The 19th Hole Magazine have forwarded all your wish lists to Mr. Santa Claus and it’s pretty clear that the range of holiday gifts is as long as the Par 5 on Hole 17 at Baltusrol (649 yards), so this year we will attempt to capture that spirit and present an absolute treasure trove of ideas for this year’s Christmas shoppers.
Along with the help of some of his expert helpers, here now are some items that are sure to bring holiday smiles to all those you share this festive time with. We tee off of course with clubs, because every player is always looking for an edge. And you can’t go wrong with gifting that special golfer in your life with a wedge.
“Many golfers spend an inordinate amount of time, energy and money focusing on their driver selection (a club they might hit 13 or 14 times during a normal 18-hole round), when they really should be spending more time selecting wedges which they will use MUCH more often (perhaps on up to 40% of their shots during a round),” suggests Scott White, CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Company.
The Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedge
Choosing the right wedges can be one of the fastest and most effective ways to improve your score. Here’s a hot holiday gift to ask Santa for this Christmas. New from well-regarded golf club manufacturer the Ben Hogan Company comes The Equalizer II. A fully forged design, it produces incredible feel and feedback from any and all conditions.
Ben Hogan Equalizer II wedges are forged from soft 1025 carbon steel for a soft, buttery feel and exceptional feedback. They truly are some of the best-looking and best-performing wedges on the market. The gap, sand and lob wedges utilize an ingenious ‘Progressive Center of Mass Weighting System’. In short, this helps create optimal trajectories and maximum spin from the fringe, bunkers, and on less-than-full shots from the fairway.
Blue Tees 3 Max Rangefinder With Slope
And in today’s game, high-tech reaches beyond the science of the swing. Helping with club selection is the rangefinder and Drew Koehler, Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at Blue Tees Golf, talks about what is trending in terms of technical and design developments with rangefinders.
“Industry-wide, as it relates to premium rangefinders on the market, we are seeing the addition of slope switches and built-in magnets.” The California-based executive emphasizes the importance of having a slope feature.
“For the everyday golfer, slope is incredibly helpful for accurate distance measurement. Per the USGA, slope is not allowed to be used in competition golf, thus a slope switch is more important than ever and why we added a slope switch to our Blue Tees Series 3 Max.”
With over 900-yard range and accuracy up to +/- 1 yard, Series 3 Max is a great holiday gift item that is built to take on any course. Stay dialed in and swing with confidence 100% of the time.
Stewart Golf Q Follow Electric Push Cart
And carrying your clubs from shot-to-shot has never been easier as high-tech has been building up in the cart sector as well with the rapid development of automatic carts.
“One of the great things about the electric cart market is that there is something for almost every golfer. At the lower price points there are basic ‘single motor’ models that will get your clubs around a course without you having to push, in the middle there are nicer looking units with features like screens and built in GPS, and then at the top end there are remote control and even automatic following carts. Most will be using lithium batteries which is a great technology, and most fold to go in the trunk if you need to take your cart home at the end of the round, with some designed to be very compact if you have a small car,” explained Mark Stewart, CEO, Stewart Golf, who adds, “A golf cart that follows the golfer automatically is the next best thing to a caddy, some argue it is even better as it won’t take 10% of your winnings! “.
Incorporating a pioneering microcellular composite chassis and combining it with cutting-edge technology, the Q Follow is designed, engineered and hand-built in Great Britain.
“The Q Follow was designed to be as compact as possible, and it will even fit in the front of a Porsche,” explained Mark Stewart, CEO, Stewart Golf. “The structure is made from a microcellular composite material, which is strong, light and gives a unique surface finish to each unit produced.”
And in golf, a winning wardrobe is a constant pursuit in chasing down that adage, ‘looking good, feeling good’. One of the sport’s favorite apparel companies is Tommy Bahama, and to help 19th Hole readers optimize their shopping budget, Dawn Brandl, Senior Vice President of Men’s Design for Tommy Bahama explains what is trending regarding sweaters, as well as the latest technical developments to keep the player comfortable.
