonetti. The master luthier-turned-obsessed golfer has made guitars for dozens of famous guitarists. This is his third collaboration with us and our most ambitious project yet.

Madrone is a wonderful hardwood to work with and with Jimmy’s handiwork will be not just a mantelpiece, but a highly functional putter as well. It is our hope that these putters find their way to greens all over the world.

We couldn’t be more excited to present the Small Batch Carbonetti Meadow Club creation the week of the Masters. It is a celebration of Dr. MacKenzie’s genius, the creation of a legendary golf course and the passion of our company, Jimmy Carbonetti and the membership of the Meadow Club.

Small Batch Carbonetti Meadow Club — a joyous collaboration bringing together a
group of people connected through a shared love of the game.

Visit Toulon Golf HERE

Matt Fitzpatrick Set to Reveal Skechers GO GOLF Blade SE for the Masters Tournament

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA – Golf pro and Skechers’ brand ambassador, Matt Fitzpatrick will debut his new Skechers GO GOLF BLADE SE at the 2024 Masters tournament on April 11 in Augusta, GA. Fitzpatrick has worn a few special golf shoes from Skechers at some of the PGA Tour’s most prestigious tournaments, but this will be the first time that his special edition footwear will be available at retail! Matt will also wear an assortment of Skechers golf apparel during Masters week with select styles available for purchase on skechers.com.

Regarded as one of golf’s most storied bodies of water, the Skechers GO GOLF Blade SE takes inspiration from the natural beauty of Rae’s Creek – part of the famous stretch of holes that often determines who will become the Masters winner. Iridescent detailing, coupled with frosty green and blue colorways give nod to the creek and its perfectly manicured landscape. White midsoles also sit atop a golf-specific outsole made with translucent TPU, and, if you look closely, the sock liner and outsole are designed with a custom graphic made from a topographical map of the intersection of Rae’s Creek and Augusta National.

Inspired Elements: Iridescent overlay, Skechers Performance “S” and “SKX” logos on sidewalls of the upper, Frosty green and blue detailing, Metallic heel overlay, Insole and Skechers Diamond traction plate featuring a custom graphic made from topographical map of Rae’s Creek and Augusta National.

Skechers Go Golf Blade™ Key Design Innovations:

Bringing the heat to the golf course in 2024 is the Skechers GO GOLF Blade – Slip-ins® worn by tour pro, Matt Fitzpatrick. Designed with Skechers Hands Free Slip-ins® technology and our exclusive Heel Pillow™, this waterproof golf shoe offers comfort, support, and stability all while holding our foot securely into place. Additional key features include a lightweight and resilient ECOFLIGHT™ cushioning made with at least 10% recycled materials, a GRIPFLEX spikeless TPU outsole providing superior traction and stability, and high-performance Resamax® cushioning for all-day comfort.

Visit Sketchers Golf HERE

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