It’s a lame cliché, I know, but Christmas seems to come around quicker and quicker these days, doesn’t it? And birthdays (certainly my own one, anyway). Whatever the occasion, gift ideas are unquestionably one of life’s greatest challenges.
After all, when it comes to your nearest and dearest, you want to help make their day, and getting them a present you know they are going to love is as rewarding for you as it is for the recipient.
The good news is that, if this lucky man, woman, boy or girl you are shopping for is a golf enthusiast, then you’re in luck. We’ve been keeping our ear to the ground and our eye on the ball – as we always do – and concocted a list of 15 chart-toppers in the world of golfing gifts.
So whether you love this person enough to throw a few hundred dollars at their special day, or are looking to keep the budget down to 20 bucks, we’ve got you covered.
Use the quicklinks to navigate my Unique Golf Gifts 2016 from lowest to highest in terms of price.
15 Unique Golf Gifts
Lindt Golf Balls – From $17.00
I’m not a qualified food connoisseur, so may be out of my realm here. All I can say is that these taste fantastic, and it’s a pretty safe bet as a gift for pretty much anyone. My only regret by the time I got through the box was that there wasn’t another boxful to keep gorging on! See Best Price on Amazon.
However, there’s no jargon, it’s all easy to understand and his writing style makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read. What I love about the book is the variety of techniques and approaches he covers, and this really is relevant to anyone and everyone – regardless of handicap. Personally my biggest problems are with the flatblade, and he doesn’t cover as much ground on this particular aspect as I would like.
But with regard to scoring shots, so much of what he says rings true, and is practical and applicable for the next time you head to the range or practice green. See Best Price on Amazon.
Probably the niftiest of the lot is the Pro-Line alignment tool for putting, which we actually found to be sneaky effective. For under 30 bucks, we have to say this all represents good value.
As ever, Callaway put a good deal of thought into it, and everything in this gift set is put together with quality and care. And hey, it looks pretty classy too, which never hurt anyone. See Best Price on Amazon.
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour – From $33.00
It’s been on the market since 2015, and after a few initial teething issues (and lack of features) and subsequent updates, this game is now the real deal. It has an abundance of the world’s premier courses to choose from, any number of pros to play against, and whether you’re playing on Xbox or Playstation, the graphics are world class.
There are a number of modes to choose from and the mechanics of the game are spot on.
Perhaps it lacks the content of previous PGA Tour editions, but this is still a very enjoyable way to keep yourself busy, and for that price, it’s a great gift for any friend, spouse or child. See Best Price on Amazon.
There are three targets to choose from, thus giving you a bit of variety when taking on your buddies in a chipping competition. We tested it on a windy day too, and it held up just fine. A trusted source also tells us that, even after a couple of years of being weathered by the elements, it still stands rigid and hasn’t suffered any significant wear and tear.
This is a sure-fire way to help your loved one improve their short game. And in the season of giving, that’s about as good a gift that you could give to any golfer! See Best price on Amazon.
Certainly the days of sharpening a pencil, and frantically trying to scribble down numbers on a scorecard while the rain teems down seem numbered, and digital scorers are going to be the future. This particular model is probably somewhere between middle and top of the range, and was a bit fiddly when we were first playing with it. But that was literally just a few minutes of confusion.
It’s smooth sailing after that, while other features like the clock, temperature display and robust casing mean it all amounts to a solid device. Something like this just needs to do what it says on the tin, and this one gets an uptick from us in that regard. See Best price on Amazon.
Titleist Canopy Umbrella – From $59.95
The double canopy makes it pretty much impenetrable, even when the heavens open to the max. It also has massive width, and is made out of tough stuff. True, it isn’t the cheapest in the game, but it will last you for years.
I suppose the only downside of buying this for your hubby (or wife) is that rain won’t prevent them from playing anymore, meaning you’ll see a lot less of them! See Best price on Amazon.
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If so, the Rukket Haack should be your first port of call. Haack, who lends his name to the product, says: “This is the last net you’ll ever need.” Given the lifetime warranty on this thing, you’ve got to be inclined to believe him.
