By LL Editorial StaffThe couple that stays together doesn’t necessarily need to play together, at least when it comes to the game of golf. You are passionate about the sport, while your partner has little interest to no interest in the game. So how do you convince your non-golfing significant other to embark on a fore-star holiday? Here are a few suggestions that might satisfy both your travel needs.
Choose a Resort with a Golf Course
This one is a no brainer when you consider all the wonderful resorts that also boast their own championship golf course. The non-golfing partner also benefits because they can take advantage of some of the resort’s many other amenities, such as the spa, tennis courts, and swimming pool. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel along the Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island sits isolated among a patch of leafy palms. The golf course is one of the state’s most breathtaking with sand traps and fairways overlooking the ocean. So while you’re playing to your heart’s content, your partner can enjoy a game of tennis, ocean sports, yoga and fitness classes, tropical spa treatments, art and garden tours, and Hawaiian enrichment classes without ever stepping foot off the property.
Make Your Trip Destination Driven
Instead of selecting a place simply because of its stellar golfing opportunities, choose a location that both of you can enjoy once the game is over. San Diego has no shortage of golf courses or attractions making it the idyllic place for couples with varying interests. On the days you are not golfing, hit the town together visiting some of the usual suspects, SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, as well as some off-the-beaten-path places, such as the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, the quaint mining town of Julian, or the villages of La Jolla and Del Mar. Check in to Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, which is close to Torrey Pines, an esteemed public course that could easily rival any private club.
Enlist the Services of a Travel Company Specializing in Golf Vacations
You might be asking yourself how this could possibly benefit your non-golfing companion. The answer is simple: Many tour companies that cater to golfers can arrange itineraries for those who wish to be on the course, as well as those who have no desire to pick up a club. PerryGolf, which orchestrates excursions to Asia, the United Kingdom, Africa, Europe and Australia, is one such company. While their specialty is pairing golfers with the world’s best courses, they can also help arrange sightseeing and enrichment opportunities for companions.