If you’re looking to get in a weekend round of golf but want to take the family away too, the entire UK coastline is your playground – with holiday parks up and down the country many with their own courses right on the doorstep of your caravan or lodge.
For a start, nine of Haven’s 35 family holiday parks have fully maintained golf courses that are easy to get to. So, whether you’re a pro looking to work on your swing with a group of mates, a parent wanting to teach your kids the perfect drive, or a family just playing for fun, the fairways at Haven have got it off to a tee.
North Yorkshire is home to the 9-hole course at Reighton Sands – a family holiday park that even comes with the option to hire a golf cart. So, if the kids still aren’t convinced by the smooth greens and panoramic sea views on the course, they can at least enjoy the ride between shots.
Those views are thanks to the park’s position on an incline, allowing you to breath in the fresh sea air of Filey Bay before you take each putt.
Haven’s Thorpe Park also has a 9-holes (par 36) for guests to use during their stay. When the final ball is sunk, the kids can head to pool and splash into the water in style – using the space bowl slide. If they’ve still got the energy, they can take on the climbing wall or the zip wire course – if they’re puffed out, then there’s always the next day.
Hopton in Great Yarmouth has a 9-hole (par 3) on-park too. It’s the ideal spot to relax while perfecting your swing. There’s also adventure golf on the course for the whole family. This is where the little ones can spark their interest in the sport but if they don’t take to it this year, there’s plenty more to keep them smiling during your holiday:
There are FunWorks amusements, kart hire and an all-weather multi-sports court on-park for the little ones. Joining in big group games with the other holidaying kids, they are going to make lots of friends and have lots of memories to take back home.
In the drink…
For those who prefer to play in water than on dry land, there is aqua fun on tap here: aquajets, aqua gliders, splashzones, water walkerz, fun inflatables and more in the heated pools. The fun inflatables are brilliant – slip ‘n’ sliding their way across the inflatables floating on the surface of the pool, the kids really can wear themselves out with enjoyment…laughing for days afterwards. These inflatables arenow at all the Haven parks because they’re so popular.
For those still wearing their armbands, there are lessons in the pools too – taught by fully qualified lifeguards. The Water Confidence sessions are FREE and are all about helping the new swimmers find their way in water. The Learn2Swim are great fun too – the kids are even awarded a certificate when they complete the course.
If there is one water activity they’ll never forget, it’s the water walkerz – imagine a giant hamster’s ball that floats on water. Rolling around the pools in these massive bubbles is one of the wackiest things you can do at the parks.
A “hole” lotta fun…
Still, it’s all about the chance to play golf, in the UK, whilst on holiday – perfect. Anybody from the age of five upwards can sign up to the golf coaching lessons and learn how to play. Then it’s family time on the course – competing with each other for the longest drive, the smoothest putt or the cleverest chip. Make up your own rules and take as many mulligans as you like, nobody’s watching.
It’s always better when you play for something, so why not give the winner the first ride on that space bowl after the game? There is so much to keep everyone excited at the parks and the golf is a massive bonus if you fancy yourself as the next Rory McIlroy.
Book your golfing break at one of the family holiday parks today and you can look forward to that first, satisfying swing on the course.
If you’re looking for an even better golfing holiday, check out Primrose Valley, where there’s a golf course exclusive to caravan owners – one of many perks for guests who own their own holiday home.