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8 Great Golf Cigars: These Smokes Will Make Your Golf Game Better
By Tommy Zman Zarzecki
Sergio Garcia just won the Masters at Augusta this past week and it was a thriller with some amazing shots under pressure, along with a couple of huge missed putts on the 18th to send it into extra play. If you love golf, it was nail biting to watch with an exciting finish for Garcia. I don’t know if he smokes cigars, but if he does, you can bet he was celebrating with something stellar (including his gorgeous fiancée). Now, if fellow Spanish countryman and cigar lover, Miguel Angel Jiménez was playing, the sweet smell of premium aged tobacco would have permeated the entire course. (Favorite Jiménez Quote: “Is tobacco illegal? So why should I care if people see me smoking? I do what I do out in the open. If people have a problem with that they can stick their tongue up their ass and let the rest of us do what we want to do.”)
Cigars and golf are a wonderful pairing as you spend four to five hours in the great outdoors with good friends, a lot of green grass and if you’re like me, a golf bag loaded with good smokes. Why so many cigars for an 18-hole round? Because I am the benevolent type and if you play a round with me and you smoke cigars, it’s like Christmas on the course… tasty tobacco goodness for everybody!
Unfortunately, the smoke Nazis have even infiltrated the world of golf as many public county courses have outlawed smoking, but that sure as hell doesn’t stop me. You’re walking about in 200 billion square feet of open air and you’re trying to tell me my smoke is going to cause harm to others? Too damned bad – unless you drag my ass off the front nine, I am lighting up and enjoying the hell out of my round. Like they say, even a bad day on the course is better than a good day at work.
I’ve played one hell of a lot of golf, and smoked one hell of a lot of cigars while doing so, and I know a little bit about what’s good to fire up during a round. So, here’s my list of eight great golf cigars to place in that side pocket of your bag for the next time you hit the links.
Arturo Fuente Cañones – 8.5×52
This billy-club sized stick is perfect for when you want that cigar of yours to get you through the first nine of your round, and I’ve often referred to it as my second driver in the bag. I have always loved this medium bodied beauty, made in the Dominican Republic with a very flavorful Cameroon wrapper on the natural (there’s also a Maduro version). Very woody taste and a sweet cedar aroma. One of my favorite golf cigars.
Perdomo Champagne Churchill – 7×54
The reason why this line of smokes is great for the course is because of its smooth taste and perfect draw, something you really want on a warm day when you’re doing a lot of walking and swinging. This Churchill is a good size that’ll last you seven to nine holes depending on how fast you smoke. Made in Nicaragua with a naturally sweet and silky Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, its flavors features coffee, cocoa and a nice hint of almond. Just yum.
Flor de Oliva 750 – 7×50
Now this is a bundled cigar at a great price which is always good for golf because you don’t mind so much if it gets beat up a bit, and it’s a nice one to share with the foursome. This classic Churchill from Oliva is made up of Nicaraguan fillers and a Sumatra binder and has a slightly sweetened, pleasant tasting tip. As I said, a good one for sharing, especially with those who only enjoy a good smoke while spending a day on the links.
Excalibur 1066 Dark Knight – 5.75×54
You could call this one either a long robusto or a short toro. Like the name says, it’s a dark and oily beast, and great for the guy who really wants a bit more flavor out of his golf cigars. While it looks like a Maduro wrapper, it’s actually considered a dark natural Connecticut Broadleaf with Dominican tobacco inside. It’s so good that a baseball pitcher from Queens, New York and a caped superhero took its name. Okay, I made that up… but it sure is a super tasting, full flavored smoke.
Brick House Mighty Mighty – 6.5×60
Mighty Mighty is dead on with this big boy’s size and flavor. It’s a beefy stick for sure with its 6 ½ length and wide 60 ring gauge. It’s also very full flavored for the serious lover of the leaf, packed with zesty Nicaraguan filler and a dark and shimmering Brazilian Arapiraca outer leaf. There’s deep rich flavors of espresso and leather with a hint of black pepper at the start. A stick you need to try. I wish my game was as Mighty as this.
CAO America Potomac – 5×56
For you US Ryder Cup fans, the CAO America Potomac is the cigar you’re gonna love. It’s a barber pole cigar representing the stripes of old glory, with a gorgeous mix of Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Leaf and light Connecticut shade wrapper leaf. The inside has an interesting, medium bodied blend of tobaccos from Nicaragua, the Dominican, Italy and of course the good ol’ U.S. of A. It’s a fat little robusto with toasty notes of almond and wood. Be a patriot and add this to your bag of clubs.
Famous Nicaraguan 3000 Toro – 5½ x 54
I have said it time and time again that the Nic 3000 is the best bundled cigar in the Famous arsenal. It’s ridiculously affordable and would without question cost double if it was in a fancy box. This attractive oval pressed cigar is medium in body, but full in flavor and packed with hearty Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The outside is covered with a silky, oily, super-smooth Ecuadorian Habano leaf. Spicy, earthy and complex, this is the best value in this article.
Davidoff Golf Scorecard Edition 2016 – 6×55
Okay, so this 5-pack is fancy and it ain’t cheap, but it was created for those who love life because the taste of a great cigar is truly the taste of victory. What makes it unique is that of the five cigars, four are to be handed out at the beginning of the round, but the stick with the lone gold band is saved for the winner of the round to celebrate. This gran toro has a number of super-premium tobaccos from the Dominican Republic that make up the rich, full flavored inner blend. And then there’s the golden-brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that is as close to silk as cigar leaf can possibly get. The complex flavor profile includes sweet cedar, black cherry, and a creamy coffee taste that lingers long on the palate. Let the celebration begin.
A Couple of Accessories You’re Gonna Need Out There…
HeaterHolder Golf Bag Cigar Holder – NEVER EVER place your cigar in the grass then back in your mouth, because the chemicals they use will make you sick as a dog! This handy holder attaches to almost any bag’s rain hood snaps and is the perfect way to rest your stick while you swing.
Vertigo Golf Cigar Lighter – A quality torch lighter that works great while firing up your cigar even on a windy day. And it’s inexpensive because losing lighters during a round of golf is what I do.
Hope you enjoyed my selections for the links, so how about sharing some of your favorite golf cigars that you feel are always par for the course!