Ho, Ho, Ho! 2018 Golf Christmas Gift Guide

The Christmas season is upon us, and everyone wants the big man to leave a golf-related gift under the tree. If you are looking for the latest from TaylorMade or Ping, you can find that anywhere.

Here, instead, are five under-the-radar ideas that can be personally vouched for:


— It’s time to quit paying $4 per ball for Pro V1s that find their way into the water at the same rate every other golf ball does. There are a host of independent golf ball brands that provide comparable performance at a fraction of the price, including German-based Vice Golf Balls. Vice has a multitude of balls to choose from and this study suggests you can save money without sacrificing performance by playing the emerging brand. Buying Vice balls, which range in price from $10.95 to $24.95 per dozen, likely won’t be a one-time purchase.


— If you want a new driver this Christmas, there is no need to spend $400 on the newest offering from Callaway when the Tour Edge HL3 can replicate the performance for $190. Here is what Golf.com, the game’s leading website said about the HL3: “Sure, you could spend more, but for casual players, beginners or higher-handicaps, the HL3 gives you all you need—with money left over to, you know, actually go play golf.”


— If you are looking to splurge, the ultimate Christmas gift is entry into the 36th Annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. The 72-hole event is golf’s largest single-site tournament, and the World’s Largest 19th Hole is a one-of-a-kind experience. Now is the time to take the plunge and join more than 3,200 players from across the globe at the World Am.


— Everyone wants to putt better and the USGA wisely opted not to ban greens-reading technology in its new interpretation of Rule 4.3, so it’s time for you to purchase a StrackaLine Greens Guide. The company sells books for many of Myrtle Beach’s best courses, including Tidewater, Caledonia and True Blue, so golfers can enjoy the same on-course technology as PGA Tour players. The stroke or two you save might be the difference between victory and defeat.


— Topgolf is one of the nation’s fastest-growing entertainment options, so it’s only natural that it will be coming to Myrtle Beach early in 2019. You know you are going to check it out on your trip this spring, so add a Topgolf gift card to your Christmas list. It’s a great way to spend an evening.


It’s time to go shopping!