It’s the most wonderful time of the year and every golfer looking to cut their handicap in 2022 will be hoping for a full stocking of gear and gizmos to help them do just that this Christmas.
Or maybe they will have a friend with deep pockets who will give them that experience they will never forget.
Either way, here is our guide to what every well-behaved golfer might like Santa to deliver them this Christmas.
Try and Keep It Simple
For the practical among us, December 25 is the ideal opportunity to load up with all the stuff we will use throughout the year so anyone buying for a golfer who is stuck for ideas cannot really go wrong with things like balls, gloves, tees and the like. Or a new umbrella when they insist on going out despite the fact the rain is coming down sideways.
A ball stamper like this would be a good stocking filler at a very reasonable price. They allow for quick identification if the ball finds its way into the trees or deep rough. No longer will they be at risk of playing the wrong one and losing the hole.
Or why not let them laugh for about a week after one of their playing partners tees off with an exploding ball like this. Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds. They’ll thank you for it.
There is a host of little nick-nacks that will be gratefully received and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.
A Licence of Practice
Golf lessons are always an option and can easily be arranged by contacting your local club and have the advantage of getting your favourite golfer out in the open air. And they will be forever grateful if the extra tuition helps them capture that monthly medal or even earn a few quid off their mates.
Or you can bring the practice facilities to your own home, whether it is one of a host of aids that can help them improve their putting now they are working from home a bit more. Like some of these.
And then you can put up a practice net in the back garden. Just make sure they are not hitting towards the French windows.
Getting That Something a Bit More Special
Every golfer loves to have a watch that tells them how far they have to go to the hole, even if they have no idea how far they can hit their respective clubs.
They start at about £100 so one of those could prove a popular present and then there are clubs, but it is best to let them buy their own, so you can get them a fitting session.
That won’t cost anything initially and a great demonstration that it’s the thought that counts. Plenty of points to be earned.
Pushing the Boat Out
Finally, they can take in how the professionals do it, so why not book a trip to one of the country’s most famous golf courses.
Trips to 2010 Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor are reasonably priced and you can pop to the spa or enjoy the hotel while they are out on the course.
They would also surely love the chance to play at the home of golf, St Andrews.
That’s one of the things about golf. You can’t play football at Wembley or cricket at Lord’s, but you can play many of the world’s great courses.
Or you can go to the Masters and just watch the golfing giants in action. A six-day trip with some golf of your own, unfortunately not at Augusta National, could set you back about six grand, but what memories you would have.
Whatever the budget, there are presents that will surely be well received. It’s hard to go wrong as you look to make any golfer’s Christmas.