A Hole in One for Dear Old Dad
Looking to do something for your father that really warms his heart? It's simple, really. Give him what you know he always wants: more time on the golf course!
If you want to make any day or week special for dear old dad, send him away on a golf getaway with a foursome, which could even include you or family members if you all enjoy taking a swing or two. The truth is there is nothing that shows appreciation and love for pops quite like sending him out to the fairways in an exotic location, and letting him enjoy the pastime he yearns to spend every waking moment playing.
Fortunately, golf vacations have become so popular that the options are plentiful. And that includes some amazing amenities and perks that go along with a golf trip. Read on for sx ways to make an unforgettable golf trip for your father.
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1. Make Sure Course Fits Dad’s Game
Your father might love golf as much as he does his own children, but that doesn’t mean he’s Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods. Don’t plan a trip to St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, and any other challenging course, if his game is more suited for mini-golf. Instead, make sure that the he can handle the bunkers, hazards and par 5s of a particular course, or this outing may turn into a nightmare of frustration.
2. All-Inclusive Fun
Sending the old man on a trip where he, or you (if you are caddying along), is going to get inundated in green fees, cart rentals, transportation to the course, and other ancillary costs can transform your vacation from a birdie to a double bogey if you aren’t careful. That’s why booking your trip to an all-inclusive that includes a golf package and, even better, it’s own course, is always your best bet.
If your resort does have its own course, the advantages and savings can be spectacular. Moon Palace Cancun has its own 27 hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course directly adjacent to its expansive resort. Even more impressive, it offers an unlimited golf that allows guests to use their entire Resort Credit on golf related fun, including snack bars, pro-shops, the Golf Academy at Moon Palace and more.
3. Variety is the Slice of Life
If you are booking a trip for your father, you’ll want to cater to his particular golfing tastes. But if you don’t know them to a tee, or if he likes variety, then make sure there are options to choose from. Playing the same 18-hole course three or four days in a row might get tiresome – especially if you keep slicing your drive into a lake on a dogleg left at Hole 2. If possible, book your stay at an all-inclusive resort with more than one course, or which gives you access to others. At Moon Palace Cancun, you can choose from their Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course or play at the Riviera Cancun Golf Club just up the road.
Get Rid of Excess Baggage
4. Baggage Delivery
Golf is a sport that comes with baggage, literally. And since you will already be taking at least a carry-on on your golf trip, it’s easy enough to get weighed down with your Titleist or Callaway bag. Worse, checking them in with an airline can be costly and there’s no guarantee you won’t arrive at your destination with damaged or missing clubs. To avoid such a scenario, send your clubs ahead of time. The popularity of golf vacations has made it such that companies specializing in sending clubs have sprouted up giving you options. Check out Ship Sticks, Luggage Forward or more traditional but less specialized services from FedEx or UPS.
5. Keep Groups Small
Getting together with a group of friends can make for a raucous golf trip, but sometimes smaller is better, especially if your dad likes to concentrate while on the course. After all, other people will have their own agendas, tastes, and habits that will likely lessen your father’s enjoyment on the greens and elsewhere. If, however, your entire family enjoys golf, then bring them all along and go around the course as the big happy family unit that you are.
6. Plan Around Events
A golf trip for dad is a no-brainer, but since there still isn’t much golf after sundown, you want to plan activities for the night as well as day. Concerts, festivals, great dining, and cultural activities should be part of any golf trip. That’s another reason why all-inclusives works best for golf vacations. You can do a little bit of everything without leaving the resort. That way you can have a good time and still get enough sleep to recharge for another day of golf