By Matt Hombach
Even after the initial wave of Tigermania came and went in the late 1990s, there are still a multitude of people who enjoy golfing recreationally. With just a few days left to go before Father's Day, PressBox offers some outstanding, albeit last minute, golf gift-buying tips for you for Dad's Day.
The most important gift-buying tip to keep in mind is to know the specific brand and the specifics of the club he wants. Don't rush out and drop a couple hundred bucks on a new driver or chances are pretty good that he'll appreciate the gift, but it won't be exactly what he wanted.
Keeping that rule firmly in mind, the following are some safe bets for last minute golf gifts any dad would be pleased to get come Sunday.
Everyone Would Love a Lesson
By this point in the late spring, most golfers are either hitting a plateau with their game or getting ready to pack the clubs away out of frustration. Now is the perfect time to spring for a lesson and get Dad's game tuned up.
Buying Dad a one-hour lesson or a series of lessons is a can't-miss gift idea. Some Dads we know might be too proud (or cheap!) to get lessons for themselves, but if a well-meaning spouse or child does it for them, they might be more inclined to take advantage.
Call the golf shop at the area course where Dad plays most of his golf and ask for the head teaching pro. In most cases, they'll be more than happy to make arrangements for lessons over the phone.
Newly Legal Gadget
The United States Golf Association recently legalized the use of laser rangefinders for golfers. If your dad loves to have the latest in electronic gadgets, then this is the gift for him. The rangefinders are about the size of small handheld binoculars and give the golfer exact yardage to the flag. A high-quality rangefinder will cost you upwards of $200 and can be found in most sporting goods stores in the hunting and outdoors departments.
Set Him up This Sunday
With Father's Day 2006 and the final round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot happening on the same day, a natural gift idea would be a get-together with Dad this Sunday afternoon. Face it, nothing beats quality time with the old man.
Call Dad this afternoon and invite him over for Sunday. Tell him you'll supply the steaks, the beverages of choice and the flat screen for watching the Open.
Other Pro Golf Options
The PGA Tour comes to town next week as the Booz Allen Classic comes back to TPC Avenel in Potomac. A pair of grounds passes to see some of the Tour's best, right here in Maryland, would make a fine gift for Father. Check out BoozAllenClassic.com for event details or to order tickets.
There's still time to get in on the Constellation Energy Classic Father's Day Package. The package sells for $65 (a $150 value) and includes a round of golf at an upscale local course, a week-long pass to the tournament in September and $50 worth of gift certificates to McCormick & Schmick's. The deadline is June 16 and you can call 410-223-3085 to order.
One Last Great Idea
If none of the aforementioned options tickles your fancy for your father, there's one last idea that is guaranteed to please. Every golfer, no matter how young or how old, how rich or how poor, would absolutely love to have one dozen brand new golf balls.
The catch here is you have to do some snooping to find out exactly the brand and type of golf ball Dad likes to use most. So look into Dad's bag and see what he prefers. If you aren't in the know when it comes to golf, get bold and swipe one of his regular balls and take it with you to a golf shop. They'll be able to set you up with a dozen pills that are exactly what Dad's looking for!
Matt Hombach works for Nevins & Associates, a marketing and public relations firm that handles several clients in the golfing industry.
Posted June 14, 2006