Plaid Masters

With the kickoff of the 2016 Masters, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite golf artwork from the Atlanta-based Plaid Columns.  They do an excellent job giving updates to iconic images with mixed media.  All of the work is available from the Matre Fine Art on Miami Circle in Buckhead.  Enjoy:

Plaid Columns
The Clubhouse
mixed media on wood panel
16 x 12 inches

Plaid Columns
How I Play Golf
mixed media on wood panel
48 x 48 inches

Plaid Columns
mixed media on canvas
60 x 40 inches

Plaid Columns
Ben Hogan
mixed media on wood panel
40 x 30 inches

Plaid Columns
Masters Bar-B-Que I
mixed media on wood panel
36 x 36 inches

Plaid Columns
Bobby Jones
mixed media on wood panel
48 x 60 inches

Plaid Columns
Power Golf
mixed media on wood panel
48 x 48 inches

Plaid Columns
A Menu Unlike Any Other
mixed media on wood panel
30 x 24 inches

Masters Picks

I love talking golf.  I seriously love it.  I could talk golf all day long…  With The Masters teeing off this morning, here are the picks from some of my friends:

John Ashworth of Linksoul : ‘Ryan Moore……..gotta stick with my Linksoul guy.’

Grant Hewitt from Hudson Sutler : ‘Jordan Spieth repeat.  The same answer I’d give if you asked me who I would want to party with in Austin, Texas…’

TJ from Onward Reserve : ‘I think i’ve picked Rory the last few years so let’s stick with him.  I like Spieth too, but don’t want to seem bandwagon.’

From the Peach State Pride office :

Derek Chitwood : ‘Let’s go with Phil. He keeps things interesting.’
Jason Payne : ‘Kevin Kisner-never had a bad finish there….because this will be his first appearance!’

Mark Bollman of Ball and Buck : ‘Jason Day’

James Farmer of, well, James Farmer : ‘Adam Scott’

Emmie Howard of Southern Proper: ”ll be following and pulling for Bill Haas and Jordan Spieth!’

Ben Lancaster of Aviate : ‘Jason Day…he is long overdue.’

Stefan Bozik of La Matera:’Pulling for Webb Simpson because of the Wake connection.’

Around the Orvis office:

From Retail Marketing Manager Hank Moore, “Always a tough question to answer, but I am predicting a Jordan Spieth repeat, in the likes of ’89-’90 Nick Faldo. However, I can never rule out that I will be rooting hardest for my all-time favorite, Freddie Couples.” (obviously we are all distraught that Freddie has pulled out of this years’ Masters because of his back).

From Digital Strategist Charlie Perkins, “Jason day is on fire right now.  He has won the last 2 weeks and is the #1 player in the world. Jordan Spieth because he won last year and finished 2nd the year before after blowing a 54 hole lead.”

Hobson Brown of Criquet Shirts: ‘I would like to see the Austin hometown hero repeat, but I’m going to pick Rickie Fowler cause I’d like to see how his outfit goes w/ the green jacket.   Plus, he seems like a pretty cool guy and could shake things up at next year’s Masters dinner.’

Greg from Jack Donnelly : ‘Gotta represent Austin and go with the home team – Jordan Spieth.’

Nick Mannella of Chubbies : ‘Lefty.  Gotta love that scrambling shotmaking style of play.’

Caroline from Back Down South…and she takes incredible photographs : ‘Jason Day is playing really well right now but we’re rooting for Jordan Speith. Texas forever.’

Keith from State Traditions: – ‘I’m going with Louis O…I’ve got a hunch.’
Maury Lyon – ‘I’m going with Jordan Spieth. I have a feeling it’s going to be another multiple major year for him.’
John McElrath – ‘I am going to throw down Jason Day as the 2016 Masters winner.’

The official Red Clay Soul prediction: Ty Webb.  Nanananananananana….

Who you got?

#GeorgiaBBQ Bracket Challenge: White Sauce Final Four

We are down to the final four in the White Sauce bracket in the #GEORGIABBQ Bracket Challenge with our friends over at Peach State Pride.  We had some good wins by Poole’s BBQ in Ellijay, B’s Cracklin’ in Savannah, Two Brothers BBQ in Ball Ground, and Pink Pig BBQ in Cherry Log.  Be sure to check the blog daily and get your vote in…last year it got really serious…

The winner gets a custom design from Classic Georgia and Peach State Pride.  We’re using last years’ winner’s design (Zeb’s) as the logo for this year’s challenge:

We’re deep into the White Sauce bracket.  We’ll run this final four through Friday at 10PM ET.  Tell your friends and get your votes in!  The more the merrier…


Monday at The Masters

This was my first time going to a Monday practice round at The Masters.  I’ve been down to Augusta National for quite a few Masters now, but never on Monday.  I had a buddy tell me that Monday is the best day – the course is in pristine condition, and everyone is super excited to get everything kicked off.  After spending Monday walking the hallowed grounds, I couldn’t agree more.

