By Bobby Lopez, PGA
Having trouble with getting the right gift for the favorite golfer in your life? Maybe we can help. First you need to know what kind of golfer you’re buying for. Are they a beginner? Are they a long time golfer but not very good? Maybe they’re a long time golfer that is competitive and plays in tournaments? Is it a junior golfer or maybe a lady golfer?
I’ve broken down my suggestions by, “Do – Buys” and “Don’t – Buys”. I also tried to fit into anyone’s budget. You have gifts to choose form that start as low as $12.99. Of course the sky is the limited when you talk top of the line golf clubs. However, even in buying golf clubs be smart. Now is the time most golf club companies try to get rid of their 2012 models to make room for the new 2013’s coming soon.
For instance, Callaway is now offering their Razr Fit Driver, (top of the line) for $299, (regular $399) and including a FREE fairway wood to match, ($249 value).
For Beginning Golfers
Do – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – If you’re going to give them lessons, you need a bunch of them! Beginners need a lot of volume upfront to get them over the hump and dedicated to golf long term. With that, I would suggest group lessons. Cost less so you can get more of them. We have an Unlimited Lesson Program which is unique and offers a beginner the volume they need at a very affordable cost. A 90 day membership of Unlimited Lessons is only $89 and a full year is $197. For details and to buy online go here.
Do – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – The Private Lesson with Video Analysis is a good buy for the $59 you spend on the one lesson but, you can get your beginning golfer Unlimited Group Lessons for a full 90 days for only $89, which will have a more positive impact on their golf game. If you do decide on private lessons, think about getting more than one. For details and to buy online.
Do – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – Less Than High Quality Golf Balls – The beginning golfer does not need $48 per dozen golf balls. The construction of a top of the link tour golf ball alone demands a golf club head speed of over 100 mph just to take advantage of the technology in the ball! At Pendleton Golf Course they have the Pinnacle Gold Golf Balls 15 pack for only $19.50. I have the Callaway HX Diablo golf ball with over run logos for only $12.99 but I would NOT recommend the logo ball for a gift. The Pinnacle at Pendleton is a better choice. For details and to buy online
Do – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – A golf gift certificate is very appropriate with the proper note attached. Maybe something like; “I know you love golf so this gift certificate is to improve your enjoyment of the game you love”. If it’s your boss, maybe you want to offer something like a lesson with a card saying you’re concerned about their enjoyment of the game of golf. A gift certificate for a golf club, (where the golfer can be fitted properly before the purchase) is fine in any case.
Don’t – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – Golf Clubs! For the beginning golfer, they would do better to get a golf lesson first and be properly fitted, even if the set is not costly or top of the line. The wrong configuration golf club can cause bad habits to develop that may discourage the golfer from play golf in the future. Golf clubs need to be fitted to the golfer’s swing, not just their physical characteristics. In the end, your golf club gift could collect dust in the garage.
Don’t – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – Golf Bags! Unless you know exactly which golf bag they want, I would stay away from it. Golf bags are very personal to each golfer.
Don’t – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – Golf Shoes This may not seem like a bad choice considering the golfer can probably take them back to the store and exchange them.
Don’t – Buy: For Beginning Golfers – Accessories I would shy away from Golf gloves, teaching gadgets, distance finders (electronic measuring device that tells the golfer how far they are from the green) can all be difficult to please. For these types of purchases use the gift certificate and they can get what they want. Now, if you happen to know that your golfer is a BIG Redskins Fan, you could possibly look at some Redskin head covers for his/her woods. Some golf stores sell golf towels with College and NFL insignias.
For The Average Golfer
The average golfer is one who plays maybe once or twice a week, can probably shoot a score below 100, (or at least claims he/she can) and already has a better understanding of what they need and use in golf equipment. I would suggest….
Do – Buy: For Average Golfer – The Private Golf Lesson with Video Analysis is good buy. We offer one lesson with video analysis at $20 off and you get an even deeper discount when you buy 4 and get the fifth lesson FREE, only $235. For details and to buy online
Do – Buy: For Average Golfer – One Day Golf School – This is by far our best seller every year. Regular price is $199 but you get a discount during Christmas of $60 OFF or $139 and they can use it anytime during the year.
