In recent days, Ive been fielding a lot of the same questions. Im grateful to be able to answer these as it means there are people interested in what Geau Golf is and does. To that end we begin:
What is GEAU Golf and what’s up with the “GEAU”? Fair enough. GEAU is the last part of my name Sauvageau, and while its pronounced “joe”, the company is pronounced “go golf”
What does Geau Golf make?We make Golf accessories soft goods. Headcovers, valuables bags, zipper bags, stuff like that. Everything is hand made here in Oregon. There is no production line and nothing is made outside of Oregon or the USA. Our products consist of 4 main areas: Headcovers for general generic sale to the public, custom one off covers made from new materials made to order and specification, Upcycled headcovers for the general public made from up cycled items such as retired camouflage from uniforms, denim jeans Tommy Bahama embroidery etc, and lastly Custom up cycled headcovers made from someones personal belongings and converted specifically for that person. We also do custom embroidery and monogramming for extra charge
Where do you get your supplies? A lot of the materials we get we find in creative locations such as Etsy, eBay, and the like. New and vintage wools, Pendleton fabric from the mill. etc.
What kind of materials do you use? The bulk of the headcovers that Geau Golf makes are from one of four materials: Wool, Leather, waterproof ( think Cordura) nylons, and waxed canvas. These items are durable and popular. Occasionally we will use other materials as when we make the Tommy Bahama repurposed shirts. Those are silk. Definitely used in the dry summer months.
What is the cost? The cost to have a custom cover made will vary according to the request. There is a lot of hand work involved in making a head cover. There is no production line at Geau Golf, as each cover is hand crafted from start to finish. There are no robots or mass production. Each cover has my DNA all over it. Most generic ( non custom) drivers and fairway woods will start out in the general 60-70 dollar range and go up from there. A fully customized multi embroidered headcover can ( and has) topped out at $200 or so. I will always give you a pretty good estimate when you ask for one to be made.
How long does it take to make one for me? As I say to every customer to asks me this: it depends on the complexity of the project. A simple build with no embroidery or fancy embellishments, can be ready in a short of time as a week, and very complicated headcovers can be 4-6 weeks.
Can I get a special embroidery item? Yes, your company logo, a special insignia, or animal image can certainly be embroidered on to a headcover. If it requires digitization, then it will be farmed out to someone who specializes in that, as that is an art form in and of itself. I can also purchase and attach pre made patches, patches that a customer already has and wants incorporated into a cover or bag. I cannot do licensed material unless its in a purchased patch form.
What are some of the things you have repurposed? In the last few months I have repurposed and converted: military uniforms, Tee shirts, sports jerseys, football pants, Golf Flags collected by the owner, backpacks. Stuff like that. I even did a Winter X games Gold medal jersey.
How did you get started doing this? In the summer of 2018, I had a summer “staycation” and had some time on my hands. My own driver headcover was falling apart and went shopping for some locally made covers from a well known company. After finding one I liked and being surprised at the $100 price tag, I thought perhaps I could make this myself, being proficient with a sewing machine. After successfully making one, I completed my own set. Some friends wanted some as well and to be honest, it just sort of snowballed from there. I threw a few on to Ebay just to see if they sold and to my surprise they did.
How can I see some of your work? Pretty simple, I have a Facebook page and presence on Instagram. Thats where you see the most current work as it is completed. There are also pieces on eBay and more added when I have time to make them.
Can you make 10, 20, 100? Well, that becomes difficult to answer. There are no two items that are completely identical. I can and have made 10 of the “same” putter cover but if you need 100 covers for a large event, I probably cant fulfill that order. Have to be realistic. One might call my company “boutique” or “one off”. Its not likely you’ll see a pile of the same headcover in any one spot.
How do I place an order: In one of several ways: You can message me through facebook, and instagram, and you can email me thru the contact feature of this website. I do accept texts once an established relationship is set but for obvious reasons, I dont leave my phone here .
I’m an influencer, may I showcase and promote your covers? You want a free one. NO.
