Costco Suspends Production of the Kirkland Signature Golf Ball
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Costco Suspends Production of the Kirkland Signature Golf Ball

Costco Suspends Production of the Kirkland Signature Golf Ball

The Costco Kirkland Signature Golf Ball; man what a story. By now you know the deal. It’s a four-piece, urethane cover golf ball, with performance that can stand toe to toe with any tour ball on the market today.

All that, and it’s only $15 a dozen.

Anybody in the ball business who says they aren’t monitoring the situation and aren’t concerned about the lasting impact the K-Sig might have on their business is absolutely lying. The industry is nervous. Believe that.

We can haggle over whether or not the Kirkland Signature is the biggest equipment story of the last decade (give or take), but one thing that isn’t up for debate, Costco’s surprise foray into the golf business shook up the industry.

The K-Sig has been a godsend for the budget conscious consumer. Like I said, a hell of a story, but unfortunately it appears to be coming to an end, and I suspect the bigger ball manufacturers will sleep easier tonight because of it.

Here’s what we’re able to share.

Our source inside Costco has not responded to our calls; however, a source familiar with the situation has told us that Costco has suspended production of the Kirkland Signature until further notice. Whether you want to call it a shortage or a total outage, the lack of Kirkland golf balls available to the consumer is being blamed on supply chain issues.

We’re told that, internally, Costco is saying that production will resume at a later date (and that an email will be sent to customers when stock is available), but we have good reason to believe that is an unlikely scenario.

A representative of Nassau Golf (originally listed as the manufacturer of the Kirkland Signature Ball on the USGA conforming list) has told MyGolfSpy that Costco purchased overruns of Nassau’s European-market-exclusive Quattro ball. There is some indication the sale was made through a third party, and that Nassau may not have been directly involved in the deal. The same source confirms that while the Costco balls have a different core color, the material composition and layer thickness are absolutely identical to the Quattro.

With the initial supply of overruns exhausted, Costco effectively has nothing left to sell.

With Costco selling its version of the Quattro at its cost ($15/dozen), it appears that Nassau is not particularly interested in selling Costco any additional inventory. As you can imagine, there’s little interest in allowing Costco to undercut the Quattro with the Quattro, nor is there any desire to see the ball market (including direct-to-consumer brands like Snell, and OEMs such as TaylorMade) undercut either.

I mention TaylorMade in particular because the company’s tour balls are produced at the same factory as the Costco/Nassau balls, and there are some indications that production of new TP5 has pushed smaller companies to the back of the production line. Even if Costco otherwise had the capability to produce balls immediately, which it appears it doesn’t, the K-Sig wouldn’t be given priority over larger brands and long-term customers.

For those wondering if Costco might look to have its balls produced elsewhere; while that theoretically could happen, the application of urethane covers is a highly-specialized process. There are few factories capable of doing it.

To get back in the ball game, it appears Costco will have to wait for more overruns to become available or find another source for what would likely be a fundamentally different ball.

As the larger industry pushes back on the factories, it seems unlikely that Costco will be able to reproduce the current K-Sig or anything like it for the foreseeable future, and almost certainly not for $15 a dozen.

While we have reason to believe there’s more to the story (and we’re not done investigating), we believe that in all likelihood, this is the end of the line for the Kirkland Signature Golf Ball.

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      rmenary

      7 years ago

      I read an article that they will be back. Any truth to that MGS?

      Reply

      Chad Donaldson

      7 years ago

      Vice and Snell rejoice!

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      Shane Wickham

      7 years ago

      It’s just a golf ball….. geez

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      Matty

      7 years ago

      If the Kirkland Signature golf balls do come back (hopefully they do), they should first bring them to Canada since we did not have a chance to buy them.

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      Jason Gladwell

      7 years ago

      It is unreal how popular these balls have become. At my country club, there are members willing to pay $20 for a sleeve. On eBay, prices are up to $60 or $70 for a dozen. Are these balls really that amazing or is it now a collectors item?

      Reply

      John Seglem

      7 years ago

      The Srixon Z Stars are available for $30 / dozen. Damn good ball that plays as well as a PV1.

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      Ted Patchet

      7 years ago

      I tried this ball and thought it was excellent. Bummed to hear they may not be available ever again.

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      Mike Mazza

      7 years ago

      That’s funny cause Titleist was sued yrs ago.. for dimple infrigment

      Reply

      Reeves

      6 years ago

      Yea, I think Top Flite had the Strada ball with a urethane cover which was similar to the ProV,,,Top Flite was bought by Callaway and Callaway sued Titliest and wanted the ProV off the market….took years for law suit to go away..

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      Brian Cook

      7 years ago

      Titleist gets sued as much as they try to sue others.

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      Brian Cook

      7 years ago

      Whenever there is a threatened or pending lawsuit, it always becomes public knowledge. There has been absolutely nothing about Titleist’s involvement in this. Nope this is, once again, about Costco trying to disrupt the golf industry because nobody inside the industry trusts them enough to do business with them. End of story.

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      James Banko

      7 years ago

      I know it’s some BS

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      Russ Marchand Jr.

      7 years ago

      Damn can’t even get a dozen on ebay for less that 40 bucks…

      Reply

      wrxer

      7 years ago

      ‘Costco Suspends Production of the Kirkland Signature Golf Ball’ Is what the title reads.
      This title makes little sense to me since Costco does not have any access to production at all.

      Reply

      Rod Dupras

      7 years ago

      My new motto…find one play one.

      Reply

      Doug Macdonald

      7 years ago

      too bad if this is true…would have liked to try them….ooh well will have to stay with my soccer balls and sharpies….:)

      Reply

      Pete Lewkowicz

      7 years ago

      Ya I saw that on the Wall Street journal too. Boooo

      Reply

      Kent Hake

      7 years ago

      Well damn. I liked that ball.

      Reply

      Brian Klein

      7 years ago

      Check out SNELL golf balls. They’re every bit as good as the PROV1. $30 a dozen, not sold in stores. That’s how they keep the cost down.

      Reply

      Andrew Millar

      7 years ago

      These K-Sigs are all over eBay now, more expensive than personalized Titleist ProV1’s. What the hell is wrong with people?

      Reply

      wrxer

      7 years ago

      Fantastic. STARTING to love this story and streak more and more: 1 dozen of Kirkland Golfballs were sold for $69 after 26 bids on ebay today. Definitely hope that TM will react again:taunt:

      Reply

      Brian Grad

      7 years ago

      For all the talk of the $1.25 ball from Costco, (my favorite store by the way), I just get my balls from KNET golf. They have tons of Grade A ProVI’s for around $1.75 a ball. I have been buying them 3 or 4 dozen at a time for 3 years and there is literally no difference to a new ball. All of these come from divers on water holes and many of them are logo balls but you can tell they have only been hit once or twice. Why pay even $30 per dozen of these Costco balls when you can get ProV’s for around 20-22 per dozen

      Just sayin.

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      Sean

      7 years ago

      Are they the same quattro pitch and putt balls available in Ireland?
      http://www.odwyersgolf.com/shop/golf-balls/nassau-quatro-pitch-putt-golf-balls/

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      luuk

      7 years ago

      yes

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      Rey

      7 years ago

      Wall Street Journal seems to have some more info on the suspension of the KSIG ball.

