GOLF.com Holiday Gift Guide
Give the golfers in your life something they'll really love this holiday season.
EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour '09
So, you ponied up for a Wii or XBox for the kids this year. Nice job. Now it's time to reward yourself with a relaxing round at Wentworth, Bay Hill, St. Andrews or Pebble Beach. The graphics and sound are unreal, and the new All-Play feature is like a built-in handicap, allowing less-skilled players to get a little help from the system so they can compete with better players. Like your 8-year-old.
See Tiger walk on water in an ad for the game
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You may never play in conditions like Scott Verplank, left, and the pros faced at Royal Birkdale last July, but if you do, the DryJoy Rainshirt has proven up to the task. The jacket is waterproof (two year guarantee) and windproof.
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Sun Mountain ClubGlider travel bag
Stop wrestling with your clubs in the airport. The Sun Mountain ClubGlider lets you comfortably pull and maneuver a load that would make any caddie cringe. The bag is lined with thick foam to protect your clubs and has heavy-duty two-way zippers, internal storage pockets, cinch straps, vinyl-reinforced wear areas and plenty of handles.
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Air Zoom Elite II
The updated version of this shoe is now 8mm lower in the forefoot, thanks to an "encapsulated Zoom Air unit," which is designed to improve stability without sacrificing cushioning. A lateral support system should also help golfers maintain their balance. Comes with a two-year waterproof guarantee.
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Puma Riveted Belt
Pros like Anthony Kim and Rory Sabbatini make bold statements on the course with their belt buckles. This belt is more subtle, but with rich genuine leather and brushed silver graphics, it shows the wearer knows quality.
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GOLF Magazine's 'How to Hit Every Shot'
The instruction editors at GOLF Magazine have compiled 192 pages of useful tips and helpful photos to get you out of any jam.
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Codorniu Pinot Noir Brut Rose NV
According to Duffy Waldorf, GOLF Magazine's resident wine expert, this Spanish sparkling wine tastes like strawberries with a light, zippy, clean finish. It's perfect with heavy appetizers that are often served at holiday time or as an after-dinner quaffer.
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Ashworth Cashmere Sweater
trend has been toward high-performance synthetics, cashmeresupremely soft,
naturally lightweight and
luxuriouswill always have
its place, especially on cool, dry days. As an added bonus, cashmere looks stylish off the course as well, just in case you're not the type who feels compelled
to own a wardrobe that screams, "I am a golfer!"
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Garmin nuvi 775T
With detailed maps of both North America and Europe, this GPS unit will help you easily find courses as remote as Banff and Ballybunion. The 775T features Lane Assist, telling you not only that a turn is coming up, but which lane you should be in. Buildings appear in 3-D on the map, the screen refreshes ultra-fast, and directions are displayed and spoken. The unit is also Bluetooth enabled so you can make hands-free calls while the FM traffic receiver alerts you to delays and suggests route changes.
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Bushnell V2 Laser Rangefinder with Slope
On the days leading up to a tournament, it's common to see golfers and caddies using laser rangefinders during pro-ams to learn exactly how far hazards, trees and likely hole locations are from spots in the fairway. The new Bushnell Tour V2 not only gives accurate distances, but it also calculates how much you need to compensate for uphill and downhill targets.
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The Morgan Shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren
Polo and Morgan Pressel, whose mother died of breast cancer in 2003, are helping raise money and awareness with the Pink Pony Morgan shirt. With an oversized logo, ribbed sleeves and super-soft cotton, the woman who receives this gift will look great, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go the Boca Raton Community Hospital.
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Flip Ultra Video Camera
Forget about taking simple snap shots to capture the best moments from your next golf trip. The Flip Ultra video camera fits in your pocket, takes up to one hour of video and has a built-in USB plug that allows you to download your videos directly into your computer. It comes with software that makes e-mailing videos a snap, and you can even edit and combine your footage to create movies.
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Vineyard Vines Golf Tie
We know, we know ... giving dear ol' dad a tie as a holiday present is a cliché. But Vineyard Vines ties are fun, colorful and won't get buried in his closet. There are several golf-themed ties to choose from, including this celebration of the 19th hole.
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Pete Dye Golf Courses: Fifty Years of Visionary Design
Dye's courses will make your jaw drop in wonder even as you're pulling out your hair in frustration. This 304-page book is a tribute to Pete Dye, the recent Hall of Fame inductee who created famous courses like TPC Sawgrass, PGA West, Teeth of the Dog and Blackwolf Run. The book features gorgeous photos as well as introductions by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman.
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A button on the top of the canister releases a small amount of cleaning agent for your ball or clubface. With the built-in bristles, you can easily remove dirt, mud or anything else that will get in the way of torching your club's course record. One container is good for 350 sprays.
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Nike Kids' Golf Club Sets
nikegolf.com, $179 (Red) and $239 (Black)
Inspired by the clubs Earl Woods made for Tiger when he was young, Nike has two new box sets that are sure to get youngsters excited about the game. Features include square-headed drivers, graphite-shafted irons, milled putters, nylon bags, balls, and grips scaled down to fit comfortably in little hands. The Red set, for ages 5-7, includes a driver, 5-iron, pitching wedge and putter. The Black set, for ages 8-11, has those clubs plus a hybrid, 7-iron, 9-iron and sand wedge instead of the pitching wedge.
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2008 U.S. Open DVD
Tiger Woods hasn't played a competitive round in months, but you can relive his thrilling victory at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines any time you like.
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TaylorMade Diablo Golf Bag
Tipping the scale at less than six pounds, and with dense foam straps and back panels, the new Diablo stand bag should make a long walk a lot more comfortable. The bag has individual shaft dividers and nine pockets, including one that's insulated to keep a drink cool.
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Trion Z Bracelet
Made with magnets that are designed to produce "minus ions," which the company claims are depleted by urban life and modern technology, these colorful bracelets are worn by scores of professional athletes, including golfers like Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Boo Weekley, Scott Verplank, Butch Harmon and David Leadbetter. Bracelets are now available with college team logos and NASCAR numbers.
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2009 Sports Illustrated Classic Courses Calendar
Filled with information about legendary courses, tournaments and players, this calendar also includes tips, trivia and rules quizzes.
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