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Tickets are on sale for the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship, the Tour event coming to Sycamore Hills Golf Club from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

Greenbacks for green gear

Notre Dame fever peaks this holiday season

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Notre Dame gifts are all the rage in anticipation of the BCS title game Jan. 7.
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Tabletop books look at the 18 greatest Scottish and Irish golf holes.

– Somewhere to the north of here, tiny people with bells on their shoes are pulling beaucoup overtime. A fat man in a red suit is carb-loading. And a gang of ’roided-up reindeer is deep into its “Rocky” training montage.

Which is to say: It’s time to talk holiday gift-giving again.

Gifts for fishermen. Gifts for golfers. Gifts for outdoors people. And, in this season of revival for America’s most iconic college football program, gifts for the Notre Dame fan, who, as it turns out, does not have everything, nor possibly could judging from everything that’s out there.

Including, ahem, filmy ND unmentionables from Victoria’s Secret.

And so, with that as a launch point, a few ideas for Fighting Irishmen and others.

Notre Dame national championship gear

A wide-ranging genre that includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, caps, etched acrylic stands ($39.95), gold coin photomint sets ($99.95), bumper stickers, parking signs, license plate frames, car flags. For the supremely optimistic only, because, should Notre Dame lose to Alabama, you might not want to have a lot of reminders around.

Available, among other places, at

General Notre Dame gear

Also available at (and myriad other places), everything from the aforementioned Victoria’s Secret collection to shower curtains and toilet seats and lamps and spatulas to a nifty Notre Dame snack helmet, available for $64.99 at

“18 Greatest Golf Holes” Tabletop Book Series

Just in time to get your household golf addict through January, February and most of March in winter-bound Indiana, the “18 Greatest Golf Holes” series kicks off with “18 Greatest Scottish Golf Holes” and “18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes.”

The limited-edition volumes go for $199 and are available at or golf shops everywhere.

And if that’s enough of a golf fix, there’s always …

Hotel Fitness Championship Tickets

The Tour (formerly Nationwide Tour) event is one of four newly created events that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, and it’s coming to Sycamore Hills Golf Club from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

Tickets can be bought online at

Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet

The fun part of fishing is catchin’ ’em. The nonfun part is filletin’ ’em.

Here’s the solution: a cordless electric fillet knife with a 7-inch reciprocating blade, for a suggested retail price of $89.99.

Available at local sporting goods stores or by going onto

Rapala “Pro Bass Fishing” for Wii U

And because it’s 2012, here’s a little virtual fishing for the nonoutdoors type.

“Pro Bass Fishing” allows gamers to test their skills against actual fishing pros on freshwater lakes all over North America. And you never have to leave your couch.

Although it would be nice if you did once in a while.

And for that …

DNR Holiday Gift Packs

Take advantage of Indiana’s sweeping diversity of outdoor venues and activities with a variety of gift packs from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Packages include a $99 State Park Holiday Gift Pack (2013 annual entrance permit, $70 Indiana State Park Inns gift certificate, one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine, 2013 Outdoor Indiana full-color calendar) and the $129 State Park Holiday Gift Pack, which includes all of the above but upgrades the State Park Inns gift certificate to $100.

Holiday shoppers can also order State Parks & Reservoirs GO! Packs.

Starting at $99, these packages include swimming passes, lake permits and horse tags. GO! Packs are available year-round.

Order any or all of the above at through Dec. 31.