- A new watch. Not a Rolex, a Breitling or even a Timex, but the Garmin Approach S1 Golf GPS Watch. The latest in GPS devices, now worn on the wrist. Preloaded with 14,000 courses. Nice!
- Order up this book: A Game For Life: Golf's Rules and Rewards by Gene Westmoreland. Published this summer by one of the finest Rules experts in the game, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer. A sweet read.
- The most passionate golfers play rain or shine. For those stormy days on the course, gift wrap a pair of the newly released Lunar Bandon rain “boots” from Nike. No more soggy socks, guaranteed. These are the second generation version—I have the originals and they work great, worth all the kidding you’ll get for their unusual look.
- "Is this round really necessary?" Yes, period. Help make the extravagant golf round a reality. APinehurst gift card to cover the green fee at Pinehurst #2 (ahead of the 2014 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Opens) or a Pebble Beach gift card for a memorable round on every golfer’s bucket list course. Either (or both!) is sure to be a grand slam holiday gift.
- There are now lots of club fitting methods out there. Here’s one of the best: Spend a couple hours with Randall Doucette at the Faldo Golf Institute in Orlando. You can’t give any golfer, regardless of experience, a more thorough, precise and game-improving club fitting experience. Randy is a club fitting ninja—and this is a fantastic gift.
- Has your golfer been very, very good? Do you want a gift that you can enjoy as much as your grateful recipient? Then cash that retirement CD and order the new Sharp Aquos 90” 3D LED—the world’s largest HDTV. Almost 8 feet of viewing ecstasy. Get a REALLY BIG look at the golf telecast on Sunday afternoon. While it’ll cost a pretty penny at around $11,000—a bit more cha-ching than that round at Pebble, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
- Arguably the best logo in golf? Merion’s red basket. Home to the 2013 U.S. Open? Merion Golf Club. Get your favorite golfer a nice logo’d Open hat, or shirt, or money clip, or head cover...the list goes on. Check out all the possibilities.
- Bob Vokey makes great wedges for Titleist, and he’ll make a custom one for your special golfer, talk about Santa’s little helper! How about a black oxide 56-degree wedge with personalized initials in a clover green snowflake pattern on the head, a S200 True Temper shaft and a Vokey Tour Velvet grip? This may be a little harder to wrap than a book.
- Ok, you knew I would eventually add a new set of irons to this top ten list. If you want to make a gift of new sticks to that special golf nut, read on. First, a little marketing speak as it appears on the website:
People are amazed that master craftsman Katsuhiro Miura is often referred to in the Japanese media as having the Hands of God.
Follow that nugget with the widespread “insider” belief that these are the finest forged irons money can buy. I wouldn’t know how they play, but these Miura irons are certainly the most beautiful blades I’ve laid eyes on. Increase your credit card limit before you place the order.
- Finally, the gift every golfer would run out barefoot into the snow celebrating: 2013 Masters badges. I don’t know how you can find them, but you can’t overstate how terrific a gift these rarest-of-all sports tickets would be for the true golf lover. Good luck—and start your search now.
It’s that wonderful time of year when golfers are judged not by how many birdies or bogeys they made, but how well behaved they were. And yes, smashing a club into the side of a golf cart will get you a lump of coal. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that golfer in your life that has earned a spot on the nice list, here are some suggestions:
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