Lucy was a Shetland sheepdog, more commonly known as a Sheltie. 

She was the very best of dogs – loving, patient, not aggressive, good with kids, never fussy about her food.

She lived with us for 17 years – a long life for a dog. When she left, it was like losing a family member.

The memories of her remain bright in videos and photographs. 

Those memories are plenty for me. I will not be memorializing Lucy on a golf headcover.

Yes, golf aficionados, it now is possible to have one of your pets – even cats, for those of you who are cat people – represented on your driver or 3 wood head cover. Made of something called faux fur, these $169 covers duplicate your pet’s head, at least as it appears in the photo you provide. They are remarkably lifelike, at least in the examples I’ve seen.

But…

Imagine if this concept proliferates. The golf cart grouping prior to a crowded Captain’s Choice tournament will look like the downtown kennel at feeding time. If your driver has a chihuahua headcover, you might be hesitant to ride with a bulldog owner. And, for those hurry-up-and-play people who might not secure their headcovers after a shot, that’s a very noticeable $169 item you’re leaving on the fairway for the golfers who follow. If they like spaniels, too, you might not see Rover again.

And, isn’t there something just a bit unsettling about having the head – just the head – of a dog stuck onto your club? I think I read something about that in “Lord of the Flies”.

On the other hand, fear of pit bulls might make someone think twice before they swipe your wallet if that good boy you named Killer is lording over your bag.

The biggest question about this latest golf fashion experiment might be this: Why is this concept about pets?

If you’re going to roam around a golf course showing love for those close to you, shouldn’t that headcover be your wife, or your husband? Or, if you really want to total some important brownie points, the mother-in-law? The boss? That cute woman in Accounting?

Another potentially disturbing thought about this situation: I have played with numerous people over the years whose clubs have been “protected” by headcovers that appear to have been manufactured somewhere around the turn of the century – not this most recent century that turned but the previous one, say around 1902. They are threadbare, battered, faded to a color unknown in nature and sometimes carry a questionable odor.

Do you really want Prince the German Shepherd to fade like this over the years, his brilliant fur turning into a sickly yellow, his teeth showing the appearance of cavities, his ears drooping like limp spaghetti?

And aren’t those covers going to be tempting for those golf-cart-hating yard dogs you pass on the course? Of course they are. Any self-respecting Rottweiler isn’t going to pass up the opportunity to bust through a fence and confront the Golden Retriever riding with a certain smirking aloofness through his territory. And, what if the headcover appears to be, uh, in season (if you know what I mean). Results could be disastrous. 

For my part, give me the Callaway cover that came with the driver. Shows good taste in clubs. Not sure the poodle cover does that.

Lucy would be proud of my choice.

Mike Hembree

Mike Hembree is a veteran journalist who has covered a variety of sports for numerous publications and websites, including USA Today, Fox Sports, TV Guide and The Greenville (S.C.) News. He has written 14 books and has won numerous writing awards at the national, regional and state levels. He is a seven-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.