December 8, 2006
There are 16 more shopping days until Christmas, and therefore plenty of time to make gift choices for Cape Region golfers from several good shopping opportunities in the area.
Ed Larkins and his gang at Clubhouse Golf (227-3347) have their Holiday Sale well underway. The popular golf store on Rehoboth Avenue Extended will also be extending its hours of operation until Christmas Eve. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, but will also be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Larkins highlighted a special deal on Hunter Stand Bags at $59.95. The colorful club carriers normally sell for $109.95. He also said, “We have a lot of clothing on sale, such as 20 to 50% off on outerwear from Antigua and Footjoy. We also have clearance prices on several models of golf shoes,” Larkins said, including Nike shoes for women at $55.
Several golf club lines are also discounted, including Cobras and Taylor Mades. In addition, most in-stock club sets are now on sale for $50 their normal price.
Ruddo’s Golf is celebrating its second Christmas in the Cape Region with a wide variety of specials. From the looks of it, everything in the store is on sale. They are currently featuring clearance prices on Cobra golf clubs, and Footjoy products are 20% off.
For golfers who are also University of Delaware fans or alumni, the store is also well-stocked with logo merchandise, such as sweater vests and jackets. Ruddo’s also has a large selection of NFL-logo items, such as headcovers. Located on Route One just north of Munchy Branch Road, the store is open from 10 to 7 on most days, which will extend to 8 p.m. for the two weeks leading up to Christmas (227-1520).
Butch Holtzclaw of The Rookery says they’re running a “ton of Christmas specials. All of our shirts, and a lot of our clubs, are discounted heavily.” The clubs include offerings from Taylor Made, Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, and “a lot of Cobra.” In addition, Holtzclaw is offering a series of 6 golf lessons for $300.
The head golf pro at the Milton golf course at Routes 1 and 16 said that sales of hybrid clubs have slowed down a bit from the torrid pace of about a year ago, but they’re still selling well. “The golfers who have slower swing speeds and therefore trouble with their long irons can do a lot better with the hybrids, and a lot of people have a least one now.”
The Rookery’s shop (684-3000) is open from 8 to 5 every day.
Tony Hollerback is the head golf pro at Baywood Greens near Millsboro (947-9800). He mentioned that they have a “bunch of clothing” available in popular men’s and women’s lines. The upscale men’s shirts and other clothes are from companies such as Cutter & Buck, Monterey Club, Greg Norman, and Nicklaus. The women’s offerings are also from well-known fashion houses, such as E.P. Pro and Cutter & Buck.
The public course pro shop’s clubs for sale include irons and woods from well-known manufacturers, such as Mizuno, Titleist, MacGregor, and Nike. The store is open from 9 to 5 p.m.
The Cape Region’s private country club pro shops are also open for Christmas sales, and not just for their members. Ron Barrows at Rehoboth Beach Country Club has all clubs in his inventory available at 20% off. He’s also taking orders for personalized golf balls.
Barrows said that RBCC members are showing interest in the new Sky Caddie, a handheld GPS device that is set up specifically for playing the course. The measurements are taken from the front, middle, and rear of each green, for increased accuracy.
The pro shop at the end of East Side Drive is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (227-3616).
Ty Mayers at Kings Creek Country Club has already held the club’s annual Christmas sales event, but his shop still has plenty of remaining gift options available. Look for daily specials from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday (227-8953).