      The Most Coveted Ball in Golf Is From Costco – The Wall Street Journal
      https://apple.news/AHb7e49TFR0yfztDuVMvcDA

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      Sam Kuhn

      7 years ago

      I’ve got my 7 dozen to experiment with. I gave a dozen to a friend. I have enough balls to last me 2-3 years now.

      Or I could sit on those and wait for the value to increase. Collector’s item!!!

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      Jeff Sanders

      7 years ago

      They are being sold on eBay for like $100 for the 2 dozen.. Crazy ass people are buying them.

      Reply

      Sam Kuhn

      7 years ago

      I guess we all have a price in mind what these are worth. I will find out when I’m able to play.

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      Steve Holliday

      7 years ago

      Yeah no doubt the big boys were in play to crush this ball out of the market. With many test matching the performance of $50 per dozen balls there was no way the “boys” were gonna stand for that.

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      Ben

      7 years ago

      Ok so why are we assuming the K-Sig is a Quattro overrun? The core is a different color for each the dimple pattern is different 350 for the Quattro to 360 for the K-Sig. Those are major differences.

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      We aren’t assuming it, we’re being told it is. Frankly, I believe 3 of the layers are Nassau, the core is almost certainly – as Geoff Shackelford reported on Tuesday – TaylorMade overruns (which is why core colors are different). I believe this is why Nassau is saying the ball is a Quattro. It’s also likely doing its part to protect its largest customer from any backlash for undercutting the market and selling to Costco.

      Regarding the dimple count. It’s no small distinction that the Quattro is listed on the Nassau website as 350, HOWEVER, on the USGA Conforming Ball list, it’s listed as 360 dimple. I suspect the conflicting information is a result of a typo on the Nassau site. The USGA is the law of the land on this matter.

      More telling, perhaps, the combination of the specific construction (4P-SC-3c), spin characteristics (M-H), and a 360 dimple count, is uncommon. There are only 4 balls (out of hundreds to thousands) on the list that match that exact specification. 2 are Nassau, 1 is the K-Sig, and the other is a 3rd party ball believed to be a Quattro.

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      Ben

      7 years ago

      So then can it be considered an overrrun if it is piecing two types of balls together? Wouldn’t this be a special build? If so where else can you buy this exact combination if it is an overrun? My understanding of the word overrun is that there is an enormous amount of something and the manufacturer can’t sell it so they sell the excess to recoup some of the manufacturing costs. If this is the case then this exact ball should have been available somewhere else sometime earlier than the end of 2016 and I never heard of a ball like this did anyone else?

      Ben

      7 years ago

      After reading the Geoff Shackelford article it makes sense now but to consider them an overrun is not correct.

      It does sound like the major ball companies had a big issue with a ball of this price performing so well and they put the kaibash on it or had something to do with it. They didn’t want the general public to know that a ball doesn’t have to sell for $45 a dozen to be the best. This almost sounds like the Epi-Pen scenario in the golf ball world.

      Sharkhark

      7 years ago

      Hi, what I am wondering though? This isn’t a big time player in the USA market as a OEM manufacturer? The Nassau company.
      So I’d get it that if true as an overrun and if true that Nassau wasn’t involved… That Nassau doesn’t want to devalue their brand.

      But they’re virtually unheard of? So success in USA especially when only hard core golfers will even care or notice who the OEM is?
      Went not strike a deal with Costco, keep your euro presence & thru costco sell a crap load of balls? We all know how profitable they are. Volume will be huge. Won’t effect anybody’s impression of Nassau since they’re unknown anyhow.

      Sure the price may have to go up but who cares. Instead of $15 a dozen make it $20 or even $25….it would still be equivalent to getting Prov1 at 2-4-1 pricing.

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      Brian Forrester

      7 years ago

      The problem, for Nassau, is that they manufacture balls for some of the big names in the industry. Their big name clients are likely putting pressure on Nassau, due to the Kirkland pressure put on their own sales, to put a kibosh on supplying Costco.

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      Robert Lane

      7 years ago

      I shop Costco all the time and have never seen a Kirkland brand golf ball in the store or on line. In the last few years they have always carried Callaway. 3 or 4 yrs. ago they switched from titlest to hex control then hex hot and now hex soft.

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      scott chock

      7 years ago

      Take it for what it is worth. I was playing 18 holes with a guy in Sacramento last week. In the course of 18 holes all kinds of conversations come up. I asked him if he had heard about the Costco golf balls. He told me, “we won’t be seeing them anymore”. I asked him why, he said his friend in the FBI told him, “they got involved and the balls won’t be back”. I was hoping the story wasn’t true then I read this article today….interesting.

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      drew

      7 years ago

      Costco was likely selling these as a loss leader anyway…so I’m not at all shocked that they are ramping up productions to keep pace with demand.

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      Mike Gallant

      7 years ago

      Too bad, I wanted to get my hands on a box!

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      Mike Liptrot

      7 years ago

      Would like to learn more about where golf is heading in near future…Tore up my Rotator Cuff on both shoulders about 3 years ago and have had a tuff time getting back into playing shape,

      Reply

      Collin Campbell

      7 years ago

      And people in the golf business wonder why golf is down across the board. As someone who’s been in the business for 10 years, both retail & green grass, here’s why:
      1. Time it takes to play a round
      2. Equipment Costs are too high
      3. Green fees have not come down

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      Ryan Shumpert

      7 years ago

      Can’t wait to find one of these bad boys in the woods while looking for the one I put in the woods.

      Reply

      James Quinn III

      7 years ago

      Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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      Gil Leonard

      7 years ago

      Never saw one.

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      Sam Shelton Knowing what I know about this ball, I can say with near absolute certainty that Titleist would not have any solid standing on any sort of claim. They’d also be foolish to punch up as Costco dwarfs them in resources.

      Let’s assume the K-Sig is as I’ve said, *mostly* a Quattro. Nassau wasn’t named in the suit last year when Titleist went after the the small companies. Relevant perhaps, those were all 308 dimple balls while the K-Sig and Quattro are 360. There is no USGA approved Titleist ball will 360 dimples. That effectively removes the cover from the discussion. We can also take discussions about the origin of the core off the table as well. The remaining layers…tough to argue…tough to prove and given that the Quattro isn’t new, Titleist likely would have already tried to do something about it.

      Coscto also knows exactly what the k-sig is and are most certainly aware that any Titleist claims would be nonsense. Also…if this had progressed past the threatening letter stage, there would be a paper trail.

      That said, Titleist is protective of their ball, and certainly isn’t adverse to sending nonsense letters (I can speak to that personally), so I can’t rule it out – except to say that you’re telling me something others are saying isn’t likely.

      Never say never, but this doesn’t align with anything I’ve been told by others.

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      Sam Shelton

      7 years ago

      Simple question: If the issue really is as straightforward as a lack of supply, why wouldn’t Costco just come out and say that?

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      Glenn Melero

      7 years ago

      treat those like gold, highest bidder

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      Sam Shelton

      7 years ago

      MyGolf Spy thank you for your response. I’ve always loved the brutal honesty and respect for the truth that your publication has shown. However, I can assure you from the mouth of a management level Costco corporate employee that a) there was product available that was pulled from shelves/warehouses and b) titleist is involved in this matter legally on some level. I don’t think that we can go any further in this discussion unless one or both of as are willing to reveal our sources, which doesn’t seem likely.

