Disclosure: Kate was hosted at Ocean Edge Resort for no cost. All opinions are her own.
My husband and two sons (ages 5 and 7) enjoyed a recent round of golf at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, MA. We were hesitant at first about playing pre-season, but we lucked out and got one of those beautiful, crisp 52-degree days.
Family Golf at Ocean Edge Resort in Cape Cod, MA
About the Ocean Edge Resort Golf Course
Ocean Edge has the Cape’s only Nicklaus Design course and children under the age of 10 can rent clubs for free, though my kids brought their own. The course has many options for families. We chose the Family Golf lesson package, which is $190 and included a PGA professional and lesson for both boys. The resort also offers more economical outings such as the Pee Wee clinic, $15 for beginners ages 5-9, and in the summer, Family Fun Night, which is $20 for resort guests and includes a mini course on the putting green followed by a kid-friendly dinner at the adjacent restaurant, Shark Bah.
A Personal Touch
Our instructor’s name was Shane, and he couldn’t have been more patient. My sons were tired from travelling and were very cranky, but they perked up when Shane invited them onto his cart, and quickly focused as he went over how to grip the club, addressing the ball, and swing. Club Manager Michael Medeiros, says keeping golf fun is the goal: “As it relates to juniors, the first thing you want to do with them is make sure they’re enjoying themselves.” Working on a balance finish position at the end of the swing is stressed: “They’re working on the fundamentals, they’re starting to hit the ball and have fun,” he says. Friday night is Fun Night at Ocean Edge, with Pee-Wee golf. The putting green becomes a mini-golf course: “We would introduce them to their short game, 100 yards out, put them on a tee, and one of our PGA professionals will coach and help teach the kids how to put but instead of just using a drill or being on the normal putting green, setting up a course creates a game for them.”
Kids Play Free
In the afternoon, kids play free with a paying player. And there’s no reason to hold them to 18 holes, says Medeiros: “After 4 our family golf is very popular. They’re in a golf cart which kids love, playing with mom or dad. They can play six holes, nine holes, and come in for dinner.”
Something for the Mamas
I personally think a glass of wine might entice me to finally start playing golf with my family. On Wednesday afternoons a Woman’s Workshop is offered by Director of Instruction, Paul Rudeen. It entails a 45-minute golf clinic followed by a carefully-curated vino!
A Drive-in Experience
An upcoming special the resort is going to offer this summer is a “drive-in movie” experience, where resort guests are given a golf cart (packed with super-sized theatre snacks) and they can watch a movie from the putting green which sounds like heaven to my three golf fanatics! A 20×20 screen is hung (July’s movie is Jumanji, by the way) and kids can enjoy the movie right on the green! It was a wonderful weekend, and I highly recommend visiting this property pre-season before the rates start to climb.
Where to Eat
In the clubhouse, Shark Bah has chicken nuggets, a basket of fries, and a Coney Island hot dog on the menu. We ventured out to JT’s seafood restaurant, directly in front of Ocean Edge, which has cute wooden benches and picnic-style seating. The clam chowder was delicious, and it has a kid’s menu.
Other Ocean Edge Off-Season Activities
We arrived just at the tail end of Wizarding Week, a twice-annual week-long event in both February and April. Harry Potter-esque letters were creatively strung on fishing wire in front of the hotel lobby, and banners from the different houses adorned the lobby. All hotel activities this special week are wizard-related. We plan on returning in February for the next Wizarding Week.