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The Perfect 4th of July for Golf-Loving Families

Holidays for families who love golf can sometimes become a bit of a dance between spending your entire extra weekend day on the course and spending time with the kids and other members who may or may not be quite as interested as you are in improving your golf swing.

Holidays for families who love golf can sometimes become a bit of a dance between spending your entire extra weekend day on the course and spending time with the kids and other members who may or may not be quite as interested as you are in improving your golf swing.

I have taken the time to write out my plan for playing golf with my wife and kids on the 4th of July, and I can assure you it’s foolproof! (okay… it’s not foolproof, but it does incorporate a variety of activities for everyone. If you end up with a car full of fussy over-exhausted kiddos at the end of the day, you can blame me, but I like packing my days out with a lot of activity. I can guarantee they will have fun though!)

I live in Jacksonville, FL, so I should probably disclose that family activities come a lot easier here for me. But if you don’t live in North Florida, perhaps you are up for a road trip or short flight? In fact, there are even direct flights from Canada to Jacksonville. It’s quite an easy hub to get to for golf enthusiasts and North Florida is the best summer family vacation I can imagine. Here are more reasons why.

So if you are in Florida for the Fourth of July, let me tell you how to make this day perfect:

Get the Kids on the Golf Courses

My little ones tire of golf easily and can barely make it through 10 holes, let alone all 18, so I like to plan my holidays on the golf course at places that are not only highly affordable, but also have an alternative family game available, namely Footgolf. If you haven’t read my blog recently about Footgolf, you can do so here!

At Bent Creek Golf Course, you are about a half an hour from the Jacksonville Beach, if you are up for seaside Fourth of July hot dogs late in the day. Bent Creek is a public course that feels secluded, surrounded by trees and forest and plenty of shade. The Footgolf course is really fun and easy for kids to play. You can practice your regular golf game right alongside them.

Eat Hot Dogs on The Beach

The Hotdog Hut on 3rd street in Jacksonville Beach is minutes away from Jacksonville Beach’s long stunning fishing pier, where you can fish with family or just take in the view for $1 each person (which is used to maintain the dock). This fourth, we plan to play a little golf at Hidden Hills Country Club, a gorgeous course re-designed by Arnold Palmer and located right next to the Hotdog Hut; we will grab the dawgs at the hut (my favorite All-American meal for my ‘merican holiday), and then we will head out to the pier and cast our lines.

Get Your Fishing Poles in the Water

The pier in Jacksonville Beach is a magical place to go on a beautiful holiday. From people-watching to nature-watching, it has it all. Typically, your luck on the pier is directly related to how many lines are in the water. All the extra bait really calls the fish home! I love watching out for large pelicans, dolphins and dive-bombing cormorants on the water with my kids and that love of nature in America, in my opinion, is something to be celebrated on a holiday like the Fourth of July.

I think spending the morning playing footgolf at Bent Creek, lunch time at Hidden Hills Country Club playing golf and exploring the scenery, grabbing hot dogs at the hut, and eating an early dinner on the pier, just in time for fireworks out by the beach sounds like a perfect Fourth of July to me.