Each day’s a holiday at Rivers Edge, Bend’s top golf course. From the snow-capped mountains in the distance to the delicious meals served in Bogey’s Café. But if you need more gift ideas this season, you’ve come to the right place!

1. First and Foremost – Best Golf Course in Central Oregon

If you want the perfect Bend golf vacation or a staycation away from your worries, make reservations at the Riverhouse Hotel right on the beautiful Deschutes River and ask about the fantastic golf packages at River’s Edge public golf course.

Just down the street from Pro Shop Drive, you’ll be at River’s Edge in minutes for any tee time but get there early to take advantage of our spacious practice facilities. No clubs? No, problem. We’ve got rental sets just for you.

2. A Second Look at Golfer Gifts

River’s Edge Pro Shop is right there on Pro Shop Drive, so browse our great golf set and gift accessories. Our experts know golf, and they know our course, so they’ll guide you gently through any questions you might have.

And if you want to give golf love, gift certificates are the perfect item for tee times. Need some lessons? Who deserves a gift more than you? Get ready to feel new with excellent guidance and great prices.

3. Third in Line is Fine

Our third idea is to skip slippers this holiday season and get some new spikes for great golfing. Although not all golf shoes have detachable spikes these days, I like the added traction. Your preferences may vary.

Whether you go for spikes or not, this is a selection (look at FootJoy, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Sketchers and others) that needs personalizing. The comfort and sizing of golf shoes are so important, I’d either go with a gift certificate or make sure you include a “gift receipt” in case the giftee needs to exchange them before hitting the golf courses in Bend.

4. Fourth or Four

Golfers tend to fret for months choosing the right putter and even longer when buying golf sets, but one of the most mandatory things gets overlooked: golf balls. Why? Because we get inundated by tales of new magical qualities each season. So we often buy what’s available or on sale.

Beginners might gravitate towards cheaper balls because they’re prone to water torture and lose several each round. Still, many beginners and seniors tend to have a slower swing, so going with a lower compression ball (80 or below rating) like the Wilson Staff Duo Soft+, the Vice Pro Soft, or Titleist AVX will maximize their distance.

Faster swingers want a high compression ball (100 or higher rating) like the Titleist Pro V1 or the Taylormade TP 5x. Keep in mind that high compression balls often have added spin, making them tougher to control.

5. Fifth and Finally

It may seem cliche but putting can be the most critical part of a golfer’s game. We spend hours on the driving range but much less time on the putting green, even though the USGA tells us that the average golfer takes more than 40 putts per round.

You can’t make it to the putting green every day, and a putting simulator won’t give you perfect practice, but it can’t hurt.

Daily sessions with indoor greens from Birdieball are fun and functional. And no matter how detailed you get with your setup, from a simple soft cup for your rugs or a putting matt from Perfect Practice, it’s all good and a nice distraction on rainy days!