With so many family-friendly golf resorts in the continental U.S., there’s no reason why both kids and parents alike can’t enjoy a fun summer vacation outdoors. Here, we’ve featured three of the best properties to showcase what they’ve got in store for kids.
The Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, FL, boasts a variety of entertainment options for the young at heart, no matter what their age. For children, Camp Doral is the star of the show, with daily camp hours from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Kids ages 5 to 12 are welcome to join in activities such as fishing, karaoke, basketball, kickball, arts and crafts and indoor games. Or, kids who want to be just like their moms and dads might enjoy participating in a putting contest. Full-day rates for Camp Doral are $80, half-day rates are $45 and weekly rates are $260. All rates are per child and include lunch.
Meanwhile, golf enthusiasts will find no end to the challenges presented to them by five courses including TPC Blue Monster, Great White, Jim McLean Signature, Red and Gold, featuring the designs of Greg Norman, Jim McLean and Raymond Floyd.
Package golf plus accommodations with the Blue Monster 3 Nights package—rates starting at $189 pp dbl available from May 29-Oct. 7—inclusive of gardenview room, daily breakfast buffet, introductory golf clinic hosted by the Jim McLean Golf School, unlimited driving range usage and golf bag storage, one round of golf on any of the five courses, plus unlimited access to spa facilities.
For more information, call (800) 71-DORAL or visit doralresort.com.
If parents can pry themselves away from the golf course at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort in Ojai, CA, they can join their children at a selection of available family activities, such as Animal Yoga and Holly’s Magical Story Basket storytimes (ages 5 to 10 with accompanying adult, only). But if your clients’ little ones are fearless enough to explore on their own, they’ll enjoy Camp Ojai—available to children ages 5 to 12—which features activites such as animal mask-making, Camp Ojai History Hikes, rock painting and sports days. Other possibilities include arts and crafts, board games and songs and skits. Full-day rates for Camp Ojai are $100 and half-day rates are $70, both inclusive of lunch and snacks.
While plenty of resorts offer kids’ clubs, Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort has remembered teens, too. With an array of complimentary sporting equipment available at the Event Garden; a teens-only poolside cabana with jacuzzi, music and mocktails; a lounge with pool table, ping pong and video games; artist’s cottage; complimentary dance classes and sports training sessions; and clinics for golf and tennis, teens will never complain about being bored again.
And now that the children are settled, parents can get down to business at the 18-hole par 70 Ojai Country Club golf course. Built in 1923, the course features the design of George C. Thomas Jr. and Billy Bell. Most remarkable about this course are holes #16 an #17, the two “lost holes,” located on land previously occupied by the U.S. Military during World War II. After private ownership resumed, the golf course was redeveloped in a fashion inconsistent with the original design. But in 1999, the course was restored back to its original layout, now including the “lost holes.”