Seamus Golf is a new woolen accessories company based in Beaverton, Ore., that has developed a way to bring style to one's golf bag: tartan woolen headovers.
The idea was the brainchild of Akbar Chisti, an accountant by trade. "About 10 years ago, my dad brought me back one of these tartan headcovers from Royal Troon," Chisti said. His wife Megan, who was experienced in design and woolen products, made some headcovers for Chisti and his friends, he said. "It was really her who got us to where we are today," Chisti said. "She's got a good design aesthetic."
Among Seamus Golf's earliest customers was Bandon Dunes, where Chisti worked in the shop over summers while attending Portland State. "We were out playing Bandon Dunes with these covers and they liked them," he said. The photo above shows a Seamus Golf headcover with a Bandon Dunes logo.
Chisti said he uses woolen fabric milled by Northwest companies and his headcovers are made in Oregon. They feature elastic linings to keep the headcovers from falling off, but still allow for "single-handed use," he said.
Among other courses to carry Seamus headcovers are Chambers Bay (south of Tacoma, Wash., and site of the U.S. Open in 2015), Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif., Ballyneal Golf Club in Holyoke, Colo., and Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif.
"Where we've done real well is with this new era of links-style golf courses," he said. "These golfers, when they go to Europe, are used to seeing locally-made tartan headcovers. Then they see ours and the quality supercedes what they've seen. We've taken the construction and design very seriously, so we don't have a cover that falls apart."
The headcovers retail for $55 for a driver cover and $45 for fairway wood, hybrid and putter covers. They can be purchased here.
-- John Strege