November 28, 2014
This column appears in the Cape Gazette’s Black Friday edition, a day that usually fills Cape Region stores with hordes of shoppers looking for Christmas bargains.
If you need a bit of a break from the mass hysteria, but are still in a shopping mood, you can take the time to find something nice among the local golf stores, golf courses, and pro shops for your golf-loving friends and family members.
Ruddo’s Golf, on Route One next to the Ocean Boulevard Furniture store, is the only Cape Region store dedicated to golf. PGA Professional Bret Marshall that runs the place, with help from longtime staffer Pete McCaffery. Marshall recently discussed some of the specials they will be running through Christmas.
Men’s and Women’s summer apparel are on sale at fifty percent off. The golf shoes, of which there are dozens and dozens, are discounted by up to fifty percent. The golf bags are on sale at twenty percent off. The sales also extend to balls and clubs. Marshall said they will sell Titleist Pro V1 and ProV1X golf balls for only $39.99, while Nike’s Power Distance Balls are available for two dozen at $28.00. He said they will have discount prices on woods, irons, and putters.
Marshall also mentioned that they do a nice business in gift cards, which are great for those who might be reluctant to pick out a particular item. The golf store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, with expanded hours as Christmas approaches. For more information, call Ruddo’s at 302-703-2555.
The Cape Region’s full-size public golf courses, including Baywood Greens and The Rookery (South and North), will also be happy to provide additional suggestions.
For example, the Rookery features pro shops at both North and South Courses, both with a variety of club and ball offerings. At both locations, as well as the Rookery’s website, gift certificates are for sale, along with lessons from each of the golf pros that serve both courses. To reach Rookery South, call 302-684-3000. To reach Rookery North, call 302-422-7010.
The Baywood Greens pro shop carries several golf brands, such as Titleist, Callaway, Mizuno, and Cobra, along with well-known golf clothing lines. You can also buy gift cards at the shop, in case you’re not exactly sure what to buy, as well as online at their website. For more information, call the Baywood Pro Shop at 302-947-9800.
For the Cape Region golfers who belong to private country clubs, such as Kings Creek or Rehoboth Beach, you might try a visit to their pro shops. Many golfers enjoy wearing a logoed shirt or hat from these well-known golf layouts.
Don’t forget the other public golf courses in the Cape Region, all of whom would welcome some Christmas-related opportunities to serve you. American Classic Golf Club lies just to the west of Route One, off Postal Lane, and offers 9 holes on its executive-length layout. Its number is 302-703-6662.
The Milton area is well served by the folks at Stenger’s Shamrock Par 3 Golf, on Saw Mill Road. For more information, phone 302-684-1808 or go to ShamrockPar3Golf.com.
Marsh Island Golf Club, on Camp Arrowhead Road, features a pleasant dining atmosphere at the Pelican Grille restaurant in the clubhouse, in addition to its challenging though short golf course. It can be reached at 302-945-4653.
Midway Par 3 remains in operation as a longtime Cape Region favorite outside Lewes on Route One, at 302-645-7955.
For planning purposes, you should also keep in mind that for all of these gift-buying opportunities, daytime hours are the rule. In addition, the sooner you go visit, the better the selections will be.