There’s nothing like the smell of a good cigar wafting through the air while playing a round of golf. That pungent smell of tobacco, oak, pepper and sometimes chocolate.
Of course, the smell varies on the type, age and brand of the stogey but I know it quite well.
I grew up with my father smoking cigars almost everywhere. In the house, when we went to drive-in movies in our old station wagon, outside while playing catch. The pungent smell was everywhere.
I now feel somewhat obliged to carry on the tradition. I cannot say I am anywhere near connoisseur level but I do enjoy occasionally torching up a quality cigar while playing a round of golf.
Smoking while playing seems to be somewhat of a dying art – but after the round – everything’s fair game. Nothing like a beautiful cigar and a fine pour of scotch on a crisp Fall day.
When I first started smoking cigars and knew virtually nothing about them a longtime cigar smoker said to me, “Remember kid, if it looks good enough to eat, it’s probably a good cigar.”
I always remembered that for some reason.
A few players on the PGA Tour are known to be regular cigar smokers, but it’s strictly now an image thing. Older tour players like Rocco Mediate can still be seen from time to time with a cigar on the practice range – but it’s rare. Davis Love III is said to maintain a nice collection.
The most visible cigar smoker among current players is “The Golf World’s Most Interesting Man,” Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, who plays primarily on the European Tour and can often be seen with a huge Cohiba before and after a round. We did a post on him a while back called, Spanish Rebel: Miguel Angel Jimenez
Another well-known Tour player and Cigar smoker is British Open champ Darren Clarke of Ireland. Says Clarke,
“I still smoke cigars all the time, but because my golf hadn’t been so good until late, I thought it was a bit silly smoking cigars on the course,” relishing the thought of puffing on his favorite cigar, a Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona-Cuban, of course.
It’s the I’ve-grown-up-and-I’m-free-to-be-me players who have brought visibility to cigar smoking. “It’s like it’s illegal on the other tour,” says another cigar smoker Hubert Green, winner of 19 PGA Tour events.
“Those guys who smoke do it in private. Out here, we can smoke if we like. It’s not like we’re trying to blow smoke in someone’s face. But we’re grown up and we can do it.”
If you do enjoy a good smoke you might want to check out Famous-smoke’s cigars online who have a great selection of quality cigars