How some golf companies are giving back through coronavirus relief efforts
Several companies have found ways to give back amid the coronavirus pandemic. From golf companies like Seamus, Rhoback and Straight Down producing masks for healthcare workers to Linksoul's creative T-shirt design raising over $100,000 for relief efforts, there is no shortage of ways to give back.
Though you always have the option to donate directly to coronavirus relief organizations, several golf brands are encouraging customers to shop with a purpose through sales, deals and fundraising efforts. Here are some of the ones we've heard about.
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Cobra Puma Golf
Leading up to the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event on May 17 at Seminole Golf Club, Cobra and Puma are donating 15 percent of all sales to the CDC Foundation, one of the organizations the event is raising money for to aid in COVID-19 relief efforts. According to Cobra Puma Golf, 15 percent carries special significance to brand ambassador Rickie Fowler—one of the four players participating in the charity event. Fifteen was Rickie's racing number growing up and has been seen on the botton of many of his golf bags throughout his career. For more information visit cobragolf.com.
William Murray Golf
Bill Murray's golf apparel brand is holding a 25-percent-off sale now through May 17 with a portion of proceeds being donated to the Southern Smoke Crisis Relief—a non-profit foundation supporting those in the food-and-beverage industry impacted by the pandemic. For more information visit williammurraygolf.com.
Bald Head Blues
Golf apparel company Bald Head Blues has worked with its manufacturers since March to provide medical supplies to first responders, hospitals, elder-care facilities, essential businesses and high-risk individuals. The company realized that businesses in and out of golf needed additional PPE, so the company has expanded to offer these supplies in bulk. Bald Head Blues has a variety of products and packages available including both hospital and non-medical grade masks, face shields, no-contact thermometers, gloves and hand sanitizer. For more information visit baldheadblues.com.
The London-based luxury-golf-shoe company is donating 10 percent of all sales during the month of May to a newly formed golf charity called ClubsHELP. The foundation gives golf clubs and members in the U.S. a way to give back to hospitals in their local areas. For more information visit albartross.com.
Crab & Cleek
Known for handmade golf accessories and tote bags, Crab & Cleek has started manufacturing non-medical grade masks for the public to purchase ($12). The 100-percent cotton masks are customizable with a variety of colors (red, pink or blue), patterns (gingham or stripes) and the choice of an icon at the bottom left of the mask (American flag, whale, turtle, lobster or crab). With every purchase, the company will donate a mask to a homeless shelter around the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. For more information, visit crabandcleek.com.
For every pair of sunglasses sold during the month of May, Tifosi will donate a face shield to a healthcare facility or first responder in need. For more information on the #shareashield campaign, visit tifosioptics.com.
Clear is a relatively new player in the golf-ball space, making some noise by signing Charl Schwartzel to the company's product earlier in the year. The company has announced an initiative to make 5,000 dozen of its premium balls available to purchase for $38/per dozen. Thirty percent of proceeds from the sale will go to the Florida-based Selfless Love Foundation, which helps fund needs within the foster-care community. With COVID-19 impacting the needs of foster families and children in search of a foster home, Clear Golf has reduced its ball (usually $68/dozen) to help raise funds for this foundation, which was founded by Clear chairman Ed Brown, former CEO of Patron. For more, click here.
Linksoul "Flatten The Curve" T-shirt
Linksoul is donating all proceeds from this limited-edition T-shirt to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Pre-orders opened March 23, and the company has raised more than $140,000 already. For more information on the fundraiser, click here.
Southern Tide Healthcare Heroes Collection
In an effort to support healthcare workers on the front lines, Southern Tide developed the Healthcare Heroes collection that includes a T-shirt, long-sleeve shirt and hat. All profits from sales on these items will go to the South Carolina Hospital Association. For more information visit southerntide.com
Adidas will donate $2 for every item over $20 purchased online now through May 16. Donations go to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund which supports frontline workers and those impact by the pandemic. The company has already donated more than $3 million to the fund and $1 million to the China Youth Development Foundation. Additionally, Adidas has distributed 90,000 masks to medical communities and has teamed up with 3-D manufacturer Carbon to produce face shields for first-responders. For more information visit adidas.com.
The percussive massage device brand is offering an exclusive discount of up to $250 off select products for healthcare providers, now through May 4. If you're not a healthcare provider, you can still get up to $150 off any item. Theragun is also donating new devices to hospital break rooms to help with relief and recovery to more than 60 hospitals around the globe, and the company has donated thousands of masks and provided 250,000 meals to those in need through hunger relief organization Feeding America.
