Archive for August, 2020

5 Top Tips for choosing a new Sportwear Embroidery supplier…

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
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When thinking about getting sportswear embroidery on your team kit or sports garments, workwear or other clothing, what are the 5 core things you should consider when choosing an embroidery company?

As any Golf Society organiser or sports team manager knows, what you wear and the quality of the sports attire you choose, can make a real difference to how you perform. 

In addition, with so many companies (local or national) providing an embroidery service, how do you know which one to choose? 

In 2020, The Social Golfer appointed Sportwear embroidery specialist Portlantis as our preferred supplier. 

Why? A combination of reasons.

Firstly, we were impressed with how helpful they were. From the moment we spoke, we knew they really wanted to provide us with a top-quality service. 

However, once we moved beyond the niceties, these were our core considerations…

  1. The quality of the product and range available
  1. The quality of the sportswear embroidery
  1. The price & delivery costs
  1. The turnaround time

For us here at The Social Golfer, the price was important, but more important to any golfer is the styling and fitting.

Rather than pretend to know everything there is to know about branded sportswear, we asked Trudy Reynolds (Managing Director at Portlantis) for her top 5 tips for choosing a new embroidery supplier. 

Over to Trudy to discuss all things sportswear embroidery…

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When The Social Golfer first asked me to write a
‘blog’ for their members, I really didn’t know where to begin as there are so many variables when it comes to my industry.

However, I thought it best to start by saying how thrilled we are to be working with the team at The Social Golfer.

We really do get excited when it comes to new embroidery and printing on clothing, caps and bags – and we love a new project! 


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Portlantis has 15 years’ experience in the garment decoration industry. 

All manufacturing takes place in-house at our premises in Devon (which is also home to some great golf courses like Royal North Devon GC and Saunton GC), and we supply sportwear to Golf societies and sports clubs all over the UK. 

In fact, if it’s fabric we can logo it – we recently embroidered some great hole flags for two courses at Hulencourt in Belgium.

In addition, we will be shocasing our sportswear embroidery on TSG gear at Celtic Manor in Spet 2020.

What do you need to decide to make an informed choice of Golf & Sportswear Embroidery?

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In 2020, technology has advanced so that we now have a fantastic range of fabric to choose from. 

Whilst plenty of golfers stay with traditional cotton when it comes to polos, there are also fabrics like the Coolplus Performance TM, Permanent Wicking Fabric which draws moisture away from the skin to keep you cool on and off the course.

This easy-care fabric doesn’t need ironing and comes with a flat knit collar, taped neck, self-coloured buttons and side vents for easy movement. 

And it doesn’t stop with polos – if you need jackets, sweaters or a new gilet, then we can advise about the latest styles and fabrics for those items too.


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Most garments have left breast embroidery with the golf club or golf society logo, but we often embroider the right breast or sleeve with individual names or initials too. 


Having the destination and date of your society trips on your shirts is also very popular. Complex logos and multiple positions equal higher stitch counts – so do be aware, that the price will rise a bit if you increase the decoration. 


But our polos are usually worn again when off the course, so are often seen as good value – and it’s easy for the organiser to spot his group in the airport bar, if they are all wearing the same thing!   






Sizing between brands can vary hugely.


For example we supply a French brand called Sols which comes up significantly smaller than some of the American brands. 


Nothing is more frustrating than ordering and paying for your polo, only to realise it’s a little tight or way too big when it arrives. 


At Portlantis, we are always very happy to send out samples, so you can test sizes before you buy. 



Contrasting Colours…


It’s always good to test colours before approving an order.


Which is why we provide all our customers with photographic samples to be sure you are happy, before completing your order. 


In fact, we don’t mind sending you a stitched logo on a ‘swatch of fabric’ via Royal Mail.


So you can see your logo at first hand before it goes onto all your garments.




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This can vary hugely but you don’t always have to spend big to get the best. 


Many factors affect the price, inlcuding fabric choice, colour, size, quantity and timing.


We’ll work with you to get the most from your budget and find the best solution for you and your team.  

Things Portlantis can provide to any golfer or golf society in terms of sportswear embrodiery…

Polo Shirts: 

As mentioned above, probably the most common order we get from golfers is a society shirt. This can be provided in any colour and fabric. To stand out more, why not add a special message to your club logo.