For us, it felt like a challenge. Let’s try break this net! Despite smashing over 50 balls at it – as hard as we humanly could – this puppy just deadpanned all of them, and each ball gently rolled back to us at a pathetically anticlimactic pace.
Unlike the Titanic, this really is unsinkable. Importantly, it’s light, compact and easy to set up too, and at 70 square feet, there’s plenty of surface area to gobble up even the most wayward shank or snap hook. This one gets a huge thumbs’ up from us. Buy it as a gift now, then thank us later. See Best price on Amazon.
Callaway have come in here with something very competitive, and at Christmas time, when the wallet tends to be a bit stretched, that’s a handy bonus. Don’t worry, you get good bang for your buck here too. It’s sturdier than previous Hyper-Lite editions, and although it’s slightly heavier, it’s more durable too.
The Xtra Traction Technology makes a noticeable difference in terms of balance, and it has plenty of pockets and storage. All round, it’ just a simple, uncomplicated product that will serve faithfully for years to come. That’s all you, or in this case, your loved one, can ask for in a bag at this price. See Best price on Amazon.
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It’s almost over the top, it’s that good. But if your golfing nut partner (or friend) has a passion for analysis and stats, then they’ll have a field day with the glut of metrics on offer here. Between the V-Zone and the HWB view, there isn’t a part of the swing you can’t zero in on – with the 3D swing-path features providing the perfect platform to study it all.
It’s pretty straightforward to handle and navigate too, given all that’s going on. Yes, it is a pricey little gadget, but it’s also a guaranteed ticket into the good books. Hard to argue with that, really. See Best price on Amazon.
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Clicgear 3.5+ Push Cart – From $209.00
The aluminium frame is cutting edge, and makes it extremely light. Importantly, it assembles and folds away in the most compact manner imaginable. But while the hallmarks of the 3.5+ lie in its design, features and performance, perhaps the most important box of all that it ticks is balance.
You’d expect something so light to topple over on side slopes, but the low centre of gravity and high-quality rubber wheels ensure that this thing can handle pretty much anything. See Best price on Amazon.
As GoPros go, this is no more than moderately priced, and it’s a significant upgrade on the Hero 3. It’s wonderfully compact and light, and is so easy to operate – it’s just one button, which takes care of powering it up and capturing photo or video.
Built-in wifi and Bluetooth mean that you don’t have to think too much about anything, and playback is made really easy too with the HiLight tag to mark specific frames. It’s solid, waterproof, and, for GoPro newbies, this can go a long way to enhancing both golf and other sports activities and adventures. See Best price on Amazon
But if they’re hopping on a plane, they could do worse than to have a decent travel bag to protect their clubs, and the Club Glove model is the ideal choice. The burst-proof construction, coupled with the layer of ballistic nylon at the base, provide market-leading protection, while the split-top zipper and 2-inch webbing round off an excellent bag.
This bag is tough as old boots, and competitively priced. So really, the question isn’t whether to get one. The question is what colour to get it in! See Best price on Amazon.
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However, if you’ve got a lot of love for the person lucky enough to get this as a gift, and are willing to dig deep, then this will absolutely make their day. As rangefinders go, you aren’t going to find a more compact, better-looking device than this. But it gets better.
This one is right at the summit of our accuracy charts, weighs just 0.5 lbs, has a clear (and speedy) display, excellent magnification, and then, of course, the famous ‘jolt’ once the target’s locked in. The Z6 Jolt really is the ultimate shot saver – can you really put a price on that? See Best price on Amazon.
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Garmin Approach S6 Watch – From $349.00
It’s mapped over 40,000 golf courses around the globe, with a second-to-none series of hole maps, aerial views and a touchscreen that allows you to pinpoint distances to anywhere on the course. It also has great features such as ‘SwingStrength’ and ‘TempoTraining’. The seamless interaction between the watch and Garmin Connect platform – the latter of which provides you a plethora of scoring and stats analysis – is also mightily impressive.
And it’s sleek, lightweight and very snazzy too. Got to be happy with that! See Best price on Amazon.
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