Holderness and Bourne: What’s New in 2017?
Over the last few years I’ve seen a lot of golf products, seen a lot of golf brands, and met a lot of people in the golf industry.
But there are only a couple that have truly impacted my life on an ongoing basis.
One is Arccos Golf, which I use nearly every round I play.
The other? Holderness and Bourne.
Holderness and Bourne is a golf apparel and accessory company that takes modern tradition and style and updates it for the 21st century.
I first met John Bourne and Alex Holderness at the PGA Show a few years back, and knew right away that I was going to like what they were up to.
They recognized that most golf apparel that was on the market, was either boxy and ill fitting, or over the top expensive – and they wanted to create a company that married a classic tailored fit, at a price point that made you feel good about your purchase.
And that’s exactly what they’ve done.
I personally wear Holderness and Bourne shirts for at least 80% of the rounds I play.
For quick trips, I travel with my Holderness and Bourne Byers Duffel, which always nets me at least a compliment or two (including one yesterday at LAX.)
I’ve written about their bags, and some of their most popular shirts in the past, but they’ve been up to some new stuff for 2017 that I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight, because every time I get something new, I’m always impressed.
This is the update I’m most excited for and what I’ve been waiting a long time for.
These days a quarter zip is a staple in my wardrobe year round, both on and off the course. It just works for me, and is what I’m often most comfortable in.
The Robbins is their first foray into sweaters, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the results.
The fit is tailored without being too tight, their performance fabric blend makes wearing it comfortable even when there are some temperature swings, and they added a nice touch with the chrome zipper pull that dresses it up a bit.
I’d have no problem wearing this to the office, but since I work from home, the golf course or casual dinners around town will have to suffice.
One thing I like is that they’ve listened to their customers feedback. Not everyone rocks a perfect athletic build and needs a super tailored fit.
So they told me the small and medium sizes are the most tailored, while larger sizes are “more accommodative” as they put it. This means regardless of body size you can still enjoy the style and quality their apparel provides.
And at $125? It’s a fantastic price point for a product with so much thought put into it.
Sure it’s not the cheapest sweater out there, but if you’ve read my reviews, you know I’d rather pay a little bit more for fewer, higher quality pieces.
They also launched the Robbins in a vest with all the same attributes, so if that’s more your style, you can grab that here.
New Polo Styles
The Macdonald has been my go to polo for the last few years. Solid colors, perfect fit, and a collar that actually holds it’s form.
But now, I’ve added a few other styles to my closet, and I’m pretty stoked about the versatility they add.
The Sutton uses the Dryluxe fabric I like in my Macdonald Shirt, but adds a little bit more stretch, which you can definitely notice, and almost feels a little bit thicker – in a good way.
The shirt is super soft, and comes in nice striped designs, which I love the look of (the Macdonald only comes in solid colors).
One other shirt I want to mention is the Maxwell, which is the third shirt in their performance line.
The Maxwell is my go to on a super hot day. It feels a little bit lighter weight than either of the other two performance models, and generally just feels a bit airier (is that a word?) when I wear it. The pacific and white bengal stripe is one of my favorite looks in their entire line.
One of the biggest surprises I’ve seen from them this year, were the new belts. I wasn’t expecting belts!
But honestly, The Fischer Belt is super unique and extremely well made. They have an elastic woven material that has some nice stretch to it, and the finishings with the leather and brass buckles were really impressive.
The belt I ordered is the same size as my pant size, and frankly is just a little bit too small. So definitely order a size up (I just noticed they added a note about this to their website, which is great to see).
But the quality of materials, the unique style, everything about this belt is first class and feels much more expensive than it’s $78 price point.
Some Closing Thoughts
The thing that excites me the most about Holderness and Bourne has been watching the transformation of them being simply two guys wanting to make high quality polos, to evolving into a full fledged golf brand that is being sold next to some of the most notable names in the business.
This year they’ve really stepped up their game, and have me excited to continue wearing their products and to see what they come out with next.
I should also mention that I personally believe in them and their products so much that they’re the ones I tapped to make our first round of Eighty Club members shirts – they’re that good!
So, if you haven’t yet, go take a look at what’s new for 2017, and make sure to leave a comment if you’ve tried any of it out for yourself!