Father’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to plan your gift if you haven’t already. Of course, the key to choosing the best presents is simple – select something the recipient, in this case your dad, cares about and treat them to something that shows you really know them.
Everyone’s dad is different, so we won’t attempt to tell you exactly what to buy, but if yours is a golf lover, then we definitely have some ideas to give you a little inspiration. These range from small golf-themed gifts to whisking your dad away for a long golf weekend teeing off on one of Europe’s finest courses.
Gifts for the golf lover
Whether your dad has been golfing for years and considers himself a virtual pro or he’s only taken up golf recently, lessons are a guaranteed winner as a gift. Sessions with professional teachers can help advance any golfer’s skills rapidly, as well as letting them in on some great little tips and tricks they’re unlikely to discover elsewhere.
There are GPS devices for virtually every sport these days, and golf is no exception. These gadgets are perfect for golfers who regularly tackle different courses, as they make up for a lack of knowledge of unfamiliar layouts and terrain by showing the course you’re on in detail, providing accurate distances and other useful data.
Unless your dad is a regular jetsetter, chances are that he tends to tee off in England or Scotland, which are not famous for their clement weather. That makes decent rain gear a must and, while he’ll no doubt already have suitable waterproofs for himself, it also pays to have some for the clubs. Most golf bags come with a basic rain hood but, for the most part, these are not as functional as they could be, often letting in the rain and making it hard to access the clubs during wet weather. So, buying a specialist rain hood can make a great gift – Seaforth, a Canadian company, sell excellent hoods that can easily be ordered online in the UK.
Customised golf balls
Another great gift is customised golf balls – especially as this particular present can be adapted to suit most budgets. Depending on where you order from, you can get balls printed with numbers, symbols or words, making it easy for your dad to keep track of his game and to use the same ball throughout.
If you want to buy something really special, treat your dad to a swing analyser, such as the Zepp Golf 2 3D Swing Analyser. This handy little gadget attaches to your dad’s golf glove and analyses his swing in real-time, which means he can have instant feedback on what he needs to work on to improve. A must for gadget-loving dads as well as keen golfers!
A golf break
If you want to go even further with the golf theme, organising a short golfing break for your dad cannot be beaten – especially if you go with him. And if you can combine it with a golf-themed gadget or gift, such as those above, then so much the better. Below, you’ll find some of the top courses in Europe to choose from.
Europe’s best golf courses
There is a host of great courses to choose from across Europe – many of which have the added bonus of year-round good weather, which means you can happily go at any time of year. This is particularly worth bearing in mind if you’re planning your Father’s Day trip for a little later in the year.
Monte Rei (the Algarve)
The Algarve is one of Europe’s best-loved golf destinations, and deservedly so. You are truly spoilt for choice in terms of courses here – in fact, it is hard to go wrong. Among the best courses is Monte Rei, which is set in the hills in the north-east of the region. It combines stunning views with the prestige of being one of a handful of Jack Nicklaus Signature courses in Europe. Water hazards feature prominently in this challenging course, as does some outstanding bunkering. Keep an eye out for hole 14, which is said to be the most scenic on the entire course.
Aphrodite Hills (Cyprus)
This 18-hole championship course overlooks the spot where the goddess Aphrodite is said to have emerged from the sea. Designed by Cabell Robinson, this 6,299-metre course combines manicured fairways and tiered greens with tricky pot bunkers. It’s also one of the most visually impressive courses on our list – especially when you hit the 7th hole, which includes a 130-metre gorge that provides challenge and drama for keen golfers.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that this club is home to the Aphrodite Hills 3-hole Golf Academy, which offers excellent one-on-one tuition from PGA-qualified professionals.
Golf Santa Ponsa (Majorca)
This resort is actually home to three courses, but just one – Golf Santa Ponsa 1 – is open to non-members. This prestigious course has hosted the Balearic Open seven times, and has been running since 1977. With wide open fairways and an excellent use of water hazards, this course is enjoyable and challenging in equal measure. Expect tricky doglegs made more challenging by the use of water.
Las Americas (Tenerife)
Rounding off our list is Tenerife’s Las Americas, which is in the heart of the island’s main tourist area. This 18-hole course is laid out in two returning loops of nine, with the course gradually sloping towards the shoreline. A scenic course, it features ravines and lakes that enhance the pleasure of play, and a number of water features that provide interest without being too challenging.
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