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Good ol' Dad deserves some good new golf gifts this Father's Day

By Kiel Christianson, Equipment Editor and Senior Writer

Stumped on a Father's Day present for your golf-loving old man? From golf books to golf bags to golf balls, make shopping easy with our guide to golf gifts for Dad.

Tommy's Honor
Tommy's Honor by Kevin Cook tells the story of golf history's ultimate father-son team: Old Tom and Young Tom Morris.
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Did dear ol' Dad get you started in golf? Depending on the state of your game, you might want to give him a big bear hug, or just keep squeezing till his face turns purple.

If Pop did indeed introduce you to the planet's most wonderfully vexing, endearingly irritating game, he deserves something special this Father's Day. Fortunately, there are more gifts to choose from than there are double bogeys at Oakmont.

Golf gifts for Dad: Accessorize

No clue what the old man wants this year? Play it safe with a gift certificate from The Golf Warehouse (www.tgw.com). Let him be the one to order that gorilla headcover set so he can't blame you later.

Anthropomorphic headcovers aside, every golfer, even the gruffest, wants nice accessories. Start Dad off with a capacious travel golf bag like the new Monster from Ogio (www.ogio.com; MSRP $230).

There's not a roomier travel bag on the market, and Ogio makes a full line of matching bags, including the Shoester ($90) for those sodden cleats and the Layover ($130) for overnight golf getaways.

Another option is the Piggyback II carry-on from Club Glove (www.clubglove.com, $259), which has so many ingenious design features it's worthy of a cameo in a James Bond film.

For Dad's office or den, there's "The Lost Bet," a great William F. Thompson photo of Arnold Palmer handing Jack Nicklaus $50 after a mid-'60s round in Houston (www.thelostbet.com; $39.99-$59.99). Maybe it'll remind the old welsher of that $5 Nassau he still owes you.

Two terrific golf books published earlier this year will help fill rainy days off-course.

John Feinstein's Tales From Q School (Little, Brown, $27) chronicles the trials and tribulations of pros fighting to get to the big show. When Feinstein describes grown men with plus handicaps sobbing like kids, its hard not to be moved.

Golf-history buffs will be swept away by Kevin Cook's Tommy's Honor (Gotham, $27.50), devoted to the sport's first superstars, Old Tom and Young Tom Morris. This might just be the best father-son story in all of golf, replete with devotion and competition, triumph and tragedy.

Go for the green

OK, enough of the sappy stuff. Maybe it's time for some tough love. Maybe it's up to you to get your old man's game in shape (finally).

The Golf Warehouse offers downloadable golf lessons for $1.99 apiece from its "PING Lesson Center," an intriguing alternative for dads whose games could use tune-up. Still, when it comes to giving the gift of better golf, there's no substitute lessons from a local teaching pro.

Or maybe Dad just needs some new gear. First, replace the motley collection of found balls he usually uses with some high-tech pearls. The Srixon Trispeed (www.srixon.com, $40 per dozen). This newest offering from the best golf company whose name you can't pronounce is Srixon's most flexible, all-around ball yet.

Next, get serious about those long irons Pops hasn't been able to get into the air since his glory days, when featheries rode the wind a bit easier.

Nicklaus Golf (www.nicklausgolf.com) claims the center of gravity of each clubhead in its new Dual Point line of hybrids ($80-$100 each) is perfectly aligned with the most flexible point on the clubface to get the ball up faster and farther.

Dad need a whole new set? A custom club fitting is in order. Find a fitter who is not beholden to a particular company and, more important, understands differences among shafts (the key to any golf club). One of the most versatile shafts is the Graphite Design Pershing ($120), which comes in a variety of flexes.

Finally, load Dad's new balls and clubs into his new travel bag and treat him to a golf trip. Many resorts and courses offer specials for Father's Day specials for dads and kids.

The recently opened, Davis Love III-designed Origins course at WaterSound (part of Camp Creek Golf Club just outside Panama City, Fla.) is hosting a Father's Day Tournament June 16 (golf and lunch $45 for adults, $10 for kids; 850-231-7600).

For a full on Father's Day splurge, Camp Creek (www.joetowns.com/campcreek) and WaterColor Inn (www.watercolorinn.com) are teaming up to offer the Signature Golf Experience, which includes videotaped practice sessions, lunch, refreshments, a round of golf, dinner and another round the next day ($505) -a suitable thanks to Dad for taking you out on the links that first time.

Kiel ChristiansonKiel Christianson, Equipment Editor and Senior Writer

Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Illinois. Read his golf blog here.


 
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