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The Worst Golf Gifts for Dads and Grads

by Craig Better


Of all the goofy golf gifts I've received, this one leads from behind.

This is the time of year when everyone comes out with their lists of, “Best Golf Gifts for Dads and Grads.”

Well, I want to talk about the worst, which are far more common.

Hey, I know it’s hard to buy stuff for golfers, especially if the gift giver doesn’t play.

And don’t get me wrong, the thoughts and gestures are always appreciated.

The products themselves?

That’s another story.

For me, the worst Father’s Day golf gift was a roll of “golf toilet paper,” which was simply a cheap roll of toilet tissue probably marked up 1000% because it had some lame line about, “the 19th hole” imprinted on it.

Clever, I know.

Needless to say, it has never been used (but it does sit under the sink in case of emergencies).

I’ve also received…

- a “golf ball personalizer” clamp, which was great at mangling expensive golf balls…

- a “golf scope,” which required an advanced knowledge of triangulation…

- a few “executive desk sets” from different companies, yet all had a golf ball-shaped clock and a golf club-shaped pen.

Again, before you jump all over me for being cold hearted, I always appreciate when someone invests any amount of time, effort, and/or money to give a gift.

In fact, the best Father’s day golf gifts I’ve received aren’t even tangible and usually don’t occur on Father’s Day.

They happen when my four-year-old daughter whacks her plastic clubs in the backyard and when my 16-month-old son excitedly points and yells, “ball, ball, ball!” when he sees golf on TV.

When someone you love shows an interest in something you love, it’s better than anything you can buy.

A golf trip to Scotland is nice, too.

How about you — what were the best and/or worst golf gifts you ever received?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below:

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dave June 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

I too got the golf ball personalizer one year, never used it of course…
I like to play golf with premium golf balls, so I usually just let my wife know what model it is so that she can go get it. Shoes are also usually a great gift, as long as they can be taken back if they don’t fit or you hate the style.

2 Walker Merryman June 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

Yeah, the golf ball personalizer was definitely the worst.
The best gift I ever got was actually a gift I gave my wife. For her 65th birthday, she told me she wanted to play the Old Course in St. Andrews. Having been there twice myself I knew how to set it up with a local tour operator, Links Golf St. Andrews, located a wedge shot from the 18th green. They got us a suite in the Old Course Hotel overlooking the Road Hole. They arranged for my wife to get one of the three female caddies at the Old Course. When the volcano in Iceland blew its top, the Links Golf folks got us a discount on more nights in St. Andrews and additional golf as well as a couple of nights in Edinburgh and a trip to the local doctor to get prescriptions refilled. What could have been a disaster for us turned out great thanks to the great effort put forth by Links Golf St. Andrews.

3 Bob June 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Golf ball personalizer is a winner of one of the least desireable I ever got. Also got “Putter Pool”. I walk the course (ride only in tournaments or if I’m hurt) so a cooler that looks like a golf bag and sits in the cart basket was another entirely useless one. Over the years there have been many others that I’ve gladly forgotten.

What would be GREAT: A Dozen Pro-V’s or NXT’s are always good. Gift Certificates to Golf Smith, Golf Galaxy, Edwin Watts, the Club I belong to, etc. Golf Shirts are a hit as well. Rant Over! Thank you for the opportunity & forum to “vent”!

4 Jack June 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Best gift ever – a round of golf and lunch with my son, with him picking up the tab.

5 Charles Brown June 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

The worse gift I’ve recieved are some old golf magazines that my mother-in-law assumed I would like. (but they were too old and no longer had any relevence) She made amends though and bought a coupon for two rounds of golf at a nearby great golf course. The best was my wife purchasing me a two year membership to a very nice public course nearby.

6 Dan June 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I received a clicker for a golf gift. This is a plastic score keeper that you attach to your bag. So, everytime you make a stroke you are supposed to press the clicker! That way you will always remember how many strokes you made per hole, just swell.

7 jim June 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Pretty much a single handicapper for 40 years so I have received all the gifts and gadgets one would expect for every special event, holiday, birthday etc. Clickers, tees, imprinters rank up there as not even warranting regifting status but the thought that it came from a daughter or spouse made it a great gift to me.

8 Paul June 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

One more comment about the golf ball personalizer. I was even given one as a “hand me down”. The woman that refused to use it initials were PMS. (Premenstual Syndrome) Imagine putting that one your ball!!!

9 Dave Smith June 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Got one of those “impressive” ball-marking tools, too…ruined a dozen NXTs before I realized they would no longer putt straight!
Worst, though, have to be the stupid ties…golf clubs on a tie, really? Gee, and I wear a tie sdo often anymore, too…
Bang-on about the “not-Father’s-Day” gifts; a round of golf with my sons, seeing my grandson at the driving range, even spending time at the range with one or more of them…all priceless.

10 Howard June 13, 2012 at 12:38 am

I mentioned to my wife one time that I liked 2- and 3-irons, but modern sets don’t seem to include them. So they found me a three at Goodwill for $3.99. I had it regripped and like it–most of the time. She also gave me a battery-operated club cleaner which didn’t really work, so I exchanged it for a manual one of the same value. As for my plastic clicker, I use and love it.

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