Dads love golf. That’s just the way some of them are wired. Maybe that’s why the U.S. Open always ends on Father’s Day (which is June 16th this year, with the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach). And that’s why you can never go wrong with a golf gift for Father Day.
Still, you don’t want to settle for a sleeve of balls, a “funny” club cover, or any of the other cliche gifts for golfers – so we put together this list. Shop wisely, and Dad will spend the rest of the day – maybe even the season – with a smile on his face.
In golf, it’s hard to commit to a shot when you’re not really sure how far you have to hit the ball to reach the green or even make it over the creek before it. Rangefinders offer golfers some peace of mind and precise distances to the target they’re trying to reach. Technology (and style) has improved tremendously in this part of the golf equipment world and manufacturers now include rangefinders in special golf watches. Garmin offers a range of products at various price points between $149 and $349.
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.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Is there a golfer alive who doesn’t want to work on his game? Consider buying a lesson (or even a series of lessons) with a local pro. And, if you want something to wrap up for your gift, add a practice tool like the Big Moss Putting Mat or any of the practice aids from EyeLineGolf.
Old School Golf Bag
If Dad is “old school,” (and how many dads aren’t), take a look at Jones Golf Bags. These unique bags combine old school styling with lightweight modern materials to make a statement. Despite its size, the Jones Utility Trouper has a large, 5-way top that provides enough room for 14 clubs and oversized grips. The original, single-strap Jones bags start at $145. The double-strapped Utility Trouper starts at $235.
Classic Renderings of the Top Courses
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).
You may be thinking, my golfer doesn’t play in the rain. And for the most part, golfers hate playing in the rain, however, there’s always that trip with buddies and the weather is less than ideal. Without a doubt, that golfer is going to be screaming for a dependable and flexible foul weather set up. Golf retailers offer a range of products and styles, and we suggest not cutting corners. Make sure you pick up breathable waterproof pants and top. Accessorize with golf gloves for rain and of course, a pair of waterproof shoes. For the suit, you could spend between $500 and $1,000, so it’s not cheap stuff, but it’s fortunately not something that has to be purchased more than once every decade or so. Here’s more information from the Golf Channel.
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 clubhead 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.
Before you get too carried away, we’re not talking about membership to some stuffy private golf club. Instead, we recommend membership to a quality public golf course that offers 18-holes of championship golf and amenities that make you feel like you’re at a private country club. Depending on the facility, full golf privileges, including range fees and a locker could cost anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 per year. Sure, it’s not exactly a stocking stuffer price tag, however, keep in mind, this is unlimited golf for the fanatic in your household. And that’s the kind of gift that will put a smile on his face long after Father’s Day is over!