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Men's Outfit Inspiration - September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:43:40 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Outfit Of the Week - 092017


If this look were any cooler, it'd be frozen! This awesome ensemble, courtesy of Oakley Golf, has all the right layers, whether you're playing a quick fall round or heading out for the night. This look is anchored by the awesome woven button up Shred Shirt, which is complimented by the 2018 Prime Pullover and Oakley Take 2.5 Pants.  We've thrown in a few extras from Travis Mathew (belt and hat) and FootJoy (shoes) to pull the whole thing together.


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-  Oakley Woven Shred Button Up Shirt

-  Oakley Prime 1/4 Zip Pullover

-  Oakley Take 2.5 Pants

-  Travis Mathew Cuater Staple Reversible Belt

-  FootJoy Pro SL Shoe

-  Travis Mathew Hawthorne Fitted Cap

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Posted in Just for Fun Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Men's Outfit Inspiration - 090817

Friday, September 8, 2017 10:56:22 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Outfit Of the Week - 090817


You may not be able to play like multiple major winner, Jordan Spieth, just by getting yourseft a new jacket, but you'll definitely feel like a total rock star.  This fall look from Under Armour has everything you need to dominate the golf course or a casual Sunday with the fam.  From the awesome Tips Daytona Pullover, which is just the right weight for cooler fall temps to the Under Armour Tempo Hybrid Shoes, you'll look and feel like a guy who knows exactly what he's doing.


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-  Under Armour Tips Daytona 1/4 Zip Pullover

-  Under Armour Match Play Grey Pant

-  Under Armour Elevated Heather Polo

-  Under Armour Tempo Hybrid Spikeless Shoe

-  Under Armour Men's Zone Adjustable Hat

-  Cuater by Travis Mathew Vision Belt

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Posted in Just for Fun Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Womens Outfit Inspiration - August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:57:41 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Adidas Golf Womens Outfit Inspiration


This women's fall look from Adidas Golf was designed from head to toe with comfort in mind.  From the stretch fall-weight pants to the stunning padded jacket with stretch panels and sleeves, you will be ready to rock any golf course or fall event.  Everything in this ensemble is awesome, but the jacket is the real star here with climawarm fill to keep you warm and a breathable fabrication to keep you comfortable, you can literally wear this jacket anywhere this fall.


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-  Adidas Womens Climaheat Puffer Jacket

-  Adidas Womens Ultimate Adistar Heathered Ankle Pant

-  Adidas Womens Microdot Short Sleeve Polo

-  Adidas Womens Tech Response Golf Shoe

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Mens Outfit Inspiration - August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:45:38 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Adidas Golf Outfit Inspiration


Get ready for fall with this awesome ensemble from Adidas Golf.  The core of this outfit is obviously the awesome jacket, which is the perfect weight as we transition into cooler fall temps.  The style is casual enough that this jacket can easily be worn on and off the course while the Ultimate Pants from Adidas are fast becoming a staple in many offices.  


Shop this look from the links below or find a location near you and pick up any of these great pieces today.


-  Adidas Hybrid Heather Jacket

-  Adidas Ultimate 365 3-Stripes Mid Grey Pant

-  Adidas Powerband BOA Golf Shoe

-  Adidas Mens Webbing Belt

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20 Ways to Play Better Golf Now

Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:55:25 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

20 Ways to Play Better Golf Now

Golf is one of those fickle games that mirrors life in an almost uncanny way.  Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, you snaphook your drive into a pond and have to take a drop.  Sometimes you bounce back and recover from those shots and other times it seems like your golf game is on some sort of death spiral and you’re just clinging on for dear life. 


The good news is that there are a few things you can do to turn your game around.  We’ve put together a list of some of the best ways you can play better golf right now.


1. Take a Lesson

Probably the most conventional advice on this list.  If you’re playing crappy golf, a reasonable reaction is to actually talk to someone who helps golfers play better for a living.  Most golf courses have pros on staff that can help you work through the kinks in your game and many offer clinics if you are more into a group setting.  Whatever you choose, go into the lesson with an open mind and be willing to try some new things that may help you get out of your head and see better results on the course.

Golf Lesson


2. Fix Your Grip

The way you grip the golf club is one of those fundamentals that cannot be overlooked.  That’s why it’s so surprising that so many golfers have a really poor grip.  What happens when your grip is off is that your body overcompensates throughout the swing in ways that you probably didn’t intend.  Essentially, if your grip is off, your whole swing is going to suffer.  Here’s a great article from Golf Digest about how to fix your swing by the weekend.  It’s a good place to start if you feel like you need to get back to the basics.