“We are seeing much more texture and dimension in sweaters. Gone are the days of heavy scratchy sweaters. Men want to wear more breathable, weightless sweaters that are versatile,” Brandl explains. “They want yarns and silhouettes that have multiple wearing occasions – sweaters that can go from day to night or course to clubhouse.
In many of our sportswear products we are adding technical performance yarns, and this includes sweaters. In our Coolside Island Zone sweaters we added Coolmax Yarn — this helps keep you cool in humid temperatures and also allows this sweater to be worn on course or in the clubhouse.”
As far as what is popular in hues and tones, Ms. Brandl said,”… any shades or tones of blues, and seafoam green/blues, as well as pinks and jade greens”. Tommy Bahama’s Sandover Full-Zip Sweater is an example of style that transcends time. 100% cotton and easy to clean, this long-sleeve full-zip sweater with rib trims embodies casual elegance.
The Tahitian Border Camp Shirt is a stylish and versatile holiday gift. You might use it for golf. You might use it for travel. You might use it for dining out. You might use it for everything because this vibrant shirt always fits perfectly, and the sea of color options with the subtle floral details lets this piece shine in anyone’s wardrobe. “Our silk is a very elevated high quality,” said Dawn Brandl, Senior Vice President of Men’s Design, Tommy Bahama, “The combination of silk and Coolmax allows for even more comfort and breathability.”
Dale of Norway Women’s
Another global apparel brand with a highly-respected reputation for enduring quality is Dale of Norway. Where the deep fjords of west coast Norway ends, tucked away between towering mountains, this company is crafting the finest knitwear from 100% pure wool. Håkon Dyngeland Solem, Dale of Norway’s Creative Director, advises readers on what they should be looking for in terms of components when shopping for a sweater from any company that indicates they are acquiring a quality product.
“Consumers should look for quality details such as linked seams instead of sewn garments, the recovery of knits and longevity of the product itself. Both in terms of the design and in the product quality itself. Also, the finishes of the garment details in hem and necklines, the stitching of accessories, etc., products with less peeling. Costumers should also look into the sustainability in a garment made in high quality, it gives longevity and a quality knit, like the Dale of Norway sweater, will reduce production footprint due to its longevity.”
Celebrating their 140th Anniversary, this Dale of Norway women’s sweater pays homage to the long-standing Norwegian knitting tradition Dale of Norway has been a part of for 140 years. The versatile Veskre is a warm, windproof and water repellent sweater made of 100% Norwegian wool. This holiday gift item also features a breathable windproof lining made with a technical polyester/polyurethane blend, hand gaiters with thumb holes, zippered pockets, and a practical drawstring at the hips.
Speaking of longevity, David Liu, Co-Founder of Leatherology, states why that enduring fabric is a must for every shopper’s list.
“Leather accessories make the perfect holiday gift because they are beautiful yet functional and last for years. We (also) believe that the best gifts are personal. That’s why we offer a variety of monogramming options on all our products. From the initial sketch to final stitch, we design and craft all our products with personalization in mind.”
Compact (4.25″H x 4.25″W x 0.75″D), yet roomy, this Zippered Wallet from Leatherology, features four credit card slots, a bill compartment, an interior snap coin pouch with a secure metal zipper closure – all presented in a beautiful gift box. Select colors available in RFID blocking lining, this works as a great stocking-stuffer for the special man or woman in your life.
Comprised of fine leather that features a finely grained texture and buttery soft hand feel in wide range of colors, this Windsor Checkbook Wallet features six card slots, a pair of full-length compartments designed to accommodate a checkbook or bills, as well as a hidden pocket for receipts or large bills.
Travel in style and at the same time help distinguish your luggage with the Snap Leather Luggage Tags. Available in a wide range of colors, the snap closure for privacy also holds an ID card. Made with quality in mind, this durable tag will age beautifully as you use it.
And of course, other popular holiday gift-giving ideas that are such welcome stocking-stuffers year-after-year include footwear, polos, sunglasses, personal electronics and travel accessories.
