Altvater: Gift ideas for golfaholicsWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Toledo has a bag full of gifts for your favorite golfaholic at Christmas.
Golfers are some of the easiest people on your Christmas gift list to buy for. Every golfaholic is constantly searching for that one thing to take five strokes off his game or find an extra 10 yards off the tee.
There are many articles published about the perfect golf gift, but here is a slightly different approach to finding that perfect gift to your favorite golfaholic and support the local economy as well.
Visit any of these golf businesses around Toledo that are guaranteed to have something to please any golfer and keep you at the top of the best gift givers of all time list.
Jeff Manore at ProGolf Fairways is one of the most experienced golf professionals in the area and when he can’t be outside at Maple Grove Golf Course, he brings his students and golf business inside to his simulators on Monroe Street across from the Franklin Park Mall.
He is adjacent to Nick & Jimmy’s so golfers on his three simulators can enjoy some of the best food and refreshments in town, while playing the premier golf courses from around the world and never leave town. He also provides custom fitting, club repair and golf lesson packages for gift giving.
The Golf PIT, in Maumee, offers golfers a fully stocked pro shop with every gadget, club, range finder and golf apparel to satisfy any golfer. David Graf and his staff can provide a custom fit set of clubs or offer a golf glove or sleeve of golf balls as stocking stuffers.
They also have two indoor golf simulators to keep a golf game sharp, even when the snow piles up outside. Memberships to the driving range, par-3 course and simulators are available.
GolfTEC, located on Monroe Street just west of the Franklin Park Mall, is one of the newer golf businesses in town. It offers the latest technology combined with PGA Professionals to get to the bottom of any golfer’s malady. Swing speed, launch angle, spin rate and ball speed may be difficult to understand for the average golfer, but GolfTEC’s trained professionals will keep it simple and comprehensive.
Fallen Timbers Fairways, in Waterville, added four new virtual golf simulators to their clubhouse. Season memberships for the challenging Fallen Timbers golf course or gift certificates to use inside over the winter months make perfect gifts.
Bedford Hills Golf Club is located near the Michigan/Ohio line and offers 27 holes of golf for those enjoyable summer days on the links. They have also added virtual golf simulators inside their clubhouse and have leagues for groups to continue their golf throughout the long, cold winter months.
The Traditions Golf Pass gives golfers access to four of the most historic courses in the Toledo area. For one price your favorite golfer can enjoy South Toledo Golf Club, Detwiler Park, Collins Park and historic Ottawa Park golf courses.
Greg Fish and his crew will be happy to help you with a Traditions Golf Pass for your golfer to enjoy all summer long.
Toledo has become a virtual winter golf mecca. In addition to Fallen Timbers, Bedford Hills, The Golf PIT and ProGolf Fairways, Golf Simulator passes can be purchased at Fore Golfers on Airport Highway and Blue Skies Forever in Point Place
Every golfer wants to improve his game and a Golf Lesson package from Fred at ToledoOhioGolfLessons.com will raise the enjoyment level for any golfer.
Stone Ridge Golf Club, in Bowling Green, is an Arthur Hills’ design and one of the most enjoyable golf courses in the Greater Toledo area to play. The clubhouse offers an excellent menu and is a good place to host a meeting, outing, or party.
The Claire Batista Golf Academy is located north of the Michigan border just off U.S. 23 at Exit 5. Claire Batista has been offering the best in golf education to area juniors and women, as well as, men for many years.
The Legacy Golf Club is another of local golf course designer, Arthur Hills’ best efforts and offers an upscale golf experience that is easily accessible for Toledo area golfers.
Toledo has a great golf history and tradition. Local duffers are blessed with many opportunities to play great golf courses and support our local economy.
Keep these local businesses in mind when shopping for your favorite golfaholic this Christmas season.
Fred Altvater offers golf tips and videos at www.toledoohiogolflessons.com. Email him at BackNine@toledofree press.com or follow him on Twitter @tolohgolfr.