2014 Golf Gift Ideas

Golf gift ideas can be the easiest. Technology is always changing. Products are always improving. There are several golf essentials that need regular replenishment. There’s an endless array of trinkets. What more could a gift-giver want?

We’ve has assembled a Holiday Golf Gift Idea Guide to make it even easier. This gift guide is divided into sections to make it easier to narrow down. In this guide are gift ideas for the traveling golfer, for him, for her, for the hard to shop for, on a budget, and golf stocking stuffers.

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Gift ideas for the traveling golfer include our ClubGlider golf travel bag, the waterproof  H2NO golf bag and our new Tour Series waterproof golf jacket.

A few of his favorite things includes: the Speed Cart V1 Sport golf push cart, Three 5  lightweight golf stand bag, C-130 golf cart bag, RainFlex waterproof golf jacket, and the  Chinook thermal pullover.

Sun Mountain has the answer for the tough to shop for golfer, too – a Sun Mountain  gift certificate! It’s delivered instantly to you by e-mail so works well for the last minute  gift, too.

Stocking stuffers for golfers can include a lot of ‘expected’ gifts: balls, tees, repair tools,  ….. Sun Mountain offers up some unique stocking stuffer ideas such as: waterproof golf  cap, golf mittens, a sand/seed mix bottle and even a golf umbrella.

A few of her favorite things includes: the new four-wheel MC3 golf push cart, the Sync  golf bag that fits so nicely with all of the Sun Mountain push carts, a RainFlex golf rain  jacket, the reversible Alpine Vest that looks good on and off course, and the lightweight Three 5 golf stand bag.

For golf gift ideas on a budget, check out Sun Mountain Special Buys for deals on previous year’s models.

Now, that’s shopping made easy!

John Houdek, Jr.

With heavy hearts we report that one of the good guys passed away earlier this week. The ever-present smile and positive attitude of long-time Wisconsin sales representative John Houdek, Jr. will be deeply missed by all of us at Sun Mountain.

John Houdek, Jr.

John (Johnny) Houdek Jr., 56, passed away at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Wednesday, November  19th, 2014 surrounded by his family after a hard fought six year battle with appendiceal cancer.

John Jr. was born August 30, 1958 in Geneva, IL, son of John Sr. and Virginia (Stark) Houdek.  He attended Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, IL where he played on the golf team and graduated  from Amherst High School where he was awarded all-conference in baseball. He went on to study  business marketing and natural resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He was  captain of the UWSP golf team, where they went on to be conference champions. For many years,  he worked for this father at Houdek Golf Course Design and Construction. Then with the  guidance of his uncle Bruce, he entered the golf sales business as a representative for Pro Group  an Arnold Palmer Company, worked with Bridgestone and Town Talk, and ended his career as an  independent sales rep with Sun Mountain and Sterling Glass.

For those that knew John, he had a charismatic personality, and an ability to bring people  together and cultivate deep and lasting friendships. With family and friends, John always enjoyed fine wining and dining. He was a loving son, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle who cared deeply for his family, and took a very active role in each of their lives. He carried on the Houdek legacy of a mischievous sense of humor, and he served a fatherly role for his nieces as well as other children of close friends and family.

As an avid outdoorsman, John enjoyed fishing and hunting in locations everywhere from his backyard right here in Central Wisconsin, to Canada, and Alaska. He was passionate about other sports, including: softball, baseball, and above all golf and football. He was referred to as the “golf guy” in many circles, had a deep-running affiliation with the Wisconsin PGA, and formed relationships with golf professionals all over the country. He even got the rare hole-in-one at North Hills Country Club in Menominee Falls, WI. He was a Packers season ticket holder and attended multiple Super Bowls. John was also a passionate fan of Amherst sports after years of watching his nieces participate in everything from basketball and volleyball to golf and dance.

John is survived by his mother Virginia Houdek of Amherst, WI; aunt Violet Steinke of Sorrento, FL; two sisters Kathleen (Peter) Connolly of Wayne, IL, and Karen (Michael) Glodowski of Amherst, WI; two nieces Jennifer and Kate Glodowski, and nephew Erik (Collette, Logan, Reese) Connolly. He was preceded in death by his father John Houdek Sr.; and his uncles Bruce, Ronald, and Ladd (Earl) Houdek.

A celebration of life for John Jr. will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and University of Pittsburg Medical Center for their extraordinary care over the last several years. Additional thanks go out to the local community, Sun Mountain, Sterling Glass, and members of the Wisconsin PGA for their support of John and his family.

Sun Mountain Offering Three Models of Top Selling C-130 Cart Bag

For 2015, Sun Mountain is expanding its collection of top-selling C-130 golf cart bags to include three different models: a stand bag, a version with a 7-way divided top, and a 14-way divided top.

The C-130S stand bag is for cart-golfers who like to carry their bag to the practice range and enjoy the convenience of the stand. The C-130 7-way with a seven-way divided top is for those who don’t care for the individual club dividers, and the C-130 14-way is the traditional version of the C-130 for golfers who prefer the individual, club-divided top.