3. Visualize the Shot

Although it can be a bit cheesy, visualizing your desired outcome has been an integral part of sports psychology for decades now.  If you’re in a golf rut, try taking a moment before each shot to picture where you want the ball to go.  See yourself taking the best swing possible and approach the ball with confidence.  You may be surprised by how often the picture in your head starts to match your real results.


4. Play a Par 3 Course

For many golfers, Par 3 Courses are overlooked unless you’ve brought the kids along or are looking for a really quick round over lunch.  However, a local Executive Golf Course can be the ideal place to work out the kinks in your game.  Many of the issues that come up for golfers occur in the short game and a Par 3 Course allows you to focus on chipping and putting without the stress of trying to keep your driver online.


5. Focus on the present

Here’s another little mental tip for you – don’t stress about your last shot and don’t worry about the next hole.  Focus on the shot you are hitting in the moment.  There is only so much that you can control out on the golf course, but how you play each and every individual shot is the one thing that is always in your power.  Concentrate on what you can control in the moment and you’ll likely see much better results.


6. Hit the Range With Purpose

It may be surprising to learn that most pros don’t recommend hitting balls at the range every day.  Most pros will tell you that just hitting balls, while relaxing, probably isn’t going to actually improve your game.  What will help is heading to the range with some specific goals and drills.  When you go to the practice range, put together a plan and work through a series of drills that will help you reach your goal of playing better golf.  If you take a lesson, your pro can help you with some drill ideas, or check out USGolfTV.com for a great video series with drills and exercises for better golf.


7. Get Yourself a New Outfit

For golfers who don’t really care what they wear, getting some new duds may sound like a ridiculous idea, but you’d be surprised what a new shirt and a new pair of shoes can do for your golf game.  When you find an outfit that you feel confident in, that confidence can easily translate to a better golf game.  Because when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you play great golf.

New Golf Outfit


8. Invest in Some New Equipment

If you haven’t upgraded your golf clubs in a few years, some new sticks are probably worth at least a look.  Technology changes and what the newest driver or irons can do is a lot different than what clubs could do 5-10 years ago.  Most golf retailers will be able to custom fit you for the right clubs and if they have the right technology, you can compare your old clubs with the new equipment head on.

New Golf Clubs


9. Change Your Scenery

It’s a great feeling when you find a local course or club that you love.  However, if you’ve been playing the same track all year, it may be time for a change.  Grab some buddies and head out of town for a weekend golf trip or just check out one of the local golf courses that you haven’t tried before.  Some new scenery could be just what your game needs to get back on track.


10. Change Your Group

If you’re like most golfers, you probably play with the same group of regulars at the same course and you all shoot about the same no matter the conditions.  Why not invite some new folks to hit the golf course with you?  If possible, try and find golfers that are slightly better than you.  Watching golfers who play consistently well will likely give you some ideas about how to improve.  At the very least, their quality play might rub off on you, which is a good thing.

Fun Golf Group


11. Put Away the Driver

The feel of bombing a long drive straight down the fairway is like nothing else.  It’s one of the best feelings in golf and for many, one of the best feelings in life.  Unfortunately the driver is also what kills a lot of promising golf games.  If you’re struggling with keeping your drives in the fairway, just take it out of your bag for a few rounds.  Hit a 3 Wood or even a hybrid to make sure that you’ll have a playable second shot.  A long drive is great, but it does you no good if you hit it out of bounds every other shot.


12. Putt, Putt, Putt!!

Putting is the one area of the game that if you can improve, will have the most dramatic impact on your score.  Around 40% of the strokes you take on the course occur with your putter and this is where a little practice can go a long way.  While every green is different, you can easily work on your ability to read the break and practice your speed.  Show up a little early before your next round and instead of hitting the range, spend 10-15 minutes getting a feel for your putter.  You’ll be amazed at what a little extra practice time can do for your game.


13. Change Your Attitude, Grumpy

A lot of golfers get really down on themselves when they are playing poorly.  They start getting frustrated and annoyed and pretty soon they are yelling after every shot and throwing clubs in the lake.  Honestly, I get it.  We’ve all been there, but getting down on yourself for a few bad shots does absolutely no good.  Remember Tip #5 and focus on the shot at hand.


