Golf Gift Ideas

Why are golfers always so amazingly hard to buy for?

loraleipicFor years, Go Play Golf Founder, Loralei Abels, hunted for golf gifts for family and friends. “What would they like? What would need? What would really surprise and delight them?” A Golf shirt, Golf hat, Golf balls…BORING!! A search on Google for “Golf Gift Ideas” revealed an endless supply of silly golf mugs, ties, coasters, etc… Then it hit me…The one thing all golfers need every time they want to play golf was the money for the “green fees”. That’s It! A card to play golf at any or all of the places he actually wants to play golf. Sadly, there were none of these cards to be found. Hence, the Go Play Golf Card was born. Go Play Golf was created to provide a gift card for golfers to use to play golf (green fees). From local courses all the way up to those bucket list gems like Pebble Beach. We now have over 5,000 golf courses nationwide to choose from. Your golfer will be sure to find just the golf course they are looking for. PLUS, now there are other things golfers can use their gift card for. The Go Play Golf gift card is now also redeemable for merchandise, lessons, and golf vacations.


Naturally, we believe that you can’t lose with selecting the Go Play Golf gift card. However, I wanted to show you what my research showed for golf gift ideas so you can take a look at all the options that I could find.

Turning to a Google search under “Golf Gift Ideas” revealed an endless supply of golf ties, golf socks, and golf picture frames. Then there were the golf novelty gifts. I like these cute and often funny novelty gifts, as they are always good for a laugh, especially when opened at a group function. Here are some of my favorites: The golfer bobble head, golf balls with your golfer’s face on it, the bathroom version of a practice putting green, and my personal favorite, the coffee mug with the putting tunnel.

On the more practical side,
here are a few more ideas for golf related gifts available:


for all skills

Such as golf clubs is something every golfer needs, but do they need to replace the ones they have? Even so, picking out golf clubs for someone is not recommended. There are so many to choose from and too personal to know what clubs to choose from. Most PGA teaching professionals recommend that golfers are professionally fitted for height, age, playing ability, and brand preference. If you happen to know that, be prepared to spend more than $2,000 for a set of name brand golf clubs.

Golf Apparel

for men and women

Golf shirt, pants, and hats, don’t make for a very unique gift. This is what most golfers end up with as a gift. Also, most golfers have lots of golf clothing and golfers prefer to buy their souvenir hats in the golf course pro-shop at that special golf course they just played. I was fortunate enough to play Pebble Beach once, and the hat I purchased in the pro-shop is one of my most cherished possessions, and the other couple of hats with the brand name of golf club manufactures such as Callaway, or Titleist are fairly ordinary to get anyone excited.

Gift Certificates

at local golf courses

Most individual golf courses sell gift certificates for golfers to use to pay for their golfing (green fees) at their particular golf course. This is a great idea if you happen to know that the golfer on your gift list plays only one golf course.  Most golfers however play between 5 to 6 different courses in their area, and a variety of other ones if they find themselves traveling outside the area. Unless you know absolutely which course they play, it is not advisable to pick a golf course yourself.  Many people think that buying a gift certificate at an expensive course in the area would be a nice treat, but it is often hard for them to find their fellow golfers to join them.

I hope that this has been helpful in giving you insight into golf gifts and golfers in general. Please fell free to reach out to me at any time. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.



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You are leaving the Go Play Golf website to our partner website powered by Golf Switch, where a limited number of tee times are made available daily for direct purchase. (Note: All purchases require full payment at time of booking.) To redeem your card directly online, simply 1. Create an account (required for first visit only) Look for the green “Sign In” Button in the Top Right of the website. 2. View the selected tee times in your area and select a time for play. 3. At checkout you will be able to enter your card number as a form of payment. No phone calls, no fees, just golf—-have a great round! Note: Should you wish to redeem multiple cards through this experience, please email to combine the amounts onto a single card before redemption.