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      Mike Mosel

      7 years ago

      If you want the truth about this or any other subject in life, Just follow the $ sign and you will always come up with the answer

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      MyGolf Spy

      7 years ago

      Sam Shelton As the author of the story, I’m fairly certain you have less evidence than I do. We’ve been investigating the larger story and the current shortage/outage for weeks. We’ve spoken with multiple sources familiar will all sides of this story (Costco/Nassau/and the industry as a whole).

      Ironically, all your evidence comes from us, but since you seem to have an issue with it, you go a step further and assume it’s inaccurate and not well-sourced. You would be wrong – twice.

      Costco did not pull the ball off the shelf, or stop selling them, they just ran out. They literally have no more balls to sell, and absolutely no means to produce more to the same spec.

      Costco doesn’t own a ball factory, Coscto has no golf ball R&D, and most relevant to the story, Costco doesn’t have any IP or other rights to produce additional balls to the K-Sig spec.

      Why they ran out and can’t do anything about it, stems from what the K-Sig actually is and how it came to be.

      While I understand your skepticism, because the reality of this situation is as insane as anything I’ve encountered covering this industry, but the idea that we’re flying by the seat of our pants or making this up as we go is, frankly, bullshit.

      I want to be clear about a few things:

      1. We did not mysteriously connect dots to come up with a Supply Chain issue as you suggest. That is specifically worded information provided to us from someone familiar with the situation from the Costco side. Since publication, a Costco source has confirmed the suspension, but the company line is that they will eventually have a ball on the market. I should also note, he used the EXACT language as our original source…kind of a company memo situation. I would actually argue that the Costco characterization of “supply chain issue” is a bit of a cop-out. It sort of implies manufacturing backlogs and things like that. In reality and at the risk of redundancy, Costco has no more balls, and does not have the means to produce more to the same spec.

      2. If you read the article closely, you’ll note I said overruns that may not have been sold by Nassau directly. This is the likely reality – and more likely still, I’d suggest that the K-Sig is mostly a Quattro, but not exactly a Quattro. ‘Overrun’ can mean any number of things, and they can happen for a number of reasons. The source of the overruns is the key to this whole thing. I’m awaiting conformation, but what if what I believe to be true proves to be so, it explains everything – and somebody is going to look really bad for it.

      3. Finally and this isn’t directed at you specifically. There is absolutely zero credible information currently to suggest that Titleist or any other ball manufacturer played any sort of role in the decision to suspend production.

      Sometimes the simplest answer (even if the background story is convoluted) is the right answer. So to clarify one final time – The K-Sig has been suspended because Costco has no more balls to sell and no current capability to produce more.

      Costco may very well seek to re-enter the ball market at a later date, but I promise you, when it does, it’s going to be a different ball which will require re-submission and a new listing with the USGA. The K-Sig as we know it is done. -TC

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      Joe Golfer

      7 years ago

      MGS: Thanks for a great story and a fine explanation. I for one appreciate the work you did to uncover this stuff and let us know what’s going on. Without MGS, it is likely that it would have taken way way longer for folks to even know about that Kirkland ball in the first place.
      Keep up the fine work of telling us about the new products, and also the developments on current ones.
      Signed, a fan, Joe Golfer.

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      James Atkins

      7 years ago

      If Costco has no means to produce a golf ball, then there must be a purchase order somewhere showing how many golf balls Costco purchased and maybe what specifications were used. Otherwise they probably just bought an odd lot of balls from someone. The balls may have been off-spec. Either way somebody has a purchase order. Anytime you go into Costco, you may not see what you bought there on your last visit, so this problem with running out of merchandise is not limited to a golf ball.

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      Michael Justin Sumner

      7 years ago

      This is great!

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      Philly Strokers

      7 years ago

      You’re right especially Titleist, because the owner of Titleist Mirae makes most of its money from the golf ball not appeal or golf clubs.

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      Jay Upton

      7 years ago

      somewhere, there’s a horse’s head on a bed pillow…

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      Richard C Smith Jr

      7 years ago

      I know…..I guess the “Heavyweights” in the industry can’t afford to let a good thing continue , huh?

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      Philly Strokers

      7 years ago

      Just when I thought the little guy (myself) was going to get a break, the door was slammed shut!! I just can’t bring myself to paid $47.00 for a dozen of balls.

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      Jay Parker

      7 years ago

      It’s probably true but, “The same source confirms that while the Costco balls have a different core color, the material composition and layer thickness are absolutely identical to the Quattro.” Manufacturers typically change the core color on the same balls for no reason.

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      Corey Minter

      7 years ago

      This would not be the first time titleist has sued for essentially the same thing. From a different angle…I work in the urethane and polymers coatings market.

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      Eric Rodriguez

      7 years ago

      I know a source inside Costco. STFU

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      Eric Rodriguez

      7 years ago

      Game over!!

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      Jorge Ulate

      7 years ago

      I guarantee I can make a triple with any ball

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      Eric Rodriguez

      7 years ago

      If Costco puts it out it’s got to be quality!!!

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      Joshua K. Bingham

      7 years ago

      4 dozen left – enough to get me through Bandon ;)

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      Gorse Richard

      7 years ago

      Can the K-signature ball be saved? This tour spec ball at $15 per doz was great for consumers but bad news for the business models of OEM’s.

      Could someone (group) place a large order for these balls with Nassau and supply again via another retailer? Golf Refugees have a quote from the manufacturer, we will see if this quote is still valid. There could be other manufacturers who produce a tour-spec 3 / 4 – piece ball. MyGolf Spy could ask and test these to see which is best and comparable to the performance of the Korean Nassau / Kirkland ball.

      Our idea would be for a ‘consumer ball’. Where the packaging could depict images from people who place orders.

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      Konsti

      7 years ago

      you guys can still get the vice golf balls. similiar production with full pricing disclosure on the website.

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      Mike Eovino

      7 years ago

      Sounds like a good Kickstarter idea if the quote is still valid.

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      Brett Fowler

      7 years ago

      I heard the real reason is that titleist is suing them.

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      Tommy Hughes

      7 years ago

      Well that didn’t take long.

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      Eric Gonzalez

      7 years ago

      I haven,t seen a Kirkland golf golf at Costco !!!

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      James Penrod

      7 years ago

      If maxfli would bring back the u4 line.. was just as good as the k-sig..HELLO MAXFLI… you listening..

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      John

      7 years ago

      Dicks Sporting Good bought Maxfli about ten years ago FYI

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      ole gray

      7 years ago

      Just when a quality product at an affordable price comes around it suddenly disappears…..   Hmmmmm

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      Jr Chaney

      7 years ago

      FROM THE ARTICLE: A representative of Nassau Golf (originally listed as the manufacturer of the Kirkland Signature Ball on the USGA conforming list) has told MyGolfSpy that Costco purchased overruns of Nassau’s European-market-exclusive Quattro ball. There is some indication the sale was made through a third party, and that Nassau may not have been directly involved in the deal. The same source confirms that while the Costco balls have a different core color, the material composition and layer thickness are absolutely identical to the Quattro.

      With the initial supply of overruns exhausted, Costco effectively has nothing left to sell.

      INTERESTING, wonder what the going rate of the Quattro ball is. It looks like it’s European only.