Think about Jordan Spieth at the 2017 British Open.  Leading the tournament, he hit the absolute worst drive of his life and ended up behind some equipment trucks.  He knew that he was probably going to lose the lead no matter what he did next and I’m sure it would have been very easy to get angry at that point.  Jordan’s caddy then reminded him of a picture he took that included Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps and other sports greats.  He told him, “ You belong in that group.”  Jordan then finished his round in one of the most inspiring displays in the history of golf.


14. Play Boring Golf

There is nothing more inspiring than watching Phil Mickelson stick a shot within 3 feet from a forest 40 yards offline.  You may even think you can do some of what Phil does.  Thoughts like, “If I can just lob it 70 yards above that massive pine tree,” or “if I can set this up for a draw around that pond” may be fun to think about, but for most golfers, the results you want aren’t realistic.


If you really want to improve your golf score, stick to the boring side of golf.  Chip out into the fairway instead of aggressively trying to cut off the obstacles.  Nine times out of ten, you’re going to see better results.


15. Learn How to Pick the Right Club

Most golfers know their distances pretty well if they’ve been playing for a few years.  They can pick the right club with confidence most of the time.  However, that’s definitely not the case with all golfers and your club selection on the course can have a dramatic impact on how well you play.  If you’re never quite sure which club to use for which shot, head to the range and do some testing. 


Even better, if you have access to a launch monitor or simulator, you’ll be able to document the distances for every club in your bag so that you can pick the right club every time.


16. Use Mother Nature to Your Advantage

Golf is an outdoor sport, which means you’re always going to have to factor Mother Nature into your decision making process.  Wind obviously has the biggest impact on your game and good golfers know that instead of fighting against the wind, they need to play with it.  Think about how strong the wind is and the direction it’s moving before each shot.  That will help you choose the right club and the right setup for each shot.

Windy Golf Course


17. Make it a Competition

Nothing inspires greatness like the thrill of a good competition.  For many golfers, playing in a tournament or putting some stakes on a normally casual match can elevate you out of a playing rut and bring out results that are better than normal.  Competition engages us on a level that lets our adrenaline pump and helps us focus on what we need to do to succeed.  There’s no guarantee that the competitive spirit will get you up to PGA pro status, but it will definitely challenge you in a way that can dramatically improve your score.


18. Trust Your Gut

When you’re in a rut and are playing crappy golf, it can be easy to start second guessing everything.  Your go-to club feels jinxed, and shots you normally wouldn’t think twice about taking now have you rethinking every angle.  At times like these, it’s best to take a step back and just go with your gut instinct.  Don’t overthink what you’re trying to accomplish – just hit the ball.


19. Relax

This may be the best advice on this whole list and it’s probably something that your buddies have already told you.  If you want to play better golf, just relax.  Chill out and stop stressing about your last crappy shot.  Have a beer and stop keeping score for awhile.  Your swing will come back around eventually and you’ll be a lot happier if you stop sweating about how well you’re not playing.


20. Go Out and Play

What this whole list boils down to is that if you want to play better golf, you need to just get out there and play.  All the training aids and lessons in the world are no substitute for just getting out on the course and playing a round.  Stay relaxed, keep your confidence and focus on the shot you’re hitting and you’ll probably see improvements pretty quickly.

Golf Group



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What We're Loving This February

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:21:00 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Stuff We Love 2017

To many, the definitions of love and family are almost interchangeable.  When you work in a family business, there are days where this is definitely true but to be perfectly frank, there are also days where we can’t seem to agree on anything.  In that respect, a family business is just like any other except for the fact that we probably yell a little louder and give each other a little more crap and at the end of the day, we all get together for a big family dinner and play board games.


