Holiday Gifts for the Golf Nut in Your Life
By Jim Maggio, For Myrtle Beach National
If you're looking for a great holiday gift for the devout golfer on your list, and were thinking along the lines of that remote-control golf ball, exploding golf ball or roll of golf toilet paper, the following suggestions won't help you out all that much.
But even if you don't know the first thing about golf, and are serious about getting that special someone a gift that reflects careful thought and practicality about his or her passion (and has the recipient saying “Yeah, THAT's what I'm talkin' about!”), then you've come to the right place.
We're making no assumptions here about your budget range, so our suggestions reflect a wide range of pricing options:
The SkyCaddie SGX ($399.95) is the company's latest offering in golf GPS technology. It can store up to 30,000 pre-loaded course maps, making it ready-to-play out of the box with basic green information. The SGX also has a durable, sleek design with a large 3-inch TFT-LCD screen that provides brilliant color images even in the brightest sunlight. If you know your recipient has already been using a SkyCaddie, the company also offers a trade-in program that provides a mail-in rebate in exchange for the used unit.
Golf shoes can sometimes look like, well … golf shoes. If you think he or she prefers more of a modern, stylish look, check out the Ecco Golf Street Premier Golf Shoe ($140). It's been getting rave reviews for styling and comfort, and features durable and breathable textile lining that keeps your feet fresh, clean and cool.
Ever get a pair of socks for Christmas and say “WOW”? That reaction will typically earn you a smack upside the head. But when your golf nut gets a pair of Kentwool Golf Socks ($19.95-$24.95 ), you'll more likely get a very satisfied nod of approval, because these golf socks have quickly become known as the best in the business – and are being used by an increasing number of PGA and LPGA tour golfers. They're built for performance, and even feature a line of pink socks that the lady golfer on your list will love.
Golfers hate excessively long rounds. And any frequent golfer will surely appreciate the words of wisdom offered by Pat Mateer in his book, The Return of the Four-Hour Round ($14.95). It's a quick and easy read described by many who care about the game as a “must-read” for ALL golfers.
Golfing in chilly weather doesn't have to mean bulky layers inhibiting your swing, as evidenced by the ClimaProof Wind Short Sleeve Jacket from adidas ($55). Lightweight, water- and wind-resistant, this garment reflects the latest in adidas style and comes in a wide selection of colors.
Still stuck for inspiration? If your golfer is a Myrtle Beach regular, then simply let him or her decide what's best. You can do that with pro shop gift certificates available through many of Myrtle Beach's preferred courses. Courses like Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and King's North at Myrtle Beach National offer online gift certificate sales, good not only for pro shop merchandise but also greens fees, cart fees, and food & beverage!
Happy shopping, folks – and if you've got other ideas that you think will work for others, please share them right here!