Splash and play with a family golf vacation at the Woodlands Resort in Texas
I have a confession to make: I have never officially golfed. I remember watching my Dad golf as little girl. I’ve driven a golf cart–mostly sober, too. I’ve played some putt-putt. I even made out with a high school boyfriend on a golf course once. But I’ve never really played golf. So when The Woodlands Resort, an incredible property about 30 minutes north of Houston, Texas known for its two championship golf courses, invited Chet and me to come visit, I figured it was time to give it a go–and introduce Chet to the game as well. We were not disappointed.
If it hadn’t occurred to me to play golf before, after spending a little time on the Oaks Course, I’m keen to try it again. In fact, come fall, Chet and I will be taking regular lessons. The resort arranged a private golf lesson for Chet and me with Franci Betancourt (better known as PGA darling Johnny Vegas‘ coach, as I found out later). He was knowledgeable, encouraging and very, very patient–all the qualities you want in an instructor dealing with a 6-year-old who thinks a golf club would make an excellent pretend light saber.
Even if you aren’t a total newbie, the Woodlands Resort’s PGA Instruction can help give you new insight into your game. The instructors are fabulous and very family-friendly. You can book lessons along with your stay at the resort (there are also some packages)–as well as tee times for either of the two lush, green championship courses. Many families we met during our stay came just for the golf–and happily played the whole weekend through.
But even if you aren’t a golfer, there’s plenty of other fun stuff to distract you and the kids during your stay. Play some tennis. Hike or bike on one of the many trails in the Woodlands. Head to the spa for the signature Forest Oasis treatment. Head over to Market Street to enjoy some of the town’s best restaurants and shops. Go see a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Trust me, even though you are technically in the suburbs, you won’t lack for entertainment.
But, chances are, you’ll find yourself spending most of your time over at the Forest Oasis Waterscape. That’s where Chet wanted to be, and I don’t blame him–it’s the perfect place to cool off after your game or just enjoy the sunshine. The waterscape has two fantastic waterslides (with a height requirement of 42″), a water volleyball court and zero-grade entry for the little ones. The kids can swim, do scavenger hunts, learn to juggle, get a custom-made balloon animal or watch a “Dive-In” movie at dusk. And there are also wandering wait staff who are happy to take your order so Mom and Dad can have your juice (or fermented juice, as it were) without having to move from the lounge chair.
Whether you are just looking to golf, swim, wander or just find a place to escape for the weekend, the Woodlands Resort is a fantastic place to do it. I have a feeling that Chet and I will be back again–and soon.