St. Andrews, the Kingdom of Fife, the hallowed ground in golfdom. Enthralled by its beauty - the large double greens and the iconic Swilcan Bridge - or intrigued its history, The Old Course at St Andrews is the beginning of golf as we know it, and has hosted innumerable tournaments from as early as the 1400s with names ranging from the Tom Morrises, to James Braid to John Daly and Tiger Woods. Recently, another name Also home to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the prestigious golf tournament which takes place annually over three magnificent links courses - the Old Course, the Championship Course, and Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
As the only major professional tournament played every year at St Andrews, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship features two separate competitions, an individual professional tournament and a team competition where amateur golfers get the opportunity to play alongside professionals.
Sam Torrance, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Grant and Sir Steve Redgrave have had their fair share of the games in the championships.
However, playing at St Andrews can be a challenge. An area that may experience climate change more frequently than other golf courses, St Andrews’ unpredictable weather changes play a part on inspiring luxury brand Alfred Dunhill to create a collection that is not only stylish but also exceptionally functional. The AW14 Alfred Dunhill Links collection focuses on three engineered golfing positions: the Address, to enhance product performance; the Coil, to ensure a bigger hit; and Reading the Line, to allow freedom of movement.
Thanks to advanced technology, the designers are able to create a collection that optimises performance, designing pieces that are made to move and stretch when necessary. Not just an eye candy (colours of the collection include pillar-box red, midnight blue and racing green), the collection also boasts qualities such as a premium fit, fabric and finish, four-way stretch, and moisture management. It ensures the essential pieces in the range are waterproof and lightweight, which are good news for golfers who are battling the erratic weather at St Andrews and the likes.
To be safe, always bring along a travel jacket. The collection’s Ultimate Travel Jacket has three layers, a goose down gilet, a lightweight jacket and a formal jacket, which are all detachable from the main frame of the travel jacket. If you’re visiting golf courses with unpredictable weather (think St Andrews) and want something that is lightweight, the Packable Jacket will do the trick. A hundred percent waterproof and fully seam sealed, it allows the golfer to stay dry on the course. For destinations such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, which is a region that is generally warmer and more humid, choose the Mercerised Cotton Long Sleeve Polo, engineered with COOLMAX technology to wick moisture and enhance drying. Its moisture management and breathability are designed to help golfers to perform better.
The pros today are becoming more aware and conscious of what they wear, especially with brands such as Alfred Dunhill producing a line of clothing designed specifically for golfers. You may already have the quality of a skilled golfer, so why not build up your attributes by also having a neat style for dressing?
Stockist: Alfred Dunhill Links Collection is available at Paragon, 290 Orchard Road #01-42. Tel: +65 67348126.