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The year was 1966. Chuck Sakmann played his first round of golf, which marked the start of his lifelong love of the game. Soon he captained his high school golf team, played division one golf for Jacksonville University, obtained his degree, and was named Head Golf Coach at his alma mater.


When offered the opportunity to combine his passion for golf with a career in the golf apparel business, Chuck joined the Ernie Sabayrac Division of Izod /Lacoste and had the good fortune to work with many golf apparel experts, most notably Ernie Sabayrac, the man who first introduced Izod/Lacoste to the United States golf and tennis markets.


After his appointment as president of the Izod/Lacoste Golf and Tennis Division, Chuck and his dedicated team produced some of the most stylish and popular apparel of the 1980's and 1990's era. Tennis and golf were booming, and in a few short years Izod Club and Lacoste International Tour became the best-selling apparel in theUS golf and tennis markets. Staying close to the game has always been important in designing the most compelling performance apparel, and Chuck and his teams worked inside the ropes designing apparel to outfit many of golf's most accomplished players, including Tom Watson, Payne Stewart, Nancy Lopez, Julie Inkster, Betsy King, and David Toms.


Sensing an opportunity in the market ten years ago for an upscale, casual outerwear collection in the exclusive green grass and specialty store market, Chuck founded Sakmann Golf, LLC, and partnered with Bob Timberlake, Inc. to design and produce the Bob Timberlake Signature Apparel collection. Well received in country club and specialty stores, Bob Timberlake Signature Apparel is noted for its distinct, rustic look.


As golf apparel evolved with the use of more technical and athletic fabrics, Chuck sensed the timing was right to draw on his years of experience to design updated, classic performance apparel. Starting with the most important item in a golfer’s wardrobe, the knit shirt, he introduced the Sakmann Apparel Collection of knits in 2011, which combined vibrant and classic ‘prep’ East Coast colors in a comfortable, light weight performance fabric. The fusion of classic looks and vibrant colors with the very best performance fabrics defines the Sakmann Apparel Collection. Building on the success of the first season, the collection has been expanded to include mid weight-layering pieces and wind-lined sweaters and fleece.


The Sakmann Apparel Collection is available at many of America's most exclusive country clubs and resorts. For a retailer in your area, please refer to our "Golf Pro" shop locator section of the web site.