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      Richard Maliszewski

      7 years ago

      The price is 30 Euros ($32) and shipping to the USA is 35 Euros ($37.64) – forgedaboudit.

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      John Sabourin

      7 years ago

      I was looking forward to trying them …but they never made it to Canada.

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      Betheney McIntosh

      7 years ago

      Explains why when I went online yesterday there wasn’t even an “out of stock” listing.

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      Betheney McIntosh

      7 years ago

      Interesting…

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      David Lee

      7 years ago

      Nassau will sell these direct in Europe £35 a dozen – or you can buy them in Ireland for 30euro where they are labelled as a tour level pitch and putt ball !

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      Charles Willcock

      7 years ago

      In Ireland pitch and putt would be called a Par 3 course in the UK i.e. a short course for proper golfers. The reason the balls are popular on “pitch and putt” is because of the backspin.

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      Michael Oberhaus

      7 years ago

      Wow. That was short lived.

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      Mark JONES

      7 years ago

      There’s no great conspiracy here just simple economics.
      When I first heard about the KEIG I was as interested as anyone else but being in the UK, I couldn’t get my hands on the ball so I tracked the source (it was apparent easy on that Nassau Golf were the manufacturer). A cursory look at their website and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the KSig is a rebranded Quatt room and these retail at nearer $4 a ball.
      Oh well, I thought, I’d still like to enquire about maybe getting a few thousand into the UK and maybe sell from home and just see how it goes – no one else in the UK seems to be doing it.
      So I contacted Nassau’S European HQ in Holland. The reply I got stated that Costco’S deal was a “Costco marketing thing” and whilst the guy didn’t go into great detail, it was clear that there was no way I was going to be able to get them anywhere near Costco’S price.
      GolfSpy’s news would then stack up. Costco basically seem to have got their hands on a production overrun.
      Maybe they and Nassau underestimated the impact but either way, it was never going to be a long term thing. Nassau would only do damage to their own retail arm if they continued to supply Costco at those prices.
      People saying Titleist is are involved probably believe Elvis is still alive too.
      If there’s any cynicism to be laid it’s that theven ones who got the best marketing out of this is Nassau themselves as it has put their previously invisible Quattro ball right in the spotlight.

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      Mark JONES

      7 years ago

      Apologies for the typos. New phone hasn’t learned my text pattern yet!

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      Carlos Mosquera Alejo

      7 years ago

      Whyyyyyy..!

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      Joe Kitterick

      7 years ago

      Shame

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      John Terry

      7 years ago

      I’m guessing someone paid them off to.not sell … ie titleist ..

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      John Terry

      7 years ago

      So not happy

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      Jon Snow

      7 years ago

      Great story. Never got to hit one but lots of talk at the golf course. Thank your for the great coverage

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      Lewis Johnson

      7 years ago

      I think the big boys had a lot to do with that could not stand the competition a better ball for a lower price so they did something about that they couldn’t be undersold with a ball that is better or equal to their ball for a lot lower price

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      Hula_Rock

      7 years ago

      Called it long time ago. it was a Quattro Ball

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      Jeff Omspaugh

      7 years ago

      The big golf companies couldn’t handle the competition. Corporate payoff I’d bet.

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      Will Stokes

      7 years ago

      If that is true, which I’m not saying it isn’t, then isn’t it time for an inquiry in to titleists dealings. They seem to be able to do whatever they want whenever they want. Infringement aside as in callaway case, they seem to always draw the bigger straw when dust settles. Now, I’m no rocket surgeon but when you are that big and always come out smelling roses, well then favors and cash is flying in many directions resulting in us consumers remain the ones fleeced.

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      Marc Anderson

      7 years ago

      Hmmm I have a few dozen and would consider a trade for some B330-RX.

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      Carlos Rivas

      7 years ago

      No!!!

      Reply

      Steven Jay Keith

      7 years ago

      It’s a concern if you have a Costco in your area, closest one to me is six and a half hours away…so it doesn’t bother me one bit

      Reply

      Jason Newsome

      7 years ago

      These were available more so online than in stores, only a few stores had then in Stock, large majority sold online.

      Reply

      Sam Shelton

      7 years ago

      I know a source inside of Costco corporate. Answer me this: Why would Costco pull k-sig balls off the shelf suddenly with no warning? Doesn’t really fit into the “we just ran out” story.

      Reply

      Rand Feura

      7 years ago

      Ahhh Costco and MGS. You let me sniff it, but I never got a taste…

      Reply

      Adam Cash

      7 years ago

      Well that just sucks

      Reply

      Tom Catania

      7 years ago

      Costco could have placed a huge order and wrote a big check to keep these coming. The demand was there. Something is definitely up here. Either Taylormade or Titleist put an end to it. Guaranteed. I will boycott either when the truth comes out.

      Reply

      T-Man

      7 years ago

      They care dude!

      Reply

      DL

      7 years ago

      Terrible news for all golfers out there, this was a big opportunity to keep money in our pockets and we’ve been screwed. I sincerely hope Costco can find a way to get this production going again. Do they not have the buying power? They certainly showed how much product they can sell!

      Reply

      Jennifer Lynn

      7 years ago

      Well that was short-lived ?‍♀️

      Reply

      Degenerate Golf

      7 years ago

      A great run, and story. There are fantastic values to be had for reclaimed balls in 4A condition. I play SR2/3 or Chrome Softs at the third of the price without a blemish. Also, great first run balls from Vice and Snell that match up. Hopefully this has shaken up the industry, but it looks like the direct to consumer titans have won out again…

      Reply

      Arnie Kourtjian

      7 years ago

      Glad I was able to purchase 1dz

      Reply

      Jonathan Evans

      7 years ago

      I got enough to make it thru the year. But the search is on

      Reply

      greg p

      7 years ago

      This whole thing was great for the consumer. If it did nothing else, it opened a lot of peoples eyes to the fact that there are a lot of good balls out there that are alternatives to the leading brand.
      Don’t like paying $48 per doz? Look elsewhere. Snell has been making a great ball, that while not as inexpensive as the K sig, is still waaaay cheaper than the leader.

      Reply

      Vince

      7 years ago

      31.99 I’ve used it and performs like the prov1. Long with driver, with great spin.

      Reply

      Brian Smith

      7 years ago

      Never mind, I use the Snell ball in preference to any other, brilliant for both distance and feel. Correctly rated by My Golf Spy.

      Reply

      Matthew Smith

      7 years ago

      I can’t say I’ve ever used one but I’ve only heard good things. May they go rest in the beautiful bunker in the sky.

      Reply

      Donald C. Hopkins Jr.

      7 years ago

      Sounds like they’re being pressured by big money companies. ..wouldn’t put it past Titleist and others to threaten Costco.

      Reply

      Fred List

      7 years ago

      Unlikely Titleist threatened Costco.

      Costco’s ~70x the size of Titleist’s parent company in market cap.

      In the paraphrased words of Curly, from the movie City Slickers, Costco craps bigger than Titleist.

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      Jeff Eddins

      7 years ago

      I doubt costco is threatened by any golf company. Costco’s profit is higher than most of the big boys sales.

      Reply

      Donald C. Hopkins Jr.

