Luxury gifts for golfers

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The Ultimate Luxury Gifts You've made your list and checked it twice, and a few lucky souls were not only nice, they're up for sainthood. For them, a nice tie or a DVD just won't do. Here are some gift ideas that spare no expense. Preferred Golf Club Membership $595, preferredgolf.com If you have a road warrior on your list who loves to sneak in a round of golf, consider a gift membership in the Preferred Golf Club. Open exclusively to American Express card holders, this gift allows members to play a complimentary round of golf whenever they stay at least two nights at any of 42 prestigious resorts like the Lodge at Vail, Coeur D'Alene, The Greenbrier and Kingsmill. There are several international resorts on the list too, including Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand; Sandy Lane in Barbados; and The K Club and Portmarnock (left) in Ireland. Complete Holiday Gift Guide
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Tiffany Putter $1,500, tiffany.com Any gift that comes in one of Tiffany's little blue boxes will be cherished for years. But it will take a 36-inch box to hold this stainless steel putter with a silver head. Give this piece of art to someone special and encourage him to stroke putts into an empty scotch glass in his office. Everyone will know he's officially arrived. Complete Holiday Gift Guide
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Hot Stix Golf Outdoor Game Fitting $795, hotstixgolf.com Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. A custom-fitting session at Scottsdale-based Hot Stix Golf will help any golfer play his best. During an Outdoor Game Fitting, a professional club fitter will analyze your new best friend's game with every club — driver, woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putter. Then, using state-of-the-art computer software and years of experience, the fitter will custom build a set of clubs to maximize strengths and overcome shortcomings. After a few hours of this one-on-one pro treatment, your pal will be hitting longer drives, more accurate irons and truer putts. While you're at it, get a fitting for yourself, or 2008 could be a long season. Complete Holiday Gift Guide
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Polarized Oakley Radar Pitch $255, oakley.com The brighter it gets, the more you'll love Oakley's high-tech lenses. A liquid-infusion process eliminates the haze and distortion commonly associated with polarized lenses, while a Hydrophobic coating makes sweat and water bead off without leaving streaks. And when it's really hot, fear not: the nose piece actually gets stickier the wetter it gets, so no matter how hard you swing it won't slip. A variety of lens colors are available to ensure you'll see all your eagles and birdies no matter what the conditions. Complete Holiday Gift Guide
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Pebble Beach Golf Academy $900 per day, pebblebeach.com Imagine playing the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links. Now imagine actually playing it well. The Pebble Beach Golf Academy creates customized golf school experiences that feature swing instruction in the morning and playing lessons on Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay or Pebble Beach in the afternoon. Headed by two GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teachers — Laird Small and Dan Pasquariello — this gift is the ultimate, never-to-be-forgotten game-improvement experience.