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My wife knows I turned down a round at Winged Foot and Bethpage last summer. I’m a pretty good dad and have chosen to always put my family ahead of any of my activities.

 

Recently, we discussed bucket list trips and I had told her about some golf destinations, namely Cabot Links.

 

We agreed that we should look for some trips where I could golf and we could all still travel as a family. My wife isn’t a golfer but I’d love to see her pick up some clubs and give it a shot.

 

We’d travel and find some things to do along the way and enjoy several points rather than a single destination.

 

So, if the choice was yours, which of these would you choose?

 

Cabot

Whistling Straits

Brandon Dunes

Pinehurst

Pebble Beach (she loved the spa and resort)

 

 

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I have done Pinehurst and Pebble Beach with my wife (not a golfer) and there was enough at both for her to do while I was on the course. Whistling and abandon are more golf centric trips that I would prefer to do as a guys trip or with my son. We are actually planning a full family trip to Pinehurst in the spring so my son and I can play golf while the girls enjoy all that Carolina has to offer.


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I'll speak to the two places I have been. Pebble & Bandon.

Bandon offers next to nothing for non-golfer. Nor is there much within driving distance to explore.

Pebble on the other hand has numerous opportunities for the family to enjoy. Not just at the facility but in Carmel/Monterrey are itself. 

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We have family in the Bay Area and a trip to Monterey between seeing them is a good reason to visit. Thanks for the tips so far@jmikecpa@thezipr23


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I just got back from a company retreat in Pinehurst.  I highly recommend it as a destination.  It is a beautiful part of the state, there are enough high quality golf courses to make your head spin; coupled with great food and some pretty good beer to boot.  The spa is highly touted by those that have used it.  If your wife likes quaint little towns, then she will have a couple of days worth of exploring within walking or driving distance of the resort. 

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Go to Orlando.  Drop the kids at Disney and go play any number of courses in and around Orlando that are more than enough to classify as a bucket list trip.  Better yet, just play the Disney courses while the family abuses themselves in long lines at any of the Disney parks.

Frankly, if you punted on rounds at Winged Foot and Bethpage, I'd tell you in person what I've told several friends who like to golf but have children still in the house.  Be a Dad now, and cherish all the time you can with your kids while they are still under your roof.  Golf will still be here once they are gone and don't know you exist anymore, outside of you being an ATM card for every time they need money.

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2 hours ago, bens197 said:

Cabot

Whistling Straits

Brandon Dunes

Pinehurst

Pebble Beach (she loved the spa and resort)

I've been to Kohler and Pinehurst, and had a great time.  I agree with some of the others, there's not a lot to do in Kohler for the family, once they get past the plumbing showroom (which is actually worth an hour or two).  I LOVE Pinehurst, but I'm not sure there's a ton to do there either, although I understand that the spa at the Pinehurst Resort is pretty posh.  I'd suggest something like Kiawah Island or Hilton Head.  Beach for everyone, I'm 99% sure there are spa options, nice historic cities nearby, and obviously a ton of golf options.

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2 hours ago, GSwag said:

Frankly, if you punted on rounds at Winged Foot and Bethpage, I'd tell you in person what I've told several friends who like to golf but have children still in the house.  Be a Dad now, and cherish all the time you can with your kids while they are still under your roof.  Golf will still be here once they are gone and don't know you exist anymore, outside of you being an ATM card for every time they need money.

I wish I could love this more. I completely agree and selfishly, I’d rather be home with family and my daughter and dog than be away. It’s true, the time goes quickly. 

Thanks 😊

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5 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

I've been to Kohler and Pinehurst, and had a great time.  I agree with some of the others, there's not a lot to do in Kohler for the family, once they get past the plumbing showroom (which is actually worth an hour or two).  I LOVE Pinehurst, but I'm not sure there's a ton to do there either, although I understand that the spa at the Pinehurst Resort is pretty posh.  I'd suggest something like Kiawah Island or Hilton Head.  Beach for everyone, I'm 99% sure there are spa options, nice historic cities nearby, and obviously a ton of golf options.

I didn’t even think of Hilton Head Island...and that’s a days drive away. That would be ideal. 
 

Wife loves the spas and I can’t blame her. 

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Hilton Head. Tons of courses. The best place in the world. 
If you can get on Haig Pointe. That place is incredible. Bentley Hall is excellent. Old South. Port Royal. RTJ courses. So many great golf courses. Plus the beach For the family. Also Harbour Town. My favorite place to visit 

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I second Kiawah.  You can golf at multiple courses and she can hit up Charleston.  That city is gorgeous, the people are friendly and the food scene is to die for.  Look into it, I am sure you wont be disappointed.  I will also say I go to Pinehurst every year, not sure there is too much to do for non golfers.  If you go alone, Pinehurst should be a top contender. 

