Best Golf Gifts: 25 Perfect Christmas Gift Ideas for a Golfer
I get it, trying to find the best golf gift idea for your husband, father, or any other golfer in your family can be really difficult.
There are thousands of different golf products out there, and if you listen to the marketing, they’re all touting themselves as the “latest and greatest”.
But most of them? Aren’t very good.
Luckily I’ve used and reviewed dozens of the best golf products on the market. So whether you’re looking for a gift for Christmas, Father’s Day or a birthday, I’m going help you find the very best golf gifts for the golfer in your family – regardless of budget.
Being that it’s that time of year again, we’ve updated this post for November of 2018 to include all of our favorite gift ideas for the year. We have something for every price point and type of golfer in year life.
And the good news? This year there’s more great golfing gifts out there than ever before.
The Very Best Golf Gift: Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors ($249)
Once again this year, my best golf gift recommendation comes from Arccos Golf.
Their new Arccos Caddie sensors and smart grips are honestly the coolest and most useful golf product on the market.
Essentially they track every shot you hit, so that you get statistics about your game that were previously only available to Tour players.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a gadget lover, scratch golfer, or for the person just getting going – this will help all of them.
They have two products to choose from the Smart Sensors and Smart Grips.
For the diehard, better golfer, the Grips are more seamless and it’s what I personally use.
But as a gift or if you’re unsure of what to get, the sensors may be a better bet.
You can add them to any club without having to re-grip them, and they don’t have the $99 annual fee that the grips have.
Who is it for? The person who plays at least once a week and love to geek out about stats and review every shot of every round they play.
Who is it not for? The device is super simple to use, but I wouldn’t recommend it for people who are totally tech-illiterate.
Solid Alternative? Their Arccos Driver product is a stripped down version focusing just on your driver stats. ($30 on Amazon)
- My review of Arccos Caddie
- Buy Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors on Amazon Here.
- Get Arccos Caddie Smart Grips on Amazon Here.
- Buy Arccos on their website here.
- Get Arccos Driver on Amazon
Best Golf Travel Gift: Holderness and Bourne Byers Duffel Bag ($265)
The guys at Holderness and Bourne truly get what golf is all about. Their products are the perfect blend of style and tradition, and they all add a slight modern flair.
I have two of them, and I get compliments on them everywhere.
The new Ballistic Navy duffel is even more durable than previous versions, and has a waterproof compartment for your golf shoes. The fit and finish on the 2018 model make it look like a designer bag that should be twice the price, and if you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for the person who does a lot of travel and weekend trips away?
This is the most impressive golf gift I know of.
The Marston by H&B ($145) is also a fantastic looking bag and even more affordable, if you want something a little less expensive.
Who is it for? The person who frequently takes weekend trips, and wants something a little classier than your standard athletic duffel bag.
Who isn’t it for? The person who could care less about style and cares about affordability more than anything else.
Solid Alternative? Club Glove Last Bag ($299). I’ve hauled my clubs all over the world in my Club Glove and it’s held up against the total beating I’ve unleashed on it. Update for 2018: Another year, another half dozen golf trips, and it’s still performing like a champ.
- My Review of the Byers Duffel
- Buy the Byers Duffel
- My review of the Club Glove Burst Proof
- Buy the Club Glove Travel Bag on Amazon.
Best Golf Training Gift: DST Compressor 8 Iron ($99)
Ever wondered if tour pros have some sort of magic bullet they use when they practice? Well, this won’t instantly have you playing in the Masters, but it will make you a dramatically better golfer.
I’ve seen a lot of gimmicky training tools, but this one? It actually works. It’s a club that has a curved shaft that forces you to lag your hands on your swing. This helps you compress the ball, and in turn, hit it much farther.
You can also find it in the bag of dozens of golf pros, so take that for what it’s worth.
They have a few options, but I’d recommend the DST Compressor 8 iron for someone is only going to get one of their clubs.
Who is it for? The person who is willing to spend some time on the range, and really does want to take their golf to the next level.
Who isn’t it for? The person who has no interest in practicing and just wants to play with their buddies.
