Before we proceed, if you are expecting Titleist, TaylorMade or Callaway, stop reading now. We are providing suggestions you may not have otherwise considered. Without further ado, here is our 2018 golf gift guide:
1. Christmas brings families together, and to ensure you spend more time with the people you love in 2018, enter a team in the 21st annual Father-Son or Parent-Child Team Classics. The 54-hole tournament, which features a different format of play each day, will be held July 18-21 and is one of the game’s great events. If you’ve never played in the tournament, do it. You won’t regret it now or years down the line when you think back on it. Cost of entry is $995 per team and includes a gift bag valued at $500.
2. Treat yourself to a dozen Vice Golf Balls. Technology has made the world a smaller place and allowed companies like the German-based Vice to sell product online, eliminating the middleman and passing the savings along to consumers. I’d highly recommend either the Tour ($21.95) or Pro Plus models ($34.95). The Pro Plus is Vice’s premium ball and compared very well to the ProV1x in MyGolfSpy testing. A dozen Vice balls might be all it takes to make you a believer.
3. Give yourself the gift of better putting in 2018. StrackaLine Greens Guides are used on every major professional tour, and they will improve your score, too. StrackaLine creates topographical greens maps that are accurate down the millimeter and with easy to read arrows, there is no excuse for you to misread another green. Among the 700+ golf courses the company has scanned are several Myrtle Beach’s best. Cost: $97 per book or $179 if accessed via the StrackaLine smartphone app.
4. Time to be honest: the fight to keep smartphones off the course is over and opponents have lost. From stat tracking and GPS capability to the occasional email and text messaging, most of us use a phone on the course, which is where the Atelier Ace X Mophie Powerstation Mini comes into play. The $40 device can be used with all USB compatible phones, charging them for more than 12 hours and ensuring you never have to worry about a dead battery on the course.
5. Since we are taking advantage of our phones, add the JBL Charge 3 Speaker to your list. The Bluetooth speaker can be had for $149.95 and will provide high quality sound to enhance your enjoyment of a little music on the course.