An introduction to the Draddy family of Rye, NY marks one as new to the area with a precision that would isolate clans of less good will, quick wit and thoughtfulness. To introduce you to one of their own, Billy Draddy, is a rare pleasure.
To do so as he launches B.Draddy, an instantly classic, effortlessly dapper mens line approaches scratch handicap levels of good fortune. The fathers day spin: gilding on the lilly.
We caught up with Billy by phone from the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club, near Philadelphia. Home of the wicker pin marker, it does not get more old school, classic game than Merion, a 19th century offshoot of the nearby cricket club of the same name.
Merion Golf Club founded 1896, was designed by club member Hugh Wilson, with no prior course design experience.
“Merion is singular. Designed when there was nothing like the professional course architect”
Billy’s reply when asked if he had ever played Merion is filled with an abiding respect for the game of golf and the sort of mastery of it’s rich history that comes from a lifetime spent on courses far and wide.
The 17th hole at Merion’s East Course
The very ease with which he speaks of golf in general marks Billy, in our minds, as the kind of accomplished player who would never consider alluding to his own strong skills on the course. All of this is to be expected of one raised on the game at Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck NY. We asked Billy what makes this place special to him.
“there are books written about the trees at winged foot, they are what defines it”
Winged Foot is home to 36 of the finest holes in golf, it’s most iconic clubhouse, and three generations of Draddy golfers.
We asked Billy if there were any memorable rounds played with his father Bill: shots made by Dad or advice on the game that he recalls. He paused briefly and spoke not of greens or fairways, but rather of time well spent.
“18 holes makes conversation happen, we found the time we needed to talk, and listen.”
Wondering about his opinion on courses is Connecticut we asked Billy where he most liked to play in the area. He was quick with a reply, calling out The Country Club of Fairfield, Southport CT and it’s Seth Raynor designed links style course.
Set along Long Island Sound, Draddy noted that the open vistas and proximity to water there are unique. Especially, he added, when compared to the wooded terrain of other renowned courses in the area like Stanwich or Round Hill.
Billy’s career seems to have evolved as an extension of the game of golf. He has held important positions with what is best described as all the right brands: Timerberland, Joesph Abboud, Hickey Freeman’s Bobby Jones, and Polo/Ralph Lauren Golf & Tennis.
Who better but a Draddy to design the perfect polo shirt and short to wear on the course, and everywhere else?
Sean, the stripe seen on the left is available in 5 color ways. The Liam solid comes in 6 essential shades
To call this shirt soft is to do it a disservice. It is without doubt the finest knit cotton we have ever had the pleasure to wear. Billy has sourced a grade of Pima from Peru that puts previously respected Egyptian stuff to shame. Smooth, and fine with a hand that is enhanced by what Draddy calls a “sea salt” wash.
The Greg polo comes in 7 color ways. The scorecard inspired enclosure and DB monogram: pure genius.
The Greg polo is, hands down, our favorite. The kind of go anywhere, wear with anything staple that one needs in quantity. All three styles are cut to a fit that seems so right, yet is so hard to find. Trim without being tight, and with an arm that will work as easily in Soho as Southport.
There are two styles of shorts due soon as well. Ryan, a seersucker cut with horizontal stripes, and Finn a micro whale corduroy treated with Draddy’s signature wash. Stay tuned for more, we are certain this line is one to watch.
The following, found printed on the back of the B.Draddy “scorecard” seen above, seems at once obvious and rare, hilarious and wise. Not at all unlike its creator.
“Never take your sportcoat off unless you are ready to take off your pants too”
Well played indeed Billy. Our thanks to you, and best to all the Draddys, at fathers day and always.
B.Draddy clothing may be found purchased online at www.bdraddy.com