Merino History

The introduction of Merino sheep to New Zealand traces back to 1814 when Reverend Samuel Marsden imported the initial flock from Australia. Over the ensuing fifty years, thousands more were brought in, though their quality wasn't consistently high. To enhance the stock, breeders in New Zealand imported sheep from Germany, France, the UK, and the USA. By the early 1880s, these efforts led to the development of a distinct type—the New Zealand Merino. Merino sheep stand out for their remarkable adaptability to extreme climates, thriving where many other breeds struggle. Despite their smaller size compared to other breeds, their coats boast nearly three times the thickness. Renowned for its active natural properties, Merino wool adapts to the body's temperature, offering warmth in winter and cooling comfort in summer. It's a fabric perfectly suited for year-round wear, especially on the golf course. For over five centuries, the global acclaim for Merino wool has persisted. Its exceptional softness, superior warmth, and lighter feel set it apart from all other wool types. Ongoing improvements in breeding techniques have further refined the quality of Merino wool, making it even finer. What truly distinguishes Merino wool is its exceptional moisture-wicking ability. Water beads off its surface instead of being absorbed, rendering it resistant to most stains. Moreover, its capability to allow sweat to evaporate reduces any potential odour, highlighting its practicality and functionality.

Merino Care

Caring for your MERIGOLF garment will ensure its longevity and retain its quality.

Here are some tips:
Gentle Washing: Hand wash or use the delicate cycle on your machine with cold water. Avoid hot water as it can cause shrinkage and damage the fibres.
Mild Detergent: Use a mild detergent specifically designed for wool or delicate fabrics. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners as they can harm the wool fibres.
Avoid Agitation: Handle the wool gently; don't scrub or wring it. Press the water gently out instead of twisting or pulling.
Drying: Lay the garment flat on a towel to air dry. Avoid hanging Merino wool as it can stretch out of shape. Reshape the garment while it is damp if needed.
Ironing: Cool iron on reverse side.

Store your Merino wool items folded rather than hanging. This prevents stretching and maintains their shape.
Occasional Washing: Merino wool has natural antibacterial properties, so it does not need frequent washing. Air it out after wearing to refresh it, and only wash when necessary.