Any trip to Augusta for The Masters is great, but this year’s pilgrimage was special: this was the first year that Mrs. RCS and I went together.  She’s actually been to more Masters practice rounds/rounds than me, and I think she was more excited than me to go (if that is humanly possible).  Regardless, we’d never been together, so we had Monday, April 4th marked on the calendar for quite some time.

We dropped #FrankDawg off with her folks and made our way to Augusta.  We were lucky enough to hitch a ride with some friends that had rented a van, so we didn’t have to worry about the commute.  This is the way to do it, folks.  It’s worth every penny.  We arrived at the course around 9:30 and grabbed a few pimento cheese sandwiches, a bbq sandwich, some potato chips, a few peanut caramel nut clusters (seriously awesome) and a couple ‘domestic light beer(s)’ (Miller Lite) for breakfast.

We lazily made our way to 15 green, where I really enjoy watching the players decide to lay up or to go for it.  Then we made our way over to 16 so we could watch them skip it across the green.  It’s very obvious who has skipped before, and who hasn’t.  First timers always hit it too soft, and it gets about halfway across the lake before it sinks.

Then we hit the back merchandise tent and loaded up.  A note to all you Masters patron readers: do not waste your time at the main merchandise tent next to the practice area/clubhouse.  There was a line 100 yards long just to get inside.  Instead, make your way to the merchandise tent behind 16.  There was no line and they have the exact same stuff.  I heard someone say they waited over an hour just to get into the main tent.  We did all our shopping and got two more domestic light beers in under 15 minutes.

We then made our way to Amen corner where we had two very surreal experiences.  We were getting our obligatory picture made on #13 fairway when we noticed a very nice lady laughing at Mrs. RCS and I cutting up.  She was wearing a scarf covering her head, and Mrs. RCS, being the friendliest person in the world, struck up a conversation.  She was from New Jersey, and at the tail end of a 14-month chemotherapy cycle.  We asked her what brought her all the way to Augusta for The Masters, and I will never forget her answer.  I’m paraphrasing, but you’ll get the point:

“Well, I’m a part of a Make-A-Wish group in New Jersey for adults with cancer.  My wish was to bring my husband to The Masters since he has been such a rock for me during my battle with cancer.  We have watched The Masters together for the last 40 years, and he would always rub my feet so we didn’t have to turn the channel.  I couldn’t think of a better way to repay him than to bring him down here for his favorite golf tournament of the year.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

Now say a prayer for Mary Anne from New Jersey.  Mrs. RCS and I were lucky enough to spend a few minutes with an angel on the 13th fairway at Augusta National.  I will never forget that experience, or her.

God bless you, Mary Anne.

We walked around Amen Corner for a while, then our second great experience happened: we saw Tom Watson in his last Masters putt out on 13, and pound a drive up the 14th fairway.  Whatever your feelings are on Watson, it was really nice to see such a gentleman appreciate the warm receptions.  While he was waiting for the 14th fairway to clear, he had a conversation with us in the gallery about the best sandwich they serve at the concession stand.  He said something to the effect of ‘we don’t get to eat all that stuff’ because they are out on the course playing.  I don’t believe that Tom Watson or any other player couldn’t get their hands on a pimento cheese sandwich, but he made a lot of our day by being a really cool guy.

The young guy you see walking to Tom’s left is his grandson.  ANGC made an exception for Mr. Watson and allowed him to bring a family member with him on his practice round.

Vijay piped this drive about three bills right down the middle on 11.  Talk about threading the needle…

Overall, Augusta National and The Masters lived up to everything I was hoping.  It is a magical place and the energy is great.  I can’t wait to watch the tournament this weekend.  The greens are fast, folks.  I don’t think the winner gets to -18 this year.

And now for the schwag.

To say the least, we blew it out this year.  My immediate thoughts on the selection was ‘very good’.  They have a lot of the traditional Masters stuff you think about – hats, shirts, belts, koozies, flags, etc.; most of the stuff that you’d use on the golf course.  There has been a lot more added to the selection, such as keepsake items like Christmas ornaments, ties, leather goods, and higher-end, very exclusive items.  Check Ebay, you’ll see what I mean.

As for us, let’s start from left to right:

Mrs. RCS got a beach visor and a light green polo, we got an ornament for our Christmas tree to commemorate our first (of many) Masters together, and I got the salmon dated hat (which Mrs. RCS is welcome to borrow), and a super nice Clubhouse Collection polo.  This one says ‘dry cleaning recommended’, but I don’t buy it.  I’m pretty handy with an iron.

I picked up a Smathers and Branson card case for a buddy of mine, and we got a big mug for our collection.  I was really happy with the Peter Millar quarter zip.  I’m 99% sure it’s this one: The Perth Quarter Zip.  It is technical, stretchy fabric, but it is light, so I should be able to wear this for three seasons on the course (save Summer).

