Bob Gillespie



Looking for the perfect S.C. golf gift? Read on!

Posted 12/8/2011 7:13:00 PM

The holidays are upon us, and the golf-loving person on your gift list already has all the sweater vests and gimmicky “self-improvement” devices he or she can stand. What items can you get them that meet their standards and say “South Carolina golf” at the same time?

You’ve come to the right place. The S.C. Golf Insider – who appreciates a uniquely South Carolina golf gift as much as anyone – has come up with a brief selection that should make you shine in your recipient’s eyes come Dec. 25.

Artwork: If your golfer exults in the achievements of S.C. professional golfers and also likes something for the office or man-cave wall, how about a framed photograph commemorating Greenville native Lucas Glover’s 2009 U.S. Open title – the only men’s major championship winner from our state?

Prices start at $50, with sizes from 8x10 up to 16x24. Order framed or unframed, with five framing and mounting options. If you’re a USGA member ($25 a year), you can get up to 30 percent off on purchases through Dec. 9.

Sea Pines stuff: So you love going to Sea Pines Resort at Hilton Head each spring for the RBC Heritage? Great. But you don’t have to drive to the coast to choose from merchandise bearing Harbour Town and Sea Pines logos. Shop Sea Pines' online store for an array of items.

The website now is offering price cuts on such nifty stuff as a bag tag, golf balls and divot tool combo (red tagged at $17, from $22.50); wine glasses and bag tag package ($35, from $43); logoed beach towel and cap or visor (regularly $65, now $50); Greg Norman brand shirt/hat/valuables pouch combo, $65 (from $85); and a unframed print of Harbour Town’s 18th hole, a 4-inch crystal lighthouse and bag tag for $70 (regularly $94).

You also can buy other logoed items from the site’s full catalog, including apparel, Tervis tumblers, caps, even tennis racquets – all from your computer.

Heritage, PGA tickets: The PGA Tour makes two stops in South Carolina in 2012: in April at the RBC Heritage, and again in August for the PGA Championship, the first time S.C. will host a men’s major. Tickets are available for both events, though the selection for the PGA (to be held at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course) is dwindling as sales continue.

Tickets for Heritage week range in price (and perks) from clubhouse badges (regularly $190, but available from $170 through Dec. 31) and grounds badges ($150) to daily tickets ($50 Thursday and Saturday, $50 Friday-Saturday). Practice round tickets (Monday-Wednesday) are $35. Buy them here or call (843) 671-2448.

PGA Championship tickets are now limited to daily tickets, the high-end badges and Friday-Sunday tickets having sold out. Prices are $45 for Monday-Tuesday practice rounds, $60 for Wednesday’s practice and $110 for Thursday’s first round (plus applicable taxes). Call (843) 768-6003 for more information.

Myrtle Beach golf: Sure, you can wait until spring to make a trip to the Grand Strand, but why wait? Temperatures can be quite pleasant all year. And if you like the idea of a gift that keeps giving, DG Golf Management – owners of The Wizard and Man O’ War golf courses – have a deal for you.

On Dec. 17, the courses will host the 2011 Christmas Child Tournament, held annually to support the Pardue Children In Need Fund (named for DG Golf president Claude Pardue), which in turn supports Lighthouse Care Centers and their 180 children, ages 12-17, suffering from behavioral disorders.

The tournament begins at 10 a.m., with lunch served by Buffalo Wild Wings, and top-eight-team prizes include Footjoy golf shoes, Nike golf bags and rounds of golf at such courses at The Dunes Club, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and The Witch Golf Links. Cost is $65 per player or $260 for a four-person team. For information, call (843) 236-8000 or e-mail

Dr. Mo’s words of wisdom: Want to help your golfer get better but don’t have the money for lessons or a golf school trip (both excellent choices if you DO have the money)? How about helping him or her think smarter about how he/she plays?

Dr. Morris Pickens, an Orangeburg native and “performance coach” to such players as Glover, British Open champion Stewart Cink and Masters winner Zach Johnson (plus five-time PGA Tour winner Jonathan Byrd), has helped his clients harness their mental abilities to improve their games. Pickens – better known as “Dr. Mo” – says he can do that for regular players, too.

Go to the website, where you can sign up for Pickens’ e-mail newsletter and/or purchase his book, “Learn to Win.” Click on the shot of the book’s cover, which will take you to and a price of $17.95. Now that’s a gift anyone can afford.

Not shopping for golfers? Check out our Insider gift lists for Outdoor lovers, Foodies, Families, Artsy friends or those who seek out the Less Traveled spots. We’ve got you covered for South Carolina stuff!