Golf News for Thursday, December 14, 2006 | Products

West Coast Trends Aficionado III is PGA Tour Partners approved

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- West Coast Trends, Inc., makers of the Club Glove, the Number One travel bag in golf, announced that it's Aficionado III has been tested and approved by the PGA TOUR Partners Club Members. The final result was an impressive 95% approval rating and an unbelievable overall member rating of 9.4 out of a maximum of 10 points.

In this program, products are submitted by manufacturers and tested by PGA TOUR Partners Club testing members all over the country. Members use the product and rank it in several categories including value, ease of use, design, durability, quality, and whether or not they would recommend the product to others. The overall member rating is an average of all specific ratings as scored by each tester. This being said, just over a half a point is all that separated Club Glove from a perfect rating of 10 in all categories from each of the testers.

"Only 9 of 66 products tested in 2006 even received an overall member rating of 9.0 or better," commented Ross Tanner, Product Test Editor, PGA TOUR Partners. "To achieve a rating of 9.0 or higher is simply outstanding."

Comments from PGA TOUR Partners Club members included: "This product was great. I walk all the time and it is light weight and very portable. I can tell you this, all my friends will have this bag in a few months," said Marcus Mullarney. According to Leonard Cowan., "It is lightweight yet strong. The ability to customize the shoulder strap allows you to fit & balance the bag to your personal level. That is great! The ability to add or remove the pockets is the "best" feature in my opinion. Great concept! All in all, the bag is potentially one of the "best" walking bags on the market."

"We're very pleased to receive such a high rating from PGA TOUR Partners Club testers," said Jeff Herold, President, West Coast Trends, Inc. "Coming from a very biased standpoint, we've always known this is the best lightweight stand bag on the market. But now we have unbiased results to back up our claim."

PGA TOUR Partners Club member, Jay T. Borman stated, "Wow! This has to be the "LEXUS" of the avid walker golf bag. The best features of this bag have to be comfort and durability and the ergonomic benefits will add years of walking for me. Being in my mid 50's, I will now be able to carry my bag a few years longer thanks to the [Aficionado III]."

"I found this product to be an excellent golf bag" added John Johnston. "The stand worked very well and provided ease in getting at the clubs. The light weight made for an easy tour around the course with no discomfort. The removable pockets are an excellent feature while carrying. This is a very good product and I would recommend it to any who ask."

The completely modular Club Glove Aficionado III is constructed with Military Spec PIA-C-7350 material which is the same fabric used in parachutes designed for pushing cargo and armored vehicles out of U.S. Military transport planes. This heavy duty, extremely lightweight and durable fabric is water and stain resistant. Using this fabric allows the company to offer a full-size bag at a fraction of the weight and triple the strength of all other full-size bags on the market.

The Aficionado III features a large, highly functional lumbar pad and the Izzo® Dual Strap, with our unique Shoulder-Mold feature, providing unmatched customized comfort. Multiple pocket configurations (up to 7) allow one to tailor their bag to whatever conditions await them on the course. From an ultra-lightweight single strap Sunday bag to a fully geared up dual strap bag for the elements, this is a sturdy, full-sized bag you can load up for any golf excursion you desire. Weighing only 5.6 lbs fully geared up, this full-size bag is well under 5 lbs. in its lightest configuration.

With the new material and the Never Without Your Bag Warranty™, the Aficionado III is by far the most innovative and functional stand bag ever made. The unique Never Without Your Bag Warranty™ has set new standards in customer service. With all components being interchangeable, the customer simply calls Club Glove, describes the problem and an easy to install replacement part is sent out immediately.

The Aficionado III full product review is currently featured in the November/December issue of PGA TOUR Partners Magazine. It can be custom embroidered and is available in Clay Red, Navy, Royal, Green, Khaki, and Black. It has an MSRP of $179.00.

About West Coast Trends
West Coast Trends, Inc., the Huntington Beach, California-based quality golf club protection company, designs and markets premium golf travel bags, luggage, stand bags, cart bags, club covers and accessories. These include the Club Glove Last Bag, Club Glove Kaddy Stroller, Aficionado II, Collegiate II, and Stiff Arm. Nearly every Touring Golf Professional in the U.S. carries their clubs in a Club Glove travel bag. For more information about the company and its products, call toll-free 800-736-4568 or visit

Media Contact:
TEN Marketing & Public Relations
Tracy Nackel