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Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Terry Ross

Ea­gle Creek Mor­phus Carry-On

Be­ing an ef­fi­cient trav­eler these days—es­pe­cially on those longer in­ter­na­tional jaunts—is more im­por­tant than ever given the air­line lim­i­ta­tions on lug­gage. One of the most pro­gres­sive com­pa­nies around—even though it has been around for more than 40 years—Ea­gle Creek, has in­tro­duced a truly rev­o­lu­tion­ary con­cept with its Mor­phus™ In­ter­na­tional Car­ryOn that is an air­line com­pli­ant bag that ac­tual morphs into two bags. Thus, the name that the com­pany has given its cre­ation. You can lit­er­ally leave with one bag and re­turn with two.

This ul­tra­light set of two bags that mas­quer­ades as one checks all of the boxes for a carry-on when it comes to size (13.75” X 20.5” X 9”) and weight (only 7lbs.) and is made of ul­tra-durable fab­ric that cleans up nice from the rig­ors of travel.

The Hauler bag that quickly un­zips from in­side the main wheeled bag has shoul­der straps so that it can be used as a back­pack or as a third op­tion at­tached to the re­tractable han­dle of the wheeled carry-on. The hauler bag is per­fect as a brief­case or com­puter/de­vice bag that will fit un­der your seat; mea­sures at 12.5” X 18.5” X 8.75” and comes in at un­der two pounds. The ca­pac­ity of the back­pack is 35 liters and the wheeled lug­gage is 32 liters of space, so you can sep­a­rate the back­pack from the wheeled lug­gage to double your car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity for the trip home.

The heavy-duty zip­pers and con­struc­tion are a nice fea­ture and it also has weather re­sis­tant, com­fort­able, lap­top-friendly or­ga­ni­za­tion fea­tures in the back­pack sec­tion for elec­tronic ac­ces­sories. The wheeled lug­gage boasts of com­pres­sion straps, pock­ets, #10 zip­pers and more. The Mor­phus fea­tures a new Ex­pandS­tand™ that folds flat to be com­pressed un­der a bed for easy stor­age when not in use.

Among the ad­di­tional fea­tures, this in­ter­na­tional carry-on has treaded off-road wheels for multi-ter­rain ma­neu­ver­abil­ity; in­te­rior com­pres­sion straps to keep con­tents from shift­ing; zip­pered mesh door panel pocket for or­ga­ni­za­tion; padded 15” lap­top and tablet sleeve in the back­pack.

Or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­tras in­clude a unique cord winder, key fob, cell­phone pocket and bat­tery pack pocket; zip-away sus­pen­sion that pro­tects the back­pack sys­tem; top and side haul han­dles on both back­pack and main bag; punc­ture-re­sis­tant #10 lock­able zip­pers; cen­tral lock point and a handy quick stash 3-1-1 pocket.

Ea­gle Creek also of­fers many pack­ing ex­tras and handy ac­ces­sories that can be added to this bag or oth­ers to en­hance a va­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.ea­gle­creek.com


Atrue elec­tronic golf score­card that takes ad­van­tage of cur­rent tech­nol­ogy and yet is easy to use like a pa­per score­card has fi­nally ar­rived for those that take their smart phones to the course.

The 80BREAKR™ golf app is the only app on the mar­ket that looks and works like a pa­per score­card--but in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­thing the lat­est mo­bile de­vices can do for you. It’s ease-of-use lets golfers fo­cus on their game, in­stead of the app. With­out any an­noy­ing screen changes, it now fea­tures one-tap score en­try and an at-aglance screen, in­clud­ing score, com­pe­ti­tion, bet­ting and GPS dis­tance to the cen­ter of the green.

Al­most ev­ery golf course in the world can be loaded into the elec­tronic score­card on the app that is avail­able for iPhone and An­droid de­vices, and the app is free with paid add-ons that can en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence.

It can also keep your sta­tis­tics to be used later for game

im­prove­ment, such as fair­ways hit, greens, putts, short-game and slice/hook scor­ing. It can also give you real time scor­ing and bet­ting in­for­ma­tion if you are com­pet­ing with friends.

The app also al­lows you to quickly post to your USGA hand­i­cap and fea­tures no-touch GPS at a glance and a “Beer Me” but­ton to or­der from the bev­er­age cart at your fa­vorite course. Com­ing later this year is voice-in­put scor­ing and a live leader­board for larger com­pe­ti­tions. The 80BREAKR™ golf app is FREE and is chock-full of ben­e­fits! It fea­tures GPS dis­tance to the cen­ter of the green, au­to­matic and real-time cal­cu­la­tion of skins, Nas­sau, and skills games, and a hand­i­cap ser­vice that posts au­to­mat­i­cally.

“We are very ex­cited to get all these im­prove­ments into the 80BREAKR™ app over a cou­ple of of­fi­cial re­leases,” said Thomas Ste­wart, Pres­i­dent and De­vel­oper of the 80BREAKR golf app. “We are sur­prised by the high adop­tion rate of the 80BREAKR™ app by golfers so early in the sea­son, as well as by golf cour­ses look­ing to boost rev­enue and profit for 2018.”

Ste­wart is a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer with 24 U.S. patents for high-end com­puter de­sign across three high-tech Sil­i­con Val­ley com­pa­nies. He’s led teams of en­gi­neers to de­liver high-qual­ity com­puter de­signs on time and on sched­ule. The 80BREAKR app was born out of frus­tra­tion with other apps and a de­sire to fi­nally break 80 for an 18-hole round--and he used his en­gi­neer­ing de­sign skills to cre­ate the best golf score­card app.

A per­fec­tion­ist, Ste­wart is look­ing for con­stant im­prove­ment with the app and now has a GPS fly­over of ev­ery hole that shows the hole’s graph­ics and has a shot-dis­tance tool. Fewer but­tons and in­puts are his goal with each up­grade of the pro­gram, and a one­time sign-in for ev­ery de­vice is part of the lat­est ver­sion.

Fi­nally, 80BREAKR is re­leas­ing an up­date that keeps your score­cards seam­lessly and se­curely on their server. This is very con­ve­nient for golfers who can use their phone one day to keep score, an iPad or tablet the next, then go back to their phone af­ter that. All the while, all score­cards are ac­ces­si­ble from any de­vice.

To learn more and for the free down­load visit: www.80breakr.com

Coast Ap­parel

With the warmer months com­ing upon us, it is the time of year for cooler at­tire in and around the golf course – and of course for trav­el­ing. Coast Ap­parel, an East Coast com­pany that caters to the in­spi­ra­tion from kick-back beach life­style of Hil­ton Head and the Hamp­tons, has sev­eral stylish new wardrobe pieces that are per­fect for the golf course, club house—and even af­ter golf on the sand or other fa­vorite spot on va­ca­tion.

The com­pany likes to call its style from desk to dock, but the ca­sual fit and the lib­eral use of soft cot­ton in their of­fer­ings make these pieces ex­tremely com­fort­able and cool even when the tem­per­a­tures start to climb. The de­tail in the fit and de­sign— all the way down to the crab logo—gives Coast Ap­parel a dis­tinct look and feel. The line is de­signed with guys in mind and with thought­ful fea­tures that make get­ting dressed for the links or board­room easy. When it’s a but­ton down, it’s styled so it can be tucked or un­tucked.

Among the top choices for this spring are the Winyah Short

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