Recently I was given the opportunity to review the facilities at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida. My stay there was complimentary since I went as a Superoo on behalf of this awesome travel site I'm a part of called Trekaroo. Although my stay and some of my activities there were free, please know that, as always, my words and opinions are 100% my own! For more information on my disclosure policy, please see the tab titled 'Let me disclose to you'.
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When I heard that we were going to go to PGA Village, I was pretty thrilled. Other than heading out to the driving range for some fun now and again, I hadn't truly been 'golfing' since I was around 17 years of age.
My husband on the other hand, was not exactly excited. Sure, he was looking forward to staying on the property (who doesn't like to stay someplace other than home now and again?) but he had never been golfing before and didn't know what to think of it. His biggest fears were the same as most people's when it comes to golfing: he thought he wouldn't be able to hit the ball and he was afraid he wouldn't 'fit in' with the usual golf-crowd. (Luckily, all of those fears were put to rest in our awesome golf lesson!)
The property has three different lodging options to choose from, and we ended up staying at their Hilton Garden Inn. (To see our hotel-specific review, please click here.)
I was able to meet with Holly Taylor, who is the director, and spoke with her a little about what makes the property a perfect choice for families. I came away from the conversation feeling pretty good about our stay there, and definitely sold on the idea that this makes a great vacation getaway for anyone, young or old!
One of the most important elements of our interview that I noted was the child-friendly atmosphere. I had originally thought that it would be a huge hassle, possibly even an annoyance to others, for me to have my young children on or around a golf course. I couldn't have been more wrong about the PGA Center, because it's actually geared towards families and has a great program for teaching younger players about the game! They even have special holiday camps!
The Center is also great for instructing older players like me who might need a serious refresher course, or even for an adult who has never even picked up a club (like my husband). While I was there, I found out that one of the best features the PGA Center has to offer is their 6-hole short course that is free to anyone. That's right - free! Don't have any clubs? It's fine! Just ask at the bag drop! No clubs for little players there? Go to the main shop in the Center, they have lots of them there and have the same borrowing policy. I asked if there was any catch to this 'free' activity, such as an age limitation - as it turns out, it's just one of the few awesome perks left in this world! "It's free," Holly told me, "It doesn't matter how old or young you are, anyone can play the short course for free; no catch."
Further, if you feel like dropping a few bucks to play (or learn to play), they can work with you on a budget! Let them know what your limitations are and what you'd like to be able to do, and they'll work on a plan with you. This place is still old-school, and I love that. (To see our family golf-lesson review, please click here.)
Besides being a great place in general to vacation, the PGA Village also has the amazing benefit of being located close to a lot of fun attractions. Vero and Jensen beach are both around 30 minutes away, along with Fort Pierce and at least three state parks! If for some reason the weather turns out rainy, you can always check out the PGA Museum of Golf for a look at some of the collectibles they have in store there. You can even head to Superplay, which is less than 5 minutes away, for an afternoon of family fun. An on-property restaurant named after famed golfer Sam Snead even makes it easy to grab a quick bite. (To see our restaurant-specific review, please click here.)
To put it simply, if you are looking for an amazing vacation destination that will get your family outdoors and having fun together, the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie is certainly worth a look.
To find out more about the PGA Village, their properties, and all the fun they have to offer, check out their website at www.pgavillage.com. Or, you can connect with them through social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.
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