      7 years ago

      True, but only for home goods…not the golf market. Would be like them trying to create tires against Goodyear. ..Goodyear and alike have cornered the market and specialize in their trade. That’s why I feel big companies like titleist might be threatened by a grocer that’s selling more balls at a lower price…thus threatening the big company’s profit margin on a product for which they specialize.

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      Christian Tran

      7 years ago

      Costcos is not threatened by any one of these golfing companies. They have so much money and resources, I’d love to see titleist try to take costcos to court. They maybe able to strong arm the smaller start up golf ball companions but we are talking about costcos. Like Jeff said, their profit is more than most of the big boy sales.

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      Michael Doherty

      7 years ago

      about 7 years ago I bought 6 dozen Callaway HX Hot Black golf balls at my local store. If I remember correctly they were 3 dozen for 25 bucks. My local store had several pallets of them for a few months. It was winter and they didn’t sell out right away. The HX Hot Black was a 3 piece ball with a urethane cover. They were a really good ball (I even scored my first Ace with one!). I tried to find out about them from Callaway. They were tight-lipped about it, but I was able to discover they were from the Japanese market. By the time I decided I really liked them, they were sold out. Never seen again. Seems to verify what Joseph Drietler says above about Costco scouring earth for overruns and overstocks. I am not sure they need to scour much. I suspect overstock brokers use them to dump products all the time. Costco is good at it and I think does a great service to their members if they are savvy enough to pick up on it. The K Sig was a cool, one-time deal. Sorry I missed it!

      Reply

      Moe Rodriguez

      7 years ago

      I was wondering why they were no longer “sold out” on the Costco website. They weren’t there at all anymore.

      Reply

      Sharkhark

      7 years ago

      It’s April 1st right? Tony? Right?……. Sigh

      Reply

      Will Stokes

      7 years ago

      Unless you’re competing, and want to buy pro v1’s buy them from eBay with AAAA GRADE rating. Half the cost of retail and it’s basically a brand new ball. Stop giving these chronie giants your hard earned money for an over inflated ball price.

      Reply

      Joey5Picks

      7 years ago

      Try lostgolfballs.com

      Great condition used balls, good prices. Don’t give the “big boys” your money.

      Reply

      D Weeks

      7 years ago

      To buy used Golf Balls someone has to buy them new…just saying.

      Reply

      Adan Olmeda

      7 years ago

      I’m sure I’ll find a good dozen in the woods this summer lol

      Reply

      Stephen Zinger

      7 years ago

      Will this News impact performance?

      Reply

      Dave Martinez

      7 years ago

      I say they make their own and put these golf thieves out of business.

      Reply

      Jeff

      7 years ago

      This is crappy news. I love budget high performance golf balls. After I run out of K-Sigz I will go back to my Vice Golf balls

      Reply

      Jacob Rash

      7 years ago

      Definitely got paid off by a big name company to stop producing these

      Reply

      Bill Lee

      7 years ago

      I’ll be dang

      Reply

      Peter Bernard

      7 years ago

      Unfortunately, we called this happening! Wonder what real story is…. back to Snell!

      Reply

      Joe

      7 years ago

      I have 5 dozen available.

      Reply

      Bullwinkle Moose

      7 years ago

      I’ll take then at regular price!

      Reply

      Phillip Kushman

      7 years ago

      April fools?

      Reply

      Devon Mix

      7 years ago

      Matt. Sad day indeed

      Reply

      Jay Are Martinson

      7 years ago

      Guess I have to keep playing Pinnacle Rush balls. Oh wait, I can’t play golf right now. But if I could, I’d be all up on Pinnacles….balls.

      Reply

      Ed Cooper

      7 years ago

      Build a new factory COSTCO and put them out of business. The kingpins of industry put it to the regular guy again! I guess I’ll keep the one dozen I have left as a golf historical item.

      Reply

      Douglas T Cooper

      7 years ago

      “I mention TaylorMade in particular because the company’s tour balls are produced at the same factory as the Costco/Nassau balls, and there are some indications that production of new TP5 has pushed smaller companies to the back of the production line.”

      End of conversation.

      Reply

      Mike Miller

      7 years ago

      Suspects?

      Reply

      Chris Johnson

      7 years ago

      He’s all in on the Nassau ball now!

      Reply

      Derek Whiteman

      7 years ago

      ill try?

      Reply

      Camilo Art

      7 years ago

      It’s actually a great thing even if the ball dies. For the first time players will start looking down to less known brands, give the chance to smaller companies or unknown companies with their equipment. It could have never happened if it wasn’t for Cosco’s ball

      Reply

      Alex Goodyear

      7 years ago

      Better be ready by april

      Reply

      Ryan Fisher

      7 years ago

      Saw it

      Reply

      Gary Wiggins

      7 years ago

      That’s the way it goes

      Reply

      Andrew MacDonald

      7 years ago

      So they’re still making them it’s just a shipping and stock issue?

      Reply

      Jeff

      7 years ago

      Well that sucks. I like high performance budget golf balls. I guess I will go back to my Vice Golf balls.

      Reply

      Lawrence J Phillips

      7 years ago

      What the heck????

      Reply

      TopPakRat

      7 years ago

      The price for this ball on Ebay has just gone from double to triple. Titleist count your lucky stars, you and your new shareholders just dodged a bullet!

      Reply

      Pointer

      7 years ago

      Funny what money under the table will buy lucky stars.

      Reply

      Mor

      7 years ago

      Absolutely
      Coruption all the way.. Buy outs pay offs… Titleist…. Makes a million balls a “day” people say no money in balls.. Ahhhhhhhh commercial after commercial and every pro sponsored….. $ $ $ anyone who’s knows anything knows Coruption all the way. Would have rocked/changed the industry… Keep digging guarantee
      More bs to come. Propaganda from billion dollar companies…. They will try to discredit performance. Find away Costco ( from a plus 2 golfer)

      Erik Bush

      7 years ago

      didnt even getta try em out lol same sum Derek Whiteman

      Reply

      Jd Stocker

      7 years ago

      Glad I got 6 dozen for next season!

      Reply

      Patrick Kelly

      7 years ago

      That was quick.

      Reply

      Beth A Paul

      7 years ago

      ?

      Reply

      Ronald Reints

      7 years ago

      Selling out when produced! What is the real story behind stopping production? Something is fishy !!!!!!

      Reply

      Mark Carey

      7 years ago

      Kind of dumb for Nassau golf, they could sell it just in the North America market and keep Europe for their premium ball. Doubt they have much of the market share in North America

      Reply

      Anthony Centimano

      7 years ago

      Now that’s some serious business acumen.

      Reply

      chuck Ludwig

      7 years ago

      What a Costco Membership “Scam”
      Thousands of Golfers trying to purchase the Costco Golf Ball & are “Not Costco Members” would have to join Costco as a member to have access to the ball.
      I wonder how many new Costco Memberships were generated because of the Costco Golf Ball.

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      TopPakRat

      7 years ago

      CORRECTION!!! You do not have to be a Costco member to purchase this ball. I am not and I bought 8 dozen on their website.

      Reply

      John Atwood

      7 years ago

      Maybe Ben Hogan can make them a ball?????⛳

      Reply

      John atwood

      7 years ago

      Maybe Ben Hogan can make them a ball? ????⛳

      Reply

      Brad

      7 years ago

      You didn’t have to be a member to buy them online, just paid a small non-member fee of $3 I believe.