Why should I pick you over any one else? There are a lot of great headcover companies out there, and I am one of them. Im not going to trash or put down any of my competitors, my niche seems to be in the creation of a headcover for someone who is looking for some very special personalization or repurposing of some item of some sentimental significance. Those types of businesses are somewhat hard to find.
I hope that some of your questions about Geau Golf have been answered. If you have a more specific inquiry please do so on our contact form!
Im not very good at updating my site with newest offerings and ideas. Most of my photos are on instagram and facebook. Thats not to say that I havent been busy making new things! Ive been adding more and more orders for custom covers, drawstring bags and zipper bags. There never seems to be enough hours in the day and for that I am grateful, grateful that people have found Geau Golf without so much as $1 in advertising and grateful that the customers who have given me a chance have been happy with their purchases, both on Ebay and the ones I custom made.
Check out the gallery page today and look at the most recent uploads! There are a LOT!
One of my favorite materials to sew with is wool, wool plaid specifically! There’s no end to the varieties and color palates that plaid provides and one would be hard pressed to seek out a plaid and not find at least ONE that appeals to your eye!
Below is a photo montage of the plaids that I have in my immediate collection. Every time I see a deal on quality wool plaid, I get some because I like to sew small batches of beautiful headcovers that, in all likelihood, won’t be found on another golf bag any time soon.
That being said, the selection below is just a fraction of what I have available at my disposal. If you have a family ( Clan) plaid that you dream about, message me with the name and I can turn that dream into a reality!
I would guess that the first question I am asked thru messaging about custom covers is ” what is this going to cost?”. Not an unreasonable question to be sure. I have struggled from day one with that question. What is this product worth? The value of the materials is easy to determine. What my labor and “talent” is worth isn’t always easy to determine.
Each headcover is different. Some require plaids and stripes to be carefully laid out and matched. If they don’t match up as closely as possible that’s a sign of sloppy or careless work in my opinion. My first sewing teacher taught me that attention to detail may not be obvious to the untrained eye but your work won’t always been seen by the untrained eye….do your best work.
Ive given a lot of headcovers away as I have learned my trade. Ive taken feedback from many people to get their best ideas and criticisms. Ive been open to hearing what works and what doesn’t. Their feedback is payment enough. Eventually however, money is involved.
A well made driver and fairway woods from wool and leather will command around 50-70 dollars. If you add embroidery or monograming that will drive the cost up. A complicated embroidery for a one-off headcover can take 2 hours or more to stitch.
A basic blade putter with velcro closure go for somewhere between $35 and up depending on the materials and embellishments. Its all about the time .
Some pieces can go together in 15-20 minutes. Other take much longer. If a pattern has a lot to match or a lot of extra stitching ( like when I made the high school headcovers) they make take an hour or more for each one. I made a patchwork driver for a person out of several sports jerseys. That one cover took 2-3 hours of continuous work. I made a bogey on the deal I made there LOL. It was gorgeous tho!
A true one of a kind!
🙂 No matter what you pay, Geau Golf will make a beautiful product for you!
When you buy something that has been made by a machine you will get what would be considered the McDonalds of merchandise. I say McDonalds NOT to be negative but from personal experience, you can expect that a Big Mac from a McDonalds in, say, Los Angeles will be the same as the Big Mac in the Big Apple…and nearly everywhere in the world.
When you buy something hand made however, you will get a beautifully made item that I would say is “perfectly imperfect”. Every item made by hand even if cut identically, will come together ever so slightly different.
There isn’t anything wrong with this. Hand made means exactly that. When I make a headcover, my hands have been all over that product…working it as carefully as I can thru every part of the cutting and stitching phases. I work hard to manipulate every piece thru the sewing machines to create “perfection” but that doesn’t always happen..there is no perfection in handmade. There is just time, energy, sweat and occasionally a foul word when things may not come together as I want it. These become “practice” or “scrap” and occupy the clubs in the garage. Other times I marvel at how lovely it presents itself at the end.
When you purchase a Geau Golf headcover it will be fully handmade to the best ability I can do. It is not sewn by a robot. My fingerprints will be all over it from start to finish.
