Dew drops on short grass…

…and jumpsuits on caddies,

Bright Sunday mornings, and golfing with Paddy.

Long cardboard boxes from Mizuno and Ping,

Here are a few of my favorite things:

Allyson tells me I’m no fun to shop for.  She’s probably right, and it’s my own fault.  When it comes to my interests in life–golf and books–my tastes are so particular and my shopping trigger so quick that I’ve already either bought it, or don’t want it.  If the golfer in your life is similarly difficult to buy for during this gifting season, I’ve compiled a list of things I would love this Christmas, if I didn’t already have them.  So may you get more use out of this list than Allyson, and be a holiday hero to that golfer who has everything.

For those on your SO NICE I ALMOST CAN’T STAND YOU AND WOULDN’T MIND YOU TAKING OFF FOR A WEEK list:

A spot in the 2017 Coyne Cup in Kintyre, Scotland this August, hosted by yours truly.  The CC 2016 in Ireland was such a success that we are doing it again, in one of my favorite golfing corners on earth.  Last year was a sell-out, so contact Old Sod Travel before the holiday to reserve your golfer a spot.  Men, women, families, hackers and sticks alike–come as a group, or sign up as a single.  And if your golfer has any connection to St. Joseph’s University, consider our inaugural Hawk Cup this August that will visit the best of County Mayo, Ireland, and benefit the SJU Alumni Association.  These are unique trips that revisit places and moments from A Course Called Ireland (also a pretty good Christmas gift, and I can probably get you a signed one) and the forthcoming A Course Called the Kingdom.  The trips are built to be budget and schedule friendly, and here’s what one of our Coyne Cuppers had to say about his trip this September:

The older I get, the harder it is for me to find things that live up to the hype.  Going into this event, I knew that I would be in Ireland, I would be golfing, I would be with some friends and it was going to be incredible.  But in every way, this trip surpassed my wildest dreams.  Certainly the setting and experiences were beyond great.  But it was the little things throughout the trip that made this an all timer.  The thoughtfulness behind the gifts, the agenda, the fact that we had a professional photographer to capture it all, the little extras that we couldn’t have expected that made this something very special.

 ‘Twas a Christmas miracle.
For golfers on your NICE ENOUGH FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY BUT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO VEGAS AGAIN list:
I was fortunate this past year to visit both Streamsong in Florida and Cabot in Nova Scotia, and both are rare golf joy.  Guests can binge on multiple courses at their doorstep and enjoy two genuinely pure golf experiences, playing 36 a day in two of my favorite golf settingsthis side of the pond.  Friday-Sunday trips don’t get any better.
NICE BUT YOU SAID I SPENT TOO MUCH ON YOU LAST YEAR:
There is a trend in golf gear and goodies toward smaller, specialty companies filling niches with high-quality, homemade product, and three I love are Seamus Golf and Jones Golf Bags out of Oregon, and Criquet Shirts out of Austin.  You can feel good supporting these smaller shops, and you can feel cool gifting your golfer something from a company he or she should know about, but probably doesn’t.  Artisan headcovers from Seamus, monogrammed carry bags from Jones, or throwback casual shirts from Criquet will make your golfer a trendsetter on the links.
NICE BUT YOU ONLY WANT SPORTS STUFF AND SHOPPING FOR SPORTS STUFF IS DUMB AND BORING:

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If your sports fan already has the team branded throw pillows and martini set, get them something from Ballpark Blueprints that they will not only stare at for most of Christmas morning, but that you will like having on your own wall.  Use code COYNCUP16 to get 15% off your order.  Their architectural prints of almost every pro stadium in sports are stunning, but they even have golf course prints–and hey, these two are pretty handsome:

 

NICE ENOUGH FOR MORE THAN SOCKS AND LOTTERY TICKETS IN YOUR STOCKING:

I think the little ball stampers from Stamp Your Balls are just the coolest, and always have one or two in my bag (Scottish Saltire is my fave).

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SO, SO, SO NICE:

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A Golficce.  I was not near good enough to deserve one this Christmas, but Santa looked kindly upon my balance sheet.  Cup and pin available from Doyle Golf, and hole in your foundation available from a reputable contractor near you.

NICE BUT NO SHOT YOU’RE GETTING A GOLFICCE, SO HOW ABOUT THIS:

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The Potty Putter is pretty self-explanatory.  But of all the golf gifts I’ve given over the years, I’ve been thanked for this one more than any other.

May the shopping spirits be with you, and may God bless us, every one.

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