      Reply

      Boozer

      7 years ago

      Shhh. Your ignorance is showing.

      Reply

      Ashley

      7 years ago

      Non Costco members could get the ball, it just cost an extra $3 an order.

      Reply

      Kevin Pill

      7 years ago

      They say they may resume production at a later date

      Reply

      Ronald Reints

      7 years ago

      Just great. Just bought a sleeve EBay. Kind of hope I don’t like them now

      Reply

      Bishop Perry

      7 years ago

      WTF

      Reply

      Simon Peter Smart

      7 years ago

      What a pity. Titliest can breath easier

      Reply

      Steve Almo

      7 years ago

      A Cease and Desist is a more likely story. JMO

      Reply

      Eddie Tracey

      7 years ago

      Well that’s that then

      Reply

      bert pit

      7 years ago

      Other OEM’s might have put pressure on the Nassau Golf not to produce balls for Costco anymore. At least not at this price point.

      Reply

      Russ Marchand Jr.

      7 years ago

      Weak!

      Reply

      Thomas J. Kaminski

      7 years ago

      ??

      Reply

      Michael Woods

      7 years ago

      I wouldn’t do that but they are more valuable now. Probably $68 for 2 dozen ???

      Reply

      Robert Newby

      7 years ago

      That’s kool bubba

      Reply

      Michael Woods

      7 years ago

      Oh well i guess I just need to keep your ?

      Reply

      Phil Ross

      7 years ago

      R.I.P. , I got mine.

      Reply

      Rob Hampton

      7 years ago

      How long before we see a Titleist ball in Costco stores to replace the now extinct K-sig?

      Reply

      Darrin Longstaff

      7 years ago

      Never. The price Costco would want to sell a comparable ball would undercut all the contracts Titleist has with other stores, and Costco already sells the Callaway Superhot 3 piece.

      Reply

      Rob Hampton

      7 years ago

      They may give them a huge cost break on something like the Velocity to get them to drop the Costco ball. Since it’s a “MEMBERSHIP CLUB” they may be able to give them a break on M.A.P. compared to other I line golf retailers.

      Reply

      Darrin Longstaff

      7 years ago

      Yes, they could, but I have a tendency to believe that Titleist doesn’t seem to be that concerned with offering such deals to Costco. Also, the Velocity is only a 2 piece ball, where as the Superhot is 3 and quite well priced.

      Reply

      Rob Hampton

      7 years ago

      True. I just thought they may want to put something in there to convince Costco to make a change and get the hype to go away.

      Reply

      Robert Newby

      7 years ago

      I just saw this

      Reply

      Eamonn O’Neill

      7 years ago

      Seems the top brands have taken over the factory and they can’t get their balls made!

      Reply

      Dan Spencer

      7 years ago

      Just buy the Nassau Quattro elsewhere, it’s hardly rocket science.

      Reply

      Chris Langley

      7 years ago

      What’s going on?

      Reply

      Tom54

      7 years ago

      But I can’t be out of beer, I’m the Beer Baron!

      Reply

      ComeOnSense

      7 years ago

      I kinda knew that another or multiple ball companies were going to pay tons of money to somehow stop Costco from selling more Kirkland balls, Costco was going to kill the ball industry.
      Welcome to Capitalism with Monopoly corruption power to buy,merge and stop anything in its way.

      Reply

      Ricky Jones

      7 years ago

      Nicole look at this BS. Likely no more Costco balls.

      Reply

      Nicole Jones

      7 years ago

      Shouldn’t have given any away! ?

      Reply

      Ricky Jones

      7 years ago

      I literally gave 1 ball away. Should have sold it. Lol

      Reply

      Josh Jones

      7 years ago

      I should’ve saved the box and sold them. I already emptied them in my bag

      Reply

      Robert Warner

      7 years ago

      I am sure your investigation will show that Titleist is definitely involved eliminating this balls.

      Reply

      John Minnaar

      7 years ago

      10 to 1 Titleist bought them

      Reply

      Jamie Cull

      7 years ago

      Noooooo

      Reply

      Joshua Jackson

      7 years ago

      I think this article broke the website. I wish i could read it.

      Reply

      Knuckle Deep

      7 years ago

      Easily the best ball I have never played.

      Reply

      Donn Rutkoff

      7 years ago

      And the amount of $ is so small to giant Costco that there is little incentive to fight upstream. Such is the story very often with buying up leftover inventories. One time deal, when it is done, it is done and gone.

      Reply

      Frank Cruz

      7 years ago

      That’s a cute story. IMHO the big (ball) guys approached the company and bought it into extinction. Pay for the company not to produce it, not unusual in some industries. That ball would have decimated the multimillion dollar golf ball industry!

      Reply

      Rudy Leschhörn

      7 years ago

      What?

      Reply

      Ginette Collazo

      7 years ago

      Money dude! Money. Todo lo jode.

      Reply

      Rudy Leschhörn

      7 years ago

      It’s always all about the Benjamin’s

      Reply

      Chad Mardesen

      7 years ago

      Ahhh, Taylormade. It’s hard to believe that business geniuses like that have lost half a billion dollars in the last three years. But there ya go.

      Reply

      Andreaz Lindberg

      7 years ago

      http://www.whitelabelgolf.eu
      Get your Quattro with your own brand.
      In Quality We trust

      Reply

      Greg Johnson

      7 years ago

      Like many great deals at Costco, get it while it’s hot. If you snooze you lose.

      Reply

      Red

      7 years ago

      So the 4 dozen I have just went up in price again!!!

      Reply

      Steve P

      7 years ago

      Biggest over-hyped product ever. I’m glad it’s over.

      Reply

      Tom Catania

      7 years ago

      Somehow Titleist is involved

      Reply

      Mike Voorhees

      7 years ago

      Well Dam

      Reply

      Joseph R Dreitler

      7 years ago

      Very good explanation. The only piece lacking was that Costco is constantly scouring the earth for products that are not intended to be sold in the US (aka gray market goods). They do not buy counterfeits, but they find limited supplies of various goods (look at their jewelry) and sell it much lower than he retail price you could get it at an authorized dealer. You do not get the warranty and if something is wrong, you deal with Costco, not Rolex or the manufacturer because the manufacturer’s warranties only extend to product purchased from an authorized distributor. Costco has been sued numerous times by brand owners who object to them selling their product COSTCO acquired from 3rd parties, almost always outside the US and outside the normal channels of distribution. The brand owners say COSTCO is degrading their brand because the brand owners have no clue as to where the product has come from, it could be defective or stale or whatever, COSTCO says they are saving consumers money. Costco has been successful in most litigation. If you buy a dozen golf balls for $15 you don’t care about a warranty. If you pay $7500 for a watch, you might feel differently if it breaks in 2 weeks and the manufacturer says, “talk to COSTCO and let them fix it”. This scenario with the golf balls sounds totally like COSTCO – finding a factory that was eager to unload an over supply of inventory – or a factory that got greedy and made and sold a ton of product to some 3rd party, not expecting that 3rd party to dump it in the US, much less at COSTCO, and certainly not getting all the PR that has surrounded this event. Either way, that factory is not likely to be making the QUATTRO ball again for COSTCO or anyone else they do not know who might sell it to COSTCO. My basis for this assessment? I have been a trademark and copyright lawyer since 1978. I have seen and participated in this play more times than I want to remember.

