Spotlight: Family friendly golf venues


Bayside Resort Golf Club, Delaware

Spokesperson: Laura Scrivner, general manager, Bayside Resort Golf Club

Introducing the game through family pitch and putt

-- Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island, Del., transforms their driving range into a nine-hole, par-3 course on Sundays during holiday weekends for complimentary family golf.

-- Holes are between 30 and 93 yards in distance, so golfers walk and carry a few clubs and a putter.

-- Families of two to as many as eight come out for about an hour of fun golf. 

-- Kids, teens, seniors and beginners are introduced to the game in a relaxed environment and golf professionals are on-site to give tips and of course encouragement.

-- The cost is free for members and accompanied guests.

Lake of Isles, Connecticut

Spokesperson: Derek Hooper, PGA, director of instruction, Hank Haney Golf Academy at Lake of Isles

Junior Scholarship Program

-- Each April, juniors submit a written application, complete a skills test and interview.

-- Eight juniors, boys and girls ages 11-17 are selected for the program. 

-- Scholarship holders receive weekly instruction with director of instruction Derek Hooper. 

-- Scholarship holders also receive complimentary access to the North Course, Lake of Isles practice facilities, a golf bag, polo shirt, jacket, cap and a dozen balls. 

-- Program runs May-September. 

-- Program started in 2006. 

-- To date, 55 juniors have participated in the program and six have earned college golf scholarships.

Lansdowne Resort - The Golf Club at Lansdowne, Virginia

Spokesperson: Ryan Wilson, club manager, The Golf Club at Lansdowne

Sharkbite Course

-- The Golf Club at Lansdowne transitioned to a private club in 2005 with the addition of an 18-hole course designed by Greg Norman and a family friendly nine-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman called the Sharkbite Course.

-- The par-32 course is longer and more challenging than most traditional nine-hole offerings, measuring 2,319 yards from the back tees, featuring five par 4s and four par 3s.

-- There are five sets of tees on Sharkbite with the shortest yardage playing just under 900 yards. 

-- The course can be played quickly due to its length and it’s perfect for beginners, juniors and families.

-- The cost is $65 for adults, free for kids 15 and under, with a paying adult. Sharkbite is an all day fee so you can play nine holes or unlimited golf if you choose.

Troon North Golf Club, Arizona

Spokesperson: Lon Grundy, general manager, Troon North Golf Club

Monument Express

-- Troon North Golf Club created an executive nine-hole golf course called Monument Express in 2010. 

-- It’s a ‘course within a course’ on the front nine of the highly acclaimed Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club. 

-- The course measures to more than 1,500 yards long and offers two different par options based on the skill level of the player. 

-- The course can be played quickly due to its length and it’s perfect for beginners, juniors and families.

-- The cost is only $20 for adults and free for kids 15 and under, with a paying adult.

-- The Monument Express is available every day, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and reservations can be made up to seven days in advance.

Troon Family Golf

Spokesperson: Tim Greenwell, senior vice president, global sales & marketing, Troon Golf

-- Juniors (15 and under) golf for free after 3 p.m. when playing with a paying adult. 

-- Juniors enjoy complimentary Callaway Rental Clubs all day. 

-- This program is available every day, all year long, at more than 70 Troon Golf-managed facilities worldwide.