Christmas golf gift opportunities

December 18, 2021

There is still time to find something nice for golf-loving family members and friends among Cape Region golf courses and other local options.

The Rookery

The Rookery offers several discounts at its pro shop at 27052 Broadkill Road, east of Route 1. 

Golf shirts and golf bags are 25 percent off, with outerwear at 15 percent off the normal retail price. In-stock shoe discounts run from 25 percent to 50 percent. In addition, Director of Golf Butch Holtzclaw and Rookery head pro Kyle Deas are selling half-hour golf lessons for $40. 

Gift certificates are also available.

The course is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to or call 302-684-3000.

Hooper’s Landing

Hooper’s Landing offers public golf in western Sussex County at reasonable prices. Cape Henlopen High alum Mike Connor is the head golf pro.

Connor says all clothing is 25 percent to 40 percent off normal prices, and shoes are 25 percent off. New, sleek Blue Tees range finders are also on sale for $259 or less.

He is also selling lesson packages. You can buy five half-hour sessions for $180 or five hour-long lessons for $280.

The course is open from 8 a.m. to dusk. For more information, go to or call 302-629-2890.

American Classic Golf Club 

American Classic near Midway continues the relaxed atmosphere the Morrison family created when they bought it several years ago.

Club manager Britt Morrison said from Dec. 20 through Dec. 23, each $50 gift certificate earns an additional $10 credit for the purchaser’s club account. Gift cards can be bought in any amount. She told me some folks buy sets of $25 cards. That way the recipient can bring a card to use for each round.

American Classic also linked up with the Milford Boys & Girls Club. From now until Dec. 20 at 9 a.m., funds donated at American Classic will go toward providing slipper socks and fleece blankets for the children. The deadline is necessary for organizing the distribution of the items in time for Christmas.

The club also has a nice selection of stocking stuffers such as balls and other small items, along with its well-known inventory of LoudMouth golf apparel.

The club is open each day from 8 a.m. to dusk. For more information, call 302-703-6662 or visit online at

Steve Smith PGA

Local PGA golf professional Steve Smith is taking reservations for lessons at his Swing Suite at 37156 Rehoboth Ave. Ext., near the Verizon store on Route 1. 

Gift certificates are available for those seeking a tune-up or who expressed an interest in making a great start next spring. 

Contact Smith at 302-236-3645 or email

Baywood Greens

Head golf pro Anthony Hollerbeck said the “exclusively public” golf course near Millsboro had a great 2021 golf season. 

With new inventory coming at the start of the new year, Baywood’s pro shop is selling down its current stock. You can still find plenty of stuff along with gift certificates. 

For more information, go to or call 888-844-2254.  

Stenger's Shamrock Farms Par 3

Bob and Wendy Stenger’s charming par 3 course at 22222 Saw Mill Road, west of Milton, is open year round. Greens fees are $15 and pull cart rentals are only a dollar on this easy-to-walk layout.

Gift certificates are available and the course is open from 8 a.m. to dark. Call 302-684-1808 for more information or go to Bob says the website is easier because they are normally busy outside.

Club Champion

The COVID pandemic hit the national golf club fitting chain hard, forcing the temporary closure of some outlets last year. However, the company is making a nice comeback and has some special seasonal offerings.

Fittings booked and completed from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31 come with a 50 percent discount on the fitting fee, if $500 worth of equipment is purchased on the same day as the fitting. Putter fittings also come with a similar 50 percent fitting fee discount. 

The company also offers what it calls VIP packages for drivers or putters, including a fitting session and custom-built clubs, if ordered at the fitting.

The Delaware store is located at the Christiana Town Center near Newark, 521 West Main St., Suite 8B. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday (closed Thursday and Sunday). For more information, call 302-731-7278 or go to

Midway Par 3

This family-owned golf course is a longtime Cape Region favorite for locals and tourists. The course is just off Route 1 at 34578 Pinnacle Road. Call 302-645-7955 or go to for gift certificates or more information.

Mulligan’s Pointe

The popular Georgetown golf club offers several unlimited membership plans and packages for 2022, along with gift certificates and other pro shop options. 

For more information, go to or call 302-856-3363.

Plantation Lakes 

The Millsboro golf course’s new clubhouse and pro shop are well worth a visit for gift certificates, apparel or club equipment. Current hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information, go to or call 302-933-8072, Ext. 103.


  • Fritz Schranck has been writing about the Cape Region's golf community since 1999. Snippets, stories and anecdotes from his columns are included in his new book, "Hole By Hole: Golf Stories from Delaware's Cape Region and Beyond," which is available at the Cape Gazette offices, Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Biblion Books in Lewes, and local golf courses. His columns and book reviews are available at

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