Today I am posting the Hooked On Golf Blog Top 10 Golf Gifts Under $1,000,000 (and over $30 hehe). This is a follow up post to the HOG Top 10 Golf Gifts Under $30 post. I’m throwing budget out the window, somewhat. Products here are over $30 and under $1 million. Each item featured here links to a Hooked On Golf Blog review. Click the image to go to the review page. Lets rock!
Mobile Warming Heated Golf Rain Jacket – Battery Included – $219.99
I recently reviewed what is possibly the coolest, or should I say “warmest” golf jacket on the market. The battery powered Mobile Warming rain jacket has multiple heating elements and can heat the core of the upper body up to 135 degrees! Perfect for cold winter golf or people like me with stiff, bad backs.
G-Mac by Kartel Ardglass Golf Polo – $90
You may not be as good of a clutch player as Graeme McDowell, but with a G-Mac polo you can look as good. This year the G-Mac apparel line was introduced, made by Irish apparel company Kartel. I reviewed the Ardglass polo a while back and love it. Very sharp, classy, comfortable and doesn’t impede the golf swing.
Ecco BIOM Hybrid Golf Shoes – $190
I’ve been wearing these treads for many months now, since July. The Ecco BIOM hybrid golf shoes are very comfortable, very good looking and most importantly perform brilliantly on the course. I’ve never slipped. A nice combo of street shoe / golf shoe.
Pro Advanced Ready Net – Golf Practice Net – $199
One of the best products I’ve reviewed in 2012 is the Pro-Advanced Ready Net golf practice net. This net sets up in 30-45 seconds and tears down in even less time than that. The net can be set up outside or inside and can take full shots from any club. This is a great product for folks like me who live in areas which have snow on the ground in winter. I can practice in the basement or garage and keep my swing grooved until spring.
Sun Mountain Club Glider – 4-wheeled golf travel bag – $200
I’ve done a ton of golf travel and carted all sorts of golf travel bags all around the world, from New York to St. Andrews. By far the easiest golf travel bag to tote around is the Sun Mountain Club Glider Journey. With the retractable wheels extended, I can pull my golf gear around an airport with my pinkie. Don’t believe me? Click the image to view my review, and see the video.
Top 3 Premium Golf Balls – +/- $50 per dozen
For the serious golfer a box of premium “tour” golf balls is never a bad gift. This past year I played three different balls from three different manufacturers, all good enough to be my go-to ball. HOG top three tour golf balls, click to view details:
Golf Trip – Gaylord “Golf Mecca” in northern Michigan
This year I had a fantastic HOG World Tour stop in the golf mecca of Gaylord Michigan. Gaylord is a neat small town which features some amazing golf courses, and skiing in the winter. The most famous courses in Gaylord are at the Treetops Resort. Check out these reviews:
- Treetops Signature Course – Designed by Rick Smith
- Otsego Club & Resort
- Treetops Resort
- Treetops Premier Course – Designed by Tom Fazio
- Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops – Designed by Rick Smith (a must play)
- Otsego Tribute Course – Designed by Rick Robbins/Gary Koch
- Black Forest Golf Course – Designed by Tom Doak
- Black Lake Golf Club – Designed by Rees Jones
Bridgestone J40 Dual Pocket Cavity Forged Irons – Retail $699. Street prices lower.
Bridgestone isn’t known as well for their golf clubs as they are for their golf balls. After playing the J40 Dual Pocket Cavity irons, I immediately donated my old set of irons to my local junior golf association. These babies are beauties. Great for mid to low handicap players. Any kind of shot a player can imagine can be executed perfectly with these sticks.
Golf Trip – Black Mesa Golf Course, La Mesilla, New Mexico – Designed by Baxter Spann
I’ve had the pleasure of playing some of the world’s greatest golf courses like TPC Sawgrass, the Old Course at St. Andrews and many others. My favorite course out of all of them is Black Mesa in La Mesilla, New Mexico. No course on this planet in my book has the shot by shot values that this brilliant track does. I try to get to Black Mesa at least once or twice per year. When I get there I’m so excited I feel like the earth has no more gravity. I’m floating. The staff at Black Mesa have become good personal friends of mine. Tom, Eddie, Heath and Pat are the best. XOXOXO
The #1 gift for golfers under $1,000,000, drum roll please…
A golf trip to the Home of Golf, St. Andrews, Scotland
At least once in every golfer’s life, he/she should make the pilgrimage to golf’s home, St. Andrews, Scotland. There is no place like St. Andrews in the world. The town is so salty. The people are wonderful and the golf, of course, is as the locals say, “brilliant!” A golf trip to St. Andrews provides memories to last a lifetime. Speaking of memories, in the photo below I’m pulling my ball out of the hole on the #17th at the Old Course, the Road Hole. I holed out from 196 for PAR after going OB, hitting the Old Course Observatory at the Old Course Hotel. Greatest par I’ll ever have.
There are many great courses in St. Andrews other than the world famous Old Course. Kingsbarns is a few minutes down the road, ranked the #1 new modern course in the world in recent publications. The Castle Course is a very fun track, though the golf purists don’t like it for some reason. I quite enjoyed it. Right next to the Old Course is the “New” Course, Strathtyrum, Jubilee Course and the Eden Course. All of them are fantastic links tracks and within walking distance of the center of town and the Old Course.