Wednesday, December 30, 2015

8 Hottest Women of the Golf Channel

The Golf Channel has a knack for hiring very attractive women for its on-air talent. I guess that's not surprising - that's pretty much the strategy at every television network. Put pretty people - women and men - on the air.

If you're thinking about sexiest or hottest women who've ever graced the sets of the Golf Channel, many candidates come to mind. And I'm sure I've left out somebody's favorite here. Well, we can't cover everyone. We've also decided to only consider those women who served as broadcasters (i.e., hosts/cast members of studio shows or event coverage), interviewers or as instructors appearing on regularly scheduled programs. That leaves out, just for one example, all the hot golfers who showed up on The Big Break over the years (those women don't really qualify as "Golf Channel personnel").

So here are our picks for the Hottest Women Ever at the Golf Channel (listed alphabetically):

Sara Brown

What's that? Yes, I know, Sara Brown was on The Big Break. But she later joined the Golf Channel as an instructor on the network's School of Golf program. She's also hosted Playing Lessons with the Pros.

Win McMurry

Win is no longer with the network, but served for many years as a studio host. Her disappearance was somewhat mysterious - lots of web searches for "what happened to Win McMurry?" What happened was she just decided to move on, and today she's living the high life as an independent talent.

For more examples, see our post Where's Win McMurry? Probably Somewhere In a Bikini.

Bailey Mosier

Bailey is one of the most visible morning "drive time" faces on the Golf Channel - as in, she cohosts the daily Morning Drive.

Blair O'Neal

Here's another of our Hottest Golf Channel babes who got her start on The Big Break. But later she filled in for Sara Brown on School of Golf when Brown was on pregnancy leave, and that led to regular appearances on instructor segments.

Annabel Rolley

Annabel always makes us sit up and take notice. She's a fantastic golf instructor who appears in multiple Golf Channel shows. She's also super-sexy away from the screen. For example, see this slideshow:

We're such fans we even picked her at No. 3 in our Sexiest Golfers of 2015 list.

Brandi Seymour

Brandi is long gone - years gone - from the Golf Channel. But we still remember her with fondness. She was the interviewer on Nationwide Tour broadcasts and sometimes on LPGA Tour broadcasts. What's she up to now? Golf Babes wrote a post about her.

Holly Sonders

Holly is perhaps the most famous alum (so far) of the Golf Channel, having gone on to a high-profile and multi-sport role at Fox Sports. She's also been featured in pictorials by Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated, among others.

Lauren Thompson

Lauren is a cohost on Golf Channel morning programming, and before that she was a guest host of several of the network's specials and semi-regular series. And before that she had an interesting modeling career. See The Wild Pre-Golf Channel Career of Lauren Thompson.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Unusual Gift Idea: Belt Buckle Made from Antique Golf Club

Looking for an unusual gift for the golfer in your life? I recently found something that seems pretty cool: belt buckles made from the blades of antique golf clubs.

Not surprisingly, this item is offered by that purveyor of the weird and wonderful, the unique and expensive, Hammacher-Schlemmer. They call it "The Genuine Hickory Golf Club Belt Buckle." How is it made? Take authentic 1920s-era hickory-shafted golf irons made in Scotland, remove the blade (the head of the iron), and turn it into a belt buckle. The original club was either a mid-iron or mashie.

And every buckle is unique, with unique stamps, markings and wear patterns. Says the retailer:

No two buckles are alike and each one has unique markings that may have been caused by determined swings from a cavernous pot bunker while battling whipping coastal winds on St. Andrews or another legendary links course. The club head was originally hand-formed by a blacksmith and the buckle has the artisan’s cleek mark and club loft that were originally stamped into the iron nearly 100 years ago.

They are expensive: $380 at the time of this writing. I'm not saying I'd spend that much, but, hey, I'm cheap and have few friends. (You probably knew that already because I'm a blogger.)

But you? You might be willing to shell out that much for what is a pretty cool, if not necessarily fashion-forward, idea. If you're interested, take a look here.