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Holiday Gift Guide for the Golfer on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide for Golfers on your listIt’s that time of year – time to assemble the gift list for the golfer on your holiday shopping list.  The EWGA Forecaddie has made your holiday shopping a bit easier with the following ideas of all golf-related items sure to please the golfer on your list. 

Golf Accessories - We start with golf accessories because they’re way more fun to give and receive than golf equipment and apparel.  Here are some essential items for all golfers:

  • Golf Balls – Golfers love new golf balls – especially when they are a gift.  Find out which brand and model your golfer prefers – some companies even offer complimentary personalization during the holidays.  Visit your favorite golf shop for more details.
  • Distance Measuring Devices – there are all kinds of options when it comes to distance measuring devices – there are GPS units, Golf GPS watches and rangefinders.  Visit the following sites to find that perfect distance to the green (Skygolf,  Bushnellgolf.comGarmin.com,  Golfbuddyglobal.com)
  • Travel Bag – if you are looking for a quality soft golf travel bag, check out the options from Club Glove.  More than 90 percent of PGA TOUR players use the “Last Bag” – named so since it may be the “last bag” you may have to purchase for your golf clubs.  Also check out the “Stiff Arm” – an adjustable telescoping club protector that fits in all travel bags.  Adjust the Stiff Arm to a length just longer than the longest club in the bag to protect clubs when traveling.
  • Sunglasses – while these may be personal preference, it’s important to remind the golfer on your list to protect his/her eyes from the sun.  Many manufacturers offer sunglasses for specific conditions on the golf course – designed for sunny and overcast conditions.  Check out Maui JimOakleyJack NicklausNike andSundog.
  • Grips – while it’s not the top of everyone’s dream list, golf grips now come in a variety of colors and materials and are often overlooked part of equipment when a golfer gets ready for a new season.  Check out the options from Golf PrideLamkinWinn and Super Stroke.
  • Push Carts – if your golfer likes to walk the course instead of riding a cart, consider upgrading to a new push cart.  Important things to look for are ease of use while playing golf as well as how easily it is transported to and from the course and storage when not being used.  Look at the options from Sun Mountain,ClicgearBag Boy and Caddytek.

EWGA Membership – give the gift of fun for the entire year!  Introduce a friend to EWGA golf events and programs.  In celebration of our 25th anniversary all new members you recruit can save $25 off the Classic Membership by entering the discount code 2015-EWGA25 when they join online.  Plus you will be entered to win a complimentary registration for the EWGA Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia next April.    

Check back next week for more suggestions for the golfer on your list as well as some stocking-stuffer ideas!

Inviting Guests and Clients for Business Golf

Last week we discussed five tips when you are invited to the golf course for business golf:

1) Accept the invitation to play
2)  Brush up on your golf game
3)  Know the Basic Rules and Pace of Play
4)  Look Like A Golfer
5)  Relax and enjoy your day

Business GolfTips 2 through 5 also apply if you are inviting guests and clients to the course for business golf.  There are a few other tips to keep in mind when inviting potential clients or guests for business golf:

Tip 1:  Know the best day for your client/guest to be away from the office – Determine the best day of the week or time of day to extend an invitation to your guest.  If the schedule of the day includes lunch and/or dinner, be sure your guest is available on a specific day and for an extended amount of time if you plan to include lunch and/or dinner.

Tip 2:  Determine the Facility/Schedule the Tee Time – Extend the invitation to your guest client to play golf with you.  You may elect to include lunch and/or dinner so make sure your guest is available to join you for a meal 

Tip 3:  Consider the guests playing ability – schedule a full group of four player whenever possible.  If you have three players, ask a colleague or co-worker as long as the chemistry of the group feels like everyone will enjoy each other’s company.

Tip 4:  Invite your guests, determine the format – once the group is determines, inform all players of the date, time and directions to the facility.  A good host also informs all guests of special club policies (tipping, dress code, where to park/valet car), etc.

Next week we’ll talk about the do’s and don’t s of business golf once you have your outing/meeting at the facility.