It’s an age-old golfing problem for couples. One loves to golf on vacation; the other does not. As a golfer, how do you keep your other half happy when all you really want to do is play 18 holes every day?
Fortunately, some great resorts are home to championship golf courses. If he or she prefers not to golf - or caddy! - there will be alternatives, including a pool or spa, playing tennis, horse riding, or nature walks.
If a resort’s not going to work for you both, try a seaside town near a golf course (or two). Here, your non-golfing partner can enjoy shopping, sunbathing, sightseeing, or taking in the scenery. Coastal towns with golf courses are also great places for cycling, fishing, water sports or boat tours.
If you’re in the Phoenix area, you could do far worse than book yourself a vacation at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. It has several pools and high-end restaurants, as well as bars and lounge areas. The Wildfire Golf Course is very challenging. You might even spot coyotes in the vicinity!
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Springs has two championship courses; the Pete Dye and Gary Player courses. Each offers a different golfing experience, as well as some beautiful mountain and desert scenery.
For your non-golfing partner, there are pools and a spa, as well as tennis facilities. There are even fun events and movies laid on for the kids. The Palm Springs Golf Resort also offers a range of dining options, including the very best Italian cuisine.
Orlando, Florida, offers one of the largest choices of golf resorts around. All these feature amenities for the non-golfer to enjoy. Trip Advisor rates the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress as the best value in Orlando. As well as great golf, the Hyatt provides many other amenities, including running trails, tennis, and even kayaking.
Another good way to placate non-golfers is to use the services of a travel company that specializes in organizing golf vacations. There are plenty of companies out there willing to organize a great itinerary to cater for golfers and non-golfers alike.
How about buying a set of golf lessons for your partner? He or she may enjoy the game after tuition in the basic techniques. Golf may even become a passion for them. Sometimes people just need to get through the first, difficult strokes before they can relax and start to enjoy the game.
Whatever you decide, know that a healthy relationship includes flexibility and the ability to compromise. Golf vacations provide a compromise that won’t make either person feel that they are missing out.
The ClubSuite Team