Do Unto Mothers

Looking for some last-minute Mother's Day gifts for the women in your life? Here are some gift ideas for the lady golfer who has done right by you.

Mother’s Day gift ideas for the lady golfer who has done right by you.

By Suzanne S. Brown


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Like many golfwear entrepreneurs, Susan Hess started making her own apparel for the course when she couldn’t find the colorful printed skorts she craved. Soon other women were asking her to make them similar styles, and Golftini—so named when Hess was enjoying cocktails with a friend one evening—was born. The boutique line specializes in printed skorts in exclusive fabrics, including stretch cotton with such details as ribbon trim and embroidery, soft-to-the-touch performance material and stretchy pull-on tech blends. All have such functional details as deep side pockets for a ball or tees and back pockets roomy enough for a scorecard.

Skorts are $110-$128, polos are $80-$90, and the company also offers vests and jackets.


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Emily Haythorn of Denver spent a decade as a golf pro, teaching as well as handling the merchandise side of the business. One thing she heard repeatedly from her women students was that they liked the sport but not always the product selection. So in 2009 Haythorn created Sassy Caddy, a line of golf bags in fabrics that were not only fashionable but in durable, waterproof, stain- and fade-resistant fabrics. The line has grown to also include bags for travel and tennis, purses, messenger bags, head covers and totes. Spring cart bags in such kicky prints as polka-dot-and-floral Siesta Key, and graphic blue Holland are $284-$298; a set of headcovers is $48.


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Golf shoes these days fall into a couple of broad categories. There are the classics with kiltie tops and saddle designs, and then there are styles that look like sneakers but have the function needed for golf. The latter group has been coming on strong and among the standouts for 2018 is the Sport SL Boa from Footjoy, $170. The design is lightweight, waterproof and breathable. Featuring lightweight outsole pods for traction, cushioning underfoot and mesh uppers, the shoe has a heel-mounted Boa lacing system that draws the foot down and back for a customizable and consistent fit.


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A golfer’s glove is an indispensable part of her gear. So why aren’t they offered in more fashionable colors? Zero Friction addresses that with its Cabretta Elite leather designs that come in lavender, hot pink and blue in addition to white and black. The one-size-fits-all design has mesh Lycra inserts in the fingers, palm and back of the hand for better fit and breathability. There are also such features as a leather patch on the first finger to improve grip and a detachable tee and ball marker, $18.


A round of golf can be challenging enough on a sunny day, but when it’s cold and wet, your game can go to pieces. That’s where a company like Galvin Green and its products come in. Based in Sweden, the brand about a decade ago began working on its layering concept. New additions this spring for women include the Interface-1 shell jacket and vest in a polyester blend that is windproof, water-repellant and breathable while also incorporating stretch elements so a golfer can swing fully and freely. The Lara full-zip jacket has contrasting upper-body inserts and an elasticized bottom and cuffs. The Luna vest and Leia (pictured) full-zip jacket, both with PrimaLoft padding, have clean lines with contrasting collars and cuffs, plus two front pockets and drawstring adjusters at the bottom edge, $350 to $390.


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Women who are looking to shake up the status quo rather than blend in with the country club crowd are the customers for Jamie Sadock’s New York-based golf and resort wear line. The namesake designer, who started her company in 1994, shuns safe for showstopping, using bold prints and colors as well as highly textured fabrics in her collections for ladies. Among the looks available starting in June are the silver-accented white signature “crunch” fabric jacket, $90, with slimming “knee capris,” $110; and the “Tigre” print crunch shirt, $90, and Airwear skort, $115.


Nivo & Sligo sound like they could be a couple of cartoon characters, but the name actually refers to a Montréal-based golf brand for women (Nivo) and men (Sligo), owned and operated by Lanctôt Ltd. Focused on stylish sportswear created in performance fabrics with stretch, UV protection, moisture-wicking and quick-dry properties, Nivo offers mix and match groupings. For spring, the pink and green Whimsical collection has tops and skirt accented with a tropical leaf print. The red, white and black Rebel line, available starting in June, features a graphic print and swirling lines. Prices range from $70 to $100.

This issue appears in the May 2018 issue of Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via

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