Renslow: What to get 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 how much stuff a golfer has, they will always appreciate having a personalized golf ball. All of the major golf ball manufacturers offer this service, but Titleist has a free personalization promotion during the holidays and if you order by December 10th, they are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. Just visit your local Pro Shop.
Custom shaft labels – This 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 @ after5catalog.com).
The Match; The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever – Sometimes the best thing you can do is hunker down with a good book. The Match by Mark Forst, is a very enjoyable read, (under $20 @ amazon.com).
Caddyshack – Produced over thirty years ago, Caddyshack might be the game’s definitive comedy movie. If you’ve planned on watching it, don’t put it off. We all need a good laugh and a smile. Get one for you and another to put under a friend’s tree.
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 $200 – $500) 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) must keep paying month after month.
This year, the best way to go might be the SkyCaddy Watch. It is wristband with 30,000 golf courses already included in the unit’s database. No additional monthly fees.
It also provides shot distances, scoring, it’s waterproof (well, technically water resistant, if you plan on playing in 30 meters of water), and it even tells time. That’s a great gift. Available for $149 in the Alta Sierra Country Club Pro Shop.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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