Caddying on the PGA Tour, I often get asked throughout the year “what are the pros using?”
When it comes to Christmas time, that questions turns into, “what do I buy the golf nut in my family?”
I wish there was a similar list of what to get my grandmother, but for anyone who is in the market for some last-minute Christmas gift ideas here’s a quick and easy guide to some items I think any golfer would love to unwrap the morning of December 25th.
When it comes to making that bag look just right, I have found Dormie Workshop (@dormieworkshop on Twitter) as the industry leaders for customized leather head covers. Clean, unique and sleek concepts will transform that standard looking bag into one about to go shoot the course record. They are a small-town business who is gaining traction at many top-100 courses in the world. Quality and creativity, along with amazing customer service, is why they top my list for someone that wants a unique custom piece that is tailored to the golfer you are buying for.
Be sure to check out their Instagram page @dormieworkshop to look at all the creative designs they can produce. Or if you have any specific ideas but are unsure how to turn that idea into a head cover, they are wonderful at building the concept head cover you desire. Shoot Jeff and Todd an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them the Caddie Network sent you. They’ll even give you an exclusive, 15% off, Caddie Network discount through January 4, 2019, when you use the code “trustyourcaddie15”.
I love the idea of bringing golf history back to the roots of the game. After working five British Opens from St. Andrews to Carnoustie, when you start learning about the tradition of golf it becomes an addiction.
I stubbled across the line of Jones Golf bags last year and they make incredible quality and cool-looking vintage golf bags. If you have a golf traditionalist like myself on the Christmas list, I would recommend checking out www.jonesgolfbags.com as a go-to site for all things golf vintage.
I personally love my Utility Rover carry bag. If a golf bag is not specifically what you are looking for, be sure to still head over to their site as they have some really cool apparel and headwear. The Utility Rover is designed perfectly for a late nine walking, or hopping on a cart with the buddies. You can also check them out on Instagram at @jonesgolfbags.
PGA Tour event tickets — prices vary
There are few things in golf like the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
I always find it amazing the galleries we get at our tournaments. What a wonderful day to spend with friends and family, enjoy a couple beers and great food, all while taking in the golf of the best players in the world with a daily pass purchase.
Take a look at the upcoming PGA Tour or LPGA Tour schedules and you might find a new event, or one that is well within driving distance from you and make a future day out of it by purchasing tickets.
If you wanted to take it one step further why not plan a vacation around a PGA Tour event and play some golf, watch some golf and enjoy a new city? Here are my top-3 events I would attend as a spectator looking to take in a PGA Tour event.
*Masters not included, because if you already have access to a badge you’re well ahead of the game*
- Waste Management Open (Scottsdale, AZ) Jan 31-Feb 3
- Wells Fargo Championship (Charlotte, NC) May 2-5
- PGA Championship (Bethpage, NY) May 16-19
Tickets can easily be purchased by downloading the PGA Tour app and a link is provided for each event on the schedule page.
Buying for a golf nut, but also want something not totally inclusive to the round of golf?
I have one favorite brand of clothing that I recommend to anyone. It’s always nice to have that one piece of clothing you can play your golf in and head straight downtown for dinner.
Travis Mathew clothing is the staple for cool and the one thing that has caught my eye this year while checking out their website at www.travismathew.com is the “Koozie” outerwear. Comfort, style — I just don’t see how you cannot get a million compliments wearing this piece in public.
They’ve also have created a really interesting idea of “state flag” hats, so be sure to head over to the website and take a peek at what your state flag Travis Mathew hat looks like if you want to complete the outfit. You can find them on Instagram at @travismathew.
Slow play is everyone’s nightmare when teeing it up Saturday morning.
Golf shouldn’t take 5+ hours to play. When the golfer in your family doesn’t have a professional tour caddie like us, they spend wasted time searching for those sprinkler heads to try and figure out how far they are from the hole. As a professional caddie on the PGA Tour, I can assure you they are getting the wrong numbers when going off of those plates in the fairway.
Why not help their game and improve their distance accuracy with a new Bushnell Laser Rangefinder? Shoot the flag, get the number and play quicker. It’s not just a gift for them, but for everyone on the course that day because it will result in less wasted time. Also, Bushnell is having a great online sale, so if you want to save a little on the newest rangefinder technology, head over to bushnellgolf.com.
Use the money you saved for your next skins game buy in.