Father’s Day: Travel to golf resorts with dad

Golf packages at golf courses around the world. Photo: May River Golf Club at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 — Score points with your golf–crazed dad this Father’s Day. These travel packages make family bonding on and off the links easy and affordable.


Recently renovated, the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando is offering to “Teach Dad a Lesson This Father’s Day.”  This package includes overnight accommodations, a one-hour lesson with golf pro Fred Griffin, who oversees the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, breakfast for two and access to the resort’s 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf. Rates start at $399 per night

Ft. Lauderdale

Bonaventure Resort & Spa has an award-winning steakhouse, four outdoor swimming pools, two newly renovated PGA golf courses as well as South Florida’s largest full-service destination spa. The resort is offering dads a chance to be among the first to play on the recently renovated 18-hole championship East Course at the Bonaventure Country Club. The package also includes nightly accommodations, welcome cocktails, a tailgate boxed lunch, daily breakfast, 20 percent off any spa treatment at the resort’s new Alaya Spa, and a guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout. Rates start at $289 until September 2013.

Longboat Key, Florida

Longboat Key Club Resort on the west Coast of Florida is set on a barrier island near Sarasota.  The resort is offering Stay and Play Golf Getaway for Father’s Day.  The package includes unlimited golf from 2 p.m. until sunset (including cart fee and rental clubs), $100 daily spa credit towards any “Just for Men” treatments, and a 10 percent discount on retail items in pro-shop (excluding equipment). Use Promo Code is SUMGOLF. The package is starting at  $349 on weekdays and $389 Friday and Saturday.  It runs until September 30, 2013.


With the “Puff and Putt” package at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pennsylvania fathers can enjoy a day on the greens at the historic resort, home to one of the country’s oldest golf courses.  The “Puff and Putt” package includes two nights accommodations, a round of golf for two, dinner for two and a special scotch tasting with premium hand rolled cigars to be enjoyed by the fire pit. Rates start at $299 per person, per night.

Asheville, N.C.

This Father’s Day treat your dad to a golf and spa getaway with the “Drive & Revive” package. Celebrating its centennial this year, The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The package includes two nights, a buffet breakfast, an appetizer at The Great Hall Bar or Magnolia Lounge, a 50-minute Classic Massage at the resort’s spa (per adult), and one round of golf (per adult). Rates start at $995.

Near Jacksonville, Florida

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has teamed up with TPC Sawgrass to create a unique Father’s Day golf package. Fathers can choose from five championship golf courses, including TPC Sawgrass, home of The PLAYERS Championship Tournament.  The package also includes accommodations, breakfast daily, one round of Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, one round on THE PLAYERS Course at TPC Sawgrass, one TPC Nike Golf Shirt, one commemorative 17th Hole Bag Tag, one dozen Nike Vapor golf balls, transportation to golf courses and golf bag storage. Rates start at $249 per person and are valid from July 8 - August 30, 2013.


The Lodge at Doonbeg  invites fathers to celebrate the gift of golf, Guinness and relaxation. The lodge is the only 5-star luxury coastal resort in western Ireland. The 400-acre property features a Greg Norman-designed championship course.  Book dad the Pre Golf Massage, which focuses on specific areas used during a round of golf (30 minutes, €60.00/$80 USD) then visit the men’s relaxation room with a therapeutic bath soak, steam or sauna. Hotel rates start at $206.

South Carolina

Luxury combined with environmental stewardship is what sets the Inn at Palmetto Bluff apart among Southern properties.  Created for dads, the May River Golf Package includes cottage accommodations, a round of golf, the use of the steam room and whirlpool at the Auberge Spa and daily breakfast at Buffalo’s. Rates start at $595 per night for a two-night package.


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