Here are a few holiday suggestions from Santa’s Helpers at 19th Hole Magazine.
Ecco Spikeless Golf Shoes
The Men’s S-Three Spikeless Golf Shoes from Eco delivers high-tech in style for men’s holiday gifts.
Offering the distinct Zonal Fluidform, you’re ensured of just the right balance of cushioning and stability. Made with premium and breathable leathers, this model includes 100% waterproof technology from gore-tex.
Lenovo Smart Tablet
What is a Christmas holiday these days without a few tech toy gifts under the tree? Smart Tablet M8 with Google Assistant from Lenovo has it all. It’s fast & powerful as nothing spoils a great video or an immersive game like sluggish performance and sketchy connectivity. That’s why they powered it with a quad-core processor for fast performance and up to 5GHz Wi-Fi for reliable streaming. Connect it to the Smart Charging Station dock and open a world of possibilities with the Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode.
Lyle & Scott Organic Cotton Polo
Comprised of 98% Organic Cotton, this Plain Polo Shirt from Lyle & Scott is anything but plain. An easy-to-care-for holiday gift, available in a plus-sizes and available in a wide range of colors, it is suitable for both smart and casual wear.
Classic in every way, shape and form, the V-Neck sweater is unsurprisingly a big seller at Romeo Merino. Besides being offered in a multitude of colors, its features include: 100 % merino wool, temperature regulating, ultra-soft feel, UV sun protection, odor resistant and is wrinkle and pilling resistant.
The Cable Knit Beanie Hat from Romeo Merino is 100% merino wool. The classic design features hand-linked seams and is temperature regulating.
The Cable Knit Scarf is 100% wool and meticulously made with hand-linked seams. This year-round staple provides insulation in the winter and moisture-wicking, cooling properties when the temperatures rise. Even better, it’s odor resistant, biodegradable, and pilling resistant.
J. Lindeberg Golf
The KV Printed Polo features 4-way technical stretch using Oeko-tex fabric.
A throwback style with the famous cat-eye shape, lightweight and sleek Bolle’s Glory provide ladies with a myriad of color options.
With Bolle’s Cobalt, you’re getting added protection against the elements including removable injected side shields. These high-tech polarized sunglasses are offered in a variety of colors.
Duca del Cosma
Duca del Cosma’s JL2 is made of premium soft Italian Nappa leather that features an Arneflex insert sole that is breathable along with memory foam that utilizes a recyclable microfiber providing comfort and stability swing after swing.
For the lady golfers, the beautiful Bellezza shares many of the premium features of the men’s JL2. However, one distinct difference are the interchangeable kilties to add a dash of style.
Footjoy wants to stretch your golf season with these Women’s Cart Mitts. They are water resistant. Using a durable polyester shell helps keep your mitts dry during mist or light rain conditions., A soft warm liner provides hand warmth and comfort provides a thermal feel. And a Velcro pocket offers the convenience of added room for storage.
Extend your play in foul weather with these gloves from Footjoy. Engineered fleece and an all-climate grip, experience the ultimate in thermal performance with a pair of The Men’s StaSof winter golf gloves.
King Tec Hybrid
The King Tec Hybrid from Cobra is a powerful little dynamo to have in your bag. It offers versatility, providing golfers the ability to optimize performance with three interchangeable sole weights and an adjustable hosel. Strong ball speeds, low spin, and plenty of forgiveness, the different settings this distance-centric hybrid produces makes for a terrific gift, particularly for the lower handicap player.
Dale of Norway Men’s
This Dale of Norway men’s sweater pays homage to the long-standing Norwegian knitting tradition Dale of Norway has been a part of for 140 years. Made with 100% long-lasting Norwegian wool, this classic sweater features the traditional Norwegian eight-petal rose combined with pattern from the Setesdal male folk costume. Braided side panels, Norwegian-made pewter buttons, and the letters CXL, the Roman numerals for 140, discretely integrated in the back, tops it off.