Courtesy of Velaa Private Island
By Joe Passov
Thursday, November 26, 2015

A sleeve of balls won't cut it this holiday season. You deserve something special. So show your significant other these seven great gift ideas, or just treat yourself. They're for the golfer who has everything -- except his very own island.

Ride of Your Life

Garia Golf Car

Courtesy of Garia

This isn't your father's E-Z-GO -- unless your father is Mario Andretti. Engineered by the leader in bespoke, luxury golf carts, the Garia Golf Car (yes, car) handles great, tops out at 19 mph, and has all you'd expect from a five-figure cart: leather seats, wipers, an easy-access bag holder and a built-in fridge for your water bottles (or martini mixers). $11,500;

Lightning in a Bottle

Clase Azul Reposado

Courtesy of Clase Azul

Whisky for a golfer? Clichéd. Tequila for a golfer? Touché! Buck up for Clase Azul Reposado, says Katie Schnurr, the tequila sommelier at La Hacienda, a swank Mexican eatery at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, in Arizona. The bottle is hand-painted by Mexican artisans, but the real prize is inside: smooth hints of cream soda, caramel and earthy agave. $100;

Fantasy Island

Velaa Private Island

Courtesy of Velaa Private Island

Who wants to deal with the hustle and bustle of Hawaii or the Caribbean? Instead, set sail for the Velaa Golf Academy by Olazábal on Velaa Private Island, in the Maldives. The Indian Ocean resort includes 48 private pool villas and a Troon-managed facility designed by José María Olazábal that houses a par-3 layout with nine tees and six greens, plus a high-tech swing studio and learning center. $1,600-$23,000 per night;

Picture This

GoPro HERO4 Session

Courtesy of GoPro

The mount-it-anywhere GoPro HERO4 Session is the smallest, lightest, most versatile camera from a brand that has made its name on delivering all of the above. Attach it to a cart, bag, tee marker, or even a club, and capture the game -- and your swing -- in an exciting new light. $300;

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Wheel Deal

ClubGlider Travel Edition Suitcase

Courtesy of Sun Mountain

Sun Mountain drew raves for its golf travel bag with extendable wheels. Now it's applied the same clever technology to luggage. The smooth-rolling ClubGlider Travel Edition Suitcase and companion Carry-On (above) are tough, too, thanks to the ballistic-style nylon casing. $350 (case), $240 (carry-on);

Launch to Go

Foresight GC2

Courtesy of Foresight

With high-res cameras and image processing, the compact Foresight GC2 launch monitor captures key swing stats such as launch angle, spin rate, and ball speed. And at less than four pounds, it's a cinch to take to the range. More of a homebody? Connect the GC2 to your computer and -- voilà! -- it doubles as a simulator. $6,695;

Wrist Reward

Faldo Series NF1

Courtesy of Jaermann & Stübi

The venerable Swiss watchmaker Jaermann & Stübi lives up to its tagline, "The timepiece of golf," with more than two dozen handcrafted, golf-minded models. This beauty -- the Faldo Series NF1 -- is forged from the very irons Sir Nick used to win the 1997 L.A. Open. (Your move, Rolex.) The watch's golfiness extends to a mechanical counter that tracks strokes and holes played, plus a tool that compares your score against your handicap. Other models in this luxe line offer cases hewn from the tournament-winning irons of Ben Crenshaw and Seve Ballesteros. $29,915;

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