It’s that time of the year when nights start drawing in, preferred lies come into play, temporary greens are the order of the day and you give your wet weather gear a thorough workout. The cooling autumnal months precede the madness that is Christmas and if you have an avid golfer to buy for, then you may need some ideas what to get them.
In this article, we look at five of the top presents you can give a golfer this Christmas!
1. Free Personalised Titleist Golf Balls ($£ prices vary depending on ball)
Golf balls are always a popular Christmas present for golfers, but this year you can make it a bit more special by getting the balls inscribed with your own personalised message for free!
From now until 10th December 2012, Titleist are offering people who buy any of their 2012 line up of balls, including the popular Pro V1 and ProV1x range, free personalisation when they place an order for delivery before Christmas!
This is a chance to order one of the most popular balls in the world today and inscribe it with a personal message to the lucky recipient! The message is printed on three lines with a maximum of 17 characters per line.
We think this is a great opportunity to have some fun with the golfing fanatic by getting humorous inscriptions put on the ball:
“If found, feel pity for the golfer that lost this.”
“1. Place ball on tee. 2. Hit ball, 3. Walk towards rough”
“Guaranteed No Hook or Slice! If you are rubbish, it’s your fault”
2. Garmin Approach S1 Waterproof Golf GPS Watch ($218.11 from Amazon)
Rangefinders are one thing, but do you really want to play a round of golf looking like you are taking video from an old Cinefilm camera? This Garmin golf watch is pre-loaded with thousands of courses in the US or Canada (though you can swap between courses from either country for free via the website).
The GPS system, unlike many in some iPhone apps, is accurate and the measurements tally with what is shown on the course. It connects quickly to satellites and has a decent battery life, though will need to be recharged after a round (8 hour battery life when in GPS mode).
So for a simple, effective and unobtrusive way to get the right yardage, the Garmin Approach is well worth considering if you live in the US or Canada. No news yet on whether there will be a European edition!
3. Stay and play at Gleneagles – home of the 2014 Ryder Cup! (from £155 per person)
Did you know that the 2014 Ryder Cup will be contested at Gleneagles on the PGA Course and that you can book a night’s stay and a round of golf on this very course from as little as £155 per person?
There are also many other top courses in England, Wales and Scotland that offer visitors the chance to stay and play and enjoy some of the most famous courses in the world as part of their weekend, including St Andrews Old Course, Celtic Manor, Turnberry and The Oxfordshire.
With the winter being the cheapest time to book these trips, why not wrap up warm and experience some of the world;s greatest courses and a night in a top hotel at a fraction of the cost of booking separately? You can buy the entire package as a Christmas gift – just remember to pack those waterproofs!
4. Adams Golf Idea Tech V4 Hybrid ($199 per club from Adams Golf)
Ask any golfer what the hardest club to hit in their bag is and most would say the long irons. Many golfers fear of using these hard-to-hit clubs is so great that they’d rather choke down on a 5-wood, or try to thrash a six-iron rather than use them.
Now you can help resolve that problem thanks to hybrid clubs and the best available on tour today are the Adams Idea Tech V4.
Available in a range of lofts (from 17 degrees to 32 degrees) and customisations, these clubs are far easier to hit longer and more accurately than traditional long irons, so much so that nowadays many tour professionals including Ryan Moore, Tom Watson and Bernard Langer are using them.
There are a number of different hybrids available from Adams to replace the 3, 4 or 5 irons in a bag or they can be purchased as part of a set of irons.
5. Get your own Driver head cover from Daphne’s (Prices vary)
Have you ever wondered where Tiger Woods gets his Tiger driver head cover from, or where many of the other players who sport these animal headcovers get theirs from?
The answer may well be Daphne’s Headcovers. The company produce an astonishing array of headcovers for golf drivers at very reasonable prices (starting at around $15), with some covers even available on offer at 2-for-1 prices, where one cover is the animals head and the other is the creatures tail!
You can select from a vast number of birds, catrs, dogs, reptiles and amphibians, sea creatures and other wildlife critters, or you can even have your own custom design, or something slightly more unusual from the Just For Fun selection!
With so many golfers out there, avoid the boring gift voucher or golf sweater this Christmas by being a little more imaginative in your present selection!
Pictures Courtesy of Titleist, Adams, Garmin, Turnberry and Daphne’s Headcovers main websites.