Nothing could be more perfect than sinking a birdie putt on the 18th green with your significant other while on the best vacation of your life. Golf vacations take more planning than most because you'll have to book the hotel, dinner reservations and transportation as well as tee times far in advance.
With all the hassle and expense of traveling by air consider a golf staycation. Stay in your own city and dedicate your week off from work to exploring new golf courses together. Make tee times at five courses the two of you have never played. Start each day with a healthy breakfast of fruit, fiber and protein. Schedule a lesson with a pro to work on your weaknesses and improve your strengths.
Cuddle up in the evening with golf movies such as "Dead Solid Perfect," "Tin Cup," "Legend of Bagger Vance" and the classic "Caddyshack."
Municipal courses are usually, but not always inexpensive. Schedule your golf play for muni courses at your vacation destination. Use the money you save for a couple's massage to soothe sore muscles. If you think muni courses are easy, think again. The Bethpage Black Golf Course in Long Island, New York, is challenging enough to have hosted the 2009 U.S. Open. Do like the locals and try to grab a 6:30 a.m. tee time. That first tee time is first-come first-served. Of course you may have to spend most of the time the night before waiting in your car.
Sun, surf and sand say vacation. There aren't too many things that are more romantic than watching the sunset together at the beach while sipping a glass of bubbly after breaking 80 on a challenging course. Torrey Pines in San Diego has fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean and two 18-hole courses for you to choose from. Spend a day at the beach walking hand-in-hand on wet sand to improve your leg strength. Practice your swing underwater. Run in waist-high water to improve endurance. You'll stay cool and improve your game.
The cool mountain air at Beaver Creek Golf Resort in Colorado will perk up more than your short game. Nestled in the mountains, the resort caters to golfers during the summer and skiers during the winter. The course is open from mid-May to mid-October. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. the course features challenging fairways and stunning mountain views. The air is crisp in the evenings, even in the summer. Snuggle up to keep warm as you stroll to your room after dinner.
Luxury golf resorts are plentiful from the desert vistas of La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona, to Pebble Beach in California. The 27-hole Jack Nicklaus designed course is open to La Paloma Country Club members and guests of La Paloma. The Lodge at Pebble Beach was voted one of the World’s Best Hotels in 2010 by "Travel & Leisure." The Pebble Beach Golf Links was home to the 2010 U.S. Open and will host it again in 2019. Reward you and your special playing partner with a sumptuous gourmet dinner after a day of exhilarating long tee shots and heart-stopping putts.