At Austad’s, we are a true third generation family business with Dave Austad at the helm, Ryan Austad steering the strategic vision for our retail stores and Sara Austad overseeing the website and marketing.  Most days are a lot of fun and with our distinct opinions on everything from the product mix to the beverages in the fridge, it’s always interesting.  Here’s your chance to get to know the Austad family a little better.  This is what Dave, Ryan and Sara are loving right now:


What Dave is Loving Right Now:

Dave enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.  He also loves Lord of the Rings, 80’s soft rock and the Minnesota Vikings.  He is a trivia and game nut and is always a bit sad after getting the smack laid on him by his kids.  Dave is a 15 handicapper on the course, but has been known to string together up to 7 pars in a row.  Here are a few other things Dave is loving right now:

Dave Austad Loves 0217

1. Ping G Driver   2. Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal Irons   3. FootJoy Hyperflex II Golf Shoe   4. Bag Boy Chiller Cart Bag   5. Sun Mountain Speed Cart GT   6. Ogio Layover Suitcase   7. 2Undr Swing Shift Boxer Briefs   8. Golf Club Wine Rack   9. Mazuma Golf Game


What Ryan is Loving Right Now:

Ryan Austad really enjoys taking long walks on the beach and talking about feelings while cuddling kittens.  He also likes drinking a Fernson beer while watching the Huskers dominate the Big 10.  He quotes Portlandia regularly and loves serenading his children on guitar.  Ryan is a 9 handicapper and relishes beating his dad on the course regularly.  Here are a few other things Ryan is loving right now:

Ryan Austad Product Loves

1. Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver   2. Cobra King F7 One Length Irons   3. Adidas Crossknit Boost Golf Shoe   4. Callaway Mack Daddy Forged Wedges   5. Travis Mathew Brown Fitted Cap   6. Ogio Stinger Stand Bag   7. Vintage Golf Club Bottle Opener   8. Under Armour Velocity Sunglasses   9. Hot Shot Slam Dunk Putting Cup


What Sara is Loving Right Now:

Sara loves many things but her biggest passions include hardcore MMA cage fighting and death metal.  Actually, that may not be 100% accurate.  Sara really loves beating the boys at fantasy football, watching Murder She Wrote reruns and singing really loud in the car.  She also enjoys any food that she can eat with her hands and playing board games.  Here are a few other things that Sara is loving at the moment:

Sara Austad Product Loves

1. Cobra Women’s King F7 Driver   2. Cobra Women’s King F7 Combo Irons   3. Callaway 2017 Hyper-Lite 3 Stand Bag   4. Bag Boy C3 Compact Push Cart   5. Oakley Women’s Feedback Sunglasses   6. Adidas Women’s Climacool Knit Golf Shoe   7. Pom Pom Headcover   8. Golo Dice Game   9. Live Laugh Golf Sign


Whatever you're digging right now, we're sure it's awesome.  You can find all these great items and more at any one of our nine retail locations or shop online at Austads.com anytime.



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A Golfer's New Year's Resolutions

Monday, January 2, 2017 10:35:11 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

A Golfer's New Years Resolutions



The advent of a new year brings with it the idea of a fresh start.  It’s a time where we can step back and reevaluate what we’ve accomplished and also the perfect time to set some goals for upcoming days.  At Austad’s, we’re pretty much all golfers (some much better than others) so we thought we’d put together our own list of golf resolutions for 2018.


1. Play More Golf – I don’t care who you are, unless you’re a golf pro, you probably don’t play as much golf as you’d like.  This year, we resolve to make more time for golf.  We resolve to take a few hours to sneak in a quick nine or grab our buddies and play hooky on a Wednesday afternoon.  We will play more golf in 2018.


2. Walk more – If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, reducing your waistline by a few inches is probably one of your top New Year’s Resolutions.  Good news – you burn over 700 calories when you walk just nine holes.  Make walking the golf course a regular part of your routine and you’ll easily be able to cross two resolutions off your list this year.


3. Get Custom Fit – If you’ve never been custom fit for golf clubs, make 2018 your year.  Golf clubs with the right length, flex, lie and grip size can make a dramatic difference in the quality of golf you play.  The certified fitting pros at any Austad’s Golf location can help you determine exactly what you need to play better golf and enjoy your time on the golf course a little more.


4. Play a New Course – Most golfers have some kind of a golf course bucket list of courses they want to play.  Make 2017 the year that you play one of those courses you’ve been dreaming about.  And if it’s not the year to play one of the big courses, go play a round at a local course you’ve never tried.  One of the reasons golf is so fun is that every golf course offers something different.  Spice up your golf game and give something new a try this year!


5. Focus Less on the Score – While most golfers resolve to break 80 or 90 or whatever the next level, we’re setting our eyes on something different this year.  In 2018, we resolve to focus less on the score and more on just playing the game.  We resolve to throw the scorecard out every now and then and just enjoy the feel of swinging a golf club.  Life offers more than enough stress and playing golf should be one of the things that helps you relax and have a little fun.


