John Renslow
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December 6, 2012
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Holiday gifts for the golfer on your list

So-called “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year, has come and gone. Literally millions of gung-ho credit card holders pressing toward a merchant’s door in the wee morning hours. Now that this day has passed, it is safe for us golfers to venture out and find the perfect gift.

However, finding the ideal gift is not always a tidy procedure, and if you’re anything like me, your heart is the right place, but your schedule makes the purchase process a sprint down the final stretch. More than that, what do you buy? Gee, they won’t like that or they probably have a hundred of those.

Once again, Get Into Golf is here to help with our annual “Things to Get for the Golfer who has Everything” list. In no particular order, please consider several fun or fundamental items that should help expedite the process and reduce brain power (to be saved for more social activities).

Personalized golf balls — This is an easy one for those who have “everything” because not one golfer you know has too many golf balls. And now, to make your gift a memorable one, you can personalize them. Choose their name, nickname or message, and it will be on each golf ball (minimum one dozen). So every time they play, it’s a reminder of your generous gift. Titleist includes this for no charge on every ProV1 order and guarantees Christmas delivery if ordered by Dec. 10. Just visit your local golf shop ($40).

Dual “Trunk It” cargo locker — It’s like a small closet that fits in the trunk of your car. There is a place for shoes, accessories, even a change of clothes. No more miscellaneous golf items bouncing around in the trunk, and better yet, it allows you to stack stuff. It’s a two-story locker, like a shelf in your trunk, a pair or two of shoes on the bottom, with golf balls or the like on top and room for your rain gear on top. Go to proactivesports.com and pick a color. ($40).

Team NFL divot tool pack — For the guy or girl who loves their football team, give them the best of both worlds. It’s a golf divot tool pack with two ball markers all bearing the logo of the favorite team. Go to www.tgw.com and choose your team ($20).

Boxing glove head cover — Okay, this is just for fun. Go online and click over to www.buttheadcovers.com . They have a billion (well, almost) different, entertaining golf club head covers to fit any personality. The boxing glove head cover is nicknamed the Count of Monte Fisto. You gotta love it ($25).

“The Little Red Book” — Sometimes the best thing you can do is hunker down with a good book. The late Harvey Penick’s “Little Red Book” is an all-time great with humor and information for any player (under $20 at www.amazon.com).

Golfers GPS unit – There are now several manufacturers of highly desirable hand-held devices that provide precise information about the golf course you are playing. Distances, overviews and hazard locations are just a few of the valuable details available at the touch of a button.

A key difference in the cost of these units (from $150-500) is that several require an ongoing subscription price. Some require an additional monthly fee to have access to the golf course of choice. After the purchase, you or the person who receives it has to keep paying month after month.

But not the uProGo from Callaway Golf. The holiday price on this unit is just $149 (when they first came out, MSRP was $299), and the golf course data (thousands across the country) is included. No additional monthly fees. That’s a great gift.

Now, again, if you’re like me, your shopping has yet to begin. So take a leisurely drive or hop online and make a solid choice. There is still plenty of time for your package to arrive before Christmas.

And as you discover new things (by wandering down the aisles or surfing on the Internet), there is still time to tell your “Santa” all of the cool things that you would like for yourself.

John Renslow is general manager and director of golf at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at jrenslow@pga.com.


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