Merry Mecca Christmas and Happy Holidays Gift Ideas
By Greg Johnson
The Gaylord Golf Mecca may be closed down for playing our favorite game for the winter, but we have a foursome of gift ideas to help you make for the merriest holiday celebrations.
While the establishment of Mecca golf packages for 2022 are underway and will be available at a later date with fabulous savings and specials, it is possible through some of our 17 member courses and 21 lodging partners to book ahead. See the list of member websites at the bottom.
First though, our fabulous foursome of ideas:
1 – Mecca gift cards!!! Most of the Mecca member courses have SHOP buttons or email clubs you can join through their websites, and gift cards for golf, merchandise, lodging and more are available. These are perfect gifts for those golfers who annually make a pilgrimage to the Mecca for golf, or for those who just need another nudge to go ahead and book a trip. Our lodging partners have cards, too. For instance, Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn have properties in Gaylord. Look through Northern Michigan Golfer magazine at gaylordgolfmecca.com for our partners, restaurants and more. Contact numbers and websites are available there, too.
2 – The Clubglove travel carrier for your clubs is great. The company claims it is the favorite of professional touring players, and that’s easy to grasp once you have one. It is padded, keeps your clubs safe, is quite easy to transport with wheels and handles, not too heavy and all those good things. They also have other travel products. Check out this link: Clubglove: Travel Luggage – The Number One American Made Connectable Rolling Luggage On Tour.
3 – If you have played in the Mecca you know about those holes, vistas, sunrise moments and sunsets that make you wish you had more than a phone camera. You need one that is great for travel and offers the possibility of a high-resolution picture worthy of printing in large sizes and framing. The key is not getting a camera that is too big, but easy to pack in luggage (or golf bags), has proven great image quality, some zoom range on the lens, simple settings to help and of course price. For around $500 (look for sales online) it can happen. I’m a photographer and Canon guy, so check out the Canon EOS Rebel line. They are light, simple to figure out, the automatic settings are precise, and it does great video, too. EOS Rebel Cameras | Canon Online Store
4 – How about performance sunglasses for the active golfer? I have an Oakley pair and they are tremendous for golf. You can use any search engine on your computer to find top golf sunglasses and get great lists to pick from and check out, and order online as well. Make sure you get performance glasses made for sports, all light conditions and that enhance colors and contrast. Then you don’t have to take off the sunglasses to read a green. In fact, they help. Various styles are available. Hey, if a golfer looks great, then they have a better chance of playing great. By the way, terrific sunglasses are available in Mecca golf shops. This is where the gift card idea enters the picture once again.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and here are the websites for our golf course members: blacklakegolf.com, gaylordgolfclub.com, garlandusa.com, indianrivergolfclub.com, michaywepines.com, thenaturalgolfcourse.com, otsegoresort.com, treetops.com, lakesofthenorth.com/golf.