If there are three things your dad loves, they might just be golf, gadgets, and saving money. Granted most MGS readers likely have those same loves, but with Father’s Day coming up let’s take a look at a few gifts that hit all three.
Most know eBay as the largest online auction site in the world. Many reading will have bought and sold gear there in the past. Another side of eBay, however, is their certified refurbished shop. We don’t recommend refurbished golf clubs or golf balls but consumers can find great deals on a wide variety of other items. Most are being resold directly from the manufacturer after refurbishing and testing the product. This results in a like-new item that is often still under warranty and in original packaging, but at significant cost savings.
With Father’s Day quickly approaching, many of these items would make great gifts. eBay is sweetening the deal even further by offering up to 50% off a variety of top items from June 7th – June 13th 2021. Looking through the available products, a few stood out as perfect gifts for the golfing dad in your life.
Here are a few of the top golf gadgets currently available on eBay refurbished today.
BUSHNELL PRO XE LASER RANGEFINDER
The best rangefinder of 2021 is packed with features. The display is simple to read and understand. Visual notification and jolt technology alert you when you’ve locked onto a target. This rangefinder also considers climate. It accounts for altitude as well as temperature for ultimate accuracy in playing distance.
A lone factor that may have prevented consumers from grabbing the Pro XE in the past is simply the price. At nearly $550 retail new, the rangefinder is one of the more expensive units on the market. Any chance to get one at a discount should definitely be jumped on.
This unit comes directly from Bushnell Golf and has a 1 year warranty, so it can be purchased with confidence even with the refurbished label. Whether dad still steps off his distances or is simply in need of an upgrade, the Pro XE would be a welcomed gift.
$549.99 / $499.99 (9% OFF)
Other Option: BUSHNELL TOUR V5
The Bushnell Tour V5 placed 4th overall in 2021 testing and is a fantastic option for golfing dads who don’t need the latest and greatest features like altitude and temperature adjustments. The lightweight unit features jolt notifications and a built-in magnetic clip for attaching it securely to your golf cart.
$299.95 / $249.99 (16% OFF)
BOSE SOUNDLINK REVOLVE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
The Soundlink Revolve offers crisp, consistent sound quality at any volume. It fits in a standard cupholder and is reasonably durable for a speaker in this category. If you happen to get a call while you’re connected, the speaker easily transitions to a speaker phone. It was one of the top performers in the Best Bluetooth Speakers of 2020.
Bose is a premium brand and that usually carries a premium price. This refurbished unit will have all the same features, but cost significantly less. The larger model, Soundlink Revolve+, is also available as certified refurbished. It features the same great sound quality with additional features such as a carry handle, improved water resistance, and longer battery life.
$299.95 / $214 (29% OFF)
Other Options: BUSHNELL WINGMAN
Another highly rated speaker available as certified refurbished and has several interesting features. The most unique of those is the ability to record and play phrases that project to your playing partners through the speakers. The Wingman can relay GPS distances to the hole. It attaches to your cart through a strong magnetic strip.
$149.99 / $119.99 (20% OFF)
BOSE FRAMES ALTO
For dads who want to keep their music to themselves, but without the hassle of earbuds, these sunglasses provide 3.5 hours of playback time on a charge. Miniaturized speakers direct sound at you and away from everyone else. The frames themselves are also course ready with shatter-resistant lenses that block up to 99% of UVA / UVB rays.
$199.95 / $99.95 (50% OFF)
BUSHNELL ION 2 GPS WATCH
For a simple, convenient way to get GPS distances, the Bushnell ION2 will have dad covered. With over 35,000 courses preloaded and 12+ hours of battery time, the watch is ready for maximum golf with minimum hassle.
While it doesn’t feature a full-color display or hole maps on the watch, it does pair with the Bushnell Golf app to give greater GPS detail with the no-nonsense display focusing on the green distance. This watch tied for first in accuracy in THE BEST GOLF GPS 2021 testing, so that distance can be trusted as well.
$199.95 / $124.99 (37% OFF)
Other Option: GARMIN FORERUNNER 235 GPS SMARTWATCH
Garmin took home the top ranking with the Approach S62 golf watch. While the Forerunner line is more targeted at running and general fitness, it can still be a viable option out on the course. This refurbished unit offers an attractive full color display. It pairs directly with the Garmin Golf app to provide details and functionality while out on the course. Dad can also wear it off the course. The watch has activity tracking, including 24/7 heartrate monitoring, and stylish looks.
$199.99 / $109.95 (45% OFF)
New/Used Golf Clubs on eBay
While we never recommend purchasing refurbished golf clubs or balls, another gift idea for dad might be a new or used club, and eBay can certainly seem like a place to pick up something at a good price. That said, eBay club purchasing certainly comes with a risk. While most transactions go smoothly, there is always the chance of counterfeit goods, inaccurate descriptions, or delayed shipping leaving you without your gift for Father’s Day.
One way to mitigate these risks is to shop through respected eBay golf stores. Often, these eBay stores are extensions of existing online shops and offer a level of service and peace of mind beyond private sales. Here are a few sellers and examples of the types of clubs you might pick up.
Callaway Golf Pre-owned
For Callaway fans, the brand operates an eBay shop to help clear out pre-owned inventory. With around 3000 items listed, you’ll be able to find something to fit almost any golfer. Callaway is also clear on the condition of the club being sold as well as offering warranties on some models.
A prime example is this Mavrik Sub Zero driver. This was the longest club in The Best Golf Drivers for 2020 testing and is being offered for around half the price of the latest current year models. While the original headcover is missing, the cost savings certainly frees up funds for a nice aftermarket one.
With a 99.3% positive feedback rating on over 500,000 customer reviews, Global Golf is one of the most trusted names in online club sales. Amongst their 9000+ listings, over 3000 currently are TaylorMade clubs. This makes sense as Global Golf is one of the few TaylorMade authorized eBay sellers.
Being a prime shop for TaylorMade makes this the ideal place to find the M1 460 driver that dad has been watching for ever since it’s surprise performance in the Best of the Best Driver Challenge from late 2020. It’s a club that can still keep up with the latest models despite its age.
Lost Golf Balls
It’s pretty easy to guess Lost Golf Balls does from the name. They are one of the largest providers of used golf balls online. The inventory numbers and positive seller reviews to back their quality. Playing a high quality, urethane cover golf ball can provide benefits to golfers of all levels. Buying used is one way to do that without spending full retail price.
If dad tends to lose a few in the woods every round, then four dozen near-mint 2019 Pro V1’s in high-visibility yellow might just be the perfect present. While the balls might have a few cosmetic flaws or markings, there shouldn’t be anything that impacts performance. At almost half the price of new retail Pro V1’s, picking up a bucket to last the golfing dad in your life through the summer season is much more affordable.