      Reply

      Frank Cruz

      7 years ago

      The explanation is much simpler; the big (ball) guys approached the company and purchased it into extinction. To pay for a company not to produce a certain product, not unusual in some industries. The Kirkland ball would have decimated the multimillion dollar golf ball industry!

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      ComeOnSense

      7 years ago

      That’s exactly what happened.

      Joseph R Dreitler

      7 years ago

      I’m sorry, I won’t debate that with you, even though you may know you are a better lawyer than I am. Titleist is now, again a public company. If you are saying that Titleist bought the Korean company that is one thing, if you are saying that they paid them money not to produce such a ball, you are wrong. The lawyers wouldn’t do it and the PR Department would be all over it, because if that ever got out (and it would), there would be a backlash against titleist like you can’t believe. And since they are again public and loaded with debt, I am doubting that they bought this company to stop them from making golf balls

      Frank Cruz

      7 years ago

      The golf industry did what they HAD to do to save their industry. You know there are several legal tools and procedures to encourage the ball manufacturer to stop that ball and still make more money that if he hadn’t stopped.

      Thomas Murphy

      7 years ago

      Exactly. This is how supplychain and warehouse works. it is how supply chain and many things in retail works (not gray market) but you go to 3rd world country x, give them your order for 50K shirts with your logo sewn on and instantly they go from $5 pair of jeans to $150

      Reply

      Chris

      7 years ago

      Or….they need to sell the massive amount of Calloway balls that they are sitting on…

      Reply

      Nathan Inwon Kim

      7 years ago

      dang it.

      Reply

      Tom Horn

      7 years ago

      My only thing is if they are overruns wouldn’t they be the same color cores as the Quattro and just have Kirkland stamped on the outside?

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      Uhit

      7 years ago

      Yes, they would…

      …therefore it is something else, than a typical overrun…
      …thus, the given information is not sufficient, to make a final conclusion.

      MGS is missing something.

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      Tony Covey

      7 years ago

      This has been one of two key pieces of information that have proven difficult to reconcile. The other being the 1 for 1 match between Quattro and K-Sig on USGA list.

      A couple weeks back I was given a very specific piece of information about the K-Sig ball. The source is as good as anything I’ve had on anything, so inherently I trusted it, but couldn’t fully reconcile it with everything else we believed was true.

      Nassau confirming that K-Sig and Quattro have different core colors makes it a bit more difficult to explain with a simple overrun. However, I now have a convoluted and nearly unbelievable scenario that explains EVERYTHING. I’m going to make a call this AM for confirmation, but as I stated at the end of the story – I do think there’s a bit more to this.

      Uhit

      7 years ago

      Sounds interesting…

      …maybe a batch with an production mistake…

      …that made them that good and inexpensive?

      Miles Eric

      7 years ago

      Guess I’ll wait a few months and sell the balls I currently have for a profit. lol

      Reply

      Keith Lawrence

      7 years ago

      I was fortunate to get my hands on 2 orders, 8 dozen total. Best ball I have played next to another has been, the TM Lethal.

      Reply

      Jon Brittan

      7 years ago

      Ha, I have a good line on Pearl Lethals, my primary ball and pay about £0.75/ball

      Reply

      Keith Lawrence

      7 years ago

      I kept a pretty big secret last year prior to the kirkland. Amazon USA was selling lethals for S19.99 a dozen NEW. I quietly exhausted their supply for 12 months.

      Reply

      Matthew Woodcock

      7 years ago

      Hahaha i got you beat. My buddy worked at Walmart and marked down the lethals to 9.99 a dozen. I bought their whole stock that day. 10 dozen balls. My favorite ball to this day.

      Reply

      Michael Woods

      7 years ago

      Ha damn

      Reply

      Ricky Thesen

      7 years ago

      Now the question lays in who bought out the small product for the budget consumer so the big guys can still charge $40 for a less effective ball. Pathetic

      Reply

      Tim Frantz

      7 years ago

      GO Rock Bottom Golf!! #RBG

      Reply

      Sean Coleman

      7 years ago

      Not happy at all.

      Reply

      Derek Dhart

      7 years ago

      Well that’s unfortunate. Here’s hoping Costco comes through….But obviously it’ll be a stretch. I’ll enjoy the 4 dozen I was lucky enough to get.

      Reply

      Mike McMullen

      7 years ago

      want to sell me a doz to try out? Us Canadians never got a chance to get any.

      Reply

      Eoin McCormack

      7 years ago

      Methinks… Somebody paid a lot of $s to protect their future profits… I wonder if the real story will ever come out???

      Reply

      Lawrence J Phillips

      7 years ago

      Bought out by Titleist?

      Reply

      Eoin McCormack

      7 years ago

      That would be my guess… maybe not bought out, but paid to stop production

      Reply

      John Sears

      7 years ago

      Damn it. I never even got any… Well it just shows there is a viable business opportunity here for someone to produce quality urethane balls at discount prices… Would love to see someone else step up and do this.

      Reply

      Justin Blair

      7 years ago

      Love the C4 ball! $20/doz, to boot.

      Reply

      John Sears

      7 years ago

      Dave Tutelman I meant another $15 urethane ball… Snell pro model is $32 a dozen. I can get ProV1 xout’s for $29 all day long. :/

      Reply

      GJ Dawson

      7 years ago

      I think a lot of people here are going to put on their tin foil hats and start spouting off about evil corporations being greedy and this being the reason the game of golf is declining – but everything in this article just makes sense from a business perspective. Why would golf ball manufacturers want to undercut their own brands and business partners in perpetuity? Time to go back to buying near mint used prov1s. Sigh.

      Reply

      Brian Cook

      7 years ago

      All I have to say is…LOL. Costco shows their true colors once again!!!

      Reply

      Jason Tenzer

      7 years ago

      Any thought that they produced a ball that was patented by another company and they are now being forced to stop production?

      Reply

      Mj Martin

      7 years ago

      For those of you that did not have the chance to try these balls I am here to tell you that these balls are the real think. I have been a proV user for many years and I could not tell the difference. Every aspect was every bit as good as the ProV’s.

      Reply

      Ryan Lake

      7 years ago

      Damn! Still haven’t found one on a course yet.

      Reply

      Jason Newsome

      7 years ago

      I was going to try mine out first thing tomorrow, guess I better not get too attached…

      Reply

      Gene Cash

      7 years ago

      I will buy them from you $20 dozen

      Reply

      Colby Evans

      7 years ago

      Least I’ve got a few left

      Reply

      Johnny Choy

      7 years ago

      Lucky you…

      Reply

      Austin Miller

      7 years ago

      Very interesting. Might keep my two dozen that I have left now

      Reply

      Henny Van Kooten

      7 years ago

      Another sad day for Joe Public and public golfers. Another shot from the big boys to keep their game to themselfs!
      Richard Munding, don’t think we will find any of these balls now!