Solid Alternative: Blast Motion Swing Analyzer ($150). If your loved one is more of a tech-y person and would rather perfect their swing using something a little more high tech. The Blast Motion is the best consumer swing tracker I’ve tested, and I’ve found it to be a little bit better than the Zepp tracker.
- My review of the DST Compressor 8 iron
- Buy the DST Compressor on their website
- Buy the Blast Motion Swing Analyzer on Amazon
Best Golf Gadget: Swing Caddie 2 ($249)
I’ve mentioned a few other golf gadgets in other parts of this review, but the device I may have been most impressed with in 2018? The Swing Caddie 2.
The Swing Caddie is a personal launch monitor. Ever been to a club fitting where they hooked you up to a Trackman or similar device to track all of the facets of your golf swing?
Yeah, those cost upwards of $20k.
The Swing Caddie 2 uses the same general technology (doppler radar), sits behind you on the range, and tells you exactly how far every shot is. It costs a fraction of the price, but still works surprisingly well. It even has built in training games to make your time on the range more enjoyable.
Oh, and the best part? In 2017, this was going for $349, now you get the same fantastic product for $100 less on Amazon.
Who is it for? The person who wants to practice more, but usually gets too bored to make any progress.
Who isn’t it for? Once again, the person who has no interest in practicing.
Solid Alternative? Optishot 2 Golf Simulator ($299). Optishot, moves up on my list of 2018 gifts, considering it’s now $200 less than it was when it first came out! If you’ve got some space at your house, anyone would love this golf simulator. Don’t expect 100% accuracy, but it works well enough to both have solid practice sessions or to play a round on a notable course in the dead of winter. Get Swing Caddie for the more serious golfer, or Optishot for the person who just wants to have some fun with friends.
- My Review of the Swing Caddie 2
- Buy the Swing Caddie 2 on Amazon
- My Review of the Optishot 2
- Buy the Optishot 2 on Amazon
Best Golf Rangefinder: Bushnell Pro X2 ($439)
I’ve found that a rangefinder is one of the most asked for golf gifts you can find. Why? Because to know exactly how far away you are from the pin on any given spot on the golf course will give you a huge advantage.
This is an absolute must for any regular golfer.
My personal favorite is far and away the Bushnell Pro X2.
It’s the latest from the most recognized brand in golf rangefinders, and it has my favorite feature: jolt. As soon as it locks onto the flag it will vibrate to let you know with absolute certainty you have the right distance.
This is without a doubt the very best rangefinder I’ve ever reviewed, and is light years better than last year’s Tour V4. It isn’t cheap, but if you want a product that will last for years – this is it.
Update: I’ve seen prices on this in November 2018 fluctuate between $439 and $499 on Amazon. At $439, while still expensive, it’s an excellent price for the product quality.
Who is it for? The regular golfer who wants a rangefinder that will last for many seasons to come.
Who isn’t it for? The person who already has one they love. While small things have been improved with newer models, the chances are if they’ve bought one in the last few years, it will still do the trick.
Solid alternative? Precision Pro NX7 Pro ($248). The Precision Pro rangefinder caught me totally off guard this past year. For half the price of the Bushnell you get many of the same features, and it all generally works well. You’re sacrificing on lens clarity, build quality, and a couple handy features – but if budget is an issue, I have no problems recommending this device.
- My review of the Bushnell Pro X2
- Buy the Bushnell Pro X2 on Amazon
- My review of the Precision Pro NX7 Pro
- Buy the Precision Pro NX7 Pro on Amazon
- For a very limited time, get our members discount on the Precision Pro NX7 (discount applied at checkout).
Best Rangefinder Alternative: Bushnell Phantom Golf GPS
Looking for a gift a round $100 that will be incredibly useful for the golfer in your life?
Then look no further than the Bushnell Phantom GPS. This is for the golfer who generally rides in a cart, and it’s ease of use is very impressive.
It automatically detects the course you’re on, and then you you just attach it to any metal surface on the cart (it’s magnetic), and away you go.
There’s also a clip that allows you to attach it to a golf bag or belt, but this is primarily for cart riders.
Who is it for? The golfer who predominantly rides in a cart and who doesn’t need distances down to the centimeter, but is happy with front, back, and center of the green.
