A Couple’s Guide to a Golf Getaway
Golf activities aren’t just reserved for trips with your buddies. When planned correctly, a weekend golf getaway can be a wonderful experience for you and your significant other – a chance for you to bond, practice your swing, all while getting your steps in for the day. No distractions. Just you, your partner, an expanse of rolling greens, and the whole day ahead.
In Belleair, Florida, the historic Belleview Inn offers access to one of the area’s most breathtaking golf courses at the Belleair Country Club. Designed by Donald Ross, a world-renowned golf course architect, two private 18-hole golf courses have plenty to offer in the way of history, challenges, and dazzling views. So if you’re ready to hit the links, here’s an itinerary for couples of all skill levels – plus all the off-course activities to fill in the rest of your days.
When golf is your love language
AM: You’re both golf fanatics, so chances are, you’re going to want to maximize your time on the links. Experts say that the prime time to play golf is between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., so once you’ve fueled up on breakfast, head out to the Belleair Country Club next door, where two golf courses will challenge your game – from tee to green. The West Course offers a tighter layout, while the East Course is more open. Greens roll devilishly fast, and water hazards will make you think twice about your swing.
PM: After close to three and a half hours of golf time, now’s the time to get a reprieve from the sun and head inside for some much-needed lunch. The Country Club’s casual restaurant, 19th Hole, is the perfect place to discuss your game in front of vistas of rolling hills. Decided your technique needs finessing? Squeeze in some time at the driving range – you’ll be ready to kill it on the course the next day. And when hunger strikes again later, head over to one of the many eateries dotting Pier 60 off-premises.
When only one can play at this game
AM: So you’re a little better at this than your partner (or vice versa), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun together. Before you warm up to a full, 18-hole course, both of you can start your day by hitting balls at the driving range or practice your putting on the putting green. The amateur in the group will learn a thing or two about the game, and the expert will get a chance to brush up on some basic (but important) skills.
PM: Late in the afternoon is the second-best time to hit the course, so once you’ve had your lunch, you can start your adventure. If you’re traveling with another couple (or have made friends during your stay), you can try your hand at an alternate-shot game. You and your partner can work as a team, taking turns to hit the ball. Stick around for dinner at the Main Dining Room, where you’ll be treated to a fine-dining menu, served up alongside stunning views of the links.
When you’re both very green on the green
AM: Both new to golf? Don’t fret. There’s a full-service Pro Shop where you can find all necessary gear, and full-time PGA golf professionals to guide you through your course work (the fun kind). These experts are here to help you get the basics right with classes that’ll teach you everything from correct posture to how to swing the club and hit the ball.
PM: Ready to put what you’ve learned to the test? Head over to the driving range for some practice. One thing to know about the Belleair Country Club? It sits on one of the highest points in Clearwater Bay – meaning, if all else fails, you’ll still be treated to some spectacular views you can’t find anywhere else. After wrapping up, unwind and unknot those sore muscles at the Spa at Sandpearl Resort, Belleview’s sister property, before pulling a seat at the Tate Island Grill, located just a few steps away from the beach. What better way to bookend your golfing experience than with a jaw-dropping sunset?
Where to Stay | Belleview Inn |