Three Sunny Golf Getaways to Take Your Game to the Next Level
Golf vacations often inspire images of old pros teeing off next to white beaches while sipping expensive drinks. But golf getaways aren’t just for scratch players. If you’re trying to sharpen your swing, traveling to a majestic resort in a warm ocean climate might seem to distracting to be productive. But make no mistake, some of the most beautiful courses in the United States are also the most likely to provoke you. In fact, a grand golf vacation might be just what you need to take your game to the next level.
Bird Golf Academy schools in California, Florida, and North Carolina allow guests to enjoy a fantastic sunny vacation while polishing their golf game with lessons from experts. All packages contain full lodging, 18 to 30 hours of instruction, and daily lunch with a PGA or LPGA pro. You’ll spend days on the golf course working on your skills and nights enjoying the food and entertainment offerings of your majestic locale.
Napa Golf School at Hiddenbrooke (Napa Valley, CA)
Hiddenbrooke sits right on the edge of wine country, so you probably don’t need instructions on how to relax here. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the course hosted the LPGA Samsung World Championships from 2000-2002, which included an impressive victory from Annika Sorenstam. After attacking the course at Hiddenbrooke with one of 16 professional teachers, visitors retire to the Meritage Resort and Spa, one of Napa Valley’s finest vacation spots. The Meritage has everything you need to unwind after a day of golf - a spa, restaurant, and (of course) a wine club.
The Spa Terra is built right into a cave, giving it a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. A number of different treatments are available to calm any aching muscles or sore joints and yes, one treatment does include sipping on some wine. The Siena restaurant brings fine dining to the resort with a Tuscan-style set-up and organic meats and cheeses from local farms. And then there’s the Wine Cave, home to hundreds of Napa’s tastiest wines, most concocted right in the valley itself. Napa Golf School is a fantastic location where adult golfers will improve both their game and palette.
Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort (Orlando, FL)
No trip to Florida is complete without hitting the links and Bird Golf Academy gives instructions at Mission Inn Golf Resort in Orlando. Mission Inn’s landscape is a golfer’s paradise; 36-holes of varying difficulty and a sparkling resort to meet with your PGA pro. Players attending the Mission Inn resort stay in a luxurious club suite and have unlimited access to the courses. Practice whenever you want and then iron out the kinks with your instructor. Mission Inn is a haven for pros and has been awarded Four Stars from Golf Digest and a Silver Medal from Golf Magazine.
You’re also not far from all of Orlando’s other contemporary locations, like Marina del Rey and Walt Disney World. One of the great thing about a trip to Mission Inn is that the whole family can get involved in the fun. Grab the kids after a morning of golf and hit some roller coasters, see a world famous show, and meet your favorite Disney characters. Afterwards, taste some of the best seafood on the East coast at LA Boiling Seafood Crab and Crawfish, located in downtown Orlando.
Myrtle Beach Golf School at Wachesaw Plantation East (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Myrtle Beach is famous for its marvelous golf courses and the school at Wachesaw helps that reputation. Built right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Murrell’s Inlet, the course looks a scene right out of Scotland. Water surrounds you from all sides and the breeze is in your face non-stop. The layout is a product of Clyde Johnston, one of North Carolina’s most brilliant course designers. But while the surroundings are beautiful, the golf can get dangerous when the winds speeds up. LPGA star Karrie Webb took home a title at Wachesaw, winning the City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic 1998. But you don’t need to be a world champion golfer to play here, just one who wants to see golf go back in time.
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