      Reply

      Derek Hawkins

      7 years ago

      Try the vice ball. That or there is 2015 model bridgestone 330rx models for 20 bucks now. Either was is a better option than the kirkland anyways

      Reply

      Derek Hawkins

      7 years ago

      Try the vice ball. That or there is 2015 model bridgestone 330rx models for 20 bucks now. Either was is a better option than the kirkland anyways

      Reply

      Dick Jaymon

      7 years ago

      Derek Hawkins you have obviously never played the K-Sig, I have and it is a better ball than the Pro-V, the 330RX, the Vice, & the Snell. I was a religious 330RX player & the K-Sig at $15.00 a dozen and a better ball than the ones you listed. It again just another step to make golf unaffordable the average golfer. Glad I still have 8 dozen should last me quite awhile.

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      Capedave

      7 years ago

      I am glad that I received a dozen at Christmas. Disappointed that Costco couldn’t keep up the production of it’s ball. Hoping for more over-runs.

      Reply

      Greg Zach

      7 years ago

      Standard practice in the Co-manufacturing business.. One company gets lucky with another’s need to dump inventory value before end of year

      Reply

      Mark Kenefick

      7 years ago

      HAHA…It’s a good thing I was able to get 8 dozen before the went out of stock.

      Reply

      Erik Voigt

      7 years ago

      I doubt that Costco purchased over runs and labeled them Kirkland Signature. Kirkland Signature items are always comparable or exceed the quality of name brand items

      Reply

      Michael D. Corley

      7 years ago

      Did you not read the article? It’s a Nassau ball. Costco has no marketing or tech for the ball at all. It makes sense what has happened. Do a little research bud.

      Reply

      Jeff Eddins

      7 years ago

      Over runs are the same exact thing, they didn’t say blems or 2nds!

      Reply

      Erik Voigt

      7 years ago

      I did read the article. It’s not about marketing because Costco doesn’t advertise or market items it sells. It seems reasonable that they labeled the Nassau balls with the Kirkland logo but I doubt they were overruns

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      Ryan Matthew

      7 years ago

      Nothing Kirkland is proprietary… they sign deals with other company’s and relabel them. That’s what Costco does.

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      Johnny Choy

      7 years ago

      The article said that Costco bought the surplus balls from Nassau and relabeled them the Ksig. Now I bet Nassau won’t make that same mistake again since they now know how popular this particular ball design is.

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      Darrin Longstaff

      7 years ago

      Johnny Choy Except the Nassau is twice the price. I also doubt that they were overruns; how many were Nassau pumping out to have that many over…?

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      James Kurtenbach

      7 years ago

      Tony knows the industry and the dots connect that their is to much choppy water made by this for the competition to continue and drive down price. Too much to risk for all involved for the big guys to let this happen again, I’m sure the contacts will look a lot different in the future and include an overrun policy to protect the market. The hope is that the consumer now knows the profit margin better, and the price war from the big guys will begin

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      Dan Franson

      7 years ago

      It’s no different than these a 3rd party sold these to Costco. Taylor Made does not sell to them.

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      Erik Voigt

      7 years ago

      Dan Franson that is different. That M1 doesn’t have a Kirkland Signature logo on it.

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      Joseph Dreitler

      7 years ago

      James Kurtenbach with all due respect, as a lawyer who has been involved in this field for 38 years, EVERY contract for contract manufacturing states at least 5 ways that the manufacturer will not sell product to anyone but the company who authorizes the manufacturing. And yet, people are GREEDY and if they find a 3rd party or a COSTCO who will pay them for the same product and they have the manufacturing capacity, the temptation is often too hard to resist. Almost 40 years ago an authorized factory making Izod alligator shirts decided that if they ran a 3rd shift between 11 and 7, they could sell those out the back door to someone other than Izod and make a few extra bucks. It still happens unless the company that authorizes the manufacturing has its own employees on the premises 24 hours a day to monitor what is going on. The really big guys do at this point (Nike, Adidas), or they own their own factories, so you won’t see this happen with them. Counterfeits perhaps, but not the COSTCO scenario.

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      Dan Franson

      7 years ago

      A 3rd party packaged those balls using the basic kirkland signature packaging which Costco wanted, said 3rd party no longer is getting the product

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      Kelvin Price

      7 years ago

      Costco doesn’t manufacture anything. The reason their products are comparable is because most of them are produced by the same manufacturer that the product is compared to

      Reply

      Lee Everhart

      7 years ago

      Lol..solding stuff..lol

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      Bruce Fraser

      7 years ago

      If nothing more, it shows how golfers are getting ripped off. Even a 50% mark-up would have been a good deal. Heck, even a 100% mark-up.

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      Derrick Brent

      7 years ago

      Damn shame. Loved seeing a new consumer option.

      Reply

      Andrew Rice

      7 years ago

      Very interesting….

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      Bob Kraan

      7 years ago

      Yep

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      Hugh O’Reilly

      7 years ago

      These babies arrived in the mail today Andrew. Looking forward to trying them and finding out if they hype is for real ?

      Reply

      Justin Molinari

      7 years ago

      Wow atleast there’s still the Snell and personal fav Vice. Both were nice alternatives to the “big names”…

      Reply

      Nate Soat

      7 years ago

      Love everything about Vice balls also!

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      Dan DeBarr

      7 years ago

      like the vice but the durability sucks.

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      Shane Dorough

      7 years ago

      Also the Tour MG-C4 by MG golf. A 3 piece urethane brand new for $20 plus shipping. Played it all last year and a half. Great ball and equally as good as the PROV1!

      Reply

      Jeremy Delaney

      7 years ago

      Well I have a new unopened box I’ll be selling for $100

      Reply

      John Ward

      7 years ago

      I got a 2 dozen pack for $100. Who wants it? Hahaha

      Reply

      Mike Feldt

      7 years ago

      Wally…Looks like we are SOL…

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      Wally Feldt

      7 years ago

      Oh well…I was thinking I had finally found the missing piece of the puzzle known as my golf game

      Reply

      Robin

      7 years ago

      All that getting worked up for nothing !

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      Frank Cruz

      7 years ago

      Everyone won, but us.

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      Michael J Cavaseno

      7 years ago

      Thats some BS the money theyre making and selling at record speeds is worth the small price increase and profit for them to continue manufacture youll see money talks

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      Will Stokes

      7 years ago

      It’s obvious the company with a larger production order is squeezing manufacturing to bury that ball.

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      Doug Nutter

      7 years ago

      Big golf companies flexing their muscles basically. Proves how much we the consumer gets gouged.

      Reply

      Ryan Holcomb

      7 years ago

      Sounds like the time Scotty told AM&E to stop making the competitions’ headcovers.

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      James Patrick

      7 years ago

      Big name companies put and end to this. They all probably threatened to pull production if they don’t stop.

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      Rizzo

      7 years ago

      I’ll never open my pack that I got now, they just became a collectors item.

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      Colby Evans

      7 years ago

      Manager at the local store told me just last week they were expecting them on store shelves in March

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      Ben Clabaugh

      7 years ago

      I heard the spring as well. I doubt they are making a ton of profit on the ball. Probably come back at 25 a dozen.

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      Justin Goens

      7 years ago

      There will never be the same ball offered again. If you see a Kirkland ball being sold again it will not be the same ball. Just a different over run with the name Kirkland printed on it.

      Reply

      Jamie Miller

      7 years ago

      Something doesn’t smell right here.

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      Bryan Carroll

      7 years ago

      You can always count on being able to blame Taylormade. **shakes fist at Taylormade**

      Reply

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