Whatever your goals are for 2018, we wish you the best of luck on your journey.  Remember that golf should be fun – if we all resolve to take ourselves a little less seriously, golf could actually be the thing that brings you some joy.  If you are interested in custom fitting, the team at Austad’s Golf can help you find the specs and clubs that will take your game to the next level.   Find out more about our custom golf club fitting process and why Austad's is a Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter for 2018.



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105 Hilarious Ways to Personalize Your Golf Balls

Monday, October 31, 2016 1:06:57 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

105 Ways to Personalize Golf Balls


Whether you're buying them as a gift for your favorite golf buddy or ordering a dozen for yourself, personalized golf balls are the ultimate way to own the golf course.  With most personalized golf balls you get 3 lines and up to 17 characters per line to show the world your personality.  Many golfers opt for something simple and straightforward like a name or nickname, however, here at Austad's, we like to be a bit more creative and have come up with a list of 105 hilarious ways to personalize your golf balls.  Feel free to use any or all of these when you place your order!


1. If found, please return to David B Austad
2. Come on son
3, This is not your ball
4. This ball is broken. Left where found.
5. Don’t touch my balls
6. This ball will explode in 3…2…1
7. It's in the hole
8. Lost my Balls when I got married
9. Return to sender.
10. #Winning
11. NaNaNaNaNa
12. I’m 80.  What’s your excuse?
13. I’m not lost, I’m hiding from Ryan.
14. No one can resist my Schweddy Balls.
15. Return to Joe in the bar for a FREE DRINK.
16. Pick it up.
17. Show me the money.
18. You’re lost too!
19. Fore!!
20. Dave Austad lost this golf ball.
21. Playing through!
22. Noonan
23. My wife has the other one
24. Dustin hit this beauty
25. NOT a Cinderella story
26. MIA
27. AWOL
28. Just find a hole
29. Only John Smith’s wife can touch his balls
30. Yeah, it really went that far.
31. This ball paid for with other golfers’ money.
33. My kids’ inheritance spent well
34. I’m not lost…I’m on a recon mission.
35. Take me to your leader!
36. Birdie maker, money taker.
37. In Soviet Russia, ball hits you!
38. I hit it too pure.
39. Give me an 8
40. You hit it here too?!
41. Find the Fairway
42. Bad Motherf$#!er
43. I'm free let me be.
44. If found return to your momma
45. FORE wasn't enough strokes
46. Return to pro shop for a free round of golf
47. Where's the beer cart
48. Did anyone get the number of that driver that hit me?
49. Obviously you suck too if your over here.
50. Free golf ball compliments of Dave Austad
51. I once was lost but now I’m found.
52. I like big putts and I cannot lie.
53. Eric hit this ball to far…now it’s yours.
54. Help!  I can’t swim!
55. May the course be with you.
56. Oops…another shank!
57. Be the ball.
58. I said Tees, not TREES.
59. Mulligan…And again, and again and again.
60. I see a lot of horticulture in your future.
61. Go ahead, make my day.
62. W A S H M E
63. Just broke 70.  That’s a lot of clubs.
64. Can you help me find the fairway?
65. Like my dimples?
66. I didn’t want this ball anyway – you can have it.
67. That’s how I roll.
68. This ball belongs to (un)lucky Joe.
69. I’m too good for my home.
70. Gambling is illegal at Bushwood, sir.  And I NEVER slice.
71. Left for dead.
72. Will you treat me better than my previous owner?
73. Oh yeah…FORE!
74. My balls are dimpled.
75. Mulligan?
76. Birdie Hunter
77. Call 605-555-5555 for a free lesson!
78. This was my “practice shot”
79. If you’re going to play with my balls, you should at least buy me a beer first!
80. Yours is 30 yards back.
81. Please drop in hole.
82. World’s Greatest Duffer
83. World’s Greatest Sandbagger
84. Look out trees…here I come!
85. My balls stink!
86. Dear Mr. Cheapo – find your own ball!
87. You have one ball.  Now you know how Lance Armstrong feels.
88. Does this Pro V1 look like your Pink Flying Lady?
89. Hazard Magnet
90. #YOLO
91. Swing Hard
92. Hiding from Mrs. Titleist
93. Buy balls…Lose balls…Circle of Golf.
94. SUCK IT!!!!!!
95. I love to PAR-TEE!
96. One under today! 1 under a bush.
97. Smile!  Remember you paid to do this.
98. Who’s your caddy?
99. Nice shot.  You’re still away.
100. Show me the money!
101. Early to bed, early to rise.  Golf all day and make up lies.
102. The golf gods are always watching.
103. Please let my ball R.I.P.
104. OB is the place to be!
105. Hello friend


