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|Sun Mountain's Micro Cart is the Cadillac of trolleys. (Courtesy of Sun Mountain)|
The three best gifts we can imagine for old Dad this Father's Day are health, wealth, and wisdom. Short of divine intervention, that's a pretty tall order, though.
Nevertheless, here's our hand-picked favorite Father's Day golf gifts, aimed specifically to keep Pops healthy, wealthy, and wise for another year.
For Dad's health, it's best to get out of that golf cart and walk the golf course. So first, he'll need some comfy shoes. For our money, the best-fitting footwear right out of the box comes from Ecco. The Casual Cool II Premier ($130-$170; www.eccousa.com) include young, trendy detailing with distinctly masculine touches, along with all the famous comfort.
Next, he'll need a lightweight golf bag that he can carry. Ogio's top-selling bag for the past three years, the Grom Stand Bag ($180; www.ogio.com) returns with a slew of updated and improved features. The air-flow padding, where bag meets back, feels cushy, and the ARC Lite stand system provides the most stable and light, yet durable legs on the market.
If ol' Dad doesn't want to shoulder his bag, then get him the Cadillac of pull-carts: Sun Mountain's Micro Cart ($200; www.sunmountain.com). This little beauty possibly ranks as the smallest, most feature-packed trolley, as the Brits say, on the market today. The four wheels keep it from tipping, and the golf bag never slips out of place. Literally, it features too many bells and whistles to list here.
The best way to get rich on the golf course? Sink more putts. Get Dad the 'O' Beam ($50; www.obeamputt.com) to help him keep his head steady over the ball. The 'O' Beam, a little laser, clips onto the bill of Dad's cap and shines down on the ball. If Pops sways a lot during his full swing, he might give it a try for that, too.
If Dad is already wealthy -- more importantly, if you are -- St. Andrews Links just announced the availability of a gold-plated, commemorative putter that celebrates the 22 Open Championship winners at the Old Course in St. Andrews. Get it at the St. Andrews Links Web site and from The Old Course Shop (www.standrews.org.uk/shop). The magnificent, limited-edition putters, only 25 of which have been made, include the names of all 22 winners at St. Andrews engraved on the sole, with the official St. Andrews Links logo on the toe face of the putter.
We can't find the price online -— or even a picture. So the chance exists that the 25 putters might have sold within one day of the announcement.
You know those word-a-day calendars, viewed in an attempt to expand your vocabulary? Well, how about helping Dad expand his course knowledge? Robert Sidorsky's book, Golf Courses of the World: 365 Days ($30, Abrams), offers a day-by-day guide to the most spectacular and historic courses all over the planet. Easy-to-digest thumbnail sketches and sumptuous photography make it perfect for the busy father who needs a little golf fix even on days he can't play.
Finally, of course, a series of golf lessons from your favorite PGA Professional instructor imparts great wisdom to your father. But we all know that old dogs and new tricks are a bit like water and oil. So maybe old Dad would benefit from the new book entitled Play Golf the Pebble Beach Way: Lose Five Strokes Without Changing Your Swing ($25, Triumph Books). Author Laird Small, director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, walks readers through the famed links and shows how to hit all the shots required to score well at Pebble. Chapters on overcoming fear and bouncing back from bad holes are especially informative.
There you go -— health, wealth, and wisdom. If your father has all this, he truly will be a man who has everything.
June 3, 2010
Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Illinois. Read his golf blog here.
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