Oakley Field Testing Escapes the Bear Trap and goes on to Play 72 Holes in Two Days at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens Florida
The PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida set the stage for some serious golf product testing. The PGA national hosts the Honda classic, an official PGA tour event, and home of the infamous Bear Trap designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Bear Trap is one of the toughest 3 hole stretches on the PGA tour, but this didn’t faze Oakley Field Testing.
It was sunny, humid, the wind was blowing, and there was Tornado warning 50 miles north. None of these conditions stopped us from getting out on the course and testing out FA12 prototypes and competitor product. When it comes to golf apparel most people want two things, comfort and moisture management. If one of those variables is missing your golf game can really go downhill quickly, which is hard enough keeping focus throughout 36 holes.
We are prepared to play a couple rounds off par if it means making our product perform better. Testing product in diverse environments ensures the product will translate across all consumers.
The first day proved challenging with high winds, a Tornado warning, and 85 degree weather. The cloud coverage and wind made the air very humid, which was great for testing the wicking performance/moisture management of the materials. The second day was sunny and hot, and UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) performance of fabric was tested. UPF is becoming more and more important in performance fabric, because as the fabric gets lighter more UV can penetrate through to your skin. Oakley golf shoes were also tested during the 72 holes for fit, performance, and function. We are coming out with some killer golf product and dialing in performance is imperative.
The Champions course at the PGA national is a beautiful amazingly well manicured course. It felt as if we were in an aviary with all the vibrant birds, turtles, and alligators cruising around. Wetlands are strategically scattered along the 18 hole course attracting wildlife and a few wild balls. Thanks to PGA national for our stay and amazing rounds of golf, enabling us to get the testing we needed done!