5 Of The Best Family Golf Breaks In The UK
Want to combine your love of golf with your upcoming family break? We’ve put together five of the best family golf breaks in the UK, so you can practice your swing all whilst ensuring you have a fun-filled family holiday.
From the famous courses of Gleneagles in Scotland to teeing off on the shores of the Irish sea, we’ve got you covered. All you must do is pack!
The Celtic Manor, Wales
The Celtic Manor is an award-winning five-star resort that is set in 2000 acres of glorious parkland in the Usk Valley. Famous amongst golfers for hosting the 2010 Ryder Cup, this resort offers a fun break for all the family.
For the golfers in the family, you will have your pick from three championship golf courses all situated within the resort. Follow in the footsteps of your heroes and tread the same track as 2010 Ryder Cup winner Graeme McDowell.
There are plenty of other activities for the rest of the family to enjoy. The hotel boasts an award-winning spa complex, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Indulge in a couple’s massage or take some time for one on one pampering.
For the kids, there’s plenty of adventurous activities on offer. Let your little ones get an adrenaline rush at the forest adventure zip line! Enjoy a spot of miniature golf or pitch and putt. There’s also archery, laser tag, fishing and tennis coaching! The kids will be spoilt for choice. There is also a nanny service and a nursery available, if you need a break and want to indulge in quality time together, just the two of you.
Gleneagles is renowned for being one of the top golfing estates in the UK. They hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014 and most recently hosted the Solheim Cup, the most important tournament in women’s golf. The resort boasts four championship courses with 63 holes of golf. It is open all year round, no matter what the Scottish weather throws at it.
But it’s not just all about teeing off, this estate has plenty of other activities for the family. If you fancy a try on the court, there is a tennis centre which caters to a variety of ages and abilities. There is also an equestrian school for any budding horse rider, who can experience riding in the Scottish countryside. The school offers training to children aged three and above, it offers lessons to all abilities and could be a great family day out. There is also cycling, off-road driving and the ancient art of falconry available. You will also have the chance to take a lesson with the estate’s gundogs, have a go at archery or just watch the world go by and go fishing in the estate’s trout lochs. There are plenty of facilities for children with an on-site creche for kids aged 2-9 and a hangout for older children called the den, for those aged 6-15.
For the adults, why not treat yourselves to fine dining at the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars.
The Belfry, the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield
The Belfry Hotel and Resort is the perfect place to enjoy quality time with the family, whilst playing golf on a championship course that has famously hosted the Ryder Cup four times. With three award-winning courses to choose from you can follow in the footsteps of Ryder Cup royalty and improve your swing.
But it’s not all golf, there are an award-winning spa and plenty of activities for all the family. Kids can make a splash at the on-site swimming pool, explore nature on the woodland walk, enjoy adventurous mini-golf on the Ryder Legends Course, practice their swing at the driving range and let out their adventurous side in the playground. There is also an on-site creche catering for ages 8 weeks to 7 years old.
The hotel and resort are also close to Birmingham which offers you the chance to shop till you drop at the Bull Ring or experience a real-life chocolate factory at Cadbury World.
Slieve Donard, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Although not strictly a golf resort, this elegant hotel is located right beside the Royal Down Golf Course. A favourite amongst famous golfers such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the Irish Open was held at this world-famous golf course in 2015. Situated below the Mourne Mountains and at the edge of the Irish Sea, this is one of the most picturesque courses in the UK and Ireland. You may find yourself taking your eye off the hole and admiring the view.
The hotel also offers a luxury spa to help relax and unwind. There is a swimming pool that has allocated swim times for kids and the hotel’s location on the seafront makes it perfect for exploring the coast. Your family can enjoy walks in Tollymore Forest, explore the natural beauty of the Mourne Mountains and the Silent Valley Reservoir and enjoy amusements at the seaside.
Lough Erne Resort, Northern Ireland
Lough Erne is situated in the Fermanagh Lakelands in Northern Ireland. It has been voted as one of the top golf resorts in Ireland and features two championship golf courses, a golf academy and an all-weather driving range.
But golf is not it’s only draw! It’s location, in an area of outstanding natural beauty will not only set the scene for a perfect golf holiday but will the perfect backdrop for you and your family to explore the outdoors. Located within close proximity to all of the sights Fermanagh has to offer, you will be able to explore National Trust houses, walk the stairway to heaven at the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, marvel at the Marble Arch Caves and travel back in time at the Ulster American Folk Park.
Activities available from the resort include boat hire to set you own course on the lakes and fishing. You can also explore the Lakelands with the Erne water taxi and travel to the mysterious ruins of a monastery on Devenish Island.