2011 Golf.com Father's Day Gift Guide, golf gifts for dad
1 of 12Skyhorse Publishing
Golfing with Dad, $19.95, amazon.com
This 160-page gem by David Barrett includes a number of the game's best players—Stewart Cink, Ray Floyd, Christina Kim, Brittany Lincicome, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson to name a few—talking about their favorite memories of playing golf with their fathers.
2 of 12John G Mabanglo/EPA
Masters Tickets, $50-$75, masters.com
If it's always been Dad's dream to go inside the gates of Augusta National, you might be in luck. For the first time in 47 years, a very limited number of tickets to the Masters will be made available to the general public. Applications for daily tournament tickets, which will cost $75, must be completed by June 30; the deadline for applications for practice-round tickets ($50) is July 30. If your application is selected and you get a chance to buy the tickets, you'll be notified by Augusta National. While he waits, Dad might enjoy re-living Jack famous 1986 Masters win on DVD, which is available on amazon.com ($24.99).
3 of 12David Dusek
Oakley Fast Jacket Sunglasses, $220, oakley.com
Oakley's unique SwitchLock design lets you quickly swap one lens for another in the Fast Jacket, so as conditions change on the course Dad can adapt easily. The Fast Jacket's lenses provide great coverage when looking down at a golf ball in the address position and the Nano-Clear Hydrophobic mini-pen (included) applies a special coating that makes water bead off them.
4 of 12David Dusek
Nuun Tabs, $24/four tubes, nuun.com
Energy drinks can be tasty and provide a boost on the course, but they can also be loaded with calories and sugar. Give Dad a few tubes of Nuun Tabs, which he can easily keep in his golf bag, and he'll be able to mix up a healthier, hydrating beverage in a snap. The beverage of choice for several PGA Tour players, each 6-calorie tab—which quickly dissolves in water—contains a tasty mix of potassium, calcium, sodium and other minerals, but no sugar.
5 of 12Lynn Hartough
2011 U.S. Open Commemorative Painting, $225, hartough.com
Lots of dads spend part of Father's Day on the sofa watching the U.S. Open. You can let the old man enjoy a unique view of Blue Course at Congressional Country Club's 10th hole by buying him a limited edition 2011 U.S. Open commemorative painting by Lynn Hartough. This is Hartough's 22nd official U.S. Open painting and only 850 prints will be made, each signed and numbered by the artist.
6 of 12Nike Golf
Nike Lunar Control Golf Shoes, $190, nikegolf.com
Customized versions of this shoe were presented as a gift to Nike staff players at the 2010 Masters, and they'll get another personalized pair at Congressional too! With a two-year limited waterproof warranty, premium full-grain leather and Flywire incorporated into the midfoot saddle for lateral support, these shoes provide comfort and performance.
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GOLF Magazine Front9 App, $2.99, iTunes
Every week, the editors of Golf Magazine and SI Golf+ pick nine need-to-know news, equipment, instruction, and courses & travel items, while also keeping a close eye on gadgets, apps, games, books, movies and dvd releases. From Tour news and slice fixes to gear reviews and exclusive travel deals, the Front9 is the ultimate weekly golf guide.
8 of 12Ashworth Golf
Ashworth Cardiff Golf Shoes, $120, ashworthgolf.com
If your pops is more Jimmy Buffett than Jimmy Demaret, Ashworth's new Cardiff shoes combine soft leather, suede accents and a spikeless sole to create a shoe that's at home strolling through Palm Springs or playing PGA West.
9 of 12Sun Mountain
Sun Mountain SV1 Push Cart, $259, golfgalaxy.com
Walking the course is fun, but hauling a bag can be hard work. Sun Mountain's new SV1 push cart lets players easily and securely walk their clubs around the course and comes with plenty of clever features—like a brake system, a slide-out tray for writing on a scorecard, a cup holder, an umbrella holder, and a special compartment for electronic gizmos. The SV1 also folds down easily to fit in your trunk.
10 of 12Sky Caddie
Sky Caddie SGX, $349, skygolf.com
This GPS unit can store as many as 30,000 ground-verified course maps. The 3-inch color LCD screen is easy to see in sunlight and golfers can navigate the system using just one hand. Not only does the SGX tell you how far away hazards are, the IntelliGreen feature displays the exact shape of the green automatically and rotates it based on your angle of approach. For a limited time, you can get $100 in Dining Dough Gift Certificates free with your purchase of an SGX or SG5 and any level Silver Advantage Membership.
11 of 12Lacoste
Lacoste Short Sleeve Cool Plus Stripe Polo, $88, lacoste.com
The crocodile may have its origins in tennis, but golfers like Robert Allenby, Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez have been wearing Lacoste shirts on the golf course for years. This fitted, zip-up version of the classic is made from a blend of cotton and polyester to help keep golfers cool and dry in hot conditions.
12 of 12Premier Aerials
Premier Aerials Photography, $99-$350, premieraerials.com
Every golfer has a hole that means something special to him, so get Dad a high-quality photo of his favorite hole. Premier Aerials has a huge selection of images—from Cypress Point to St. Andrews and all points in between— that can be turned into plaques, shadowboxes and framed prints.
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