Or for something a little different, try Zen Golf with Dr. Joseph Parent, PGA Tour instructor, author and teacher at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort. Sessions can be booked on an individual or group basis. Call (805) 640-1046 for rates.
Golf packages at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort include the Unlimited Golf for Two package, starting at $559 dbl and including accommodations, lunch, unlimited play on the Ojai Country Club golf course plus golf cart, and souvenir logo golf hat and towel. For more information, call (888) 697-8780 or visit ojairesort.com.
Finally, California’s northern city of Napa is home to Silverado Resort and Spa, which in addition to welcoming adults to its fabulous courses, is now also welcoming children ages 3 to 15 for the 2012 Silverado Junior Golf Academy with classes in three levels:
• Little Novice Academy—intended as an introductory course for ages 3 to 5. Classes are Sundays from 4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. through Oct. 15, and rates are $85 per month or $25 per class for hotel guests.
• Prep Academy—junior golfers ages 6 to 9 will learn through the Titelist Performance Institute’s teaching model. Classes are Sundays from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. through Oct. 31, and rates are $100 per month or $25 per class for hotel guests.
• Summer Sessions for Junior Varsity Youth—covering full swing mechanics, putting, pitching, chipping, bunkers and on-course play for ages 9-15. Classes are Tuesdays-Thursdays from July 3-Aug. 2, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and rates are $225 per session, one session per week, including academy hat, towel, car decal, divit tool, tees, ball markers, healthy snacks, practice balls, instruction, and a “burger dog” from the Silverado Snack Shack on the last day of academy.
Standard rates at Silverado Resort and Spa start at $179 per night. Available golf packages include the Dolce Golfer’s Dream, starting at $419 dbl and including accommodations for two in a 1-bedroom suite, plus 18 holes of golf per person on either the North or South course. For more information, call (707) 257-0200 or visit silveradoresort.com.