21 splurge-worthy gifts for the dad who loves golf

Father's Day
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Want to get dad something extra special for Father's Day this year? Take a look at these 21 splurge-worthy golf gifts he's sure to love.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, June 01, 2018 | 11:39 a.m.

Want to get your golf-loving dad something extra special this Father's Day?
 
If you're not concerned about spending some coin, here's a look at 21 gift options that the dad who loves golf and the golf lifestyle would be delighted to receive this Father's Day.
 
There are a few items that won't cost a ton, but for the most part, there are the splurge-worthy gifts.
 
 
1. Lessons
 
For the dad whose looking to improve his golf game, a set of lessons from a local PGA Professional can make for the perfect gift.
 
There should be plenty of options to fit your price range.
 
To find a PGA Professional near you, click here and explain that you're looking to surprise your dad with this great Father's Day gift.
 
2. Wilson C300 Forged Irons
 
If you've got a couple of siblings who all want to go in on a great gift that dad will love, you might want to consider the all-new Wilson C300 Forged Irons. 
 
These soft, forged carbon steel irons deliver the feel and responsiveness you demand while Power Holes along the toe and sole instantly add yards and accuracy to your game. 
 
Simply put, the urethane-filled power holes on the C300 irons means greater ball speeds, longer distances and more consistent performance overall. The holes, strategically positioned on the toe and sole of the irons, minimize contact between the body and the face, providing maximum flex and expanding the sweet spot for greater ball speeds across the entire striking surface.
 
Every dad wants the latest and greatest technology out there that performs, lowers scores and just looks great. The C300 forged irons fron Wilson check off all those boxes.  
 
The C300 forged irons start at $899.99/set, but there are so many options for dad to personalize his irons, that you should really set him up with a local PGA Professional for a proper club fitting.
 
Learn more about the C300s at www.wilson.com
 
3. Wilson Staff 8802 putter
 
You want to talk about a putter that oozes class? Look no further than the Wilson Staff 8802 -- a true throwback. 
 
With the same heel-shafted head shape as its predecessor -- the original 8802, played by many major winners -- the new 8802 is milled from 304 stainless steel for the ultimate in precision, feel and feedback with a double milled facing to be perfectly flat for true roll.
 
The 8802 is a real eye-catcher. It's just a beautiful evolution of a timeless classic.
 
The putter is a steal at $179.99. You can learn more about it at www.wilson.com
 
4. Stability Shaft from Breakthrough Golf Technology
 
Every golfer should be properly fit for clubs. It just makes sense and also makes a very difficult game a tad easier. When golfers go through a fitting, they're always focused on the proper shafts for the drivers and fairway woods, as well as the irons -- the ones that perform the best with the smallest dispersion rate from the intended target.
 
But what about the putter shaft? 
 
Until no, no one paid much mind to the putter shaft except for length. 
 
But the new Stability Shaft from Breakthrough Golf Technology is an absolute game changer for the one club every golfer uses most -- the putter.
 
The Stability Shaft was designed to deliver the face of your putter squarer at impact for improved accuracy and solid feel. It also provides a lower launch for a more predictable roll for better distance control. All of that adds up to more putts made and misses that are a lot closer to the hole. 
 
We were able to try out the Stability Shaft and the performance is incredible. 
 
The shaft sells for $199. You can learn more at www.breakthroughgolftech.com.
 
5. Reks SLING-BLADE sunglasses
 
Dad can always use a great pair of sunglasses -- especially on the golf course. 
 
Forged from the strongest material ever used for eyewear, the SLING-BLADE sunglasses are nearly indestructible. Memory-flex polymer frames bend to an extreme, but don't break. Satin Touch finish means plush comfort and pro-level performance. Unique lens retention groove is designed to allow for removal of lenses for cleaning or swap to make a unique statement.
 
As if being functional and stylish weren't enough, the SLING-BLADE is also reasonably priced, coming in at just $50 (for an upcharge, you can also make these prescription sunglasses).
 
Learn more at www.reksoptics.com
 
6. Salty Umbrella belts
 
Do you have a dad who likes making a fashion statement on the golf course? He'll love the fun offerings available from Salty Umbrella out of Portsmouth, N.H.
 
Salty Umbrella features such designs as Luchadores, Bandits and Pipe and Lighter.
 
The ribbon belts with leather closing strap and solid brass buckle are only $55.
 
You can find them at www.saltyumbrella.com
 
7. Garmin Approach Z80 Rangefinder and GPS
 
The best gift you can give the dad who loves golf? Lower scores. With the all new Garmin Approach Z80 Rangefinder and GPS, dad will be able to shoot his yardages to within 10 inches of the flag. Sure, he's still going to need to pull of the shot, but with the laser accuracy of this latest Garmin offering, even dad's misses will be closer to the hole because he'll be using the right club and won't have to be guessing. 
 