Who isn’t it for? Golfers that carry their bags, and are good enough to go truly flag hunting and need rangefinder level accuracy.
Best Golf Apparel: Galvin Green Interface-1 Lance Jacket
Golfers in the know can all pretty much agree that Galvin Green is the leader when it comes to extremely high quality golf jackets.
They’re the most durable, the most versatile, and in many cases, the most waterproof.
Well the jacket that impressed me the most this year, wasn’t necessarily one of their “head-into-the-eye-of-the-storm” goretex jackets, but rather their hybrid Interface-1 line.
It’s an incredibly lightweight jacket, that’s both water and wind resistant, that I found to be the perfect jacket for most of the weather I’d actually be golfing in.
A little extra wind? Light rain? Colder than expected early in the round? This is the jacket I turn to. And because it’s so lightweight, it’s easy to pack in my bag and forget about.
As with most Galvin Green stuff, it doesn’t come cheap with a retail value of over $350, but right now you can find it online through Trendy Golf and a few other sites for closer to $250.
Who is it for? The golfer who appreciates good style and likes to have the best of the best.
Who isn’t it for? Anyone who doesn’t care about the name brand or European styling.
Best Golf Video Game: The Golf Club 2019 ($39.99)
Unfortunately EA Sports has all but let our 2016 pick (Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour) completely fall by the way side. Luckily, there’s “The Golf Club” series that has picked up where it’s left off. It’s hands down the best golf simulator on the market, and the course creation features are second to none.
If you’re looking for a gift fro the person with a PS4 of Xbox One, this is the best golf option out there.
Who is it for? The golfer who also loves playing video games.
Who isn’t it for? The golfer who doesn’t like video games.
Solid Alternative? Everybody’s Golf for PS4 ($27). The modern take on the old Hot Shots series, this is an accessible game made to be fun for well, everybody! I’d also recommend Golf Story on Nintendo Switch. This game, while it looks like it was made in 1997 is a unique take on golf, and one of the most fun games I’ve played on Switch. So if you have a shiny new Nintendo, this is worth checking out. Only problem is it’s only available as a digital download, making it difficult to give as a gift.
- Buy The Golf Club 2019 for PS4 on Amazon
- Buy Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour on Amazon
- Everybody’s Golf for PS4 on Amazon
Best Golf Balls: Two Guys with Balls
We recently reviewed the used golf ball service, Two Guys with Balls, and came away really impressed.
They have different levels of quality, but even the lower quality “par” golf balls, we’re totally playable, and at killer prices.
No matter what type of ball your golfer plays, they’ll most likely have it.
- Who is it for? The guy who can never have enough golf balls, and likes to get them at huge discounts.
- Who is it not for? The person who thinks they’re too good to played used golf balls regardless of the price or quality.
- Solid Alternative? Tee Box Club. They don’t have quite the variety of ball brands, but they do have some additional golf accessories that could help round out your gift.
Best Cheap Golf Balls: Noodle Long & Soft ($22 for 24 balls)
Sometimes you just need a casual gift for the casual golfer, that won’t break the bank.
For so many of us, the most useful gift like that is a box of balls.
And our favorite golf balls for the average golfer who doesn’t need anything special, but doesn’t want to be hitting rocks either?
For $22 you get a box of 8 sleeves (24 balls), and they were good enough to have me shooting an 86 at TPC Sawgrass this past winter. I was shocked at the quality of the ball for the price, and it’s my number one recommendation for golfers who don’t need anything fancy.
- Who is it for? The person who wants a good golf ball at a rock bottom price.
- Who is it not for? The person who has too much of an ego to play Noodle Golf balls
- Solid Alternative? Bridgestone e6For the same price (but 12 less balls), the is my go to mid-range ball, with a name and reputation that most people shouldn’t be embarrassed gaming in their Sunday foursome.
- See our full Noodle Long & Soft Review
- Buy Noodle Golf Balls on Amazon
- Buy Bridgestone e6 Golf Balls on Amazon
Best Golf Gift Under $20: Golfing Gizmos Club Brush ($16)
Sometimes you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a gift, and you just need a little golf stocking stuffer. While a bag of tees is always a good stocking stuffer, I’d recommend checking out the Golfing Gizmos Club Brush.