All versions of the C-130 are designed to work optimally on a riding cart. Features in common across all C-130 models include the reverse-orientation top and the three utility handles integrated into the top that offer multiple hand-holds for picking the bag up. Each model also has a cart-strap tunnel which allows the cart strap to pass through the bag and not block access to any of the bag’s pockets or crush any of the pockets’ contents.

One of the hallmarks of the C-130 is pocket space. All models of the C-130 feature nine pockets: two full-length clothing pockets, two velour-lined valuables pockets (including one sized for a rangefinder), a beverage pocket, and several additional pockets for balls and tees and other accessories. C-130 7-way and 14-way also offer an integrated putter well.

Sun Mountain is proud to acknowledge that 2014 marked the seventh consecutive year that the C-130 has been an award winner on Golf Digest magazine’s Hot List. The C-130 14-way received a Gold award.

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Sun Mountain Collecting Golf Stories at #SMSadventure

We often hear tales of miraculous golf shots, masterful rounds, epic golf trips, and the bonds of golfing buddies. We are going to start collecting these  stories and accompanying photos on our blog in a section named #SMSadventure.

Tell us about your golf adventure and which Sun Mountain product you used.

– Did you take part in the Hundred Hole Hike and carry a Sun Mountain Three 5?
– Did you fly to Scotland for some links in the motherland and take your Sun Mountain ClubGlider?
– Did you win your club championship with a personal best round while pushing your Sun Mountain Speed Cart?
– Did you play through wind and rain on that once-in-a-lifetime round at Bandon Dunes wearing a Sun Mountain Torrent rain suit?

Stories and/or photos can be posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #SMSadventure or e-mailed to us at this link – https://shop.sunmountain.com/contact-us.

Your stories inspire us. Share your story using #SMSadventure.

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Best Golf Inventions

A recent GolfWRX story listed the top 15 golf inventions.

The writer’s list (in no particular order) follows:

The Molded Golf Ball
The Tee
The Lawn Mower
Steel Shafts
Irrigation
The Stymie
The 14-Club Rule
Golf Carts
Television
The Lob Wedge
Perimeter Weighting
Investment Casting
Metal Woods
Oversized Drivers
Graphite Shafts
We respectfully add some Sun Mountain inventions to this list:

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Headwind Windshirt is Unbelievably Lightweight

The Sun Mountain Headwind golf windshirt blocks wind and is so lightweight you might even forget you’re wearing it.

Headwind is a windproof microfiber pullover jacket with a stand-up comfort collar and hand warmer pockets. The exterior of the jacket is treated with a durable water repellent coating so a light rain simply beads up and rolls off.

To allow a customized fit, Headwind features shock cord adjustment at its lower hem as well as an adjustable cuff.

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H2NO Waterproof Golf Bag

Sun Mountain once again proved to be the innovator of the golf bag market with the introduction of the first waterproof golf bag.
 
Sun Mountain’s most popular bag in Europe and included in Golf Digest’s Hot List – the Sun Mountain H2NO collection of waterproof bags includes cart bags and carry bags, all constructed with waterproof fabric, taped seams, and waterproof zippers.
 

 

The H2NO carry bags feature a dual strap system for a balanced carry across both shoulders, integrated handles for ease in picking up and setting down, a top-molded stand attachment for stability, patented Roller-Bottom stand mechanism for easy leg activation, and for those rounds that you ride, H2NO stand bags feature leg lock straps and a cart-friendly bottom that will fit into a cart’s bag well.
 
H2NO carry bags feature ample storage space to include a full-length clothing pocket, a velour-lined valuables pocket and waterproof accessories pockets.
 
The H2NO waterproof golf cart bags feature the same waterproof construction with larger diameter, individual club-divided top and waterproof pockets to include two full-length clothing pockets, multiple accessories pockets and a velour-lined valuables pocket.
 
To see all of the color options and to find your nearest retailer visit sunmountain.com.

Top-Selling Golf Stand Bag Gets New Strap

Sun Mountain continues to perfect and expand its top-selling line of Three 5 lightweight golf carry bags. Completely redesigned for 2014, the Three 5 uses the new, patent-pending Auto-FitTM Dual Strap System which is easy to get on and off, easy to adjust and works well as a single strap for short carries. Weighing less than four pounds, the Three 5 is designed to be carried. Three 5 is in golf shops now with a retail price of $189.
 

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Sun Mountain’s Zero-G Adds a Hip Belt

Three 5 Zero-G is a golf bag with a hip belt – combining Sun Mountain’s best-selling stand bag with zero-gravity technology.

 

The Three 5 Zero-G golf bag feels nearly weightless thanks to the unique hip belt that transfers the majority of the weight from the shoulders to the hips resulting in a more upright posture and reduced upper body fatigue. [Read more…]

Sync is a Golf Bag Specifically for Push Carts

Sun Mountain’s Sync golf bag makes it easier than ever for your golf gear to work in harmony. Sync is a golf bag for golf push carts engineered specifically to fit on all Sun Mountain push carts. The top and bottom nest nicely in the cart’s bag brackets and the bottom is molded precisely to fit over the cart’s lower bag rest.

 

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