Statistically you’re spending about four hours to play 18 holes but a tenth of this time is actually spent on your shots. So what do you do for the other three and a half hours? Well hopefully you’re not searching the tall grass for your Titleist or cursing that new driver for your recent slice into the pond (it’s the arrow not the Indian by the way). Instead of groaning and moaning after each shot, I suggest reaching into your bag and pulling out a nice stick. I’m not talkin’ about the old foot wedge from behind the tree; I’m talkin’ about a nice cigar.
People always love the guy that brings something to the party for all to enjoy. If you whip out a nice Camacho on the first tee, you may score some brownie points with the boss. But how do you know what is the right cigar for your round? Luckily for you, I hit one of my favorite courses with some cigars to determine the best cigars for the golf course. It’s a tough task but somebody’s gotta do it.
Another stick I had in my bag was the Oliva Serie V Belicoso. I highly recommend this smoke for golf because it has a nice slow burn to it. The Oliva Serie V starts off with a bold earthy flavor, so hand this one to your competitor and let him know that he’ll feel right at home in the woods after his first shot. Remember, as I previously stated, it’s a mental game. The stick delivers a very nice burn all the way through. It is a bold smoke however, so don’t go too quick with it. There is a nice array of dark coffee flavor and some oak mixed in as you get to the middle third of the stick. The end of the cigar is finished off with a woodsy flavor and a little bit of spice thrown in.
Unfortunately, the right cigar isn’t going to cut your handicap in half and it won’t make those drives rollout a few extra yards, but it will certainly make your day a bit more enjoyable. Bring a few cigars for the golf course so your buddies can enjoy them and spark up a day of good golf. While golf can be a stress reliever, we all know it can be the cause of stress as well. With that said, I’ve never seen anyone crying with a cigar in hand.
Relish the outdoors but make sure to add the scent of your prized cigar. I’ve won money on the course and more times than not, I have dug into my wallet to pay up for a closest to the pin contest, but the best times come from simple enjoyment of the game. My grandfather still manages to outdo my go big or go home mentality with his consistency. He always turns to me on the course and says, “Isn’t this just the best, kid?” So when you light up that Arturo Fuente on the course this weekend, take some time to savor and appreciate the moment.Cigars for the Golf Course by John Sorenson