Always remember to be careful when choosing a gift for a golfer

2009-12-23 00:00

ARE you thinking of buying a golfing gift for Christmas for a friend or a family member? Most of the enjoyment of giving a present to someone is the surprise element.

It must always be remembered that it is dangerous to buy golfing goods for a golfer, unless the recipient of the present has selected his or her present.

A golf book or magazine is always a reliable and safe Christmas present for a friend, partner or spouse. For instance, a putter, a driver or a set of golf clubs, are not safe gifts. These implements are very personal to the user. They could very well be useless because they are not suitable to the swing or physique.

Even clothing is not safe because golfers are a fussy bunch. Therefore, that leaves golf balls, but sorry to say, golf balls are also not safe either unless you know the preferred brand and type.

Even a glove has to fit (like a glove?). Socks are perhaps one of the few things that can be safely purchased for a golfer, but a pair is not sufficient. Make sure you buy three in case the golfer gets a hole-in-one! (Sorry about that, but your scribe couldn’t resist.)

The holiday period is an ideal time for golfers to play more golf. Families usually get together at this time of year, so get out there and spend some time together on the golf course. Can you think of doing anything better?

Your scribe wishes readers of Preferred Lies in The Witness, happy holidays and happy golfing during the festive season.

Last week’s results:

Victoria Country Club held a four ball betterball Stableford sponsored by Moosa Allee Insurance. The winners were R. van Niekerk and H. Griffiths on 43 points. In second place were S. Craig and I. Lowe with 42 points and third place went to G. Palmer and P. Naidoo on 40 points.

Maritzburg Golf Club held a four ball Stableford alliance with two scores to count. The winners on 89 points were B. Graham, L.V. Nel, M. Wooldridge and M. Schladenhaufen. In second place were D. Burnett, G. Burnett, D. De Roubaix and T. Engelbrecht on 85 points. Third place went to H. Horsley, A. Norman, D. Milford and T. Plenderleith with 81 points.

From the 19th hole:

Those three old characters, Sam, Harry and Fred, were sitting together in the bar after their weekly game of golf. These are some of the things they were overheard saying to one another.

Sam said, “I’m at an age where my back goes out more than I do.”

Harry said, “I told my doctor that I think I’m shrinking. He told me that I just have to be a little patient.”

Fred said, “Well I’ve got a furniture problem, my chest has fallen into my drawers.”

Note: There will be no Preferred Lies next Wednesday. Charles Severn’s column will resume on Wednesday, January 6.

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