I also got a grey dated hat (again, Mrs. RCS will borrow) and the vintage ‘Tradition’ t-shirt.  They had sold out of these by Wednesday last year, so I was glad to have one.

Not pictured are a Smathers and Branson key fob that Mrs. RCS is already using, and we got a large green Masters golf umbrella.

So what did you think?  Anyone else get out there?


I stumbled on Ring Jacket by accident.  I was bumming around Lenox Square with Mrs. RCS and stuck my head into H.Stockton to see the guys.  They were excited to show me this new brand they were carrying, and explained how they were changing the sport coat game.  That brand was Ring Jacket.

I reached out to Nicholas Ragosta, who is the Director of Ring Jacket in North America about the company.  Not only is he going to be visiting H.Stockton at Lenox Square on Thursday and Friday of this week, he was nice enough to give us some context, along with some images from their Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook:

What is the history of Ring Jacket?  

In the mid-1950’s, the company was born out of a passion for clothing and a commitment to quality. Ring Jacket’s founder, Fukushima-san, was the son of a very elegant man, and had a deep appreciation for beautiful clothing. Frustrated that he couldn’t find quality ready-to-wear suiting, he left his job at an insurance company and set out to create a product that was of the same caliber as custom-made garments. After experimenting with outsourced production that was not up to his quality standards, he established his own factory with experienced, highly skilled Japanese tailors, prioritizing quality over cost in the production process.

The original aesthetic of the brand was classic Ivy-league, an emerging stylistic movement in Japan at the time of the company’s founding. However, the son of the founder (who is the current president of the company) was a fan of Italian style, and when he took charge of the company in the 1980’s, he exerted this influence on the product, and by extension helped popularize this aesthetic in Japan. Ring Jacket has been refining their take on this look ever since.

What makes Ring Jacket a significant player in the menswear space?  

Ring Jacket is new to most of the world, but the brand has a rich history rooted in quality production, beautiful exclusive fabric, and comfortable elegance. All of our tailored clothing is produced in-house, with a full-canvas construction that utilizes the hand-sewing skills of the artisans in our Osaka workshop. We’ve become known in part for our distinctive fabrics, which we develop in Japan exclusively for our use. Additionally, the seasonal collection includes fabrics from the finest mills in Europe.

For us, beautiful clothes should be stress-free for the wearer, so our garments are always softly constructed and comfortable. The result is a product that is fresh and current, but always elegant – classic clothing reinterpreted in a modern and comfortable way.

Can you describe the differences in Italian craftsmanship vs. Japanese?  

In our workshop we focus on quality and precision. Garments are constructed using both hand and machine techniques, and machines are always set at the slowest possible speed so that the result is similar to hand-sewing. We take great care to always exercise the highest attention to detail.

What sort of gentleman is a Ring Jacket customer?  

Ring Jacket is for anyone who loves clothing, enjoys wearing it, and appreciates quality and value.

What is Ring Jacket’s value proposition to your customers?  

Try it on and you’ll see! Beautiful garments, quality construction, unique cloth, and easy wearing…

I can personally say that Nick hits the nail on the head when it comes to Ring Jacket’s value proposition.  When I tried on the Balloon Jacket at H. Stockton, Mrs. RCS said something to the effect of ‘that jacket is perfect’.  It felt great…and that was off the rack.  While Ring Jacket may be an investment, you’ll be surprised at how well it feels, and how well it’s constructed.  You could wear this jacket while hitting golf balls at the range.  It’s that good.

So this Thursday or Friday, be sure to stop by H.Stockon to meet Nick and to give Ring Jacket a spin.

The Jordan Spieth Champions Dinner Menu

Big kudos to Jordan Spieth to keeping it personal and simple for this years’ Champions Dinner at The Masters.  I really like the simple salad idea, followed by three choices of meat.  I’ll bet you $1 that bacon and chive potato salad is something his mom makes…  And finish it off with a warm chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream?  Yes sir.  Well done.

I know you’ve thought about it…what would you serve?

Martin Dingman Red Tartan Duffle Giveaway

Folks, Masters week is here.  I was like a kid waking up on Christmas morning yesterday, and really enjoyed my time at Augusta National (more on that later).  I have a feeling that feeling is going to repeat itself through Sunday.

To celebrate such a great week, my good friend Martin Dingman and I want to give one lucky reader the chance to win an OUTSTANDING tartan duffle.  This is the real deal, folks:

Red Poplin Tartan, with two external pockets, one internal pocket, brushed nickel finish, solid brass hardware, and nice 18 1/4” x 8 1/2” x 9 1/4 size ,which makes for a perfect weekender.

How appropriate for this week?

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Get your entries in before the last putt on Sunday at Augusta, and I’ll announce the winner on Monday around lunchtime.

Very special thanks to Martin Dingman for providing the goods for the giveaway.