We start with a classroom discussion, then short game which is chipping and putting, then video analysis of their swing on the practice range, lunch and review of the video and then off to the golf course for a very unique format that reveals the golfer’s strengths and weaknesses. This is the perfect gift for that golfer that is not totally dedicated to golf but would benefit from a full day of insider tips and secrets only the better players know. For details and to buy online
Do – Buy: For Average Golfer – The Six Pack Green Fees at Pendleton Golf Club – You can’t loose with this gift. For $199 you get six full rounds of golf at Pendleton along with the golf cart fees included. That is a significant discount from the regular rates of $43 per round or $258. Pendleton also offers a Six Pack Lite for $169 for six rounds of golf however this package is restricted to use on week days only. For details and to Buy Online.
Don’t – Buy: For Average Golfer – Moderate Quality Golf Balls – Now this could be tricky. Your golfer may not be good enough to use the high quality golf balls but they think they’re that good. You might offend them if you get them a less than top of the line golf ball and not be excited about using them. Another consideration might be, if you buy them a top of the line golf ball which would cost you about $48 a dozen, they might not ever play with a golf ball like that again AND they might be disappointed when they can’t hit the ball hard enough to use the technology in the ball. My suggestion, stay away from golf balls.
For The Accomplished Golfer
The accomplished golfer will be very impressed with you when you choose the right gift, even though you don’t play golf at all!
Do – Buy: For the Accomplished Golfer – The Private Golf Lesson with Video Analysis is a good buy. We offer one lesson with video analysis as $20 off and you get an even deeper discount when you buy 4 and get the fifth lesson FREE, only $235. Even the best players in the world are working with a swing guru that constantly tinkers with their golf swing searching for that perfect balance. For details and to buy online
Do – Buy: For the Accomplished Golfer – The Six Pack Green Fees at Pendleton Golf Club – You can’t loose with this gift. For $199 you get six full rounds of golf at Pendleton Golf Club along with the golf cart fees included. That is a significant discount from the regular rates of $43 per round or $258. Pendleton also offers a Six Pack Lite for $169 for six rounds of golf however it is restricted to use on week days only. For details and to Buy Online.
Do – Buy: For the Accomplished Golfer – Top Quality Golf Balls. I carry the Callaway Hex Black which is the same ball played on tour. They sell for $45.99 a dozen. At Pendleton Golf Course they have the Pro V1 and V1X which is the most popular ball on tour at $48 per dozen. If you get your golfer the V1 and he plays the V1X fear not, Pendleton will let your golfer exchange them at the same price.
Don’t – Buy: For the Accomplished Golfer – All the “don’t buys” for the beginning and average golfer hold true for the accomplished golfer as well. Stick to the three basics, lessons, golf balls, green fees, gift certificate. In fact, consider a gift certificate that is a VISA gift card where he/she can go to any establishment rather than getting a gift certificate at a golf shop that the golfer does not frequent or might find limited in the kind of equipment they use. Really good golfers are really picky!
For The Junior Golfer
Do – Buy: For the Junior Golfer – Lessons, lessons, lessons, lessons. I cannot over emphasize the need for the proper instruction for a junior golfer. Building the proper fundamentals early will save years of frustration.
One interesting twist we offer is the ability for the parent to accompany the child during the lessons at no extra charge.
With our lesson being 45 minutes in length we have plenty of time to teach Mom or Dad at the same time. Also it allows us to teach Mom and Dad what to look for in the golf swing so they can follow-up with the same processes we all learn together. To buy on line go here.
For The Lady Golfer
I would say that for the accomplished lady golfer the same would hold true as with men golfers. In fact, I would follow the same suggestions as with the men.
Hopefully you at least have a little better idea of what to or not to buy for your favorite golfer. If you need any help finding something we don’t have, we would be very pleased to help you.
Just like Macy’s in The Miracle on 34th Street, we will send you to someone else if they have what you need. We will even tell you about what you should expect to pay and give you all the details so you don’t a mistake and get the wrong thing.
For a non-golfer it can be very intimidating walking into a golf shop. Pendleton Golf Course has a very friendly and helpful atmosphere.
You can reach Jim Mason, Director of Golf and Head PGA Professional at Pendleton at 804-448-4727. You can reach me, Teaching PGA Professional at Pendleton 804-378-7456