Tough choice: Golfers are a fussy bunch, be careful when choosing a present.

2011-12-22 00:00

AS you read this, there are only a couple­ of shopping days to Christmas Day.

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.

If you didn’t know this already, it is dangerous to buy golfing goods for a golfer, unless the person receiving the present has selected it.

A golf book or magazine is always a reliable and safe present for a friend, partner or spouse. But, a putter, or a driver or a set of golf clubs, are not safe gifts at all.

These implements are very personal to the user. Even if they are a top brand and expensive, they could very well be useless because they are not suitable to the swing or physique of the recipient.

Even clothing is not “safe” because golfers are a fussy bunch. So that leaves golf balls, but I’m sorry to say, golf balls are not safe either, unless you know the preferred brand and type and yes, even the number stamped on the ball is important to some golfers.

Socks are perhaps one of the only 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, couldn’t resist that one)

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 4 ball Stableford alliance. The winners were J. Malherbe, D. Nicholson, G. Meyer and K. Thomas with 119 points. In second place were K. Walsh, M. Walsh, B. Kauffman and T. Kauffman on 114 points.


Maritzburg Golf Club also held a 4 ball Stableford alliance with 2 scores to count. The winners on 94 points were H. Horsley, A. Norman, K. Roberts and C. Severn. In second on a count-out were A. Els, E. Izzard, M. Kruger and M. Cronjé with 92 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 each other.

Sam said: “I think the most common family name in China is Chang, but correct me if it’s wong.”

Harry said: “Last night I reached for my liquid Viagra and accidentally swigged from a bottle of Tippex. I woke this morning with a huge correction.”

Fred said: “My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30 am this morning, can you believe that, 2.30 am? Luckily for him I was still up playing my bagpipes.”


Note: There will be no Preferred Lies next Thursday, December 29. Charles Severn’s column will resume on January 5.

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