When The Girls Must Play, Book a Golf Holiday
With winter looming on the horizon, it’s time to plan a golf holiday. A women’s golf holiday is the new twist on the girlfriends’ getaway. Booking a golf holiday gives you the chance to travel, play a spectacular golf course, and enjoy yourself with your friends.
The destination of your golf holiday doesn’t matter. There are as many different destinations as there are women golfers. If you don’t have a lot of time to plan or money to spend, just pick your favorite vacation destination and pack your clubs. Chances are good that there’s a golf course in the area you haven’t played before.
There is no limit to what your golf holiday can include. You can spend your whole holiday at a golf school, or you can play a few rounds at a new course and spend the rest of your time taking in the sights and activities of the area. You can play a famous course, or you can play your favorite course. With so many options, it shouldn’t be hard to find a golf holiday that suits your vacation needs.
If you are serious about improving your game while on vacation, a golf school is your best option. These facilities can be more focused and more rigorous than other destinations, but your game is guaranteed to benefit from the hands-on instruction.
B. Williams Golf School, Bella Vista, Arkansas. Headquartered at The Inn at Bella Vista, this establishment offers a unique approach to golf school. Innkeeper and LPGA teaching professional Beverly Williams offers women private instruction and lodging at her inn. Williams uses her extensive background in golf instruction and the area’s eight golf courses to help women improve their golf game. Packages include swing analysis, classroom and on-course instruction, and coverage of etiquette, rules, and course management, as well as lodging and meals.
Anne Cain Golf Academy, Amelia Island, Florida. LPGA instructor Anne Cain uses the latest technology to help women instantly improve their swings. Academy participants have their swings videotaped and computer-analyzed to see what improvement is needed. Technology called “Hot Lines” allows the instructor to give the golfer instant feedback for swing corrections. Packages include daily instruction, a daily round of golf on one of three area courses, breakfast, and lodging at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Perhaps the best golf holiday includes golf and a little pampering. There are many hotels that boast world-class golf courses and luxurious spas, so you can play a few rounds and then relax with a massage, manicure, or sauna.
Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, Tubac, Arizona. Located south of Tucson, this resort offers championship golf (on a course that was used to film scenes for the movie Tin Cup) and golf-specific spa treatments. Before heading out for your round, try the “Golfer’s Warm-Up” massage to loosen your shoulder and neck muscles. If you had a particularly rough round, unwind with the “Golfer’s Recovery Package,” featuring a massage, facial, and complimentary sleeve of balls.
The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is not a well-known destination for golf holidays, but Kohler is home to Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits, which recently hosted the PGA Championship. The American Club offers packages that include golf at either Blackwolf Run or Whistling Straits and spa treatments at the Kohler Waters Spa. Golfers can relax after their round with spa treatments like the “Golfer’s Foot Renewal” foot massage or the “Golfer’s Massage,” which focuses on the key swing areas of shoulders, upper back, and hips.
Play Where the Pros Play
Challenge your skills and tackle the courses the pros play. You may not golf your best round ever, but you will enjoy fantastic golf courses and walk in the footsteps of legends.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Most recently the site of the 2008 U.S. Senior Open, The Broadmoor hosts the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in 2011. Annika Sorenstam started her dominating career at this course when she won the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, her first professional win. Located at the base of the Rockies, the golf course is complemented by the luxurious Broadmoor Hotel and the scenic mountain views.
St. Andrews, Scotland. Is there a better place to spend a golf holiday than at the Home of Golf? If you have extra planning time (the tee-times fill quickly) and extra spending money (greens fees and air fare aren’t cheap), book a trip to St. Andrews, Scotland. Including the famous Old Course, there are seven golf courses in the area. It’s not impossible to book a round on the Old Course, but tee-times can be difficult to come by. Utilize a company called The Old Course Experience or another tour operator to book a guaranteed tee-time on the Old Course. The extra time and money spent can be well worth it to tee it up on such an historic course.