For more information visit theragun.com
The golf retailer started a social-media campaign #Shankthisvirus, selling T-shirts with the phrase and donating proceeds to relief efforts and support funds at American Red Cross, Henry Ford Health System, Hurley Medical Center, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital and Say Detroit Health Clinic.
For more information visit carlsgolfland.com
Honma is donating 10 percent of purchases to the PGA of America's Emergency Fund now through May 30. The fund supports those in the golf industry that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. Honma is also running an online raffle to raise money for the fund. Raffle "tickets" ($10-100) will enter participants to win a variety of prizes from the brand's newest clubs to throwback vintage persimmons. The raffle is open until May 15, and winners will be randomly selected on May 20. For more information visit honmagolf.com.
Ably's "Get One and Give One"
Ably is an apparel company known for making stain- and liquid-repellent clothing. The company is offering a promotion called "Get One and Give One," donating an item from its collection to frontline responders for every purchase made. With the code GIVING, get 25-percent off your purchase and get a free face mask with every purchase.
For more information visit ablyapparel.com
Pros for a Purpose and Meiomi Wines
Pros for a Purpose is an organization started by Ryan Palmer to support the PGA Tour charities impacted by COVID-19. He teamed up with Meiomi Wines for the #MeiomiPinotPuttOff encouraging the 21-plus crowd to record themselves sinking one-handed putts, leaving that free hand to clutch a glass of wine. In addition to a $100,000 donation to Pros for A Purpose, Meiomi Wines will donate $5 for every putt made and posted to social media with the hashtag #MeiomiPinotPuttOff, up to $50,000. So far we've seen Charley Hoffman, Jimmy and Erin Walker, Amanda Balionis and Kira Dixon participate—and we're not sure what is more impressive, the putts or those heavy pours. For more information visit prosforapurpose.com.
The snowboard company has shifted production to source and manufacture KN95 respirator masks for healthcare workers. The first shipment of 200,000 masks were delivered to hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire earlier this month with the next shipment headed to New York City. The company plans to donate 500,000 masks in total. The company has also repurposed one of its Vermont facilities to produce face shields. The first shipment is set to be delivered to Boston Children's Hospital. Burton is encouraging people to donate new or used goggles through a program called "Goggles for Docs" that donates the protective eyewear to hospital workers. For those who work in the healthcare industry, Burton is offering 50-percent off products through the Burton Performer program.
For more information visit burton.com
Esquivel Shoes Esquivel X Collection
The high-fashion footwear company developed a permanent accessories collection called "Esquivel X." A portion of sales from this eight-piece line goes to Giving Children Hope, a non-profit organization that works to provide food and supplies to those in need both locally and globally.
For more information visit equivelshoes.com
The creative pool float makers recently launched a golf cart float to help lighten the mood at home. The float fits two people, has a removable sun shade "roof" and two cup holders. The company is also donating 20 percent of all profits to Feeding America in order to support food banks feeding those suffering during COVID-19.
For more information visit funboy.com
While you might not be able to use them now, Zero Halliburton is discounting its luggage up to 70 percent so you can be prepared to travel when the time comes. The warehouse sale is going on now through April 24 and the company is donating 15 percent of proceeds to Feed the Frontlines, International Medical Corps and Direct Relief.
For more information and to shop the sale visit zerohalliburton.com
On Thursday (April 16), select brands are offering sales sitewide and matching the sale percentage with a donation to a coronavirus relief effort. Companies participating range from apparel, accessories, homegoods and even wine. Activewear company Rhoback known for performance-ready golf shirts and quarter-zips is offering a 20-percent donation with code CARTS4HEARTS.
- Bedding company Loro Lino has the highest sale and donation percentage at 50 percent with code HEARTS.
- La Matera, a brand that makes unique and stylish woven belts and accessories is offering 15-percent off and a donation to Frontline Foods with code CARTS4HEARTS.
- A full lists of brands, discount codes and organizations receiving donations can be found at carts4hearts.com.
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Stern Lines Sweatshirt | Available at sternlines.com
La Matera Bariloche Belt | Available at lamaterashop.com
Rhoback The Antigua Q-Zip | Available at rhoback.com
Scout & Cellar Wine | Available at scoutandcellar.com
Addison Bay The Everyday Tote | Available at addisonbay.com
Wears Woody Sunstreaker "W" Trucker Hat | Available at wearswoody.com
Sports drink company BioSteel Sports Nutrition has pledged to donate up to $2 million worth of its Hydration Mix product to frontline workers, hospitals and patients during the pandemic. The mix, when added to water, supports hydration and boosts energy levels without the addition of sugar or caffeine. The mix contains vitamins to maintain hydration levels and supports the immune system.
For more information visit biosteel.com