Best Golf Gifts 2024 - Our 17 Top Gifts For Golfers

Need some gift inspiration? Our best golf gifts' guide has ideas galore for the golfer in your life

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Christmas has been and gone obviously but the beginning of the 2024 calendar year brings new golf clubs and general excitement as the Tour golf world kickstarts too. Indeed it is because of the new golf gear that hits retailers at the start of the year which results in many retailers reducing prices on slightly older equipment, and as such these make for excellent golf gifts.

Admittedly, a golf gift can be difficult to get right, especially when you don't know the ins-and-outs of the sport. However, at Golf Monthly, we have come up with 17 options that every golf fan would like as we approach hotter, and more golf appropriate weather.

Along with the best golf simulators, best golf accessories and even best golf balls, we have tried to take budget into consideration with these choices. That is why this guide focuses on everything from stocking fillers to GPS gear and golf training aids. Also, it's worth mentioning that gift cards are a good way to go as well, so we have included some good options below.

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PHIGOLF Smart Home Golf Simulator

The PHIGOLF Smart Home Golf Simulator and all its parts

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A great, fun alternate to having to go to the driving range

Specifications

Data: Swing metrics, swing analysis and putting-posture analysis
Courses : 80+

Reasons to buy

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A fun tool to have at home
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Play full courses and rounds of golf
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Analyze your swing speed 

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't simulate ball striking and impact with your shot

PHIGolf's Smart Home Golf Simulator is a fun and performance-enhancing simulator that is very easy to set up and use. Importantly, it takes up very little space in your home and you won't need a hitting mat or a net with this simulator. It comes with a swing stick that features a built-in motion sensor that tracks your golf swing. 

Ultimately, this simulator is built for entertainment purposes, allowing users to play some of the most iconic courses in the world of golf from Pebble Beach to St Andrews. It also comes with seven different game modes including stroke play, nearest to the pin and longest drive, meaning there are hours and hours of fun to be had.

Best mat

Perfect Practice Putting Mat

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Our favorite putting mat on the market

Specifications

Length (ft): 9.6
Stimpmeter: 10-14

Reasons to buy

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Endorsed by Dustin Johnson
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Ideal for honing consistency of your stroke and your start lines
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Nicely made

Reasons to avoid

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You will need to make sure you have a flat floor with enough space to lay the mat

First things first, the Perfect Practice Perfect Putting Mat is straight-forward to set-up, taking a mere few minutes, with the end result looking really premium. It features the mat itself, which is attached to the raised, wooden end part with two holes of different sizes in it. There is also a wooden backstop and four wooden slats that fit together to create a channel for the ball to roll back towards you.

In testing, the channel worked really well and, for more convenience, you can remove one of the slats when practicing the shorter putts. We felt that this could be one of the best golf training aids money can buy, with the mat working very well on both a tiled (kitchen) floor and carpeted floor. We should add that you must be careful with the way you store this item and take care when unrolling it. If you store it correctly, you should be able to get a smooth, consistent roll for many years.

One of our writers, David Usher, bought one of these during lockdown a few years ago and has said just how much he loves it. He said specifically; 'I can’t recommend it highly enough. I still occasionally set it up if I’ve been struggling with three or four footers as it helps massively with repetition of stroke and confidence building.'

Best cheap watch

garmin approach s12 golf watch

Man wearing the Garmin Approach S12 watch

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Easy to use for golfers that want a faff-free experience

Specifications

Courses preloaded: 42,000
Battery life : 30 hours
Screen size: 2.3cm
Weight: 34g
Straps: Three

Reasons to buy

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Accurate and easy to use
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Lightweight strap allows you to swing freely without it getting in the way
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Looks great

Reasons to avoid

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Limited off-course functionality

A GPS device is a must these days because there is no excuse for getting the wrong yardage when out on the course. A good way of dealing with this problem is a yardage device and, one of the best golf watches available is the Approach S12 from Garmin. It in at a slightly lower price point that represents excellent value. With access to more than 40,000 preloaded courses, finding your desired venue is extremely quick and easy.

From there, we found the usability of this watch to be brilliant. Off the tee, it provides loads of information on things like distances to bunkers, water hazards and ideal lay-up yardages, while you can also move the flag around to get a more exact number for your approach shots.

Another performance aspect we really liked was the measure-shot feature that does as you'd expect - it tracks how far you've struck a given shot. It's also really easy to input scores and a few stats at the end of each hole, giving golfers an idea of what they've done well and perhaps not so well after the round. Finally, Big-Numbers mode, coupled with the sunlight-readable dial, is great for those whose eyesight maybe isn't what it once was. 

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