It’s built extremely well, has a retractable cord for easy access from the bag, and even comes with a bonus divot tool and ball marker.
Who it is for? The person who wants to give a golf gift, not spend a fortune, and has no idea what else to get.
Who is it not for? The person who has zero interest in cleaning their clubs. Ever.
Solid Alternative? Greens Towel (Pack of 3). Every golfer needs a good towel to attach to their bag to clean clubs, balls, and whatever else gets dirty out on the course. These microfiber towels are an incredible deal and are the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the casual golfer. And at $13 for the three pack? You can’t go wrong.
Best Golf Books for a Gift
Let’s face it, in terms of something that’s easy and affordable, there probably isn’t a better golf gift than a golf book.
Here are a few of my favorites that I’d recommend:
- PGA Tour: Slaying the Tiger – A Year Inside the Ropes of the New PGA Tour
- Architecture: The Anatomy of a Golf Course
- Exclusive Courses: How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs
- Travel: A Course Called Ireland
- Coffee Table: 1001 Courses to Play Before You Die
- Non Fiction: The Match
Need more? Check out my recommendation for the best golf books on the market in 2018.
Best Golf Subscription: Golf Odyssey ($147/Year)
Golf Odyssey is the best golf publication most people have never heard of. They are essentially the Consumer Reports of golf. They go to courses and resorts “secret shopper” style and review the courses, food, rooms etc. in a totally unbiased way – as they accept zero advertising.
It comes out every month and you can get both a digital copy or a print copy mailed to your house.
And if you pay attention, you can often get it for quite a bit less than the rack rate of $147/year.
- Who is it for? The golfer who takes 2-4 golf trips a year, or likes to live vicariously through the people that do.
- Who isn’t it for? The person perfectly happy playing the same local muni day in and day out.
- Solid Alternative? We’ll assume the golfer in your life already has a Golf Digest subscription. But if not, that’s a no brainer.
Best Thoughtful Gift: Seamus Golf Headcovers
I love Seamus Golf. When you see other people who have their head covers, you’re in the “club” – and it almost always leads to a good conversation.
I think this is a great, thoughtful gift. Because it’s something your golfer might not buy themselves, but will totally appreciate once they have them. For instance, I bought both my dad and my father-in-law driver covers for our wedding day. They also have a lot of other cool golf accessories, and most of them can be personalized.
Who is it for? The person who wants to give something a little bit more sentimental than just a box of golf balls.
Who isn’t it for? The diehard brand fanatic, that doesn’t want to see anything other than a big logo on their clubs
Solid Alternative? Custom divot tools from Tim Alpaugh. These things ooze style and class, and he makes them all himself. I have a few of them and they are one of my favorite accessories I own.
Best Gift for the Younger Golfer: Press Golf Shirts
Press Golf is a new company that makes sweet casual golf apparel. Specifically their t shirts with creative golf slogans and graphics has caught my eye.
I mean, Panda Phil?! C’mon. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Especially because, it’s one of those shirts where if you get it? You get it. And if you don’t? Well then, look it’s a panda!
Who is it for? The younger golfer who wants to know the world he loves golf, without having to wear a polo all the time.
Who isn’t it for? Someone who isn’t really passionate about golf. You have to have a certain level of excitement about the sport to wear a golf graphic tee..
Best Gift for the Lady in Your Life: Chrysmela Earring Locks
Any of us who does anything active with women on a regular basis has probably found themselves scouring the ground looking for that one lost earring.
For lady golfers, this can happen all too often – but it doesn’t need to!
Chrysmela earring locks help keep earrings secure, and definitely gets my pick for the best golf gift your wife didn’t know she needed.
Need more golf gift ideas for your wife or girlfriend? Check out our list here.
Looking for gifts less focused on golf, but still great for the traveler in your life? Check out the 45 best gifts for travelers.
Want Even More Golf Gift Ideas?
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So if you haven’t found the perfect gift idea in this list, then I’ve got dozens more in the book.