Arizona Golfer’s ‘Holiday Gift Ideas’

by Nancy Howard

It’s that time again and the Holidays will be upon us before we turn around. All of us at Arizona Golfer hope these recommended “Holiday Gift Ideas” will help make your shopping life a little easier this season.

For the ultimate ‘on the course’ golf gift, consider a membership, pass or gift certificate from the following courses. If you have an avid golfer on your hands, what better to give than all the golf they could wish for. A quick call or website visit gets your purchase on the way via email or mail.

Golf cards and certificates are available at the following recommended courses, plus they give your golfer access to affiliated courses:

Whirlwind Golf Club-www.whirlwindgolf.com or 480.490.1500
Longbow Golf Club-www.longbowgolf.com or 480.807.5400
ASU Karsten-www.asukarsten.com or 480.921.8070
Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence-www.postonbuttegc.com or 520.723.1880
Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia-www.trilogygolfclub.com or 623.328.5100
Eagle Mountain Golf Club-www.eaglemtn.com or 480.816.1234
Seven Canyons in Sedona-www.golfnow.com or 928.203.2001
Palm Valley Golf Club–www.palmvalleygolf.com or 623.935.2500
McDowell Mountain Golf Club-www.mcdowellmountaingc.com or 480.502.8200
Raven Golf Club – Phoenix-www.ravenPHX.com or 602.243.3636
Rio Rico Country Club-www.esplendor-resort.com or 520.281.1901.

These championship courses are sure to please any golfer on your list and come highly recommended by Arizona Golfer.

An excellent gift, especially with our high season upon us, is one of the golf passes that Arizona Golfer recommends. These offer great discounts and opportunities to play exceptional courses throughout the Valley of the Sun and in Vegas, as well. Check out the passes offered by OB Sports with Eagle Mountain, Longbow, McDowell Mountain, Raven-Phoenix and Palm Valley; or the Troon Card offered at all Troon courses, Poston Butte, Whirlwind, and Troon North to name a few.  Of course, the SWSPGA Golf Pass for only $110 until December 21st gives you discounts at more than 60 courses throughout the state and you can book your tee times at theteetimestore.com.

Give a true gift for the love of the game and help your favorite golfer with a series of lessons to hone their game. Lesson series certificates from our finest PGA professionals are available at all the above listed courses and at great holiday pricing this year. Or, give them a series of lessons from one of our professional columninsts: John Stahlschmidt, Greg Ellis, Mark Oswald, Scott Sackett, Jeff Fisher, Cliff Lawson and Kim Anders. Their contact information is at the end of their column, each month.

Equipment for your favorite golfer? Ask the nearest pro shop at your favorite golf course about gift certificates along with swing analysis for their best fit. They always have wonderful values along with a great selection of golf equipment, and nooo they are not more expensive and you have the bonus of being fitted properly by a professional.

Golf balls are always great stocking stuffers. This year, give them four dozen for the same price as a dozen. In the East Valley and shipping to any location, Sunshine Golf is available with awesome wholesale prices on balls as well as bags, golf shoes and other golf accessories and equipment. Call 480.671.9021 or visit www.fore-used-golfballs.com.

If you’re looking for a golf community to make that awesome move to Arizona or your dream golf community within Arizona, contact the Golf Realty Network who sponsors the SWSPGA and specializes in golf properties with their network of golf community specialist realtors. Visit www.thegolfrealtynetwork.com or call 480.832.3730 or 602.684.9300.

Some of our favorite exotic golf resorts include The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa surrounded by the best golf in Vegas: Angel Park, TPC Vegas, The Bear and Badlands, and well worth the short ride to The Legacy and Aliante golf clubs. Call 877.869.8777 or visit www.jwlasvegasresort.com. Another personal favorite is Estrella del Mar in Mazatlan, Mexico with their fabulous Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course, spectacular ocean views, oh so relaxed condos and Wyndham boutique style hotel-www.estrelladelmar.com or 877.297.2953. It’s a golf paradise and yes, there is plenty of security–safety is not a problem here.

Make your holiday shopping truly easy by going to www.obsportsgolfvacations.com or call 866.435.4066. OB Sports Golf Vacations do all the planning for you and customize the perfect getaway.

There are fun and very useful new ideas out there to put under the tree or in the stocking this year. My favorite, the new Shadys for your golf cart! You can even get a custom logo or personalize it for your golfer and it attaches to your golf bag so you can take it everywhere you play. Perfect for blocking wind in the winter and sun in the summer. Every golfer in Arizona should have one of these. Ask your pro shop about them or visit www.shadys.com.

We hope these ideas make your shopping easier this year. And, from all of us at Arizona Golfer to all of you…We Wish You a Wonderful Holiday Season!!