Last Updated on May 15, 2014 by Jody Halsted
If they go wrong, family holidays are amongst the most stressful of all breaks. Something like a disagreement on which attraction to visit, poor-quality accommodation or boredom could leave you feeling more stressed when you return than you did when you started your holiday. Keeping everyone happy is the most difficult thing about going on holiday as a family, and as many destinations are designed exclusively with adults in mind, it can be hard to find a family-friendly hotel that meets everyone’s needs.
When looking for the right holiday destination, it’s worth checking a few things. Make sure your venue has some activities for children of all ages e.g. a play room for under-fives, sports lessons for older children. Find out if they have a crèche if you plan on taking babies or toddlers with you. Also, see if the resort has something for parents to enjoy.
Golf breaks are seen as the preserve of well-to-do childless couples who have no intention of starting a family, but more golf resorts across the UK are doing their best to provide a fun holiday package with something for visitors young and old. When it comes to golf breaks Scotland, particularly along the Ayrshire coast, has resorts which are becoming more family-friendly by offering activities that children of all ages can take part in.
Turnberry, which is home to the Ailsa golf course, a former Open venue, offers everything you could possibly want from a family holiday. While it has world-class golfing facilities and the popular Spa at Turnberry, there’s plenty for the kids to get on with. For toddlers and babies, there’s a play room, while older children can take part in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as clay target shooting, cycling and falconry. They can even have golf lessons.
Great family golf breaks aren’t just restricted to Scotland. The Belfry, another of the UK’s most famous golf courses, also has family breaks available. Lying just to the south of the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it has a hotel, top-class dining facilities and activities for all the family, even for those who aren’t necessarily golf fans.
You can ramble around the surrounding hills, taking in views of the rural West Midlands, have fun at their AquaSpa and play on their tennis courts before retreating to the famous Belfry Hotel. Other golf resorts around the UK are striving to offer a family holiday package to remember, which makes it easier to enjoy a golf break without upsetting your kids.