The Z80 also features a full-color 2-D CourseView mapping is overlaid on the viewfinder for more than 41,000 courses worldwide; Image stabilization reduces shakiness and makes it easier to find and range the flag; Green View feature automatically shows distance to the front and back of the green; PlaysLike Distance feature adjusts distances based on uphill or downhill slope; turns on or off for tournament play. $599.99. buy.garmin.com
 
8. Golf Pride grips with ALIGN Technology
 
More than 80 percent of Tour professionals use Golf Pride grips -- and that should tell you something about the company's quality of product. 
 
Though golf grips have been around for as long as golf clubs, Golf Pride managed to come up with something that had never been done before with the creation of its "ALIGN Technology."
 
What is ALIGN Technology? It's a raised ridge on the back of the grip to assist hand placement and improve swing consistency. In other words: exactly what dad needs.
 
ALIGN Technology is available in three of Golf Pride's most popular grip models: MCC Plus4 ALIGN, MCC ALIGN and Tour Velvet ALIGN. 
 
To learn more, visit www.golfpride.com
 
9. Callaway Rogue 3 wood
 
For the first time ever, Callaway has successfully installed its groundbreaking Jailbreak Technology into a fairway wood, with two steel Jailbreak bars that stiffen the body, placing more impact load on the face to promote increased ball speed and distance. 
 
Not all dads are comfortable hitting driver off the tee. With a Rogue 3-wood, dad will be able to keep up with his driver-hitting buddies, while keeping it in the short grass and enjoying the greatest fairway wood technology out there. 
 
The Rogue fairway woods are priced at $299.99. You can learn more at www.callawaygolf.com.
 
10. PING G400 driver 
 
Saying nothing of its technology -- which we'll get to in a minute -- the flat-black finish on the new PING G400 is just sharp as can be.
 
With bold "turbulators" across the top of the clubhead, the G400 can reduce drag 40 percent mid-downswing and 15 percent overall to increase clubhead speed and ball velocity for added distance with stability. 
 
Here's how PING describes the G400:
 
The G400 drivers' streamlined shape offers a big advancement in aerodynamics and stability. The multi-material design combines reduced drag and a thinner, stronger, faster T9S+ forged face to increase speed and distance. With a combined MOI over 9,000 and a deep CG, improved accuracy leads to tighter dispersion. 
 
The G400 is available for $399.99. You can learn more at www.ping.com
 
11. Uther Supply golf towels
 
Add some pop to dad's golf bag with an Uther Supply golf towel. 
 
With all kinds of fun designs -- patriotic, floral, plaid and more -- Uther Supply has something for everyone to be a little more expressive on the golf course. 
 
Uther's unique blend of moisturize wicking, soft microfiber is 3x more absorbent than cotton and 5x more durable.
 
The towel's waffle pattern makes it easy to remove even the most stubborn dirt in club grooves and golf ball dimples. Play your best no matter the circumstance. The towels are anti-microbial and naturally reduce odor to ensure your towel is always fresh.
 
Tour towels start at $24.99. You can learn more at www.uthersupply.com.  
 
12. Reinland Golf Co. headcovers
 
There are so many things you can do today to make your golf bag different these days. 
 
One such thing would be classing up dad's headcovers. Instead of having dad trot around the same club-company branded headcovers like everyone else in his group, we have a couple of great alternative options for you that dad will love.
 
First is from Reinland Golf Co. Reinland is a family-owned business out of Washington state that makes stunningly beautiful tartan headcovers and other accessories (valuables pouches, alignment stick covers and more). 
 
On top of featuring loads of great designs for you to choose from, Reinland also gives people the ability to have custom logos put on their headcovers.
 
This makes for a fantastic personal and functional golf gift. Headcovers start at just $34.95. You can learn more at www.reinlandgolfco.com
 
13. Rose & Fire headcovers
 
If tartan isn't dad's thing, but you still want to find him some awesome, one of a kind, golf headcovers, you might also want to consider Rose & Fire.
 
Rose and Fire has a bunch of great offerings in both leather and ballistic nylon material. 
 
The company also accepts custom orders, great for personalizing, or for tee gifts at golf outings.
 
The Rose & Fire headcovers start at $34 and go up from there. You can learn more at www.roseandfire.com
 
14. UA Spieth 2 shoes
 
Dad can't play golf like Jordan Spieth, but this will get him a touch closer to "walking in the shoes" of the three-time major winner on the course.
 
The UA Spieth 2 golf shoes were built with direct insights from Spieth himself. Building off his first signature shoe, Under Armour added GORE-TEX construction for 100 percent waterproof construction. UA also used a new, softer leather and a smart-woven upper that uses incredibly strong—but lightweight—TPU fibers to keep you locked-in better than ever.
 