When Geau Golf launched and I received inquiries about custom headcovers, the question that was most often asked was ” do you make mallet headcovers?” The answer for the first few months was always “No”. I had tried and failed to make a sturdy stiffer headcover and all I managed to accomplish was a broken sewing machine and a multitude of broken needles. I decided to change the focus to a softer yet just as protective malleable mallet headcover. I am glad to say that I have finally made a mallet headcover for both the rounded and squared end mallets.
I had been challenged to add to the Geau Golf collection but I wanted it to be both functional and beautiful. I hope I have accomplished this. Previous to this I had made prototypes and sent them to some customers to critique and offer suggestions. I tried magnet closures but they did not stay sufficiently closed so I choose and will continue to use a heavy duty velcro type closure.
One of the most enjoying parts of being Geau Golf is turning somebody’s idea into reality. Below is some recent custom creations simply based on a customers “vision” of what they want
He had a picture of a headcover that he liked and wanted reproduced. This was that end product
I also had some Pendleton wool and some white leather and made this driver. This is a personal favorite of mine as blue is on of my favorite colors.
Lastly I had with a very “blingy” vision. He said ” make this” and I did. He wanted to make a bold statement so I used the gold leather and lime green wool to create these one of a kind head covers for him.
Everyone has that special something that makes them unique or different and our golf bag is no different. We decorate our bags with bag tags and little hang toys. Nothing is more visible than the headcovers however. Having a Headcover that says something about its owner is fun, in my opinion. Geau Golf customizes headcovers from taking a piece of wool that you select from my inventory and have it customized, to actually having a headcover made from materials that you yourself may provide. Below are some headcovers made recently from a customers personal collection of sports team jerseys and shirts.
Contact Geau Golf if you have something special that you want reinvented as a one of a kind headcover for your golf bag!
When choosing a Headcovers, what I make it out of is partly for form and partly for function. Sometimes form trumps function and other times function wins out. Most of the time I manage a little of both in my designs.
Take for example the ones above. This pair is a driver and fairway wood in a muted plaid cotton WAXED canvas. Its a very traditional fabric but highly functional in wet weather because the waxed canvas is very water resistant. I hesitate to say waterproof because I’ve played in the worst weather imaginable in “waterproof” clothing and still got wet…so there. Nevertheless, this material is great for highly water resistant headcovers especially in the winter/rainy months.
The two above are leather ( cow to be exact) Leather can be in all sorts of colors and textures…from the basic pebble pattern above to alligator stamped and very smooth glove like texture. They are durable and stylish and I can make all sorts of designs on them as well as embroidery. They are decent in the rain but they will eventually get wet. I like leather but to be honest, I prefer my leather in the sunshine.
Cordura nylon ( or any other competitor to Cordura) is a highly durable water”proof” woven material that makes great headcovers for questionable weather conditions. It comes in a HUGE variety of colors and weights called “denier” the higher the number, the heavier it is. I usually use anywhere from 600-1000 denier weight nylon which is about the same weight as back pack and tent material. It seems to be most popular with the high school coaches that I have made headcovers for since I can make it in pretty much any team color imaginable.
Wool is the most popular over all Headcover material I use and sell. I purchase everything from plaids to solids to Pendleton Blanket pieces to make any number of types of headcovers. Wool is a great fabric for headcovers because its relatively fade resistant ( not fade proof) , has a great assortment of colors and patterns for any preference and sews beautifully. I love wool. I even have a cashmere plaid piece I havent sewn yet. Wool will bead water for a short time but it will get wet but will hang dry eventually. I wouldn’t necessarily use it as my go-to head cover in january.
Cotton. Probably not much needs to be said about cotton. Soft and pliable but never water resistant unless its waxed. It will fade in the sun over time but it still makes a beautiful Headcover. its also very washable. You can spray “scotchguard” on it to help with the water.
Fleece headcovers are soft and puffy and what I would call ” novelty” . I found this “I love dog” pattern and had to make a set. Fleece is very washable and will protect a golf head nicely.
Overall, materials matter. I can mix and match materials to suit anybody’s desire. It has been been fun to see what I can create with the materials I can bring home.
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