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25 Things That Should Be On Every Golfer’s Bucket List

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:40:09 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Golfer's Bucket List



You may or may not have seen that moderately awful movie, “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.  Even if you haven’t seen it, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a bucket list.  As golfers, there are infinite numbers of goals and acheivements that we can add to a bucket list, but we thought it would be fun to put together a golfing bucket list for the ordinary man.  These are 25 things that every golfer should do at some point:


1. Play Some Night Golf

While some golfers may frown on night golf or look at it as a bit of a joke, night golf can be seriously fun.  It adds a whole new dimension to the game and makes you look at the golf course from new angles.  Plus when you’re wearing a headlamp and hitting a glow in the dark ball, there’s virtually no way that you and your buddies aren’t going to have fun.


2. “Hire” a Caddy for a round

Caddies don’t have to be just for pros and the country club elite.  Grab a buddy who knows the game well and have him or her carry your bag, help you line up putts and mark off distance.  You may find that getting a second opinion helps you play better, and at the very least, you’ll gain a little insight into the caddy/pro relationship.


3. Play a round with old school clubs

In a lot of attics and garages are beautiful old clubs just gathering dust.  Why not take them out on the course and see how you fare with some antique persimmon woods and blade irons.  If anything, the antiques will probably give you a new appreciation for how far golf club technology has come.


4. Party at the Waste Management Open

From the outside, the Waste Management Open down in Phoenix looks about as far away from a traditional golf atmosphere as you can get.  It’s loud, it’s raucous and it is an all-out party on the golf course.  This makes a great golfer’s bucket list addition because who wouldn’t want to attend golf’s biggest party?


5. Sneak onto your local country club

Alright, so this might be pushing it, but if you aren’t a country club member, why not sneak out some night and play a few holes?  We’re definitely not advocating breaking and entering here and the worst that’ll probably happen is that they tell you to get lost.  But the excitement of playing golf somewhere exclusive will be something that you’ll likely remember for a long time.


6. Go on a pilgrimage to Scotland

This is one golf bucket list item that may be a little out of reach for some people since overseas travel is expensive, but if you really love the game and appreciate the history, you should absolutely travel to Scotland.  Visiting and maybe even playing at St. Andrews or Carnoustie or any number of the other fantastic golf courses from the birthplace of the game should certainly be a part of any golfer’s bucket list.


7. Build your own backyard golf hole

If you have the space, building your own backyard golf hole can be a fantastic way to play more golf without actually playing more golf.  Designs can run from the elaborate to the basic, but adding something to your home that allows you to play the game more is definitely a win. 

Pro Tip: If you don’t actually want to build a golf hole, grab some wiffle balls and create your own golf course around your front and back yards.  Set targets and par levels and compete with your family and friends.  You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have on your own golf course.


8. Hit golf balls at the Chelsea Pier

As a Midwesterner, I’ll admit that when someone suggested this, I kind of scoffed.  I mean, how cool could it actually be?  The answer is very cool.  There is just something completely unique about being in Manhattan and hitting balls out into the Hudson Bay from four stories up.  It’s definitely worth the trip and worth an addition to your golfing bucket list.


9. Play some Cross Country Golf

If you have never heard of cross country golf, let us enlighten you about one of the fastest growing trends in the sport.  Instead of playing the golf course in the traditional order of holes, you pick a point for the next hole (it can be any green on the course) and play to it in as few strokes as possible.  This means that you may be taking some really creative routes around the golf course and you’ll likely play from some angles and spots that never even crossed your mind.  It also means that you are creating an entirely new golf course from scratch when you play and that is very very cool.


10. Successfully execute a Happy Gilmore swing

I’m just going to assume that since you’re reading this list, you’re probably familiar with Happy Gilmore and his infamous swing.  Something that should be on every golfer’s bucket list is a perfect execution of the “wind up and smack it” Happy Gilmore swing.  Better yet, if you can make it into a contest with your buddies to see who can get the best result, you’ll really be having fun.