The shoes sell for $200. Learn more at www.underarmour.com
 
15. FootJoy Tour-S
 
FootJoy touts its new Tour-S as the company's "most powerful shoe ever."
 
With input from its vast network of touring professionals, FootJoy packed the Tour-S with loads of technology. 
 
The Tour-S PowerPlate outsole provides an incredibly lightweight yet stable platform from which players efficiently transfer power throughout the golf swing. Built upon a foundation of a proprietary Pebax polymer, that is typically 20 percent lighter than other polymers, the PowerPlate features an integrated carbon weave fiberglass mid-foot plate and nine LaunchPods to create additional structure, surface area, and ground coverage for maximum stability.
 
The outsole provides an incredibly lightweight yet stable platform from which players efficiently transfer power throughout the golf swing. The Tour-S utilizes a dual-density PU Fit-Bed to ensure all-day underfoot comfort and FJ's exclusive Premium Performance Leather (PPL) to achieve top grade feel, finish, and waterproof protection.
 
The Tour-S sells for $249.99. You can learn more at www.footjoy.com
 
16. PUMA Ignite PWRADAPT hi-top golf shoes
 
Is your dad on the edgier, more stylish side when it comes to his golf gear? 
 
Then he will absolutely love the shoe of choice of one of the Tour's flashiest players, Rickie Fowler. 
 
The PUMA Ignite PWRADAPT hi-top golf shoes are: "The combination of the proven PWRADAPT platform and a hi-top knitted upper brings the perfect blend of style and performance to the golf course. A textured PWRFRAME positioned in key areas deliver additional support where its needed most. The Hi-Tops come in two new colorways for personalization and a polished style update."
 
The shoes are priced at $200. You can learn more at www.cobragolf.com
 
17. Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones
 
Do you have a dad who loves music while working on his golf game?
 
Bose has two great options for on and off the course. First is the Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones. They're engineered to stay in place, stay comfortable and are packed full of technologies for you to get the best sound possible. 
 
There are no wires to get in the way. Along with listening to music, you can also take calls on these headphones. They're highly recommended for those range and practice green sessions, where dad wants to just get away from all that other outside noise and simply get lost in his practice session.
 
The Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones is available for $199.95. You can learn more at www.bose.com.
 
18. Bose SoundWear Companion speaker
 
The second great Bose offering for the dad who loves music on the course, or while practicing, is the SoundWear Companion speaker.
 
This is a wearable speaker that hangs comfortably on the shoulders. What makes these great for the course or the range is that since no ear buds are required, dad can enjoy his music without bothering others, but also be aware of his surroundings -- shouts of Fore! for incoming golf balls, especially.
 
With Bose's legendary waveguide technology at its core, dad will absolutely love SoundWear, which is also great for the office. Dad can take all his calls on SoundWear as well, allowing him to double-task as work and get to the course sooner.
 
The Bose SoundWear Companion speaker is available for $299.95. You can learn more at www.bose.com.
 
19. Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag
 
For the dad who loves to walk the course when he plays golf, you can't beat the convenience and ease of the Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag. 
 
This ultra-lightweight bag includes shoulder straps with high-density, contoured foam; a full-sized, zippered ball pocket; a beverage pouch and higher denier fabric. All of this and it still weighs under 3 lbs.
 
It's got room for everything dad needs on the course without breaking his back. The bag, $219.99, comes in right-handed and left-handed versions. Learn more at www.shop.sunmountain.com
 
20. Otterbox Trooper 20
 
OK, so maybe this isn't the traditional "golf gift" but a couple of things here...
 
You probably best know Otterbox as the company that makes the best, most durable cellphone protective cases you can buy. Well, they're not just that. They're also making incredible coolers now.
 
For the golf course, dad's would love the "Trooper 20 Cooler." It's features include: 20 qt capacity with food-grade liner; Wide opening for easy access; Leakproof seal secures contents; Accessory mounting system; Water resistant exterior pocket; Premium grade thermal insulation; Keeps ice up to 3+ days; Solid, heavy-duty base; Bottle Opener accessory included.
 
That's great for snacks and beverages on courses where a smaller cooler is allowed. The Trooper 20 sells for $199.99. 
 
21. Otterbox Venture 45
 
Maybe your dad loves a good cookout after a weekend round of golf and hanging by the grill with friends and family. If that's the case, the larger, hard-cased "Venture 45 Cooler" from Otterbox is perfecting for storing everything you're going to throw on the grill and for keeping beverages ice cold. 
 
The durable 45-quart OtterBox Venture 45 cooler keeps ice up to 14 days and is designed with a mounting system and accessories that configure for each of your adventures. It includes a bottle opener and dry storage tray ($40 value). The "Venture 45" is $239.99.
 
You can learn more about the Otterbox coolers at www.otterbox.com
 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.