Christmas in the UK often means dark days and torrential rain – something every golfer dreads. With courses in poor condition and less live golf on the TV, the winter lull hits the avid golfer hard. As a result, we’re all in need of a little pick-me-up now and then. And nothing says ‘pick-me-up’ like one of these 9 golf Christmas gifts…
1. Golf lessons
Even highly experienced players could use a little fine-tuning to their game in the off-season, so why not gift someone you know a course of lessons with a local professional?
You can either book a lesson by contacting a golf club directly or play safe by booking with Virgin Experience Days. They offer a 60-minute golf lesson with a PGA Professional, which is available at 120 locations in the UK.
2. A round of golf at a top course
If you’re feeling generous, why not give someone a voucher for a game of golf at a famous venue?
You might want to consider Tiger Woods’ favourite course, St Andrews Old Course, where he won two Opens, or the beautiful Walton Heath Old Course in Surrey. Whichever course you decide on, the gift is bound to be well-received.
3. Tickets for a big event
Buy the gift of an unforgettable experience (and maybe gift it to yourself as well!). Everyone should get to witness golf of the highest quality in person at least once in their life.
From the 149th Open in 2020 at Royal St George’s, to the AIG Women’s British Open at the Royal Troon in Scotland, there are plenty of exciting events to choose from.
4. A great golf book
Of course, this gift depends on the recipient’s preference, but there are plenty of inspiring golf books out there.
You could go for “Roaring Back: The Fall and Rise of Tiger Woods” by Curt Sampson, or something a little more classic like “Ben Hogan’s life lessons: the modern fundamentals of Golf”.
You could also go for something light-hearted like “501 Excuses for a Bad Golf Shot” by Justin Exner – which every golfer can relate to.
If you’re stuck for ideas, check out Golf Digest’s list of 50 golf books every golfer should read.
5. A year’s subscription to a golf magazine
There’s nothing like indulging yourself over Christmas by reading up on all the best golf features, tips and equipment advice.
From Golf Monthly to Today’s Golfer, there’s a wide range of great magazines to choose from.
What’s more, if you act swiftly, you can benefit from the special Christmas offers available now.
6. A putt returner
This nifty piece of kit allows golfers to practise at home or even have some lunchtime fun in the office.
There are plenty of models on the market, but they all do the same thing – fire the ball straight back to you if your stroke finds the target.
If you get this, your recipient will have no excuse for being ‘rusty’ on the course after the Christmas holidays.
7. Golf towel
Although a golf towel is not the most exciting gift, it is essential and makes a great stocking filler.
Perhaps opt for a microfibre model that is super-absorbent and fast-drying. If you want to make it a little more exciting, why not even personalise it?
8. Hand warmers
These make a great gift, because people rarely buy them for themselves. We know that winter golfing in the UK is tough, but it can be made a lot more pleasant by having winter golf hand warmers.
You can even get fleece lined ones to ensure you’re extra toasty on the course or a pair that velcro on to your trolley here. They’ll definitely thank you later.
9. Specialist golf insurance
Last but certainly not least, why not give someone a year’s peace of mind on the golf course?
Find out more about our golf insurance here and make sure the people that matter to you stay safe on the course in the new year.