What is it with dads and golf? Maybe it’s the well-deserved downtime. Or the challenge and competition. Does dad love his club collection? The unexpected curves of the course? The clean ping off the tee? We do. So we’ve rounded up three exceptional options to land dad on the course (and maybe you on the beach).
Destination: Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Yucatan Peninsula is flat and level, and usually roller coasters and golf courses exist on opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum. At this gem though, they’re almost one in the same. The course climbs, dips and rolls like dad’s favorite dance moves that he’ll probably break out after his first birdie. World-renowned P.B Dye designed the course to look trickier than it really is, which means that even though it winds through a jungle landscape, dad won’t be spending his day digging for his ball beneath the canopy. Which is nice. Especially for those goofy tan lines.
Destination: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Imagine playing golf in a jungle. Mosquitos. Indeterminate animal sounds. Shadows. Mosquitos. Awful. Imagine playing golf on a meticulously manicured, stunningly landscaped, Jack Nicklaus-designed course with lush jungle flora lining the fairway. Perfect. And since golf should always help dad unwind, the Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay ensures relaxation is par for the course. Finish up your round and dive into another colder, refreshing one.
Destination: Los Cabos, Mexico
Cabo is made of sweeping ocean vistas, mountain panoramas, and intoxicating desert landscapes. Palmilla Golf Club is, too. Why settle for one stunning view when dad could have three? This Jack Nicklaus-designed course features three 18-hole combinations: The Arroyo Mountain Course, The Mountain Ocean Course, and The Ocean Arroyo Course. Fancy a 600-ft. vertical drop in your first six holes and a green perched on the sea? Make sure to take a swing at the Ocean Course. Choosing just one combination is tough, but who said dad can only play one day?
The best part of any of these courses? No matter how much time you spend on the green or in the rough, you get to spend the day in paradise with dad. (Aww.) Here’s how to get there.