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December 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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Golf gifts every duffer wants to find under the tree

OK, Santa, are you listening?

I know it’s dark, gray, cold and windy outside, but I am thinking ahead.

So I want a golf gift, and since I have your attention, I might as well aim big. Like a round at any of the three courses at acclaimed Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon Coast. As I am sure you know, there is no shipping charge on their gift cards ( And since we’re talking about premier courses, any chance of a gift card to Chambers Bay, the University Place course that will host the 2015 U.S. Open (

What do you think of an Oki Golf offseason 3-pack ( as a stocking stuffer? For $144 ($119 for Oki Golf Players cardholders) you can play three times through March 31, cart included, at any of these courses: Washington National Golf Club (Auburn), The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge, Trophy Lake Golf & Casting (Port Orchard), Harbour Pointe Golf Club (Mukilteo), The Golf Club at Echo Falls (Snohomish) and the The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie – Links & Woodlands (Lacey).

You say my game isn’t ready for some of those courses? Why not also throw in the Fall & Winter Lesson Package at Seattle’s Interbay Golf Center (, where you get eight half-hour lessons through March 31 and a $50 range credit for $299.

And if I am going to play at these nice courses, I have got to look the part as well. I was thinking I would like a pair of Kikkor golf shoes ( You’ve probably heard of them, Santa, the hip golf shoes from the company founded by James Lepp, the ex-Husky golfer who was the NCAA champion in 2005.

With Kikkor’s 40 percent off holiday sale and free shipping, how can you resist?

I hate to sound greedy, but I sure have been coveting the Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch (available on and other online sites). This handsome watch retails for $349.99, but it is packed with details of 27,000 courses worldwide.

I can get accurate yardages to the pin, doglegs and layups from anywhere on the course, and the high-resolution screen shows the true shape and layout of the green.

It’s hard to get warm on the course these days, but at least my golf balls can with the Golftyme Hot Bag Golf Warmer ( It holds up to four balls and would be well worth the $69.95 price if my drives go 15 percent longer as advertised. Either way, it gets bonus points for creativity.

I know it’s a lot Santa, but even though my game is bad, I’ve been good this year.

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