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< Eye protection When the heat is on, you need to protect more than your skin, namely your eyes. The Tifosi Vero takes all the style and performance of the company’s best-selling Veloce and packs it into a smaller frame, which is perfect for those with smaller faces. The Grilamid TR-90 frame is space-age stuff; an incredibly light and durable homopolyamide nylon characterized by an extremely high alternative bending strength, low density, and high resistance to chemical and UV damage, while the hydrophilic rubber ear and nose pieces increase their grip the more you sweat. The scratch-resistant, shatterproof polycarbonate lenses provide 100 percent protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Available at Van’s Golf Shops Valley-wide.

$80 •

> Play the legend For die-hard enthusiasts, what could be better than playing arguably the most prestigious golf courses in the country? How about playing them while the game’s rising stars compete in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship just yards away? That’s the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Pebble Beach Resorts is offering with the U.S. Amateur Challenge at Pebble Beach, Aug. 16-19. Here’s how it works: Participants in a two-person best ball net format play

Aug. 16 and 17, one round at Spyglass Hill Golf Course and another at The Links at Spanish Bay. At the end of the second day, the low 60 teams advance to the final round Aug. 18 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the No. 1 public golf course in the country. Remaining players will play their final round at Spyglass Hill Golf Course, host of the stroke-play portion of this year’s U.S. Amateur. An entry fee of $6,500 per player includes three nights at The Inn at Spanish

Bay, three rounds of golf, and other special amenities. $1,000 of the entry fee is tax-deductible and will benefit the Pebble Beach Company Foundation.

< Short ‘n’ sweet Work, family and other time constraints have recently led to a renaissance of sorts for nine-hole courses. And although there are close to 8,000 nine-hole courses worldwide, including local notables Encanto, Shalimar and the Royal Palms, golfers may not know which are the best to play. In The Finest Nines, golf writer and historian Anthony Pioppi highlights his 25 finest nine-hole courses in North America and details how to play each one. The book also includes an interview with course designer and architect Mike Nuzzo about designing a nine-hole golf course in the modern era as well as profiles of courses that have a nontraditional number of holes. Makes a great Father’s Day gift.

$20 •

> Comfort and performance Look your best on and off the course in The Ten Year polo from venerable clothier Travis Mathew. Made with the company’s proprietary Prestige77 fabric, The Ten Year is perfect for those sultry afternoons on that course that turn into an extended happy hour in the clubhouse. The cotton-polyester interlock blend is quick drying, moisture wicking and wrinkle resistent. The Ten Year is all about clean simplicity without sacrificing performance, which also pairs nicely with Travis Mathew’s Hefner shorts. Choose from nine colors, including heather grey and brilliant blue frost. Available at Van’s Golf Shops Valley-wide.

$75 • 14 | AZ GOLF Insider | SPRING-SUMMER 2018

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