“Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.”
So quipped American humorist Jack Handey, in one of his many “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey” one-liners. The possible moral of said silly story: Whatever faults our fathers have, at least they’re not likely to treat a bloody cough with bad puns and whoopee cushions. So for Father’s Day on June 15, why not thank dad for seeing you through the hard knocks and sparing you the knock-knock jokes by seeing him through a few rounds of golf and sparing him the ol’ standby tie? Here are a few Phoenix-centric gift ideas that should go over with a bang for pops.
“Stranger” watch from E.D. Marshall Jewelers
When it comes to luxury timepieces, E.D. Marshall has been the Valley’s go-to guy since his grand opening in 1971. In addition to carrying the latest watches from high-end purveyors like Piaget, Zenith and Bertolucci, E.D. Marshall also makes custom jewelry designs – some manufactured for the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue and Marshall Field. The watch pictured is the new “Stranger” watch by Ulysse Nardin ($112,000). Available exclusively in Arizona at E.D. Marshall Jewelers, this 18-karat rose gold timepiece is one of only 99 such pieces in existence and plays the melody from Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.” Strap that to dad’s wrist, and he just might exclaim, “I did it my way!”
E.D. Marshall Jewelers
10261 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Stories and Recipes from Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue
By Bryan Dooley and Leslie V. Bay
You can almost smell the caramelized brisket meat while reading this tome by the owner of Cave Creek meat-opia Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue. Part cookbook, part chef Bryan Dooley’s autobiography, the book ($21.95) combines stories from his childhood spent fishing and gathering hickory wood in the Arizona wilds with recipes used in his restaurant – where barbecue enthusiasts can also pick up crucial condiments like Bryan’s BBQ Sauce and Rub and pickled jalapeños in a jar. Available at amazon.com and at
Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue
6130 E. Cave Creek Rd.,
Cave Creek, 480-575-7155
Scottsdale Gun Club
14860 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
Celebrate Father’s Day with a bang at this upscale shooting range and gun store. In addition to a glut of everyday inventory like ammunition, targets, guns and knives, the club pays tribute to padre with a cadre of sales. SGC’s Father’s Day Sale June 10-17 includes select Mossberg tactical rifles ranging from $300-$515, a snubnose Ruger revolver for $420, a Century Arms AK-47 for $550, and gift certificates good for things like a concealed weapons certification class ($99), private instruction ($95) and a day at the range ($50).
9500 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 480-240-2402
Take your father “fore” a great time at this golf-themed entertainment complex. Unlike the putt-putt courses of his youth, this swinging mecca offers a plethora of point-scoring games for players of all skill levels, including “Top Scramble” (players are split into teams and earn points based on how close their balls get to targets) and exercises to hone certain skills (like “TopChip” with wedges and “TopDrive” to refine driving.) The aforementioned games are played mostly on a 215-yard outfield, but there are golf video games for virtual fun, too. With a food and drink menu to boot, Top Golf is like Dave & Buster’s with drivers and putters.