Turtle Creek Apparel Review

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For comfort with style that stands out, you can’t beat a pair of Pink Turtles; the latest release of lively golf shorts by Turtle Creek Apparel, complimented by their black super-soft cotton polo shirt.

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Introduction

With Australian roots, Turtle Creek Apparel is not widely known to golfers outside the land down under, but company president Aaron Ferguson is working on changing that with creative designs, quality materials, and styles that work equally well off the course.  Talking to Aaron on the phone can be a treat, with “hello mate” and lively conversation full of enthusiasm for the brand.  Turns out that Aaron has a twin brother who caddied for Seve Ballesteros in the 1998 Masters.

To add a little zip to the line up, Aaron teamed up with Loudmouth Golf to produce Turtle Creek’s distinctive shorts.  In keeping with the branding, the first release in 2014 was fittingly named Shell Shocked.  John Daly wore a pair at the RBC Heritage that year.  Last year saw Patriotic Turtles, and this year brought the Pink Turtles.

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Performance

The Turtle Creek polo shirts are 100% cotton jersey and breath well.  The fabric weight is sturdy and very, very comfortable against your skin.  Movement is unrestricted.  For moderate temperatures, this is a great golf shirt.  When the heat and humidity creep up, performance just can’t compare to engineered fabrics.  That said, after a sweaty day on the course, I haven’t found anything better to slip on after a shower than these polos.

The shorts are 97% cotton and 3% spandex providing breathable comfort with a touch of flexibility.  I really like the shorts’ fabric weight, as they feel solid without being bulky.  Front pockets are a good depth to keep your tees and coins secure.  Although the left rear pocket has a button for security, the right pocket does not – a nice design touch for (mostly right handed) golfers that like to slide in gloves and scorecards unencumbered.

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Style & Fit

I find the style of the polo shirt classic, with clean lines and pointed collar.  Having the distinctive embroidered logo on the back is a nice touch.  The cut is what I would describe as ‘normal’- not European-tight and not saggy.  Sleeves start at the shoulder and cover the bicep.  The bottom of the shirt ends uniformly and is the perfect length to stay tucked in yet allow it to be worn untucked with a pair of jeans away from the course.

When it comes to the Turtle Creek shorts, the style is smart with a tailored look, but the prints may not be for everyone.  But for those special occasions when you want to stand out from the field, the Turtles are perfect.  The fit of the shorts is outstanding and I found the sizing to be right on point.  Inseam is 11″ which puts them right above the knee.

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Conclusion

In the crowded world of golf apparel, Turtle Creek has found a way to stand out.  Offering super soft polos and exciting shorts that work equally well together or on their own plays well for the consumer.  The Turtle Creek website states:  “Like a fine wine, this polo also gets better with age!” and I have to agree.

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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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