Vacation Ideas for Getting the Non-Golfer in the Family & Friends to Play

Ever wondered how to get your non-playing family and friends interested in golf?

How about a vacation offering a wealth of ideas for making golf fun for even the most resistant family member or friend in your life.

Here’s  a roundup of destinations and resorts sure to intrigue the non-golfer. From glow-in-the-dark night golf, in-hotel Topgolf simulators, and mindful-oriented training, let’s take a look at resorts across the country that offer fun ways to convince non-golfers to try it out.

Park Hyatt Aviara | Carlsbad, CA

Topgolf Swing Suites: located inside the resort, Park Hyatt Aviara’s two Topgolf Swing Suites are perfect for families or small groups that are non-golfers, bringing the virtual element of golf directly into the resort. Combined with food, drink, and music, this immersive premium golf experience creates a relaxed atmosphere with an element of playful competition. Each Topgolf Swing Suite features a large digital screen for a variety of multisport games, as well as HDTV’s. Glow Golf is also available for corporate events.

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas | East Cape of Los Cabos

Glow-in-the-dark Scramble: For families and non-golfers looking to dip their toes into the golf world, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos offers night golf, a private glow-in-the-dark scramble organized by their golf pros. To improve their game, guests can enroll in either private lessons or one of the instructional clinics for both adults and children.

Juniper Preserve | Bend, OR

Mindful Golf Training: In line with the resort’s ethos of wellbeing and human connection, Juniper Preserve offers a Mindful Golf Game program in partnership with Oregon’s #1 ranked coach, Jeff Ritter. Perfect for beginners looking to start exploring golf, Jeff’s program incorporates mindfulness and mental toughness into golf training. His unique combination of technical coaching with personal development gives participants a “mental toughness toolbox” with lifelong lessons to elevate their golf game and live their best life.

Suncadia | Cle Elum, WA

Rope Rider Golf Park – Built along the site of historic Roslyn Mines No. 9, No. 10 and Tipple Hill, an impressive 120′ coal tailings rise, this Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design is named in honor of the miners who precariously balanced themselves on the roped coal cars that maneuvered the steep mine shafts. Next to the 7300-yard Rope Rider course is the Rope Rider Golf Park. Here guests at Suncadia can learn the game on this unique practice area that doubles as casual play par-3 course for those taking their first swings. Several family events are held at the Golf Park during golf season.

Hualālai Resort | Kailua-Kona, HI

Hualālai Golf Hale – Having recently completed a $100M resort-wide renovation, residents of Hualālai and guest to the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai can take advantage of the new Hualālai Golf Hale (pronounced hah-lay and meaning home), a cutting-edge practice and instruction complex that offers golfers and non-golfers hours of entertainment. The Hale is outfitted with an indoor Topgolf Swing Suite with a variation of games and practice sessions, three outdoor hitting bays with TrackMan launch monitors—allowing you to track, monitor and analyze your swing—and unique programing such as the ‘Ohana Golf Lesson allowing the whole family to learn together from one of the expert instructors of the Hualālai Golf Academy. The ultimate destination for aspirational golfers, Hualālai Resort is an oceanfront, residential resort community that has long-been a second home for golf enthusiasts, featuring two incomparable courses: an 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-signature course (Nicklaus’ first Hawai’i design and home to the PGA’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship) and an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf course, each contrasted by natural black lava rock and sprawling ocean scenery.

Grand View Lodge | Nisswa, Minn.

  • The Garden Park  recently been transformed into a hybrid of golf, frisbee golf and foot golf (soccer). The 7-hole course is perfect for a quick par 3 course and also features two putting greens, and is mapped out and intertwined throughout the main property. No reservations or tee times required; frisbee discs and soccer balls available at North Park.
  • Tuesdays is Ladies Day, offering social golf; a block of tee times are held in the morning and afternoon, followed by a meal at Freddy’s Grille or the Preserve Pub.
  • Junior Golf (ages 8-14) is a five-session program that covers the fundamentals of golf. Each session includes instruction, fun games and contests, prizes and more. On the last day, the juniors take what they learned and play a round at The Pines golf course.
  • The Golf Simulator offers a variety of golf game formats, target games, and practice modes


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