11. Engage in some competitive match play

If you really want to find out who you are as a golfer and as a person, give competitive match play a try.  Every hole presents a new opportunity to gain or lose ground and if you’re playing against a strong competitor, it’ll take all your focus and mettle to hold on until the end.


12. Play an intense putt putt match

While this one may not be for every golfer, putt putt or mini golf is the ultimate golfing game of the masses and you haven’t really lived until you’re trying to match your buddy’s hole in one through a windmill.  While most people have played mini golf before, this one gets really fun once you decide to take the competition up a notch.


13. Do a golfing marathon

Playing 54 holes in one day sounds like a dream for a lot of golfers and it definitely can be amazing.  When you play a lot of golf in a short amount of time, you’ll quickly find that your stress level and focus on individual hole scores quickly falls by the wayside.  With so many holes to play, you start to focus on this bigger picture, so marathon golf can be a great way to get out of your own head if you get obsessed with each stroke. To execute marathon golf correctly, you’re going to want to shoot for at least 54 holes in a day and make sure you hydrate!


14. Play in a real tournament

I’m not talking about some best ball scramble your co-worker signed you up for here.  Your golfing bucket list should definitely include playing in a real stroke or match play tournament.  Most clubs and cities host various tournaments throughout the year.  Do yourself a favor – sign up for one and do your best.


15. Play a top 100 course

There are so many fantastic golf courses in this world that it would be a shame to have gone through life not playing any of the best.  Some of the Top 100 Golf Courses will be virtually impossible for the average Joe to play (Augusta National), but others like Bandon Dunes, are refreshingly accessible and even affordable.  Do some research and find out what great courses are in your area and make it a point to get there and play.


16. Score a hole-in-one

This is one bucket list item that can elude even the best golfers in the world.  Alternatively, there are other people who have gotten multiple hole in one’s and you just want to say, “he man, share the wealth!”  There is no question – getting a hole in one is something that should be on every golfer’s bucket list.


17. Experience a Ryder Cup in person

The Ryder Cup is arguably the best event in all of golf and one of the best sporting events in the world.  Every other year, the best golfers from the United States and Europe come together to see which team can emerge victorious.  The Ryder Cup atmosphere is electric with fans from both side showing pride for their homeland and for their teams.  You also get to see normally staid and calm pro golfers exhibit a lot more personality and excitement.


18. Watch the Par-3 Contest at the Masters

The Par 3 Contest at the Masters occurs every year on the Wednesday before the Masters kicks off and it is bar-none one of the coolest events in golf.  Many golfers bring their kids and wives and they just have fun with it.  Plus, since it’s before the actual tournament begins, spectators can take photos, so you make actually get to take home some photographic proof of your experience. 


19. Shoot your age

Shooting your age obviously becomes substantially easier as you get older, but nonetheless it can and should be a goal for all golfers to do at some point.  If you’re on the south side of 40, you can always try shooting your age for 9 holes.


20. Break 80 (or 70 or 100 or whatever your stretch score is)

Most golfers have a score that always just seems a little out of reach.  This varies by golfer, but most feel that playing just one round in the 60’s or 70’s or 80’s or 90’s would be something to be proud of.  Whatever that score is for you, mark it down and put it on your bucket list and buy yourself a drink on the day that you actually break that score.


21. Play a round of golf in all 50 states

This is a golfing bucket list goal that will definitely take you awhile to achieve.  Playing a round of golf in all 50 states is something that not many people have done, however it’s something that is one of those “Ultimate Bucket List” challenges that everyone should shoot for.  After all, even if you don’t get all 50 states, you’ll have still played a lot of great golf in a lot of great places.


22. Play a high-stakes money match

While we definitely don’t advocate high-stakes gambling becoming a part of most people’s regular routine, standing over a 4-footer for par when you’ve got real cold, hard cash on the line will certainly challenge you in a new way.  And when we say “high-stakes”, know that the amount of money doesn’t have to be big to feel the pressure.  You may sweat it out over $20 while others may want to go for more big money bets.  Only do what is comfortable for you.


23. Play a round with only three clubs

Here’s a challenge for you: grab one wood, an iron and a putter and play a full round.  Having only three clubs at your disposal will force you to think creatively about golf course management and how you use your golf clubs.


24. Take a golf road trip with your buddies

A golfing road trip with friends is something that every golfer should do at least once in their lifetime.  Map out your route, book your tee times and get ready to have a great time with people you love.


