Thinking Outside The Box (And Cold) For Golf Christmas Gift Ideas

Golf shirts, last year! Golf balls, year before! How about something different for the golfers on your list?

Waldorf Astoria Skybox 

Your special golfer may not be able to tee it up in Westchester in January, but there will be no problem in Orlando, especially if you treat them to a Skybox package from the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The unique gift covers 12 transferable rounds of golf for use on the fabulous Rees Jones course at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club.  It also includes twelve “two-for-one” lunches at the Clubhouse Grille, plus a special personalized gift.  The price is a bargain, too: just $499, or about one-fourth the regular greens fees for twelve rounds!

The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club measures 7,108 from the back tees with a course rating of 74.6 and slope of 139. There are five sets of tees, though, so its meticulous design can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels.

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Photo provided by Montana Pritchard

PGA Golf Club Stay-and-Play​

PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL offers an ideal way to escape the icy blasts of winter, enjoy some great golf, and soak up some history of the game. The club’s four courses (all owned and operated by the PGA) have lots of golf to offer and the accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn PGA Village are warm and welcoming.  The package rate in January, based on double occupancy and a two-night stay is just $411 per person—and that includes two rounds of golf!

“All four courses – the Wanamaker, Ryder, Dye and St. Lucie Golf Trail – have never been in better shape,” says Jimmy Terry, General Manager of PGA Golf Club.

For the snowbird on your list, consider a season access pass ($799) to the 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance which features more than 100 full-swing practice stations, a fitness center, multiple pitching and chipping areas, 7,000 square feet of USGA-certified putting greens and a three-hole teaching course.

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The PGA has also relocated notable trophies and artifacts tracing its history to the new “PGA Gallery” area of the clubhouse. A showcase of the major championship trophies of golf includes the original Wanamaker Trophy, the Senior PGA Championship’s Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, and the Vardon Trophy.

Palmetto Dunes Month Membership

Hilton Head’s Palmetto Dunes Resort offers a spectacular gift: a “Monthly Stay & Resort Membership” that offers accommodations, unlimited golf and more — including tennis, bikes and kayaks — from $3,667 per month. The special rate includes a month-long golf membership for two to all three Palmetto Dunes courses, a two-hour kayak trip for two on the 11-mile lagoon system, monthly bike rentals for two, two hours of complimentary tennis court time per day, and  preferred rates and priority access to all other resort activities and amenities.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort provides three miles of wide Atlantic Ocean beach and a sterling trio of world-class golf courses designed by legends of the industry: the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course; the Arthur Hills Course, where collegiate stars like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson honed their talents; and the George Fazio Course, designed by the former PGA Tour player.

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