Is it coming close to family reunion time again? Family reunions can be some of the most fun, memorable times, and you certainly don’t need to be anywhere special to enjoy the company of your loved ones.
But sometimes it’s exciting to do something different. And let’s be honest… Everyone needs a break from life now and then, and what better way to spend time together and get some relaxation than to have your next family reunion at a golf resort?
Here are our top 6 golf resort destinations that are perfect for family reunions. Even if you’re not a golfer, there’s plenty to do together at these places!
This is a travel inspiration guest post from Jordan Fuller
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon, USA
It’s hard to find a more beautiful spot for a family reunion than this! Located right on the Oregon Coast, this resort is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially if you love golf! Golfers in the family will be thrilled at the opportunity to play on one of the six links-style courses, which are renowned for being rugged and challenging, but absolutely stunning.
Even the non-golfers will marvel at the sight of these spectacular rolling fairways and the windswept coastline. If you’ve got photographers in the family, they’ll be in awe of the photo ops available here!
Aside from golf and amazing views, the resort is loaded with amenities. Family-friendly activities include horseback riding, fishing, having a game of tennis, taking a hike along one of the many trails, or meandering through the on-site Labyrinth.
There’s also a massage center, a fitness center, a hot tub spa, and a sauna. Plus, the array of on-site restaurants will ensure that the food adds to your good memories.
You can choose from single or double rooms, two-bedroom suites, or four-bedrooms suites for families. Special packages are available for those who want to stay for multiple nights, so it’s a good idea to contact them in advance and see if they can arrange a special package for a family reunion occasion!
Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland
Meeting up in the United Kingdom for your family reunion? Trump Turnberry in Scotland is the best place to spend your time if you’ve got golf lovers in the family. Don’t worry—there’s plenty for the non-golfers to do as well.
Let’s just talk about the amazing scenery first. Resorts are great without beautiful views, but it’s truly hard to beat the views that come with Trump Turnberry. The golf course itself is lovely, but there are also ocean views to marvel at.
In terms of golf, the course is masterfully designed, links-style, and features some elevation changes to keep things interesting. Plus, the ocean breeze can make things tricky! But it’s well worth it.
Activities other than golf include a spa with a heated infinity pool, a fully-equipped Fitness Center where you can also get a personal fitness evaluation by a professional, an outdoor adventures like archery, paddle boarding, off-road quad biking, and horse riding.
The grand hotel offers a variety of room and suite choices, as well as self-catering cottages. There are also plenty of local attractions in the area, so none of the family will be bored.
The Oitavos, Lisbon, Portugal
European golf destinations are many, but Oitavos Dunes in Portugal is a winner for family reunions, especially since it’s just 30 minutes away from the airport. Like the others we’ve mentioned so far, it features amazing views over the ocean and offers much more than just golf.
For the golfers, the Oitavos Dunes course is a great play. Sand dunes appear frequently, and the course is flush with umbrella pine trees, which provide a little protection from the ocean breeze, but don’t let your guard down!
The five-star hotel is all about relaxation, with a hint of luxury. Get the family together for a spa treatment overlooking the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.
Family-friendly activities include horse riding, cycling, surfing, and even helicopter rides. Or, you can spend a day together exploring the nearby Guincho waterfront.
They often have special offers, especially for groups, so it’s worth getting in touch and seeing what’s on offer at the time you’re planning your reunion.
Costa Navarino, Greece
Greece is one of the most popular sunny destinations in the Mediterranean. Costa Navarino is a small coastal town, but if you want a fantastic family reunion getaway, it’s definitely worth the consideration.
Navarino Dunes is a unique area. It includes two luxury resorts, The Romanos and The Westin. Within the vicinity are also four world-class golf courses—the Dunes, the Bay, the Hills, and the International Olympic Academy Golf Course—so this could be the perfect destination for almost every family member!
The Westin styles itself as a family resort and offers family rooms and suites as well as exciting spa treatments, fitness facilities, helicopter rides, an escape room, and multiple other forms of entertainment. There’s also a Cocoon Care Center for the kids!
Mission Hills Golf Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is on almost everyone’s bucket list, so it’s an excellent choice for a family reunion, especially if you enjoy the heat. Its tropical climate and friendly people make for a welcoming and enjoyable stay.
Mission Hills is just 15 minutes from the airport, which is ideal. It features a championship golf course with superb views, which will make golf-loving family members happy. Children can golf too!
It’s a conference facility, which is ideal if your family reunions involve pre-planned activities together that would need a conference-room-sized space and audio-visual capabilities. There’s also a fitness center, swimming pool, table tennis, and table football.
Sun City, South Africa
South Africa is known to have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, so if you’re looking for a unique family reunion destination, this could be it! Sun City is home to two 5-star resorts and two golf courses, and there’s truly enough for the whole family to enjoy.
The Cabanas is the family-friendly hotel of choice. Whatever your family reunion activity plans, you should be able to come up with a ton of ways to have fun together here. You can arrange a safari, which of course, is a must when visiting SA. Or, spend time at the casino, play some tennis, or visit Valley of the Waves, the perfect way to stay cool on a hot day!
As for golf, where else can you play from the top of a cliff to a green shaped like the country, guarded by bunkers and crocodiles?
Family reunions are great (generally!). So are resort destinations. So naturally, mixing the two of them together should make for a memorable experience! Another reason a resort is ideal is that it offers such a wide range of activities. No matter who’s in your family, there’ll be something for them to enjoy at these destinations.
If a resort-based family reunion sounds expensive, why not plan it for a few years in advance and start saving now? Check out the prices of the resort you particularly like, and put a bit of money away every month. By the time the occasion comes, you’ll be good to go!
These are by no means the only places you can go, either. There are plenty of golf resort destinations throughout the world, so if none of these ones quite suit your family’s needs, then keep searching—it’s worth the research!
About the Author
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence.
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