From apparel to golf memberships to vacations, it's in our gift guide
Maybe your dad has all the equipment he really needs. That’s OK, too, because here’s a gift guide that has some other great items that he’s sure to love. So, let’s get to it.
TRUE linkswear, the golf shoe you can wear all day
Warmer weather equals more walking rounds, and no brand does walking golf like Tacoma, Wash.-based TRUE linkswear. TRUE’s iconic All Day Knit II (A.K.A TKII) has been remastered and released in four spring-like colors ranging from Asphalt to Vino ($145).
Our gift guide includes the five original colors, which are still available for traditionalists led by the ever-popular G.O.A.T. Grey. Spring and summer can make buckets of rain in many parts of the U.S., and TRUE meets meteorology head-on with the All Day Ripstop ($150), a close cousin to the TKII. The company’s most sustainable shoe, the Ripstop is made from 100% recycled materials that is both wind and water-resistant. For more information: www.truelinkswear.com.
Many of the world’s best inventions often are born from the “better mousetrap” concept. Nextbelt is a case in point. Our gift guide wouldn’t be complete without the perfect golf belt. The company’s high-end belts have no holes and no sizes. Out of the box, you simply cut the belt to fit your waist size. Nextbelt’s Golf Series features its proprietary “Go-In” ratchet system that smoothly locks in the belt around the waist and easily adjusts on the fly as needed.
The overall quality and durability of all Nextbelt’s lines is staggering and a much-needed injection of craftsmanship in an often-overlooked accessory category. For more information: www.nextbelt.com.
RADMOR Golf’s Spring Collection
RADMOR Golf recently dropped its men’s and women’s spring collections available for purchase by green-minded golfers. The company’s sustainably-sourced golf clothing forgoes virgin polyester in favor of natural cellulose fibers like Peruvian Pima cotton, elastane yarns and super-soft Tencel (lyocell and modal) to create the most eco-minded golf apparel in the industry.
The spring collection includes a variety of polos, “tee” shirts, crew neck sweatshirts, hoodies, pants, shorts, hats and other accessories. Founders Scott Morrison and Bob Conrad, who played on the University of Washington men’s golf team, launched RADMOR in 2020. For more information: www.radmorgolf.com.
Southern Tide Golf Collection
If it’s springtime, you can count on Greenville, S.C.-based Southern Tide releasing its spring and summer collection of golf polos and shorts. Designed for golfers teeing it up in intense heat and humidity, its BRR-EEZE polos use natural cooling minerals, active moisture wicking and maximized airflow and brrr technology to keep golfers’ internal temperatures 3-4 degrees below normal temperatures.
They pair perfectly with the new T3 BRR-DIE 8-inch performance shorts, available in six colors and sizes ranging from 28 to 42. Not every spring morning is warm, and Southern Tide makes its wildly popular quarter zips, long-sleeve shirts and full-zip jackets available year-round. For more information: www.southerntide.com.
Dream Trip to Pinehurst Resort
If you want to play the top-tier tracks at famed Pinehurst Resort, No. 2, No. 4 and No. 8, you’re going to need to stay at Pinehurst Resort. Due to demand from area golfers, resort guests and members, the resort eliminated outside play on its marque courses for the foreseeable future.
One of the best ways to experience The Cradle of American Golf is to book a Sunday through Tuesday stay via the Donald Ross Package, which includes lodging in the Carolina Hotel, Holly Inn or Manor, three rounds of golf (choose from nine courses plus the nine-hole, par-3 Cradle), Southern breakfast each morning and a three-course dinner, nightly.
Rates start at $1,509 singly occupancy and drop slightly May 26 through Sept. 5 for the summer. There’s a $195 premium to play vaunted No. 2, U.S Open Anchor Site, but it’s hard to put a price on this unforgettable experience. For more information: www.pinehurst.com
Private Golf Club Membership
More than a Father’s Day gift, joining a private golf club would be a masterful Father’s Day decision. With the explosion of golf participation in the U.S. during and post-pandemic, public tee times are getting harder and harder to secure. Especially during prime weekend times. Country clubs around the U.S. have modernized their membership categories, making them more affordable and practical for first-timers.
For example, The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples, Florida, offers an associate golf membership affords unlimited use of the golf course from May through October for cart fee only and unrestricted use of the practice facilities. The club’s reciprocal program is one of the most robust in the region and allows associate golf members access to play 40 other private clubs in the area from May through October.
Champion Hills in Hendersonville, North Carolina recently rolled out its Equity 55 membership for those 55 and under.
With Equity 55, the club’s initiation fee is divided into four equal payments over four years, dues and replacement/reserve fund contributions are reduced by 50 percent and the club’s annual food and beverage minimum is prorated for new members.
Offering complete access to the club’s amenities and activities, Equity 55 members enjoy Champion Hills’ mountain-style Tom Fazio-designed golf course, clubhouse with pub and fine dining, wellness center, tennis and bocce courts, pool and hydro spa and more. Search wherever you’re dreaming of relocating, or even where you live now – if you play and practice more than four or five times, monthly, joining a private golf club could make good sense.
Featured image: Pinehurst Resort