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Costco chairman: The Kirkland Signature golf ball will be back

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If you didn’t get a chance to jump on the Costco Kirkland Signature golf ball bandwagon before the train left the station (to mix metaphors), don’t worry.

Per SeattlePi.com, Costco co-founder and chairman of the board Jeffrey Brotman dropped the site a line in response to the grim news, which we also covered at the end of December: the balls were sold out.

The Kirkland Signature four-piece cupboard was bare for weeks ahead of Christmas, only to be restocked online December 20 and sell out again within a half hour, with eager golfers crashing the site in the process. Until now, it had been assumed Costco would contract South Korean manufacturer Nassau Golf for another cargo ship full, but no official word had been received.

Consider this the official word. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Brotman wrote an email saying in part, “the golf balls will return.”

Of course, we’d like to have a more specific idea of when they’ll line the discount warehouse’s shelves, but we take solace in the fact they’ll be back.

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The $30-for-two-dozen four-piece urethane balls caused quite a stir in the golf equipment community last year. Our Andrew Tursky rounded up some of the considerable enthusiasm from the forums in this piece.

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  1. Turk20

    Apr 4, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Both Taylor made and maxfli had golf balls in their mid range price that were better than their top lines both ‘sold out’ and came back as inferior balls. We will see what happens but I will not buy more than minimum to check them out first. COSTCO really screwed up on golf gloves when they dropped the leather ones and now only have the synthetic. After years of buying them would not go near current product.

  2. stan markowski

    Mar 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I like Costco they are a good company,their quality is also very good I am waiting for their golf balls I”ll take mine in yellow please…stan

  3. JT Reese

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Bottom line is this. As a consumer paying $45-50 a dozen for a pro-line ball is insane! The MG (Master Grip) also has close specs to the PRO-V, for $19.99 per doz. Like anything else you pay for the name. It’s time there is some competition that may drive the prices down. Personally, I play the Prov, only because I have a contact who is a ball hunter guru! No water balls. So $20 a dozen for mint, this is what I do. Ain’t paying their price!

  4. Ivor Robson

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Can’t wait to buy the k sigs at the wembly stadium location

  5. Deadeye

    Jan 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I just changed from Prov1 to Callaway super hot 55. Great feel, at least ten yards longer and available at Costco for fifteen dollars a dozen. Not as much spin around the green but flies straighter and holds greens. Nice soft feel on all clubs. So, bring back the four piece ball if you want but I am staying with my new best ball.

  6. DTrump

    Jan 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    The Kirkland Signature ball is a great ball, which was made to fire the first shot towards the big boys. This ball is the official ball of Kim Jong Un and it says right on the box, guaranteed 2 Hole In Ones per dozen purchased. This ball will bring the Koreas together once again.

    I will not play this ball, because it doesnt say Titleist.

  7. DJT

    Jan 30, 2017 at 2:51 am

    For far too long South Korean ball companies have been killing U.S jobs and destroying our domestic golf ball industry. My administration will be taxing these balls %200 to level the playing field with the U.S made ProV1 (which is fabulous ball, amazing really.) This undercutting stops NOW. My team is also considering ban on foreign players so all PGA events are won by U.S PLAYERS ONLY. #fakeballs #muricafirst #MPGAGA

  8. Randel

    Jan 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Very simple, how many new Costco Members will be plunking down $50 or more for a membership so they can buy Kirkland balls? Once in the store do you think a $30 dollar purchase is all that they will buy? Costco now knows these balls will bring in more customers and any item that is a sure fire draw will of course be a priority for them….

  9. BooBunkie

    Jan 29, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Ooooh Peter’s Dad is on line 1! The duuuuuude!!!

  10. Jim

    Jan 29, 2017 at 12:51 am

    I would imagine there are plenty of ball manufactures in China, South Korea and even Taiwan that can make a ball very much like or exactly the same as Costco sold as Kirkland..and they would be very happy to sell a few million to Costco any day of the week. If you had the rights to a ball Costco would buy a couple million of what would you do? Callaway, Taylormade, Titliest all make most of their high end balls in the U.S. with a small portion and cheaper models coming in from over seas. There has to be some manufactures that have room for others, I did some searching and found 2 companies in China that were offering a 3 piece urethane ball with any name you wanted printed on it in lots of 10,000 or more…about .55 cents each????

    • The dude

      Jan 29, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Nice research!!

      • Golfer

        Aug 20, 2020 at 2:47 am

        This is actually incorrect, all of the premium balls you listed are currently being made overseas either entirely, or only the urethane cover is made in the US. Check the side of the box…

  11. TonyK

    Jan 28, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    If Kirkland Signature balls come back, it won’t be the same ball by Nassau Korea. According to a Korean golf forum, currently Nassau Korea are not making the KS balls any more and they do not have a plan to make them in the near future.

  12. BooBunkie

    Jan 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    These my friend are Pro V’s with masquerade masks on. Think Phantom Of The Opera.

    • The dude

      Jan 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Not even Close….

      – Wally Uilhein

    • Obee

      Jan 30, 2017 at 10:57 am

      The spin data seems far different on full wedge shots. At least the data I saw.

  13. David Montgomery

    Jan 28, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Is it true that Costco bought a bunch of unwanted balls from TayloreMade for really cheap and they just re-branded them with their logo? That would explain why people love the feel and especially the price.

    • Joseph

      Jan 28, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Costco buys a lot of overruns, closeouts and gray market product intended for other markets, not the US Costco may sell golf balls called Kirtland, but you can be certain that it will not be the same ball from the same factory’s that was sold last year. Why? Because whoever those balls were actually made for will cut off the factory if they ever dump product to Costco again. If Costco was selling them for $14 a dozen, that factory wasn’t making much on the deal anyway, just getting rid of excess inventory.

      • Jack

        Jan 29, 2017 at 6:33 am

        Really.. interesting as I thought Costco mostly buys stuff in bulk and brands create specific products to work in their stores. Kirkland products are specifically designed for Costco as that’s their store brand. I highly doubt they went into this only thinking short term. Kirkland products don’t change that often. Golf balls though might since they probably never imagined people paying so much attention to them. If the current supplier changes their mind, I’m sure there are other suppliers willing to do the same if they have the excess capacity. Which I think is what happened. The current supplier ran out of capacity and Costco couldn’t find another one soon enough to produce an identical product.

        • DC1

          Jan 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm

          Bingo. Don’t sell costco short, they are a very smart retailer who takes the long view. If they say they are coming back, they are coming back. They know the balls are really good, they won’t come back with an inferior product. That’s not how they work.

      • Golfgirlrobin

        Jan 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

        All Kirkland branded product is designed and made specifically for Costco. They’re not cheaper because they’re overruns or rebranded, Kirkland is cheaper because there are virtually no marketing costs and they control the entire production chain.

        • Tazz2293

          Jan 30, 2017 at 7:20 am

          The Costco Golf R&D Department is really pumping out golf ball innovation as we speak.

  14. Lance

    Jan 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Why not link to the source?

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