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Top Christmas golf gifts

  • If you need to make some last-minute purchases for the golfer in your life check out CNN Living Golf's top 10 gift ideas
  • If you are after a buggy, a buddy or a ball cleaner there are plenty of state-of-the-art gadgets on the market
  • Whether you want to spend $20 or $20,000 there are gifts available to suit all tastes and budgets
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(CNN) -- Christmas is here and if you are looking for that last-minute present for a special golfer in your life then look no further than Living Golf's top gift selection.

The golf equipment industry has become lucrative as the sport has grown in popularity and there are accessories for everyone from the recreational player through to professionals.

And with the number of people playing golf in the United States alone estimated to be around the five million people, according to the National Golf Foundation, there is no shortage of willing consumers keen to try out the latest gizmo.

If you want a buggy, a buddy or a ball cleaner there are numerous gadgets available in all shapes and sizes whether you are spending $20 or $20,000.

The majority of accessories center around improving your game or giving you an edge on your opponent such as handheld GPS gadgets which calculate the distance to the pin or a PC golf simulator to allow you to practice your swing in the comfort of your home.

There are also shoes which will help your balance while putting, umbrellas to protect from gale force winds and ball cleaners to keep your golf balls in impeccable condition for stocking fillers.

If it is a greater indulgence you are looking for how about a designer golf bag or an exclusive golf buggy featuring such necessary features as a built-in refrigerator and double-wishbone front suspension normally found in sports cars.

The only problem is that when everyone has gadgets the playing field is level again -- at least until the next must-have item comes out.