Last-minute holiday gifts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Still scrambling to find the perfect present for golfers in your life? Here are a few options that can more than stuff a stocking.

59 Inc. custom buckle

The skinny: CNC machine-milling works beautifully for putters, so why not for customized belt buckles? That was the brainstorm of Canadian Trevor Derrheim, a golf instructor and president of 59 Inc., a Las Vegas-based belt and buckle maker, and now his products are coveted by some tour players. “If someone has a logo. . . we can create it,” he says.

Cost: $300 to $400 per custom buckle, depending on the intricacy of the design.

Availability: Custom orders at

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Bushnell Pro 1600 Tournament Edition

The skinny: The laser rangefinder features “PinSeeker” technology, which enables easy measuring to the flag without inadvertently capturing background target distances, according to the company. This model is legal for tournament play and is capable of measuring distances from 5 yards to 1,600 yards with a tolerance of (plus/minus) 1-yard accuracy, Bushnell states. It uses a 9-volt battery.

Cost: $429

Availability: Immediate

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II

The skinny: The company’s long ties to golf continue with its marquee spokesmen Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald, among others. Don’t be surprised if the PGA Tour stars soon sport this new timepiece, which continues the legacy of the original Datejust: Launched in 1945, it was the first wristwatch to display the date in a window on the dial, according to Rolex. The Datejust II is waterproof to 100 meters (328 feet) and is highly resistant to shocks and magnetic fields to ensure chronometric precision.

Cost: $7,525 to $9,525

Availability: Immediate

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Adidas Adivista

The skinny: The eyewear features distortion-free polycarbonate lenses for natural depth perception and Light Stabilizing Technology (LST) tints. According to Adidas, LST “harmonizes” light changes, minimizing the contrast – and reducing eye fatigue – for example, from looking at a brightly lit target to a shaded golf ball at address. The frame can be custom-fit: The temples adjust in three positions, and the nose bridge offers two settings.

Cost: $130 to $195

Availability: Immediate readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.