The Worst Golf Gifts for Dads and Grads

This is the time of year when everyone comes out with their lists of, "Best Golf Gifts for Dads and Grads."

Well, I want to talk about the worst, which are far more common.

Hey, I know it's hard to buy stuff for golfers, especially if the gift giver doesn't play.

And don't get me wrong, the thoughts and gestures are always appreciated.

The products themselves?

That's another story.

For me, the worst golf gift was the above roll of "golf toilet paper," which was simply a cheap roll of toilet tissue probably marked up 1000% because it had some lame line about, "the 19th hole" imprinted on it.

Clever, I know.

Needless to say, it has never been used (but it does sit under the sink in case of emergencies).

I've also received...

- a "golf ball personalizer" clamp, which was great at mangling expensive golf balls...

- a monocular "golf scope," which required an advanced knowledge of triangulation to use it...

- a few "executive desk sets" from different companies, yet all had a golf ball-shaped clock and a golf club- or golf flag-shaped pen.

Again, before you jump all over me for being cold hearted, I always appreciate when someone invests any amount of time, effort, thought, and/or money to give a gift.

In fact, the best golf gifts I've received aren't even tangible.

They happen when I watch my five-year-old daughter whack her mini-clubs in the backyard and when my 3-year-old son excitedly yells, "golf, golf, golf!" when he sees it on TV.

When someone you love shows an interest in something you love, it's better than any "thing" you can buy.

Of course, a golf trip to Scotland is nice, too ;)

How about you? What was the worst -- or best --  golf gift you ever received?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below:

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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