Dads love golf. That’s just the way some of them are wired. They also love their kids—so there is no better way to spend Father’s Day on June 18 than playing a round of golf with your dad on his day. In fact, Father’s Day always falls on the same day as the final round of the U.S. Open—a coincidence? I don’t think so. But if you can’t be with him, then a golf-related gift is the next best thing. So, here are the perfect golf gifts to buy dad for Father’s Day.
Speaking of the U.S. Open, the USGA has plenty of gift ideas for dads who are pumped up for the United States’ championship golf tournament. The USGA website has trotted out all kinds of U.S. Open hats, shirts and other gifts related to the competition that is being held at Erin Hills near Milwaukee, Wisc. Check out all the latest in U.S. Open apparel.
Most every golfer can benefit from knowing the yardage on their next shot and there are all kinds of range finder and distance measuring device products on the market to do that. One that would work for dad is the Approach S2 Golf GPS Watch from Garmin. It straps to the wrist and is unobtrusive and unencumbering, while offering yardage to the front, middle, and back of the green for more accurate shot making. It has an odometer to track your workout and a digital scorecard to track your play. And it comes pre-loaded with up to 38,000 courses from around the world, and could start your dad on a quest to play all of them—or maybe just those in Minnesota. The watch is available all over the internet but was advertised at $149.98 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Most dads who golf have taken a golf trip in their time, and now Ballpark Blueprints LTD. has come up with a nice memento for some of those trips: an architectural rendering of a hallowed course. The company famous for baseball park renderings has lent their talents to some dream golf destinations such as Ballyliffin Golf Links, Carne Golf Links, Pebble Beach Golf Links or Streamsong Golf—even a rendering of locations of all the great courses of Ireland. The prints are available as unframed canvas pictures of framed prints (starting at $60).
If you are looking for something more personal for your dad, check out the items at PersonalizationMall.com. You can get numerous golf items from balls, tees, bag tags and towels to shirts, hats, club head covers and even doormats personalized with your dad’s name and a special message from him to you. Personalization Mall has a host of accessories that you can trick out your dad for his next golf round.
If your dad is looking for some help with his game and he is the kind of golfer who likes to tinker with swing mechanics, then consider the R-Motion At-home Golf Simulator. The mechanism (a Bluetooth-enabled 10-gram sensor, made by Rapsodo) attaches to your club shaft and senses movement in 3D to estimate club head speed, angle of attack, loft and energy transfer. That information is linked to The Golf Club video game software for simulated shot trajectories, distances and more on one of the 15 pre-loaded courses. It is a commitment at $300, but if it’s a game changer for your dad, it’s worth every penny.