25. Create and play your own Bucket List of golf courses

This list is intended to provide you with some inspiration for adding some fun and excitement into your golf game.  Why not put together your own list of golf courses you want to play and put together a plan to play them all.  Incorporate your friends and family and make it a yearly event.  After all, the whole point of playing golf is to have fun.  



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9 Awesomely Stylish Women's Golf Outerwear Pieces

Thursday, October 6, 2016 12:30:00 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

Women's Fall Golf Outerwear


Just because the weather is cool, that doesn't mean you can't look hot on the course!  Women's golf apparel style has evolved a lot over the years and there are so many stylish options that are jam packed with technology to keep you warm and dry.  On top of that there are serious rain suits and gloves that are essential if you play fall golf and don't mind a little wind and rain.  Here are 9 awesome pieces of women's outerwear to help you look good and play great golf this fall:


Adidas Women's Rangewear Jacket

adidas Women's Rangewear Full Zip Black Jacket

If you're going to play golf in the fall, you're going to need a few great layering pieces.  This women's Rangewear jacket from Adidas is the perfect addition to your golf bag, yoga bag or diaper bag.  Designed with a soft-cotton-like fabric, the stretch material is ridiculously comfortable and is the perfect weight to keep you warm but not too hot.  As an added bonus, this jacket comes with thumb holes to give your hands a little extra warmth.


FootJoy Women's Wintersof Gloves

FootJoy Women's WinterSof Gloves - Pair

The number one unwritten rule of fall golf is that you've got to protect your hands!  Having a great pair of winter golf gloves can mean the difference between really enjoying yourself on the course and throwing in the towel early because of frozen digits.  These Women's FootJoy WinterSof Gloves are ideal for cold-weather golf or for chilly football games.


Nike Women's StormFit Rain Suit

Nike Women’s Storm-Fit Rainsuit

Don't let Mother Nature get you down!  This awesome women's rain suit from Nike is 100% waterproof and 100% packable.  If you play any amount of fall golf, a great rainsuit is essential and getting one that is as stylish as this one is just an added bonus.


Puma Women's Bloom Pullover

Puma Women's Bloom 1/4 Zip Golf Popover

This is one of our absolute favorite pieces of women's apparel for Fall 2016.  The fantastic, subtle print adds a nice flare to this cool and comfortable pullover.  Equipped with Puma's WARM CELL technology, you'll easily stay warm in windy conditions without overheating.  The best part is that this awesome women's pullover is available in 3 fantastic colors.  Stock up - you won't regret it! 


Titleist Cart Mitts

Titleist Cart Mitts

If you've never tried out a pair of cart mitts before, let me enlighten you - they are awesome!  Designed to be ultra warm and easy to slip on and off, these Cart Mitts from Titleist are perfect for cold-weather rounds.  They are also perfect to throw in your car for those really cold days that you might need to scrape some ice off your windows. 


Nike Women's Therma Fit Pullover

Nike Women's Therma-Fit 1/2 Zip Pullover

Nike does a lot of things really well and one of those is make great looking women's outerwear.  This Therma-Fit Pullover just rocks in so many ways.  The flattering cut and thermal material work together to give you a pullover that is as stylish as it is comfortable and this is one piece that you'll probably end up wearing multiple times per week.


Levelwear Women's Crystal Vest

Levelwear Women's Luxury Crystal Vest

Levelwear calls the fleece material that this vest is made out of "luxury fleece" and you'll look and feel like a million bucks when you wear it.  Incredibly comfortable and surprisingly warm, this women's vest is one that you'll want to keep on hand whether you're golfing, running errands or watching your kid's soccer game.


Levelwear Women's Current Jacket

Levelwear Women's Current Full Zip Jacket

The wind won't blow you away when you wear this awesome women's current jacket from Levelwear.  Designed with Flexlite Windwear Technology, this lightweight jacket is perfect for windy days where you don't want to overheat with layers.  It's also available in three awesome colors.


Adidas Women's Climawarm Leggings

Adidas Women's Climawarm Leggings

If you're a modern woman, you probably have a few pairs off black leggings already in your closet, but let me assure you that they aren't like these!  Designed with Adidas' Climawarm technology, these leggings are equipped to handle whatever Mother Nature throws and you and keep you looking great in the process.


This fall, don't just brave the elements, embrace them.  Austad's has all the women's outerwear to keep you warm and looking great so that you can stay active even when the weather isn't perfect.



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