Attention senior women golfers – you should treat yourself to a special golf holiday. Whether you are celebrating an event or just taking advantage of your available time and freedom to exercise your passion for golf, there are many wonderful vacation destinations that understand what you want and expect on a golfing vacation. As a senior woman golfer, it is likely that you do not want the toughest, championship golf course available; ones that require long fairway shots over many obstacles. You do want to be able to test and maintain your skills at putting and the short game. You are not out to prove anything anymore, you are out to have fun while you play golf.
What else do you want? Most seniors like their vacation golf to be in nice climates with warm but not scorching heat. It is also nice if the course is situated in a beautiful place and not so crowded that you are hurried and hassled. Beyond the course, you want your golf vacation destination to offer shopping, dining, and cultural activities that are more suited to adults. It would be a plus if the destination offered senior discounts and special travel packages.
One of the most beautiful and luxurious golf destinations for senior women golfers is the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. The East Course is more senior friendly, but still challenging. The course was originally designed by Donald Ross and updated by Robert Trent Jones. The course will host the 2008 Senior Open and has hosted the U.S. Women’s Open. The East Course was one of only 12 North American and Caribbean golf courses to receive a five-star rating by Golf Digest. The venue was also ranked number one in customer service among resorts by Golf Digest. The course features wide, tree-lined fairways and amazing mountain views.
The Broadmoor Hotel is famous for its European style luxury and features fine dining and on-site entertainment. On the hotel grounds are lovely specialty boutiques and niche eateries. In the surrounding area, you will find walking paths, an on-site garden, a plant nursery, and easy travel into the mountains for site seeing or a picnic. If your exercise routine includes tennis, the Broadmoor also has seven plexi-cushion courts. Two of the courts are covered by an illuminated, heated bubble during the winter months, allowing for year-round enjoyment.
If your dreams of a golfing vacation begin with escaping a cold winter into a warmer clime, you might want to experience Bermuda golf. The Bermuda golf courses, all of which can be played by non-member women golfers at least some of the year, contribute to Bermuda’s senior friendly ambiance. Many people consider that November to March is the best time for a golf vacation in Bermuda. Not only are hotel rates considerably cheaper, but tee times are easier to obtain and the weather is cooler. There are three government-run courses (Ocean View, Port Royal and St George’s) and three private clubs (Mid Ocean, Riddell’s Bay and Tucker’s Point) where introduction by a member is required to play. Most hotels have corporate memberships and can introduce their guests. All courses have water views and year round play.
The Fairmont Southampton in Hamilton Bermuda is an exceptional destination. The weather is fantastic and the surroundings are second to none. The Golf Course features 18 par 3 holes and offers breathtaking views. The hotel is the official hotel for the 2008 PGA Grand Slam. The golf club will cater to beginners and experts alike with lessons, club rentals, practice greens and much more. They will also accommodate you if you’d like to play elsewhere through usage of an onsite and dedicate Golf Concierge!
A great site for information on Bermuda’s courses is Bermuda Golf Association. You’ll find all the information you need on these great courses with links to the clubs and hotels.
Bermuda itself is an adult destination with packages of entertainment, lodging, and dining that are geared to adult tastes. For the height of luxury golfing vacations for senior women, you can travel to Bermuda on a golf cruise that includes play packages as well as the amenities of a cruise.