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I second Kiawah.  You can golf at multiple courses and she can hit up Charleston.  That city is gorgeous, the people are friendly and the food scene is to die for.  Look into it, I am sure you wont be disappointed.  I will also say I go to Pinehurst every year, not sure there is too much to do for non golfers.  If you go alone, Pinehurst should be a top contender. 


Make that a third. I took my wife there every spring for close to a decade and we always had a blast. I played 36 a day and spent most nights in Charleston.


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5 minutes ago, Jmikecpa said:

 


Make that a third. I took my wife there every spring for close to a decade and we always had a blast. I played 36 a day and spent most nights in Charleston.


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If you go back, make sure you eat at HUSK and The Tattooed Moose for the duck fat fries!!!  So good!

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Go to Orlando.  Drop the kids at Disney and go play any number of courses in and around Orlando that are more than enough to classify as a bucket list trip.  Better yet, just play the Disney courses while the family abuses themselves in long lines at any of the Disney parks.
Frankly, if you punted on rounds at Winged Foot and Bethpage, I'd tell you in person what I've told several friends who like to golf but have children still in the house.  Be a Dad now, and cherish all the time you can with your kids while they are still under your roof.  Golf will still be here once they are gone and don't know you exist anymore, outside of you being an ATM card for every time they need money.

Disney great idea all the family can enjoy but DEFINITELY do Bethpage and or Wing Foot sometime


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Disney great idea all the family can enjoy but DEFINITELY do Bethpage and or Wing Foot sometime


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I may know someone that has Bethpage in their back yard that could get him in with no issue.


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If you go back, make sure you eat at HUSK and The Tattooed Moose for the duck fat fries!!!  So good!

Duck Fat Fries!!
Can’t wait to tell the Bacon Boys about that
Road Trip


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I may know someone that has Bethpage in their back yard that could get him in with no issue.


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That would be a great experience for him. Something to experience at least once.
No friends at WF?
Everyone I knew in that area I’d deceased.


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1 hour ago, ballplayer002003 said:

I second Kiawah.  You can golf at multiple courses and she can hit up Charleston.  That city is gorgeous, the people are friendly and the food scene is to die for.  Look into it, I am sure you wont be disappointed.  I will also say I go to Pinehurst every year, not sure there is too much to do for non golfers.  If you go alone, Pinehurst should be a top contender. 

Watching Sean Brock over the years (prior to his departure), all I can say is that Charleston cuisine looks incredible.   

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Make that a third. I took my wife there every spring for close to a decade and we always had a blast. I played 36 a day and spent most nights in Charleston.


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I never put 2 + 2 together that they were so close to each other.  I think I can sell this one...

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Disney great idea all the family can enjoy but DEFINITELY do Bethpage and or Wing Foot sometimeemoji106.png


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It will happen, this was one I hated passing on but it was the right thing at the time.

2 hours ago, Kor.A.Door said:

Hilton Head. Tons of courses. The best place in the world. 
If you can get on Haig Pointe. That place is incredible. Bentley Hall is excellent. Old South. Port Royal. RTJ courses. So many great golf courses. Plus the beach For the family. Also Harbour Town. My favorite place to visit 

Anything RTJ is always outstanding.  Thanks Kor!

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I've done the Pebble Complex, Bandon and Pinehurst. Of those three, with a family I vote Pinehurst. That said, I honestly think your best choice is going to Branson Missouri and Big Cedar Lodge.

 

3 amazing 18 hope courses (tiger woods first public one in this country which I hear is spectacular) 2 par three courses (one of them actually hosts a Champions tour event, fishing, horses, shooting, boating, etc. And it's less than half the cost of most of the places being talked about above. 

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1 hour ago, ballplayer002003 said:

If you go back, make sure you eat at HUSK and The Tattooed Moose for the duck fat fries!!!  So good!

And Anson.  And Jestine's.  Juanita Greenberg's for Mexican-ish.  Fleet's Landing is good for seafood, especially if you have a big group.  Basil for Thai food.  Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island for burgers.  Also Home Team BBQ on Sullivan's.  I could go on.  My parents live right outside Charleston in Mt. Pleasant; we love going to visit.

Do a carriage tour, and do a gullah tour.  Cool ghost tours as well.  If you're there between Thanksgiving and New Year's, they have one of the greatest drive-through light displays I've ever seen out on James Island.  We take the kids every year.

And Charleston has good golf in addition to Kiawah.  Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms.  Charleston National, Rivertowne, Patriots Point and Dunes West (my dad's course) in Mt. P.  Try to score an invite to Bulls Bay (Strantz), CC of Charleston (Raynor - site of this year's Women's US Open) or Yeamans Hall (also Raynor).  I'm still working on those.  

  

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