Baseball Caps:

Every golfer’s wardrobe includes caps and we have selected a 100% cotton twill cap from headwear specialist Beechfield, available in a variety of colours. This six-panel cap has ventilation eyelets and is easily adjustable with a tri-glide buckle on the fabric strap at the rear. Caps are worn for their practicality of course, but the branding to the front and back allow you to fly the flag for your club or society. 

Shoe Bags:

Need somewhere to store your shoes? Made of hard wearing 210D polyester, this water-resistant fabric has reinforced corners and drawstring handle, an inexpensive and essential addition to your golfing wardrobe.

Gym Bags: 

Perfect for putting wet or dirty clothing in after your round, and for keeping separate from your clean clothes. It can also be used as a good alternative to a shoe bag.

Golf Towels: 

No golf bag is complete without the ever-practical golf towel. We offer a luxury version in navy, in 100% ringspun cotton, with excellent absorbency qualities.


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Finally, Portlantis is proud of our relationship with golf societies and Golf Clubs around the UK and we love talking to new customers. 

Please get in touch if you need any sort of bespoke items for your events and trips.

Contact Trudy on or direct on 07795 565975

Best golf watches to buy in 2020 – Garmin Approach…

Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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Golfers are notoriously known for loving a new piece of golf gear but what are the best golf watches to buy in 2020…

Golfers are always looking for new ways to improve their game and having any type of new golf geat makes it easy for them to indulge in the sport to their heart’s content.

Speaking of the right golf gear, one item that is currently being talked about is the use of GPS watches.

Golf watches are incredibly important to a golfer, and not just because it helps the golfer keep track of time, but also because these watches have several other features and benefits required to improve one’s game.

One can be confused about the models and might
find it challenging to settle for one, so this  article
provides a quick galance at some of the popular options on the market in 2020…

The Garmin Approach S62:


Read any article about golf watches, and you shall find a boatload of information on the various models of Garmin Approach. 


Garmin Approach makes for one of the best brands when it comes to golf watches, and it just keeps improving its efficiency with each model. 


The Garmin Approach S62 has a 1.3-inch colored display with touch support and has a beautiful clarity when under the scorching light of the sun. 


The ‘virtual caddie’ feature on the watch makes it easy for the players to gauge the distance and track each with the utmost details. 

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The Garmin Approach S60:


The second on the list of best golf watches is the Garmin Approach S60 and has a 1.2 inch colored display.


What makes the watch stand out is that its features do not only come handy to the golfers, but also to the ones who like to indulge in Skiing, Snowboarding, Paddleboarding and Rowing. 


It is also priced at a lower cost than the Garmin Approach S62, with almost the same features, which makes it an easy buy. 


Garmin Approach S60 is easily the best runner-up to Garmin Approach S60.

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The Garmin Approach S20:


The third on our list of the best golf watches has to be the Garmin Approach S20. 


This golf watch is priced at the lower end of the market and makes it to the list for its efficacious GPS tracking feature. 


In addition, it has the capacity to charge up super quick, and the battery can last for as long as 15 hours. 


This is definitely is a feature in a golf watch that we could get on with. 


For MORE INFORMATION on Garmin watches their additional features, visit great golf reviews and make your own mind up.

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Golf Buddy WTX:


The fourth one on our list is the Golf Buddy WTX. 


If you wanted a substitute for the Garmin Approach models, Golf Buddy should definitely be your buddy. 


It is slim and incredibly lightweight that makes it an excellent option for the golfers. 


Plus, it is also highly affordable, and you do not need to blow a hole in your pockets to get your hands on this one. 


If you are looking for an entry-level golf watch that does pretty much all that you would find in any other brand, you must consider the Golf Buddy WTX.



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TomTom Golfer 2:


The last model that we review in this article is the TomTom Golfer 2.


This model weighs only 2.8 ounces and is, therefore, quite easy to strap on to your fist. 


Plus, the stunning designs and the features that one can find on the watch are something that shall pique anyone’s interests.


It also has over 40,000 preloaded courses about the sport that can help you improve your game and stay in the loop about the same. 


The final feature that we would like to talk about is that of the Round Tracking, which helps you decide on the shots, the distance, the time taken for the shot and several other features. 

And Finally…


These are some of the best golf watches to buy in 2020 but as with all things golf, take the time to find out would suit your game best!