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RENSLOW: Things to get for the golfer that has everything

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 merchants’ 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: It doesn’t matter what type of player you are or how many golf balls you have, a personalized golf ball with your name, nickname or favorite phrase is always a welcome surprise. Titleist is your best bet here. They have many ball types at various prices and if you get your order in by Monday, a dozen (or more) will be under the tree.

Personalized Shaft Labels: This may not seem festive or romantic, but it is great gift for everyone. Small labels that bear your name, club and phone number are made to wrap around each of your golf clubs. It’s like buying insurance for the next time you leave a club on the course (contact the Alta Sierra Country Club Pro Shop 530-273-2010).



Deluxe Drink Caddy: I see a number of people who carry around a water bottle wherever they go. This can be a little cumbersome on the course. So, whatever your beverage of choice, this Drink Caddy looks like a driver and will hold up to 48 fluid ounces. A built in pump system will dispense your favorites at the push of a button. ($50 at after5catalog.com).

A Good Book: This time of the year, sometimes the best day is spent with a good book. Get a copy of “Men in Green” by Michael Bamberger. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for years and this is a timely look at golf’s greats including Arnold Palmer.

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 $100-$400) is the subscription price. Some require an additional monthly fee to have access to the golf course of choice. So, you buy the unit, then you (or as a gift, the person who receives it) have to keep paying month after month. The Garmin Approach G6. MSRP is $299, but they’re on sale for $169 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 a PGA Class A Professional and Instructor at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at jrenslow@pga.com.


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