I traveled to St. Andrews this fall with some buddies and brought a hat and a golf shirt home as souvenirs. With the holidays approaching, I’d like to get a similar gift for my father-in-law. Do I have to make another trip to do so?
Actually, no. Some of the world’s best courses here and abroad have launched online shopping sites. Logoed golf shirts and the like can be purchased at both smaller scale golf shops such as Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush (royalportrushgolfclub.com) and larger sites such as Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run (kohlergolfstore.stores.yahoo.net). Others we like include the St. Andrews Links Golf Shops (standrewsgolfshop.com), which sells official merchandise—men’s and ladies’ wear, pro shop accessories and gifts—all with the insignia of the St. Andrews Links Trust. (Purchases are usually mailed within three business days; the cutoff date for shipping to America this holiday season is December 18.) Stateside, Pebble Beach Resorts Shops (pebblebeach.com) offers a fantastic online shopping experience: branded shirts, hats, outerwear and sweaters galore, with golf equipment and small gifts, too. Pebble’s shop even retails the Lodge at Pebble Beach label wines, as well as premier selections for the discerning wine enthusiast. Lastly, Hawaii’s Kapalua Resort shop (kapalua.com) sells a wide assortment of golf and nongolf items, with products from Kapalua’s Spa—even Maui Gold pineapples. Total purchases of a hundred dollars or more receive free shipping and should arrive within seven to ten days.